Sunday, October 28, 2012

Go Vikings!

Here in Glenrock, the Junior High football team goes by the name of the MIGHTY VIKINGS.

Okay, maybe they don't. But if your team is named after the fierce Norse warriors, I personally think you should throw the word mighty in. Anyhoo...

I did this cake for their end of the season party. And some chocolate covered strawberries, football style. Although they aren't as impressive as that monster of a cake. Which I rode in the back of the car with, because it was so tall it kept trying to topple over. Thank goodness for my cake minion (AKA hubby) who makes cake stands, drives me around, taste tests my creations, and so much more.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Pink Camo

I really ♥ when customers have a firm idea in their head of what they want...but also tell me to make changes as I see fit to make their cake look great. That's what this customer did, asked for pink camo with bright butterflies, and "Happy Birthday Aubrey" with a 5 if at all possible - but not necessary. And I quote:

"But do whatever you need to make it look good. I trust you."

How neat is that, having someone you don't even know put complete faith in you?

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Sheet Cakes

A few weeks ago, I got my first sheet cake pan in the mail. I was so excited to use it that I dropped everything and embarked on my very first sheet cake...and was SO NOT impressed with the results!

I figured I would do something simple, and then send it to work with my husband. And the NRCS logo sounded simple enough (that's where he works). Well, I learned a lot of things! First, you have to use enough cake batter, or there's just not enough cake to work with. Second, you have to make sure that either:

A) Your Cake is Frozen


B) Your frosting is soft enough to work with

Ideally, both are best.

Third, you have to let your cake cool enough to not fall out of the pan in chunks. 

The thing is, I know all of these things, and follow them with EVERY cake! So why didn't I this time? Sigh. I was excited, and therefore in a hurry!

It tasted really, really good...I didn't send it to the office.


After the first one, I was thrilled with how the second one turned out! And yes, I slowed down and followed good baking and decorating rules this time around!

I made this one for the teachers at my daughter's school - turns out the PTA provides dinner and dessert for the teachers during parent-teacher conferences. And when you're friends with the PTA president...well, you get recruited a lot.

I doubt they expected anything like this...that'll teach 'em to ask a self-proclaimed baking professional for a cake!

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Topsy Turvey #2

You know, I'm always a little surprised when a 1st time customer becomes a repeat customer. Not that I don't think I'm talented, or that I don't think my cakes taste good. It's just that sometimes, I'm amazed that other people actually feel the same way! 

So after I made this cake for her daughter's 12th birthday, I was really excited when she asked me to do a cake for her other daughter's Sweet 16.

This is my second topsy-turvy cake, (here's the 1st one) and  have to say, it looks much better than the first one! I'm definitely getting better...although now I REALLY want some topsy-turvy cake pans.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

I'm a Baker!

One of my very favorite bakers is CorrieCakes, who as luck would have it, lives the next town over. I'm always in awe of her creations, and most of the time want to sample the things she posts pictures of! 

So when she posted that she was making pumpkin spice cupcakes the other day, I thought "Oh my favorite! I wish I could buy some!"

And then I slapped my forehead! I'm a baker! I can make pumpkin spice cupcakes!

Then I had to have a talk with the mirror. How silly is it that I bake for myself so rarely, I FORGET I'm allowed to bake something just to eat?!

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Camo Baby

Have I mentioned before how much I ♥ hunting? It's right up there with baking cakes and reading, and other hobbies that I probably don't need to share here.


Since I ♥ hunting, you can imagine how excited I am when a fellow hunter not only orders a cake, but wants a hunting themed cake! So naturally, I was delighted with this customer's instructions for a baby shower cake: "Camo and touches of pink, but NO PINK CAMO!!! (Direct quote from her friend, who was the guest of honor).

Cute as a button...


In case you didn't know...I have a sister baker, Rochelle, who owns With Sugar on Top. She works in Torrington, I work here, and we bounce business, ideas, complaints and a whole lot more back and forth to each other. And thank goodness we have each other, because we can still say "yes" to cakes, even when they are for people across the state! Like this one I made for a customer in Casper who contacted her a few months ago.

The mom wanted a very special cake for her son, who had been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. The cake was for his "D-Day Party", the one year anniversary of his diagnosis. And she knew exactly what she wanted - a cake full of superheroes, because he is their superhero. :) Neat huh?

All the superheroes were edible, with printed frosting sheets on fondant.

I hope this awesome little guy loved his cake, because I loved making it for him.

***On a side note, have you noticed how HOT superheroes are? All those bulging, rippling muscles...