This was a first birthday cake. Jim and some of his kin still don't see the joy in the big first birthday bash. But for me, it is something stand-out. Special. Like a coming out of sorts. The time when that little human who you held and rocked and doted on for 12 months solid finally begins to become her own self, no longer just an extension of your own self. A big deal in my world. But I love to swim in nostalgia and sentiment. Jim, not so much.
On to this cake. My Tasha sister-in-law does hair and this order came from one of her clients. I quite bonded with the little monkey as we put together her cake seat. But once she was properly enthroned, she demanded a tutu. And then she wanted it lined with pearls. I begrudgingly acquiesed and then sat back and knew she had been right. That tutu was a must.
I wasn't there for the delivery, but Tasha said the mom got teary when she saw the cake. Sounds like someone who would gladly dip into nostalgia with me some day. I love doing cake for that sort.
And, of course, there was a smash cake (note the alarm in Miss Monkey's face):
I haven't done many cupcakes lately, but have quite a few orders for them coming up. These were for a bridal shower. People are so party creative. This one was held at a studio where they treated guests to a swing dance lesson. I wanted to get that vintagey, 40's feel in my flowers. I was particularly in love with the black ones. So so glam.
And I've been excited about this cake for a few months now. It's for a baby shower for my sister's (JoDee!) sister-in-law (Brook!) thrown by one of my good friends growing up (Paula!). A little name dropping for those who know my fam & friends. Anyone who knows Brook and Paula, knows that they are Paris (and travel) obsessed, so I was definitely not surprised by this shower theme.
I was, however, surprised when I found a royal icing Eiffel Tower tutorial online. I knew it had to be done.
As a bonus, I got to do this next little birthday cake for a friend turning 11. We have been in the ward with her family for years and are VERY sad that they're moving across the country. I felt lucky to make this cake for her birthday party the night before their departure.
Cake Coming up in February: Davyn's birthday, wedding cupcakes for 150, Arizona's 100th birthday/Valentine's day, cookie bouquet, cake decorating class (what to teach Mia Maids in one hour??).