Ph.D.-serts | My Sunshine Birthday Cake | Tampa Wedding Bakery

A few weeks ago, I were asked to create a cake with the theme “You Are My Sunshine.”  I love the design Cora’s Mommy came up with!

You Are My Sunshine Birthday Cake

The 2-tier cake was iced in buttercream and decorated with fondant dots and diagonal stripes.  I topped the cake with a smiling sun with gum paste rays.  And the flavors?  Vanilla cake with fudge filling and red velvet cake with cream cheese filling.  Sure to be crowd pleasers!

Ph.D.-serts specializes in cookies, cakes, treats, grooms cakes, wedding cakes and treats for Tampa, FL and surrounding areas including but not limited to Wesley Chapel, Lutz, Land O’ Lakes, Brandon, Lakeland, Pasco County and Hillsborough County.

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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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Rubber Ducky Bubble Bath Cake

Here’s a fun cake we made for a little girl turning 1!  Most kids carry around their favorite blanket or teddy bear, but not Lulu!  She carries around her favorite rubber ducky!  So we designed her birthday cake around it and even topped it with a new rubber ducky for bathtime.

Lulu's rubber ducky birthday cake!

The bottom tier was iced in blue buttercream and accented with darker blue and yellow polka dots.  The top tier was decorated with fondant “wooden” planks to make a wooden bathtub.  And the whole cake was covered with buttercream “bubbles.”  The rubber ducky topper is an actual rubber ducky that Lulu was able to play with when the party was over and the cake was eaten.

 

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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:

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

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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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Pink & Yellow Baby Shower Cake with Edible Shoes

Baby shower cakes are always fun to make, and they can vary widely in style, color, and theme.  Here’s one we did a few weeks ago where they wanted it classy and elegant, but still clearly for a baby shower.  We adorned the cake with edible, hand-made whimsical flowers and topped the whole thing with hand-made, edible baby sneakers.  Who doesn’t love baby shoes?! Square buttercream-iced cake adorned with edible, hand-made flowers and baby shoes.

Close-up of the edible, hand-made baby sneakers. Close-up of the edible, hand-made, whimsical flowers.

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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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