Lilly Pulitzer Cake and Flower Bouquet Cookies

Country chic and vintage is in!  I think the only way you might have missed that is if you’ve been living under a rock.  Just teasing. But lace details, rustic elegance, shabby chic…they’re all the rage right now.

So when Chloe turned 18 (remember Chloe’s 16th birthday cake?), that’s what she wanted!  She chose a cake inspired by the Lilly Pulizer First Impression pattern.

Lilly Pulitzer-inspired birthday cake!

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Hadley’s Chevron First Birthday Cake

Last month, I created a cake for my birthday buddy!  Hadley was born on March 13th just like me….only 31 years later…  Anyway, we will forever be birthday buddies!

Her Mommy planned this super fun Pancakes & Pajama Party and gave me complete free reign to design the cake. The only request was that I use pink and yellow.  Hadley’s Mommy is very crafty and loves to sew so I definitely wanted to incorporate some fabric effects onto the cake.  I also happen to know that she loves chevron prints so that was a must too.

Hadley's pink and yellow cake with chevron print and a fondant dress bow.

Be sure to check out all the details of the party on the Tampa Bay Mom’s Blog.  So cute and so do-able!

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Oh, the Places You’ll Go! Cake!

Here’s another fun party we came across while going through old cake photos.  Back in June, we created a full spread for Raigan’s 1st birthday.

Let’s start with the party cake, which was white almond cake with Bavarian Cream filling. Yum! Raigan’s Mommy, Holli, helped design the cake based on Dr. Seuss’ book Oh, the Places You’ll Go.   Raigan's 1st birthday cake - Oh the Places You'll Go!

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Princess Belle-Inspired Birthday Cake

Going through some old cake photos, and we just found this one!  Can’t believe we never posted it, but here is Gwenan’s 3rd birthday cake.

Princess Belle-themed birthday cake with edible tiara topper.

It was Princess Belle-inspired with baby pink, true pink, and pale yellow fondant.  We used a little bit of stripes, dots, quilting, and flowers to make this cake elegant and feminine.  And we topped the whole thing with an edible tiara airbrushed gold.

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Susan G Komen 3-Day – Tampa 2013

Today marks the last first day of the Tampa Susan G Komen 3-Day for the Cure.  That’s right, the last first day.  The 3-Day is leaving Tampa after this year’s event.

Cake made for a Susan G Komen fundraiser

Mel walked in her first 3-Day when her older daughter was only 6 weeks old, and then she walked again the following year when she was a few weeks pregnant.  This year, Mel was unable to walk, but she supported other walkers by donating to their fundraising efforts.  The cake pictured above was just one of the items Mel donated to help raise money for breast cancer research and awareness.

To all the men and women who are self-sacrificing enough to walk 60 miles in 3 days: You go! You are our heroes! Thank you for what you’re doing!

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Whimsical 50th Birthday Cake

All too often, adults don’t celebrate their birthdays with cake.  This is a big problem (at least if you ask us)!  But when we adults do celebrate, we celebrate in a big way! 30th, 40th, and 50th birthdays are huge!

We recently sat down with Brenda to design her own 50th birthday cake.  She hadn’t had a birthday party in…well, a loooooooong time…so she fully sketched out her cake before we even met to design it!

She wanted fun, funky, colorful, and sparkly!  And here’s what she got:

Brenda's 50th birthday cake

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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:

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2013 ICES Certification Exam

In early August, Melanie shut down the bakery, loaded up the car, and headed to Kentucky to take a rigorous 8-hour skills exam called the Certification Exam.  The exam is hosted by the International Cake Exploration Society (ICES) in an effort to encourage its members to “develop their talents in the sugar arts, acquire new sugar art skills, and strive for excellence in cake decorating.”  The candidates are vying for the prestigious titles of Certified Master Sugar Artist (CMSA) or Certified Sugar Artist, but the process doesn’t start when the clock starts…no, no…it starts at least 1 year prior to the exam!

Over a year ago, Melanie registered to take the exam in Kentucky, and over the last 8 months, she has been perfecting her “Plan” for the exam.  Each candidate has to carefully plan which skills they will perform during the exam, where the skills will be placed on the display pieces, etc.  It doesn’t sound very difficult, but don’t underestimate the trickery involved with choosing your 8 best skills and incorporating them into an aesthetic cake design.  There is a fine balance between showing your talent and going way overboard (and wasting time) too.

The candidates must write up their plan and submit it to the adjudicators for approval.  While the adjudicators are there to help the candidates, they can only do so much.  During the approval process, they help ensure the candidates are following all the rules so they are not disqualified and offer some advice where they can.  But they can not tell from a drawing and description if the work displayed will be up to CMSA standards or not have quite enough detail for certification to be awarded.  That, my friends, is up to the candidate.

So when August finally arrives, the candidates have practiced and thought the exam through until they can do their skills with their eyes closed (or at least, that’s the ideal situation).  They load their vehicles and head to the exam location, which moves each year.

Melanie, her husband Adam, and their 4-month-old baby Hailee drove the 12 hours to Lexington, KY and arrived one day prior to the exam.  These are the cakes Melanie created during the exam:

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