Hungry Caterpillar Cake for Icing Smiles

We are proud supporters of Icing Smiles, a nonprofit organization that provides custom celebration cakes and other treats to families impacted by the critical illness of a child.  Basically, a family applies to receive a special celebration cake, and bakers volunteer to do the cake for FREE!  It’s really an amazing program – especially considering how many bakers willingly devote their time and resources to make others smile.

We have had the opportunity to bake 2 cakes for Icing Smiles and the most recent one was for an Hungry Caterpillar party. Fun!  The family asked for vanilla cake with strawberry cream filling, but left the design completely up to us.  Here’s what we created for baby Eleanor who was turning 1:

The front of Eleanor's Very Hungry Caterpillar birthday cake! Continue reading

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Yo Gabba Gabba 2nd Birthday Cake

Last year, we made Eva’s 1st birthday cake with zebra print and whimsical, brightly colored flowers.  So we knew when Eva’s Mom contacted us for her 2nd birthday cake, it would be another fun one!

This year, they wanted a cake that centered around the Yo Gabba Gabba TV show on Nick Jr.  Mel watched a few episodes for “research.”  That is one silly, off-the-wall show…

This is the cake Mel and Eva’s Mom designed together: Yo Gabba Gabba 2nd birthday cake decorated with bright, fun colors! Continue reading

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Topsy Turvy Wedding Cake – With So Much COLOR!

At Ph.D.-serts, we take our cakes seriously – especially wedding cakes!  When you contact us about our wedding cakes, here’s the process we go through:

1.  We sit down with the bride and groom to design your wedding cake from the inside out.  This means, we bring cake & filling samples – yay! And we pick your brain to find out what kind of style, mood, theme describes you and your wedding.  By the time we finish our initial meeting, you will leave with a fully designed wedding cake.

2.  We sketch out the cake and send the sketch and wedding cake order form to you for review.  You can review it on your own time and discuss the details, without the pressure of us sitting there next to you.

3.  You return a signed copy of the order form with a $100 deposit to hold the date of your big day.

4.  Two weeks before your wedding, we’ll contact you again to make sure you still like the cake we’ve designed.  We also get a final head-count to ensure that you’ll have enough cake to feed everyone at the reception.  At this time, the remaining balance of your cake is due.

5.  The week of the wedding, we get to work creating your dream cake!  We work with your reception venue to set up a delivery time and deliver the cake before any of your guests arrive.  We will leave the cake table “picture ready” so that is the last thing you have to worry about!

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Retro 1960s Birthday Cake

Today, we’re going to take a trip back in time.  This is a retro cake we made in October so let’s take a walk down memory lane while the birthday girl remembers the fun of her youth!

Shannon asked us to make a mod, retro cake from the 1960s for her 50th birthday party.  She was going all out and even asked the guests to arrive in costume!  The ultimate flashback party!

We designed the cake with Shannon by using components she’d seen on other cakes and patterns taken off her party decor.

A tetro 1950s birthday cake covered and decorated with fondant and topped with hand-molded records and a go-go boot!

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Hawaiian Baby Shower Cake

Hawaiian baby shower cake decorated with fondant hybiscus flowers.

Back in January 2012, we made a baby shower cake to welcome baby Lincoln into the world.  Now, his Mommy is throwing a baby shower for a friend so she asked us to make the Hawaiian-themed cake.
The back-side of the Hawaiian baby shower cake!

We covered the cake in a slightly ivory fondant, made an edible bamboo border around the base of each tier, and covered the cakes with tropical orange & pink hibiscus flowers.

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Garden Tea Party Birthday Cake

Buttercream-iced cake with fondant flowers and a tea set - perfect for Camryn's Garden Tea Party!

Camryn decided to celebrate her 5th birthday with a Garden Tea Party so we created a girly, elegant cake for her.  The cake was iced in light blue buttercream with buttercream grass, leaves & stems.  The flowers themselves were made of fondant, and we topped the whole thing with a miniature edible tea set.

Happy 5th Birthday, Camryn!

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Pink & Black Minnie Mouse Birthday Cake

Ok, it’s official (…well, not really).  The most popular theme for a 1st birthday party in 2012 is Mickey or Minnie Mouse!  And while it’s easy to recreate a design over and over, we also love when people bring us a new design to try!

Last weekend, we made TWO Minnie Mouse cakes!  The first one was based on the cake with the edible convertible and Minnie Mouse topper, but they wanted to replace the car with a set of ears and a bow.  Done!

A sweet Minnie Mouse-themed 1st birthday cake iced with buttercream and decorated with fondant stripes, polka dots, and bows.The second was a totally new design to us.  A pink & black cake with the same ears and bow topper.  Super cute!  Pink & black Minnie Mouse birthday cake decorated with fondant.Which one is your favorite???

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Mikaela’s 1st Birthday Party!

We’ve been a little quiet on the blog lately because September and October are big months for us!  But right in the middle of September, Mel’s baby girl turned 1 so we have to share a few photos.

We went with a rainbow themed party because color makes Mel happy, and Mikaela isn’t old enough to express any opinions yet. Although, we’re pretty sure she enjoyed herself. *wink*

Here’s the cake table set-up with Mikaela’s personalized birthday banner, cookie favors, goodie bags, and of course the cake!

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Luau Party Cake

Last weekend, we had the honor of making a luau-themed cake for an office family picnic.  The office hosting the get-together happened to be Mel’s husband’s office…but that’s just a minor detail. *wink*

In any event, the cake was fun to make!  They gave us free reign to decorate it however we pleased. And we gave them this tantalizing sneak peek on Facebook.

Luau-themed party cake covered and decorated with fondant.  All decorations you see - masks, surf boards, flowers, and grass skirt - are edible! Continue reading

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