Last month I did a super sweet Gender Reveal Cake for a repeat customer, this cake was won in a Facebook contest I did last month. I wanted to reach out to more Le Petit Dessert clients so I created a post asking them to like and share. Whoever shared it would get entered into a drawling to either get a cake 25% off, 50% off, 75% off, or FREE! This was the free cake that my Miche Team Member won. It was for her friend’s gender reveal party and she didn't want to actually revel the gender in the cake. She only wanted it to be both pink and blue with a monkey theme. The cake was pink and blue marble with white buttercream frosting. I bet the party was a lot of fun with them guessing all the way to the end!
My Dad asked me to make a fun cake for a Barbeque he was going to with a bunch of his Harley buddies, so what other type of cake should I have made! It was a simple 8 inch cake covered in fondant and sprayed with edible silver spray. I traced the outline of the Harley-Davidson logo on black rolled fondant and placed on top of the cake using a paint brush a little vodka to make it stay in place. I then piped the lettering and the border with white and orange buttercream. To make the flames along the bottom I piped orange flames and filled in with yellow buttercream. I then smeared the two colors together with a damp paint brush. It took less than an hour to decorate and was a huge hit at his barbeque!
This cake just screams girlie. After baking, filling, and covering the cake with white fondant, I hand painted the cheetah print, I used tan, gold, and black gel food coloring with a dab of vodka. I started with the tan and gold on a plate and added a little vodka on the side, I slowly mixed the tan and gold with the vodka to get the color and thickness I needed. I then started to slowly add the cheetah spots all around the cake. Carefully I surrounded the cheetah spots with black details; I also added a few smaller solid black spots. I always brushed from the inside to the out to create the fur texture. Once the spots where completed, I painted tan and gold fur patches over the remaining white fondant. As the food color/paint dried, I began making the MAC makeup. I used different colors of fondant to make the eye shadows, mascara bottle, and foundation tube. I used black fondant to make the eye shadows holders, brushes, and lids. To create the vertical MAC lid I mixed black fondant with gum paste and let try flat with toothpicks. I sprayed a little edible silver spray on white fondant to create the metal bands on the brushes. I added bristles details to the brushes and piped MAC on the lid, mascara bottle and foundation tube. I am really proud of all of the detail work I did on this cake.
We wanted the feeling of the marriage blessing to be carefree and classy, by picking lace, burlap, and soft blues, corals and pinks we were able to pull off a simple inspired vintage country reception. My good friend let me borrow some of her table and chairs from her rental company. I purchased longs rolls of burlap in the floral area at the craft store since it was much cheaper than in the ones in the craft area. I ordered 25 inexpensive napkins on eBay since I knew I could reuse them. I already had three long white tablecloths that I bought for Easter and my aunt saved me because she had the perfect blue plates. Between her, my mom, and myself we had enough wine glasses and silverware. I already had tons of mason jars that I use for canning so I just needed to do buy ribbon, burlap, and lace to decorate each jar. Most of the mason jars had an electric tea light and the rest had white and soft pink roses and other greenery from our courtyard. The silverware was wrapped in the white napkins and tied with twine. Jack and our friend did an amazing setting up and decorating the table while I finished getting ready. I didn't need to change a thing!
We wanted our Blessing Cake and Cupcakes to match the overall look and feel we were going with. With a Vintage Country flare I thought a light aqua cake decorated with lace and cream and pink roses on top would be perfect. The cake was my yummy triple chocolate cake with rich chocolate buttercream filling. I made French Vanilla Cupcakes and topped with Vanilla Buttercream frosting top with a small matching rose bud. I baked the cupcakes in blue aqua cups and wrapped a lace paper cut out. I couldn't find the color of roses that I wanted to so I bought cream roses and colored them with water down rose food colorings. By just placing the paint brush on the edges of the peddles the water soaked in giving it a natural look. I have done this process on difference types of flower and it always gives a look of realism. The cake and cupcakes perfectly matched my table decor and dessert plates!
For my blessing dress I wanted something simple, yet classic. I went to every store in town and I still couldn't find anything like I was wanting. I wasn't a cream dress, with lace sleeves, knee length and preferably V-neck. My vision was inspired by the wedding dress Kate Middleton work in 2011. I love how simply elegant it was and I wasn’t to find something similar. I found some online that were pretty close but was way too far out of my press range, they looked too much like a wedding dress and I wasn't something that could be also casual. After weeks of searching I gave and decided to make my own. And why not, I have made lots of costumes in the past so why couldn't I make my own blessing dress! I found the perfect cream fabric that was slightly stretchy, but wouldn't wrinkle throughout the day. I found cream rose stretchy that would work perfect for the top. I found a dress pattern that I could alter to make exactly what I was envisioning. I used the pattern pieces that I needed to make my version of the dress and started sewing. Once I was finished I was completely in love with the dress and could have been happier that I took the risk to make it myself. This really encourages me to start making my own clothing!
I paired the dress with some new blue aqua heels and my favorite pearl earrings.
Jack was a little easier, he got to wear the light grey suit that he would during my 30th birthday and ordered him a match blue aqua tie and pocket square.
My Godmother and her husband were the witnesses and wore a black and white dress with black polka dress with a coral belt and shoes. Her husband had a dark grey suit and a matching coral tie.
My parents and closet friends also looked great in their coordinated outfits!
I'm not afraid to admit my mom loves her dogs more than me, after all they mind better and they don't back talk! The perfect gifts for my mom always involve her dogs. Since we are still currently paying off all of our debt we have been keeping our gift cost low and reasonable. I found this cute idea on Pinterest where it was a frame that held four pictures with kids spelling out the word LOVE. Well since my mom has four dogs I thought it would be the perfect gift for her. Once day while she was at I would I went to her house with four half sized poster boards spelling out LOVE. I posed each dog and added one of the letter poster boards. After taking as many pictures as I could with each dog, I headed back home to start editing. I knew I wanted the photos to be in black and white, but since they are black dogs it took a while to get the shading and contrast to be just right. Once completed I sent them off to be printed. She was totally surprised and loved the framed pictures. Mothers are special and the original idea behind Mother's day was to acknowledge how special they are, try not to get to consumed in the commercialism of the holiday and take time to do something special and unique for your mother.
Happy Mother's Day to all of the Mothers out there!!!
Last year I converted to Catholism and since Jack I weren't married in a Catholic church the Deacon told us we could do a Marriage Blessing. This would be our third wedding togher. We first eloped during the summer after only know each other a few months, before we decided to elope we were already planning a big family wedding and decided to still have it to get our families together. The Marriage Blessing was going to be our third. Although this was our third wedding it was the simplest, and the funniest. We wanted to keep it casual with a vintage country flare. We had a guest list of only 25 and 10 of them joined us at the Marriage Blessing. We kept our budget very low at only $500. I asked a friend to do my hair and make-up, a co-worker to take photos, my mom and aunt helped me make our decorations and prepared the dinner, and of course I made the cake and cupcakes. I got lots of help from family and friends so we were able to stay within budget and had a really fun and mostly stress free day!
Today was the wedding day of a special little girl I have known her whole life. Her mother has been my mother's best friend since high school. My mother's wedding gift to her and her mother was to pay for the wedding cake, which of course was already going to be done by yours truly! Last month I met with the bride to be and groom and decided on making 15 dozen cupcakes with an eight inch cake on top for them to cut into. The color scheme was yellow, white, and grey. The decided on four cupcake flavors, lemon, chocolate, French vanilla, and orange with two types of frosting, buttercream and cream cheese. I baked the lemon and French vanilla in yellow and white cupcake liners, and the other two flavors in grey and white liners. I colored the buttercream frosting yellow and left the cream cheese white. I rotated the frostings on all of the cupcakes and alternated between silver, white, or yellow sprinkles and silver, white, and yellow pearls. The small cake was French vanilla with cream cheese frosting, covered in yellow fondant and decorated with sugar daisies. I added a band of white lace and a gray ribbon to tie in the theme and place a Mr. & Mrs. topper on top. The bride’s father made an incredible white cupcake and cake stand to display all of the lovely cupcakes with the beautiful cake on top. Everyone loved how they tasted and I was honored to participate in such a big way on her special day!
I created this blog to share my creations with hopes that it will inspire others to show their creative side. I love to show case my friend's photography so a lot of the photos are from her. I hope you get inspired.