Thursday, February 3, 2011

Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole. ~Roger Caras

I really like dogs. Let me say that again, I really LOVE dogs! Anyone that knows me, knows that dogs have always been a huge part of my life. I can't imagine life without these sweet, smart, loving little friends.  I grew up with dogs, my grandparents had them, my parents have several, my sister has one, and I have one too! I have successfully turned my husband (who never had a dog until he married me) into a dog lover....or maybe he realized there was no way around it...love me-love my dog!

Because of my obsession with these creatures, I happily jump at any opportunity to make a dog...out of cake, that is.

This first cake was made for my mom's birthday, years ago, back when I knew very little about cake decorating. I made all of her little wienie dogs to put around this topsy-turvy style cake, and she was thrilled! I also made fondant cut-out dog bones to place on the bottom tier, each with one of the dogs' names on it.



The following cake was made for the animal clinic I work at. The doctor's dog is our "mascot" at work, so everyone loved getting a cake that resembled her. This is Girlfriend, who is a schnauzer (and who is much cuter in person!)




My first cake to ever submit in Austin's annual That Takes the Cake Show was in 2009. I decided to make my sweet little dog, Annie, wearing her LSU cheerleading uniform. 

 I had so much fun making this cake! And to top it off, I won first place in the sculpted category of the Intermediate division! Yay! I should have known Annie's sweet little face could win first prize...even when in cake form :)



For Annie's 1st and 3rd birthdays (not sure what happened for her 2nd...), I made a cake to bring to the animal hospital for everyone to celebrate her special day! 






 More Wienie Dogs! These cupcakes were made for a little boy's birthday, who dearly loves his dachshund! The dog toppers were piped with royal icing, allowed to dry and harden, and then placed atop the buttercream icing.


This cake was made for a 50's themed party where all the ladies wore poodle skirts! How fun!


If you ever need your furry little friend turned into a cake...you now know who to ask!


My goal in life is to be the kind of person my dog thinks I am. -Author unknown

Monday, January 31, 2011

Winnie The Pooh


Last week I had the wonderful opportunity to make a cake for the Bake A Wish organization in Austin.  Formerly known as Free Cakes for Kids, this organization is made up of volunteers who make free birthday cakes for Austin area children and youth who probably would not get one otherwise.  The organization serves Austin-area agencies that cater to disadvantaged children and youth, i.e. shelters, foster services, and children's homes.
I became a volunteer over a year ago and am constantly amazed at how many children these agencies help, as well as how many volunteers are truly wanting to make these children's birthdays special.
The little boy I made a cake for last week wanted a Winnie the Pooh themed cake, and he was so excited when I arrived at his house with it. There is nothing like watching the joy and happiness on a little child's face when he receives something as simple as a birthday cake. I'm sure most of us can't remember a year when we didn't get a cake or dessert on our special day. 

For this cake, I found coloring book pages to inspire me.  I made fondant plaques and hand sketched Winnie, Tigger, Eyore, Pigglet, and the bees. I used powder food colors to dust the colors on the images.  


The honey in the jar is made of piping gel. 


Go to www.bakeawishaustin.org to learn more about this organization.