Category: Cupcakes


Pineapples and Palm Trees Third Birthday Beach Brunch

30 September 2017

We went back to the same beach for the little man’s third birthday as for his first.  I had far less lofty aspirations than his Vintage Surf Shack baby luau a couple years ago, but it’s my kid!  There’s got to be a little fuss.  Having learned from that party that all the cute pinteresty decor ideas are no match for sea breezes or trade winds, I knew his party decor this time around had to be flightless birds.  Which meant real pineapples!  Those beasts weren’t going anywhere off the tables until we directed guests to take them.  I didn’t want to do a full tiered cake, but I definitely knew pineapple-shaped cupcakes were the thing.  A pair of cupcakes, a star tip, and a leafy pick?  Done.


Pineapple sugar cookies as favors.  I could have done palm trees, as well, but I am just too enamored of pineapples right now.




Air Force Promotion Ceremony Cake

12 May 2017

Okay, so if you weren’t already aware, my day job is in weather.  With a short departure for teaching high school, I’ve been in the weather business for, well, let’s just say multiple decades.  And can you believe this is actually my first-ever weather-themed cake?  I can’t believe it either.

So, you can imagine just how fun it was to make an edible rainbow, cumulus cupcake toppers, gum paste lightning bolts, and a rolling sea.  The rain cloud on top is paper, with hot glue dots on fishing line – I was so pleased with how it turned out!  This was also my first use of Fondarrific fondant, which is probably my second-favorite fondant so far, and I can get it locally without having to pay exorbitant shipping.  Net positive.



Shop-Til-You-Drop Cupcakes

18 March 2017

Was asked to do a cupcake set for a birthday.  The birthday girl (well, 70+ years young!) loves to shop at Ross, Macy’s, and TJ Maxx.  I mean, who doesn’t?  Those are totally my faves, as well.  Pulled out the food writers and did my best freehand copy job.  It would be super cool to have a fondant-printer, I realized.




Elena of Avalor Second Birthday

18 November 2017

Kinsley was Ready 2 Rule for her second birthday.  I’ve actually never seen Elena of Avalor, but I googled some images and loved the color palette – scarlets, roses, turquoise blues, aztec golds.

Cake was chocolate (a little lighter than my dark-dark chocolate, because kiddos) with vanilla buttercream filling; custom confetti in pink/red/gold/turquoise with vanilla buttercream filling.


Made some rose-topped chocolate cupcakes too because who can resist red roses?  Not my preschooler, that’s for sure.  He made a bee-line to them the second we finished singing “Happy Birthday”.  Yep, that’s my child.




This, by far, has been my most meaningful project.  First birthdays are a Big Deal in Hawaii; infant mortality obviously used to be a lot larger – if a child made it to one year old, there was good likelihood they’d survive to adulthood, so that was reason to celebrate.  Even though more babies survive infancy, the tradition has stuck – with some baby luaus being bigger than these keiki’s eventual weddings.  The significance was even greater for this one – my son’s – who was born 14 weeks premature.  He is now thriving and we can’t believe that he has had pretty much no lingering health effects after crashing into our lives in the most dramatic fashion.  Happy birthday, bub.



Frosting shots – because one can never have enough buttercream


Confetti shark cupcakes


Smash cake


Favor bags: surfboard cookies, sugar sand, and a chocolate seashell



20140608_115859The mom-to-be wanted a nautical theme and not overly-girly colors. Perfect time for turquoises and corals.



Sushi Cupcakes

Trent Birthday

March 2014

Vanilla Bean Cake with Lilikoi Filling

A friend commissioned me to make cake for her husband’s birthday again this year.  It was a dinner at a sushi restaurant in Waikiki, so she asked if I could do some kind of sushi cake.  I quickly realized individual cupcake servings would be perfect.  I started with some round cupcakes (baked without papers), and a few shallow rectangular loaves, which I cut into bricks.  The round ones became maki, with an exterior of black fondant nori, and a variety of candy centers, including some li hing sour apples.  When I was looking for inspiration, I thought I would make some sashimi out of fondant to top a block of coconut “rice”.  I saw a similar cake using Swedish Fish on top, and I couldn’t help but giggle, so I made a few pieces with them.  The salmon roe are tapioca pearls colored red-orange.  I finished off the tray with some gumpaste ginger and buttercream wasabi.

Sushi Cupcakes

Sushi Cupcakes


Baby Cupcakes

Baby Cupcakes

Babies-in-Blankets Baby Shower Cupcakes

I’ve done these cupcakes many times, in multiple colorways, for a number of baby showers.  My favorite was when friends of the mom-to-be stole uneaten baby heads off of plates and hid them around the house to be discovered later.  Other parties consume the fondant heads with hardly a second thought!

Fondant heads and blankets, marshmallow bodies.

Baby Cupcakes

Baby Cupcakes

Baby Cupcakes

Baby Cupcakes

Baby Cupcakes

Baby Cupcakes


Wedding Cake and Cupcakes

Kristi & Max Wedding

July 2009

Kristi, an elementary art teacher, asked me to make her wedding cake – her request was to have cupcakes as well as a cake they could cut into.  I created this two-tier cake, cupcakes, and custom stand for them.  Cupcakes (and cake topper) have a KM monogram on a fondant disc along with sugar pearls coated in lustre dusts.  Cake tiers have a variety of decorations, including wired fondant balls, royal icing dots, and fondant circles and rings.

Wedding Cake Topper

Wedding Cupcakes


Sunflower Cupcake

For Hillary Sweet Sixteen Birthday.

Oreo half with gold buttercream petals. M&M ladybug.


White Chocolate Ribbons

Two examples of white chocolate ribbons.



Red Velvet Cupcakes with Almond Buttercream and White Chocolate Ribbons



Blueberry-Sour-Cream-Donut Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream and White Chocolate Ribbons





Triple Orange Cupcakes

May 2009

Orange-Vanilla Cake, Brushed with Orange Simple Syrup, Topped with a Whipped Cream Swirl and a Mandarin Orange.



Valentine Sprinkle Cupcakes

February 2013

Pink Strawberry Cake, Buttercream Swirls, Heart Sprinkles







Farewell Cupcakes

June 2011

For a family moving to Colorado – purple fondant mountains with white chocolate snow caps, buttercream swirls in brown and green, fondant farewell plaques.





Safari Cupcakes

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Safari-Themed Toddler Birthday-Party Cupcakes

Inspired by these.



Vanilla Bean and Dark Chocolate Cupcakes

Vanilla Buttercream with Fondant Toppers

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Winter-Inspired Cupcakes

Dark Chocolate Cake

Dark Chocolate Ganache

Robins-Egg-Blue Buttercream Swirl with a Whisper of Mint

Pearl Sprinkles





Maia Farewell Cupcakes

Dark Chocolate Cake

Chocolate Buttercream

Topped with a Bittersweet Chocolate Drop


Sunflower Cupcakes