Birthdays

Cakes, cupcakes and new blog look

I’ve updated the look of my blog, as you can see if you are visiting my blog and not via a reader. The old template had been bugging me for a long time and then I noticed Blogger had new templates available. FINALLY.

So anyway, here are a few things I’ve been working on lately –

Beach themed cupcake tower

This cupcake tower was for a home wedding with a seaside theme. Everything was handmade including the chocolate seashells. The cake and cupcakes were Pina Colada and Pink Lady.

Graduation cupcakes

Graduation cupcakes

Graduation cupcakes

Graduation is around the corner and some orders have been coming in. These were for a graduation themed cupcake tower.

40th birthday Beer themed cupcakes

40th birthday Beer themed cupcakes

40th Birthday Beer themed cupcakes – these were all eggless and included a chocolate stout cupcake with bourbon buttercream and a vanilla cupcake with lemon buttercream. I worked with the client to come up with some flavors that would compliment beer.

Princess themed cupcakes

Princess themed cupcakes

Princess themed cupcakes – these were for a little girls 3rd birthday at Pump It Up in Irvine. Flavors with the crowns is Happy Birthday and wands is Little Girls.

And I’ve been getting more cake orders lately. Including these two:

This one was a challenge because I’d never done something like it before. I think it came out well.

30th birthday cake - Shooting stars

And this weekend I did a Buzz Lightyear themed cupcake tower including a matching cake

Buzz Lightyear cake

I’ve had some more orders but unfortunately forgot to take pictures.

This week I am working on a big graduation order for tomorrow morning, a graduation party and a Camp Pendleton Mud Run party for Saturday and a World Cup Soccer themed birthday cupcake tower for Sunday. Busy busy!

On a personal note, a lot has been going on including my husband losing his job a couple weeks ago. Ironic, eh? So I’ve been booking more orders than usual just to try and make up some difference in the loss of income. It is what it is you know? At least I can do something I love to do and not have to take a second job in retail or something like that. And thank god I am employed and busy at work. But I am starting to get a little wacky from lack of sleep. haha

Anyone watch Cupcake Wars last night? Obviously I did not make the cut and I’m fine with that. I was told that there was going to be a $10k prize but I don’t remember any mention of it last night. Maybe I missed it?

toodle-do

I am alive!

I’m sorry about the lack of posts. I’ll just say that I’ve been busy with my job, my fun job, life, etc. whew. i had a post about the Cupcake Challenge but I’m over it. I didn’t win. I am glad I did it but I won’t be doing it again. It was fun and I’ll post some pics later. Thanks to everyone who gave me their support -my husband, my sister, her boyfriend and especially Shari. I seriously can’t thank Shari enough. She was my biggest cheerleader and she totally came through. And you HAVE to click on over to her blog and read about her experience at the event. Let me just say – I’m so jealous!! Now every time I see HIM I just remember how she got to be INCHES away from HIM! AH!

Been working on so many projects and orders lately. It’s amazing to think that a year ago I was just thinking about moving my hobby into a business and here I am now, busy EVERY weekend with orders. It’s still fun! I don’t regret moving forward. Things are starting to get to a sticky point though where big decisions are going to need to be made. I’ll leave it at that.

So what HAVE I been doing instead of blogging??

50th Birthday Surprise Party cupcake tower

50th Birthday Surprise Party cupcake tower

50th Birthday Surprise Party tower. Don’t you LOVE that glittery 50? I had to hand cut those numbers because I didn’t have cookie cutters big enough.

Giraffe cake

Giraffe cake for a 10 yr olds birthday slumber party. She loves giraffes. Too cute to eat right?

Bat Mitzvah cupcakes

Bat Mitzvah cupcakes

This was really fun! A pink and orange cupcake tower for a Bat Mitzvah. Loved these colors! I think my favorites were the ones dipped in half bright pink and half bright orange sparkling sugar.

Baby Shower cupcake tower

Baby Shower cupcake tower

Baby shower tower. The mama to be found a tower she liked and asked for the same thing. I did make a couple modifications to the top tier cake. Loved this too. I love doing baby shower towers.

So those are some of my favs from the past couple weeks. I also did a dessert buffet for a website launch but I’ll show that off in another post.

Lady bug picnic cupcakes

So this is what keeps running through my head when I think about this order I did for a little girls 1st birthday party:

Do you remember that??

Anyway, here are some shots of the finished project. It was 84 cupcakes total so I had to make 84 little lady bugs. My finger tips were red for days!

Lady bug cupcakes

And a giant cupcake to match, for the little one to smash…

Giant Lady bug themed cupcake

Cute cute cute!

Can you tell me how to get…

If anyone reading this is from my generation, you should automatically know the next line to that tune. I grew up watching Sesame Street as a kid and even to this day, I have a great fondness for that show. I can’t wait to have kids of my own to share Sesame Street with. And I love that they now have the retro episodes on DVD! Sesame Street: Vol. 2 – Old School (1974-1979)

And I will even admit that I have this book on my wish list for Christmas this year.

So why am I talking about Sesame Street? Well I had an order this weekend for Sesame Street cupcakes for a 1st birthday. The client wanted minimal fondant so I had to figure out how to make the cupcakes look like Elmo, Big Bird and Cookie Monster using just buttercream. I did some searching on Flickr to get some ideas and then I grabbed my favorite from a few and went from there.

I think they turned out pretty cute. What do you think?

Sesame Street cupcakes

Let’s take a closer look:

Cookie Monster & Elmo
Sesame Street cupcakes

and my favorite character, Big Bird
Sesame Street cupcakes

(by the way, my second favorite character is Grover, especially Super Grover!)

The only part that is fondant is the black pieces because I hate using really dark buttercream.

These were actually a lot of fun to make even though they were a lot more work.

Cupcake Activist’s Birthday!

Elise, aka The Cupcake Activist, celebrated her 28th birthday a couple weeks ago and she blogged about it! Why, do you ask, am I telling you this? Well, because she blogged about my cupcakes at her party!

Check it out: http://www.cupcakeactivist.com/2009/11/my-birthday-with-meringue-bake-shop.html

Thanks Elise for the good reviews! Glad you liked them and glad they could help celebrate your birthday.