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I like to write a lot.

And lately, I’ve been baking a lot.

And I love to talk about baking.

So it would make sense that I would have a great time writing about baking.

But knowing that someone might be reading it is kinda scary if you ask me.  Yet I’m doing it anyway.

Confronting my fears.

And it’s not so bad—much easier than if you had asked me to pick up a bug.  Especially a really yucky one like a spider or roach…

OK, so it’s obvious that I tend to go off on tangents.

Yep, I can be a bit flighty at times. I have actually walked into things when I wasn’t paying attention—like poles.

But I digress yet again…

I’m starting this blog to keep track of all my desserts (and parties), and share with my family and friends—and anyone else who might be interested in reading!  I hope to learn from others in the process, and hopefully inspire others or at least give them some ideas.  And I plan on posting recipes whenever I try something new and it’s tasty.  I have a long way to go until I get good at this, but I enjoy the whole baking thing so much, that I thought starting a blog would be a great thing to do.

OK, OK, I can’t take the credit– actually, a friend of mine suggested it…

Over and over…

Until I caved.  Lol.

(I have a feeling this blog is going to turn into a confession-filled blog if I’m not careful.)

Did I mention I have a husband, 3 kids, and a full time job?  That means that 98% of my time is for stuff other than baking and blogging—so I might not post too often.  Just thought I would explain myself before it even happens.

All this writing and I haven’t really said a thing about baking.  Someone needs to stop me.  Hmmm, maybe I do like the audience thing after all.

OK, for your sake (whoever “you” might be), I should add a picture.  I’ll show you one of my favorite cakes (and honestly, I only have about 3 or 4 that I’m actually proud of—and I’ll have to show you my cakes from a few years ago for a good laugh…  But that will come later… if you’re nice to me.)

My son asked for an alien party last year.  I loved making this cake.  I wasn’t used to using fondant, so I kept cutting it too small and needed to cover it up—and voila, that’s how his suit was created.  Had to think quick and it worked!

 

But that wasn’t all.  I decided to make more.

The flying saucer was my first-ever fondant cake, and it wasn’t terrible.  And my husband made this cool stand for it, and it was held up by 3 blinking light sticks, which he turned on when the cake made its debut.  Pretty cool if you ask me!

And here it is before I decorated it:

Just so you know, I like to make several different cake flavors, just in case.

Not sure what kind of emergency I might have at a party if I just offered one cake flavor, but I want to make sure it doesn’t happen.

And my “easy” cake.  I made the alien faces with chocolate molds:

Oh, and the cupcakes of course.  These were so much fun to make!  I made the eyes and mouths out of chocolate—melted and shaped them.

And I stopped there because I ran out of time.

And I seriously mean out of time—I took off the day before the party and was up most of the night.  Then back to party stuff early that morning.

OK- second confession of the day:  I think I have a problem.  When I’m planning a party, I can’t stop at one cake, or two, or sometimes three.  I keep coming up with more and more ideas until I’m at the point where I would need a few assistants to make what I’m planning!

And unfortunately, I have no assistants.  Well, unless you count my husband.  He helps a lot—especially with the fondant.  You need muscles to roll out fondant, right? So he comes in handy.

But he says he has other things to do right before a party.  You know, more manly things than baking cakes.  Like making the piñata unbreakable, or packing the beer cooler… well, you get the idea.

Alright, I better stop for now.  I could go on forever– but that would make this post WAY too long.

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22 responses »

  1. Congratulations! Gerald, on your Blog. It’s beautiful and delicious all those goods, humm yum! Muy bonito todo, te felicito.

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  2. Susan T's Kitchen

    Love the cupcakes!

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  3. Ok that little alien guy is just the coolest!! I’ve never tried using fondant because it’s quite hard to find here in Greece. Maybe that’s a good thing as I think I might get a bit obsessed!! Good luck with the blogging!

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  4. I know how you feel about being scared about people (strangers, even!) reading your writing… I hesitated on starting a blog for the longest time for that very reason. But it turns out that it’s fun, isn’t it? 🙂 Love your cakes; they are adorable!

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  5. Thank you for posting this! My wife and I are planning an alien birthday party for our boys and your ideas are perfect. We will definitely look to them for inspiration.

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  6. Haha — you are the original Cake Boss!! Love the alien stuff!! However, I’m sorry to say my kids will never know the beauty of cakes like these because I can’t stand the way fondant tastes. is it just me?? I don’t know. Either way, my 3 kids will be deprived of pretty cakes, but that’s the way it is. Mom wins, no matter what 🙂

    Just wanted to say I have loved reading your posts — just found you recently. Love the conversational style, your “confessions,” and of course all the baked goods! Keep it up!!

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    • Aw, thank you!! That’s really sweet. Glad you enjoyed my posts. As for the fondant– you’re right, a lot of people don’t like it. But that’s why I usually bake both a fondant cake and a cake with buttercream frosting for each party. This way, you get both! So there’s still a chance for your kids to get such cakes. 🙂 Just a thought. But you don’t have to tell your kids I said that. Lol.

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  7. My sons bday party is January 5 and it’s also an alien… theme.. I have no idea how to make the invited,, any ideas… Where and how did you find alien themed things/anything

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    • I couldn’t really find too much with aliens– that’s why I made everything myself. I did get the chocolate mold (on the cake) from a specialty baking store. And I found some toys on Oriental Trading Co. I made my own invitations by printing out a picture of an alien on a green paper. Hope that helps!!

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  8. So, sorry for being a creeper, but I just looked through all the posts on your blog (as you might have noticed from my 20-or-so likes, hehe), and I absolutely love it! I’m not much of a cook myself, especially not when it comes to baking, but I’ve enjoyed reading your recipes and looking at your awesome pictures 🙂

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  9. I can’t believe how much you design and bake as well as having a full time job and family! Amazing and inspirational!

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