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The Little Chef

Posted by on Tuesday, May 12th, 2015 | 0 comments

The Little Chef

  This adorable cake was created for my daughter’s birthday. We designed it together, which is always so much fun! I think it turned out great…the girls at the party even fought over eating the veggies!   The little chef was fun to make and we love the wooden spoon…just a fun, little detail on a fairly simple cake. Because my family is gluten free and most of the guests are not, cake is always a challenge.  No one wants to be left out of the fun…and, frankly, handing a kid a gluten free brownie is no...

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Pretty Picnic

Posted by on Tuesday, May 12th, 2015 | 0 comments

Pretty Picnic

Summer is almost upon us…so I thought I’d share with you a pretty picnic birthday cake! What could be better than a basket of fruit and French bread? Maybe a basket of fruit and French bread…that actually a CAKE! Of course, a little check napkin, edged with lace, is a must-have for the perfect pretty picnic. Doesn’t this just make you want to have a picnic? Or CAKE??  ...

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Steampunk Tractor

Posted by on Tuesday, May 12th, 2015 | 1 comment

Steampunk Tractor

This has to be my absolute favorite cake to date! I was actually a bit teary to see it go. I love everything about it. I love the aged copper, the red leather seat and straps, the swirls and rounded edges mixed with the cold, metal pipes. I modeled it after a vintage track-type tractor…loosely, you can see. My goal was to create a plausible yet fantastic version of this very old machine. This cake was actually quite heavy, so we build an arm that held the engine of the tractor. The swirly smoke was the most delicate element and...

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Smile, It’s Your Birthday!

Posted by on Wednesday, July 16th, 2014 | 0 comments

Smile, It’s Your Birthday!

Custom cakes have the potential to be so personal… My kids work on their birthday cake designs all year long, piling high all of their favorite things into a “cake-shape”, drawing elaborate scenes that depict their current fascinations, or developing a detailed theme cake to match their party plans. I love to take my clients’ ideas and personalities and create a work of art that unmistakably evokes the reaction, “That is so me…” And this cake is just that way. A special man turned 70 this year and...

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Vintage Baby Boy Cake

Posted by on Monday, July 14th, 2014 | 0 comments

Vintage Baby Boy Cake

My client is throwing a baby shower for her first grand-baby! What an exciting time for everyone. The theme of the shower is Disney’s “Cars” but they wanted the cake to be more elegant. It needed to capture that vintage automotive feel but still be delicate and serene. We decided on light blue checkered top tier, vintage “Cars’-themed” signs, with a precious baby on the top. Baby “Jah Mier” has his own chromed name plaque on the front. I love the sleepy, simplicity of this cake, mixed with the...

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Hotel Pere Marquette

Posted by on Monday, July 14th, 2014 | 0 comments

Hotel Pere Marquette

I used to want to be an architect or at least contribute to architectural designs…um, well, I got a taste of it on this cake. And I’ll just say it is more of a challenge than it looks! The difficulty comes in the fact that the simplicity of the lines, windows and edges must be perfect. There is nothing organic or moving, giving me little room for interpretation…or error. Precision is the key. Square. Straight. Exact. Oh my, talk about intense… So my client ordered two cakes for the one year anniversary of the...

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Peter Rabbit Reveal Cake

Posted by on Wednesday, June 11th, 2014 | 2 comments

Peter Rabbit Reveal Cake

Beatrix Potter’s memorable stories and the classic illustrations that surround them have always inspired me. They are probably my favorite children’s story collection of all times! They are astoundingly real, with troubled children and careless messes. And yet the tales are delightfully fantastic; a world where animals talk and wear adorable little jackets with handkerchiefs. The lovely watercolors always suggest a simpler time, the time in which I dream of living! Bountiful gardens producing all kinds of colorful vegetables,...

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Vintage Art Deco Wedding

Posted by on Friday, April 25th, 2014 | 1 comment

Vintage Art Deco Wedding

I love color. I love vintage. I love history. So naturally I was thrilled beyond belief to design a vibrant, art deco cake for a wedding at the National Studebaker Museum in South Bend Indiana. The parameters were unique, peacock-colorful, vintage-deco. Here it is… Emerald was the color I chose because I love green, they wanted something different…and not many people have an Emerald wedding cake! I used blue and purple peacock feather motifs in various places, but the main elements were chunky metallic pieces. Almost like gears...

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“Following the Iron Compass” Cake

Posted by on Wednesday, February 12th, 2014 | 3 comments

“Following the Iron Compass” Cake

Another birthday in our family, woohoo!  Caleb turned 4 years old and I am happy-sad. For months beforehand he planned out a Thomas the Tank Engine cake, trains coming out of the roundhouse while Thomas scurried along an outside track. Then three weeks before his birthday he decided he desperately wanted a minion cake…but not the scary purple minions. I consented. {Because, he’s somehow still my baby.} I threw out my plans and we went all out designing Dave, the silly minion. Until we went to see the movie...

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Kate’s Monet Masterpiece

Posted by on Friday, January 31st, 2014 | 0 comments

Kate’s Monet Masterpiece

One of my darling daughters turned 9 this month!! I cannot believe how fast time has gone…in some senses. I remember the wonderful day she was born like it just happened. At the same time I can’t hardly remember life without her! Her creative, generous, compassionate and peacemaking soul greatly blesses this family. We love you, dear Kate! Of course, birthdays bring cake. Actually my kids plan their birthday cakes year round…drawing ideas and sketching out elaborate {and nearly impossible} elements of spy labs and underwater...

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