Cakes From My Casa

I used to make cakes for fun. Did I ever mention that?
I’m in the process of finding photos I’ve taken over the years and I’m attempting to scan them so I have a more permanent place to keep them all. I don’t know why I’m really doing this. I’ve made more cakes and decorated cookies than I ever thought to take pictures of.
There are some very traditional designs ~old school cake decoratingRebecca’s cakeold school cake decoratingOh my. I wasn’t even married yet when I made this cake and now I’ve surpassed this number!

… to flirty & fun ~fondant ribbons on a tiered cakeLady Kate’s 35th birthday cake, or was it 30th or 40th?

… to conversation pieces ~

cow cakeJean’s 75th birthday cake

This utterly silly cow cake was for my MIL’s birthday.
The theme was “Party ’till the cows come home!”
It was my first attempt at fondant which I made from scratch. I used pink tappers for the, uh … you know. I made the invitations out of yellow card stock with magenta Holstein spots. I put an overlay of velum over the card printed with the party information and included a cut out of a cow with the directions to the location. Some guests wore overalls and straw hats. It was really a lot of fun. We certainly raised the barn that night!

Shapes were always fun too.

For tea time ~

teapot cake
…. for a plant lover ~

barrel catus cakeEvie’s Cake

… or a springtime basket of marzipan strawberries ~

strawberry basket cake
A baby carriage with a sugar shell and a fondant blanket hiding a layer of marshmallows (shhh) with sugar cookie wheels found it’s way to a favorite 5th grade teacher for a baby shower her students were giving her~

baby carriage cakeMrs. Cuevas’ Cake

And of course, whatever cake the boys wished for their parties was granted.
Whether we were mining for gold with spray painted rocks in a wheelbarrow of sand and water for the miners to excavate and discover ~

gold mining cake
… or we were headed to the moon ~

space cake
… it commanded almost as much excitement as the party itself!

Next week, I’ve got some St. Patrick’s Day goodies planned to post about.

Cute story behind this little leprechaun’s picture ~

gold of gold st patricks cookieShe was son2’s best friend until she moved to New Jersey about the time this picture was taken. She is from a very Irish family so I had to make this cookie for her.
The kids lost touch but found out through Face Book that they are now attending the same college.
A small world.
You never know where that rainbow will lead you. πŸ™‚

Comments

  1. It’s always funny to see the cultural difference between countries even in pastries and cake ! whoah those cakes are BIG ! and very beautiful by the way !
    Your blog is nice…
    Morgane( the french one)

  2. Those cakes are amazing. Of course the pink one is my fave!

  3. I missed you post yesterday :O( Happy Birthday to Son2!

    I wonder too how many years I can get away with the baby weight excuse lol!

    Your cakes are gorgeous! I love the cactus one! Are those white sprinkles? You are so talented! Is there anything you cant do?

  4. those cakes are beautiful! how funny that they go to school together again.

  5. You’re making me want to dig out my cake albums and reminisce about those sugar-coated days of yore, lol. (Like I need to remember the 16-hour extruded fondant and edible gold Kente-inspired cake–ack! Flashbacks!)

    I’ve agreed to do my brother’s wedding & groom’s cakes in April & I hope I don’t end up regretting it. I always end up referring to my cakes-in-progress as monstrosities πŸ™‚

    (Hi from SITS!)

  6. Wait, woman, you MADE those? You are way talented. As they say, mad skillz. Goodness. You’ve been holding out on us. In all seriousness, those are beautiful.

  7. Girl! Just when are you opening your bakery and starting your business?!!! What are you waiting for? Clearly, you are the next Sylvia Weinstock.
    So very, very talented, you are my friend!

  8. You are simply unbelievable!! These cakes are gorgeous, works of art, keep the pictures coming!
    I have something for you over at my blog, take a peek if you are so inclined!
    Have a great weekend!

  9. Are you SERIOUS???? You are unbelievable!! Those are some of the prettiest cakes I have ever seen. O.k. it’s time to come clean. You are a pastry chef right? You have to be. Please do a tutorial someday. I know I’m a great cook and baker, but come on!! I want to do this.
    That is a great story about your son and his friend ending up at the same school. It is a small world.
    Have a great weekend!
    XOXO

  10. Morgane ~ Thank you very much. πŸ™‚

    Sherrie ~ Thanks. It is my fav too. πŸ™‚

    ‘burb Princess ~ You can get away with at least 19 years. πŸ˜‰ Those little white spokes are individual lines of royal icing I had made ahead of time and stuck into each little green poof I made. That is the technical description. πŸ™‚

    Heather ~ Of course they are feel they don’t know eachother now but they have met and are in touch. πŸ™‚

    Scraps ~ Oh, do it! πŸ™‚

    LPC ~ Thank you. You can tell it’s a slow news day over at PM&P. πŸ™‚

    SJN ~ I have to admit I don’t know who Sylvia is! I’ll have to wiki her over my tea this AM. I could never live with baker’s hours but don’t think I haven’t fantasized about it a time or two. Thanks for the nice compliment. πŸ™‚

    L2 ~ Thank you! I’ll head on over. I love surprises! πŸ™‚

    Ronda ~ I took a class long before I was even married and went from there. I used to poor over the Wilton Yearbooks and when you’ve got kids to make B-day cakes for it’s just a lot of fun. You should take a class. Let me know if you decide to do it. It really is a lot of fun and especially that clean up now is so easy with disposable bags. Go for it!! πŸ™‚

  11. Amazing! You truly are so talented (they look delish)!

  12. awww!! i remember some of these cakes!! =) you never cease to amaze me.

  13. Bonjour, Just found your fabulous blog via Lily Lemontree, these cakes are so beautiful – I’ve always wanted to do cakes like these. Sadly no luck so far..
    I’ll be back soon to see more.

  14. I am seriously impressed by these sweet confections!

  15. Pink Champagne ~ I love how we share the same passion for pink cocktails. Thanks for your nice comment. πŸ™‚

    Mizz ~ You betcha. Now let’s focus on some nautical nuptial cupcakes! πŸ™‚

    Bonjour~ And a ‘bonjour’ to you as well! Isn’t Lily L. the best? Do come and visit again! πŸ™‚

    H&HB~ Thank you! I am impressed with anything that involves me fav food group – sugar! πŸ™‚

  16. E-gads! I clearly misspelled ‘pour’ in Ronda’s comment. I just cannot let that go uncorrected. I need help. I’m going to get a brownie now. That should do it.

  17. such beautiful designs! love the udders πŸ™‚

  18. Wow I had no idea you did cakes too!!! What a surprise – you are quite a talented gal!!!!!

  19. I tagged you in my Blog: http://theposhmommas.blogspot.com/ because I start my day w your blog & think others should too! xoxo ~T. (aka) The Posh Momma:)

  20. Sylvia… the grande dame diva of the wedding cake world! She’s in NY, maybe that’s why you don’t know of her.
    http://www.examiner.com/x-4629-NY-Bridal-Fashion-Examiner~y2010m1d28-New-York-cake-grand-dame-Sylvia-Weinstock-celebrates-her-birthday
    She also has several cake books published to inspire you, enjoy!

  21. YOU are so talented! My gosh Miss Pink. Why are you not opening a business? Do the cookies for sure. You are amazing!! xoxo

  22. Thank you, Chloe! πŸ™‚

    Diva ~ Surprise! I CAN do more than drink margaritas and talk about music parents! πŸ™‚

    Posh ~ Gosh darn, you are so sweet. Left you a message. πŸ™‚

    SJN ~ Thanks for the link. Yet another incredible woman for me to have a creative crush on! πŸ™‚

    P101 ~ If you relocate we can personally deliver to Jethro and Jon and then trade off. I am very generous and am willing to compromise. πŸ™‚

  23. WOW! So glad I stopped by from SITS – those cakes are amazing!

    Have a good weekend

  24. I loved my cake! You do the BEST sugar flowers in the world!

    xoxo

    Rebecca June

  25. These are all absolutely amazing. Wow. You are more-than-seriously-gifted Miss PM&P, these are knock-your-socks-off-cool!

    Hope your weekend is half as fab as the cakes, because that would make it incredible!
    tp

  26. I’m late for the party on this post, but WOW so impressive. You’re the Martha Stewart of the west coast I believe!

  27. Amazing!! You do tose cakes just for fun?!?! Wow! I especially *love* that first cake with the blue flowers. Are they to eat or “pure decoration”?
    Seriously, my deepest respect and admiration for all of them!