Let them eat cake

The past couple of years have brought a new hobby into my life. Cake decorating has proven to be fun, nerve-wracking, and a way to show love to people in my life. As I think about the cakes I have made, I traced them back to the one that I thought sparked my interest.

R2D2 in all his glory

But as I thought about the first cake I ever made for my children, it was for the first birthday of my firstborn.

As the years went on, I continued making cakes for my kids including this for my princess at the height of her princess obsession.

The castle was so FUN! And the layers inside alternate white and strawberry cake.

This next cake was one of my first attempts at fondant. aka Playdoh for grownups.

Baby shower cake for my sister-in-law. Another fondant creation.

One of the only cakes I did not make for a birthday of one of my offspring. We were visiting family in Florida for her first birthday, so we went with the bakery cake. As you can see, the result is the same as any other cake.

Go, Breastfeeding! I made this for a La Leche League meeting during world breastfeeding week.

The next three cakes are my most recent creations. All were for blessingways for three dear friends. I don’t know why everyone around me keeps having babies. I guess they like cake.

Tea party themed blessingway gets a Mad Hatter cake.

Fondant free cake for an Easter themed blessingway.

Asian themed blessingway. The Chinese symbol on the top means “joy.”

Yes, I really did cover my overused blue cake platter with cake board foil.

And last, but not least…the one and only wedding cake I have ever done. Wedding theme was Mexican fiesta.

It turned out beautifully, but it was incredibly stressful. Who wants to be the one to screw up the wedding cake? Not me!  I did learn a lot from the experience and in the end the bride loved the cake, so it was worth it!

And, oh, jeez, I just realized I used my cake platter for my FIRST and most recent cakes.  I need to get some creative cake bases.

I have done so many other cakes over the years. Mostly just for people that I love.  I put a lot of pressure on myself if someone is paying me for a cake. My oven is out of commission as we lead into the birthday season for my children. I already borrowed a friend’s oven for my son’s Lego cake which was such a failure. Sadly, no pics of that one. But there are still two more to go this year so plenty of time to get my cake on and make them something fabulous (and get that oven fixed).



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6 responses to “Let them eat cake

  1. Love your cakes!! I found that the more kids, the easier it has been to buy and I really miss making my kids their cakes… 😦

  2. You’re a fantastic cake decorator! I always get really excited when I know you’re making a cake for lil ol’ me. 🙂 I could learn so much from you.

  3. You’re so incredibly talented. And yes…the only reason I had my baby was to get cake 😛

  4. Love it! My middle dd has all the parts for decorating (Christmas two years ago, I think) but I have not had the time to sufficiently get into it. It is on my list, though, right after winning/solving the bobbin issues so I can finish my sewing projects. I seem to not ever have enough time for the things I love to do, but am working on that…. 🙂 Are you making your own fondant, I assume? Would love a recipe! 😆

    • Most of the time I make my own fondant. This recipe for marshmallow fondant is easy but tastes so much better than the Wilton fondant. http://whatscookingamerica.net/PegW/Fondant.htm

      The only exception was the red cake. It is too hard to get the bright colors just right with food coloring pastes. I could have never gotten it that bright red. Michael’s sells the Duff brand of fondant. With a coupon, it’s a good price and it tastes better than Wilton’s.

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