Archive for October, 2008

• SPOOKY CUPCAKES…

Posted in Cakes with tags , , , , , , , on October 30, 2008 by beverlydill

Cake  – 10.30.08

Misty, called and needed 3 Dozen Halloween Cupcakes for her children’s Halloween parties. She wanted Vanilla Cupcakes with Buttercream Icing and any design that went with the Halloween theme.
I decided on six different designs: Skeleton, Pumpkin, Dracula, Spider, Ghost & Mummy.’


The Mummy Cupcake  – white icing with white overlayed buttercrem mummy wrap with black buttercream behind the yellow eyes.
The Ghost Cupcake  –  piped grass with white buttercream ghost with black buttercream eyes and mouth.
The Spider Cupcake  –  white icing with black buttercream spider body and legs.
The Dracula Cupcake  – green icing as the face  with black buttercream piped hair, eyes and mouth with white buttercream teeth.
The Pumpkin  Cupcake  – piped grass with orange buttercream pumpkin with brown buttercream pumpkin stem.
The Skeleton Cupcake – white icing with black buttercream piped for the eyes, nose and mouth.

After 4 hours baking/decorating, the Spooky Cupcakes were complete. Thanks, Misty for always keeping me in mind when cakes are needed. I appreciate the support and kind words and look forward to the cakes to come!

• BABY BOOK SHOWER INVITATIONS…

Posted in Design with tags , , , , on October 30, 2008 by beverlydill

Graphic Design – 10.29.08

I had a very close group of friends. We were all in Girl Scouts growing up and we’ve seemed to keep it going throughout the years. We went from weekly meetings to camping trips to NYC & Washington, DC, etc. Most troops end around graduation, but we’ve managed to get the group together on a few occasions, As each girl prepares for a wedding, the mothers and daughters throw a Recipe Shower where we bring our favorite recipe and prepare the dishes. We give the bride-to-be a recipe box filled with our recipe cards and all the ingredients and dishes she needs to prepare the meal. After three recipe showers, we’ve finally come to our first Baby Shower. A good friend of mine suggested a Baby Book Shower. So we ran with the idea. Each girl and mother are to bring their favorite children’s book for Jess to start Baby Crutcher’s own library. At the shower, we will also present her with a bookcase to keep all of the books collected.

For the invitations she gave me scrapbook papers she used to make nursery rhyme picture frames to match the foods we’ll be eating so that I could make an invitation for all of the girls and mothers.

Since Jess is expecting a boy, I went with an all blue background card stock paper with a small white polka dot border where the next paper would be attached. I created a template to look like a library book insert where the invitation card would slip into. After designing, folding, taping an gluing the insert in place on the background sheet, I made the card look like a library card with all of the Baby Book Shower Information and slid it into the pocket. And Voila!

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I love my Troop 1420 and am so happy to remain so close throughout the years. They mean more to me than anything. I love you, Jess, and am so happy to welcome a new baby boy into the clan. We can’t wait to see his beautiful face. May the Lord continue to bless your family.

• THREE TIERS OF JOY…

Posted in Cakes with tags , , , , , , on October 26, 2008 by beverlydill

Cake  – 10.26.08

So the time has come for Jamie’s baby shower. I spoke with her last Sunday at church and she wanted a Designer’s Choice Cake. So to the drawing board I went. The cake was to feed 75. The invitations I made earlier for her was my inpiration for the cake. I went with 3 tier buttercream cake with fondant accents. The top and bottom tier were strawberry and the middle tier was french vanilla.

I began by baking 2-6″, 2-8″ & 2-10″ cakes. I covered each in yellow tinted buttercream. Next came the stacking. I inserted 8 dowels in the bottom to tiers as well as one long dowel rod that went through all three tiers. After they were stacked, I mixed up fondant in the needed colors. I used various size circle cutters and placed polka dots around the cake on the top and bottom tiers. I then cut out small flowers from pink fondant, shaped the petals and placed them around the cake. I came back with yellow buttercream and piped three dots in the middle of each flower. I left the center tier yellow with no polka dots. I wrapped it in a pink satin ribbon and attached a bow to the front. Finally, I piped the pink pearl border with buttercream. For the topper, I layered strawberry cake in the shape of baby booties, covered with pink buttercream and piped yellow laces. I placed a small pink and yellow rocking horse by the bottom tier as the finishing piece. After 7 hours baking/decorating, it was complete.

Congrats again, Jamie! Not too much longer! God Bless you and yours.

• BRIDAL TEA INVITATIONS…

Posted in Design with tags , , , on October 24, 2008 by beverlydill

Graphic Design – 10.22.08

I was contacted a couple weeks back by one of my good friend’s mom. There was a young lady getting married that went to their church and they needed 75 invitations for the Bridal Tea they were hosting. The colors were Apple Red, Gold & Ivory.

I came up with four invitations that incorporated the colors and were based around an elegant yet young design.

Design #1– (top left) Is a 2 page design. The top piece contains the info and design and is attached to the red cardstock paper with a red satin ribbon.

Design #2– (top right) Is the simplest of the 4 designs. The info is printed on ivory paper with no design. The top border is printed onto ivory card stock and cut to fit the bottom sheet and attached with a gold satin ribbon.

Design #3– (bottom left) Is the most complex of the four design. It is made up of four layers. The bottom sheet is  ivory card stock with a red border. The second sheet is ivory card stock with text. The third layer is a strip of ivory paper with an elegant scroll-work design. The fourth later is a small square with the groom’s initial. The bottom two pages are glued together. There is two slits punched into the third layer and red satin ribbon is pulled through and then glued to the second layer. The top layer is attached with a 3D dot that lifts it up off the rest of the layers.

Design #4– (bottom right) Is a single page design with the text and red border on each side of the invitation. Then a small rectangular piece with the bride and groom’s first initials was cut and attached with a gold satin ribbon.

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The ladies ended up choosing Design #3. After two evenings of printing, cutting, gluing and attaching, the project was complete. Thank you so much, Mrs. Tracy, for the opportunity! May God Bless each of you as well as the happy couple.

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• CELEBRATING 50 YEARS…

Posted in Cakes with tags , , , , , , on October 17, 2008 by beverlydill

Cake – 10.18.08

I received an email from a nice young lady about an anniversary cake for her grandparents, which so happened to be Ben’s great-aunt. She sent me a photo of a cake with the colors she liked and went with a  three tiered red velvet cake to feed 100.

I placed the cake on Golden paper to bring out the topper and accents. I baked 2-14″, 2-10″ & 2-6″ round cakes that will feed a total of 103 people.  I cut a small hole in the bottom of each board the tiers were sitting on for the dowel support system. I  began by icing each tier individually. After the 14″ base was on the board, I placed a dowel rod through the middle of the second tier cake and lowered it onto the  top of the base tier, and again with the top tier onto the second tier. Each tier had smaller dowels inserted into them to support the tier above. After all cakes were iced and stacked, I wrapped each tier with a pink ribbon, followed by a gold ribbon.  Next, I made stencils go around the cake to make guidelines of the perfect size swag so that each tier would come out perfectly. I piped on the swag pearls and then mixed up golden icing and piped the cornelli lace to add elegance to the top of each cake. Finally, I piped the bead border around the bottom of each tier and placed the pink roses around the cake. For the topper, I used a round piece of Styrofoam and inserted different shades of pink roses with tiny gold flowers. After 8 hours baking/decorating, it was complete. Ben and I packed up the car and set off for Erin, TN to deliver the golden goodie.

Thanks, Briana, for the opportunity to play a part in such an amazing celebration. Congrats, James and Wilma Gier! I know your love is an inspiration to many as it is to me. May God bless you with many more loving years to come.

• CLONE TROOPERS & GOLF BAGS…

Posted in Cakes with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 11, 2008 by beverlydill

Cake #1 – 10.11.08

The first of two cakes this weekend was for a friend’s son. I recently did the Halloween invitations for her and now it was time for the cake. She wanted a marble cake to feed around 30. Her son, Hayden, wanted a cake in the shape of a head of a Clone Trooper from Star Wars, as shown below, so a Clone Trooper he got.

I began with a 11×15 sheet cake and carved out the silhouette of the head. I then carved into the cake around the cheek regions so that it had a 3D appearance. I applied a thick layer of buttercream and began to smooth out the surface. I was then able to press the buttercream into the carved pieces and form smooth angles. I mixed up some black and gray buttercream and piped in the design on the helmet. Lastly I wrote his name and his age of “6” to personalize the Clone Trooper Helmet. After 5 hours baking/decorating, it was complete.

To match her invitations and decorations she had for the party, I made up a dozen strawberry cupcakes tinted orange to surprise her with. Thanks, Rebecca for the opportunity to use multiple creative skills on the invitations and cake. I hope Hayden has a wonderful birthday! God Bless.

 

Cake #2 – 10.11.08

I received a phone call from one of my long lost best friends. She was throwing a bridal shower for a friend that she attends church with. She wanted the cake to feed around 20 and gave me the following things to go on: feminine, golf, pink, beige/brown, beach. This young lady is said to be an amazing golfer. She is getting married on a beach with the color scheme of the wedding being beige and brown. We thought we’d work some pink into the design to give it a feminine appearance. I did a strawberry cake to add to the feminine touch and because it taste just like candy.

I began with a 11×15 sheet cake. I carved out the shape of a golf bag with two side pockets. I then baked a 8″ round cake and cut it in half, using each piece as a front pocket of the bag. I covered the cake with a layer of buttercream and placed the two front pockets on top and finished with another layer of buttercream to attach the pieces. I then made up a batch of homemade marshmallow fondant and tinted half of it beige to drape over the bag. I then mixed up some pink, pressed a quilted pattern into the fondant and placed as a accent on the pockets. I used what was left of the beige fondant and tinted it brown. I attached a strip on top and bottom of the bag, along with all of the trim down the front.

I was then ready for golf tees, golf balls, towel, flowers and golf clubs. I began with pink and white fondant to sculpt the golf tees. I then cut out little flowers using the same pink. After curling them in the palm of my hand, I let them dry while I began on the golf balls. I rolled up a ball of white fondant and used the end of a paintbrush to press the little holes into the sides. I used a rectangular piece of white fondant and draped it over the golf bag as a towel hanging out of the top. Finally, I hand sculpted the golf clubs and painted with vodka and silver luster dust. And it was ready to be put together. I began by piping little white pearls on the corners of the quilted pattern of the pink pockets. I came back with the little pink flowers and placed them around the bag with a small buttercream pearl in the middle of each. I then crushed up Graham Crackers to be used as sand for her beach theme or as a sand trap and spread it around the bag. I used white buttercream to pipe “Congrats Lindsey” and green buttercream to pipe grass around the edges and finally placed the golf balls, tees and clubs. It was complete after 6 hours baking/decorating.

 

Thanks, Meagan, for this cake challenge. I love you to death and am so happy to help in anyway I can. God Bless You in all you do.

• POLKA DOT BABY SHOWER INVITATIONS…

Posted in Design with tags , , , , , on October 10, 2008 by beverlydill

Graphic Design – 10.05.08

I have a beautiful young lady in my Sunday School Class who is expecting her first child in December, therefore, she needed a baby shower cake and invitations. Her shower is October 26th, so it will be a couple weeks before the cake will be up to view, but she wanted to match the following magazine clipping to both the cake and invitations:

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I came up with three invitations that incorporated different elements of the room pictured above, such as color, polka dots and stripes.

Design #1– Pulls the striped background from the back of the blanket. It has a pink piece of card stock with baby tea details attached with two ribbons. I rounded out the corners of both sheets to give it a soft look.

Design #2 -Pulls the whole design from the front of the blanket. The background features the polka dots while the center pink sheet contains the information attached with ribbons. The corners are right angled like the blanket.

Design #3– Pulls from the border on the wall. The background is pink with the information. I designed a small strip of card stock with the polka dot design of the border and attached with ribbon.

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Jamie ended up choosing Design #2  so I printed 75 invitations, cut out design which included the shower info, punched holes, tied the ribbons and stuffed envelopes. Thanks to my lovely mother helping me thread ribbons through the holes and stuffing envelopes, I finished much quicker than doing it solo. Always nice to have her helping hands and never-ending support. Now, we’re looking forward to the matching cake!

 

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Congrats, Jamie! We love you and we can’t wait to meet her! God Bless.

• GOOD TASTE IN MUSIC…

Posted in Cakes with tags , , , , , on October 5, 2008 by beverlydill

Cake – 10.05.08

I received a call from one of my favorite cake lovers. She wanted a Hannah Montana Cake to feed 15 people for her daughter, Sydney, who was turning 9. After researching Hannah Montana, I decided on sculpting a cake in the shape of Hannah Montana’s guitar.

I began with a 11×15 sheet cake. I used a light purple board and cut out her name and age and placed them under the cellophane before placing the cake on top. I cut out the shape of the guitar and covered with purple buttercream. I rolled out different colors of fondant to add the guitar parts onto the cake to have a realistic look. After creating the wooden neck, buttons, screws, frets, and plates, I used spaghetti noodles as the guitar strings. I piped on curls and swirls with a lighter shade of purple buttercream and came back with white and piped the stars. Finally, I piped the star border, and it was complete after 4 hours baking/decorating. Happy Birthday, Sydney! I hope you enjoy. Thanks, Misty, for the fun cake challenges. I look forward to the upcoming dinosaur!

• WEDDINGS & TIGER LILIES & BARGES, OH MY…

Posted in Cakes with tags , , , , , , on October 5, 2008 by beverlydill

Cake #1 – 10.04.08 (Wedding Cake)

This weekend was the wedding for Carrie and David. She had a wedding cake picked out with a few changes to incorporate her orange and brown theme with tiger lilies. The cake was strawberry with buttercream that fed around 60.

I began a night early by rolling out orange fondant and cutting the shape of the tiger lilies. I placed a cotton ball under each one and curled the ends of the petal so that they could dry overnight and be ready for painting the next day. I then rolled out brown fondant and cut out the shapes of leaves so that they would have a 3D appearance and pop out from the cake. The next day, I painted half of the lilies a vibrant orange using vodka and orange food coloring.

I covered the cake with buttercream and piped the curly pattern around the cake and placed the lilies and leaves. I came back with a deeper green and piped buttercream leaves around the cake. I then placed 3 spaghetti noodles in the center of each lily as the stem and piped a brown dot on the end as the stamen. I came back with brown food coloring and painted dots inside the petals. Finally, I piped on the orange buttercream as flower buds and white as the little pearls separating the tiers, and it was complete.

 

Cake #2 – 10.04.08 (Grooms Cake)
Carrie also wanted a Grooms Cake for David to feed 25. Since he works for Ingram Barge Co., she wanted a vanilla barge just for him.

I began the grooms cake with a 11×15 sheet cake. I cut the cake in half and used 5.5″x15 as the barge. I cut the other half in 3 pieces to be the three tiers of the boat. I started with the boat and covered the 3 tiers with buttercream. I then piped the red stripes, window/doors, Ingram logo, “M/V Hornet” (boat’s name), and Just Married on the back. After placing the American flag on the top, the boat was complete.

I rounded out the end of the barge where it goes into the water and cut out the four compartments on top. I then covered the barge with a layer of buttercream followed by a long piece of fondant colored as though it were rusted. I crushed up Graham Cracker and placed the “sand” into the compartments. Finally, I added white buttercream to the sides of the boat to act as water splashing from movement and it was finished.

After 13 hours baking/decorating, both cakes were complete. Congrats, David and Carrie! May the Lord bless your future together.