“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!


Retro Fleetwood Mac and NKOTB Cakes


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Fleetwood Mac is BACK!!  And if you don’t know what I’m talking about, it proves I’m just way too old.

My dear friend Missy asked me to make a cake for her friend’s 40th birthday.

She wanted a replica of the birthday girl’s favorite album cover, this artistic rendition of the iconic 1977 Fleetwood Mac “Rumors” album.


It took some time and a few sharp exacto blades to cut the image out, but I think I got it pretty close.  Luckily, it was a fairly simple design.

I really love this fondant image-layering technique. It’s kind of like putting a puzzle together from the front to back to get the 2-dimenional image to look kind of 3-D.  The hardest part is visualizing the layers as separate pieces



The cake is a 10″ square key lime cake filled with lime curd and iced with cream cheese buttercream.





Another blast to the past was for Missy’s 40th birthday.  Her brother wanted the theme to be her favorite late-1980s group, New Kids On the Block.


For this one, I used an icing image and added fondant details.  Much easier than cutting each piece out separately!


Happy belated 40th birthdays, Ladies!!

I had fun making these unique and different cakes for you!  :0)