Category Archives: birthday

Buttercream Flowers! Ranunculus and roses oh my!


We are proud to be part of the buttercream flower revolution!  We got to pull out some old school roses and some new school ranunculus flowers.  We had to watch some videos and many of the flowers are not very good, but they were tasty!

We also tried some watercolor buttercream techniques and finished everything off with some gold!  I’m happy with the way the cake out and people loved fighting over the delicious flowers!

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Custom Cake Pricing

How easy is this cake?  Well of course that depends on your skill level.  I’ve been at it for about ten years and it takes me about four hours to do a cake like this.  I find getting a cake smooth tends to be the hardest part to learn for most people.  All you need to make the rest of this cake is some small circle cutters and a knife.  Well some colors,


Art Party Birthday

Birthday parties now are fancy! Kids get to have all kinds of parties! Art, laser, pottery, cupcake, bouncy houses, and paint ball just to name a few. We were lucky to have pin the tail on the donkey! We did a little cake to go along with a fun painting party. It was colorful and pretty easy to create. We made a letter template on the computer and just free formed the splatters and drips.

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Muppet Birthday Cake

We just love a cake where we get to “play”!  This sweet mom gave us lots of freedom for Henry’s 2nd birthday.  I know it’s nothing earth shattering new, but we do such few birthday cakes, that I really enjoy the ones we do make.  My advice for this type of cake is to make the character first because you will have to redo it a couple of times.  Don’t get discouraged if you can’t make your famous character the first time.

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Happy Birthday Cole!

Bakers, do you know how to make a cake that has copyrighted material? According to Icing Smiles, give it away! That means don’t post it on your website for sale or advertise how much it would cost on Facebook. That’s about the only way to get past the strict laws that many companies WILL ENFORCE (and some will still debate that). I’m not going to lie, it’s a little scary when you get an overnight letter from FedX,

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Libby Swirl Birthday

Every baker is given pictures from their customers and asked to reproduce them and it happen most of the time.  It happens to the most famous cake people!  It’s not a knock on your abilities, so don’t take it that way.  Customers get on Pintrest and Google to start their wheels turning but get their hearts set on a certain design.  It stinks because if they are willing to give you some freedom they may get a better cake.

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Safari Animal Birthday Cake

We create so few birthday cakes these days that when we get to make one, we tend to go a little overboard.   The cake is really a basic design to be a backdrop for the real stars, the animals.  I added a small piece of styrofoam to lift the top tier so I could have a place to hang the vines.   It really is best for the sake of stability.

We marbled a little fondant for the waterfall  and disguised the source with fondant rocks.

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Minnie Mouse Cake for Icing Smiles

We are a volunteer with the Icing Smiles organization. We just had the opportunity to make a 6th birthday cake for a sweet birthday girl. The family wasn’t picky, they just wanted Minnie Mouse on the cake. We aren’t exactly Angels when it comes to following copyright law, but we don’t dare to mess with Disney. But since this cake was a donation with no charge to the family, we are allowed to recreate copyrighted characters.

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Monster Truck Birthday Cake

We were asked to make a cake for a vendor’s grandson and we were given free reign on the design.  I love that, but sometimes it stresses me out!

Anything I want!?! Oh. I have to consider how
Much the I have left in the week? Well that happens with lots things doesn’t it!

The final cake only had one tier that was all fondant and that was the tire.

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Millennium Falcon Birthday Cake

If you follow our blog, you will know that each year we get to make a fantastic cake for a sweet little birthday boy named Kaben.  His Mom gives us lots of freedom in terms of design and budget, so the cakes are fun for us to make.  This is the first year that we haven’t done a tiered cake, but we spent more hours than ever before.

The biggest challenge making sculpted cakes can be figuring out the structure under the cake that will hold everything up.

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