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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 | 0 comments

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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Midnight in Paris

Posted by on Monday, December 9th, 2013 | 0 comments

Midnight in Paris

This three-tiered display cake was created for an event for a school fund-raiser, themed “Midnight in Paris”. With blue and purple hues, couture fashion, and floral inspirations I set out to create to capture Paris in a cake. I wanted the elements to feel slightly old-world while remaining classically clean. The iconic Eiffel Tower was tricky for me to conceptualize and execute. I’m much too fluid and organic for rigid architecture, although I do appreciate it in its own place. I decided on a loose rendition, with painted...

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The Cat in the Hat for Norah!

Posted by on Friday, December 6th, 2013 | 0 comments

The Cat in the Hat for Norah!

Well, friends, a year has past since I put my cake shop on hold! I can’t believe how time flies when you are having fun…or trying to survive! What a great year. A heart-wrenching and trying year, but a great one. And now that we are on the other side of just trying to navigate the chaos of adoption, our family is back to enjoying little things like game nights and family outings…and I have energy to make cakes! I don’t take for granted this gift of relative calm in our lives. God is merciful and gracious as He works...

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Sweet Cakes…All Five of Them!

Posted by on Thursday, July 11th, 2013 | 0 comments

Sweet Cakes…All Five of Them!

For all my readers who haven’t heard, we just adopted a sweet three-year-old that we named Joshua. The transition has been long and challenging…okay we are only three months in! But, still, our nights are sleepless and days are filled with doctors and paperwork. Joshua, along with our other four, Ethan, Kate, Annie and Caleb, is such a joy. Yes, that makes five. I never imagined I’d  be a mom to five amazing children! We are honored that God has lead us to Joshua. We are humbled that God is daily teaching us through this...

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An Icing Smile for Trace!

Posted by on Saturday, October 27th, 2012 | 0 comments

An Icing Smile for Trace!

I don’t often share much about my clients…privacy, and all that. But, one time I do feel it is important is when my little cake-eaters are referred to me through an organization called Icing Smiles. I want to first do a shout out for the people who run this amazing program and second I’d like to highlight Trace and his 4th birthday cake! Icing Smiles is a remarkable group, who’s founder acknowledges that this is her calling from God. In fact, she comments, “We are not a faith-based organization. But without my...

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More Important Than Cakes???

Posted by on Thursday, October 25th, 2012 | 0 comments

More Important Than Cakes???

Far too often bloggers write in a way that expertly balances their specialty with just enough reality to hook their readers. That is the nature of writing and I am no different. Cakes are what I do…or at least that is the part I write about. But, I don’t plan, sketch, bake, decorate or anything else in a vacuum void of any other life. Sprinkling in just a bit of humor from my week or an abbreviated story about my kids or husband makes my blog readable and believable…without revealing that my real life is often overwhelming,...

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Baby Owl Birthday

Posted by on Sunday, September 16th, 2012 | 0 comments

Baby Owl Birthday

I thought this sweet baby cake would be a great example to show the process I go through with my clients in designing their cakes. It really isn’t anything earth-shattering but the design aspect of cake making is really one of my favorite parts…so, I’ll share this one with you. . My client emailed me a picture (this is just a detail) of her baby’s special quilt, delicately embroidered and appliqued. I loved it from the start! Exactly my style with the vibrant colors, the little curls of the branches, and all the itty...

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