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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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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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…

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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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Birthday with the Family Pets!

We decorated a very special birthday cake this week.  Well, all our cakes are special in their own way, but this one stood out because this is the 3rd cake we’ve made for this family.

Vivian’s birthday was quickly approaching and she was browsing our website with her Mom.  Vivian said, “Mom, there’s Kyle’s cake (the Graffiti cake under “Graduations”) and there’s Ava’s cake.  I’m the only one without a cake on their website!”

Well, that just won’t do!  Vivian’s only request for her birthday cake was that it include their family pets – an American Bulldog and a Pug.  No problem!

Vivian's 7th birthday cake covered in fondant and topped with sugar versions of her 2 favorite dogs!

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Cookie Catch-Up!

We’ve been doing a lot of cookies lately, but we’ve been very bad about posting them on the blog.  So, today, let’s do a little cookie catch-up!

By the way, did you know that a percentage of the proceeds from all cookie orders in 2012 will be donated to the Susan G Komen 3-Day for the Cure???  Yes-siree! Of course, you can always make a donation without placing an order but you might as well get some cookies out of the deal too, right?!

What would cookies for a man turning 39 years old who loves the University of Florida Gators, the beach, and surfing look like?  Like these, of course!

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Sparkly Enchanted Forest Fairy Cake

Disclaimer: You might need to put on your sunglasses before reading any further.  A very sparkly cake is featured here!

Earlier in the month, Rebecca asked us to create a sparkly cake for her daughters’ birthday party.  The theme would be enchanted forest fairies and the colors were pink and purple.  So, with Rebecca’s help, we designed this cake:

Buttercream-iced cake covered with sparkly sugar crystals for an enchanted forest fairy birthday cake!

We topped it with a spray of ruffled polka dots that read “H-A-P-P-Y B-I-R-T-H-D-A-Y” and a couple of elegant daisies.

Buttercream-iced cake covered with sparkly sugar crystals and decorated with edible daisies, numbers, banners, and a "Happy Birthday" spray topper.

The sides of the cake were adorned with edible numbers and name banners for the birthday girls, Reese & Hadley.  And the entire cake was very, very sparkly!

Buttercream-iced cake covered with sparkly sugar crystals and decorated with edible daisies, numbers, banners, and a "Happy Birthday" spray topper.

Check out that sparkle!  Every little girl’s dream!

Rebecca also needed some cupcakes for Reese to share with her class at school.  Two of Reese’s favorite things right now are the color purple and rainbow sprinkles.  And, so, these cupcakes were created:

Vanilla cupcakes with purple buttercream swirls, sprinkles, and edible stars.

And, as party favors, we created yellow and green glittery sugar cookies.  The girls at the party received the yellow ones, which were mounted on lollipop sticks and looked like fairy wands.  The boys received the green sparkly ones without the sticks (because we all know the boys would use them as weapons instead of magical wands).

Sugar cookies decorated that served as party favors for the enchanted forest fairy-themed party!Happy Birthday, Reese & Hadley!

 

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Purple Bat Mitzvah Cake

Today is Day 2 of cake catch-up week! Here’s a cake created for a fun bat mitzvah party in Gainesville, FL.

purple bat mitzvah square cake fondant
Emily’s entire party was centered around different shades of purple, and they gave these purple lollipops as favors to all the party-goers.

purple bat mitzvah square cake fondant
The cake tiers were covered in white fondant and decorated with purple fondant accents. And, as usual, the purple bow on top was created with fondant!

purple bat mitzvah square cake fondant

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