Saturday, March 19, 2011

Coasting into 2011

Well, as you can tell, we fell off the face of the blogging earth. Add in 7 children between us, one surprise pregnancy (Launa, not Heather), Christmas, New Year's, 2 teacher husband's home for three weeks, and all the other stuff and you can understand why we've been MIA.

We've stayed busy though. In January, we did a cake for a friend's baby shower. After a decade plus of trying to conceive, our friend Amy recently gave birth to a daughter. It was amazing to be a part of that special event.

Cake in honor of sweet Emery Rose, who showed up not too long after her baby shower

We also provided a 3D carved cake for little Noah who turned two. His dad is a pretty amazing designer (he did our Plum Crazy logo, so we might be biased, but we don't think so!) and it was a trade for services. We hope that Noah and his parents enjoyed his Noah's Ark cake as much as we love our logo (although we can't eat ours and there's was perishable.)

Typical sight when we're baking up a storm.
It took an entire batch of fondant to cover this board for the "grass."

Launa carving the cake and "glueing" pieces together with frosting

 Finger-piped animals for the ark

We used a "wood grain" stamp template to make the fondant look like planks of wood and then used a gumpaste tool to poke holes in the planks for the "nails."

Putting the cake together on the board with animals and bushes

Close up of Mr. & Mrs. Tiger before the Ark "Wheel House" was put on
We had a visiting "sous chef" that night. Launa's husband, Jeff, graciously allowed their "date night" to be cake night so that we could get the cake done at a semi-resonable hour on this Friday night. It also allowed for a rare photo opportunity with the both of us. Thanks Jeff!

Another late night in the kitchen, but another work of art done

The next day, Launa put the finishing touches on the cake and then took it over to Noah's party.

The finished cake

Sheepish sheep.

Pig and boat detail

Thanks KC and Rebecca for letting us be a part of Noah's 2nd birthday!

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