Friday, May 15, 2015

Mother's Day... Good gracious cakes!!!

Mother's Day weekend was surprisingly very busy for me!!!!

Surprise because my journey with Hummingbird Macarons & Desserts ended

Surprise because I don't really have a large client base here but I'm so happy!!!

Talk about busy!!!! Five cakes over the Mother's Day weekend!!!! Oh happy day!

The first was a cake for a good friend of mine... He wanted something like Cake Boss for his mom!!! So he opted for a Black Forest cake covered in fondant with gumpaste roses and poppies. 

The second was for another good friend... He wasn't sure what he wanted for his mom... So I asked him the basic questions I usually ask in consultation, he asked his mom while I was on the phone in a joking way... Couple minutes later, we have a surprise order of coconut cake with coconut creme, vanilla IMBC with shredded coconut, modeling chocolate plaque and gumpaste roses.

Third cake was simple, coconut cake with coconut creme vanilla IMBC and shredded coconut.  The cake was for a member of my new church home...

The fourth and fifth cakes were for three very important women in my life... My mom, my aunt and my godmom!!! This was a special Mother's Day for us... Both of my grandmothers have went to glory, my step grandma, my great aunt (who was my surrogate mom) are also home in glory! So this day was so hard but we celebrate anyway!!! Their cakes were special to me because I got to try a new recipe and surprise these great women with cake ☺️!!!!

Pink champagne cake with champagne soaked strawberries, vanilla chantilly and champagne IMBC!  Lemon cake with champagne soaked strawberries, vanilla chantilly and champagne IMBC!!!

They loved them!!!

Overall a great weekend surprising moms with cakes I enjoyed making. So excited that they loved them!!!

Until next time!!!!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Little mermaid cake

Hey everyone,

Every cake makes you learn a little more about yourself, and this one is no exception.

2D Ariel on a cake, no issue right...

Wrong... Everything goes great until you start shaking from not eating food...

If I didn't share, I will now, I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in November and it's normally not an issue as long as I eat right...

On this beautiful cake, I decided to work on it nonstop, no lunch and that means shaky hands... (Side note: NEVER AGAIN!!!)

Everything with Ariel was great except I didn't want to do eyes on her, she was soooo beautiful without them... (My opinion) 

So with shaky hands I added eyes and now I don't like her as much! But they loved her so that's all that matters ☺️

Cake was almond cake with vanilla butter cream and fondant Ariel and white chocolate seashells/seahorse.
She doesn't look that bad, but in retrospect, I'd have done her eyes in fondant... I'm so picky...

Until next time,

Book signing cake... Team collab cake

Hey everyone!!!

So it's been three weeks at Hummingbird! It's been super busy in macaron land, but guess what we've been making cakes too!!!!

We had a cake this past weekend for a very talented author for her book signing. This was a lot of firsts for the team, I never carved cake before, Aya never covered cake in fondant, so we both collaborated to make this the best cake possible!

The cake flavor is five flavor pound cake, vanilla butter cream, vanilla fondant and fondant decorations! 

The final cake looked amazing and I smile hard because I got to teach my coworker how to cover a cake in fondant!!! We are a great team of talent!!!!

Until next time,

Thursday, April 2, 2015

First cake at Hummingbird

Well, on week two at Hummingbird Macarons and Desserts...

Loving it this far!!! What's not to love about dessert, right?!!!

Anyhow, I did my first cake at the shop yesterday....

It was a simple birthday cake, vanilla on vanilla... Rustic design with a macaron on top...

Easy right... No!!! I was told I wasn't being creative enough, �������� next cake I will!!!! I'm a stickler for specifics lol! What can be said!!!

Until next time keep caking!!!!


Saturday, March 28, 2015

Spring Collection Launch

Well, to say I am excited about my new job is an understatement! I even have a portrait to commemorate the moment!!!

We had our grand opening on Friday to launch the Spring Collection 2015. It was a busy week of prep and a fun filled night of guests and customers trying the new macaron flavors and new tortes!

My personal favorite macaron is strawberry basil, while everyone else is in love with peanut butter bacon... I don't eat pork though ☺️

I think if you are in the Norfolk, Virginia area, you should come by and try to find your personal favorite!!!!

Well, cake sketching and sleep are on my agenda...

Happy caking,

Thursday, March 26, 2015

New job, new adventure

So it's been a couple of weeks since my last cake...

Here's why... We moved!

Three states north of our beautiful Georgia to the equally beautiful Virginia...

So the first set of business was to get a new job, kids together, get settled, find church home...

I did!!!! New full time job as the Pastry Chef of Hummingbird Macarons and Desserts in Norfolk, Virginia!!!! I'm so excited!!! This is a blessing!!!! A gourmet patisserie! Doing desserts the way I love making them!

We have a grand opening coming on Friday so be on the look out for pictures...

We have some test samples done but they aren't the finished product... 

Can't wait to share our adventures here at Hummingbird Desserts... 

Stay caking,

Saturday, March 7, 2015

First cake collaboration

So, I'd never been in a cake collaboration before...

Thought they were cool, so was so excited when I was able to join one...
My first cake collaboration was Happy Chinese New Year!!!

My challenge was to actually pick a design. I knew that I wanted to step out of my comfort zone and do figurine work, but I didn't do what I normally do, which is commit a design to paper, eh, what a mistake that was...

Lesson learned!!!  The cake turned out ok, but I felt it was rushed ��

But the great thing is, now I know and can move forward to the next one with a better vision of what I have to do!!!

Love life lessons so that was a great one!!!

The cake was chocolate with chocolate IMBC, vanilla fondant lettering and the goat/ram was made from fondant.

I'm happy it didn't look horrible, but next year, I'm going for the wow!!!!

Until next time,