Carpenter Cake and Tool Cookies


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This was truly a “change of life” cake.  Not for me, but for Ron,  the cake’s recipient.  A few months ago, his coworker asked me to make goodies for his special going away party.

Ron was actually just leaving one job to embark on a new career….to be a finish carpenter.

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This is a 9″ vanilla cake with vanilla buttercream.  All of the tools and other details are are made from homemade marshmallow fondant.


And cookies, too…I love these cookies, so fun!  Would be great for  a special dad on Father’s Day.

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Congrats to you, Ron!  Good luck in your new career!

Gender Reveal Cake….a



Here’s another cute gender reveal cake for a wonderful couple who is expecting baby #2 in January…I did a pumpkin reveal cake for their first baby boy, Ashton, a few years ago, as well as this adorable Disney “Cars” themed birthday cake and cookies for him last year.

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It’s a 4-layer 8″ chocolate/vanilla marble cake, smooth iced with vanilla buttercream and a hidden layer of (pink?? blue??) buttercream (shhhh, I can’t tell the gender!!).

It’s a BOY!  (chill out, by the time this posts, Mommy already knows… 🙂


Congrats on baby boy #2, Ali Zabel!!

Unicorn Cakes and Cookies


Unicorns are definitely popular right now, especially with little girls!  The cakes and cookies can be customized with different colors and horns.

I just wanted to share a few of the favorites I’ve done over the past few months in case there is a unicorn party in your future…

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And cookies to match…

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This unicorn lover wanted her cake in blue…which is totally cool!

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And one more idea, Unicorn LOL Surprise cake!

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More cookies with purples….

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They’re so versatile and cute.   And who doesn’t love a unicorn 😉

Photography Themed Grad Cake


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It’s graduation season and here is one of my favorites done for a young girl graduating from high school and pursuing an education in graphic arts…

Her mother wanted a simple grad hat with a shout out to photography, Alyssa’s passion.

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It’s an 8-inch confetti cake, filled and frosted with vanilla buttercream,  The base of the mortar board and the camera are rice cereal treats covered with black fondant.  The flat top of the cap is a piece of cardboard covered with fondant to give it support.  All of the other details were made using homemade marshmallow fondant.


She also had graduation caps and diploma cookies with her colors, coral and gold, for the event.

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Congrats on your graduation, Alyssa!  

I really enjoyed doing your sweet treats!


Blue Watercolor Wedding Cake


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I just love the watercolor buttercream trend…I did this cake last year for a lovely couple who placed it at the bride’s table at their reception.  The dessert table included an abundance of cookies and gourmet cupcakes, but this beauty was reserved just for the wedding party…neat idea.

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The 2-tiered cake is 8″-6″, all red velvet confetti (groom’s choice) with cream cheese buttercream between the layers and white chocolate buttercream.  To get the watercolor effect, I first iced the cake in a neutral gray buttercream.  I then tinted more buttercream varying hues of blues and grays (with a touch of violet) and piped random thick horizontal stripes of it all around the cake.  With a smoothing tool (I used a bench scraper), I slowly turned the cake as I smoothed the icing out, blending the colors together.

Really quite a simple technique…the key is not to *mess* with it too much, or you lose the random look.

The bride asked me to include the small bride and groom topper (top pic), which was used by the groom’s grandmother on her wedding cake.  Cool throwback touch with the modern cake design.

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Congrats on your nuptials, Erika and Sean!!  It was an honor to make your special cake!