Stuff I’ve Made

CAKES

I have enjoyed making a variety of cakes for family over the years. My maternal Grandmother, Marie Bennett, made wedding and other special occasion cakes. My mother inherited her talent and has made many cakes for weddings and parties as well. I enjoy doing it on occasion, but it takes its toll on my head, neck, back, etc. If I was more physically capable of doing it, I think I would have loved to have decorated cakes professionally. I really admire the artistic talent that goes into creating beautiful cakes.

If you are thinking about trying your hand at decorating a cake for your kids or whoever, I encourage you to go for it! Frosting is very forgiving, and generally, so is your family. The more you do it, the better you’ll get. I am thankful that I grew up watching my mother decorate, so I became familiar with the tools and the process and it made me feel confident enough to attempt it myself, even at a pretty young age.

Nowadays, you can do so many incredible things with fondant. I have yet to experiment with it, mostly because I don’t care for the taste and my kids think it’s “icky,” but it looks amazing and like it would be so fun to create with. It almost makes me appreciate even more though, the incredible things that people have done through the decades simply with home-made frosting.

Here are a few of my creations:

I made this cake for our son's 18th month birthday party. Since we missed his 1st birthday, we celebrated at 1 and 1/2  years. He wasn't into too much, but he seemed to like puppies.

I made this cake for our son’s 18th month birthday party. Since we missed his 1st birthday, we celebrated at 1 and 1/2 years. He wasn’t into too much, but he seemed to like puppies.

Our son's 18th month birthday party with the other side of the family. His first word was ball, so I took that and ran with it (no pun intended, well, maybe a little).

Our son’s 18th month birthday party with the other side of the family. His first word was ball, so I took that and ran with it (no pun intended, well, maybe a little).

Our nephew is 1 day younger than our son, so we began the tradition of celebrating their birthdays together. This was for their 3rd birthday, the year of the tractor.

Our nephew is 1 day younger than our son, so we began the tradition of celebrating their birthdays together. This was for their 3rd birthday, the year of the tractor.

This was the boys' 4th birthday cake. They were both into earth movers and machinery.

This was the boys’ 4th birthday cake. They were both into earth movers and machinery.

Made this with the the boys' birthday cake because I had some cake batter left over. I frosted the cupcakes and let the kids decorate their own snowmen.

I made this with the boys’ birthday cake because I had some cake batter left over. I frosted the cupcakes and let the kids decorate their own snowmen.

The boys' 5th birthday cake, obviously.

The boys’ 5th birthday cake.

This was for my daughter's 6th birthday--the first one that we got to celebrate with her. We had a princess party, to her delight.

This was for my daughter’s 6th birthday–the first one that we got to celebrate with her. We had a princess party, to her delight.

I made this bunny cake for Easter on the Groh side of the family, I think in 2009. It's tradition for someone to make a lamb or bunny cake each year. I used a couple of skewers to keep it upright while we transported it and forgot to take the picture before I put them in.

I made this bunny cake for Easter on the Groh side of the family, I think in 2009. It’s tradition for someone to make a lamb or bunny cake each year. I used a couple of skewers to keep it upright while we transported it and forgot to take the picture before I put them in.

 

This was for my parents' 50th wedding anniversary celebration. I did not make the top cake for this, and many hands helped to make and frost the cupcakes, but thought of the idea/design and set it up.

This was for my parents’ 50th wedding anniversary celebration in August of 2010. I did not make the top cake for this, and many hands helped to make and frost the cupcakes (I think there were close to 300 of them total), but I thought of the idea/design and set it up.

SEASONAL ARRANGEMENTS

I had the opportunity to decorate for a church event in the fall of 2012. Here are some shots from the evening and in preparation for it.

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FLOWER ARRANGEMENTS

I took a flower arranging class in 2006, while we were in between trips to Russia. Here are a few shots of class projects, followed by some arrangements from around my house when I hosted a tea party for ladies from church.

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A couple of Christmas-time arrangements:

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ARTWORK FROM YEARS GONE BY

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3 comments

  1. Connie says:

    Glad you shared these.

  2. Cheryl Scott says:

    Laury, I used to watch my mother decorate cakes, too, and make the roses that she would store in the freezer to put on the cakes later. Because of that, I was able to get a job at a couple of bakeries and decorate professionally. Luckily, I had an excellent teacher at one place that taught me some valuable tricks of the trade. I would amaze myself at the talent that God had hidden inside of me when I would see it manifest itself on a cake…copycake machine being my favorite thing to do. You don’t have the freedom to exercise as much creativity as you may like in a professional setting, but to see the look on people’s faces when they fall in love with the cake you have created is priceless. I had one lady who cancelled where she was going to have her wedding in Texas to have it in Ohio where her family lived so she could have me do her wedding cake. I thought..REALLY? Are you serious. But she was. Love your website. Love ya, cuz.

    • Laury says:

      Hi Cheryl! I don’t think I knew that you decorated cakes! 🙂 I often thought I would have loved doing it professionally, but with neck and back problems, it would never have worked out for me. Now I am happy if I can pull something off for the kids’ birthdays each year. But I know what you mean when people are thrilled to see what you have made for them–cakes or otherwise. It’s a good feeling! Thanks for taking the time to check out my website and write a comment! Very fun to see a note from you! 🙂

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