Toy Story Cake

By | January 27, 2012

Lately the movie Toy Story has been in constant repeat at home.  There’s something about Buzz and Woody that get my 2-year old daughter and nephew all hyped up.  Even though the first movie came out more than 10 years ago it’s still a popular theme among the young ones.  I made this cake for a lucky boy named Jordan and the inspiration came from this photo that his aunt sent me.

Happy Birthday Jordan!  I hope you enjoyed your cake.

Happy New Year’s and a Hello Kitty Cake!!!

By | January 25, 2012

Happy New Year!!!  I know I’m almost a month late but better late than never, right?  I’ve been a terrible blogger and have wanted to get back into it for sometime but I have to admit, I was kind of embarrassed.  I’ve been gone for sooo long.  Life catches up with you and a day of no blogging turns into weeks then months.  Horrible!  A new year means a new start so let’s start with an awesome Hello Kitty cake.

 

The client sent me the two inspiration photos above (I can’t find the original decorator for the cake.  If you know who it is please let me know so I can properly credit them).  She wanted the cake to be very girly, filled with a lot of pink and bling, and Hello Kitty’s head as the top tier.  I was pretty nervous taking on such a request.  I’ve never carved her full head out of cake before.  Hello Kitty done wrong can be disastrous.  The placement of her facial features is so important.  If you get it wrong, you can end up with a cross-eyed cat.  LOL!  I was up for the challenge and this is what I came up with…..

I’ve done many Hello Kitty cakes and this is one of my favorites.  To match the bling on the phone case, I used 3 different sized edible sugar diamonds and pearls.  The border of beads was dusted with a gold luster dust.  Some of the embellishments were made using molds that I purchased from the Etsy shop, WhysperFairy.  The only thing not shown is the #24 gold topper that I placed between the middle and bottom tier.

It was a challenge making the head but I think I did pretty good with it. The whiskers were made of BBQ sticks that I painted with a black food color marker.

The birthday girl was very pleased with the outcome.  In fact, it took the whole night for her family to convince her to finally cut into it.

How did I do?  I would love to hear your comments.  To view more photos check out my Flickr or Facebook page.

Dylan’s Baby Shower Cake

By | August 9, 2011

Why, hello there!  Yes, it’s been a while.  Forgive me?  I’ve been very busy creating some awesome cakes which means I have a lot to share with you.

First up, I did this baby shower a few months ago to celebrate the arrival of baby Dylan.  I made a red velvet cake, cookies & cream mini cupcakes and M&M cookies as favors for the guests.  There wasn’t a theme to the shower so we focused on pastel colors of blue and yellow and made it a little more modern by adding the two shades of brown.  I love the contrast in color of the back wall.

 

 

Welcome to the world baby Dylan!

Visit my Flickr stream to see more.  Up next….if you liked all my Hello Kitty cakes, you’ll love the next one I have to share.  Stay tuned!

Hello Kitty Cakes

By | April 19, 2011

When I was younger, I was a HUGE fan of Hello Kitty and Sanrio.  I remember there was an ice cream shop near my elementary school that also sold Hello Kitty items.  After school, I would ask my dad to take me there to buy ice cream but really, I was plotting my way to have him buy me something from Hello Kitty. I was always a happy girl walking out of the store with an ice cream cone in one hand and a new pencil in the other hand.

I’m not surprised Hello Kitty is still popular today.  Lately, I’ve gotten a lot of cake requests for her and these were for birthday celebrants ranging from 8 years old to their early-mid 20′s.  Even though she hasn’t changed much she still captivates the hearts of the older generation and the new.  This first one was for Jaiden and she was celebrating her 8th birthday at her martial arts school.  Jaiden’s parents requested a Hello Kitty cake but I took it a step further and dressed her up in a martial arts uniform.

The next two were for older but still young at heart birthday celebrants. Hello Kitty and her classic red bow.

80′s Workout Hello Kitty…If Hello Kitty ever works out, I picture her totally rocking the 80′s look with leg warmers and all.  As a surprise for the birthday celebrant, her sister requested to combine her love for Hello Kitty and working out.

Thanks for stopping by.

Owl Cake for Baby Mae Olivia

By | April 18, 2011

Over the last couple of years, I’ve seen the arrival of many adorable babies and I love it!!!  These new additions have all been near and dear to my heart.  One highly anticipated baby will be making her debut soon, Mae Olivia.  I made this baby shower cake this weekend as a surprise for the parents-to-be and went with an owl to match her nursery theme.  Each feather was cut and placed on the owl one at a time.  It’s a tedious process but I’m happy with the outcome.

In addition to the cake, I made this shadow box for the nursery.

Cristina and Andrew, I’m so happy for you both.  I can’t wait Baby Mae’s arrival.

Check out more photos on my Flickr photostream.

Yo Gabba Gabba Dessert Table Part 2

By | April 16, 2011

Where did I leave off….

Photo taken by Jazper

I shared all the yummy goodies from the party so it’s time to share all the other details that made this party awesome.  First, I have to say my family really pulled together and crafted everything perfectly.  I loved watching all of our hard work pay off and seeing all the details come together.

My sister set the tone with these invitations she designed.  It was clean and simple yet still playful with the use of the YGG images.  (This is a scanned image so excuse the quality of the photo and poor muno’s chopped off head.  I also cropped it to remove the address).  I took my nephews picture off this invitation and used it to print edible images for the sugar cookies as seen in my previous post.

I made yummy chocolate caramel popcorn as party favors and made the popcorn boxes using my cricut expression.  The tags were embellished with stickers purchased from here.

Picture provided by my friend Ezmmy

I think there may have been a tissue paper shortage this past February because my sister ordered every color imaginable and used them to make poms.  This was my favorite part of the party.  The colors really popped and brightened up the space.  In addition to being hung up, my sister used them as centerpieces for the guests tables.  Unfortunately, I don’t have a picture of it.

Photo taken by Jazper

Isn’t he cute?  My brother drew and hand painted these YGG cutouts.  It was the perfect size for all the 1-year olds running around.

The highlight of the party were the guest appearances by Milo’s favorite characters, DJ Lance and Plex.

My brother in law, Miguel (Milo’s dad), was perfect as DJ Lance.  He had the kids and adults singing and dancing.

At one point, DJ Lance had all the guests close their eyes and out came Plex.  Ok I lied, this was my favorite part of the party.  I have to give it up to my brother.  He was the brains and master crafter of this costume.  It even included speakers so he can come out to his own music.  He was pretty nervous about his performance but I don’t think he had anything to be nervous about.  He was an awesome Plex and everyone was lining up to take pictures with him.

That wraps it up. I can’t wait to see what we come up for his 2nd birthday.

All photos except otherwise noted were taken by Miguel Vasconcellos

Yo Gabba Gabba Dessert Table

By | April 1, 2011

When my sister announced she was pregnant, I cried tears of joy.  I was beyond excited that I was finally going to be an aunt and that my daughter, Kaydence, will have someone to play with and grow up with.  The minute I held my nephew Milo, I couldn’t wait to fulfill my auntie duties and spoil him rotten.

A month ago we celebrated his first birthday.  Oh how time flies!  My sister decided to have a Yo-Gabba-Gabba themed party because Milo loves him some Yo-Gabba-Gabba.  There’s something about this show that’s so addicting.  Maybe it’s the dancey dance clips or the catchy songs but it’s pretty entertaining to watch.  I admit, I’ll sit down and watch the show myself too.  Try watching it, you might like it.

Our house became Yo-Gabba-Gabba headquarters as everyone in my family prepared for the big day.  There are so many details and lots of awesomeness to share that I have to break this post into two parts.  Of course, this first post is dedicated to the dessert table and cake.

Although the theme was YGG my sister didn’t want to go overboard with having the characters everywhere so we focused more on the character colors.  Milo loves DJ Lance and Plex so my primary colors for the dessert table were orange and yellow.  I added little pops of red, blue, green, and pink for the other characters.  I wanted to keep the table simple but loaded with lots of YGG impact.

The two table photos above were taken by my hubby, Jazper.

On the menu….Red velvet cake pops.  Instead of plain lollipop sticks, I used striped paper straws that I purchased from Sweet Lulu, to match the character colors.

Cookies and Cream cupcakes topped with matching YGG colored M&M’s.

Chocolate dipped pretzel rods with YGG colored sprinkles.  Pops of green, red, blue, and pink were everywhere but did not overwhelm the main colors of orange and yellow.

Sugar cookies decorated with edible frosting sheets.  The image used was from the invitation my sister designed which I’ll post in part 2.

Candy Skewers of sour belts, peach gummi rings, and gummi worms were skewered onto lollipop sticks and selected to match the YGG colors.

Since there were a lot of one year old’s at the party, I added animal crackers and goldfish crackers (not pictured) to the table.  I made the cups and the front cutouts using my Cricut Expression.  The paper was a lucky find from Michaels.  It screamed YGG and fit my color scheme so well.

The main attraction for the table was the cake.  I’m usually giddy with delight when I see my cake completed and all put together but this one got me really excited.  I wanted to showcase everything popular about YGG.  From the main characters to the popular “Party in my Tummy’ veggies, I wanted them all on the cake.  So I decided to keep the base of the cake plain and started sculpting away.

Photo taken by Jazper

All the characters were sculpted out of a fondant/gumpaste mix.  I have to give a big-shout to my intern in training, my hubby Jazper.  He helped me make some of the characters and for a first timer, I think he did a fabulous job. The cake was chocolate cake with a chocolate ganache and raspberry buttercream filling, covered with swiss meringue buttercream tinted in orange.

Plex and Muno.

Gooble, Party in my Tummy crew, Oski Bugs, worms, Brobee, Tutti, Foofa and the Super Music Friends Show.

My favorite out of everyone is the guitar player from the YGG band.

Where’s DJ Lance?  He had his own spot on Milo’s smash cake.  Milo had the pleasure of meeting DJ Lance at last year’s Comic Con and came home with the topper I used for the cake.  It fit perfectly!!!

I was pretty happy with how everything came out.  I was even happier when I got this reaction from the birthday boy himself….I love this boy!!!!  Happy Birthday Milo!

See part 2 for more Yo Gabba Gabba awesomeness which includes a live appearance from DJ Lance and Plex.

All photos except otherwise noted were taken by Miguel Vasconcellos.

Happy One Month Nahla!

By | March 24, 2011

A month ago a friend of mine asked me to make a cake celebrating her daughter’s one month birthday.  Nahla is the first granddaughter of the family so I wanted to make something that was precious and had baby girl written all over it.  I decided to do the popular ruffled cake and added the bow and flowers to it for an extra sweet touch.  The cake was a vanilla cake filled with whipped vanilla custard and frosted with swiss meringue buttercream.  I hope you enjoyed it Nahla!

The cake that started it all…

By | March 15, 2011

Oh my, has a whole month gone by since I last blogged.  I have soooo much catching up to do which means I have plenty to share.  So lets get started. :)

I’ve always had a major sweet tooth.  Even way before I started the patisserie program at Le Cordon Bleu.  Desserts were my thing.  So it was meant for me to jump into this world.  But as I look back, I’m trying to remember what jump started it all.

Three birthdays out of the past four years, I’ve made my husband’s niece, Nikki, her birthday cake.  The very first one was for her 5th birthday and for some reason I volunteered to make it.  I can’t remember why I volunteered but I’m glad I did.  This is what I envisioned for her cake.

A two tier Hello Kitty cake with lots of fondant detail.  Keep in mind, I have never made a tiered cake and never worked with fondant.  How hard could it be?  I just stack one cake on top of the other.  Literally, this is what I did.  No dowels, no support.  I just threw the smaller cake on top and started decorating.  Crazy right!  After some minor tears and frustrations, this was the final cake. Be nice, don’t laugh!

It was close to what I drew up.  Perfect, no way!  But it wasn’t too bad for being my first cake.  I ended up making a pink velvet cake with cream cheese frosting.  The biggest pain was trying to smooth the frosting out.  My hubby had to jump in a few times because I was getting so frustrated.  Why does it always look so easy when they do it on t.v?  Here’s a close up of the fondant details.

The cake didn’t turn out exactly how I wanted it to but the birthday girl really liked it and that’s what made me happy.  Everyone else at the party thought it was pretty impressive so that made me feel even better.

Fast forward one year later and this is the cake I made for her 6th birthday.

It was a chocolate cake filled with whipped vanilla custard and fresh strawberries.  What a difference, right?  This time I made the fondant topper instead of using a candle.

Fast forward two years to her 8th birthday.  Her mom requested a small puppy themed cake and this is what I came up with.  It’s alternating layers of chocolate and vanilla cake filled with cookies & cream buttercream and frosted with swiss meringue buttercream.  Yummy!  This flavor has become quite popular at Love ‘Em Sweet.  I sculpted all the puppies out of fondant.

As I look back, I’m glad they gave me the opportunity to make her birthday cake.  It lead me to find my passion of not only eating desserts but making them.

I have lots to share so check back soon for more Love ‘Em Sweet creations.

OMG! Someone pinch me….

By | February 16, 2011

Valentine’s Day has come and gone but it will be a day I will never forget.

A few weeks ago, I decided it would be fun to put a styled Valentine’s dessert table together.  Instead of the traditional red and white, I wanted colors that were bright and fun but still sweet.  I found exactly what I wanted in the dollar section of Target, a roll of Valentine’s wrapping paper that was pink and teal and filled with cute little lovebirds.  Inspiration can come from anywhere.  I have to say, I had my daughter in mind when planning the details.  She’s only one but I’m waiting for the day when I can plan little parties for her and her friends.  How sweet would that be!!!

The day of the shoot was fun.  It’s exciting seeing everything come to life and of course, eating everything afterward is even better.  I decided that I would take a chance and submit the pictures to Amy Atlas.  I was kind of nervous emailing them to her.  She’s the queen of styling dessert tables and little old me, I’m just barely starting.  I decided to take a chance and send them off.  The worst that could happen is she won’t post them.

Valentine’s Day came and I checked her blog every hour.  Ok, I’m lying, every half hour.  Nothing!  I was a little sad but it was ok.  I decided to check one more time that evening and what do I see….my dessert table! What!!!???  Really!!!???  Someone seriously pinch me.  I started doing my happy dance while my son Kenny just laughed at me.  I was beyond thrilled and excited that she featured my table.  I’m still a little shocked and have gone to her blog several times just to see it again.

A huge THANK YOU to my awesome brother-in-law, Miguel Vasconcellos (www.mv-photo.com), for working his camera magic and taking the photos.  Here are more photos from the shoot….Enjoy!!!