Thoughts from the Pastry Chef

Trend Forward

April 13, 2012 at 3:00 pm

These cupcakes were my experimental batch of rainbow hued cake for an order in May. Very trend forward, this party will be fun and I am hoping to get some great shots from the cake and candy table once it happens.

Until then, think rainbow inspired cake layers with frosting just between them so the pretty colors show top to bottom.

Classic Star Wars

March 26, 2012 at 1:04 pm

One of those big birthdays is being celebrated today. You know the ones that start a decade. That means that Corey acutally remembers watching the first Star Wars trilogy in a theater, not via VHS or DVD at home. Per his wife’s request the cake included Chewbaca and Darth Vader, I added  the Death Star, the Millenium Falcon and  the fight scene between Obi Wan Kenobi and Darth because they are rather iconic. Chewy gets to observe as a bit of creative license.

I wish I knew how to write out Darth Vader’s breathing anomaly…it would make a great Happy Birthday sound effect.

Duo Birthday For Some Jordan Fans

March 25, 2012 at 9:18 am

Right from the design appointment this cake was inspired by high energy and group input fueled by creativity and a family that loves to celebrate together. A dual birthday party for a couple of avid Jordan fans, it was a must to include his name and jersey number. I designed from an actual shoe given up for the week between our planning meeting and the party. To be sure I didn’t share too much of my buttercream and chocolate, said shoe spent its time with me wrapped in plastic and tucked on a shelf. Sadly, I had to give it back when they came for the cake.

A crowd planned this cake and a crowd came to pick it up. It was no surprise that I heard a chorus of “Ooohs” and “Aaaahs”, instead of a solo of appreciation.

Happy Birthday to Que and Tay!

Tech Toys Birthday

March 24, 2012 at 11:20 am

The latest in communication and audio toys sweet enough to eat. Literally. A birthday cake for the man who may have it all or has it on his wish list.

Either way, with a bit of creative license for visual appeal, we gave him toys. He can have his phone and eat it too.

A Sign of Spring

March 21, 2012 at 8:33 am

Our weather has been extraordinary lately, it makes me itch to fill pots. Who can resist the temptation with all the windows and doors open and the sounds of birds in the air?

A few weeks ago it wasn’t quite as balmy, but the cake request for this client’s surprise birthday cake still brought to mind the warm weather just around the corner. His wife loves butterflies and bright yellow and orange. I did some research so that the little flutterings would be elegant and not silly. Much to my surprise and delight, when the client escorted his wife in to pick up her cake she was wearing the loveliest pin on her green coat. It matched! What a wide smile on the birthday girl! What a romantic she has as a husband. They were off then to spend the rest of the day doing special things to celebrate her day. I found myself smiling for quite a while after they left.

Aren’t English Phone Boxes Red?

March 6, 2012 at 1:46 pm

Yes, unless you are an ardent fan of Dr Who and then this blue phone box makes perfect sense. It seems the birthday celebration for this sci-fi fan isn’t relegated to just one day so when Barbara asked for a cake for her friend’s birthday it had more to do when it fit into the event schedule. An early pickup this past Saturday had this Tardis on it’s way north for the beginning of the month long fete.

A Dolphin and a Beach

February 27, 2012 at 9:48 am

What could be more appropriate than a dolphin cake made for a boy with the last name of Beach? Nathan turned 11 this past weekend and he loves dolphins. His mom Jenny sent some images of cakes she liked, I made some adjustments to make transport easier and less precarious and a wave-riding dolphin emerged!

She sent some photos of the birthday boy and his cake. It was a hit.

Year of the (Gold) Dragon

February 26, 2012 at 3:49 pm

It is the year of the dragon and originally this cake was going to be the design for a client a few weeks ago. Plans changed and a cake was no longer  required. What to do? I still had the idea in my head and it seemed to need an outlet. Well, I was already entering two cakes in the UMBA Deco Challenge, I had two more that were slotted for a photo shoot, I hadn’t gotten too far into any of those designs yet, so why not just switch out one? Done. I started last week getting layers wrapped, fondant and gumpaste tinted, found some additional images of dragon heads for kites and puppets for inspiration and by Friday morning of this week, I had a cake. I was particularly pleased with my Dragon’s head! Now, I am fairly critical of my work, can always find something that could have been better(there were a couple of spots with some dust blow-outs just to name one such flaw), so though I wasn’t expecting NOT to have anything to show for the cake, I was not anticipating not only a Gold Medal, but also Best In Show, Advanced. WOW! It was very nice day.

Happy Little Panda

February 23, 2012 at 10:35 pm

I created this cake for a baby shower several weeks ago. Sweet pinks for the baby girl soon to be welcomed, cherry blossoms and a darling panda for an eastern sensibility. The panda looks soft enough to squeeze in a big plush hug.

It Needs No Introduction

February 21, 2012 at 3:53 pm

I really don’t think I need to explain this cake, it introduces itself just fine without anything added from me.

It was ordered by her dad which was very cute since it’s usually the moms that handle party details except for the pick up. This event was Dad start to finish. The final word is was that the cake was the hit of the party. They were adding a wand and a pair of glasses from their own Harry Potter collection so I am sure there were other props to be found that day.

  • Drrrummmroll please…

    I am pleased and excited to finally announce the birth of my new venture. It might more accurately, with tongue firmly planted in cheek, be described as a blooming. My Jessica’s Cakes site is down and my Sweet Bloom’s site is under its final stages of construction. Under the new Sweet Bloom’s name, I will be creating gumpaste flowers, cake toppers, and other fondant and/or gumpaste details for cakes. I will not, however be making any cakes to hold these details. Along with the production of sweet details I will be teaching around town. Classes will be posted with links included for those who are interested in attending or finding out more. Come back soon and see the new site.

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    Winter holiday inspired designs in buttercream and fondant

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    January 6, 2013 — 10 am to 1 pm Cooks of Crocus Hill, Stillwater

    Bouquet of Cupcakes
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    Cooks of Crocus Hill, Stillwater
    Valentine’s Day inspired designs in buttercream

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