Tie Dye Birthday Wishes

For weeks I asked my daughter what kind of cake she wanted for her ninth birthday.  I was ecstatic when she chose our chocolate truffle cake.  Not only because I love giving into my chocoholic cravings as I devour it, but because I know how it’s going to turn out after making it several times. …

Best of Both Worlds

Why wait for your birthday?  It’s time to treat yourself to ice cream and cake.  Here’s a fun way to combine both of your favorites to make a pretty incredible summer-time treat. Start with making your favorite brownie recipe.  (I know it’s not really cake, but you’ll still be happy in the end.)  I went …

A Different Kind of Decorating

Every baker knows the “it” ingredient in decorating is fondant.  It’s smooth surfaces and pristine cuts make the most amazing creations.  Throw in some gum paste, molding chocolate, or marzipan and you have the most realistic visuals in edible form.  While they look beautiful, they lack taste.  Most people make a face when you talk about …

A Fan’s Virtual Babyshower

The Airborne Toxic Event has some pretty devout fans all over the world.  I’ve been able to meet a few in person during my concert travels last year and  others I’ve gotten to know over emails and chats.  A lovely lady, Colleen, wrote me out of the blue one day with the title “We’re twinsies!”  And we’ve …

Pour Some Sugar On Me

Fiftieth birthdays seemed to pop up all at once.  One pretty fun request was for a Def Leppard themed cake.  While I was not a hair band fan, I love anything that mixes baked goods and music. In creating cookies for the cake I wanted to not only pick the Def Leppard’s triangle image, but …

Roll Tide

As college football season comes to an end, I wanted to share a cake I made for a friend this season.  She asked for a red velvet cake supporting her Alabama team.  I’d never even heard “Roll Tide” until she put in the request.  Remember in Oregon, it’s usually only the Ducks and Beavers you hear about.  After a quick Google …

The Bubble Guppies

Since my children have grown out of the toddler television, The Bubble Guppies were strangers to me until a client requested them for a cake.  I had to research how these half-fish and half-people with a catchy theme song had caught the attention of everyone under the age of five. Lucky for me, there were many …

Italian Delight

Is tiramisu even an italian dessert?  I’m not sure.  I base this opinion on my Olive Garden experiences, which is pretty sad.  A simple Google search could solve this mystery.  Instead, I’m diving in to share a slice of this italian delight. I looked for tiramisu recipe for a long time after trying Sweet Life’s …

Candy Cake

Last week we celebrated a birthday in my house.  My daughter turned 8 years old.  Like every year, she gets to pick what kind of cake she would like.  This year she wanted ice cream. After getting over the shock from my daughter asking for a non-baked cake, we came to the understanding she did …

Welcome Home

Is there a better way to welcome someone to the neighborhood than with a thoughtful baked treat?  I don’t think so.  But then again I love baked treats.  And honestly, if your new neighbor hates cakes, don’t you want to know it from the beginning?  Because really you should consider moving to a more cake friendly environment. This …