Cakey Dreams and Nerdy Wishes…

I’m sure I can speak for most (if not all) bakers out there when I say that every once in a while you get a request that is so “your style” that when the person shares their idea and asks you to make this cake your response is “OH HELL YES!”….ok most of the time its “Yes, I can totally do that.” while you’re dancing around the room screaming for joy. This was one of those cakes.

The beautiful bride, Rachel, came to me in search of a Groom’s cake of epic proportions….I like to think I held up my end of the bargain.

You may recall my talk of being a nerd back in the post about my Baby Star Wars cake, well with that, add “gamer nerd”. My brother James (you met him back in the TA DA! cake post) had EVERY gaming system you could imagine growing up. I’m not exaggerating…my poor mother would cringe every December when my darling baby brother would produce his “wish list” for Santa and it of course would consist of the newest and greatest system and you could hear the money running from her purse. So basically we had it all, and Ive played my fair share of games. Two of my favorite characters in the video-gaming world were “Link” from Legend of Zelda (yes the boy is named Link by the way….NOT Zelda) and Mario, from well…Super Mario. Both of these guys hold a special place in my heart. So when Rachel requested a “Super Mario”, “Legend of Zelda”, & “TMNT” mash-up cake (you already know how I feel about those turtles), not only did I say “YES!”, but I did that “dance of screaming joy” I mentioned earlier.

The initial design was cool…

Groom's cake 1

but with Rachel’s creative thinking it went from “cool” to “BEST cake ever”…

Groom's cake 2

(yea I know the second one isn’t colored…I got lazy…shhhh)

Now I know what you’re thinking, “Well Sara, its one thing to draw out a concept of the ‘BEST cake ever’ but did it really come out just as awesome?”…to answer your question….

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BOOM.

and just in-case you need some more….

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groom's mash-up 3

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The end result made me squeal like a 5 year old on a sugar high, that finally got that pony she was asking for. My favorite part is definitely the Goomba though. I wanted to keep him….but I decided the cake needed him more than me.

Hope you all enjoy!

xoxo ~Sara

see this cake on CakesDecor.com: http://cakesdecor.com/cakes/207090-cakey-dreams-and-nerdy-wishes

on Facebook: http://tinyurl.com/pzyyj3u

Amp’d up Wedding

Earlier in the year I met Fay & Nick. A super cool couple who were having a their wedding at a family house in the area. Home-based celebrations was quite the trend this year and let me tell you I LOVE them, especially this one. It was everything you would expect from a wedding (elegant, gorgeous, amazingly orchestrated) but at the same time, had a warmth to it making it have such a comfortable vibe. My favorite element of their wedding was the cake though….obviously haha.

When they came to me I loved their idea. They wanted the cake to represent them both by combining what each of them wanted. Most people do the whole separate “groom’s” cake but they wanted it it all together…and I was down with that! The idea presented to me was a base cake that looked like a “Amp” (Nick makes them and oh boy are they gorgeous) and have a pretty two-tiered traditional wedding cake sitting on top of it. Fay wanted the cake on top to be feminine and more on the simple side with a few flowers. They brought me a bunch of inspiration pics and picture of his Amps. I knew this cake would be a challenge, but I knew it was something I definitely wanted to do.

here’s a sketch I did of how I envisioned it.

amp wedding cake sketch

this was my initial sketch. The final cake had a “Mr. & Mrs” topper that was placed after my pics.

When the day finally came to start the cake I was a nervous wreck. The cake was pretty huge and super heavy. The amp part was the hardest, and the first try collapsed. I was a whack-a-do after that. When something goes wrong in my cake world, there is pretty much no living with me. I should publicly apologize now for all the misery I put my mom, boyfriend, dogs, mailman, etc through. Thankfully the second try was a success. Once I got the structure down, the next test was the “screen” front on the amp. I tried a bajillion techniques and finally used an actual screen to press into the front after painting. It was also the first time I did brush embroidery and made peonies!! I was thrilled with the result.

Amp'd wedding cake

Amp'd wedding cake 2

Peony

Penoy 2

Amp'd wedding cake 3

In the end this cake made me “over-the-moon” happy…even if I yelled at it and called it names throughout the whole creation process. Hope you like it!!

see this cake on cakes decor! https://cakesdecor.com/cakes/164349-amp-d-up-wedding

visit my facebook page! http://www.facebook.com/youvebeencupcaked

-xoxo

Sara

P.S. a big shout-out to Donna over at Yummy-O Cake Company for the help with making my own “Peony” cutters. She is amazing, please check out her awesome work! ❤

Don’t Dead?….Open Inside???

I cant stress this enough….I am huge “scaredy cat”. No seriously. I’ve told you all this before. Read my post here to refresh your memory.

My friends have tried to convince me its all in my head (well duh) but I cant help it…I just cant watch scary stuff. And gory movies?? One word…GROSS. My boyfriend convinced me to see “Hostel” with him…Categorizing it as a “thriller”. Well if “THRILLER” means “BLOOD FEST” he nailed that right on the head. I still hate him for that. I now have movie trust issues and must watch all trailers before going to see anything. Oh and did I mention I am terrified of the impending “zombie Apocalypse”…I will be the first to die, I just know it. I don’t stand a chance.

Knowing all this, you would think I would cringe when someone asks for a cake fitting anywhere in the genres of “creepy”, “bloody”, “zombie”, “scarey”, etc…but that is not true my friends…I LOVE it!

I can’t explain the reasoning behind my love of “blood” on cake (fake of course…the blood…not the cake). It probably comes from my infatuation with the whole special fx make-up scene. In fact, I did a “Pride Prejudice and Zombie inspired photo-shoot last year that was super freakin’ cool!

Zombie Inspired PhotoshootI’m the one on the right looking like I’m having WAYYYY too much evil-like fun. See what I mean? When I’m in control of the situation I’m fine…when I’m watching it happen on the big screen and I cant stop it…so not fine.

So finally getting to the cake portion of this post…I was asked to make this cake to be inspired by “The Walking Dead”. Now I know a huge number of my facebook pals watch it (considering the 2,000 posts I see about it on a Sunday Night) and my boyfriend watches it too (in the other room where I cant see or hear ANY of it) but I have not watched a single second of it. No offense to the masses who love it, you love it, and I’m cool with that…just dont make me watch it (see above comments concerning zombie apocalypse). Naturally this posed a small problem for me as I refused to watch it and I needed source material. I ended up relying on pictures given to me and advice from my boyfriend…I ended up with this.

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they're getting out!!!!!!

they’re getting out!!!!!!

My first thought was “Don’t Dead, Open Inside”? is this serious? Obviously the person writing this never was big on sentence structure. But I guess when faced with impending doom, one doesn’t consider that. I had a huge feeling this cake would land me on “Cake Wrecks” (a non- Sunday Sweets edition that is) but I was assured this is how it is supposed to be written…and if its not, my boyfriend has some splainin’ to do…

My favorite part was making the little hands and drenching them in “blood” (aka red food coloring) I laughed like a maniacal 5 year old the whole time (I’m not sure how most people dont realize I have problems) and completely loved the outcome. Hope you do too.

xoxo-

Scaredy Sara ;]

P.S. I want to give a huge shout out to Shelby, Sarah, Brooke, Shaun, Jill, Beth, Diedre Deth, Billy, & Caity for being part of such an awesome photoshoot. ❤ (and see a few more pics here!)

Heroes in a Half Shell

I am a child of the 80’s and with that comes a certain love for any “franchise” that debuted during that era…One in particular that comes to mind ♫ ♪ ♫”TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES!”♫ ♪ ♫ (is the song stuck in your head now? I know I cant stop singing it…)

This cake was made for one of my amazing clients that has been getting her husband’s birthday cake from me for [I believe] the past four years (my mind is mush lately…lol) This couple is awesome…no strike that…AWESOME! They are gamers and geeks just like moi, and seriously, they are just so sweet and did I mention awesome?

My task this year was to create a “TMNT” cake…but you know me, I always need to make something different…so instead of modeling them after their original “turtley” selves….or their “newer” look…I decided I wanted to “pitch” an idea that was more Fun….enter “Funko“…have you heard of them? If not…take a minute to bask in the awesomeness (yes I’m fully aware of my “awesome” usage…) I am infatuated with their “POP!” Vinyl figures…like its pretty scarey how much I love these things.So anywho, extremely long story short, I asked my client, she said “Yes!” (turns out her hubby collects them too…squee!!) and I set forth on making the cake .

Honestly, I’m sure every cake decorator can attest to this, but there are things that we hate to make in the world of sugar and things we LOOOOVVVEEE to make…my “love” is character modeling…(on a side note my “hate” is bows…just throwing that out there) I had such a blast making these little guys and seriously if you know me well enough, you know I was sitting here making them talk to each other like they were action figures and singing that darn theme song into the wee hours of the morning.

So without further ado…I give you…”Heroes in a half shell”!Heroes in a half shellAs you can see they are enjoying their favorite pastime…having a pizza party…

We have…DonatelloDonatello &

LeonardoLeonardo, enjoying a slice.

Then there’s…MichelangeloMichelangelo…Not sure if he needs help getting up…

and finally my personal favorite…RaphaelRaphael. And if you notice he is holding something…I know I didn’t include an actual “Splinter” but I wanted him to be represented ;]

(kinda like the “Yoda” doll on my “baby Star Wars” cake)

Well if you excuse me, I’m going to go fight some crime and eat some pizza…or at least sing a certain theme song about 4 billion more times…TURTLE POWER!!

(special thanks to YouTube user EKhan33 for posting this video so I can get it stuck in everyone’s head)

A short time ago, in a kitchen not so far away…

I dont know how many of you know this but…

“Hi my name is Sara, and Im a nerd”

There! its out! my dirty little secret has finally seen the light of day!…

Ok, who am I kidding?! I let my nerd flag fly every hour of every day. I’m not ashamed that I know more about Marvel superheroes than coach purses, or that I’m more impressed with my boyfriend’s battleground armor than my friend’s new cashmere sweater. I have tattoos written in Quenya & Khuzdul (after studying both languages and writing them myself, might I add) and my house is chock full of sci-fi novels and action figures.  Most of all I cry like a baby every time I watch the end of “The Fellowship of the Ring” (why Boromir!? why!?) and feel elated when the rebels destroy “Death Star” number two.

So with all that being said, any time I am approached with a cake order that lets my nerdy side shine, I am SO in!

About a month ago my friend Amanda (yes, of the amazingly awesome Amanda Rose Photography) decided she wanted to have a “Star Wars” party for her son’s first birthday. On a coolness level of 1 to 10…this is about a billion. So naturally I knew exactly where I wanted to go with this theme.

Ladies and Jedi, I give you…

Baby “Star Wars” Episode 1: The Playground Menace!!

Baby Star Wars cake

Speechless? yea..I know…its really that awesome. I mean I dont mean to be all “hey look at me! I made a cake fit for a Sith’ari” but I’m just a tad bit in love with this one and I’m not afraid to say it ;]

The setting of the cake is a playground on the “Forest moon of Endor” complete with a “Death Star” play-house. Oh and before you even say it, yes, I know TECHNICALLY if they were all babies, “Darth Vader” would indeed be “Anakin Sywalker” but just let me have this darn it!

Baby R2-D2 & C-3POAt the base of the cake you can find Baby “R2D2” and Baby “C-3PO” hanging out with the little “Ewoks”.

Baby VaderBaby “Vader” has conquered the “Death Star” play-house.

Baby SoloBaby “Han” is shooting Baby “Vader” with his bubble gun

Baby Chewyand lastly we have Baby “Chewy”…who is not the least bit pleased that Mama “Wookiee” stuck a pink bow in his fur ;] (And his little doll who looks awfully familiar dont forget.)

All in all, This is at least in the “top 5” for my favorite cakes that I have made (if not number one, for at least the moment) I had WAY too much fun making it and I hope you all enjoy!

Oh and…May the Force be with you ;]

xoxo ~Sara

TA-DA!

In my household we dont agree on many things, especially when it comes to entertainment and music…but there is one rising starlet who holds a special place in our hearts around here.

Her name is Miranda, and you can call her Miranda.

I was first introduced to this mystical siren by my brother James (we will talk more about him later) when he showed me her cover of “Starships“, and have been hooked ever since. She is quite the entertainer. The words eccentric, unique, and “special” come to mind. I mean, to captivate such a huge audience of people with such raw and unbalanced talent, she is a unicorn in a field of horses.

Last year I failed to make James a birthday cake..instead he got a good ole cake in a box from the grocery store…Im not naming any names but it starts with an “e” and ends with “ntenmann’s”. Now where one of these cakes is well suited for a late night stress eating session (not that Im speaking from experience) it is in no way how the brother of a freakin’ cake maker should be celebrating his birthday. I knew this year needed to be over-the-top, memorable, “EPIC” if you will. And well, James, my mother, and I are such huge fans that when it came time to decide on what to make my brother for a cake this year…there was no question.

I give you the “Miranda Cake”

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TA-DA!!!

James had no idea it was coming. Seriously.

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He even decided to “dress” the part and pose with his cake in style…

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In my opinion, he’s never looked better.

But he just wanted everyone to know hes usually not THAT beautiful, so we took a less extravagant picture.

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All in all I had a blast making this cake, even more fun singing at the top of my lungs in an off-key fashion to the cake, while frosting it. The only thing that would have made it better is if we had Miranda actually singing “Happy Birthday” to him ;]

xoxo

-Sara

P.S. you can see more videos of Miranda’s epicness here

 

I wonder if Zombies eat cupcakes….

It seems like its been months since I have posted here…oh wait…it has. Well darn. To be honest I’ve wanted to, I really have, Ive missed you all so much. Its just that its so gosh darn hard to sit down and type anything worth reading, in between baking, frosting, and running around the kitchen like a crazy person screaming about “fondant this” and “more chocolate chips that”. But I just needed to share one of my favorite cakes that I have made so far this year.

                                                                                Zombie Party

For those of you who know me (and for those that dont, you’re probably better off…I’m a little weird.) you can attest to the following statement. I am a scaredy cat. Yes, I admit, while I can be fearless in some ways, I am a big ball of terrified nerves in others. Point being…Scary/Gory Movies. Whether it be ghost, zombies, aliens, or some psychopathic creep with a ridiculous agenda, I watch a movie with the least bit of fright, I wont sleep for a week. This is a huge problem in my household though, because my loving boyfriend insists on making me watch these horrible movies…well he did for a while until I almost passed out at the movie theater…he kind of back off a bit.

There are minor exceptions to this rule, certain movies for the love of me just haven’t scared me. For example “The Grudge” I slept like a baby after that one, “Saw 2″…I was fine (not the other Saw movies though. screw that, I couldn’t sleep let alone eat for a while), & “1408” I thought it was great, especially when my boyfriend nearly jumped out of his seat 90 times (he he he sweet revenge). But other than those 3 movies I’m pretty much the biggest baby when it comes to horror/gore that you’ll ever meet. Perfect example, I saw “Signs” in the movie theater when it came out, and right now you’re saying to yourself “please tell me she isn’t going to say she was afraid of that craptastic movie…” well I was! I cant help it! I slept with glasses of water around my bed for a week after…only until I kept spilling said glasses of water everywhere did I finally decide maybe the aliens were not coming to take me after all.

But I digress, basically the point I was trying to make is I’m afraid of these things when they are on the big screen or my tv…but when customers ask me to make them anything remotely gross/scarey for a cake, I am THRILLED! Like my first ever gross cake here. Its odd, I swear, if you want blood, guts,  ZOMBIES, or aliens ..I am all over that, but dont expect me to watch them on my tv…at least without a bat, mace, and maybe a tinfoil helmet.

So the story behind this cake is one of my awesome customers contacted me in hopes of getting a “Zombie Party” themed cake for her husband’s birthday. I was so up for the challenge. My favorite out of the three top characters would have to be “Clarice” (yes I named them)…I have this crazy habit of conversing with these characters (thankfully none have started talking back yet) and Clarice just seemed like a good name.

Clarice

The other two characters are “Ed Who lost his head”

Ed

and “One eyed Bob”

Bob

Along with some other details, I have to say I was pretty darn happy with how this cake turned out and I hope you like it too.

Tombstone/gifts

xoxo

-Sara the Scaredy Cat ;]

what do you mean they can’t see me on the radio?..

These past couple weeks have been a crazy blur. I’m starting to really feel content in my crazy world though, it amazes me. I’ve been doing so many fun things and meeting some awesome people, that it only makes me even more thrilled about being “the cupcake lady”. A couple Saturdays ago I had the privilege of hanging out with the crew of “the Whiskey and Beer show“. It was the show’s 1 year anniversary…so of course I made them a cake!…Luke and I were invited to hang out for their radio show…and little did I know we were actually allowed to talk too. I was under the impression we had to be mimes…come to find out I was wrong. Needless to say towards the beginning I was a bit shy…I ended up shaking my head at a lot of questions and thinking to myself “this is radio dummy…no one can see you shaking your head like an idiot”…but after a little while I snapped out of it. John, Blaine, Mark and Tracy (Tracy happens to be Luke’s sister) are so awesome to hang out with and very hilarious too! Check out the link above (and here’s their page on Facebook)and have yourself a listen (the show I’m on is #12…but you should listen to them all because theyre awesome)…just be advised due to some adult content, I (as well as they) suggest that you are 18+ to listen. Thank you guys and Tracy for letting us “crash” your party! I hope we can do it again!

The Whiskey and Beer Show Crew!

Happy Birthday to The Whiskey and Beer Show!

so Uncle Fester, Cookie Monster, and 100 cupcakes walk into a bar…

Last week could be called anything except mundane… I think I need to blog more, so I’m going to tell you all about it!… Easter Sunday I felt super duper icky…so icky to the point where after I got all ready to leave for my aunt’s house, I put my pj’s back on and fell asleep for a few hours…when I woke up, guess what? yea I still felt gross…so to say the least this is how I spent the next couple days…banned from the cupcake world I love so much and banished to the living room couch. The doctor said it was exhaustion…I’m like “what the h— is that?”…”can you give me drugs for it?”. The next thing I knew it was Wednesday morning, and  I woke up to not only find I was feeling 99.99999999999% better, but I wasn’t really slow and exhausted….ohhhh exhaustion…ok I get it now. However, along with my new found energy I had an awful realization to deal with. I had 2 cakes and approx. 100 cupcakes all to be done by Saturday…Where are those damn Keebler elves when you need em? (Im glad it was a light week…heh) First task to deal with…The Addams Family…dun-na-na-na *snap snap*…sorry couldnt help myself. Though this was a “Display Cake” (ie: Styrofoam replaces the yummy cake inside) it was a challenge to say the least. The inside may be Styrofoam but the awesome characters and pretty outside is not. Its almost a little depressing to know that all your hard work doesn’t get to be enjoyed by both the vision and taste senses…just the eyes get to have fun…damn eyes…my mouth is jealous. I got to work making my little fondant Morticia, Gomez, Fester, Wednesday, and Pugsly (Grandma-ma and Lurch were left out…sorry fictional characters, Sara is way too busy for all of you.) In between all the display cake work I pumped out my massive cupcake order…I was supposed to have help from Luke…but he apparently is afraid of frosting or something…thats ok I still got to call him “Oompa Luka” all day and that totally made up for it. So with the cupcakes baked, filled and frosted, I got back to the Addams Family….the next challenge…”Thing”. It took two giant rice crispy treats, a lb. of fondant and a whole lot of patience to sculpt a life sized hand but I did it!  And it actually looked like a hand too…not a foot or an emu or something… Ok so with “Thing” done I covered my cake and assembled it…trust me it sounds like it took me mere minutes as I explain it, but it was closer to 5ish hours…but it was worth it…sooo worth it. Before I knew it, Saturday was here and I was on my way to the Bushnell (yes I said the Bushnell..how cool is that!?) to deliver my masterpiece. It was about a 30min drive and it felt like it took years, the whole way up I held the cake like my life depended on it (just so you know Oompa Luka drove…I’m not a crazy cake holding driving maniac). So we get there, I get to the security guard and explain my reason for being there….he grumbled something and brought me down to where I had to bring it. As I’m standing there holding my cake, that I was so very proud of, he says to me “ok just put it on the floor”…my jaw dropped…”the floor?…umm I’m sorry I’m not putting this on the floor”…he stares at me for a second and I say “no I was told to put this in the ___ room on a table thank you” …he stares at me some more, grumbles something else and points me where to go…I place the cake down, whisper my good-byes and leave. **on a side note, the cake was an absolute hit, so many people loved it, and the auction item I donated went for double then what its worth!…yay me!”** I get home, take a breather and then it hits me…the 2nd cake….damn, so close…so what do I do? I whip out the frosting, fondant, and cake and construct what will quite possibly be the best cake ever!….Cookie Monster…yes I’m referring to that furry blue confection crazed monster…he’s my hero. Not only did he teach me the value of a good cookie, but I mean come on…hes Cookie Monster! hes a legend! and to top it all off I baked Chocolate chip cookies, gave one to my pal “Cookie Monster Cake” and went to bed feeling like I conquered the whole world in 4 short days….but boy was I exhausted :p