Ladybug First Birthday Cake

The ladybug theme is perfect for a first birthday! Penelope’s Mom said they were celebrating her first birthday with a pink and black ladybug theme. She sent me several inspirational pictures and shared what she liked about each one.

I LOVE it when I have the opportunity to base a design on many different cakes, so making Penelope’s cake was a joy from the first email. This post is to share the creative process with you as much as the finished product.

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A Gumball-Inspired Birthday Cake

First birthdays are such exciting milestones! Parents are thrilled to invite their friends, family and of course the baby’s friends! I recently had the opportunity to bake for 1 year old Marcella and her family. They wanted a colorful gumball cake that featured musical instruments with gumballs for fun color accents. The party would be at Jillian’s Drawers, a local store in Ithaca, NY. It would be a large gathering of parents, babies and friends.

Marcella’s parents hoped to have the gumball birthday cake colored pink and green both inside AND outside.


The cakes are ready to bake. I used a 6″ cake and a 9″ cake for Marcella’s gumball birthday cake. Continue reading

Where the Wild Things Are

Pinterest and Google Images have changed the landscape of cake design. In years past when a customer emailed or called to order a cake, usually it would start with a theme. Most of the time I had free reign to figure out the direction of the cake. This was great FUN and sometimes extremely challenging! In fact, in the first several years of cake designing, I copied only one cake – a Martha Stewart teapot cake.

Now, most of the time I receive multiple pictures from Pinterest or screen shots from Google Images. It is a completely different type of challenge while still being A LOT of FUN! Continue reading