ace of cakes

We officially signed the lease for our new house this past weekend, and not only am I excited, but I am so relieved that the house hunt is over and settled. Generally, it was pretty quick and painless: it took us one week to find and sign a lease from the day we began house hunting. I’ll begin moving in within the next week and a half (even though I just moved 3 months ago!). Thankfully, I didn’t unpack all of my kitchen boxes after my last move, so hopefully the move will be a little easier. The house is just down the street from where I live now, so car trips back and forth won’t be too distressing either. Anyway, I am looking forward to using my new kitchen with all of its extra counter space. Hopefully this summer I can finally get back to baking more! Can you believe it has been almost six months since I baked a cake? And that wasn’t even homemade. I scrounged up some photos I took the past couple of years of cakes I have baked. You can see how I’ve progressed (or digressed), and much thanks goes to my good friend, Barbara, who taught me the cake decorating tricks I used for the last four cakes. I still have miles to go before I’m as good as her, but practice makes perfect, right? It’s a very time consuming process (especially for me), so I hope I’ll start making time for it. And cookies. And cupcakes. And more and more and more.

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Extremely basic cake I made for Alex’s 20th birthday. But this was the first cake I baked from scratch, from the red velvet cake to the white icing.
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Out of every baked good I have made thus far, this cake took by far the longest to complete. I baked it from scratch for Whitney’s 21st, and I wanted it to be perfect. I had no guidelines and just kind of winged it on my own. I had a lot of trouble getting the icing to stick, but several hours later, I think it came out alright. πŸ™‚
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This is the cake that Barbara and I made together as she taught me her tips and tricks of cake decorating. It probably looks much better than the few I’ve done by myself! We decided on Yoshi because Sonny loves Smash Brothers, and the bottle, well…it was his 21st birthday.
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I courageously took on the task of making this cake without Barbara’s help. In the process, I taught my sister the technique. I wanted to use a simple design on my first try, so I went with Charlie Brown for my friends’ annual (or biannual?) “Thanksgiving” party.
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I was crunched for time on this cake, but I think it came out cute enough. Though the colors are a bit off and the decorating a bit busy (I got a little carried away), I know my family enjoyed this cake in celebration of both Fourth of July and Crystal’s birthday.
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If there is one thing my boyfriend and his friends can relate with, it is their love of video games (much to my dismay). This is the character, Link, that my boyfriend was using the most when he played Smash Brothers.

Cake decorating is a very time consuming, diligent process. There are a lot of things that can go wrong and a lot of things that seem almost impossible to fix. I’m hoping to sharpen my skill at cake decorating (because of course someday I’d like to make all of my kids’ birthday cakes!). I’m hoping to learn how to blend icing and dye to get the exact colors I want, what size tips work best, how to keep the icing at just the right temperature, etc. etc. But again, a big thank you to Barbara for allowing me in on her secrets πŸ˜‰ .

-wonderland sam

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actress/texan kickin' it in los angeles. always searching for my next pizza. cia agent in another life.

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