Butter Dreams, part 1

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Sep 4, 2016 // By:Robin // No Comment

What a busy and exciting week!

I had the honor of baking a wedding cake for some dear friends.  She wanted sunflowers and a happy backyard feeling.  It was barbecue, banana pudding, and my cakes.  Wow!

I’ve been asked by several people, “How did you learn to do this?” or “When did start decorating cakes?”  Well, my mom and sisters taught me the basics of frosting and design.  I was a teenager at the time, and I needed lots more practice.  Let me make it clear, I needed A LOT more practice.  I remember my brother thinking that I could make cakes to earn some extra money.  I was in high school, and my first customer wanted a unicorn.  Hm.  Well, she got flowers, and my early baking-cakes-for-money career was short-lived.

I continued to bake and to cook, but my frosting work remained in the realm of cookies and cake borders with a few swirls and ruffles.  I even made a couple of attempts with fondant.  I was more interested in making the cake or the cookie taste better. I have had some truly epic fails, but just enough grand successes that it kept me pressing forward…

…to a few months ago.  This was a cake for a very dear friend of mine.  With sheer I-think-I-can determination, I pulled out my basic set of decorating tips and gave it a try.

Cake for Mama Peak 2016 wc

…to buying a few new decorating tips, experimenting with colors, blending frosting techniques, and perfecting the buttercream.

Truitt - practice cupcake bouquet wc Practice 1 wc Truitt - flowers - assorted 1 wc

…to this weekend.  This was my first full-fledged wedding cake – A Champagne Romanoff Cake.  (Find the original recipe for  Champagne Cupcakes with Strawberry Filling at LoveSwah.)

This was so much fun!

Truitt - Final Display - back view wc Truitt - final display - full wc Truitt - Final Display - side view wc Truitt - Final Display - tiered cake wc

Tim and Sharon, I cannot thank you enough for giving me this chance.

A HUGE thank you to my family and friends who have tolerated “Here taste this!” and my constant “What do you think?” posts to FaceBook.


About Robin

So what do I do? I am a librarian by degree, a data geek - er Institutional Researcher by profession, an all-around Arts lover and a home cook by passion. It's all about having fun and spreading happiness.

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