A few of the latest…

It seems like time has been FLYING by lately, and it’s in part due to an influx in business. Which I’m very thankful for!!

 

So, what’s been happening at the LBS HQ?  A whole lotta Frozen cakes, some cupcake action, and a few more hilarious antics….as per usual. I laughed to myself this week as I was pulling ingredients for a cake. I’m beginning to buy in bulk (like, more apple cider vinegar and vanilla extract than I’d ever thought I’d go through) and am still running out of ingredients quickly!! I’ve gone through 15 lbs of flour this month.  Fifteen POUNDS of flour, people.  15…. never thought I’d see the day!

 

So where did all of that flour, sugar, etc go?  Into these fab cakes! If you’re ever wanting to see a more updated gallery of pictures, please be sure to like and follow Little Bit Sweet on facebook! I update that more than the blog.  Or at least try.  Let’s be real, I’m a little delinquent in providing updates. Must improve…

 

For now, I leave you with some of the latest cake images. Enjoy!  And be sure to contact for your next dessert order. 🙂 Pretty please…with sugar on top, naturally.

Frozen Ruffle Cake

FrozenRuffleCakeDetail

 

 

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Gettin’ Chilly in Here!

Yeah, yeah, yeah. Every time I post, I say “I can’t believe it’s been so long…”, “Finally back with a new post..”, yada yada, blah-blah-blah.

Here’s the truth: Life has been CRAZY!!

Wedding planning and cake decorating have taken all of my free time.

Side note:  Anyone out there planned a wedding before? Holy cow, there are so many things to consider! And everything has to be done a million years in advance. Even then, people say “oh wow! It’s coming up fast!”…to which my thought is “for reals? It feels like ages from now!”  But it’s been so incredibly fun to think about the upcoming day in March, and, best of all, marrying my best friend.

So I don’t have a recipe to share, but I do have a series of new cakes to share with you!

And, of course, the most recent cake orders have been of the Frozen movie variety. Because, well, it’s an awesome movie and one of the best that Disney has created in a long time.

This cake gave me the opportunity to do some carving, so I’m showing the step-by-step process. Carving, frosting, and then air brush/final look. Fun!

In the beginning, there was lots of cake:IMG_2839

Then, the knife came out, Pandora came on, and the carving began: (I’d like to thank Pitbull and Paramore for the carving dance party)IMG_2840

Frosting for a base coat:IMG_2841

Then went crazy with airbrush, decorations, and fondant pieces!FrozenCastleCake

FrozenCastleCakeDetail

I can’t reveal all of my secrets because this IS a business after all.

 

This was such a fun cake!!

Many more fun ones to come.

….and hopefully a shorter time frame between posts…. 🙂

 

Lego Mania

Cakes, cakes, and more cakes! Here are a couple of the latest cakes from Little Bit Sweet!

 

The two cakes in this post are both Lego cakes.

One, obviously, with little Lego folks.

Lego Cake

Funny story: When given the Lego pieces by my client, I had to make sure she wanted the little pink kitty on the cake as well. To me, it didn’t seem to “fit” with the other characters as they were from the movie. Come to find out, it’s Unikitty from the Lego Movie. Apparently I need to brush up on my Lego peeps.

The other with fondant Lego pieces. Lego Cake

More to come!

Showered with Love

A few thoughts this week:  1) God is great and provides! and 2) Every cake brings its own mini-disaster.

 

For the first point:  As stated a few times previously, I’m planning a wedding. Not sure if you all know this or not, but weddings are expensive.  Thankfully, I’ve been praying for more business for Little Bit Sweet to help compensate for the extra expense of paying for wedding stuff. I know, I know, there are far bigger things to pray for.  But business has picked up tremendously and I’m very thankful for that. So many more cake posts to come!

 

Now, about those disasters….

There is never a dull moment in the cake world. (Fellow bakers, am I right??) I’ve posted on baking blunders before.

Can we take a minute and remember the avocado banana bread fiasco?…. ok moving on.

But I’ll soon be posting a few other funny stories.  They’re funny now that I look back on them.  At the time, not so much.

For this cake, the disaster came in the fact that the balloon (rice krispie treat and fondant) was too heavy for the “string” holding it up. After a lot of trial and error, I found the solution in a bundle of twisted twisty ties. Whew! Crisis averted.

 

Anywho, more posts to come with a variety of cakes: birthday cakes, baby shower cake, etc…

Also come on back for more baking blunders. Fun!

For now, I present to you an elephant baby shower cake!  1-2-3…awwwwww!

Elephant Baby Shower2Elephant Baby Shower

Note: balloon in air, not in cake. Yay for twist ties! 😉

Minecraft Mania

One of my favorite things about cake decorating is that each and every cake means a new challenge of some sort.

And I like challenges.  Well, sort of. This week I’ve also challenged myself to something new:  no desserts.

Funny thing is that when I told my coworkers (fellow dietitians), the result was confused looks and questions of “why??”  Most of us LOVE dessert, though partake responsibly. As a matter of fact, I tend to keep chocolate at my desk in case of bad days.  Consider it more of a medicine.  I figure it’s better than insanity.

But after all of these cake orders, I’d OD’ed on cake and frosting.  My body wanted to work out and eat fewer sweets. Note:  my mind did NOT love this idea. But I figured I would challenge myself. Just a few days of dessert-free living. Can’t be that hard, right? W-R-O-N-G!

Three days later (and one bad day yesterday), and I’m proud to have proved to myself that I can do it!! And now that I’ve proved it to myself, I have 2 more days and I’ll be having chocolate something-or-other. You know, to celebrate my not eating chocolate. Makes total sense…promise.

 

Another challenge I conquered not too long ago:  a Minecraft cake.

Apparently Minecraft is kind of a big deal.  Childless like me and have no idea what it is? Fear not. According to the super simplified description on their website, it’s a pixelated world in which players break and place blocks. Obviously there is more to it than that. But it’s pretty cute! And what a great challenge to make this cake. Not your typical birthday cake, which I love, and it brought a huge smile to the birthday boy’s face, which I also love. Here is the final product. Ignore the bad lighting. These were taken very late at night, so the “natural light” was not so good.

Minecraft Cake

Minecraft Cake Detail

On to more adventures!!

Wedded Bliss

So you know how time kind of gets away from you when you have back-to-back tasks and it seems like there aren’t enough hours in the day?  Yep, that’s been my life lately.  I know I’m really bad about saying that I’ll post more often, but it just hasn’t happened lately.

 

Anyways, a few weeks ago, I got to celebrate the wedding of my future sister-in-law and her now husband! Yay! And I was honored to be a part of their day by making their wedding cake.

Simple, Sunflower Wedding Cake

The day proved to be quite the adventure. Originally an outdoor wedding, the entire ceremony and reception had to be moved to another location when west Texas decided it wanted to become a wetland. In 2-3 hours, one ceremony and reception area was moved 30miles to an indoor location.  But it was gorgeous!! And such a testament to what great friends and family they have beside them. 🙂

Simple, Sunflower Wedding Cake

This was a carrot cake, and is one of my favorite flavors!!!

Funny story:  I start to make this cake with the email my mom sent to me, and noticed it didn’t have any fat in it. None. No butter, no oil, no replacement. Thinking this was strange (because usually carrot cake has LOTS of fat), I called and asked my mom to clarify. She said she thought she’d sent the recipe as is, but would check.  An hour later, I get a call….there’s supposed to be a cup and a half of oil per batch!!! Mom said, “Dang that wouldn’t have been good!”

Talk about a sabotage! But it turned out great! …even if I used a little less than called for because 1.5 cups of oil pained the dietitian side of me.  Even if it was canola oil, that is an insane amount of fat. But hey, the batch makes quite a bit and it was a very special occasion.

I wonder, if oil floats on water, could we have used the cake as a floatation device in the torrential downpour??  Hmm…

Belated Mother’s Day

Mother's Day Strawberry Cake Balls

Mother’s day and Father’s day have always been special holidays for me. After all, I’m celebrating the two people who (with God) brought me into this world.  And I have amazing parents.

So, in honor of (belated) Mother’s day, here’s to my mom! An amazing woman who cares so much for her girls and grand-girls, her parents, sisters, and everyone else in her life. Who worries a lot about us because she wants for everything to be right in our lives. Who is truly one of my best friends and someone I can go to with anything and everything. The person I call for advice in life, financial tips because I have NO idea what all of the technical financial terms mean, to share happy moments, and to calm me down when I feel like my world is falling apart.  Yes, I have my fiancee to do many of these things as well, but there’s just nothing like a mom’s advice.  After all, she’s seen me grow up, helped me pick up the pieces after my mistakes, and griped at me to clean my room more times than I can count. (I thank her for this now because my apartment is typically very tidy.)

Another great thing about my mom is she’s always there to help in any way she can.  She’s saved me from many cake disasters and helped with a bunch of deliveries.  Fixed the cage of my UFC cake when the sun melted it. And drove 2 hours after work on a Friday to help me finish 300 cake balls for a friends’ wedding favors.  All because she knew that, despite my claims, I couldn’t handle it alone.

So here’s to you, mom. A truly amazing woman and even better mom!

 

Also for Mother’s day, a friend ordered these cake balls from Little Bit Sweet for her mom.  I’m rather pleased with them! Strawberry cake balls with white chocolate coating. Yummy!

Strawberry Cake Balls