Bird’s the word.

What happens when you are turning 33 and your favoriteĀ basketball guy is Larry Bird?

You get a Celtics jersey-themed birthday cake.

Happy bird-day!




50 Thoughts Every Caker has While…Caking?

Have you seen the article about 75 Thoughts Every Runner has While Out for a Run? Is that what I look like when I run? What am I, a newborn deer with a drinking problem?

If you haven’t, do yourself a favor and read it. Even if you’ve only ever run one time in your life, it’s hilarious.

As I was working on a cake last night, I had a million thoughts running through my head, and I thought…this could work.

So here you go, 50 Thoughts Every Caker has while Caking… or at least thoughts I have…I haven’t actually talked to a single other caker about this and I could be on my own here.

  1. I can’t wait to start baking today.
  2. Ugh, I only have 2 eggs.
  3. I should have just had oatmeal the other morning instead of that omelet.
  4. Do I have to go to the store or can I make less eggs work?
  5. Gah, I have to go to the store.
  6. Does than mean I need to wash the powdered sugar off my face?
  7. I should really wear an apron. Or at least something white. Will people notice the white powder on me?
  8. I need to get back to baking.
  9. Alright, after a quick trip to the store, I am ready to start baking today.
  10. Don’t overmix, don’t undermix…and BAM. Cake batter perfection.
  11. I better lick the whisk and make sure this is going to taste okay.
  12. Oven set, now what do I feel like belting out today?
  13. Be…Our…Guest…Be our guest, put our service to the test.
  14. Oh gosh, these kids’ cakes are really getting to me.
  15. Can my neighbor see me?
  16. I’m so glad my husband is not here to see me.
  17. I wouldn’t have a husband if I started caking when I was single.
  18. Instead of the cat lady, I’d be the cake lady.
  19. I could be like Cake Baby from Bridesmaids.
  20. I wonder how hard it is to bake a big heart cookie like in the movie?
  21. I’d be so mad if anyone punched a hole in my baked goods.
  22. 5 minutes left on the oven? I need to get this frosting going.
  23. Red frosting is going to be so easy.
  24. How much red coloring is the going to take?
  25. Google search: the best way to get red frosting red.
  26. Psh, Google answer, buy it? Rookies.
  27. Let’s try some black in there…and yeah sure the burgundy.
  28. Oh God. This is turning purple. Why did I do that?
  29. Google search: how do I fix red frosting that I’ve turned pur… backspace backspace backspace.
  30. Put the phone down and focus.
  31. Why did I agree to make this cake?
  32. Why do I make any cakes?
  33. Ooo, oven’s ready. Toothpick check…and good.
  34. I need an assistant. Someone to clean all these cake dishes and get the cake all ready for me to decorate.
  35. If I was rich I would hire one.
  36. If I was rich would I make cakes?
  37. Why doesn’t my husband ever buy lottery tickets?
  38. Glad we don’t have one of those here. Every store trip for an egg would result in a lottery ticket purchase.
  39. I’d have such great odds.
  40. Imagine winning the lottery.
  41. I’d buy really nice towels and bedsheets first.
  42. No, first, I need to finish this cake.
  43. Frosted and ready to decorate…Gah, why did I touch that?! I’ll have to put an extra flower right here…and here.
  44. Ok good, they’ll never notice.
  45. I need a picture to prove I finished this. What if I drop it on the way to get a picture of it? I’ll have n0 proof.
  46. What if the person who wants this cake drops it?
  47. At least I’ll have a picture.
  48. This was not that bad. I like cakes.
  49. What am I thinking? Is this like running? I should write about this on my cake blog.
  50. What do I call it? Caking? Can I say that?



Roses are Red.

And dark pink and light pink and white…when you are doing an ombre cake!


I have always wanted to do a full rosette cake. I’ve done them on the tops of cakes, but never the whole thing, so I was delighted when a friend of mine asked me to make a cake for her mom.

This cake didn’t all come up roses though (youseewhatIdidthere) …red dye is awful to work with. It takes an incredible amount to make buttercream frosting red. At one point, as I was trying to make a dark red, I added some burgundy and came up with a brownish-purple….and then I had to re-start…after a drive to the store for more red coloring. And then a second store because the first was out. It appears someone else was learning about the need for lots of red coloring.

As I was trying to find some secrets online about how to get frosting red, I basically learned that you just need to buy red frosting. And deprive some of my cake of the homemade buttercream? No way.

I bought extra extra red coloring at the store…for the next time!

This cake was vanilla with a tart raspberry filling to counteract all that sweet buttercream!




Styled Shoot – A Fairytale Wedding

Back in January I was invited to participate in my first Styled Shoot. It was for a contest for On the Go Bride asking for winter wedding inspired submissions.

Ours has a whimsical Alice in Wonderland theme. It was one of the only valley snows we got and the scene was just beautiful with the fresh snow, vintage dishes and creative decorations.

View our full submission here. (And learn more about the amazing vendors on this shoot)!

I had so much fun creating the cake for this shoot. I used modeling chocolate for the first time to create roses and a teacup and saucer for the cake. I also got to use some edible gold paint for the first time and it is beautiful.

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I had to put this cake together outside in the garage (in January!) where it was cold enough to keep my chocolate roses the shape I wanted. Brrrr! But worth it.




I just LOVED all the vintage items…this shoot is what inspired me to start a collection of my own!


The table set-up is just so cute and creative.



Everyone was in attendance – The Mad Hatter, Alice, Queen of Hearts and the White Rabbit:




The mismatched chairs and couches? Perfect. Not to mention this darling alter set up.

Since this cake was real (and not Styrofoam) I needed to figure out something to do with it after the shoot…my mom came up with the idea to donate it, so our local Ronald McDonald House was the recipient.

It was absolutely amazing and I can’t wait to be a part of more styled shoots in the future.