Children’s Motorcycle Birthday Cake

A few weeks ago, we were asked to make a cake for a young boy’s motorcycle-themed birthday party.  We were given full artistic license to do whatever we wanted so we began doing some Google image searches to gather ideas.  There are SOOOO many adult motorcycle cakes but very, very few cakes for children.  And sometimes, flames & tires are just not what you need for a two-year-old boy’s party.

So we decided to go with a checkered flag theme:

Motorcycle-themed birthday cake for a child's party

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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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Sparkly Beach Wedding Cake

Are you having a beach wedding and want a simplistic, elegant cake?  But maybe you also want a little sparkle and pizazz??? Here’s the cake for you!

Just the right amount of sparkle in this beach-themed wedding cake

The cake was iced in buttercream and covered with coarse sugar.  The sugar naturally catches the light and looks great at any reception!  Then, the cake was adorned with fondant seashells and a fondant starfish topper.

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Ahoy, It’s a Boy! Baby Shower Cake

We love creative party ideas, and we recently had the honor of creating a cake for an adorable nautical-themed baby shower!  The theme was Ahoy, It’s a Boy!  How cute is that?! We were given 100% free artistic license in decorating the cake as long as we used red, navy blue, and brown.  Here’s what we created:

Ahoy, It's a Boy! cake for a nautical-themed baby shower.

The boat topper was a sugar replica of decorations used at the shower.  The cake was iced in buttercream and decorated with fondant retro dots and stripes.  Everything you see is edible!

And the flavors were white almond cake with Bavarian cream filling in the top tier and chocolate cake with raspberry cream filling in the bottom tier.  Yum!

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Kristin & Emad are hitched!

A couple of weeks ago, we had the honor of creating a wedding cake for Kristin and Emad.  Their wedding ceremony was held at a church in Plant City, and then the guests all traveled to the Palmetto Club in Fishhawk Ranch for the reception.

The Palmetto Club was a gorgeous location, and we’ve added it to our list of recommended wedding vendors.  Beautiful!   Kristin & Emad cutting the cake!

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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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