Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Black Forest Cake, Beach Ball Cakepops, Bathroom Cake, Baby Shower Cake!

Happy Birthday Aunt Ginny!!!!Gabe’s mom’s birthday was this past weekend, and I know she loves cake with a bit of rum in it so I made her my version of a Black Forest Cake. Inside it was layered with cream, cherries, and a cherry rum sauce. The cake turned out really moist. We had lunch at Aunt Ginny’s favorite brunch restaurant…yuM! There was a lot of laughter, smiles going around. Caleb (Gabe’s baby nephew) was there too and he was walking everywhere with those little cute chubby legs of his!

Layla, I remember meeting her briefly, super cool gal! I loved chatting with her. =) Well, last weekend she requested some of my cakepops for a birthday celebration that she was throwing for her mom, brother, and son! What they shared in common was the beach so I made beach ball cakepops for them. These cakepops were flavored with chocolate cake and chocolate butter cream icing, and coated with white chocolate. The colors were hand painted with food color.

Michael, Gabe’s high school friend, wanted a custom designed cake for his sister’s birthday, Michelle. He and his sister shared a very memorable and funny moment that was taken place in the bathroom of their old house when he was six years old and when Michelle was four. It’s kind of gross, so I will just leave out the story……. Haha. I got to meet Michelle and her boyfriend, Son, over the weekend. All of us don’t reallyyy call Michael by his first name, we call him by “Cfu” which derived from his game name confucius, to confusion, to cfuzion (if I remember that story correctly…), and we call him Cfu for short because there are sooo many Michaels in our circle of friends. Even though I haven’t known Cfu as long as I’ve known my other friends, he is a very genuine guy and easy to hang out with. He also loves basketball with a paSSION!

Gabe and Cfu have been friends since summer school during their high school days. Apparently, the story goes, that Gabe beat Cfu one on one in basketball once. Gabe likes to gloat over that story whenever he can… Of course now, Gabe has a super small chance to even beat him one on one, let alone run faster than him… haha

The bathroom cake is a red velvet cake filled with cream cheese icing. The layout of this cake was inspired from Cfu's hand drawn sketch of their old bathroom. The sink, toilet, and bathtub were placed exactly the way he had drawn it. Their old bathroom was all white, and very simple so this was the image that he had given me. I wanted the walls to have some texture, so I gave it the "brick-wall" look. The floor was also traced out in "tile-like" patters. There wasn't poop in their shared moment though... haha... I just added that in for fun. The sink was made with rice crispy treats so it could hold up its posture. I added tooth brushes for them and made a tube of Crest toothpaste (which was the toothpaste they used when they were kids). The mirror was cut-foil. I wasn't worried of the foil being consumed since it was on the wall, otherwise I would've hand-painted the mirror.

Last but not least, I did a baby shower cake for Grace who's Raymond's wife. Raymond and Gabe have been friends since middle school and during high school, Raymond, Raymond’s little brother Simon, and Gabe would give each other rides to go play outdoor courts basketball. I’ve seen Raymond and Simon play, and they’re really good! I remember when Gabe brought me over to play with them and I noticed that Gabe and Raymond have really good basketball chemistry. In basketball, they speak to one another with signs of looks, finger pointing, and eye blinks!

I met Grace around last year. We attended their beautiful wedding that was also dated last year. They’re both really down to earth and good people. They’re also very hard working! As a couple, they’re so cute, they even laugh the same way. =) They recently bought a new house! Congratulations you guys!!!

Grace requested a baby shower cake and wanted the cake to go with the theme of their gift, which is this baby crib blanket set. This cake had two flavors, the top tier is carrot cake, and bottom tier is strawberry cake. Both filled with cream cheese icing! The baby girl bear has a matching dress and flower on her head to go along with her quilt. The quilt was made with a bottom layer of white fondant, and square-cut purple fondants. All flowers and butterflies on the cake was hand painted. ABC blocks were added on the bottom for a natural baby-ish touch. The quilt that the bear is sitting on, was inspired from the baby crib blanket set link above. Grace wanted the cake to have the mother's name, Ann, and the father's name, Kin, on there so I placed it front center on the top tier cake. I painted on a butterfly underneath their name to give it more of a flow.