Saturday, May 23, 2015

Back to Baking

Hey Y'all!  I'm back!

2014 was one crazy year in my life personally.  I can't believe we're almost half way into 2015.  I feel like I'm still recovering from 2014.

To recap, I moved three times and gave birth to my second baby.  It was a lot and I hope I'm done moving for at least a few years.

I've been very, very busy loving on my sweet new baby that was born this past October.  I've been baking here and there but nothing like what I used to do.  There's just no time!  Taking care of two little ones is so much work, especially when one is high energy 99.9% of the time, like my son. :)

I want to share a few of the past projects I had but forgot to share.  There's some good ones!

This was for a former student's birthday party

Birkin Bag cookies?!?  Yes, please.

I love, love, love this first birthday cake.  How sweet is this??

Girlie Curious George Birthday Cake
Might be the hardest birthday cake I've ever done.  It turned out so cool though.  

And the cupcakes that went with the fire truck cake.


Bridal Shower Cake.  I love the colors and sugar flowers on top.

Baby Shower

It's been nice to have a break but it feels great to get back to my hobby with benefits. :)  
Baking is definitely an outlet for me so thank you for the orders and the opportunity to practice my creative side!

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Friday, May 16, 2014

Penelope's Baptism

Sweet Baby Penelope was recently baptized and I did her treats for the reception afterward.  Her mom ordered a cake and cookies to match the invitation she had made.

I purchased the sugar flower and cross at a local bake shop here in Houston.

The cookies were eventually packaged up but here's what they looked like before they were bagged.

She also ordered a small cake for her grandma's birthday.  

Congratulations Baby Penelope!

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Time Flies Birthday

A friend of mine just celebrated her little man's first birthday.  The theme was "Time Flies" and she played up the airplanes, vintage feel, and retro colors.   She has great taste and I knew she would come up with something clever and cute.

Here is the invitation she had personally made for the party

She only wanted decorated cookies and didn't want them packaged so here is the finished product:

The red and white ribbon isn't edible but I thought the "1" needed a little extra something. :)

All boxed up and ready to go!

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Sunday, May 11, 2014

Personalized Cookies

I pride my business on personalization and individual touch I give to each order.  This order for Engagement Party cookies epitomizes that aspect of Create.Bake.Love.

A friend was hosting an Engagement Party for her brother in law and wanted 80 cookies with a picture of the engaged couple on each cookie.  She sent over about 20 beautiful photos and I picked out five different pictures.  I had them printed on edible paper with edible ink.  I don't have that machine myself and I've done it online in the past, but it was a little last minute so I used a place here in town.  The quality was amazing.  Each picture turned out like a regular picture and not all pixel-y. The color turned out really nice too.

I've blurred out the pictures with the couple not wearing sunglasses for privacy purposes but I can tell you that they are a beautiful couple! 

I made these tags with their initials and "Love is Sweet" for each cookie.  And then tied them with an ivory, sage green or lilac ribbon, which were the colors of their engagement party.

Congrats A & D on your engagement!
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Boy, Oh Boy!

A college friend of mine contacted me to help make the treats for a shower she was helping host.  She sent over the invite and said the theme was just baby boy and the colors were navy, green, white and hints of burlap.  I love those colors!

She only wanted cupcakes and cookies and not a cake so I made some cute baby-themed cupcake toppers and simple baby cookies.  The cookies were going to be favors, so I packaged them up for guests to grab on their way out.

All packaged up with custom tags!
Don't you love the liners?  I've been searching for true navy liners for a while.  I finally found some and they were perfect for red velvet cupcakes.  The vanilla did much better in the green polka dot liners.

The cupcakes were red velvet with cream cheese and vanilla with buttercream.

Thanks for the order Jessica and I hope everyone loved the treats at the shower!

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Elmo Birthday

Unfortunately, during the move, I did some pretty cute cakes but didn't get 'real' pictures of them.  I like to photograph my orders at the very end with my nice camera and not my phone.  The quality doesn't compare.

This Elmo cake for Addison is an example of what I'm talking about here.  I didn't get to capture a finished photo of the cake but I did get a quick snapshot of the cake almost finished.

Addison loves Elmo (just like my son!) and her mom found a really cute Elmo cake on Pinterest.  She also had a really cute top made for Addison to wear at her birthday.  I love how bright and colorful the cake was for a second birthday.  I tried to copy the cake as best as possible but I'll tell ya, cutting out Elmo by hand with an X-acto knife isn't easy and is hard to replicate.

Isn't this adorable?

I think it's the eyes that aren't quite right.  They're a little too far apart.

Did you know it's been proven (somehow, someway by someone that finds this stuff intriguing) that you are more "beautiful" if your eyes are closer together than farther apart?  I guess this goes for Elmo & Friends too.

Oh well.  The cake turned out cute and I'm sure Addison loved her Elmo cake with her name on it.

Happy Birthday Addison!

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Monday, May 5, 2014

He or She? What will it be?

I got my second gender reveal order of the year and this one was a bit special.  The customer didn't know what she was having and I was the one to open the envelope from her anatomy scan from the doctor.  I can't tell you how fun it was to find out what she was having.  This is her first child and the excitement of it all is just too fun!

The invitation she sent over.

She wanted the inside of the cake to reveal whether it was a girl or boy.  Her colors were teal, pink, and grey.  I didn't get a chance to photograph the inside (because you would have had to cut into it after it was all finished to see what I did) but she said she loved it.

So what do you think?  He or she?

The cupcakes had to be in silver foil liners because I didn't want to ruin any part of the surprise by pink or teal accidentally showing through.   The bows and mustaches are both edible and the cupcake toppers on the sticks are reversible.  Here you can see both sides.

And here is the cake.  She sent over several ideas she liked from Pinterest and I just came up with something from there and the invitation.

So?  Have you guessed?

I made the cake so that when you cut into it, you will see colored polka dots like this example I found on Pinterest:

Except, instead of rainbow-ish colors, it was TEAL polka dots!!!!  It's a BOY!

Congratulations Tuohy Family!

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