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Saturday, September 21, 2013

Slumber Party Cupcakes!

Brand new customer, Gina, found Babycakes through our school district and I'm so happy she did! I've been so excited about this order because it's the first time I've been asked to do a slumber party theme. Gina's daughter, Ali is turning FIVE and celebrating with her friends at her first slumber party! Gina sent me the image of what she wanted (design credit goes to Cake Central) and I went nuts when I saw how adorable the toppers were! I couldn't wait to make them! I hope Ali and her friends all have Sweet Dreams after partying and eating these special cupcakes! Happy 5th Birthday Ali!

Monday, September 16, 2013

Family Cupcakes!

Brand new customer, Cathie, placed orders for her daughters' birthdays next month but got so enthusiastic in browsing the blog that she couldn't wait for the special dates to have Babycakes with her family. Cathie is surprising her family with this special batch that was even a surprise to her. Why? Well, Cathie asked me to create ANYTHING I wanted. No theme and no event. Sometimes I wish for this kind of freedom but it was a little tough because I've never met this family. What is their taste? What are their interests? I only had their first names and daughters' ages to go with. I made a fondant stick figure family (like what you see on the back of minivans) and noticed on Cathie's Facebook info that her anniversary was in November. Cathie's reaction was GREAT! She was so excited and eager to show her unsuspecting family their treats! I love when customers are excited about my custom work. It gets my wheels turning and helps my creativity. Hope the rest of the family loved the batch as much as Cathie! See you next month!

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Made with Giant Love for Ry Ry!

It's Birthday season for Ryan (aka Ry Ry)! He's not just a football fan, he is now a football player that loves to wear his protective gear around the house. Ryan is growing up to be such a fine young boy. He always has that sweet smile and is so great with his cousins (my kids). Ryan is a great artist and has handwriting that can pass for a font you'd select when typing something. He is a kind friend and makes his family very proud. Happy Birthday Ryan! Hope these cupcakes you share with your class produce GIANT smiles all around! XOXO

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Cupcake Surprise for Nick!

Trish contacted me with a cupcake request for her son Nick. Poor lil Nick broke his nose and she wanted to give him a cheerful treat. She asked me to make cupcakes themed Toy Story. I love delivering cupcakes and seeing the recipient's delight. This melted my hear. Lil Nick's bruised eyes and nose made me so sad but his smile was wide and his excitement could not be contained. I'm always making cupcakes for birthdays and parties and it felt good to know his day was that more special because his Mom thought of something so original and sweet. Get Well soon Nick!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Thank You Lunch Crew at Sparke!

My son just started Kindergarten and it will be the beginning of many firsts. He will be making new friends and following a new routine, getting adjusted to the longer day and all the new atmosphere that school is. It will also be the first time him and I are not lunch companions and that is a biggee for us. I volunteered this week at the school to assist with duties in the lunchroom. I was greeted with warm smiles from the regulars, the women who work the lunchroom year after year. How come I've never noticed them before? How did I not think to meet them when my daughter was just starting out? I did not opt to volunteer when it meant bringing my son along so being at the school for lunch time was MY first and eye opening. The Lunch Crew have so many responsibilities. Not only do they guide the kids to their seats, and help them poke straws inside their little juice boxes, they soothe the teary ones, they walk the ones who need to go to the bathroom, they encourage and joke with the ones who eat very slowly, and of course always keep the kids seated -- not easy! The kids are full of energy and loud and somehow the ladies are all at ease and speaking in gentle tones while scrambling for the safety scissors to cut open those tubed yogurts. We often send our kids to school after that sweet peck goodbye and imagine them at their desks, sitting on the carpet for storytime and waiting on lines in the hallways. Some of the kids are so well mannered and look like little kindergarten pros while others are bouncing around thinking they are already in recess! A blend of personalities and all innocent. Seeing them finally get a chance to talk to each other out of the classroom. How some of them devour their favorite goodies with Mom's little notes and heart shaped sandwiches. It was a great volunteering experience and it really helped me to appreciate the crew working in the kitchen and in the eating area. If you have a chance, go visit your school cafeteria and lend a hand. Even wiping down tables in between lunch slots was appreciated. Go to your school cafeteria and THANK the crew. I think they are sometimes overlooked and they really are there for a big part of our kids' day. Thank you so much Sparke Lunch Crew!

Friday, September 6, 2013

Phoebe's 4th Birthday!

New customer, Michele contacted me and asked me to bake cupcakes for her daughter Phoebe. Phoebe is celebrating her FOURTH birthday and the theme is mermaids! I made mermaids the first year I started Babycakes and then again in my third year. They are very different designs but Michele liked them both and wanted to mix it up a bit. I used the latter design but made the mermaids' tail much more like the original one in Babycakes' first year. I love this design! Michele also wanted a batch of magic wands. She emailed me a picture of a seashell wands with long straight ribbons and also wanted starfish wands. I like the way they look. These vanilla and chocolate mermaid and wands are headed to Phoebe's tonight for her celebration tomorrow. I sure hope this little birthday girl loves these as much as I do! Happy Birthday Phoebe!

The Need for Speed!

I am Speed. I am Speed....Sorry folks, there's nothing speedy about preparing these custom favors for my son Chase's Birthday celebration. The checkered background takes time to make but so worth it. Chase is still a Pixar Cars fanatic and had a party at place in our neighborhood, Fantazy Junction and the theme was "The Need for Speed." Chase is almost SIX years old. He's a sweet happy boy and always so affectionate. He makes our home complete. He's had a challenging year but amazes me with his spirit and determination. My "baby bear" is growing up. He's in school full day this year and off to the races! LOL I made a the familiar logo for his name and age and we packed these up as favors for his guests. I'm guessing they were eaten pretty speedy though!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

School Day Surprise!

Brand new customer, Tamara, asked me to make a batch of cupcakes for her kids as a little School Day Surprise! Her daughter wanted Hello Kitty and her son, Legos. You see, cupcakes can really make someone feel special!