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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 | 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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