Friday, March 2, 2012

Piece of Cake

Hello Kitty cake for my daughter's 4th birthday. 
 What is my passion?  I was asked this question recently, and I knew my answer right away.  I love baking cakes.  I find the process of sifting, mixing, and measuring to be relaxing.  The science behind baking fascinates me.  Cake design is my creative outlet.  It is my form of meditation.  My greatest joy is baking cakes for others to share.  It still amazes me how a little butter, flower, and sugar can mean so much and make someone so happy. 

Owl baby shower cake for my best friend Casey.
  I always dreamed of being a pastry chef.  My senior year of high school, I was accepted to a culinary school in New York City, but it seemed so far away from home.  I got spooked and applied to a state college in Indiana to major in elementary education.   I love teaching and I truly believe that it was the right professional choice for me.  Do I still dream of owning my own bakery...absolutely. 

Princess cake for my daughter's friend Bella
 I am an uneducated baker.  I have learned through trial and error, and from what I have seen on the Food Network.  I would love to dive further into my passion by taking a course or two, but have yet to carve out the "me" time needed to do it.

Belly baby shower cake for my sister-in-law Katie.
I bring up this topic today because my daughter's 5th birthday is fast approaching.  I make an extravagant, over the top birthday cake every year.  This year's party theme is a very mature...Barbie.  I have a multitude of pink, white, and black designs swirling in my mind.  I hate the fact that my two girls are growing up so fast.  Every day they get a little bit older, and I get another wrinkle.  But with every passing day we get closer to birthday cake time!  Even with all of this confessed cake love, I have a dirty little secret.  I don't really like to eat cake...I prefer pie.

Dino cake for my little buddy Max.


  1. Wow, these look amazing! Found this post on the Slice of Life challenge...keep doing what you're doing!

  2. Are you kidding me!!!!??? You made those cakes? That is amazing. I'm too astounded by your photos to even comment on your writing. Amazed! In Awe!
    I like chocolate...with more chocolate. Please send cake.


  3. You are *so* talented!! These cakes are beautifully creative. I would hate to cut into them, they are so cute. It is probably a good thing you like pie so you aren't tempted to eat your treasures before their big days! Thanks for sharing your gift!

  4. You could totally TEACH cake classes! You need your own FOOD NETWORK show!!! Wow. I'm in awe. I love your ending - such a surprise for such a supreme cake baker!

  5. Stacy,
    OMGoodness! You are amazing. I've always wanted to learn how to make cakes like these. So very cool that you're self-taught.

    Putting the fact that I'm completely enamored by your talent as a cake designer, your craft in writing this is lovely too. I love the way your voice comes off the page...and your ending had me smiling.

    I'm really glad you are writing this month. Can't wait to read more.


  6. Your cakes are amazing! The belly baby shower cake won me. Too fabulous. What a beautiful talent you have!