Sunday, May 29, 2011

Bakery Visit

I met my friend Dawn when we both went to Cookie Camp last year.  (Many of you will know her as Kneadacookie on Flickr!)  She came down to pick me up in Ohio and we continued on to Tennessee.  Mind you, we had never met before.  Can you imagine how uncomfortable that would've been if we hadn't totally hit it off?!  But we did.  In fact, we're so much alike, it can be a little frightening!  :) 

Dawn lives in Michigan, which is where we are originally from.  Since we went up to my nephew's wedding last weekend, we decided to take an extra day to stop and see Dawn on our way home.  She opened a bakery, called the Butterfly Bake Shoppe, in the Detroit area.  I'd never been to that side of the state before, so it was fun for us to take a new way home. 

And Dawn's bakery....gorgeous!!!  Exactly what I hope to open someday.  Here's the two of took alot of begging to get Dawn to take a picture with me, but I finally broke her down!

Well, I guess I should've started with the outside, so that's where we'll go next.  The area is absolutely adorable.  There's quite a few little bakeries in the area.  We spent a little time just wandering around.

On to the interior.  I love the colors she choose to paint the inside.  It's really bright and cheerful.  And the bakery cases are beautiful!

Dawn handpainted the "Coffee Bar" on the wall, which I LOVE! 

And she has this HUGE kitchen that I would almost kill for.  I did say almost, right?  :)  And the picture only shows half of it!  Oh the mess I could make in there!!!!

So if you're ever in the Detroit area, make sure you stop by!  Her lemon bars are FANTASTIC!  And I must not be the only one that thinks so...we were there for around 2 hours and 3 customers stopped in looking for them! 

And thank you, Dawn, for putting up with us, answering our millions of questions, and letting us interrupt your day.  It was soooo nice to see you!!!!!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Graduations Galore!

It is definitely that time of year!  Lots of graduations, lots of different school colors.  But first, a picture of a wedding cake I did for my nephew Aarron last weekend.  He renewed his wedding vows on the beach by Lake Michigan in Muskegon, so of course, we had to do a cake with tons of white chocolate shells to fit the theme!

And on to the'll be seeing plenty of these over the next few weeks!  :)

Also, our Hilliard Farmers Market will be starting in just over a week.  The first one is June 7th, and we'll have them every Tuesday from 4 to 7pm.  We'd love to see you there, so stop by if you get a chance! 

Have a great weekend.  The first one in - I don't even know how long! - without rain!  What a treat!!!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Another Busy Week!

But before I get to the cakes, I have to share this picture of my daughter!  She's 5-1/2 months pregnant, and I swear, that belly popped out overnight.  She is absolutely radiant, and we are counting down the days until Baby Emma arrives!  :)

And speaking of baby girls, this is a 2D diaper bag cake I did for today.  Everything is edible...the bottle, pacifier and diaper pin are all made of chocolate.

Graduation season is definitely coming on.  Congratulations Stephanie!!!

And a very cheerful cake for a woman turning 40.   I love that her friend ordered bright colors instead of shades of black!

We're heading out of town tomorrow to attend my nephew's wedding in Michigan.  (Guess who's bringing the cake?!)  And on our way home, I get to stop in Detroit and see my friend Dawn's new bakery!  I am soooo excited!  :)  I'll make sure to take pictures to post when I get back.

Have a great weekend!!!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

May is here!

In the caking world, you can always tell when May hits...things just go craaaazy!  :)  Graduations, weddings, birthdays....cakes, cakes, and more cakes.  And no, I am certainly not complaining!  This week was busy, but fun.  Lots of different themes and occasions. 

We'll start with the largest graduation cake I've done yet!  I loved this was very personal, just as a graduation cake should be.

I also did a 2D can of Mike's Harder Lemonade for a sweet young lady that can't actually drink yet!  The lemons on the board are cookies.

And a first communion cake with matching cookies:

And Morgan turned 10 this weekend:

And a package cake for mom:

And some cute little farm cupcakes:

Whew!  No wonder I'm exhausted!  :) 

I hope you all have a fantastic Mother's Day tomorrow!  I'm getting the best present of all...a visit from my mom!  :)