I come from a family that cooks and bakes. My mom always decorated a beautiful cake for our birthday. I baked Jiffy box cakes with my Grandma (Nola) Fabian when I was a kid. My hubby’s Aunt Mary always designed and decorated cakes from her kids’ request or interests at the time. One memorable cake of Aunt Mary’s was of a pool with the swim lanes, starting blocks and flags for her daughter Jessie who was on the swim team.
Between my mom and Aunt Mary I was inspired to do the same thing for my children. I took a Wilton Cake Decorating Class at my local craft store. I learned a lot of different techniques and tricks using frosting.
I never have considered myself creative or artistic, since I started decorating cakes I have come to think that my frosting could be like paint. And some day I could paint a master piece. Until then I will make edible master pieces.
The baking part is very easy. I am now admitting to the world that I use a box mix for most of my cakes. I feel like I have more time to make each cake beautiful if I use a box mix. I have made a few cakes from scratch and they aren’t as moist and yummy as the box mixes. I recently needed to make a yellow cake from scratch and it was delicious and not too much extra work!
Once my frosting colors are decided I divide up my frosting. And it sometimes looks like an artist’s work area.
Crumb coating is a time-saving technique and I use it with almost every cake. Click here to see a demonstration on YouTube.
In second grade Robbie had a VIP day. This is where the parents can come to the class to share something special about the family or talk about what they do for work. Robbie and I decided that we would have his classmates decorate their own cupcake. I made lots of frosting and put them in bags.
One of Robbie’s classmates loves volcanos and tornadoes. He decorated his cupcake as if it was a volcano and it measured about 4 inches tall.
My Favorite Cakes:
I made this cake for my future sister-in-law, BJ’s, bridal shower. My brother and BJ enjoy gardening and they had a little pond in the corner of their yard.
This was for Henry’s 2nd birthday. He loves chickens and he loved our cow Vanilla.
I made this cake for our family reunion.
This is Henry’s 3rd birthday cake. I spent so much time coloring and baking the insides I just couldn’t do anything special on the outside.
My Prettiest Cakes:
This cake was made in for the cake decorating class that I took. My first time doing roses and a bow.
My Only Wedding Cake:
I decorated this cake for my brother’s wedding. The mothers of the bride and groom baked the cake together.
My Ugliest Cakes:
Robbie’s request for his 6th birthday was for a chicken, chicks and a pumpkin.
This cake was made for an ice fishing weekend with Jack’s college friends.
My Baby Shower Cakes:
My Nightmare Cake: I made this beautiful cake for a dear friend’s son and daughter-in-law’s baby shower (they knew they were having a boy). The decorating went very well I didn’t stress too much about colors or the design. Because this was my third time with the similar design. The only challenge was to find time to decorate. I worked on it after the boys went to bed and finished it during their nap time. My plan was to deliver it the evening before the shower, approximately 10 miles away. Here is the part that puts this cake into the “nightmare” category…as I was turning into the driveway of my friend’s house (thankfully her driveway is long and she didn’t see me pull in) the cake platter slipped off the seat and the cake tipped into the back of the seat. Not falling on the floor (thankfully) but destroying my design and cracking the cake in half. Believe me there was lots of tears and swearing and throwing frosting out of the car. I went home called my friend to tell her that I was unable to deliver the cake that evening and hoped it would be okay if I took it directly to the church the next day. I had another night of lost sleep making more frosting and redecorating the cake. NEVER travel in a car with your decorated cake out of sight!!! Since this cake, all the cakes I deliver ride on the front seat, I prefer to have all my cakes picked up, and I ALWAYS make sure a cake leaves my driveway in the front seat or on someone’s lap.
My Birthday Cakes:
My Adventurous Cake:
I made this one for my cousin, Libby’s, birthday. She is a very adventurous woman.
My Hardest Cake:
Tricky was our first rooster. Robbie loved him and when we would feed him worms through the fence Tricky would jump very high to get the worms and it looked like he was doing tricks for us. I surprised Robbie for his 5th birthday with this cake.
My Easiest Cakes:
This is the picture on a t-shirt that our midwives give to each family they work with. Some t-shirts say “born at home” and if the baby was born in the hospital, assisted by the midwives, the shirt says, “born into loving hands.” I made this cake for an annual party our midwife has on her farm.
I made this one for a bluebird party I had at my house.
These were for Robbie’s birthday treats at preschool and the week’s theme was “emotions”.