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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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:
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:
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: Continue reading