“This Is Your Life” – 40th Birthday

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OK, bear with me because there is a LOT to see on this cake. It’s gotta be tough to narrow down 40 years into just a few special milestones and achievements, but this guy’s wife did a fabulous job coming up with all of the items included on this cake. I was able to represent his own birth, marriage and the births of his children, work and school achievements and hobbies all in edible form.

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This was a great crash course for me in 3D fondant modeling as well. I will do teddy bears anytime! They’re so easy and they just turn out so darn cute every time.

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This was also a good lesson in cake design. Figuring out where to put everything was as challenging as the cake itself. To solve that problem I made a small top tier and “steps”out of rice krispy treats covered in buttercream just have to have more room to place things. With so many different elements and colors going on, I used a simple black and white back drop for the cake itself.

Another “Vintage Luggage” Retirement Cake

I’m happy to say that my second attempt at a luggage cake was definitely an improvement on the original. It might be hard to tell in the pictures, but this one was just all around more polished and professional looking. I LOVED creating these “stickers”. They are all done free-hand using printed images for reference. My favorite is the Mt. Rainier label, although I have to admit I was pretty happy with how “The Chronicle” mast-head turned out. Chocolate cake with vanilla buttercream filling inside.

“Vintage Luggage” Retirement Cake

This cake is such a fun way to celebrate someone’s retirement. The luggage labels could be places the person has been or places they hope to travel to in their new free time. This was my first attempt that this cake design and I was pretty happy with the result. I’m currently working on my second one and will be sure to post those pictures as well!