About two years ago, Javier and I went to the Rose Bowl U2 concert in Pasadena. There we met up with some of Javier's friends. I had known Israel for quite some time, but I met his "date" Alejandra and I could already see the love starting to form between these two. A year later (at Lupe's wedding), I learned they got engaged! Now, another year later, we attended their beautiful wedding in Fallbrook. Alejandra had asked me to make cake pops as favors for her 170 guests. I must also mention that she was my very first paying customer as well! (I made Israel's birthday cake last year and the rest is history!) I made chocolate and red velvet ones and dipped them in chocolate and sugar pearls to match their wedding colors. I must say when I went to deliver them, I instantly gasped at how gorgeous the reception and venue was. Now I have been to many a wedding in my day, (baking for them, helping Javier photograph them) and this one stands out as one of the most beautiful. I was so pleased to have such an elegant backdrop for my treats. It made me feel fancy! The night was truly enjoyable and I had no mishaps transporting almost 200 chocolate treats in 80 degree weather with an almost 2 hours car drive :) My photo of all the pops in their boxes does not want to attach for some reason, but it was an impressive sight in that car! Anyway, I wish Alex and Israel all in the best in their new lives together and thank them for including me on their big day.
Congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. Avila De Anda!
The final products! I was quite pleased with how they came out.
Awaiting their packaging.
The beautiful bride and handsome groom walking down the aisle.
In honor of Dia Del Los Muertos I took a cookie class on making skull cookies. I think this was my favorite class so far. I have seen so many awesome skull cookies popping up online and I was envious. So when I saw this class being offered by Michelle I signed up right away. It was a fun class. Again there were tons of people so I saw that as my opportunity to get creative and let me imagination run. I was able to make 6 cookies. A few designs I copied directly from Michelle's examples which I have a picture of as well. The others I made thinking of images I have seen online or from one of my trips to Mexico. I think they came out great. The only problem was that by the time I photographed my own, the color started to spread (It was almost a week later!). I also think my royal icing was a little thin so that may have caused it as well. Anyway, enjoy!
I took another class with Michelle this October. This time I brought my niece with me. I've been wanting to spend time with her and I thought this would be a great way to bond. She really enjoyed the class and had something to take to school to share with her friends. This class was a lot of fun as always. We learned how to make a mummy, ghost, witch, eyeball, cat, and pumpkin. I did not get any pictures of my niece's pops but they looked better than mine! I have also been experimenting with new backgrounds and ways to take my pictures as you can see in these pictures.
Another class I took with Michelle this October was a Halloween Topsy Turvy Class. This was a fun class and I had never before made a topsy turvy cake. The process was much easier than I had thought, although much more messy too! This class was packed as you can see from the pictures. I learned a lot of new techniques and got so many new ideas about decorating a cake that I had never really thought of before. We made ghosts, spiders, pumpkins, and clouds to add on the cake. I thought the cake came out great!
Michelle is the one in red. I don't know how she has the patience for all these students!
Everyone else's cake looked really nice.
Here you can really see the topsy-ness of the cake.
My friend, Kermaine, wanted to surprise his wife with a bog cookie cake for her birthday. I have a killer cookie bar recipe that I knew would work great for it. I made a 12" cookie and decorated it with buttercream frosting. I kind of feel like making one for myself! It smelled wonderful!
I have been taking a few classes at Decor Party Supply with Michelle Scianni and her mom Denise. I love taking these classes because they are all so different and fun and they are so talented. I have a lot going on in my personal life, so these classes are my way to escape that all for two hours and lose myself in doing something fun for me. This class was on making a fall themed cake. We learned how to stripe our frosting bags with different colors to get a colorful leaf. We also made acorns and pine cones to add on top. It was fun class and I learned some techniques that I can apply to other cakes.
Good ol' Helen had another baby shower for me to bake for. This one was for her uncle, Frank and his wife Hilkka. They had a little boy named Magnus. This time I made a cake and 4 dozen cupcakes, red velvet and chocolate. Again, Helen did a beautiful job decorating and planning the shower. I was not able to get any of own pictures before Helen picked up the cakes so these are from her Facebook page and they're beautiful! Thanks Helen!!
My wonderful friend, Helen, has been commissioning me to make cakes and cupcakes for her friends and family events. This one was for her co-worker, Damian, and his wife, Ilse, baby shower. They were having a little boy (was already born, I am super behind on my blogging). I made a small cake for the parents. It was banana cakke with chocolate frosting, and about 3 dozen cupcakes, red velvet and chocolate. Helen was coordinating and decided on a baby foot theme. Everything came out looking great!! The pictures of the shower were really adorable. She is very creative and gifted I can't wait for her to throw me a baby shower (when the time comes!). Anyway here are the pics of the spread!
My friend Ricardo had me make some cookies for his co-workers. He works at a call center and so he decided on phones! I was a little worried since they do not sell a phone cookie cutter. I ended up making my own out of a shape I found online. They came out super cute and he said they were a big hit at work.