Monday, September 27, 2010

Louboutin Shoe, Spiderman, & Hennessy Bottle!

A lady named Monique wanted to contact me about having one made. She really wanted a cake with this Marie Antoinette Louboutin Shoe and showed me a few other shoes that she really liked also in case I thought the original one was too complicated to make. I went with the first one because I wanted to make her happy and also the first shoe was really challenging... and I love me a challenge!

Monique didn't want the ankle strap on that shoe and also said to not include the "Sample" word down below. Originally, we agreed on a 10 inch round cake with the shoe to sit on top, but I really wanted to make it more special for her and her friend, so I made a rectangular cake and turned that into a shoe box.

Monique came to pick up the cake last Saturday morning and I got to meet her briefly. I loved bubbly personality! Its too bad we didn't get to chit chat longer. =)

Happy First Birthday Caleb!!! Caleb is Gabe's little nephew and he is just one adorable cutie pie! Gabe's sister, Angel, and I exchanged convos about cakes and she wanted a chocolate cake with chocolate icing for Caleb's costume party. I was really excited because it was going to be a costume party... which means there were going to be super heroes and such! Then she told me that Caleb got a spiderman costume... and I thought, oh my gosh... making a Spiderman cake would definitely be special for Caleb! =) Originally she just wanted a simple cake for the guests and for Caleb. And, I didn't tell her how the cake was going to look like and such since I wanted it to be a surprise. So after Monique came to pick up her cake, I continued working on the Spiderman cake, finishing some last things that needed to be done. Then Gabe and I headed over to the party. Angel and Brandon (Angel's husband) were really happy with the cake, and so did the guests! Gabe's mom and dad also loved it! Caleb had a slice all to himself as well... I wish I could show ya'll pictures of him eating it. He was super cute!

Afterwards, Gabe and I went back to the house because I had one last cake left. Annie needed a cake for a friend's birthday and wanted a Hennessy bottle shaped cake. I designed the cake to look like that bottle. I hope you and your friends enjoyed the cake Annie!! =)

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Amy's Acorn Birthday Cake!

My older cousin Amy, had her birthday celebrated on the weekend of the 18th of this month! I was going to post Amy's cake from last weekends project along with this weekends project (since I didnt have time this week) but....... since Amy requested a post earlier this week about her cake, I'd like to give her a special post on its own! =) (Sorry cousin!, I was planning on posting Thursday night but I worked hours straight so this is as early as I could do it!)

So, Amy's husband Eric, planned the surprise birthday and had Amy convinced that she was going to Kathy's (Amy's Friend's) birthday dinner on the 18th of this month. Everyone was going to be there. That means, her dad, stepmom, grandma, Eric's side of the family, along with Kathy and their friends. Tony (Amy's younger brother) had contacted me in making Amy's cake sugar less, and to also make a large cake for all the guests. On the side though, Amy had asked me in private that she wanted a small Hello Kitty cake made for Kathy so she could give it to her as a present!

So... Tony gave me creative rights and said to just make a special decorated cake for Amy. Well everyone knows her as "Amy Acorn" for many years, and it would just be right for me to make an Acorn for her! =) Tony also wanted a cake on the side to cake Amy's face (lol) so we decided to make a hand shaped cake just for that purpose.

Amy was still convinced that she was going to Kathy's birthday dinner. Her dad, step-mom, and grandma were all in this too! Amy and her family, were going to have a small family celebration for lunch the next day and I also pretended that I didn't know. The night ended nice and Gabe and I headed home.

(There was a tragedy that Saturday morning though. Amy's good long time friend, Lan's brother had just passed away so many people paid their respects and couldn't show up for dinner. Lan, my prayers will go out to you, your brother, and your family)

Monday, September 13, 2010

A long yet short week!

Hello viewers/readers! It is me again! First off I'd like to just sit down and exhale a bit because I've inhaled and held my breath for the past week. Haha... I would suggest you to pause here and get a cup of water and a snack because this is going to be a longer post than usual! Don't say that I didn't warn you...

I had three cakes scheduled for this past weekend. Sofia's 1st Birthday Cake, Damon's Miller Lite bottle cake, and Ashley's baby shower cake. And then, my cousin Tony had asked me about four days prior to the weekend that he needed a birthday cake for his god daughter because she's turning one on the upcoming Sunday. As crazy as my schedule for the cakes were, I couldn't decline his request. I just had to do it. =)

My oh my... I started everything about the beginning of the week. I had my little organizer written down on what I was to work on by the day. I had to do everything that I had wrote down no matter what or else I would be behind schedule. So, off to work busy bee Sandia!

First off, I like to get a head start on my visual and design for the cake, so I started with making the top pieces since it takes hours to dry and to harden. For Sofia's cake, her mommy (Trang) was going for the Pink Mod Monkey Theme for Sofia's party, and wanted a cake that went along with her theme. I wanted to fulfill her requests which were 1.) Pink Mod Monkey Theme, 2.) First Birthday, and 3.) her daughters name Sofia Alyse to be on the cake. Trang emailed me the invitation to the party which had Sofia's adorable face on there and I got the idea that I wanted to make a baby Monkey to sit on top of the cake! Originally I wanted the exact smiling face from the theme, but ended up changing a smiling monkey to a monkey sucking on a pacifier. It turned out really cute!

The second cake, Julie's boyfriend's birthday, she wanted to surprise him with a Miller Lite Bottle cake. The hardest part of this cake was the logo. Cutting the letters out, and getting the color and placement right took me a loooooonnnnngg time. I wanted to make it as perfect and as exact as the logo as possible! That was a challenge. Julie loved the cake! She was so surprised when she saw it!


The third cake was Caitlin's 1st Birthday Cake which was my cousin Tonys request. Caitlin's mom had already had an eye on a cake she saw online and would love me if I could make one as close to it as possible. Since I didn't have to think of a design, making Caitlin's cake was less time consuming than Sofia's cake and Ashley's baby shower cake. Tony also requested a mini cake for Caitlin herself. The mini cake was about 3 inches in diameter (bottom tier) and about 3.5 inches in height.

For Ashley's baby shower cake, her friend and party hostess Diem and I exchanged emails. Diem's requests for Ashley's cake were, to put the baby's name on the cake (Ainsley) and to make it girly. Diem sent me the shower invitation and a link of the bedding that Ashley purchased. At first I had a hard time figuring out how the cake should look. I didn't want the cake to look like any other baby shower cake out there. I wanted the cake to be special and have meaning because if I were to put myself in Ashley's shoes, I would want that for my baby shower cake. Ashley specially purchased the white crib online since the store didn't carry it in white. Right there, I immediately had a light bulb moment and got the idea that I could top her cake with her crib and that is what will make her baby shower cake hers and hers only! When I dropped off Ashley's cake, sadly Ashley didn't arrive to the party yet. Oh well, I really wanted to see her reaction to the cake. I hope she liked it!

On Saturday I was sooo dead tired that morning since I had only slept for four hours but I managed to get my butt on time and did my last finishing touches on the cake. I finally met Trang and Sofia, and Sofia was soooooo adorable with her matchy matchy outfit for the Pink Mod Monkey theme! She was such a happy baby! Trang was so sweet, and offered me some food. Her shish kabobs looked amazing! I regret not having any since I was more tired than hungry (hahaha...). I also saw Wendy (who happened to be Trang's cousin) there also! Wendy is my cousin Amy's friend who I remember since I was like 13 years old. What a small world! I also met Ashley there and she was looking forward to her cake for Sunday.

Later that Saturday, Julie came to pick up the Miller Lite bottle cake. Thanks Julie for making the trip out to me! I hope your boyfriend was happy with the cake!

Lastly, I worked on Ashley's cake with some last details that I wanted to add to make it stand out. On Sunday morning around 9 am, Tony and Amy came to pick up the cake. I had prepared the box for Caitlin's cake and her mini cake just before they came to pick it up. Around 11 am, I delivered the cake off to Diem's beautiful home. She had a crepe station set up, and many other little goodies ready for the party. I heard from Ashley that Diem is a photographer! I've always wanted to learn the ways of photography and would love to take classes some day! When I got home, I finally got to catch up on some sleep.

I've had orders and requests here and there but this past week was the most craziest especially because I only have two hands to do it. As time consuming as it may be, I had so much fun making everything! I'm also very happy with the outcome of all of them! The End.

PS: I told ya it was going to be a looonnnng post!