My sister’s birthday

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My sister turned 24 this year. She is my confidante, my partner in crime, and yet she somehow keeps my head from floating off into the clouds. Sometimes she acts like the responsible, levelheaded big sister… and then she’ll suddenly say some ridiculously airheaded comment that makes me crack up with an uncontrollable “BWAHAHAHAHAAAAaaaaa” laugh. […]

Pinkalicious

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My first official order: 2 dozen custom Pinkalicious cupcakes for a coworker’s daughter’s class birthday. I didn’t even know what Pinkalicious was, but said yes I’d make them anyway. Upon googling, Pinkalicious is a series of kids books about a little girl that eats so many pink cupcakes that she turns pink. On the cover […]

Chocolate almond cake

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Obviously this cake was for someone named Frank. It was my brother-in-law’s birthday and since he looooves almonds, I made a chocolate cake with chopped chocolate almonds, nutella and almond filling, almond-hazelnut frosting, and decorated with cocoa powder and cocoa-covered almonds. There was leftover batter so I made a dozen cupcakes.

Butterfly cupcakes

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I made vanilla cupcakes with white and lavender vanilla frosting for my soon-to-be-sister-in-law’s bridal shower. The little butterflies are made of edible rice paper. Not my fanciest work, but the little cupcakes still looked cute.

Penny’s birthday

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Little Penelope turned one in September and the theme of her party was ladybugs! I made a strawberry cake with pinkish-red raspberry frosting and black chocolate frosting. Her cake turned out super cute!

Blue doughnut?

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The CEO was retiring and going back to Japan, and of course I HAD to make something special for his departure. I brought in a 2 layer vanilla cake with sprinkles baked inside, and made blue soy-vanilla frosting with rainbow sprinkles. I didn’t have “The Simpsons” in mind, but it ended up looking like a […]

Little Pat’s birthday

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Vin’s nephew Patrick was born shortly after our wedding last year, and for his first birthday I wanted to bake something. Ice cream cone cupcakes seemed like a brilliant idea for a little boy’s birthday! Vanilla cake was baked inside and then I filled them with vanilla frosting. I made blue frosting and tried to […]

Pineapple upside down cakes

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Another one of my coworkers was leaving the company and so I asked “What kind of going away cake would YOU like?” The response: pineapple cake. So I looked up about five different recipes for pineapple upside down cake and read people’s comments and suggestions and ended up drafting my own recipe. My version had […]

Summer family parties

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This past June was big. We finally had our housewarming party, and just for sh*ts and giggles we threw in my brother’s high school graduation, my cousin’s birthday and my parents’ 30th anniversary. I wasn’t able to take a photo of the strawberry cakes for my cousin’s birthday, but here’s the freehand Pikachu cake (my […]