Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Cake Mamas

I'm not sure where I got the idea that a good mother only does homemade birthday cakes. Was it because my mom did? Or because my sister did? Or was it something else that ground that into my brain? Well, whatever it was, IT WAS WRONG! My first attempt at a fancy homemade birthday cake was for Daphne's 2nd birthday. It was a lion, her favorite animal. I'd say it turned out pretty mediocre:




Then the next year I got smart and bought one. It turned out so cute! And it actually tasted good, which is the main reason I'd avoided store bought cakes up until then (aside from the brainwashing).


Then I made the mistake of trying to make a fancy homemade cake again. This time for Beck's second birthday last December. The train cake. It was SO MUCH WORK! I spent probably six hours on it, including making the cakes and decorating them and assembling them. And the result was only one false move away from being a train wreck. I guess it's not bad for an ameteur. But it wasn't what I'd hoped for. I think I need to take some cake decorating classes.


But in the meantime, I heard from two friends of mine, Mary Christmas and Rebecca Poppleton that they had started a cake-making business, the Cake Mamas. So I hit them up to make Daphne's birthday cake this year. Mary said she wanted a challenge. So I told her "horses, polka dots and M&Ms" as per Daphne's request. And this is what the two of them created....









Have you ever seen its equal??? I think not. It's BRILLIANT! The horse is made out of fondant-covered styrofoam. The bow is made of sugared gummy tape. The polka dots and trim on the plate are too. The cake inside is confetti cake. And the frosting is buttercream (except for the part where the horse is coming out. That is fondant). It tasted amazing, and it has got to be the most impressive cake I've ever seen. I considered for a few seconds claiming to have made it myself. But I know no one who has ever seen any of my other cakes would believe it for a second.

SO.....if you're in the market for an amazing, one-of-a-kind, delicious, homemade cake, call The Cake Mamas! Mary 801-787-7870. Rebecca 801-636-4973.

p.s. My sister just made this cake for her daughter's baptism party. Can you see why I feel so inadequate??

12 comments:

Jen said...

First let me say, that the cakes you made are awesome Arianne seriously!!! I have a hard time frosting a cake period let alone making it look nice. Second that pony cake is pretty cool, I like how it looks like a present coming out of the box. very fun! Third, your sister should be selling her cakes.

Nicki said...

I love it! You just did the best advertising for them as well! And, of course, Jennie can do no wrong with her cakes. I'm all about buying cakes :)

Kristina P. said...

WHAT?!?!? You are amazing! You did a much better job than I could ever do.

Holly said...

Ok, if I would have read this post first, I would have not made the comment about you making the cake. I love it... it's so adorable! And your sisters cake is amazing too!

MiaKatia said...

Yeah, I wouldn't even come close to one of your cakes. Decorating is not one of my strengths. The horse cake is AMAZING. To bad I don't live in Utah. And your sister is fantastic as well.

tiburon said...

That cake was tasty too!

André said...

You are too hard on yourself about your cakes - they were fantastic. Jennie and these Cake Mamas are giving the Ace of Cakes (Duff, from Food Network) a run for his money.

Shawn said...

I used to make my kids all those fancy cakes---shaped like their favorite animal, or like Strawberry Patch kids.

But, its so nice to have them a bit grown up---now I can do a big tart or something....

I liked your cakes, by the way.

Christie said...

I have absolutely no culinary ability, so I am blown away by cakes like these. The horse is perfect.

Melissa said...

Give yourself some credit, your cakes look great to me! But I will agree, store bought or some other creative person's result is a much better option!

Sara said...

That cake is too cute to eat! Did I tell you about the time I made a castle cake entirely out of boxes. Nope you couldn't eat it, but it sure did look cute.

CaraDee said...

First, I will say that your cakes are great. A lot of effort perhaps, but they look good and you shouldn't feel bad about them at all.

2nd, even though that horse cake is a little freaky looking, (I thought it was a joke) it is very nicely crafted. With what strange things they had to work with; horse, polka dots and M&Ms... They did a brilliant job. I'd like to see what they can do with a normal request. Bravo!