Do You Know About Icing Smiles?
This past weekend, we had the opportunity to create an incredibly special cake for the Icing Smiles program. Icing Smiles is an amazing nonprofit organization that provides cakes for children who are or have been fighting serious illnesses, at ZERO cost to the family. Many times the families are completely devastated by all the medical bills and peripheral expenses such as traveling to far away hospitals for treatment. Continue reading Do You Know About Icing Smiles?
Sugar as Art
Cake touches all the senses. You are thrilled with the appearance, pleasing the eye. You take a deep breath & smell the wonderful aromas of icing & cake. You touch it, feeling the silkiness of the buttercream & the sensation of the cake melting away on your tongue. You taste the explosion of flavor. You hear….well…….OK, OK, so cake doesn’t have much of a sound. Don’t disturb my groove here. We can MAKE a cake have sound, so there! ***sticks tongue out in a sassy manner*** And then there are of course the ‘oohs & aaahs’ over the cake & the ‘mmmms’ when it is devoured, so yes there are sounds.
What other art form literally activates all 5 senses at once? Continue reading Sugar as Art
Oh the Places She’ll Go!
We’ve been waiting for a few weeks to share this cake because we wanted the professional pictures by Inked Fingers first, so we could do it—and this epic baby shower, yes BABY SHOWER—justice for how amazing it was! This one was an adventure! Continue reading Oh the Places She’ll Go!
Delivering Cakes is So Stressful!
So it finally happened. Over 6 years of delivering cakes safely, & on March 15th I got rear-ended HARD by a big Yukon. I was in CC the Cool Cakemobile, & had a wedding cake in the back! 😱😱😱 I jumped out & opened the side door of the van, to find the cake box had been knocked halfway across the van & was on its side. I immediately set it up & opened it. The cake survived! Just a couple dents in the icing & it shifted a bit on the board. It was still perfectly intact! I then … Continue reading Delivering Cakes is So Stressful!
Behind the Drawbridge of the Castle Cake
We love big cakes & we cannot lie! OK, Sir Mix-a-lot … I’m not, but we definitely Bake-a-lot, so it works… haha. When making literally the biggest cake in our history, there were a few glitches along the way! They … Continue reading Behind the Drawbridge of the Castle Cake
To Freeze or Not To Freeze?
There seems to be a pervasive myth out there that cake goes ‘bad’ quickly & that leftovers don’t keep. Constantly people ordering cake seem absolutely terrified that it may not all be eaten at the event. Of COURSE, you want everyone to enjoy it and wipe it out! But it seems the fear is more of what to do with the leftovers & wasting all the cake…& money. Myth buster – if kept refrigerated, cake is good for several days, even a week or more. The key is keeping oxygen out of the CAKE part of it. The buttercream or … Continue reading To Freeze or Not To Freeze?
Hanging a Cake in Air–Our first REAL Chandelier Cake!
Yes, that is a cake hanging ‘upside down’ in air! We’re not sure if this is the first chandelier wedding cake done in Austin, but I have not seen one previously. There have been a ton done elsewhere, ever since … Continue reading Hanging a Cake in Air–Our first REAL Chandelier Cake!
The Battle Royale: Sugar vs Humidity
This beautiful cake is a perfect example of the Sugar Struggle…. Continue reading The Battle Royale: Sugar vs Humidity
Why Are Custom Cakes Worth So Much?
There is SO much more time involved than people realize, or than it looks like on the nowhere-near-reality TV cake shows that make it look like we wave a magic cake wand at our oven & a masterpiece just pops out in a few minutes. Continue reading Why Are Custom Cakes Worth So Much?
Sometimes the Story Behind the Cake is the Best Part!
Sometimes the story behind a cake & the people involved make it just incredibly special, & this is one of those times! Y’all deserve the whole scoop on this one! A precious little lady named Amy, probably in her mid-70’s, … Continue reading Sometimes the Story Behind the Cake is the Best Part!
It’s Due WHEN???
You have GOT to be kidding me! It was June 26th, a busy day, & we were double booked with events that evening. I had the ILEA Awards Gala, where Cakes ROCK!!! was nominated in the Best Desserts category & … Continue reading It’s Due WHEN???
Sugar Flowers vs Fresh Flowers, 101
*Sigh* It never ceases to amaze me how much misinformation is constantly published by big, authoritative magazines & blogs when it comes to wedding cakes. Seriously, do they even ASK a real living breathing cake artist anything before they publish … Continue reading Sugar Flowers vs Fresh Flowers, 101