Baby Shower Cake

My boss’s wife is preggers.

Yes, I have a boss. I’ve got to pay the bills somehow! It’s a senior day care and activities center, and it’s actually a pretty fun job.

She’s due at the end of the month. It’s their second kid, and will be their second girl. All of our residents are super excited, so we decided to have a shower!

The residents decorated the tables, and made a diaper cake, a well as some fun stuff for the big-sister-to-be.

I, of course, supplied the yums.

I needed vanilla cupcakes for the residents, but I know the momma-to-be LOVES chocolate, so I decided to make her a lil cake of her own.

First thing I made was some booties. This was mostly just to see how they’d turn out, but I loved them.

Booties!
Booties!

Then I decided pink was obviously the way to go. Obviously.

I knew I wanted to try an ombre cake. I loved the booties, so those were ‘in’, and I love making flowers, so no-brainer there.

Roses
Roses
Rose close-up
Rose close-up

I couldn’t decide how I wanted to decorate the booties tho, so I made a second pair and decorated them both.

Eyelet lace flower booties
Eyelet lace flower booties
Polka dot booties
Polka dot booties

After polling the friends and family, I decided to go with the first pair – I felt they were more girly. I think cute little girl, and I think of eyelet lace, which is what I kinda modeled the decoration on the booties after.

So. To the cake!!! * trumpets sound *

First, the ombre frosting.

Trio of pinks
Trio of pinks

Three shades of pink buttercream. I mean, technically white is a shade of pink…right?

Right. Frosting! Get on the cake!

Ombre buttercream
Ombre buttercream

Check.

I decided to put all the flowers (and the booties) on a fondant round so that I could just lift it off, set it aside, and cut the cake. Worked beautifully!

…and I mean beautifully! Look at that cake!!!

Cake from front
Cake from front
Cake from top
Cake from top

Cookie Decorating Party!!!

So every month I donate cupcakes to the birthday celebration for a local fitness group. I know, that sounds like it makes ZERO sense, but trust me – it does. The group is Fit4Mom and it’s this awesome group where moms work out with their kids along for the ride. It’s pretty awesome.

Anyways, the last class of the month, they celebrate the birthdays for that month. That’s where I come in – with the cupcakes. Occasionally, I go the extra mile.

Santa delivers Cupcakes
Santa delivers Cupcakes

In December, for example, I dressed as Santa to deliver the cupcakes. It. Was. Awesome.

Right. So they work out, they have kids, they like cupcakes. They also have one night a month where it’s just ‘the moms.’ Mom’s Night Out. Painting with a Twist, movie nite, spa day.

For February, they decided to do a cookie decorating party…with me! Originally it was supposed to be hosted in the bakery, but since funding hasn’t come thru (ahem feel free to donate here so the leader of the group hosted the event at her house.

I pre-baked the cookies, whipped up a ton of frosting, got together kits of bags, tips, and couplers, made up some tracer practice sheets, and set out to teach my first cake class.

SO MUCH FUN!!!

Ready to practice
Ready to practice
Piping practice!
Piping practice!
Decorating Cookies
Decorating Cookies

…I also believe in being prepared, so I made and decorated some extra cookies for them to take home. just in case

Decorated cookies to take home
Decorated cookies to take home
Cookie Assortment
Cookie Assortment

But seriously. These ladies did an awesome job.

Tray of decorated cookies
Tray of decorated cookies

sniff I’m so proud!

Happy New Year!!!

It’s 2016!

What a year 2015 was, and 2016 will be even better!

The GoFundMe campaign is doing well, and thanks to the amazing donors, I’ve already gotten a new oven installed in the kitchen! I also picked up a fridge last nite, donated by a friend who is replacing theirs. That should be getting installed this week.

The bakery building needs some work…like having heat installed. The cold doesn’t bother me while I’m working in there, but we can’t get full plumbing hooked up until we’ve got heat. Last thing I need is to have the bathroom plumbed, only to have the pipes freeze! So heat is first on the list, then plumbing. By the time that’s all done, everything else will be set up, so it’ll be inspection time!

Yay. I can’t even begin to imagine what that’s gonna be like….

So I won’t think about that right now! There’s plenty of other things to be done, organizing getting everything set up. There’s loads of good vibes goin’ right now, and I want to keep that up!

Here’s to a wonderful, prosperous, exciting year ahead!

AAAHHHHligator!

A coworker’s (L) son is turning 7 and having a reptile-themed birthday. L’s even having someone bring ‘touchable’ animals to the party! She asked me to make some cupcakes – always happy to help!

Since the only animal L was 100% sure would be attending the party was an alligator (and maybe a snake), I had a good idea of what to make. L hates fondant, so doing a simple cupcake with fondant topper wasn’t an option.

Challenge! I like it!

Finally, L sent me a pic of the birthday boy’s request.

L found this adorable cupcake cake on Pinterest!
L found this adorable cupcake cake on Pinterest!

Super cute, but the birthday boy wanted a darker green, and I felt I could add some realistic touches. After all, what’s an alligator without scales?!

So first, I figured out a decent buttercream scale pattern.

Pulled dots of buttercream make nice scales!
Pulled dots of buttercream make nice scales!

I would’ve liked a darker green, but I only wanted to add so much dye – after that it starts to affect taste and…ew. So I’m happy with the swampy/mossy green.

I drew out my pattern of how I wanted to arrange the cupcakes on the board. I figured some mini-cupcakes would help to add some details, like eyes!

I piped my scales, arranged, and added some finishing touches – chocolate chips for nostrils and pupils, white chocolate chips for claws and teeth.

Alligator cupcake cake wants out!!!
Alligator cupcake cake wants out!!!

I’m pretty pleased with the finished cake!

Finished Alligator Cupcake Cake!
Finished Alligator Cupcake Cake!
Alligator Cupcake Cake says Hi!!!
Alligator Cupcake Cake says Hi!!!
What a tasty looking alligator!
What a tasty looking alligator!

If you like this cupcake cake, help me make more! Little Chickadee Bakery, LLC needs help with funds to get started, so head on over to my GoFundMe page and donate! Every dollar helps, and there’s some awesome reward levels!

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UPDATE

Photos from the party!

with alligator
Don’t eat this alligator!
at the party 1
Cupcake cake at the party!

 

Progress!

First off, the GoFundMe campaign is off to a great start. Thanks to everyone that’s donated! If you haven’t yet, check it out and please consider doing so. Every dollar helps me get closer to bringing Little Chickadee Bakery to life.

Second…omg, only 10 days before I move into my new space!!!!! So, SO psyched! My living situation is changing (again!) and the new place will house the bakery. It is going to be awesome. Did I mention I’m excited?!

Finally, I’m starting to get things in order to get the Etsy shop up and running. All online sales will be from that site, so photos will be key. That means that I’ll be baking sample batches like crazy in the next few weeks just for photos.

Hey, there are worse things.

But for now, here’s the photos I took today of the Chocolate Ye-Ha’s. They are a chocolate oat cookie with milk, dark, and white chocolate chips.

Chocolate Ye-Ha

They’re chocolatey. They’re chewy. They’re addicting.

Chocolate Ye-Ha's

I had to take the photos quickly because I had a very patient someone waiting to dig in!

Again, things could be worse!

It’s Go Time!!!!!

I just went live with a GoFundMe campaign! It’s really happening!!!

Check out the campaign page for specifics or to donate.

Funding is needed to get Little Chickadee Bakery up and running. I’ve got a space and the foundations of a kitchen, but are in need of major appliances. Additional funds are needed for baking essentials (measuring cups, mixing bowls, baking pans, and the like) and startup ingredients. Along with ingredients are the food-safe containers necessary for storing them. It’s many small things, and it all adds up!

I move into the space at the end of October, and am hoping to get started right away with installation of the appliances so that I can schedule our inspections and get up and running. My hope is to open doors the first week of December so that I can kick off with some awesome holiday cookie trays.

Once inspected, licensed, and insured, products produced by Little Chickadee Bakery will include cookies, shortbreads, quickbreads, fruited cakes, cupcakes, and fruit pies. All products will be shelf-stable and allowed under the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA) Limited Food Establishment provision. Registration with the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will also be required, as mail order sales will be across state lines. Custom orders, such as custom decorated cookies or cupcakes, will be available via mail order. Specialty decorated cakes will be available to the local market but not via mail order.

Mail order items will be baked and shipped within 2 business days of the order being placed. Shipments will utilize United States Postal Service (USPS) Priority Mail, ship Monday thru Thursday, and be delivered within 1-3 business days of shipment.

Future plans for the bakery include sales at local farmers markets and retail stores. I’ll also be offering classes with a certified Wilton Instructor.

Your donation will help all of this happen, and for that I am beyond grateful. I’ve have tried to have our “Thank You” gifts for the different donor levels reflect our gratitude, but know I can never truly thank you enough. As always in my life, when I don’t have words, I say it with baked goods!

Updates!

There’s actually time to sit down, breathe, enjoy a cuppa, and write a post? Is there something I’m forgetting to do??

Sorry, folks. Much going on, much excitement, and yes, much stress! My bestie got married, I had surgery, and thru all that, any and all spare time has been taken up with packing and readying the house because yep, we’re moving.  That means plans for the bakery have altered, but for the better, and we’re targeting being fully open for Christmas (cookie orders!!!).

Here’s the plan: We’ll be moving into our space at the end of October, then reno begins. This is where we’ll need your help, so keep an eye out for the GoFundMe campaign link, which should be coming in the next week or so.

Once we’re operational, we’ll get inspected, licensed, and insured…and then the doors will open and we’ll start filling orders for the GoFundMe donors!

So that’s that! Of course I couldn’t leave you without something yummy, so here’s the carrot cake I made the other day to celebrate the house going on the market.  I also did get to make some cuppycakes for a very special birthday boy, along with a cake for a newly-retired doc!

Enjoy!

Carrot cake with pecans and rum-soaked golden raisins.  Cream cheese frosting, of course!
Carrot cake with pecans and rum-soaked golden raisins. Cream cheese frosting, of course!
Cuppycakes for the birthday boy!
Cuppycakes for the birthday boy!
Olaf!!!
Olaf!!!
Caduceus on prescription pad cake
Caduceus on prescription pad cake