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Happy Birthday Ashley!

Today I have a different kind of post to share  with you.  My oldest daughter Ashley Siobhan celebrated her 28th birthday February 8.  Our family was supposed to get together this weekend to celebrate her birthday along with my sister Gina’s so I made this cake for Ashely.  Cake decorating is another crafting passion I have!  Unfortunately, we weren’t able to celebrate due to snowy weather.  So since she won’t be able to enjoy this special cake, I wanted to post it in her honor.  Ashley is wonderful – everyone who meets her loves her!  Her favorite cake is strawberry, so this cake is made-from-scratch strawberry with a cheesecake in the middle!  How special is that?  I love fondant!  I know not everyone cares for it, but I have never been able to get enough of it!  This fondant is heavenly – it’s made from white chocolate.  All the decorations on the cake except for the edible pearls, are hand-made from white chocolate modeling paste.  The cake was a soft pink, and it was impossible to capture the subtleness of the color with photography.



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 A view of our backyard today!

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I used a Garrett Frill Cutter along with some molds by Katy Sue Designs to make the decorations.  The white chocolate delicious fondant and modeling paste is from Choco-Pan.  Love that stuff! 

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The delicate soft pink color was hard to capture with the camera.  

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The strawberry cake was made with 8 eggs, 3 sticks of butter, and lots of pureed strawberries.  I used cream cheese frosting for the crumb coat.  Check out that layer of cheesecake in the center!  Wow – it was delicious!

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Since this post is about cake decorating, I also have some cupcakes I also want to share.  These are red velvet cupcakes with decorative fondant toppings.  The cupcake stand is from Kaiser Craft which I covered with the lovely papers of Pion design’s Paris Flea Market.  Even the cupcake holders are made with the lovely papers using a cutting file from Monica that can be found here.   

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Thank you for sharing this special post with me! 
Best wishes for a great weekend and upcoming week!

12 Responses to Happy Birthday Ashley!

  1. Jackie says:

    The cake and the cupcakes are lovely, I bet Ashley would have loved her favorite cake and you for making it for her.

  2. gail says:

    This is amazing thank you for sharing…. She would have loved it.

  3. pat moyers says:

    Absolutely beautiful and I am sure it tasted just as good. Your creativity is amazing. I wish I could be a mom like you. I hope Ashley was still able to have a nice birthday.

  4. Lenoria says:

    This cake is absolutely gorgeous! Could you send a slice my way??

  5. Astrid says:

    Amazing looking cake creations, wow, – you could do this commercially!! Happy birthday to Ashley!!

  6. maryannl says:

    First a very Happy Birthday to your beautiful daughter, and then I have to say WAUW, these cakes looks absolut fabulous and also really YUMMI. I can almost taste the sweetness just from the pictures ha ha ha. You are a truly amazing artist in anything you ever do, and these looks completely amazing , is there anything you can´t do? ha ha ha

  7. Happy Birthday to Ashley, she is truly beautiful, hope she had a wonderful day. The cake looks truly scrumptious.

  8. Adriana says:

    your cake is wonderful, but your backyard is the best for me!! I wish I had all that snow here.
    Hugs from Brazil…

  9. Lydia Malan says:

    Happy Birthday Ashley, all the way from South Africa. What a stunning young lady you are and you have, in my opinion, one amazing and creative mom!! Hope you had a wonderful day, and that the year ahead will be filled with everything that is good. May you climb every mountain and reach for the stars! xxxx

  10. Anonymous says:

    All of the sweets look wonderful and oooh so good. Please wish Ashley a very Happy belated birthday for me. Sweet wishes for you all.

  11. sandys7118S says:

    First Happy Birthday Ashley! And Tara, is there anything you can’t do???? I am always amazed at your paper creations, now a cake and cupcakes! And the most gorgeous ones I have ever seen at that!!!! I admire your talent and wish I had just a small hint of the talent you have my dear! WOW! And that cake with the cheesecake filling…OMG!!!! My mouth was watering!