Learning to Fly Cakes and Pastries: Baby Boy Shower Tower

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Wedding in December

Ms. Shumaine asked me to create her wedding cake that would be something out of the ordinary.  We looked at several designs and decided on a cherry blossom motif, only using shades of purple.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Lane's Sweet Cake

Lane's mom called to order an almond butter cake with lots and lots and lots of frosting!

Avery's 4th Birthday!

Trains! Trains! Trains! That is what this 4 year old loves and wanted on his cake!  Mom wanted 3 tiers, one chocolate, one lemon, and one almond butter, AND "curly-cues" on top! So....here it is!

University of Alabama Graduation Celebration!

The mom of a recent University of Alabama Honor Graduate asked for a cake to help with the celebration. The cake is lemon with vanilla buttercream and fondant decorations.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Up Against a Brick Wall

Up against a brick wall--
It appears to be a dead end--
I bang my head until I understand
This is an invitation to turn [not stop]
or go around [not quit]
or dig a tunnel [not give up]
or build a bridge [not surrender]
I will slam against this wall
as long as it takes to realize
That turning changes my question
from "Why me?" to "Now where?"
and then I am on my way again.
                             [by R Fitzgerald]

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Tea Party Time

A very special group of young ladies are attending a Tea Party this week, and this cake is theirs to enjoy!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Roses, Roses, Roses

A Thanksgiving weekend wedding cake.

WWF Cake for a Happy Little Boy!

Hayden looks happy with his WWF cake!

A former student called for a birthday cake for her 7 year old son.  When I asked what kind of cake, there was no hesitation at all!  WRESTLING!  I wasn't sure exactly HOW I would design such a cake, but I knew there were some "musts" for such a cake. So I did a wrestling ring with a championship belt and a wrestler [who lost his head before the party...LITERALLY lost his head :( ]

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Avi Turns 40!!

What a fun time we had celebrating Dr. Avi's 40th birthday!

Hayden is 10...and LOVES to play football!

Hayden and his friends, celebrating his 10th birthday!
My first-born grandson, Hayden, turned 10 years old this year, which is very hard for Mamaw to believe. And this is the very first year he played football and who could have guessed that his team would win the championship!!!

When he began to plan his birthday, there was not question -- Hayden wanted a football cake!  So I began to plan a crimson/white, houndstooth cake...but NO, he wanted a cake for HIS team, the Tuscaloosa County blue/white team!!
Still celebrating -- but with new hairstyles, what's up with THAT??!!! :)
Gotta love 10 year olds!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Down By the Pond!

My son-in-law, Shawne, loves the outdoors. He loves to hunt, he loves the beach, he loves to play outdoors with Joshua and Mei-Anna!  So when his birthday came, I had a little fun with his cake.

Happy Birthday, Shawne.  What a blessing you are to our family.

Another Gymnastics Lover!

Happy Birthday, Anna-Scott! I hope this cake is EXACTLY what you hoped it would be!  Have a great time!

Fairy Tales Do Come True

"Fairy Tales Do Come True" was the title of the photo album with pictures of Amy and Sam's wedding.  I was fortunate enough to be asked to create a cupcake tower for their reception!  Congrats to both of you; may you have many, many years of fairy tales!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Baby Boy Shower Tower

Connie asked for a cupcake tower with 2 dozen cupcakes for the soon-to-be mother of a little boy.  She even gave me a piece of the fabric she was using for a table runner.   Here is the fabric:

The Fabric Sample!
Here are some pictures of the final product:

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Mei-Anna's Shoe Cake

Mei-Anna is my only granddaughter and always will be.  I could write extensively about how God placed her in our family, how He knew exactly who her parents should be...even if they lived half way around the world, how He has His healing hand on her, how He has used HER to help ME heal, how He has allowed us to be blessed by her determination, sweetness, and, yes, stubbornness.

Mei-Anna when Kim and Shawne first met her in China.

In China after meeting her Momma and Papa

BUT...that's not my story this evening.  My story this evening is about Mei-Anna's 6th birthday cake.  What did she ask for on her cake? Shoes.   Just shoes.  That's it.  MEI-ANNA LOVES SHOES!  So here is what she got for her party!

Happy Mei-Anna Today!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Jordan's "Roll Tide" Birthday

Jordan, BIG Alabama fan, celebrated his 7th birthday playing football with his pals and cutting into his own special "ROLL TIDE" cake!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Momma's 80th Birthday Party

Momma with her cake.
Ok...first of all, Mom's birthday is not until November 30, so technically she is NOT 80 yet.  However, the daughters she and Daddy reared and the children the daughters reared and the children of the children the daughters reared are from the South.  The South where the threat of a snowflake is reason enough to cancel school and the appearance of a snowflake is followed by sheer panic as evidenced by the masses herding to the grocery stores for bread and milk!  The South where 3 inches of snow can shut down an entire city for as many days and an ice storm can cripple civilization beyond belief.  The South where more than 3 days with temperatures below freezing is enough to warrant the season to be declared one of the worst winters ever.  So the very thought of driving to Kansas City at the end of November was horrific.  November is WINTER.  Kansas City is the MidWest.  November + MidWest = Cold, Snow, and/or Ice!  So Mom got her 80th birthday in October, on a beautiful, sunny, autumn day.

We had planned the celebration in the basement of a church, but when God saw fit to give us the beautiful weather we moved it to a shelter house on Longview Lake.  Fried chicken, ham, potato salad, baked beans, and chips!  Life doesn't get much better than that!

It was a wonderful celebration with all four of Mom's children, most of her grandchildren and great-granchildren there to share their love with her.  There was a lot of chatter, laughter, running, playing....Mom even went down a slide!  She and Daddy sat in lawn chairs and watch the kids play.  It was a special day for ALL of us.

Thanks, Momma, for all you have done for this entire family.  Love you so much.

Momma and Daddy -- now over 60 years of marriage!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Connor-man's Birthday Cake!

My Connor....6 years old!
Connor, my soon-to-be 6 year old grandson, knew exactly what he wanted on his birthday cake, and Mamaw went to work!  He wanted a mom, a dad, a Connor, an "A" for Alabama, his name, a Mustang, a monster truck, and a motorcycle.  Well, the monster truck and motorcycle turned out to be thorns in Mamaw's decorating side, so Connor decided 3 cars on a race track would do.

Here are some pictures.  I can't wait to get pictures of Connor with his cake!

Baby Shower Tower

Goodies for a Baby Boy's Baby shower!! A cupcake topper cake with matching cupcakes for the cupcake tower to celebrate the soon arrival!

Joshua's Birthday Cake

Joshua, my soon-to-be 8 year old grandson wanted a Mario cake, but there was a catch! He wanted to make the decorations for it.  And so he did.  He worked on about 4 different occasions, getting things just right.  We had a great time planning and completing the cake.


I think he did a great job! What do you think?