“Finding Dory” Nemo Cake


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I created this cake for a 3rd birthday for little Michael earlier this month. It was so fun to do that I kept adding details once I got started decorating.

Perhaps I went overboard….ya think?

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The cake is a 2-tier (8″-6″) with banana cake w/ cream cheese filling for the 6″ tier and vanilla sour cream cake with strawberry filling for the 8″ tier.  It’s smooth-iced with blue vanilla buttercream with an ombre effect to make it look ocean-y (if that’s a word…?).  The details and figures are made from homemake marshmallow fondant.

I handmade Nemo, Hank, and Dory from fondant mixed with some tylose powder to stiffen it up and I let them dry for a few days before adding them to the finished cake. It’s hard to see, but Nemo is suspended above the surface of the cake on green straws to give the illusion that he’s swimming though the plants on the sea floor.



The “Michael” was hand-cut from fondant using my KopyKake projector and a sharp Exact-o blade.



It was fun adding all the details to the characters to make them recognizable…I especially liked doing Hank the octopus, he has so much going on.

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I loved doing your cake, Michael…Hope you had a fantastic birthday!!

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Harley Davidson Birthday Cake


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I’ve been meaning to write up this cake for awhile because it was so cool.  I made it a few months ago for a dear friend’s dad’s 60th birthday…

Obviously he LOVES his Harley!

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The cake is a 10″ chocolate cake with peanut butter mousse filling (YUM!!) and is iced with vanilla buttercream tinted black.  The details are all cut from homemake fondant.

The flames were made by marbling orange and yellow fondant and cutting them out using different-sized leaf cutters.  I hand-cut the Harley logo and most of the letters.


Loved how it turned out….hope you had a great birthday, Dave!

Ice Cream & Sprinkles Birthday Party!


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Ok, this theme for a little girl’s birthday party is just TOO CUTE!

The client called and asked if I would help her with an ice-cream-and-sprinkles-themed 3rd birthday party for her adorable daughter, Mackenzie.  She needed coordinating cake, cake pops, cupcakes, and cookies to serve about 70 people (whew!).

Her color scheme included mint green and light pink, so I took those colors and got to work.

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The treats for the 70-or-so guests included this tiered cake (8″ pink velvet and 10″ vanilla bean)….

cake pops made with mini ice cream cones (so adorable!)….

cupcakes baked in cones with creamy swirls of multi-colored buttercream….

and cookies.


The tiered drip cake was so fun to do…and so popular right now! The melting ice cream cone topper is simply a huge cake pop made in a sugar cone.  I filled the cone with cake and drizzled it with pink melting chocolate. I also inserted a cake pop stick to ensure it would sit securely on the cake.

The pink drip is white chocolate ganache with pink gel color, smoothed over the top and dripped down the sides of the cake.  And, of course, sprinkles (actually sequins)….LOTS of sprinkles!

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I covered the bottom of the top tier with MORE sprinkles and a ruffly buttercream border.  The #3 on top and name plate on the side are cut from homemade marshmallow fondant.


The cupcakes and cake pops are made from the same cake flavors as the cake. Cupcakes are baked in regular-sized cake cones, which is always a little more difficult than it seems as they take so long to bake (about 2x the batter as a normal cupcake) and the cone has a tendency to absorb the moisture of the cupcake after it bakes and gets a little soft.  But cover them with a healthy swirl of silky buttercream, and all is good…

Instead of a stick, the cake pops are made in mini-cones and then dipped in white chocolate melts tinted mint green and pale pink–so cute!  These we’re actually much easier than a normal cake pop as the drips down the sides added to the melting ice cream cone look :0).

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This was such a fun themed party, and the party set-up at the client’s house was fabulous (wish I had a good picture, but they all turned out too dark).

Hope you had a great 3rd birthday, Mackenzie!  I loved making your treats!!

Poland Bulldogs Baseball Cake


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Loved making this custom Poland Bulldogs cake for my favorite little Bulldog baseball player, Aiden!

His mother has ordered almost a dozen cakes from me over the years (here’s the last one I did for her older son), each one more fun than the last to create, and this one was no exception!


This 2-tiered, 6″-8″ cake is chocolate filled with chocolate mousse on the bottom (with chopped Hershey bars mixed into the mousse…YUM!) and hummingbird cake on the top.  Both tiers are covered with homemade marshmallow fondant.

The bulldog is hand-cut from fondant using my Kopy Kake projector (love that thing!).  Using a layering technique I learned about in a Craftsy class by Corrie’s Cakes, I was able to make the 2-D image look more 3-D.

Love this technique as it makes the image really POP out from the cake…putting it together is almost like creating a puzzle.  Once I figured out the layering, details were drawn on using a food-safe marker and the pieces were “glued” together with watered down piping gel.

All of the other details and lettering are cut using cutters from fondant.


I also made a few baseball cookies to go along with the cake…

Happy Birthday, Aiden….hope you had a great one!!


Green and Purple Cupcake Bouquet


I was asked by my very best client to do the desserts for a shower for her lovely niece.

Along with the cupcakes, the bride-to-be asked for a cupcake bouquet to use as a centerpiece.

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I decided that she needed a bit of color, so I added some purple to the gray and came up with a deep violet as an accent color (although these pics look blue, it’s actually a dark  violet).


These cupcake bouquets are so fun and versatile.  You can do up to 3 colors and I try to include a few different types of piped flowers to add variety, texture, and interest. This one I did in a 7″ basket and it has about a dozen regular-sized cupcakes and 6-7 minis.

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People are always asking about prices on the baskets.  For this size (about 12″ diameter with the cupcakes), it’s $46, which includes the basket.  If you have a container you’d like to use, I can do that also.  Generally speaking, depending on the basket, you can figure $3-4 per cupcake for a price of one of these beauties, lovely enough to adorn any table or a sweet surprise for anyone in your life…better than flowers– they can EAT it!!

Thanks again for the order, Deb, and congrats to your niece!!