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How many ways can I say I’m sorry?

All too often, the ones we love the most are the ones who bear the brunt of our indiscretions. The last time I wrote to you, I went on and on about how much I wanted to build and maintain… Continue Reading →

At the Copa! Copacabaaaanaaaaa…

Her name was Lola.  She was a show girl.  With yellow flowers in her hair, and…  Huh?  Oh, sorry. I’m sure you all know by now that when someone from my culinary school asks me to make them a cake,… Continue Reading →

Wizard 101 Birthday Cake

I am not familiar with the game, but my heart simply began to melt as I was I constructing the charming, cartoon-like characters on this cake.   Gluten-free chocolate cake with vanilla buttercream. Tiger Lily.  Broom Shroom. Fire Peas. I… Continue Reading →

Mardi Gras inspired Birthday Cake

It is time once again to play catch up on a backlog of photos!  The next few posts will be short, sweet, and filled with eye candy. 6″ personal sized pumpkin cake with cream cheese frosting. Sort of difficult to… Continue Reading →

Stanford Birthday Cake

I grew up in Menlo Park, which is right next door to Palo Alto, the home of Stanford University.  Living so close to a college town made local traffic on game days little short of miserable.  The joke in the… Continue Reading →

Ashlyn’s Christening

2 dozen mini vanilla cupcakes. (Not pictured: 2 dozen chocolate and red velvet minis; 1 dozen each cheese biscuits, cinnamon rolls, sour cream blueberry orange muffins, coffee cake muffins.) Breakfast of champions.

Miscellaneous Mayhem

I suppose I really ought to break down this “thingie drawer” post full of pictures into several more coherent slices of life. But I must say that I am quite content to stay busy enough that posting projects as they… Continue Reading →

Kate’s Baby Shower Cake

Piping is not my greatest strength. Because of this, I decided to push myself beyond my comfort zone a little bit and play with piping designs instead of defaulting to my regular boarder or rosettes on top. I think the… Continue Reading →

Happily Ever After

I recently had the pleasure of meeting Mark and Summer, a wonderful couple who said their I Do’s on October 3rd. Inspired by their joy for each other, I made it my personal mission to make their requested “basic-looking” wedding… Continue Reading →


On April 6, 2009 my journey began. It was a journey filled with new people, new rules, early morning hours, and plenty of pastry cream. It required dedication, teamwork, respect, clean uniforms, and an insatiable passion for building things out… Continue Reading →

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