My intentions of this blog are to of course showcase my talents but also to encourage others to bake! I want to show people that you do not have to attend a culinary arts school (if you do, that is obviously great!) to be successful in the baking business. You do not need super expensive equipment or a large oven to get wonderful and professional looking results. I have been in this business for a few years and I have learned so much without taking one class! And I want to share with you what I have learned.

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Saturday, October 5, 2013

Wonder Woman Cake

My wonderful mother celebrated her birthday last weekend and I of course had to make her a cake. I volunteered to watch my almost 2 year old sister overnight and at the same time wound up with a sinus cold. Never the less, i made the cake anyway! My mom really liked Wonder Woman when she was a liyyle girl so I decided to make that the theme of the cake. Here is what I came up with...
My mom hates fondant so I covered the cake in buttercream icing and decorated it with fondant pieces. Both tiers also have a strawberry filling which she really enjoyed!!!!    

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Blue Safari Baby Shower Cake and Cupcakes

I was recently asked to make both a cake and cupcakes for a safari baby boy shower last month. I was really excited because I love animal prints!!! I wanted to match the prints to the decorations that were purchased for the shower which were (cheetah/leopard not sure which one), tiger and giraffe images. Here is what I came up with.
 The cake is a half sheet and completely covered in fondant and hand decorated. The cupcake are m famous Oh! Oreo cupcakes and topped with with fondant decorations. The customer really enjoyed them and I think that the made her baby shower extra special!!!

Super Laura Cake

I have been away from m blog for a very long time but of course I have been baking the entire time!! I have been busy with life and of course baking and I am now back to share with you my recent creations!

My mother-in-law celebrated her 50th birthday this past August. We celebrated on the Spirit of Philadelphia (ship in Philly) and I was of course in charge of making a wonderful cake. I had no idea what type of cake to make but m hubby wanted it to have some sort of "superwoman" theme to it and here is what I came up with.


   Along with being a great mother she is so man other things including a great sister, daughter, nurse and caregiver. She is really a wonderful and loving person and I wanted to show that in the cake. She also LOVES her dog Romeo and shopping on QVC...lol. She absolutely loved the cake and so did everyone else, including the ship staff!!!


Thursday, August 15, 2013

Dora Cupcake Cake

Here is another cupcake cake that I made a few weeks ago. I love making these things! This one was for a little girl celebrating her 2nd birthday with a Dora theme.The #2 is shaped from 28 regular sized cupcakes with 2 extra cupcakes on the side. The cupcakes are covered in purple and pink buttercream icing. Dora's face and the flowers are made of fondant. This was such a quick and easy cake to make. I shaped the number 2 myself and I always have to remind myself to add icing on the bottom of each cupcake so they do not slide apart before the cake is ready to be dissected!

Spider-Man Cake

The same weekend that I was asked to make the Luau cake I was also asked to make a Spider-Man cake for a little guys birthday party. This cake is a two tiered cake as you can see; 14 inch round on the bottom and a 10 inch tier on top. Pretty simple design, Spider-Man's face with black webs spread across the two tiers. I recently stumbled upon a new technique for stenciling character's faces to cakes using wax paper and piping gel via youtube and I feel like I have solved a very huge problem for the near future...lol.

Luau Birthday Cake

So, I have been MIA from my blog because I had a whole lot going on. Well, hubby and I have moved into our own house and we are kind of just getting settled in 2+ weeks later. But I of course have not stopped baking and I have much to share....
In late July, I was asked to make a cake for a sweet young lady who was celebrating her 9th birthday Luau style!! Her mom decided to go with a round cake and asked that it be covered with a grass skirt and have flowers around the border. This was a pretty fun cake to make and I thought that the palm trees and sand (my secret weapon of graham crackers...shhhhh) made and extra nice touch!! I know that she enjoyed the party and enjoyed the cake as well.







Sunday, June 30, 2013

Steelers Football Cake

I made this cake for my step-dad's birthday. He is the ultimate Pittsburgh Steelers Fan! He loves football and all of his birthday gifts this year were Steelers themed so what better way was there to celebrate than having a cake to match the occasion...lol. This one was pretty easy for me. I just used a football cake pan and covered the cake in buttercream icing. I also took a circle of fondant and hand painted the Steelers logo. And he loved it of course! He isn't a fan of icing at all but I had to make it look nice so he didn't mind at all. Again, this is very simple and easy to make :) The pan completely shapes the cake and all you have to do is cover with icing!

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Flower Sheet Cake

This was a very simple and quick cake for me. My grandmother put in an order for some function that she was going to and said that the cake didn't need to be elaborate, just a sheet cake. This is a 1/4 sheet cake completely covered in buttercream icing. I decided to practice my rose making skills on this cake and as you can see, I need much more practice...lol. I also added some rosebuds, vines and leaves and there is my masterpiece! I love when I have free reign over a cake because I can make the into anything that I want. This blank slate allowed me to practice my flower making skills and everyone loved the way that it looked too :)


Elephant Baby Shower Cake

This cake goes along with the Pink & Purple pregnant belly cake that I made below. The customer ordered two cakes for the special occasion!!! This is an 8 inch round cake covered in fondant and decorated with two beautiful hand crafted elephants, fondant flowers and hand painted circles. I looked at a picture of elephants and used a knife to carve the fondant images but alas I have found and easier way to do this (for next time...lol). I will share that technique on another blog post. This was a cute little cake that took no longer than an hour to decorate and the customers really enjoyed it!

Bye Bye Tummy, Hello Mommy Belly Cake

Baby showers are always fun and you cannot have one without a cake! This is a cake asked to be specifically designed by the customer. I have already made one of these cakes so this wasn't a new idea for me, well it was a little different from the first one that I made. The entire cake is covered in fondant and what is different about this cake is that this mommy has a little bit of cleavage showing (she's a hot mama...lol). I used pink fondant with a light purple trimming on the cake to match the baby shower's theme. And the the written words "Bye Bye Tummy, Hello Mommy" makes the cake so adorable!!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Nurse Themed Cake

This cake was a huge success and I really enjoyed making this one!! My mother-in-law is a pediatric nurse at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and she asked me to make a cake for a friend of hers. This friend was celebrating both her 50th birthday and also just earned herself a masters degree in nursing and the cake was to celebrate both occasions. I knew that there cake would definitely have a nurse theme to it but I was a bit unsure of how to incorporate the degree portion (had to get my creative juices flowing...lol). And here is what I came up with!!
This is a 1/4 sheet pound cake covered in buttercream icing. When I thought of nurse the first few things that popped into my head were; Stethoscope, band-aids, medicine and needles (YIKES!). I didn't make a needle but I did make everything else...lol. Everything is made of fondant except for the pills, they are Skittles! I incorporated the degree information by making a fondant scroll and writing "Congrats on Your Master's Degree Marie" on the little bit that I left unrolled. I would say it turned out a success!! Me being me, I say it should be much neater but my customer was very much satisfied!!!

Hubby's Birthday Cake (Basketball meets Football meets Kappa)

My wonderful hubby's 26th birthday was May 17th and we celebrated all weekend! And of course a birthday wouldn't be complete without a birthday cake!! This cake is sort of a spin off of the groom's cake that I wanted to make for him (I was very tired planning the wedding...lol). So I promised that I would make him a cake and here it is!
So, the cake follows 3 concepts that describe my lovebug (there are many more of course but I chose these three). If anybody knows Aaron they know that he knows everything there is to know about basketball! He loves this sport just about as much as he loves me...lol. His favorite football team is the San Francisco 49ers. And yes he was absolutely devastated when they lost the Superbowl this year :'(. Aaron is also a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. Below is a description of each part of the cake.
This basketball is completely made of cake and is covered in buttercream icing tinted orange. This 3-D cake was made using the ball cake pan set. I used the star tip to pipe on the buttercream and then used some black fondant pieces to make the lines on the basketball (sucks that they aren't straight, I will work on that).

This cake is a small 6 inch cake covered in buttercream as well. Around the front of the cake are fondant Greek letters (Kappa, Alpha & Psi) in red and white (his frat's colors, crimson and cream). There are also 2 crimson and cream canes in front of those letters, another symbol related to the frat. The top of the cake is dedicated to the 49ers. I covered the top in green buttercream for grass. And right in the middle is a the team's logo, handcrafted from fondant. And right next to that is a fondant football.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Cupcake Bouquets!!!

This past Mother's Day, I sold these beautiful cupcake bouquets and I got a great deal of business. 6 cupcakes are arranged onto a Styrofoam ball that is tightly placed inside of a small flower pot. The pot is the decorated using false flowers, tissue paper and ribbon. The bouquets that I make can be customized in any color and to fit any occasion. My small bouquets sold for $15.00 each :) Here are some sample pictures.

Pink & Purple Cupcake Bouquet

















Tiffany Blue, Gold & White Cupcake Bouquet

 Pink, White, Blue & Green Cupcake Bouquet

 Pink, Blue & Green Cupcake Bouquet
Orange & White Cupcake Bouquet
Yellow & Orange Cupcake Bouquet
                                               
 Pink, White & Red Cupcake Bouquet


Mortar Board Graduation Cake

The month of June equals Graduation season so you know that I would be making at least one cake/batch of cupcakes. I have one member of my family who is a senior of the Class of 2013. He graduated from the same high school that I went to so I definitely wanted to make him a cake. Here is what I came up with!
I have always been amazed at how people made Graduation hat cakes and I just had to figure it out for myself so, I turned to trusty youtube.com. And you won't believe how simple it was!! The base of the hat is made from half a ball cake pan covered in fondant. And the top of the hat is a small piece of cardboard covered in fondant. That wasn't enough cake for my family (I knew that in advance) so I had to set that on top of an 8 inch round cake. The cake is decorated in Garnet/Maroon icing because our school colors are Maroon & Gray/Steel & Garnet. The cake says "Congrats Kyree" "2013" and "Girard College" (the name of the school).

Update on Sweet Tee

So, I have not blogged in a very long time but I am back!!! I've gotten married (I'm Mrs. Dogan now) and I am working on preparing a house to be moved into. In the meantime, I have of course been baking!! And I have a tom of new projects to share!!! It's so very exciting. And I am now beginning to think about baking full-time and long term but I need money to do that of course. But it is now definitely a long term goal that hubby and I have discussed and opening my own bakery is definitely something that I see in the future for me. I am working on a website and am getting new business cards so look out for me!!! New posts coming very soon :)

Monday, January 21, 2013

Sleeping Baby Cupcakes


To go along with the pregnant belly cake I was also asked to make an order of cupcake that had sleeping babies on them, that also being an order that I never completed before! Anyways, I again turned to the interent (I'm telling you, you can find out how to make ANYTHING from here!) and found some ideas. My product is actually a combination of many ideas that I saw. All of the cupcakes are covered in fondant. Some of the babies are wearing hats made of fondant, as well as their heads, pacifiers, blankets and pillows. Their cute little sleeping faces are drawn on with black food coloring! I had a great tine making these and seeing the finished product :)

Pregnant Belly Cake

 I have always seen these cakes and thought they were soooo cute! And of course when someone asked me to make one I jumped on the offer. I had never done one before and quickly turned to my friend that never lets me down....the internet! I found a bunch of resources, figured out what would work for me and went from there. I had to purchase a soccer ball pan as well as a small ball cake kit (baseballs, basketballs, etc.), both I purchased at AC Moore.The ball kit comes with 2 small round pans, which I used for the breast. You can also purchase mini Wonder mold pans for this but I couldn't find any fast enough.And I of course used the soccer ball for the belly. Once baked, I covered the cakes in buttercream and then in fondant.The fondant draping was sooooo easy (I usually have a difficult time with it)! I covered the breast and belly separately and was able to cover the separation with the black strip of fondant that you see above. detail on this cake was pretty simple, just polka dots and flowers! I think it tuned out great and the customer was satisfied as well!

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