Jennifer Jones' Graduation

My lovely sweet friend Jennifer Jones graduated from Georgia State University on December 15, 2010.  We are so proud of you, J.Jones!!!

Cake was chocolate with a chocolate-orange whipped ganache filling, with vanilla buttercream frosting.  The decorations were red vanilla buttercream, and royal blue color flow.

Casey-Moore Wedding, 12/11/10

 My first wedding cake!  Clients were my sister's friends Melissa Casey (now Moore!) and Alan Moore.  Wedding was in Athens, GA, with the reception at the beautiful and historic Hardeman-Sams House.  Hubby helped deliver... I should really tip him better!

The cake was my family's red velvet recipe, with cream cheese filling and vanilla-almond buttercream frosting.  The red dots and black ribbon matched the (obviously) UGA Red&Black theme - even the bridesmaids in their black cocktail dresses had red shoes and jewelry, and the Groomsmen wore UGA ties! (My sister was the Maid Of Honor).

 Best wishes to the Bride and Groom from MGH Cakes as they begin their new life together in South Dakota!!!


Izzi Adkins' 3rd Birthday

Izzi Adkins turned 3 on December 18, and to help her celebrate, her mommy and daddy asked me to decorate a cake and cupcake to match her Ladybug Oh So Sweet birthday theme.  This was so much fun to create!!

The cupcakes for the little party-goers were white cake with vanilla buttercream frosting swirled to look like flowers.  I made them in green cupcake wrappers to resemble leaves... this is me getting crafty!  The ladybugs on top were handmade out of fondant.  Izzi's mommy, Stephani, was delighted that they were edible!  Don't want any little partiers gnawing on plastic  ;-)
The larger cake for the adult attendees was a strawberry cake with strawberry filling, and pink buttercream frosting.  The big ladybug on top was cut out of fondant and pieced together like a puzzle... tedious, but I loved the final look of it!  Izzi's daddy, Chris, sent me a picture afterwards.... I'd say everyone liked it!

Izzi is going to be a big sister in about 4 weeks... can't wait to help their family celebrate in the future!

So I've Been A Little Busy

I promise promise I'll have pictures up soon of the last two events I've done (wedding & birthday cakes).  They turned out sooooo well!  It's been a busy past 2 weeks... and Christmas is in 2 FREAKIN' DAYS!  Yippee!!!  So, from my tiny kitchen to your most-likely-larger-cooking-space....

Merry Christmas, and Best Wishes for a
Happy New Year!!!!!!

MGH Cakes  :-)


Happiness is... Fruit flowers

So, a few things that have made me happy in the past 24 hours...

~ I completed my first wedding cake!  Just have to attach the ribbon decorations and stack on-site.  Pictures to come after the delivery tomorrow tomorrow... want the Happy Couple to be surprised!

~ My mom's dear friend (and one of my many Other Moms) asked me to do her daughter's graduation cake!  This sweet graduate is one of my oldest friends, my sister's BFF, and was one of my bridesmaids, so of course I'd do anything for her!  It's for Tuesday, so gotta get crack-a-lackin.

~ My FANTASTIC Hubby sent me a bouquet of fruit!  Bahahahaha!  He had a lovely Edible Arrangement delivered to my office this morning, with a "Good Luck/I Love You" note attached.  He makes me melt like a popsicle on the 4th of July!

It's definitely things like this that make me want to go home from work every day and exhaust myself in the kitchen! 


And So It Begins

Well, here goes nuthin'! 

Guess I'll start off with a little about me... or what led me here in any case.  I got engaged in March of 2009 and quickly became obsessed with The Cake.  Not my dress, which was gorgeous.  Not the flowers, which could not have been prettier.  Not the music (well, kinda), not the guest list... The Cake.  It had to feed at least 100 people and taste like perfection.  I wanted each of those 100 people that it fed to leave our wedding and say, "Wow, that was a fantastic wedding cake!"  I only went to 1 photographer, 2 gown shops, and 3 florists, but we may have visited 5 bakeries (this is a lot) to decide on The Cake.  My dear husband-to-be was very involved in this process and we finally decided on this masterpiece from Sugar Kneads Bakery in Loganville:

It was heavenly.  Each tier was alternating red velvet, vanilla, and red velvet cake, with cream cheese filling between each layer.  Iced in pale blue buttercream.  Details were ivory royal icing.  Green ribbon edged the base of each tier and our carefully-picked topper was the crowning glory.  My mouth is literally watering looking at it again.  Hubby and I can't wait til our first anniversary (Sugar Kneads re-creates your top tier so it's as fresh and delish as the original!).

After all the sampling and designing and being so pleased with the final product, I thought to myself...

Wouldn't it be fun to learn how to do this?  I need a hobby.  I like to eat cake.  I'll just combine them and see where it takes me.

For Christmas last year, my parents gave me a gift certificate for the Wilton Class I, along with the basic supplies for the class.  The rest is (will be?) history.  Since then, I have been asked to make a wedding cake, anniversary cake, Christmas cake, and multiple birthday cakes. 

So that's it.  That's how my tiny, kitchen-consuming hobby was created and why I will judge every cake I eat from now until I can't stand cake anymore.  I hope that's not anytime soon!