Thursday, December 17, 2009

50th wedding anniversary...

This cake was ordered for a couple's 50th wedding anniversary celebration. I was interested to see how white fondant accents would look on a white cake, and I really liked the way it turned out! The three different designs for each tier give the cake interest. My favorite tier is (of course) the top layer. I think it is a classic, but fun look. Congratulations to the happy couple...what a milestone!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

go eagles...

Diana ordered this cake for a tailgating birthday party. I first made a cake like this back during the summer for Toby's birthday. I changed the basic color from crimson to navy and voila...a cute design perfect for cheering on the Georgia Southern Eagles!


This cake takes the record for my favorite cake of all time! Candice sent the idea over for her twin daughter's second birthday party. The cake itself was only a 6" cake because it was going to be the topper for a cupcake tree. I made the pigs and ducks out of fondant. I can't wait to see the pictures from the party...I hope Molly and Jency approved


fenway park...

You may remember that I've mentioned before that Jake was one of my all time favorite students. can't get much better than that kid! Jake recently had a birthday and his mom surprised him with a cake of Fenway park. The Red Sox are his favorite baseball team and after doing a little research, I learned that Fenway Park is one of the most famous and recognizable parks in the country.
I didn't come close to doing the park justice with this cake, but I tried to include the most important aspect...the "Green Monster". I hope Jake and the boys enjoyed was definitely a "learning experience" for me!

under da sea...

This bright and fun cake was ordered for a Little Mermaid birthday party. My own kids have recently discovered the movie and it's one that I don't mind watching over and over again. What's not to love? I didn't get any pictures of the cake topper, but it was the beautiful Ariel herself. I have to say "thank you" again to my mama for helping me...she was personally responsible for all of the bubbles!

fall cupcakes...

Sometimes I feel like cupcakes are the forgotten dessert. (Aside from kids' birthday parties.) My cake orders definitely outweigh my cupcake orders. Personally, I LOVE cupcakes. They are super easy to serve, you can get the same cake taste and you don't have to sacrifice cuteness. I did these adorable cupcakes for Stacy and Mike's wedding shower. The combination of coconut, carrot, and chocolate offered something for everyone. Personally, the coconut were my favorite!

super scary sweet sixteen...

Bri had her sixteenth birthday party on Halloween. I believe the official theme was "zombie prom". Sounds like fun! I absolutely love the funky colors and the mixture of the zebra and argyle prints.

Hunting Cake

A customer ordered this cake for her husband's birthday. Collin was sad to see it leave...he's decided he wants a hunting cake for his birthday....we'll see about that! (I only have a few more years of cute kid themed cakes and I intend to put my foot down!)

Thursday, October 15, 2009

I'm still here...

I don't know about your "to-do" list, but mine never seems to get any shorter! (even though I stay crazy busy from morning 'till night) Right now, it's 10:15 pm and all I want to do is crawl in my bed and go to sleep, but I'm checking one more thing off my list by updating the blog. I've been really slack lately...please forgive me. Here's a look at what's been going on in the world of emiecakes:

Mandy ordered this cake for a family member's baby shower. The inspiration came from a baby shower invitation that I've seen in Target! (The fondant is still wet in the pictures...that's why it looks so "shiny".)

Andrea ordered this cake for her son, Kolten's birthday. He loves GI Joe and he shared his birthday cake with his classmates. I tried a new technique on the camouflage and I really like the way it turned out!

You know how some pizza places offer a "personal pan pizza"? Well, here's the cake version! Mindy ordered a "personal pan cake" for her sister in law's birthday. Being a fellow GA fan, I was more than willing to help her out! You have to see this cake in "person" to understand how cute it is...I baked it in a 6" pan!

I'm guessing that the reason Mindy ordered a small cake for her SIL is because she also ordered this cake for her son, Brayden. Like most boys that I know, Brayden loves Transformers. While the action figures fit perfectly atop the cake, it was an ugly scene in my house when I had to explain to Collin that they weren't his and he couldn't play with them. (And for those of you who don't know, I was informed by my husband that Transformers came to the earth on meteors...not stars. I guess that means that the cake is technically inaccurate. Oh well, I still think it's pretty darn cute!)

And finally, a birthday cake for a bowling party. This is definitely one of my favorites! (And again, for those of you who don't know, the bottom hole in a bowling ball (the one that you put you thumb into) is slightly larger than the other two. (Another pearl of wisdom from my husband...another cake inaccuracy...oh well!)

Thursday, October 1, 2009

we did it!!!!

Occasionally I blogged about my running training and how I'd been preparing for my first 5K...Well...I finally did it! I finished my "Couch to 5K" program. That was an accomplishment on its own! I know that there are lots of people who are "natural runners" and can spit out 3-5 miles easily (I'm married to one of those people), but I've never been that person and this was a very long, hard, yet rewarding experience for me.
To top it all off, the week after I finished my training program, my running partner (and best bud), Teresa and I completed a 5K at Animal Kingdom. I am so proud of us! The race was amazing! There were people around every corner cheering us on and running through such an amazing Disney park at night was surreal. It did start raining as we were finishing and we were soaked to the bone, but that didn't damper our mood.
The experience was awesome and I'm beginning to see why people enjoy this "running thing". In fact, we've already signed up for our next race in mid-October. Here are a few pics from our big day. Some of them were taken from my phone so the quality isn't the greatest.

Here's a shot of a FRACTION of the runners. I'm not sure how many thousands of us there were, but we were separated into 12 "waves". We were wave 5 so what you see in this pic is waves 1-4. It was a little overwhelming to see how many people there were!

Here we are right before we started running.

Teresa and I had matching running outfits, but next time we're really gonna have to step it up! Some teams (as you can see below) really got into it! The wigs didn't slow them down, though...they smoked us!
After waiting for what seemed like forever, it was finally time for our "wave" to approach the starting line...
As we were finishing, it started to rain. No, not rain, POUR! At this point we really didn't care. We ended up finishing the 5K at 34 minutes and 43 seconds. That definitely wasn't the fastest time, but if you'd told me six months ago that I would be able to complete a 5K, I would have laughed at you. We were so proud of each other...Thank you SO much, Teresa. I would never have done this without you!

Next time we've got to remember to wear waterproof mascara...just in case!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

oh baby!

Several weeks ago, Cristy told me about a cake that she wanted me to make for a baby shower that she was hosting. She said that it was the...umm..."chest" and belly of a pregnant woman. The more she described it, the more confused and scared I became. A while later, she brought me a picture of the cake that she wanted. It was exactly as she'd described it, but it was beautiful! I just couldn't wrap my mind around the idea before seeing it for myself.
It is an amazingly creative idea for a cake, but I agonized about it for weeks...I just didn't know if I'd be able to pull it off without making something that could very well end up o n cakewrecks The time finally came when I just had to go for it. It was definitely a challenge and about half way through, I contemplated chunking the entire thing in the garbage, but I stuck it out and was THRILLED with how it turned out!
This definitely wasn't a solo job. The cake was HUGE and there were lots of times where two sets of hands was necessary, so I enrolled the help of my unpaid mom! Thanks for all your help, Mama...I couldn't have done it without you!