Saturday, July 26, 2008


Made a word cloud using the text from my blog at Try it out, it's pretty cool...
Thanks to howtoeatacupcake for the link.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008


The School Nutrition Association (SNA) National Meeting is taking place in Philadelphia this week. I had a few colleagues over for dinner. Sarah is my drink inspiration. Over the years she has given me a number of drinks that are my standard- Side Car, lemon drop and Sweet Makers Manhattan. After a few rounds of drinking made by Sarah, (with the vodka I inherited from my Grandmom... Who knows how old it really was and some beverages we picked up at the food show), We made this joint cake. It is truly a work of art. Everyone contributed... Sarah made the green pearl boarder and wrote the initials of each of us around the outside of the cake, Norma wrote "eat me" (adds a touch of class that is very fitting to our conversation...), I made a few roses and made the smooth coat of icing, and Jill made roses and leaves. So it's SNA plus J- Sarah, Norma, Amy Plus Jill for the SNA (School Nutrition Association) meeting. We are sooooo clever....

Here is a pictures of the girls in action:

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Diane's Farewell

A Victorian Tea Garden (or something like that...)
Naked Cakes :)

Another co-worker is leaving... Diane is moving on to bigger and better things in the " MW" that's Mid-West for those not in the know... :)
Diane is one of those people in your life that makes you feel richer just for knowing her. Not monetary rich but rich in friendship and life. I don't want to get too sad but I'm going to miss her positive spirit in the office and in the lunch room...

I wasn't able to attend the work party they had for Diane today but I wanted to contribute. Diane likes her caffeine. The theme of the party was Tea or most things caffeinated, so I made some cupcakes for the tea party...

The cake flavor is strawberry ( added 10oz pureed fresh strawberries, 1/2 c. applesauce, 2 eggs and a little bit of water to a box of white cake mix). Made mini and regular sized cupcakes and covered them with buttercream flowers. The inspiration came from Janek on cakecentral. I have issues with roses and this attempt was just as frustrating as previous attempts. The buttercream I was using wasn't stiff enough. The centers kept falling over when I was adding the leaves. A few fell off the nail as I was making them... I've been playing with fondant a lot recently and haven't really made a lot of buttercream flowers. I'm hoping to change this... I found a few new videos on Utube and will be practicing on future cakes.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

4th of July

Happy 4th. Made this cake for a family picnic.

It's buttercream with marshmallow fondant accents. Cake flavor was vanilla.

I made stings of blue and white fondant and rolled them together to get the varied colors of the flowers which were cut from a gum past daisy mold. I was going to try to figure out a cake topper that stood up on the cake to make it a little more dramatic (which would have impressed my brother) but ran out of time and energy. For the next family cake, I'll give that a try...

Overall, ate too much food and had a great time hanging out with my family...

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Reba Mac's Big B!

It's Reba's Birthday! Had a lovely dinner with lively conversation with Rebecca, Jules, Stacy, Jeff, Paul, and Steve.

I might have been commissioned to do a grooms cake in the shape of a butt... I'm not sure if that was the wine talking or if it will seriously happen... I'll keep you posted.

This cake design was inspired by a cake from the pink cake box. They are by far my favorite bakery. I read the blog regularly... One day I will be able to make cakes like that....