• 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.

• PINK TIERS AND BASEBALL BATS…

Posted in Cakes with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 20, 2008 by beverlydill

Cake #1 – 09.20.08

I double-booked myself this weekend, but I was really excited about both cakes. One I had done something similar before, and the other was a very new idea, but challenging and fun.

I received a phone call for a thirteenth birthday cake. She liked the cake I did before with polka dots and stripes, so we went along the same lines with a 13 on top for her daughter. We went with a cherry cake with buttercream icing layered in marshmallow fondant.
I covered the bottom tier in light pink fondant and cut out white and black circles and placed around the cake. After the two cakes were stacked, we rolled little balls of fondant to be placed around the cake. I cut small and medium size pink flowers and bent them around my finger so they would pop off of the cake instead of being flat. I placed the small flowers between the stripes and the larger flowers on the very top of the cake and on the bottom tier. The 13 on top was cut from white sparkly paper and inserted into the middle of the cake. After 6 hours baking/decorating, the cake was complete. Thank you so much, Pam, for the opportunity and wonderful words we shared, and I hope McKenzie has an amazing 13th birthday. God Bless.

Cake #2 – 09.20.08

The second cake was for my dentist’s son, which so happens to be the grandson of my Murray cake lover I’ve mentioned before. They are very faithful in cake ordering and I appreciate all the ideas and fun projects they have me do. Anyway, he was having a baseball themed part for his first birthday. The wanted a baseball smash cake for Jackson and another cake to feed around 50 for the guests. So we went with two dozen baseball cupcakes and a bat to feed 25-30 people.

I began with the smash cake. It was chocolate with buttercream. I baked the cake in two small round bowls. After layer buttercream in between the layers, I covered the entire ball in buttercream and added the red stitches. I piped grass around the ball, and it was complete.

Next was the cupcakes. I baked two dozen french vanilla cupcakes and piped them all with grass. My mother and I rolled up little white balls of fondant and placed them on top of the grass. I came back with red buttercream and piped the stitching.

Finally, it was time for the bat. I began by baking a 11×15 chocolate sheet cake. I cut the cake in two giving me 2 – 5.5″x15 pieces. I placed one piece in from of the other to replicate a 30″ bat. I placed the outline of the bat on top and used a sererrated knife to cut away the excess cake. I then angled the bat to be thicker at the end of the bat and thinner at the handle. I went along the sides and carved away the sharp edges to give them a nice smooth rounded appearance. Finally, I layered hot fudge chocolate buttercream on top and was ready for fondant. I mixed brown coloring in with the white fondant, but didn’t mix it completely so that when I rolled it out, it would have a marbelized look for wood grain. I draped it over the cake and added white strips of fondant to the handle for the look of tape. I then rolled up a large piece of fondant, piped stitches and placed it by the bat. I came back with grass and piped all the way around the bat and ball. Finally, I piped his name in black buttercream on top of the bat. After 8 hours of baking/decorating the smash cake, cupcakes, and baseball bat cake were complete.  Thank you so much for the opportunity, Robbie and Mary. I hope Jackson loves his ball and has a wonderful first birthday. God Bless you all. 
 

• TWO DOLL CAKES FOR DOUBLE THE FUN…

Posted in Cakes with tags , , , , , , on September 13, 2008 by beverlydill

Cake – 09.13.08

Ben’s mom called me to book a cake for a lady she works with. The cake was for her twin girls and needed to feed about 15-20 people.  She wanted a chocolate cake with buttercream icing and just wanted the cake to be girly such as pink, glittery, and Barbie. With the given information, I decided to go with two Doll Cakes.

I went with a pink and white color scheme, each cake being opposite of the other. The cake bases were pink and white sparkly paper, which I would later cut their names and age from to add to the cake.

I baked two chocolate cakes in the skirt shaped pans and divided them in half to add a layer of buttercream.  I then applied the base coat of buttercream icing to each. I added a ruffle around the bottom and cornelli lace to match the same color of the icing used as the base followed by a shell border of the opposing color between the ruffles and the lace. I piped flowers around the waist, placed the doll and piped on her top. Finally I added little bows above the ruffles, and the cake was complete.

I then went to the computer and typed out the girls names and adjusted the kerning so that when I cut them out, the letters would all be attached. I printed the names and number 7 as reversed images. I cut them out and traced them onto the back of the sparkly paper. I then cut them from the card stock paper and placed the names in the dolls arms and the number to their sides. After 5 hours of baking/decorating/paper craft fun the cake was complete. Happy Birthday Britni and Kaci! I hope you enjoy. God bless.

• HALLOWEEN THEMED BIRTHDAY INVITATIONS…

Posted in Design with tags , , , , , , on September 13, 2008 by beverlydill

Graphic Design – 09.12.08

Rebecca’s little boy turns 6 in October so she asked me to do his invitations along with birthday cupcakes. Since his birthday is so close to Halloween, she decided to mix the two and have a Halloween themed party. I came up with four designs, each of which was built in layers. I used two green and black color schemes and two orange and black schemes as follows:

Design #1 – Green/Black Cat: Made up of two layers of paper. The cat was cut out and placed on top of the main page design. It was attached with a 3D dot so that it was raised up off of the invitation and wiggle eyes were attached.

Design #2 – Green/Black Ghost: Made up of three layers of paper. The black paper was the back sheet with a strip cut out towards the top where the green paper slide up into to hold in place. Lastly, the ghost was glued to the back of the strip and wiggle eyes were attached.

Design #3 – Orange/Black Spider: made up of two layers of paper. The black paper with the spider web design at the top was the back sheet with a line cut so that the orange paper slid up into to hold. A string was attached to the paper for the dangling web, along with a black button and 4 long pieces of thread for the spider legs.

Design #4 – Orange/Black Ghost: Made up of two layers of paper. The ghost and balloon was cut out and placed on top of the main page design. A hole was punched in the ghost for the mouth so that the black paper would show through. They were attached with 3D dots so that they were raised up off of the invitation and wiggle eyes were attached. A string went between the balloon and the ghost. 

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Rebecca ended up choosing Design #4 so I printed 30 invitations, cut out each balloon and ghost, attached all the pieces and placed in envelopes. Thanks, Rebecca for the opportunity, and I look forward to the cupcakes!

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• A BIRDHOUSE BIRTHDAY…

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

Cake – 09.11.08

Even though today holds the memory of a tragic event in history, it’s still a day to celebrate. Today is Ben’s mother’s birthday which might as well be called my mother-in-law. Each year I try to make her a cake that tops the last, which I guess is my goal in each cake. So I looked around the house and noticed she has a nice collection of birdhouses, and being that her favorite color is purple, I settled on a purple birdhouse.

I started with a 10″ square French Vanilla cake. I cut the cake in four equal squares and stacked them on top of each other. I cut an angle for the roof and then separated the layers again for filling. I layered raspberry filling and buttercream between the four layers as I stacked them back up to the roof peak. I then covered the entire constructed birdhouse with buttercream. I cut strips of fondant and placed them on each wall of the house to give it a sharp corner look instead of covering the entire cake with one piece of fondant which would give it more of a rounded corner finish. After giving the house the outer shell, I added the roof by cutting circles out of dark purple fondant and layering them like shingles. After the roof was complete, I mixed Vodka and icing coloring and painted the sides of the birdhouse with a light purple and pink wash for a country/antique look. I added a black circle of fondant for the opening, piped the vines, leaves and flowers with buttercream, and inserted a dowel rod for a bird perch.

After 5 hours of baking/decorating and the lovely assistance of my mother, we had us a birdhouse. We drove all over Dover this morning in search of the perfect birds to place on the roof and the perch. Luckily, a flower shop truck arrived at a local florist for a delivery just as we showed up in the middle of our scavenger hunt, and they had a box full of the perfect little birds. So we bought us two and Voila!

Happy Birthday, Ms. Terri! I love you very much and am so happy to have you and your son in my life. God Bless you both.

• BELLY FULL OF CAKE…

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

Cake – 09.06.08

A nice young woman, who previously ordered the armadillo cake and the October wedding/grooms cake for her daughter, placed another order for a baby shower cake.  She told me the cake was for her sister which lead to a funny situation because I thought the cake was actually for her sister, who I’ve always thought a lot of. So my mother and I made up a goodie bag of baby gifts for her to pick up when she got the cake. Come to find out, she wasn’t pregnant! The shower was for her friend, but we still send our love and congrats with the gift and cake to the unknown mother-to-be!
And, Heather, keep that card because one of these days you’ll need it! 🙂
But back to the cake… She had the cake picked out which made it a bit easier than sitting down and sketching out numerous options. She went with a French Vanilla Cake with Buttercream and Marshmallow Fondant to feed 20 in the shape of a pregnant belly. 
 
I began with a soccer pan and two half ball shaped pans. After cutting the belly cake in half, I filled it with a layer of buttercream. I carved away some of the so called “breasts” of the cake so that they would fit against the shape of the belly and into each other. I iced the cake with buttercream and smoothed over after the icing hardened a bit to give the fondant a nice smooth surface to drape over. I rolled out a large piece of fondant and placed it on top of the entire cake. I formed it to the breasts and belly and let it wrinkle around the bottom part of the cake for the dress. I then tinted a piece of fondant flesh tone and cut a triangle shape to form the cleavage. After the skin was in place, I cut long strips of white fondant for the fabric design at the top of the dress and placed on top of the cleavage. With a ruffled-edged cutter, I cut blue tinted fondant for the lacy ribbon on the top of the dress. I used the remainder of the blue fondant for the bow that was placed in the middle and the ribbons that hang over the belly. Finally, I piped buttercream around the edge of the dress and wrote “Welcome Baby Grear” above the female figure. After 4 hours of baking/decorating it was complete. I was so happy to have made something a little different than the usual baby shower sheet cake. So thank you, Carmella and Heather, for the cake challenges and, again, I’m so sorry for the mix up! This one will definately be a cake to remember. God Bless.

• BUMBLE BEE BIRTHDAY…

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

Cake – 08.31.08

Our great friend, Garrett, called and wanted a birthday cake in the shape of a bee for his son’s second birthday since he is a big fan of the Bee Movie. He wanted a marble cake to feed around 20.

I began with sketches of the shapes and sizes that would build the perfect bee and serve the needed amount. I layered yellow paper on the cake board and drew on the text and bee pattern followed by cellophane. I used a football shaped pan for the body and half of a ball pan for the head. I carved away the same angle as the head from the body so they would fit together smoothly. I then iced the cake with buttercream. I mixed up yellow and black buttercream and began with the stripes on the bee’s back. To replicate a bee’s appearance, I used a decorating tip that is usually used for grass to give it a furry look. After the body was complete, I made marshmallow fondant and tinted it yellow to drape over the bee’s head for a smooth finish. I used the black buttercream to add the hair on the bee’s head and used fondant for the eyes, eyebrows and mouth. I used two spaghetti noodles dyed with black edible airbrush coloring and rolled up two fondant balls for the antennas. I then cut out wings from white fondant and attached them to the back. After pressing down the middle of the wings into the cake, I added black and yellow buttercream to the top to finish out the stripes as if the wings were coming out of the body. For the finishing touch, I added a black fondant stinger to the end. After about 5 hours of baking and decorating it was finished. And off to Erin I go to deliver. Hope you have a wonderful Bee Day, Aiden! We love you, Garrett and Heather. Thanks for allowing me to be a part of such a special day.

• BABIES AND BLEEDING ARMADILLOS…

Posted in Cakes with tags , , , , , , , on August 16, 2008 by beverlydill

Cake # 1 – 08.16.08

So yet again, I booked two cakes for the same day. But all together I finished them both in 12 hours (baking/decorating).

The first cake was a baby shower cake. The mother-to-be had a cake picked out she wanted and went with a pink, black and white color scheme. It was a two tier cake with stripes on top and polka dots on bottom to feed 30 people. She wanted the letter “M” on top for the baby girl’s name McKenzie.  She also wanted unique flavors so we did the top tier chocolate cake with cocoa chocolate buttercream and the bottom tier was strawberry cake with white chocolate buttercream. I layer both tiers in marshmallow fondant.

I began the top tier with white fondant and placed vertical stripes around the cake. I then cut a round piece of fondant and made the letter indentions “McKenzie” around the front. I then made the “M” out of fondant and let it sit for hours to harden and placed on top.

I covered the bottom tier in light pink fondant and cut out white, dark pink and black circles of different sizes and placed around the cake. After the two cakes were stacked, with the help of my lovely mother, we rolled little balls of fondant to be places around the cake. And it was complete. I took off the top “M” because it must now it must sit tight take a ride to Erin (40 minutes away). So I have my fingers crossed for a pleasant delivery. Congrats Audrey!  Thanks so much for letting me take part in such a special time of your life. God Bless.


Cake # 2 – 08.16.08

A young lady and her mother visited me at work and booked a wedding cake and groom’s cake for October. In the meantime, they wanted a 21st birthday cake for Alex to feed 10 people. He loves the armadillo cake in the Steel Magnolia’s movie so they decided to surprise him with one. The cake was to be a red velvet so it would be a true Bleeding Armadillo when he cuts into it.

I began with a football shaped cake and added a layer of buttercream icing. I then made up some gray tinted fondant and draped it on top. I cut long strips of fondant and placed 9 rows on its back then, again with the help of my lovely mother, cut tiny circle to be placed on its back as a scale-like design. I then made his tail with a thick piece of fondant and overlayed scales to the end. I made his head out of cake and draped the fondant on top, with eyes made of black fondant and ears attached with toothpicks. Lastly, I made a template for the leg/foot shape and made all four with fondant and added white toenails as the finishing touch. I was really happy with this cake. It was sick but cute. So Happy Birthday Alex! Enjoy!


• CHARACTER STUDY IN WATERCOLOR…

Posted in Art with tags , , , , , on August 8, 2008 by beverlydill

Painting And Video- 08.08.08

I have a very dear friend that ventures out of the country each year for his birthday. Being that this was his 30th Birthday, I thought I would paint him a picture not only as a birthday gift but as a character study to describe who he is to me when words cannot express. I included a letter describing each little detail in the piece and placed them where he could find them when he returned home.

The piece is about an independent young man who travels, but his destination is actually not of this world. He focuses on where the Lord leads him and the Kingdom in which the Lord is preparing for Him.

 

I finished the art in about 6 hours. It included pen and watercolor. While drawing/painting, I set up the video camera to capture my every move. I compiled and edited all the video and chose to overlay Caedmon’s Call’s “This World” as the song to match the piece. And Voila!

So this is for you. You know who you are. I cannot thank you enough for being such an amazing young man, inspiration and friend.

• WEDDING CAKES & MUD BOG TRUCKS…

Posted in Cakes with tags , , , , , , , on July 28, 2008 by beverlydill

Cake – 07.26.08

Margaret contacted me earlier this year about doing her wedding cake. She wanted it to feed around 200, be multi-colored with luster dust and be an off-set square cake. So I drew up a few sketches and went for a simple yet elegant cake with a bright fun look. She brought me the color swatches and topper which was a Willow Tree Angel. When she delivered these to me earlier this week, she showed me a photo of her fiance’s mud bog truck and wanted me to do a grooms cake that matched it. Without thinking, I quickly agreed because there always has to be a first time for everything and it seemed like a fun challenge.

The cake was french vanilla with a strawberry filling and buttercream icing covered in homemade marshmallow fondant. The cake was to alternate pink and yellow with angled tiers. I made up a batch of fondant for each color and placed on the four tiers. I used pink, yellow, and white luster dust to add shimmer to the cakes. I then added the white dots to the yellow tiers and an elegant scroll design to the pink tiers where the corner of the tier above it would be placed. I placed a white satin ribbon with accented ribbon in the middle and added royal icing pearls as a base border. I then took the remainder of fondant and shaped bows to be placed on the corners of the first and third tiers. I stacked the bottom three tiers and left the top tier off until we arrived at the church just to be safe.

The Groom’s cake was Chocolate with buttercream icing. Ben helped me sculpt the mud bog truck from cake. After getting it just right, we placed it in the freezer to toughen up the cake before applying the buttercream icing. We then followed up the buttercream with fondant. I hand painted the truck black and cut out the windows, grill with logo, bumper, license plate and tail lights from different colors of fondant. I then piped Just Married on the back glass, Chevy on the tailgate and Gregg on the license plate for their last name. We took Oreos and covered them with black fondant. I then made treads on the tires by adding a  pattern with a knife. I piped grass around the mud bogging hole and placed the truck on top. I flatted down the mud and grass behind the tires as if it were tracks where the truck had travelled. I then used the remainder of the brown buttercream to smear “mud” on the tires and truck.

After 20 hours total (6 hours baking, 8 hours decorating wedding cake, 6 hours decorating grooms cake) it was finally complete. It took four of us to deliver the cakes to the church. My mother and I went back later last night to cut and serve the cake. The cake was to feed 200 and there were well over 250 guests there. We believed Jesus worked a miracle because we still had cake left at 10 PM when the guests began to leave. But we had a great time and enjoyed a beautiful wedding. Congrats Margaret and Mitchell. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to play a part in your special day.

To my helpers: Ben you are an amazing sculptor and I look forward to the many projects to come. And Mom, you’re still a trooper. Thank you for sticking by my side and supporting me in what I love to do. God Bless.

• MICKEY MOUSE CAKE…

Posted in Cakes with tags , , on July 22, 2008 by beverlydill

Cake – 07.22.08

I received a call last week about a Mickey Mouse Birthday Cake. This was awesome to hear because I rarely receive a cake order based on a character I really know, or should we say, know from my childhood. I was booked with a baby shower, wedding and grooms cake this week, but I’m always happy to do a cake for someone new, especially when the cake is a new adventure and a challenge. So she decided she wanted a large Mickey head to feed around 50. We went with a Vanilla cake with buttercream icing and marshmallow fondant.

I began by baking three round cakes. I first carved the face and then carved the ears to fit into place. I put a layer of buttercream on all three sections and then made up the fondant. I dyed all the colors needed and began by putting the base color on each cake. I then cut out the black to be placed on top of the flesh color fondant followed by the eyes and mouth. I then rolled up a large oval nose and placed it on top. I mixed up some black buttercream icing, added small details to the facial features and then added a black bead border around the cake. After six and a half hours of baking and decorating, I finally completed the classic character. So thank you Brandy for the opportunity and Happy Second Birthday, Charlie!

• RUBBER DUCKY CAKE…

Posted in Cakes with tags , , , on July 20, 2008 by beverlydill

Cake – 07.20.08

I was asked to do a baby shower cake for a young man that attended our church for many years ago. He is now a preacher and has just adopted a newborn son with his wife. Our church decided to have a shower for them after tonight’s service so they went with a Rubber Duck Theme. I’ve done a few sheet cakes with rubber ducks before so I wanted this one to be completely different. I sat down with a notepad and came up with this design and knew it may be difficult and time-consuming, but there’s no other way I’d have it. It had to feed 50 people so I did a two-layer 12″ and two-layer 6″. The base cake is covered in buttercream icing including the grass. I then wrapped the ribbon around the side, tied the bow and added cattails. I then rolled out Marshmallow fondant to cover a layer of buttercream on the 6″ cake. I tinted a piece of fondant with blue shade to give the water a ripple effect. I used another piece of fondant and tinted it many shades of brown, cut them into planks and added creases into the wood to make it look natural. I then attached the water to the top and added one plank at a time. As soon as as the wood was in place, I rolled out a long strip of fondant to go around the top and bottom of the bucket to act as braces. I hand molded the bar of soap and ladybugs and then draped the baby towel over the side of the tub. I added buttercream bubbles, cattails and finally placed the duck on top with a matching bow around its neck. After a little over six hours of baking and decorating it came together just like the drawing I had envisioned in my mind. I was very happy with the outcome and now know you can do anything you put your mind to. So congrats to you, William, Glenna and Isaiah!

• FLYER DESIGN FOR A FRIEND…

Posted in Design with tags , , , on July 18, 2008 by beverlydill

Graphic Design – 07.14.08

So I received an email from a high school friend stating he needed a new flyer to advertise his landscaping business. He sent me the info and a photo of his work. The photo was beautiful, but had a washed-out sky, so I did a bit of photo manipulation and added a bright blue sky to his original photo to make it pop. I made a quick logo to incorporate the blades of grass he had used before since we couldn’t get our hands on a large quality file. We worked with three different layouts, but we went for the one below. Best of luck to you and your business, Kyle!

KyleFlyer1BlackSmBeehive-1.jpg picture by beverlydill

• A CAKE FOR BABY BRODY…

Posted in Cakes with tags , , on June 29, 2008 by beverlydill

Cake – 06.29.08

One of my favorite ladies in the world will be a grandma by the first of August. She asked me at church if I could do the baby shower cake and brought me a napkin to go by design-wise. She wanted a vanilla cake with buttercream icing to feed around 35-45 people.

I placed the cake on a board covered in purple paper to match the border of the napkins. I then divided four sections and piped the “B-A-B-Y” letters and the four background colors. I placed a smaller cake on top to incorporate the inner square on the napkin. I added purple basket-weave to the sides and piped his name. Lastly, I made the bear from colored fondant and tied the blue bow around his neck. I finished baking/decorating this cake in about 6 hours.

Congrats, Jana! We all can’t wait to meet him.

• LUAUS AND POLKA DOTS…

Posted in Cakes with tags , , , , , , on June 23, 2008 by beverlydill

Cake # 1 – 06.21.08

I booked two cakes this weekend which seemed to be a lot less hectic than the last few weekends, but I still ended with a total of 14 hours of baking/decorating.

The first cake was for Bailey’s First Birthday with the theme of a Luau. She wanted to feed around 25-30 people. We decided on a vanilla cake with buttercream icing overlaid with marshmallow fondant. I made a two tier cake and a small smash cake just for Bailey. I tinted the fondant a sandy golden yellow and mixed in gold luster dust so it would shimmer. I piped a grass skirt with a lai border and “Happy First Birthday Bailey”. The second tier was to alternate palm trees and flip flops.
I cut all of the designs from fondant and placed around the cake. I topped with leaves and flowers with a 1 in the center made of royal icing. I crushed up Graham Crackers and placed around the bottom of each tier to look like sand. I then tinted buttercream the same color as the fondant and iced the baby cake, placing two larger flip flops on top. I piped a B for Bailey on one and 1 on the other for her age. I sprinkled Graham Crackers on top and placed the candle in a flower. We delivered it to the bank and Hillary seemed very happy with it. So Happy Birthday to you, Bailey!

Cake # 2 – 06.21.08

The second cake was for a Baby Shower. Bre is expecting a little girl in August so we went with the theme of the baby’s bedroom – Chocolate with pink polka dots. She wanted a cake to feed 30 and 20 cupcakes to match the cake. We went for a Red Velvet Cake with buttercream icing and marshmallow fondant. I tinted the fondant a chocolate color and cut out little pink and white circles. I placed little polka dots on the cake and used the large circles to form a flower shape. I then piped royal icing as stitches around the flowers. The cake was topped with the Letter A for Amelia and placed a pink bow to match the ribbon around the bottom of each tier.

The cupcakes were Red Velvet with buttercream icing. I cut out pink circle and indented the letter A into each one and placed on top. We placed the cupcakes on two white boards with brown and pink polka dots.

The beautiful mother-to-be seemed to love the cakes. Congrats to you, Bre! We can’t wait to meet Amelia!

• A TRIPLE SWEET WEEKEND

Posted in Cakes with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 14, 2008 by beverlydill

Cake # 1 – 06.14.08

So I ended up booking 3 cakes this weekend. I did the first cake Thursday night and had Ben to deliver Friday and the second two cakes I did Friday and delivered Saturday.

The first cake was two 6″ single layer smash cakes for Emma’s First Birthday (One for Saturday and One for Sunday). Her theme was Care Bears and I matched the cakes to the front and back of her party invitations. I marbleized the cakes so the inside would be pink and white to match the exterior. I added basket-weave to the edges of one cake to match the pattern and added flowers to the other cake to match the flowers on the invitations. Even being so small, it took about 5 hours to complete for all the little details of piping and drawing. You’ll see two photos below her mother took of Emma demolishing her cakes. So Happy Birthday to You, Emma! Two cute cakes for the cutest little girl in the world. We love you guys.

Cake # 2 – 06.14.08

Next, I received a call from my Murray, KY cake lover, Janet. She said they were celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Deacon Joe’s Ordination at St. Leo’s Catholic Church. She stated she wanted chocolate cake with buttercream icing to feed 120 people, but she wanted me to design the cake’s theme. Since I had nothing to go on, I started thinking: Religious, Catholic, Masculine, and Deacon Joe. So I decided on a 12″ Square Cake Base with a 10″ Square Cake on top. I piped white basket-weave on the sides of the whole cake and separated the two tiers with leaves, vines and grapes. I then rolled out fondant with different shades of brown, tan and white so that when flat it had a marbleized, stained paper color. I then rolled up the top and bottom like a scroll, placed on top of the cake and piped the words. I finished it off by adding leaves, grapes and vines to surround the scroll. I delivered it to Murray today and they loved it. So many thanks to my Murray cake crew! Thanks for always giving me a creative challenge.  God Bless.

Cake # 3 – 06.14.08

Lastly, I was to do the party cake and smash cake for Emmy’s First Birthday. The theme for the party was “Paint Emmy’s World”. Her mother sent out invitations with a paint palette and a paintbrush. She requested FunFetti Cake and for it to feed 20 people. I topped it with homemade buttercream icing and homemade marshmallow fondant. Little Emmy’s cake was FunFetti with buttercream Icing with fondant accents. I don’t like to do the whole smash cake in fondant because it’s not as easy to make a mess with, which is what the baby cake is all about. I free-handed the paint palette and paint spills and used cutters for the paint circles. Next we rolled up what was left of the colors and placed little fondant balls around the cake and made a tube of paint to add to the board. I finished off the cake by piping the words with buttercream. Altogether I think it came together with a childlike graphic appearance which I was happy with. So happy Birthday, Emmy! I hope I helped to paint your world.

Yesterday I started at noon and ended around midnight and my wonderful mother stayed by my side all day and night long and then went on the delivery run with me this morning. So much love to you, Mom. You’re a trooper.

• WEDDING IN NASHVILLE

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

06.07.08

The sister of a great friend contacted me about having a wedding on June 7, 2008 in Nashville, TN. She wanted a cake to feed around 175 people. Simple yet Elegant. So we went with a four tier round design. A French Vanilla Cake with Homemade Buttercream Filling and Homemade Marshmallow Fondant. The Satin Ribbon around the base of each tier matched the bridesmaid dresses, finished with white buttercream pearl and a Monogram topper. It took about 13 hours to complete this cake with a 2 hour delivery.

So Ben and I made it to Nashville in one piece with no accidents or crushed cakes, but I did hold my breath the whole way. We transported the two bottom tiers stacked together and the top two tiers stacked together. We did the final assembling when we got to the church. She had someone to cut and serve the cake so we didn’t have to stay but we did hear it was a hit. I’ll try and get my hands on some pictures of them demolishing the cake to post. Best wishes to the bride and groom and God Bless. It was such a pleasure getting to meet the rest of the Beard family. Big thanks to Ben for sticking by my side all day and helping with the delivery and set-up.