What I did this week…. and it was A LOT!!

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Last Week of August Cakes Cookies Petit Fours Candy Apples

Tonight I thought I’d share what I did this week…. and it was A LOT!!  Keep reading for all the pictures and details!

Several weeks ago – maybe a couple of months now – I announced that I would be cutting back on orders – cutting way back.  I’ve been overwhelmed, in physical pain, and well… tired.  A lot.  And for the most part, I’ve done really well about sticking to that decision and not having over-booked weekends.

When I made the announcement, I actually still had a few overbooked weekends on my schedule but I worked through those and finally felt like I could breathe.  Then this weekend happened.

I’m not sure how my schedule got so out of control for this last week/weekend in August, but somewhere along the way, I flaked out and took more orders than I planned to do.

Not more than I’ve ever done… and I knew that I could do… I used to have weeks like this all the time, but these days – I really aim to do a lot less!!  Anyway – on top of having a super busy week, my husband and I celebrated our 19th wedding anniversary on Monday.

He had a business trip Sunday-Wednesday and he asked me to go along with him … which was SO fantastic!   Except I couldn’t really start early on my long list of orders…. oops!

SO – I had 3 cakes, 36 candy apples, 7 dozen cookies (8 different designs) and 2 dozen petit fours. And only 2 full days (plus a couple of nights) to do them.   I was afraid.  Very afraid.  But I tackled my orders one at a time and only stayed up til 3am once and got them done!  Here they are…

First up… a simple cake for John Dale celebrating his 2nd birthday.  He was having a Chuggington Party, but his Mom just wanted a simple cake:

Chuggington-Train

I took the pic in a hurry… the lighting was not great :-(  This one was delivered Thursday afternoon.  This was white cake with vanilla buttercream.  You can see John Dale’s 1st birthday cake here… Mickey Mouse (the very first one)!

Next – I had to deliver some cookies for a Luau Party on Friday morning:

Luau Cookies Flip Flops Hula Skirts Hibiscus Swimsuits

Lindsey’s only request for these is that they be BRIGHT – so bright they were!    You can find my sugar cookie recipe here and royal icing recipe here.   Later on Friday, I met up with a customer to give her the sweets for a Southern-themed bridal shower:

The colors and design for the cookies and petit fours came from the invitations:


Magnolia Bridal Shower invites

You can find those on Etsy here.  So – I made tiny magnolias from gum paste and attached them to the cookies with royal icing. The background of the cookies were done with petal dust and vodka for a watercolor effect:

Mississippi Magnolia Flower Cookies

I also made Petit Fours with a simple monogram on them… you can see how to make these delicious petit fours here.

Petit Fours with Monogram Initial

Next up was Saturday morning deliveries.   And the workload didn’t seem to be getting any lighter – so Friday night was the night I was up til after 3am.  Oy!

First I delivered cookies and candy apples for a baby shower:

Jungle-Animal-Cookis

Blue & Green Candy Apples

Find out how I make candy apples any color here.

My next order going out was this Maleficent Cake:  (P.S…. red or black?)

Hand-painted-Maleficient-Cake-with-Roses

Maleficient-Cake

Of everything I did this weekend – painting that character was the scariest/hardest thing.  I used Shawna McGreevy’s free tutorial here and while I was happy with the finished cake – I know it didn’t begin to measure up to the original!

An last but certainly not least… this Shabby Chic Baby Shower Cake.

Chabby Chic Baby Shower Cake

I took the wrong camera lens so I couldn’t get pics of everything, but the decor for this baby shower was some of the most gorgeous I’ve ever seen.  It was completely perfect!  Several peeps on Facebook (maybe my most liked cake EVER!) asked about the topper – the teacup, jewelry and roses on top were real :)

Shabby Chic Baby Shower Cake with Lace and Rosebuds and Ruffles

And that was that!  Every single thing was made start-to-finish in around 60 hours… of course with the help of my amazing husband and children!  And then it was time to rest!

I hope you’re all having a fantastic weekend!

Happy Baking,

Rose

Magnolia MS Stae Cookie

 

Who Takes the Cake? August Voting is OPEN!!

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Who Takes the Cake Contest

It’s that time again and VOTING IS OPEN!!   Can you believe it?

Are you ready to vote on the August Who Takes the Cake? Contest?  The theme was Back to School?

This month you’ll be voting on the TOP 15!!

Craftsy Gift Card

The winner this month will receive a FREE Craftsy Class!!

Are you ready to vote and choose a winner?  

Simply click on the pink “VOTE” button below the picture of the cake/sweet you like best and your vote is counted.    Do you want to see the photos larger?  Simply click on them and a new window will open with a full-size photo!

You can only vote once per 24 hours, but you can certainly share and tell your friends to vote too!  OH and I added a new tab up top so that if you want to come back and vote daily, you can just click on that “Who Takes the Cake” on the menu bar and you’ll see the post to click on and vote!    Example below

Who Takes the Cake Tab

 

Voting begins TODAY, August 25 and ends on August 31, 2015, 11:59pm CST.   Due to some technical difficulties, I had to delay starting the contest.  Therefore, voting will begin NOW (August 27) and run through Thursday, September 3, 2015 at midnight, CST.  Remember – you can come back and vote once every 24 hours, so vote, vote, vote and share with your family, friends and fans so they can vote too!    

Note: it may take a minute for the full voting widget to load… please be patient AND the voting widget may not work on all mobile devices and I have no control over that!

Thank you teacher
Vote count:  12
History book
Vote count:  14
Bring on the books!
Vote count:  17
Boba Fett Graduation Cake
Vote count:  17
Packed and Ready to Go!
Vote count:  17
Back to School
Vote count:  29
Sports Bag Cake
Vote count:  47
Heartfelt Goodbye!
Vote count:  55
Gigi's birthday
Vote count:  62
Roll Tide
Vote count:  84
Teacher Graduation Cake
Vote count:  98
Band Uniform Cake
Vote count:  178
Art Party Cake
Vote count:  259
Little Learners
Vote count:  399
New Shoes for Back to School
Vote count:  404

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