Saturday, May 15, 2010

Polka Dot Gift Cake

This cake was done for a good friend of mine who was taking it to Cleveland for her sister-in-law's baby shower. The invitations were adorable--gifts stacked up in a little wagon in various shades of turquoise and brown--so I decided it would be nice to go with that color scheme and theme for the cake. Inside the "gift" was three layers of classic white cake, filled with a rich and creamy chocolate buttercream. The bow was made of vanilla fondant and the polka dots were dark chocolate fondant.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Yo Gabba Gabba

My sweet little niece just turned one! To mark the event, I wanted to do a fun and special cake for her. Sera really likes this fuzzy little green character named Brobee on the kids' show Yo Gabba Gabba.  Every time she sees him, her face lights up.

The design was centered around a color scheme that matched the party plates with Brobee looking as if he is bursting through the cake The flavors were dark chocolate cake with cookies & cream buttercream and classic white cake with melt-in-your-mouth Italian meringue buttercream.

On the day of the party, I took her in to see the cake and her reaction was priceless ... she blew kisses to it!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Scouting Cake

This dark chocolate cake with cookies & cream filling was done for my son's Cub Scout event. The top of the cake includes the pack number and an overhand knot made out of fondant. The blue & yellow color scheme and the banner with the Cub Scout motto of "Do Your Best" (written in edible marker by my son) completes the theme.

Friday, March 26, 2010

National Capital Area Cake Show

I just came back from Virginia, where I attended the National Capital Area Cake Show. This show is one of the biggest in the country and is attended by many of the top sugar artists.  Attendees have the opportunity to take classes, attend demonstrations, watch live cake challenges and compete in a wedding cake or themed competition. While I was there, I was fortunate enough to be able to attend classes taught by two of my absolute favorite cake designers, Anne Heap of the Pink Cake Box (  and Zane Beg of The Sweet Life ( If they look a little familiar, it may be because you have seen one or both of these incredibily talented people compete on the Food Network Challenge and TLC's Ultimate Cake-Off. With instructors like Zane and Anne, it is hard to go wrong! Here are a few pictures of my completed cakes:

This cute little dragon is "busting out" of the cake!

With the ever-so-talented Zane Beg!

I embellished my jungle birthday cake topper with jungle leaves and the number two
 when I got home

The fine details

With Anne Heap--one of my idols in the world of cake!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Old Fashioned Vanilla Sugar Cookies


Thank you to everyone who has placed orders for Old Fashioned Vanilla Sugar Cookies. My schedule is now completely full, so I will be unable to accept any further orders. I wish you all the happiest of holidays and the best in the new year!

For me, the holidays are not complete without beautifully decorated old-fashioned vanilla sugar cookies. I have been making them for my family for many years. This year, due to popular request, I decided to make them available for purchase. If you are interested in ordering, here are the details:

  • Orders will be taken until Friday, December 11th or until my schedule is booked
  • All cookies are made from scratch and hand decorated
  • Cookies will be available for pickup Monday, December 20th, Tuesday, December 21st and Wednesday, December 23rd*
  • Shipping of cookies is currently unavailable
*If you are interested in cookies for an earlier event, please let me know and I will do my best to accommodate your request. 


Large (4") Individual cookies - separately bagged and tied with a ribbon 
Price: $2.50 (minimum order 4 cookies)

Choose from 6 designs:
  • Snowman
  • Christmas tree
  • Gingerbread man
  • Snowflake
  • Mitten
  • Christmas light

Makes a great stocking stuffer, gift topper or gift to yourself!

Box of 1 dozen large (4") cookies - Holiday Mix
Price: $25.00/dozen

Assortment includes:
  • 1 Gingerbread man
  • 1 Christmas tree
  • 1 Santa star
  • 1 Snowman
  • 1 Snowflake
  • 1 Mitten
  • 2 Christmas lights
  • 2 Ornaments
  • 2 Candy canes

Boxed 1 dozen Winter Fun Assortment - 6 large cookies, 6 small cookies
Price: $20/dozen

Assortment includes:
  • 3 large snowmen
  • 3 small hats
  • 2 large snowflakes
  • 2 small snowmen
  • 1 large mitten
  • 1 small snowflake  

Box of 1 dozen small (2 3/4" to 3") cookies - Traditional Holiday Mix
Price: $18.00/dozen

Assortment includes:
  • 3 Winter hats
  • 2 Snowmen
  • 2 Gingerbread Men
  • 2 Christmas trees
  • 1 Snowflake
  • 1 Candy Cane
  • 1 Ornament

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Purple Paisley

This two-tier wedding cake was done for a lovely couple who married in Las Vegas. Upon returning home, they decided to host a second celebration with family and friends who couldn't attend their destination wedding. Their wedding colors were white and lapis (deep purplish blue) and they wanted to carry that through with their second wedding cake. Both tiers were classic white cake filled with a rich and creamy cookies & cream buttercream. Congratulations to the happy couple!

Saturday, October 17, 2009


I was honored to be asked to make a Halloween cake to be raffled off at local fundraiser and decided on a not-too-scary ghosts & bats theme. The handmade ghost, pumpkin and tombstone, as well as the other decorations, were all made of fondant. Both cakes were filled with a creamy cookies & cream filling. The top tier was a classic white cake and the bottom tier was my signature dark chocolate cake.

Happy Halloween!