Why Cakes?

When I was 7, my father was stationed in Grafenwoer, Germany. While there, I read a series of books – the Mr. Men books – that were not yet in America. I was instantly fascinated by all the books, but especially Mr. Mischief. His claim to fame was giving Mr. Greedy a cake made from mud, toothpaste and cotton!

Mister BooksI loved the picture of the cake in the book and was smitten with the idea of baking from the first time I saw it. My loving father ate anything I created in my Easybake oven, whether it was straight from the cute little mixes they sold or something as delicious as crushed up Oreos and water made to look like a cake.

Later, I read Anne of Green Gables and was once again taken with baking.

“Anne Shirley!” she exclaimed, “what on earth did you put into that cake?” “Nothing but what the recipe said, Marilla,” cried Anne with a look of anguish. “Oh, isn’t it all right?” “All right! It’s simply horrible. Mr. Allan, don’t try to eat it. Anne, taste it yourself. What flavoring did you use?”
– Anne of Green Gables, Chapter 21

Anne made almost every mistake you can make … ONCE!

“Oh, Marilla,” sobbed Anne, without looking up, “I’m disgraced forever. I shall never be able to live this down. It will get out–things always do get out in Avonlea. Diana will ask me how my cake turned out and I shall have to tell her the truth. I shall always be pointed at as the girl who flavored a cake with anodyne liniment.”
– Anne of Green Gables, Chapter 21

She was the type of learner that had to make the mistake first. Nobody could share learned wisdom to save her the pain of the mistake. I’m cut from that same cloth, and I take comfort in knowing that at least I’ll never repeat a mistake. Continue reading

About Emoticakes

I’m Amy Dawson, the sole proprietor of Emoticakes. I started making cakes as a creative outlet when my children were very young. Six years later I continue to enjoy the creative opportunity, and love all the connections I’ve made with my customers!

I make cakes for any occasion – anniversaries, birthdays, graduations, or simply enjoying in and around Trumansburg and Ithaca, NY.

I have had a passion for baking since I was a child. From early experiments in my easy-bake oven to helping my mother bake as a young girl, to disastrous baking creations during my teen years, my passion for baking has been constant.

I am very grateful to my Mom for sharing her love of baking with me, and allowing me to experiment in her kitchen for so many years.

If you’ve sampled my cakes, you know my philosophy is to create confections that are both beautiful and delicious.  I hope you find this site useful: to help you find the perfect cake for a special occasion, or as a source of inspiration for your own baking adventures.