Last week I was buried in flour, sugar, eggs, butter, vanilla, fondant, buttercream… and all the good stuff that a cake and cupcakes are made of and the decorations that make those cakes and cupcakes pretty. Well, not literally buried but I sure felt like it! I had three orders. Today I’m sharing with you just one of them… but don’t worry I’ll be sharing the others in future posts.
Before I do share the first order from last week, I thought to share some history that leads up to this order. Also, at the same time, you get to learn a little bit about my cake decorating background and my inspirations.
Back in March of 2010, I had made a cake and cupcake tower for a Barney themed birthday part. This was my first official order. When I say official, I mean it wasn’t for a friend or family member… it was for someone I’ve never met. I have to admit I was quite excited… who wouldn’t be, right? I was so excited that I made my first set of business cards to leave at the party. As I share this story, I recall all the excitement and how nervous I was. :P
Wow, my photography skills were really horrible! I have improved, haven’t I? I hope you guys do think so too:P
I had soooo much fun making Barney and his friends…. I still giggle whenever I see a picture of this cake. I was so pleased with the way the characters turned out. :D The design for this cake was inspired by my favorite cake designer, Vanessa Iti of Bella Cupcakes. You must check out her over the top beautiful work… and her amazing photography! Her work is absolutely breath taking and so full of inspiration!! Back in 2009 she did this adorable Winnie the Pooh cake. This cake was the inspiration for my Barney cake, but of course mine looks totally amateur next to her’s…haha! However, I have to admit I was proud of my buttercream covered cake… yup the pink is buttercream! At that time I had newly learned a technique that makes your buttercream look as smooth as fondant! I have Sharon Zambito of the SugarEd Productions to thank for that! Since then that has been my preferred method… especially since most people don’t care for fondant. Most of the cakes I have made are covered in buttercream with fondant or gum paste decorations.
One of the guests at the Barney party loved the cake and cupcakes, and it turns out she had taken one of my business cards. Score! Almost exactly a year later, March 2011, I get a phone call from that guest’s friend. Her friend tells me that she was referred to me. She placed a cupcake tower order for her daughter’s first birthday. The theme was cupcakes with purple and pink as the color scheme.
I adored these cupcakes. It turns out so did that guest (Barney party guest). She had told her friend that if she has a girl, she will be doing the same first birthday theme and the same exact cupcakes. Sure enough, she had a baby girl! And here I am making (actually have made) the same cupcakes 16 months later…
However, for the this order, the cupcake tower consisted of a jumbo cupcake as the topper.
Just as adorable as the first time! Don’t you think?
The next order… Star Wars Lego theme. Be sure to come back and check it out!