For a friend's baby shower, I baked a batch of white buttermilk cupcakes, tinted blue (although they ended up looking green), topped with tangy cream cheese frosting. And for a simple garnish, some fondant cutouts.
I've been wanting to try using fondant, so for my first try I thought I'd start small with these garnishes, and I think they turned out pretty cute. I found the mini baby shower cookie cutters at The Cookie Cutter Company, and thankfully they were not only extremely affordable, but they arrived just a few days after I ordered them, in plenty of time for the shower. I picked out four of their mini cutters, the baby bottle, teddy bear, a onesie and a foot. These are a really easy, but pretty design for someone who's a beginner with working with fondant. Like me!
The pre-made fondant was easy to roll out, and actually didn't taste bad at all, just very sweet. At some point in my future cake decorating experimentation, I'd love to try making some homemade marshmallow fondant and cover a cake with that.
And the color scheme of the cupcakes went perfectly with all the decorations at the party - the girls who hosted the party did such a beautiful job!
I can't wait to meet Baby Harris!
Then there was the Monster Truck Cake for a friend's 5-year old son's birthday. I had so much fun putting this together!
I started by baking a cookies and cream sheet cake, plus a little extra cake in an 8-inch round pan to use for my stadium and dirt hill. After frosting the sheet cake, I carved the shapes I wanted for the stadium and dirt hill, positioned those on the cake and frosted them as well. After that, the rest of the decorations were easy, with jelly beans for all the people in the stadium, a little grass piped all around, Oreo "tires" surrounding the sides of the cake, and of course, crushed cookies for the dirt.
Lastly, I made a bunch of little signs to stick around the edge, and a black and white checkered banner. I easily created the black and white checked paper by shading alternating cells in Excel, then just printed it off and cut it into triangles to hang on a piece of twine. The trucks and cars (clean ones, of course) brought the whole thing to life, and Jamie was sad that we couldn't keep the cake to play with. I kinda wanted to play with it, too!
And then to document baby Lucas' 9-month birthday, I did a mini photo session with my friends Bo, Lisa and Lucas. There was still a chill in the air, but the sun came out long enough for us to take him to the park and play for a while.
This was my first photo shoot with a live subject, and I have to say, babies are harder to photograph than food! They just don't sit as still for the camera. :)
I have a long ways to go in improving my skills for these types of photos, but here are a few of my favorites...