Friday, November 22, 2013

Cake Believe 2014 Hiatus

As we are approaching the end of 2013 and looking forward to the new year I have news I would like to share with you all.   

Beginning  January 2014, Cake Believe will be taking a hiatus.

First and foremost, I would like to thank all of my wonderful clients who return to me each and every year to help celebrate those special moments in their lives.  I would not be the cake artist I am today if it weren’t for your faith in me.  Many of you I consider friends and I love seeing your kids as they grow, helping welcome babies to your families and being a part of celebrating the loving moments of weddings and anniversaries.  I am so grateful you have chosen my art to be a part of your special days.  Business has really grown beyond the work of one person and I have spent many months considering this change.

The things I am looking forward to:  1) SLEEP!  Most weekends I operate on very few hours of sleep and lots of caffeine (I never thought I would still be pulling all-nighters so many years after college!)!  2) Family time on the weekends. 3) A kitchen that isn’t covered in SUGAR! ;)

Things I will miss: 1) Meeting new people and seeing familiar friendly faces. 2) The great smiles and looks of wonder as someone first sets eyes on their cake!  That has been the priceless gifts I have received when delivering cakes.

When I started this venture it was to give birthday cakes to my own children that were homemade with love only the way a mother can make.  As a hobbyist caker, I have put so much of myself into each and every cake, whether for my child or someone elses.  I have grown tremendously as a baker, cake artist and as a mother.  Recently I found as I was sorting through my pictures of the last few years, they are mostly cakes/cookies and the like and very few of my own kids and family time.  As we sometimes get reminded in life, each moment we have together is a gift AND kids grow up WAY TOO FAST.  I want to be able to spend more time with my family before the kids are leading their separate lives and moving on and up in the world. 

So while I have loved every moment of creating special cakes and goodies to help other families celebrate, this hiatus will allow me to spend everyday moments (especially weekends) with my family.  I can’t wait to see what my photo downloads are going to contain.

I don’t know what the future holds and when or if Cake Believe will begin operating again.  But I thank you all for your faith and support of my business.  I love you all!

Thanks for thinking “Cake Believe”!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Topsy Turvy Tye Dye Glitter Peace ~ Say that 3 times, fast!

For Courtney's 10th birthday it had to be all about RETRO!!!
Peace signs and tie dye.
I used the same technique of painting on buttercream as before in Tie Dye Disco.  This time the colors are deeper.

 Of course topsy turvy is "totally rad" so we had to do that!
I made the chocolate peace signs from colored chocolate and wanted to make them sparkly so I add colored sugar to each one!  And white chocolate flower power too!

Also added some disco dancers made of chocolate.

Once I got to the party for set-up, I added some additional fondant peace signs that also had colored sugar added for sparkle.

Here you can see the cake with some of the table decor. 
They were having a roller skating party!  I love how trends roll back around. 
I'm sure I would have LOVED a tie dye party when I was 10. 
Hope you had a great party Courtney!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Bride and Groom Cookies

When I wasn't available to make the wedding cake (we were heading out of town to a wedding of our own!), the bride and her mom still wanted to have something from Cake Believe at the wedding.

So how about cookies as favors for the guests as they leave?


Now, what design???

The bride showed me some pictures of cakes she liked and she found a picture of cake pops that were decorated like a bride's gown and a tuxedo that she really liked.

We can certainly do a similar design on cookies! 

It's not an original creation, this thought of using a heart (to represent the love) and decorating them as bride and groom are all over the web!

What makes it unique?  Well this groom wasn't wearing a tux, he was wearing a suit!
And the color of the bridesmaid's and groomsmen's ties is watermelon!

So I matched the icing to the fabric swatch and viola!

Happy Wedding ... Wishing you a Lifetime of LOVE!!!

Rebel Pride ~ Graduation

Graduation cakes almost always have the date on them.  

So now shame on me, you will see just how far behind I am on posting cake pictures!!!

Clean and simple.

Use the school colors.

Use the school logo/mascot.

Mortar boards are a must in my book! (I have a great mold that I make with chocolate to sit on top)

AND of course the ever challenging CONGRATULATIONS that must be placed on the cake!
(I ALWAYS have a hard time getting that one centered and so setting it askew helps in not making it obvious if you started piping your letters in the right place or not!) 

15 letters,  count them....FIFTEEN letters in one word, the albatross of my piping bag!

Birds of a Feather, Party Together!

I just love this invitation design! 

It works well for any gathering, when people are "flocking" together to celebrate something special!

Of course, gathering to celebrate an expected bundle of joy arrival has to be one of the best reasons for a party!

Colors for this baby shower were a little different than the invitation. 

Using pinks and greys.

Cookie favors that were shared at the party!

Peanut Butter Cup Cake

Who DOESN'T love peanut butter and chocolate????

(Well, except for people who are allergic to peanuts!  So sorry about that, you might have to look away now, depending on how strong your allergic reaction is)

So Alan's favorite are Reese's Peanut Butter cups, so I when I saw Bakerella's post about using pb cups IN and ON the cake.....

Delicious chocolate and peanut butter cake with a decadent chocolate ganache icing and smothered in chopped up PB cups. 

Pass the milk please!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Barnyard First Birthday

Look at these cute plates!

I love the little piggy!

Here is a larger version of the dinner plate.

This had to be the design for the party cake. 
Cake is iced in buttercream with cow print on sides using black fondant spots.

Of course I had to do the mud piggy as the smash cake for the birthday boy! 
Yum, yum chocolate MUD!