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Saturday, March 6, 2010

Jonah's Birthday Cake

I'm a cake decorator. (In case you didn't know). It's not something that I do for a living, just something that I love to do. Recently I had the chance to go to North Carolina and do a super special birthday cake for an incredible little boy.

Jonah was born with Junctional Epidermolysis Bullosa (JEB). He just celebrated his first birthday and oh, what a party it was! You can read all about the party and all about Jonah on his mom's blog here.

This cake was made to feed about 280 people and without the help of a friend who also does cakes, I don't think I could have pulled it off! So - Joanna - THANK YOU!!!

The party was a county fair theme and she had the venue FULL of carnival games and popcorn and cotton candy and all the fair type food you could have, tons of prizes and face painting and balloon animals and even a petting zoo outside! AMAZING PARTY!! Patrice I think you missed your calling as a party planner!

To go along with the "fair" theme, I made a fair cake, complete with bumper cars, a roller coaster, some petting zoo animals, white picket fences, games and fair food topped off with a giant box of popcorn.

Everything on the cake is edible and everything is handmade - did I mention my awesome friend Joanna?!?! yea - she made most of the little pieces on the cake, like all the games and all the food ect... all handmade by one amazing caker!

This is the bottom tier of the cake. Measured 14X28 and was vanilla with vanilla buttercream.

The top tier was the popcorn box, hand carved and was a white chocolate lovers cake.

The second tier was a 9 inch round carrot cake with white chocolate cream cheese icing.

The "petting zoo" tier is 12 inch round triple chocolate cake with vanilla buttercream.

All of the tiers are covered in fondant and the whole cake weighed about 75lbs! That was one BIG OLE cake!

You can see some of my other work on my Facebook Fan Page.

It was such an honor for me to go and make this cake for Jonah. He is just so adorable and his mom (Patrice) has done so much to raise awareness for EB - she is just amazing!

Wanna know the coolest part of his party? They had an online auction to raise money for - which is the organization that offers support to families with EB and is working toward a cure for this horrible disease. Head on over and check them out!

On a side note - if you are ever going out of town on an extended trip and are looking for something more than just a "hotel" but don't want to spend the $$$$ on a condo - check out the Residence Inn by Marriott. We had a 2 bedroom unit. It had a full kitchen and a living room. Seriously, I think it was bigger than my apartment in college. You can't beat it for the price! (no, I'm not getting paid in any way for that review! Just thought it was a great deal and one I certainly didn't know about until this trip).

Ok - so as promised, I have posted 3 of the 4 posts that I mentioned before. The next one to come will be all about making the perfect decorated sugar cookies! Tips and tricks to make them AWESOME!!!


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  1. Can you PLEASE come move here? You are so incredibly talented and I love your work sooooo much-everything you do is amazing-I thought I was craft but I was wrong ha ha

    And I know what you mean about CUTE--a male blogger JUST posted about that!

  2. Oh wow, that is amazing! I am so, so impressed! 280 people?!?! That makes me dizzy just thinking about it. Amazing!

  3. That is ADORABLE!!!
    I especially love the little animals!!
    Oh the patience you must have!

  4. Such an awesome cake! My boys both have birthdays this spring, so I haven had birthday cakes on my mind. I don't think I could do nearly this good of a job though! Love it :).


  5. Oh, my gosh, that is amazing. I don't know if I would be able to eat it. Just beautiful.

  6. Wow, that is one AMAZING cake!!! What a great job you did!


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