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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

The latest...

I'm going to keep this one short...

So, there are a few of the latest...there is another one...but we didn't get a picture. So, we're hoping someone will send us a picture...we'll keep you posted!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

"I Cannot Believe it"

When I was asked if i could make petit fours the answer was, "I've never done them before but I would be willing to try." Then I was asked for 100 of them. What in the world was I thinking?!?I googled tons of recipes, looked for youtube videos for a few "How To's" asked a couple "cake masters" (both of which said, "I won't do those, their too much trouble"). I started to get worried but the people on Youtube made it look so easy. So, Chris baked the first two sets. They came out perfectly! I was thinking things were going well. Then came time to ice the mini bites of goodness. So, you're supposed to mix the icing in a double broiler, constantly stirring to keep it from burning on the bottom. Don't forget it can't get too hot because it will burn and it must be warm enough to "melt" into itself. But none of the recipes gave a temperature of course. Just a "you better do it perfectly or you're screwed." Well, there was definitely a learning curve to these things. Then the next batch of baking for Christopher. These didn't go so well. And I'm starting to was to curse this icing! The baked 6 total batches. We only need about 3.3. If we had more time, I might have said, try baking one more batch. The things kept falling apart. Crumbs everywhere, lopsided mounds of mess! Finally I got 100 I was willing to let leave my kitchen with my name on it. By this time it's only 4:30 in the morning so I might just not be seeing clearly. Regardless, I don't have any more petit four energy left in my body. So, I bosed them up and stuck them in the fridge. Now the debate I go to sleep? Or just stay up? Oh, I'm staying up blogging because I keep telling myself "You have to please the fans." Yes, that's right, I tell myself that I have fans. And even if no one is reading least I make myself feel good about staying awake makng petit fours. So, will I ever do them again you ask...sure why not. There was so much more to this week that I need to fill everyone in on...but...I'm feeling as though this blog is getting a bit lengthy so to sum it up: Chris's niece asked us if we could do a cake for her and take it to S. Carolina (that's where his family lives), so, he made it and left this afternoon, I also did a cake for someone I work with. He wanted to surpris his wife with a cake and make it something she is passionate about. She is an artist, so I did a cake that looked like a paint pallet...spelling? I have no idea how to spell that. I will post picture later this week. Also, I wanted to make a correction to a post that Chris wrote...Linda, the one that recomended us to Kristen for her castle cake...has had our cake. Chris just didn't know because he wasn't there when she was able have a taste. Just wanted to clear things up :)

Monday, October 5, 2009

Our first compliments from our first legit client.

We stay fairly busy, but until recently it has been for just friends. We had our first legit client when someone wanted a medieval castle for a "Medieval murder mystery" party, awesome concept by the way. We were referred to her from someone who hasn't even had one of our cakes, she had just seen our work! When we got the phone call, and made the cake, we had some serious butterflies. We delievered the cake, and the client's mom said she liked it a lot, and it was better than her "wildest dreams". To be honest, I didn't whole heartly believe her, I am my own worst critic. I would soon be proven wrong. Not only did the mother love our cake, but the daughter did also! She liked it so much, that she took time out of her busy work day to send us an email!! That is just awesome! I am so humbled by this whole experience. It really is something when you can be such a positive part of someones special day. Here is the email.

Hi Katie, the cake was AWESOME! The girls loved it and it was delicious. I gave out almost all the cards you left me so hopefully you will get some business from the party. We took some pics of Kristen with the cake and send them along later this week.

My youngest daughter has a b-day coming up in November so you can expect another order!!

Thanks again! Lynne

Wow. We are blessed, and very thankfull. Lynne, if you are reading this, thank you soo much for trusting total strangers with your daughters birthday cake! We will forever be blessed.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Tiger Woods meets Medieval

We have officially completed the first course of Wilton Cakes Decorating and we have certificates to prove it. Now if I mess up I can't blame it on never being taught. So this weekend we had two cakes...a golf cake and a Midieval Castle. First Let me share with you about the golf cake. It was for a couple that was doing a joint birthday party with a coworker. All they said was, "Do you think you could do some type of golf ball?" Of course we were up to the challenge! So, Chris baked the cakes...and Before we knew if Thursday was here and the cake had to be done by Friday...and I knew it needed to be done before I left for work. Soooo, Thursday morning Chris left for work. It just so happened to be my day off, so I got busy. I made icing...LOTS of icing. I iced that bad boy and made sand dunes and before I knew it, it was 4:30, I hadn't showered and my mom was coming over to watch the kids so Chris and I could go to our last night of decorating 101. AWWWWW!!! The kids were down for a nap so I hit the showers! I had time to dry my hair and put some possibly clean clothes on. At this point the piles are starting to run together and I can't tell what's clean and what's to be washed or what might have recently turned into the dogs favorite place to rest her head. They didn't smell bad so I went with it. Chris got home, my mom got here, and so off we went. By the time we got in the car I realized...I haven't eaten anything all day! No wonder my stomach was screaming. So, Chris, being the wonderful husband that he is, was gracious enough to let me eat his supreme baja steak chalupa that my mom was gracious enough to bring us. Got to cake class, learned how to make sweet peas, got our certificates, came home, Chris went back to work (Thank you Neglia for working for him so he could get in touch with his feminine side), I put Griffin down (who somehow got out of bedtime), and got busy on the golf ball portion of the cake. Oh my goodness! I finished! And it was only 2:00 AM!! Here is the finished product...

Now, the story of the Castle Cake...
We got a call on Tuesday evening about doing a cake for a 13 year old girl's birthday. She wanted a castle. But not a princess castle she wanted a medieval/mystery castle. She was having a Murder Mystery themed birthday party and wanted the castle to be dark. On Wednesday I spoke with her mom and ironed out some details. Thursday I got the picture they the birthday girl had drawn up to show me what was in her head. So, Thursday when I was home making icing I was also baking cakes and making rice krispie treat towers for the castle. Friday evening, once I got home from picking up the kids after work, it was hammer down on some castle cake! When I spoke to the birthday girl she said she was thinking we could put some grass around the castle and maybe a bridge...and possibly some flags on and yellow. "Is that possible?" Sure! Why not?!?! So, we took her picture she sent me...and the ideas she told me and here's what we came up with...