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Cakeisode One – Meet the Cast

5 Aug

I’ll let the video do most of the talking for this post.  We’ve decided to give all of you a backstage pass to magic of Sweetie Cakes & Pies through a series of Cakeisodes.  Keep in mind that these are all being filmed with a flip and editing with Pinnacle Studio, so we’re not talking top of line here…  Also, we are fulling aware that we are dorks and yes, we have a lot of free time, we’re unemployed!

Enjoy the first official Cakeisode!


Goodbye My Friend

28 Jul
Old Sunbeam mixer, retro mixer, Best Stand Mixer

Best Stand Mixer Ever!

Today I finally said goodbye to a very dear friend…the Sunbeam mixer.   It is a sad sad day.  The mixer was over thirty years old (that’s older than me, but younger than Dan, hehehe)!  A lot of cooking and baking had been done with that mixer.  Dan’s mom gave it to us when we moved to Ithaca after returning from Japan.  When I first started this cake decorating adventure it was working just fine.  There are twelve settings and I blew them all one by one.  The first time I tried to make royal icing with it, it started to smoke…maybe that’s why I have such a distant for royal icing, it hurt my mixer!  By the time  we were making the Save the Date Cake,  it was down to the last setting.  On the final batch of filling that I was making it finally just stopped spinning.  We moved it all the way back down to GA to give it a proper burial.

I have currently inherited a very nice Kitchen Aid from Dan’s mom.  We’ll see how it stacks up to the Sunbeam.  Kitchen Aids seem to be the standard, but that Sunbeam lasted thirty plus years, can a Kitchen Aid top that?  We’ll see.  R.I.P Sunbeam.

Cake Free June

27 May

Accounting Image

As many of you know June is going to be a slow month on the blog. Dan is leaving this weekend for Atlanta and taking with him ALL my cake stuff. So pretty much no baking will be happening in June. This is not entirely a bad thing.

Benefits of no cakes in June:

1. My waste line. Even if it is a cake for someone else, there is always scraps around to nibble on.
2. Other people’s kitchen. I am homeless for the month of June and will be staying with friends. Something tells me their generosity does not extend to cleaning up my cake messes.
3. Time to take cake of some business. I am also taking this month to take a three week financial accounting course. I took this course in college (in fact we are using the same book) but I didn’t really have a personal vision for myself at the time. Now that I have a goal of starting a business, I’m sure the class will resonate with me in a different way. It is a three credit course in only three weeks so my time is pretty much going to be accounted for with accounting!

Yo Gabba Gabba Cake

17 May

This cake was for a 2 year old’s Birthday party.  The theme was Yo Gabba Gabba.  Despite being a domestic king and queen, we have no children nor do we have the ambition to be parents.  When this request came in we had  to do a little research.  What we came up with from our research is that these creatures live inside a radio and come to life when the DJ plays it.  So music is a big component.  Another fun fact is that I am tone deaf and can not sing at all.  That doesn’t stop me from trying though.  We made up our own Yo Gabba Gabba songs while working on this cake.

I had a lot of fun working on this cake and I wish all cake figures were like this.  The characters have no fingers, toes or necks really.  It was a very stress free cake!

The flavors include Golden Vanilla and Chocolate cake both with raspberry filling.

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This is our last cake in Ithaca!  You won’t see any new cakes on the blog here until at least July.  But I will be posting on how setting up the business is going and any other baking I do with friends before I leave town, so check back!

Pure Imagination

4 May
Willy Wonka Cake

This cake was 25 X 39 inches

This past Saturday we made an enormous cake for the State Theatre’s presentation of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  This was a joint project with Life’s So Sweet Chocolate and a huge success for both of us.

This may have been the biggest cake that we have ever made so I brought in reinforcements.  Not only did Dan bust his butt on this cake with me, so did my best friend Sara (who will be guest blogging at some point).  This cake wouldn’t have happened with out the efforts of these two until the wee hours of the morning.

We put so much work into this cake that by the time we got there we were totally desensitized to everything about it.  As soon as we sat the cake down we were swarmed with people.   Seeing their reaction was just so cool!  The kids loved it and instantly picked out all the characters on the cake.  It was such a rewarding experience to see people enjoying the cake.

The first half of the festival we utilized the chocolate fountain and let the kids and kids at heart dip marshmallows into it.  The second half we cut the cake and everyone got to enjoy it.  I got so many great compliments not only on the look of the cake but the taste as well so I felt awesome.

I do have to add that all of this was done on a sprained ankle.  It is not even a good story.  On Thursday afternoon I was walking down the sidewalk and rolled my ankle.  I hit the ground and scrapped my knee like a five year old on the playground.  Of course I was really dramatic about the whole thing and just rolled around on the sidewalk for a while.  I think my friend Scott, who I was with, was a little embarrassed.  He generously went into the store though and got an ice pack and ibuprofen. If Kerri Strug could win the gold with a sprained ankle, I could finish this cake and I did!

Enjoy the photos and let us know what you think!

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This kid loved the cake and was explaining it to everyone who walked by.

Do You Have Your Golden Ticket?

30 Apr

Charlie & Chocolate factory cakeTomorrow we’ll be at the State Theatre for a one day only event!  Cleavland Signstage is doing a performance of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  We’ll be there with Life’s So Sweet Chocolate from from 1 – 3.  We’ve made an awesome cake called “Pure Imagination.”  If you’re in Ithaca stop down tomorrow and check it out.  It is huge!  Towards the end of the event we’ll be cutting and serving the cake so this is a great chance to get to try a Sweetie Cakes & Pies cake!

About the performance:

Five lucky children have found a Golden Ticket and won the chance of a lifetime to tour Mr. Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. This adaptation of this uproarious morality tale is based on the book by world-renowned storyteller, Roald Dahl and the production is unique in that both hearing and deaf audiences can understand and enjoy as the actors themselves speak all the lines and at the same time, sign them in American Sign Language (ASL).

Tickets are available on the State Theatre’s Web page.

Happy New Year

5 Jan

This is a cake I made to take to New Year’s Eve dinner at my cousin’s house.  It was a pretty easy cake to make and luckily there were no problems since last week was so busy.  The cake is chocolate cake with raspberry filling and then covered in a lot of buttercream.  The clock is made out of fondant and then I covered the cake with edible gold speckles.

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