Sunday, September 29, 2013

A Surprise Order

A few months ago I received an order from the editor of the book The Little Blue Truck! Back in the Spring I blogged here about my friend's Little Blue Truck birthday party. Apparently, that post is pretty popular because I have gotten a bunch of orders from people all over the country for those cookies and the cake topper. I have shipped some to Florida, Ohio, Alabama and now Boston.

Sooo, when the editor emailed I was super surprised to find out her order was for the illustrator and author of the book! She wanted to send them cookies as a congratulations on the success of their book (a very cute book I might add). Landon and I were very surprised to get the following thank you present....

And here is a pic of some of the cookies before I packaged them all up (Now THAT is a process when mailing cookies). I wrap the cookies individually in bubble wrap, then as a whole in bubble wrap, and finally put lots and lots of packing materials all around them. 

Let me tell you, that order sure made this North Carolina girl quite happy :)

I also recently shipped a smaller order of the same cookies along with another cake topper. This one is also made out of polymer clay, but I changed a few of the animals. Landon always wants to play with my toppers and especially this once since he loves The Little Blue Truck. 

Oh yeah, though I would share this picture of my little guy with ya'll as well: 

That's my precious little boy who likes to go through our trash can and find treasures (such as an empty bottle of blue food coloring). Boy of boy that was fun to clean up and his mouth was blue for the rest of the day ;)

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Hexagon Wedding Cake

This past weekend I made my biggest wedding cake yet and had to purchase a new cake stand to fit it on! It was a hexagon shape which was also new to me. It was 5 tiers, but the bottom two tiers were made out of styrofoam.

The most difficult part of this cake was cutting the styrofoam into the exact hexagon shape. I used a styrofoam cutter (found in the floral section at Michael's) to cut it but I think this job was way too big for that little cutter. I ended up pulling out a kitchen knife and using that as well. This part took me a whole day to do (something I thought would only take an hour or so)! In the life of cake making this is often the case - something you think will take no time at all takes a lot longer to do then expected.

The other tiers were red velvet and vanilla. I really like how the quilting technique turned out on the hexagon shape. I also made the roses out of gumpaste. The bride and groom provided the ring cake topper and asked me to put a "ring motif" around some of the tiers. This cake was covered with buttercream and fondant.

Check out my new cake stand! I ordered it from Amazon and Landon has enjoyed playing in the box it was packed it. It is a 20" round and I honestly have no idea where I am going to store it. 

Becky and Josh's Wedding Cake

I love the white on white detail on this cake. I made a similar one exactly a year ago for my friend Susannah. I must admit that icing square cakes is much more challenging. It takes forever to get the icing smooth and level. I do love love the look of square cakes though and they tend to feed more people! The flavors of this one were vanilla and triple chocolate with raspberry filling. The icing was all butter cream.