May 28, 2011

Baby Pops

These cake pops were made for a baby shower that I attended at my Aunt Jeanne's house. The cake pops were created from chocolate cake, buttercream frosting, and white chocolate. The faces were drawn using food coloring. The baby bonnets were created using cupcake papers turned inside-out so that the writing could be seen. I then "planted" them in a flower pot with a pretty ribbon to match the theme of the shower and wrapped it in a Pampers diaper. They were definitely the hit of the party!

Tip: When using buttercream icing to make the cake pops make sure to keep them chilled in the refrigerator or the freezer. This will help keep their shape and help keep the stick in place.

Pororo the Little Penguin

This cake was created for a coworkers son who was turning 2. He loves to watch the cartoon Pororo the Little Penguin. The large Pororo was a chocolate cake that was meant to be his own personal cake that he could dive into. The cupcakes were mini versions of Pororo, some of his friends from the cartoon, and some wintry snowflakes. 

Tip: When using multiple colors of frosting and multiple icing tips, use an icing caddy to keep the piping bags upright and ready at your fingertips.

Scrubs & Band-aids

This cake was created for my cousin Mindy's graduation party. She had recently graduated from Nursing school. The scrubs t-shirt was a marble cake. The accessories were created using white chocolate and sprinkles. The cupcakes were chocolate cake with vanilla frosting. The band-aids were created using Juicyfruit gum, frosting, and red food coloring. 

Tip: To get your frosting really smooth dip your icing spatula in water, shake it off and scrape over icing for desired results.

Decorative Mug

This mug was created for a friend at work who had recently become a new Grandma. She was very excited to share with everyone what her new "nickname" would be. Her mug was designed around the nickname as a surprise and thank you for all the wonderful things she does for me.

April 25, 2011

Berry Trifle

This berry trifle was created for Easter lunch with Jon's family. The trifle was created using an angel food cake, a lemon infused cream and three different pureed berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries). All ingredients were then layered into the trifle.

Tip: Wait to layer ingredients into the trifle just prior to eating so that the layers do not become 
one/melted together.

April 17, 2011

Peeping Out for Spring

These cupcakes were created for a bake sale at school. They were created using  a confetti based cake, vanilla frosting dyed green (using the grass piping tip), bunny peeps, and chocolate eggs. 

Tip: To get the peeps to stand up straight in the cupcake and not fall over, use a toothpick to skewer them into the cake. Just be sure to let the customer know to remove them before eating. ;-)

Valentine's Day Cupcakes

These cupcakes were created for students and staff at my school for valentines day. 

The cupcake on the right is a spice cake with a pink cream cheese frosting and chocolate topped heart. 

The cupcake below is a white cake dyed pink with a vanilla frosting and a chocolate topped heart.

Tip: When using a cream cheese frosting make sure to keep cupcakes in a cool area. In a warm or sunny area the frosting will begin to melt or slide creating a gooey yet still yummy mess.

April 16, 2011

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Footballs

These chocolate covered strawberries were created as a treat for the 2011 Superbowl party at my house. I used milk chocolate to coat them and then piped on the laces with white chocolate. They were the hit of the party!

Fruity Platter

This fruit platter was created using the extra fruit from the Superbowl fruit display. I used decorative glass beads to keep the skewers in place. Included in this display are grapes, cantaloupe, pineapple, watermelon, and some stuffed strawberries (filled with a lemon infused cream).

Tip: Don't let leftovers go to waste - think of a creative way to use them yourself or to share them with others!

Super Fruitbowl - Packers vs. Steelers

This fruit display was created for the Packers vs. Steelers Superbowl game. It was created on a football shaped platter and incorporated many different fruits. My newest technique was the star shaped pineapple.
Go Pack Go!
Tip: When creating different shaped fruit out of pineapple use cookies cutters to make each piece look uniform.

January 23, 2011

Fruitball: Packers Vs. Bears

This fruit display was created for the Packers vs. Bears NFC Championship Game 2011. There is a variety of fruit used in the display including: chocolate covered "football" strawberries, chocolate covered bananas, kiwi, grapes, and more.

Tip: Place all of the skewers into the base before putting on fruit. This allows you to have a good picture in your head of the overall design.

January 18, 2011

New Moon

This cake was created for a student for their birthday. It is a New Moon cake from the Twilight series with a focus on the character of Jacob. I wanted to add the flower to the cake that was apart of the book's cover, but could not find one that looked like it, so I made it myself.

Tip: Can't find exactly what you are looking for...
make it yourself! 

January 15, 2011

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Shortcake

 These cupcakes were created for my birthday treat for the staff and for my classroom this year. They are a play on chocolate covered strawberries and strawberry shortcake.

Tip: When you are all out of piping bags use a plastic zipper bag. Reinforce one of the corners with a couple layers of tape and cut the tip to the size of the piping you would like to do.

Rose Buds

I created these stuffed strawberries to look like rose buds for our Rose Bowl party this year. The strawberries were sliced to make four sections in each berry and then piped with a CoolWhip, cream cheese and lemon infused cream. 

Stop and Smell the Roses

These potted rose cupcakes were created for our Rose Bowl party this year. The frosting was piped to mimic rose petals and then placed into a pot to look like a bouquet of roses. The leaves were made of piped chocolate. I made a total of four pots of cupcake roses for the party.

Haunted House

This cake was created for a student of mine this year. He requested a haunted house birthday cake. Knowing that he is not as big of a fan of chocolate as I am I chose to dye the frosting brown instead of using chocolate frosting. On this cake I was able to showcase my chocolate piping abilities by creating tombstones, bats, a tree, a moon, a house, and even a lantern carrying housekeeper. This is the largest stacked cake I have created so far.

I learned that structure is key to delivering a cake successfully across town.

"Fruit" Cake

This cake was created for the school carnival. It was used during the Cake Walk activity. It is an angel food cake with a CoolWhip and cream cheese frosting with strawberries and blueberries as a garnish.

Home Run

This cake was created for the school carnival. It was used during the Cake Walk activity at the carnival. 

On your mark...Get set...Go!

This cake was created for a friend of mine for her anniversary and celebration of finishing a marathon with her husband. I made two shoes and black and white cupcakes to create the checkerboard around the cake display.

 The fruit display was also created for this event. By request there were many chocolate covered strawberries added into the display.


This cake was created for my nephew Mike for his Confirmation. It is a red velvet layered cake with chocolate piping work on the top and strawberries around the bottom. 

I learned that it is easier to create nice letters by piping them in chocolate onto wax paper than it is to pipe them directly on the cake. If you mess up a letter on the wax paper you can simply make a new one. If you mess up a letter directly on the cake the fix is not always as simple. 

Who would have thought that there is problem solving outside of math class!

SpongeBob SquarePants

This cake was created for a young boy for his birthday. My Aunt had shared my name with a lady she works with and put her in contact with me to create a SpongeBob cake for her boy. 

Through word of mouth a hobby is born.


This was created as a centerpiece display for an important event at our school. The State Superintendent of Schools was scheduled to visit our school after being named one of the healthiest schools in America and my principal asked me to make a fruit display for his visit. Shown in the picture are chocolate covered strawberries, oranges, cantaloupe, honeydew, grapes, watermelon, and apples dipped in white chocolate and coated with sliced almonds.

Rock Steady

This cake was created for one of my students last year. He requested a guitar cake that looked like a guitar that he owned. Knowing that he would be celebrating with family and friends I also made additional cupcakes with Rock Steady guitar picks in them as favors. The guitar was the most detailed cake I had created so far. It not only incorporated cake, but it also included various candies to resemble pieces and parts on the guitar. 

Happy Fruitday

This fruit display was created for the staff I work with for my birthday treat. The base was a watermelon, and I also used cantaloupe, honeydew, pineapple, and strawberries to complete the display. 

Birthday Cookies


These cookies on a stick were created for my students as my birthday treat last year. The cookies that are shown in the boxes on the right were the ones for my students (less frosting). The cookie on the left was an extra from the batch I made. I decided to practice different piping skills on that cookie. I gave that one to my brother to eat because that was WAY too much sugar for me.

Hannah Montana Guitar

This cake was created for the daughter of a friend of mine. It was my first attempt at a cake this large. While many people know of my dislike of the color purple, I put my distaste aside and created this rockin' guitar for her birthday.

I learned to take breaks often because 
a steady hand = better piping. 

Happy Fall

This cake was created for my students as a surprise. I had left over candy corn from another project and wanted to use them up. The cake flavor is spice and I was unsure whether or not my students would like this. To my surprise, the students raved about this cake for days. I still have students ask me about "the spice cake" and if I can make them another one. 

Blast Off

This cake was created for a school carnival. One of the activities at the carnival was the Cake Walk. People would walk around a circle to music and when the music stopped if the number they were standing on was called they would win a cake. I was told by many that this cake was a "hot ticket" item at the carnival. 

Fresh and Fruity

I created this fresh fruit arrangement for a family get-together at my Aunt and Uncle's house. I had seen commercials on TV for these style fruit arrangements and thought I'd try one out myself. I must say this turned out better than I thought it would and my family was truly impressed. 

I used a watermelon for the base and incorporated cantaloupe, pineapple, oranges, grapes, strawberries (plain and chocolate covered), and apples dipped in white chocolate and coated in sliced almonds.

Back to School

This cake was created for my brother for his birthday. He had made the decision to go back to school and I thought this would be an appropriate style cake for him after making that decision. 

I learned...that to get smooth frosting...
I must "dirty ice" the cake!

Flower Power

Last year (2009) I was asked by a student of mine to create a cake for their birthday. I have always loved to bake, but had never attempted creating a three-dimensional cake before. This cake had a chocolate base with a vanilla flower on the top. 

I can honestly say my skills have greatly improved since this first adventure of creating a cake!