Wednesday, May 25, 2011

For Tequoia

Top tier is yellow cake with vanilla butter cream
 bottom tier is chocolate cake with chocolate ganache filling

These cakes were created for one of my best friend, Phyrn's niece, Tequoia. Tequoia is any cake arstist's dream client. She is incredibly sweet and no fuss. I was allowed to come up with the design for her bridal shower cake and her wedding cake. I coordinated with her godmother, Tracey to find out the theme for the bridal shower.

Yellow cake with Amaretto filling

The only thing Tequoia requested was the I use shades of blue and Amaretto filling for her wedding cakes. The shower was 5-14 and the wedding 5-21. Everything is edible on both cakes. I hand painted the accents on the bridal shower cake with food coloring gels. The gold accents on the wedding cake were hand painted as well with gold luster dust.

Hollywood Baby Shower Cake

One of my favoritest people in the world requested this cake for one of her sorors (DST). I met Alexiss through Evelyn Graves Ministries many, many moons ago. We both graduated from the school founded by Evelyn Graves and also were involved in the drama ministry as well. She is one of 3 beautiful sisters. I went from seeing them every day to not seeing them at all when I went off to school (Shhhh... I'm a bit older than they are). We reconnected through Facebook and Alexiss has become one of my biggest fans!

The theme for the baby shower was Hollywood. She and the baby shower shower committee trusted me to make this cake to reflect their vision. They were very open to the slight changes to their original cake desing I suggested. I love it when there is some flexibility! The cake is a yellow cake with fresh strawberry filling and chocolate cake with oreo cream filling. From what I was told there wasn't any left! Everything on the cake is edible except for the wire holding the stars.

It is always an absolute pleasure working with her. If I ever needed a boost of self confidence...all I'd ever have to do is think about all of her kind words. Love ya Lexi!

Jaiden's Cake

I made this cake...or should I say we (my l'il cousin Janet and I), made this cake for her daughter Jaiden. Janet is the artsy fartsy type. She also very intelligent! After graduating from Cheyney University, she began looking for employment. In this economy, it's was difficult so she began helping me with cakes and my hand painted nursery decor business. 

She is one of the fastest learners I know! One day we spent the day caking and made almost 200 cupcakes and this Barney cake for her daughter. Janet has since found a great job. Though I miss her a lot...I wish her all the best and hope to create with her again someday soon!

Cake to match prom gown

This cake was created to match Sean's niece's prom gown. It is a vanilla cake with vanilla buttercream. I also made matching cupcakes.

Two Tone Pink and Green Floral Swirl cake

It is amazing how Facebook has connected so many people together. It is even more amazing to me that cakes can do the same thing too. :)  A dear friend of mine from my youth found me on Facebook last year. I posted pictures of some of the cakes I had done and she requested one for her birthday. All she said she wanted was a red velvet cake and the colors pink and green and the rest was up to me! So, the day before her birthday, she came to pick up her cake. I hadn't seen her in over 20 years! It was great seeing her and her handsome sons. I hope to see April again soon.

Dora Cake

I created this cake for my little cousin's Aisha's daughter, Brianna. I can't believe how fast time has flown. I was about 14 when I found out that Aisha was going to be born and was so excited to hear the news. Now she has a family of her own. A beautiful one at that!

Brianna is crazy about Dora, so this is the cake I came up with.

Isn't she adorable?

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Asian Inspired Cake

This cake was made for two special young ladies. They and their family were such a source of support for me while I was in graduate school. My son was a baby and it was really hard for me to focus on studies at times. They opened up their hearts and their home and took very good care of Jimmy. They became a second family to me and I am forever grateful.

Leah went to school for graphic arts and is very creative. She designed their birthday cake. She sent her vision and I used that as my guide. The "wooden board" is actually fondant made to look like wood. I also made the fortune cookies, sushi and chopsticks out of fondant mixed with tylose powder. The cake is red velvet with vanilla frosting. I hand hand painted it using vodka mixed with food coloring gel.