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Hudson’s Airplane Cake

 This cake was inpsired by a design found by Hudson’s Mommy.  Cake flavor was strawberry almond swirl (a Mimi’s favorite!) and iced in almond buttercream, with fondant details.

Happy 1st Birthday, Hudson!

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Girl Stuff

 I’ve been waiting and waiting for a request to do a doll cake!  Here is a Barbie cake made for Morgann’s 7th birthday.  This was an almond cake, with almond buttercream…bodice and dress was made from fondant.  I am really excited to have 2 more doll cakes coming up soon, so stay tuned for…ELSA!!  Oh, and I’m planning a Rapunzel doll cake for my Emma’s 3rd birthday party next week…so make that 3 doll cakes on the calendar!  Yay!!

Happy Birthday, Morgann!

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Something else I’ve been dying to do are these high heel cupcakes!  So fun!!

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Mimi is back from vacation!

Well…it’s safe to say that I’ve been slacking on my updates lately.  My husband and I spent a relaxing week in Mexico at the end of May and I’ve been trying to get caught up since we got home!  With that said…I’ll keep this short and sweet.  Enjoy!

Happy Birthday, Emeric!

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A white rosette wedding cake and cake balls for Heather and Kyle…congratulations to the Mr. & Mrs!!

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A cake made for Raul’s Mexican Restaurant’s 52nd year celebration.

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Playing catch up!

It’s been a crazy couple of weeks, so I haven’t had much time to post any updates! So, here’s one GREAT big update…enjoy!!

I had so much fun designing this cake. It was made for Madison, who recently graduated high school. Her party decor consisted of red, black and leopard print. This was my first time “painting” on fondant…it was really fun! The graduation cap was also cake. I made the top of the cap, tassle, diploma, bow and plaque from fondant. The leopard spots and “M” were all handpainted. This cake also holds the title of Mimi’s “First panic attack!!” My great idea of having a red border on the plaque, made it too heavy, so my customer woke up to a cake emergency…a fallen plaque and a hole ripped in the fondant. AHHHHH!!!!! Luckily, she was SUPER understanding; I was able to repair it…and everything turned out fine. I have the most awesome customers!!

Whew…I guess things happen! Lesson learned!

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I designed this cake for Quinn’s First Holy Communion celebration…

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My customer sent me a picture of a cake similar to this one that she wanted to have made for her sister’s baby shower. I don’t like to copy cakes, but when a customer is set on a cake they’ve found, I will use it as inspiration in what I create. I added the plaque to the front and the polka dot ribbon. This was my first, full 3D character that I’ve made from fondant. It was pretty fun watching this little elephant come to life. 🙂

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Ok, so these cupcakes were quite the hit! I personally had a TON of fun making them. (I say that a lot, don’t I???) I found these online, and with permission from the original gal, created my own! A big shout out to Melissa (Delicious Melicious) who has her own cooking blog. She was even kind enough to send me the files to have all these lovely princesses printed! What a gal. You have to check out her stuff! www.deliciousmeliscious.com

I can’t wait to make these again for my little Emma’s princess party this July.

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If you follow Mimi’s, you are aware of my AWESOME photo gal, Kristy Hall.  She is amazing in what she does!  I can’t help but get the baby bug everytime she posts pics of her newborns…ahh!!  So ceeeeute!!!  Anyway, she’s a regular around Mimi’s…using my smash cakes for her unique 1st birthday shoots.  This time around, she wanted a big cake…a tiered cake!  How fun did this turn out??  If you haven’t seen Kristy’s work…you MUST check her out.  http://www.kristyhallphotography.com/

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Smash cake for a SUPERHERO first birthday shoot…

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This next cake was made for Cooper’s 3rd birthday. Cooper’s Mom was weary of having a cake with fondant, as she had a bad previous experience. I assured her that the things I do, make the cake not only look great, but taste great too. Here’s the nice message she sent me after the party that night…

Thank you so much for the beautiful Mickey Mouse Clubhouse cake!! It was perfect and tasted great too!!! I’ve had some bad experiences with my cakes, so I was blown away by your artistic work and how good it actually tasted…I haven’t been able to find those 2 things in 1 cake before! Thank you!!”

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It’s been awhile since I’ve made a 3D carved cake!  I just love making them.  The school bus was carved from layers of vanilla cake/buttercream, and covered in fondant.  I added a dozen chocolate cupcakes with buttercream colored to mirror traffic lights!

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I made this WWE cake for Henry’s 6th birthday!

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On that note, it’s time for vacation! I will respond to all voicemails/emails/FB messages, after June 3rd.

Have a great holiday weekend, everyone!!

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Culinary cake

I am so excited to share this cake with you!  I designed it for Kelsey, a recent graduate of Le Cordon Bleu and Grandview University.  Cake flavor was almond, with vanilla buttercream.  I used fondant to create the look of the chef’s hat and for the quatrefoil pattern on the bottom tier as well.  Fondant was also used to mold and shape the veggies and knife…all by hand!

Congratulations on your great achievement, Kelsey!

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Care Bears!

  I just love how bright and colorful this Care Bear cake is!  The inside of this cake was bursting with color as well…vanilla flavored, rainbow layers!  Rainbows, tree and all other details (except for the Care Bears) were made by hand from fondant.  I had so much fun with this cake!  My little Emma loved watching it come together…and kept saying, “Pink, pupple, booooo, geeeeeen, yewwo, onge!” (Can you decode my baby babble?) 🙂

Happy Birthday, Jaya!

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This cute little monkey cake was made for Aubrey, who celebrated turning one this weekend!  Cake flavor was strawberry, with vanilla buttercream, covered in vanilla fondant.  I cut the monkey out by hand, adding the eyelashes, bow and tutu to gussy her up!

Happy Birthday, Aubrey!

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Another rosette cake made for one of my most loyal Mimi’s customers!  Ashley surprised her sister, Stephanie with it for her birthday yesterday.  Cake was lemon, with vanilla buttercream.

Happy Birthday, Stephanie!

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A VERY important cake order…

This past weekend, I had a VERY important customer, with a VERY important cake order. Her name was Lauren…and she was celebrating her 6th birthday with her very first sleepover! Lauren is my sweet, smart, sassy, little girl. Like me, she is a planner. She has been talking about her birthday party (the cake especially), for months! At one point I thought I was going to have to come up with a design to incorporate at least 15 things. I told her a few weeks before her party, that she really needed to decide on a party theme, so I could start planning her special cake. Then one day, she came to me and said she wanted a slumber party cake! Whew! I knew just what I was going to do…

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I should’ve made a bigger cake, to fit 9 girls…because they fought over ‘who was who’ on the cake, and ‘who gets to eat who’.  :/  I should’ve known better…having 2 girls of my own that fight over everything!  🙂  Somehow I managed to please all the little girls with pieces from the decorations.  One guest (who scored a whole girl and sleeping bag) was so sweet in asking, “Would it be ok if I don’t eat this, and take it home for a decoration in my room?”  It pretty much melted my heart. 🙂

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The first slumber party was a huge success…they played and played, watched Frozen (of course), sang, and giggled all night long.  I think the last one conked out at 12:30…and she is 4!  Although, my 2 1/2 year old, Emma, wasn’t too far before that.  She’s my little night owl…keeps me company while I’m up late baking.  She’ll make a great assistant someday!

Happy Birthday to my sweet LoLo!

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Cammi’s First Communion cake

I was so excited when Cammi’s mom, (a loyal Mimi’s customer!) contacted me to do a cake that would resemble the dress she was wearing for her First Communion. The bottom tier was strawberry almond swirl with almond buttercream. The top tier was chocolate cake, filled and frosted with dark chocolate ganache…(which was a first for me), then covered in fondant. I don’t know why ganache always sounded so intimidating to me…it was great to work with…and OH SO YUMMMMMY!!!! And I’m not even a huge fan of chocolate…especially dark chocolate.  The leftover ganache was appreciated by my tastebuds, however NOT my waistline. :/ I’m hooked on ganache…it creates the sharpest edges with fondant, giving it a more polished look.

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I also took a few photos of this cake without the name plaque, because I couldn’t help but think would make a beautiful wedding cake!!

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Speaking of weddings, I’m so glad to be getting into the wedding scene this year!  I’ve met with a handful of brides over the last couple of months and I’m so excited to be a small part of their big day!  Due to my busy schedule, I hold wedding tasting/consultations once every 1-2 months.  My next tasting date will be held mid-June.  If you are interested, please contact me at mimissweetcakesnbakes@gmail.com for more information!

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Heroes in a half shell…turtle power!

So I’m a couple of weekends behind on updating my website.  Here are a few pics of the TMNT cake I did recently.  The cake flavor was almond with almond buttercream, covered in fondant.  I made the Ninja Turtles and sewer lid from a fondant/gumpaste mix.  This was my first attempt at creating 3D characters, which I’ve been dying to do but just haven’t found the time to practice!  So…what’s a busy baker to do?  Dive right in and wing it.  🙂

Happy Birthday, Jaxon!

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This cute little lion cake was made for (another!) Jackson…the same Jackson that had the Dr. Suess, Cat in the Hat theme party the previous weekend!  Lucky little man got 2 parties!!  I used his party hat and bib set as inspiration for my design.  Cake and cupcakes were both vanilla, with vanilla buttercream.  I found the adorable cupcake wrappers on Etsy!

Happy Birthday (again!) Jackson!

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Thanks for stopping by!

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Rustic Elegance…the McClaflin wedding

I am soooo excited to share these photos with you.  When I met with Elyse last December, she knew she didn’t want to go the traditional wedding cake route.  I was instantly giddy when she told me she wanted to do a table filled with different cakes.  I just LOVED doing this wedding.  Rustic and elegant,  Elyse and Jason’s wedding was simply gorgeous.

I couldn’t have asked for a better couple to meet with for my first “official” wedding tasting.  I was so nervous and they were so sweet…and they loved the cake!  (Which is kind of pretty important, right?)  They chose to have almond, strawberry, chocolate, strawberry almond swirl and vanilla cakes…all with different textures of buttercream.

Thank you Elyse and Jason, for letting Mimi’s be a small part of your big day.

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And what made it even better was this nice email I received today…

“Mindy! I can not thank you enough for the fabulous cakes! Seriously my cake table was better than I could have imagined. They looked SO great and tasted great, too! We got so many compliments on them and had so many people ask who did them:) Thank you so much!”
-Elyse

It made me smile.  🙂

And a big, huge THANK YOU to my husband and parents for running five million errands and helping out so much with the girls this weekend.  I couldn’t have done it without them.

Now it’s time to go get some much needed sleep before I fall asleep on this keyboard.  Zzzzzzzzzzzz….

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Contact Info

Mindy Bryant
Pleasant Hill, Iowa
mimissweetcakesnbakes@gmail.com