Monday, September 26, 2011

Rosemary's "John Lennon" Birthday

This weekend was Dan's mom Rosemary's birthday. He wanted to do something really special for her. She LOVES The Beatles and her favorite is John Lennon's Imagine, so we decided to focus on that.

For the cake, I made a cake topper that matched the Imagine memorial in Central Park, it was an 8inch round cake.

For the top of the 8inch round, Dan created a John Lennon playing a white piano. The John Lennon he created out of fondant, the piano he molded out of rice crispy treats and then we covered it in fondant.

We also made 2 dozen cupcakes. The toppers we made were little records with the apple logo for The Beatles record label in the middle. Then we wrote album names on some and put music notes on others.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Willy Wonka 40th Anniversary

Another Wonka post...sorry, but I am so excited that the Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (Three-Disc 40th Anniversary Collector's Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo) is coming out soon. The release date is October 18th. You can preorder at if you love it as much as i do.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Motorcycle Graduation

My cousin Joseph graduated from college and I was asked by my Aunt if we would make cake and cupcakes for the party she was having for him. Of course I said we would love too. I wanted to focus on a motorcycle theme since his new found love is restoring old motorcycles. I called Dan and told him what the plan was, I already had an idea for the toppers, but told Dan I wanted to do a motorcycle cake. As soon as he came home from work he had a sketch and idea in place, it looked amazing, it was better then I could have imagined. I was nervous about the construction but Dan assured me he would make it work....and he did.

My mom and I made 4 different toppers, stop signs, helmets, "J" with diploma and tires

Here is the cake, everything is edible but the handlebars, the tank and tire are made of rice crispy treats

Friday, September 16, 2011

Southern Cakes

For fun on the weekends i love to focus on Southern style baking. My favorite cookbook is Southern Cakes: Irresistible Recipes for Everyday Celebrations by Nancie McDermott. The instructions are easy to follow, there are wonderful pictures and everyone has LOVED everything I have made from this cookbook. If you like baking this is definitely a great cookbook to pick up.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Top Chef Just Desserts

I am so excited for tonight! Top Chef Just Desserts will have actors for the original Willy Wonka on tonights episode and the challenge is going to be re-creating the
chocolate room where everything was
"eatable, edible. I mean, you can eat almost everything".

here is the link to watch the preview for tonights episode:

Friday, September 9, 2011

About Sweetpea’s Sugar Rush

Avisia Limato, owner of Sweetpea’s Sugar Rush, has been whipping up cupcakes, cookies and treats for over 7 years. What started as a labor of love blossomed into a business when Avisia brought her creations into her day job at a busy real estate office. One by one, word spread about her treats—especially the customized cupcake toppers. Soon after, orders started coming in for parties, weddings, bridal showers and more.

And then orders started coming in from all over the nation.

When a client offered to fly Avisia from New York to Texas to bake customized cupcakes for a wedding— the idea for Sweetpea’s Sugar Rush was born. (The name comes from the nickname Avisia’s Dad gave her as a baby— ‘Sweetpea’.) Instead of making the long trip, she developed customized cupcake toppers for the wedding and shipped them overnight. They looked great on the store-bought cupcakes for a fraction of the price.

Sweetpea’s has expanded to customize whatever you can imagine— from company logos, initials, and monograms and more. Along with her trusty helpers (her Mom and boyfriend, Dan) Avisia works painstakingly on each topper.

When you place an order, you’ll receive a decorating kit in the mail with everything you need to assemble your designer cupcakes. Bake your cupcakes from scratch, or even buy plain ones at the supermarket. Your guests will be dazzled that everything on the toppers is edible— from the fondant, markers and coloring to the paint, glitter and sprinkles.

            Contact Avisia today to place your order!