Friday, August 19, 2016

Last Week's Fund-Raiser for Tresa Chamberlain

I'm baking gourmet cupcakes as a fund-raiser for my wonderful friend Tresa Chamberlain and her fight against ovarian cancer.
This Week's Menu:
Lemonade: Lemon cake with fresh lemon curd filling, lemon buttercream swirl with a cherry on top
Boston Cream: Vanilla cake, vanilla custard filling with a chocolate ganache rosette on top
Salted Caramel: Vanilla bean cake, soft caramel filling, vanilla caramel buttercream swirl with a salted caramel drizzle on top
Smore: Graham cracker crust and chocolate cake, vanilla and chocolate fluff filling with a toasted marshmallow top and a chocolate wedge
Each cupcake comes in it's own cup with a lid.
$20.00 a dozen or $2.00 each
Please pre-order by commenting, e-mail ( or by personal message.
Pick-up will be August 11, 12, 13
100% of the money collected (and any previously collected) will be donated to Tresa.
I have had a couple of sales fall through and have 2 dozen assorted cupcakes for sale today. Same price: $20.00 a dozen or $2.00 each. They're fresh, they're yummy, and they are good lookin'!

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Fantasy Flowers in Peach and Blueberry

     Once upon a time, long ago, two little girls lived next door to each other. They were more than neighbors, the two girls were best friends and cousins and everything that goes with growing up together. My cousin Chris and I were always welcome in each other's homes and came and went without even knocking on the door. Her mother taught us to play piano and read music, and we played duets in recitals together. We played dolls, made tents, climbed trees, imagined we were pioneers, had cap guns and sparklers in July, walked to and from school in the winter, spring, and fall, and together dreamed of our bright futures.

We married and had children of our own and when her oldest son found his lovely bride, they asked me to make their wedding cake! Their colors were bright blue and peach with lace accents so I got to make this wonderful three-tiered fantasy flower cake with buttercream icing. They requested a luscious blueberry peach filling, an intriguing combination I had never tasted before, but it was decadent!  All of the embellishments on the cake are made of sugar: the flowers, the lace, the pearls. Wishing this newly married a couple a bright future of their own, with sugar, sparklers, fun, and LOVE!



      A couple of weeks ago I got to make this cute elephant for a baby shower. It was fun to make, and challenging because we were without any electricity the day before, and also because the client didn't want any fondant, just buttercream icing. It is difficult to get buttercream smooth on curved surfaces without chilling it between icing layers, so since there was no electricity, there was no chilling-no kidding! Anyway, it turned out well, and had chocolate ears, tusks and dots. I learned lots from the experience. Happy Baby Girl Shower! (Thanks Jessica Newman for the darling pic) I LOVE making cake!