SUPER Cake

I was honored to make this very special 40th birthday cake for my friend, Mike. I had free creative license with this one; although it didn’t take me long to figure out what I was going to do. You see, this friend is a math teacher, with a young family… and also the singer in an 80s cover band (Flux Capacitor sings in full 80s dress-clothes, hair, eye-liner, and all)! I love singing and dancing along whenever they play; but I also love math! I knew I wanted to incorporate both into this cake-especially after seeing this split picture of him:

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So, here is what I came up with:

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Vanilla cake with raspberry filling, vanilla buttercream, and fondant coated. The Super Pi symbol on top represents the mathematical side of Mike, the little notebook papers around the base (that describe the many ways that Mike is super), represent the teacher side, the wave boarder represents the family man side (family vacations on the beach), and of course, the figure in front represents Mike’s rocker side.

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Happy Birthday, Mike!

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SpongeBob Birthday Cake

I created this SpongeBob Birthday Cake for a little guy’s Birthday. His mom is a friend of mine from Elementary School. This was a fun cake to make and even had some Patrick-topped cupcakes to go with it.

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Happy Birthday, Peyton!

Homemade Twix-like Candy Bars

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From caramel apples to candy bars! I had some leftover melted caramel from making caramel apples. I couldn’t waste perfectly yummy caramel; but what could I do with it? I thought for a minute and then remembered something I had made years ago. Homemade Twix bars! The recipe called for Lorna Doone shortbread cookies, but I don’t buy packaged baked goods and I didn’t feel like making shortbread. I wanted a more immediate reward! So, I took the dry ingredients to my white cake recipe and added vanilla and a stick of melted butter. Once combined, I pressed it into a pan and baked it off at 350 for 12-15 minutes. After it came out of the oven, and cooled, I added the leftover caramel on top and popped it into the fridge.

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Once it had set up, I cut into bars and dipped them into melted milk chocolate. I could hardly wait for the chocolate to set up! Oh so good!

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All Things Apple

Fall is here… that means apple picking at Windy Hill Orchards.

 

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We picked a few…bushels! (Actually, our total was almost 5 bushels!)

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Apple picking means All Things Apple!

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Plenty of fresh apples to eat.

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Lots of apple pie fillings to freeze.

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Dried apple chips.

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Caramel apples!

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Apples bring smiles : )

More things apple to come, for sure-as I have only just begun!

Butterflies for Baby Talbot

 

Inspired by the textured butterflies on the invitation, this baby shower cake is full of texture!

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Congratulations Jess & Mike! We can’t wait to meet Baby Girl Talbot!

 

A Dozen Pies for the Native Sons

Peeling and slicing.

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Tossing and spicing.

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Dough rolling, filling, syruping, top crusting.

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Baking.

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1 Dozen apple pies for the Native Sons’ birthday dinner.

 

Sail Away!

“Come sail away, come sail away, come sail away with me”

I made these cute sail boat cupcakes for a little guy’s 2nd birthday!

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The blue camo cupcake wrappers worked perfectly with the frosting waves and gum paste sail boats.

Happy 2nd Birthday, Little Man!

Purple Ombre Ruffle Cake

For this cake, I was given one word…

PURPLE.

So I ran with it!

Here’s the pretty purple cake I made for a friend’s 5oth birthday:

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Happy Birthday, Sue! May your next 50+ years be just as good, if not better, than the first 50!

 

Hairspray cake

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Cherry Valley-Springfield Central School did a production of Hairspray the musical this weekend. I made this cake and they auctioned it off Saturday night. The white faced gal with the blue hair and pink bow is what is pictured on the playbill. If you are familiar with the musical, you know that Ultra Clutch hairspray is the sponsor of the dance competition on the Corny Collins Show. For those of you who are not familiar with the musical, you should watch it! I once watched the original version and there were some songs and scenes cut from it in the more recent version, where John Travolta plays Tracy’s mom; so watch them both and decide which one you like best! In the musical, Tracy takes a stand against segregation and encourages those around her to stand with her. She is eventually successful in breaking out and breaking down the barriers on the Corny Collins Show, where she dances her way into everyone’s heart.

I took my girls to see the show this weekend, as they love musicals as much as I do! Jared Tracy, as Edna, made the show, in my ‘unbiased’ opinion! Hilarious! Congratulations on a job well done!

Happy Birthday, American Legion

 

Cooperstown’s American Legion is celebrating their birthday today!

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A nice corned beef and cabbage dinner was planned and I was asked to make their dessert. A half & half cake… that is half vanilla/half chocolate cake. This one has buttercream frosting and fondant decorations.

(The smiley face was completely unintentional and was not even noticeable until the picture was taken from this distance. Que Sera, Sera!)

Happy Birthday, American Legion! Thank you all for your service!

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