Sesame Street Birthday Cake


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Loved doing this cute Sesame Street birthday cake for Reid! It started out as a 3-tiered cake, but Reid’s mom decided that 2-tier was large enough and I added the sign on top to give it that extra needed height.

sesame_st_cake_4The bottom 10″-tier is chocolate with cookies and cream filling and the 8″-tier is snickerdoodle cake with cinnamon buttercream between the layers.   The cake was smooth iced with buttercream and the details and images were all hand-cut from homemade marshmallow fondant.

Reid’s mom specifically wanted Elmo and the Cookie Monster to adorn his cake.  I loved the little details of the stars on wires, the tiny letters cut from fondant, and the multi-colored stripes….so festive and happy.  The cake just screams “HAPPY BIRTHDAY!” don’t ya think?

I debated on adding homemade chocolate chip cookies around the bottom, but I had some extra tan fondant from another project, so I rolled it out thick, used a round cutter, pushed in some mini chocolate chips, and dusted the edges with cocoa powder to make them look “baked.”

I was really pleased with how they turned out.


This was SUCH a fun cake with so many cute details.  Hope you had a great 2nd birthday, Reid (and thanks for asking me to make it for him, Candee :0)!

“Miss to Mrs.” Bridal Shower Celebration Cake


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I haven’t shared a cake creation for awhile, so thought I’d post this cute one I did a few months ago for a bridal shower….


The bride’s aunt ordered it for her niece and showed me a picture of a cake with a simple bride’s silhouette all in buttercream.

I embellished my design to make it a bit more dramatic with the silhouette hand-cut from black fondant and overlaid with buttercream swirls and flowers.


The cake was a half sheet double layer banana cake with chocolate mousse filling, smooth-iced with vanilla-bean buttercream.

The inscription is cut from fondant using letter cutters with 2 different font types.

Congrats to the Bride-to-Be, I hope you liked your cake!!


Graduation Cake and Cookie Ideas



It’s almost graduation season, so start planning those parties!  I really can’t believe how huge graduation parties are here in Ohio…much bigger than celebrations where I grew up.

These are some examples of half-sheet cakes that are a good party-size and can serve a bunch when made with 2 layers.

These 2 graduation cakes I did for a Poland Seminary High School graduate last year who was going to Ohio State in the fall.

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This Cardinal Mooney cake I did a few years ago (before I discovered how cutting letters out of fondant is much cleaner … and straighter :)).  The graduate was going to the University of Dayton…




These are full sheet cakes, which I don’t make often as they are difficult to manage in my regular-sized fridge.  I love this black and yellow theme with swirls and stars.  It really says “Let’s CELEBRATE…you’ve done it!!”



For this one I made a 3-d mortar board and decorated it with stars, sprinkles and fondant twists. Here’s the post that describes it in more detail.



This cake is for a smaller celebration…followed by a group of specialty cakes.





And you always need cookies, right?



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Spring Cupcake Bouquets


I am just crazy about these cupcake bouquets!  I made them last year for Mother’s day…Such a nice thing to give your mom to show her how much you care.


They’re so bright and cheery and are sure to brighten anyone’s day–maybe even MORE than real flowers.  Why?  ‘Cause you can EAT ’em!

The best part is they can be customized to your cupcake flavor preference, color combination, even flower type…what’s not to love about that?


The hydrangeas were piped with a Wilton 1M tip and the roses with a 2D tip.  I variegated the colors by layering them with white in my piping bag…they look much more realistic that way.

So fun, so sweet, so colorful….perfect for every season!

Spring Flowers 2-Tiered Birthday Cake


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Here is another of my favorite birthday cakes…mainly because I love yellow….makes me feel so happy and “spring-y,” if that’s a word.

yellow_2-tier_1Cheryl’s daughters were planning a surprise party for their mother and asked if I could do a yellow “rustic iced” cake, 2-tier, with tulips and the custom topper they ordered.

I love how the colors of the flowers pop against the pale yellow icing…

The cake is a 7″ and 10″ tier white chocolate cake with raspberry filling and white chocolate buttercream.  The personalized glittery topper is perfect to add some height.

Hope you had a great surprise birthday party, Cheryl!  I really enjoyed making your cake!