Saturday, October 29, 2011

Michael's 40th Birthday Poker Cake

Here's a fun birthday cake I created for Michael for his 40th Birthday.
Everything on this cake was handcrafted and painted, with the exception of the lowercase "m" on the poker chips which was created with "Tappit".
When creating cakes, sometimes you need a little inspiration. My friend and partner Sofia had the coolest idea. The wire accents with the card suites decorations suspended from them, were inspired by her card cake. Thanks Sofia. Which brings me to something I have wanted to discuss in my blog....and that is sharing information.
When talking to one of my instructors in cake design....we spoke about sharing "secrets" of the trade etc. And she said something beautiful to me. She said...Amelia...there is enough work out there for all of us. There is no need to hide information and not share our knowledge." I totally agree. Perhaps its the teacher in me....but I always seem to have the urge...the need to teach. Everyone's hand is different. Everyone has there own vision. It's how you take the information you learn and transfer it to the cakes you create that make it your own.
I find that with a little inspiration from other cake designers, the fashion world, nature, and just everyday objects....a cake can be created.
Sometimes...we get "stuck" just as writer's get writers block. I call it caker's block. When I get that way....I just step away. Grab a cup of coffee....sit on my porch....and empty my mind...which isn't very difficult to do these days! Then...I just go back to my worktable...."let go" and allow myself....yah...I mean give myself permission to be me....
Before I know it...I'm in my zone...It's almost as if someone else's hands are working on a piece. Oh...wait a's not someone's the real self under the surface.
Happy Caking Everyone!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Manhasset Women's Coalition Against Breast Cancer Silent Auction Cake

This is a cake - Bohemian Chic - I created for the Manhasset Women's Coalition Against Breast Cancer for their fund raising dinner and Silent Auction held tonight at the Inn at New Hyde Park.

The flowers were fantasy peonies trimmed in gold highlight, ribbon flowers and feathers of hope for the cure and a pink ribbon for the cause.

The women of the coalition are such a hard working and dedicated group. I am honored to have just a little part in their fund raising efforts to wipe out this beast.
A beast that has taken so many of our sisters.

I pray for a cure in our lifetime.

Congratulations to the MWCABC for a fabulous job! This year they had 500 people attend this worthy function!