How to make a popcorn bag cake!

Design by Invitation

One of my friends always has me design her children’s cakes from the birthday party invitation. She introduced another one of her friends to me and her friend had the same idea for her daughter’s 11th birthday. Samara’s invitation had a big bag of popcorn on it, so of course we’d need a bag of popcorn cake!

I LOVE to design cakes this way. Sometimes they are almost identical to the invite and other times it serves simply as a launching off point. For Samara’s birthday, the cake was pretty similar to the invitation. We went with a big bag of popcorn cake.

The cake

The cake was for a sleep over for 11 year old girls. With this and the fact that the invite lent itself to it, we decided to go with a 1/4 sheet cake. The serving would be easy and they’d be smaller pieces than if we went with a layer cake. Once the form factor was selected it was time to assemble the cake. Continue reading

Molasses Cookies

My father really enjoys molasses cookies. In his early 60s, he and my mother would go to our local Barnes and Noble in Ithaca regularly. Many times the kids and I went with them. There were two gentlemen that worked there and we all got to know them really well because we were there all the time. Naturally when it was time to celebrate his 65th birthday we decided to have a surprise party!! We decided we’d  buy Barnes & Noble cookies for the occasion. That was the start of my desire to make my own giant molasses cookies. I got to work creating a recipe that would be just as good (or better) than my dad’s favorites.

Several years, and a lot of molasses cookie tastings later, we have a great favorite recipe!

molasses cookies

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Ladybug First Birthday Cake

The ladybug theme is perfect for a first birthday!! When Penelope’s first rolled around, her mom said they were celebrating with a pink and black ladybug theme. She sent me several inspiration pictures and shared what she liked about each one.

I LOVE it when I have the opportunity to base a design on many different cakes so making Penelope’s cake was a joy from the first email. This post is to share the creative process with you as much as the finished product.

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