Sunday, December 6, 2009

The cake gal got married!

Somehow we managed to pull off a sneak attack wedding yesterday (Dec. 5th) in front of the ginormous dancing aliens along Speer Blvd. It was epic!

Last month we sent out invites to an engagement party at The Curtis Hotel. Be there at 1pm sharp and be ready for some silliness! In on the plan were our fabulous friends/wedding vendors: TC (wedding planner OF DOOM!) of, Dawn (florist extraordinaire!) and Jason and Gina (amazing photographers!), as well as our pal and officiant, Marsh (aka GimpyChinaMan).

The Plan: Get people there and have them wait in the lobby with Ames while he paces nervously and spouts off stuff like, "Kelley had a delivery time change and is on the way with the kids". Once everyone gets there, he tells them I've arrived and he's going to help me unload the car. He jets across the street (the Curtis is about a block from the dancing aliens), and runs through the Denver Performing Arts Center changing his clothes Superman style. During this time the kids and I have been over there taking pictures with Gina. All went well thus far... hooray!
Ames gets into place. The kids and I try to stay hidden. TC tells our crowd at the hotel to follow her and leads them over to the aliens. This was sooo cool because as they came out of the performing arts center area they see Ames standing there with those silly aliens in the background. Our crowd gathers around Ames and Dawn turns to Marsh and pins a boutonniere on him. Marsh walks up to Ames and announces that RIGHT NOW we're gathered for our wedding. We figure about now is when at least two of our friends say, "You bastards!" Ames picks up a boombox and holds it over his head and plays "Book of Love" by Peter Gabriel. The boys walk out all handsome in their suits and brand new pocket watches. The girls walk out in their spiffy steam punk inspired outfits, complete with lime green boots on Kiera and combat boots and goggles on Tasha. Awesomeness:) I'm trying not to cry watching them walk out there to that song (which I love). TC tells me it's my turn... I concentrate on not tripping on the stairs in my very long dress (which I made because I am insane) I wore some extremely bitchin boots under it!
The weather was perfect during our ceremony. The sun was shining, the wind was not blowing and there was just enough snow on the ground to make things interesting. Marsh did a bang up job of things for us and our ceremony went off without a hitch. The boys were so cute handing us the rings and the girls just looked stunning with their gorgeous Dawn bouquets! She steampunked them with twirly wires and little charms.
Speaking of our rings, we got them off of Etsy. We wanted mokume and found this beautiful copper and silver bands. Fantastic stuff on Etsy!
Afterwards we headed back over to The Curtis for our reception. Jason and Gina had set up this terrifically fun photo corner where we had a trunk full of silly hats and whatnot. A camera was set up with all of the cool lighting and such and folks could go over and take whatever pictures they wanted of themselves. We had a lot of kids and I have a feeling Jason and Gina are going to have to sort through a few thousand shots because those kids were having a blast with things!
I made our cake with help from the kids and Ames. I love that it was a group project. The roller coaster actually has a lot of meaning to me:) Think of the movie Parenthood.

We danced, we ate cake, we presented Amy with a ginormous fruit basket because she is responsible for us meeting. She told Ames when he was looking at my profile on the online dating site that he should, "Go out with her!".
The flowers Dawn surprised us with were drop dead gorgeous. She didn't tell us what she was doing, and just WOW. TC kept us calm and our guests happy and the party moving along. Jason and Gina made us feel comfortable in front of the camera and made posing for pictures FUN.
Thank you Bunny for the wonderful framed print of our Maroon Bells experience, and for the precious book. What you said to me makes me cry every time I think of it. I can't thank you and Cheryl enough for the warm welcome to the Prather family. What a wonderful bunch you are!

I'm a wife!! And I have the most perfect husband a gal could ask for:)

Monday, November 9, 2009

Some fun new cakey stuff

I recently made this ginormous candy corn looking cake with a sculpted topper for a Halloween wedding. That was fun:) I adore couples that think outside the box and go a little silly with their cake.

And just because I love them so... my favorite zombies:) I took this of Tasha and Ames (my hot fiance) at the Zombie Walk last month. If you haven't been to a Zombie Walk, you must go next year. What a riot!!!
If you want to see more zombie shots, friend me on Facebook. Look up Kelley Farrell or Kelley Kakes and send me a note!

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

This is so cool it's worth mentioning

I get along really well with my ex husband. Like we're pals even. I know, odd right? When we split it was incredibly important to us that we remain civil for our children's sake. Why should they suffer because we screwed up? At first it was awkward, sure... feelings were hurt and whatnot. But we always put our kids first and we got over the nonsense and we've reached a point where my fiance and my ex went to a ball game together with our boys. How frikkin cool is that?? I swear, we should write a "how to" guide for those stupid parents out there that let their personal b.s. get in the way of what's important. Kids come first, no matter what. It's that easy. Get over yourself and you will be amazed at how simpler life can be!
Now I'm not naive... some folks out there don't seem capable of remembering that there are more important things in life than attempting to make your ex's life miserable. (Karma is a bitch- remember that.) What blows my mind is that they seem to be oblivious to the damage it is doing to their children. Kids have enough crap to deal with in life... they shouldn't have to deal with yours as well.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

It's Official! The Cake Gal is getting married!

So I have to blog about last Friday and its awesomeness! Ames and I were scheduled for our first sky diving experience. I have always said I'm doing this before I turn 40 and there was no way I was going to let that goal slip by. We made a reservation with Mile High Skydiving (they ROCK! Go there!) and got there a little before our 10am appt. I was a bit nervous about take off in such a small plane, but overall just thrilled to finally be doing this. Having Ames with me made it even more incredible. Insert "aaawwwww" here.
We were suited up and introduced to our professional tandem guys. Yay tandem guys! I'm with Eric, who is laid back and all smiles. We hired a guy to film us as well, so we're answering silly questions and posing and whatnot. We get in the plane... I realize I'm seated closest to the door. This means first out. Okay, no problem. I can handle that. Like being in the first car on the roller coaster, right? Totally! Camera guy is filming my reaction to tandem guy's altimeter. I am watching the mountains get smaller and all is well in the world. Can we open the door now? BTW, the door is nothing more than a clear roll up garage type door. One good lean on it and you're outta there! In the plane with us are two sisters and their tandem guys. There's lots of nervous giggling. I get to put on the silly hat and goggles because of my out of control curly hair. Don't want it whipping my tandem guy in the face!
We hit 17,000ft and Eric slides the door open. Camera guy is watching me, taking still shots and filming me at the same time. He had this cool remote for his camera that he operates with his teeth. It's all mounted to his helmet. Camera guy climbs out and hangs on the side of the plane to film my jump and tandem guy scoots us in a crouch to the door. I'm looking out over the mountains and recalling Ames mouthing "I love you" a few minutes prior. It is an amazing site and I am so ready to fall into it! Tandem guy starts counting back from four loudly. He has to holler... the wind is deafening! Next thing I know we're leaning forward and falling. I'm grinning from ear to ear while my face flaps in the wind and my teeth instantly dry out. I'm watching the ground rush towards us and Eric starts spinning us. That was SO COOL! He taps me on the shoulder and points for me to look forward and there a few feet in front of me is camera guy. I give him a big whooping holler and a double thumbs up! I already wanna go again! Tandem guy pulls the chute and there is this gentle slowing. Not at all what I expected. Suddenly it's so quiet! He spins us around and around and I continue to holler dorky stuff like, "This is SO AWESOME! I WANT YOUR JOB!!" I'm looking for Ames. I see the two gals far off, but not him. Tandem guy releases some straps and I'm just hanging there. I don't really want to think about what was still attaching me, but that feeling of just floating was incredible. We spin around towards the landing zone and he points to Ames far below us quickly rushing towards the ground. I ask, "How in the heck did he get there before us?!" Tandem guy just laughs and says we are taking our time so I have a great video to watch later. Camera guy is already on the ground filming Ames' landing. I see Ames quickly get released from his shoot and hurry towards the camera guy... and take this large white thing out of his jacket. Right then I think my heart wanted to come out of my chest. He unfolds it and it says what I am hoping it says..."Will You Marry Me?" Holy crap! As we float towards him I can see his smile and I'm yelling, "Are you serious?! Oh My God, really??" I do believe there was some giggling as well... I tend to do that A LOT when nervous. I remember Eric telling me to put my feet out and sit down and that's all I recall. I'm trying to find Ames behind the billowing parachute. Eric quickly gets it out of the way and Ames walks over to me and helps me up. I'm still giggling as he drops to one knee and asks me in person. I say, "Of course I'll marry you!" More giggling. He puts the ring on my finger and I see camera guy out of the corner of my eye snapping away. There was much kissing and hugging. My knees and hands were shaking like mad. I totally did not see that coming! Just WOW!
Ames had asked our kids the week before how they felt about this. I believe his daughter said something like, "It's about time". He had the ring ordered and hidden. He called my mom the night before and asked her permission. My mom absolutely adores this man... even more so now. Smooth move Mr. Prather:)
So I am engaged! And I jumped out of a plane! I'm still grinning from ear to ear, though the giggling has subsided. At least until my fiance:) tickles me to make the dog go nuts.
We eagerly await our video and pictures... they will be plastered all over facebook and here I'm sure. I might even Twitter them:)

We don't have a date set yet, but we're thinking spring. I already have the cake idea picked out, though!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

AAARG! A Pirate ship wedding cake on "talk like a pirate day"! How cool!!!

Okay, okay, okay... I SOOO loved making this cake! I had never made a pirate ship before and I only met them a couple of weeks before their wedding last weekend... I went into this sort of frantic mode while mulling over how to make this cake. They wanted the entire bridal party on there, and there was a lot of em!
Jere and Jes just like pirates... no particular reason beyond that for the pirate themed cake. They thought it would be fun and make their guests laugh. THEN they found out it was national "Talk Like A Pirate" day and we knew for certain their decision was meant to be!
I covered the ship in strips of fondant to resemble old planks. The people are sculpted out of clay and kept simple (they're only an inch an a half high). Jere and Jes wanted a fake bride and groom walking the plank while "they" looked on in pirate versions of their wedding attire. Oh, and let's put a big open shark mouth under the plank walking couple! Yeah! Ha! The cake was surrounded by 160ish cupcakes adorned with Wilson's (from Cast Away), squid, shark fins, casks of rum, messages in a bottle and sea turtles. There were some random cupcakes that looked like little islands with chocolate palm trees and "sand" done in glittery sugar.
I owe many, many thanks to my girls for their fine help on this cake.

Tasha and Kiera are both so very creative and talented I HAD to have them help out! Their creations were fantastic and were well received by the wedding attendants. I was told those cupcakes featuring little edible things were devoured first! I like imagining grown men fighting over the last squid cupcake:)

Monday, September 14, 2009

Cupcakes and tractors!

I had fun couples this past weekend! I created a nifty tractor to go on top of a simply detailed cake for a wedding at Raccoon Creek Golf Course (BTW, nice venue! Loved all of the trees and the tent). The following day was yummy cupcakes going to Devil's Thumb Ranch in Winter Park. Yellow edible glitter, fresh raspberries and crushed heath bars and chocolate distinguished each flavor.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Neat Cake To Show You

This was a recent cake for a really wonderful couple:) I just love the flowers, though, and this is mainly why I wanted to blog it. Alicia (Bella Fiori) never ceases to amaze me with her work. The colors and the selection were gorgeous! Spring greens, yellows and creamy whites... such a lovely change from chocolate brown and pale something or other. She left me a huge fresh selection to work with for the cake and I had to stop myself from using every single bloom. This was one of those cakes where I stood back and had a big grin. The design wasn't over the top or anything, but it was fun and lively and completely reflected the couple's attitude. Melded with the flowers, lighting, linens... just gorgeous. I didn't want to leave!

Monday, September 7, 2009


Today the Hot Boyfriend of Doom (tm) and I celebrated one year of nauseatingly blissful happiness together. We went to Stella's on Pearl to make those around us jealous:) Stella's is where we first met. I was incredibly nervous that day; I changed twice and straightened my hair (which is a serious undertaking). I knew this guy was going to be worth it. He told me today he changed three times:)

Why Sprint and Comcast annoy me!

I'm certain I am not the only one who finds both of these companies so fantastically frustrating you almost have to laugh.....
I moved recently. I stopped Comcast over the phone. I was told a specific amount due and when I went in to return the equipment that amount was confirmed by two employees at the Comcast center off of Broadway. I paid it and was told I was done. Guess what I got.... not only did they NOT turn off my service and have billed me for another month, but they also say I have an unpaid balance due beyond that additional month. I call... again. I am told by a very nice guy that "they must do things differently in Denver" and that he would call me back in a few days (after his days off) and let me know "what I still owe". I informed him that I would be paying nothing more to his fine company and that this is their mistake. I never heard back from him, and I just got another bill. They can bite me.
Sprint... ah Sprint. I guess you just can't let me go. I paid off Sprint and got a nifty letter and confirmation number stating so even. Guess what. Yep, they say I owe them more money as well. I call... again. I get someone who is confused and transfers me to another dept. That person is also confused but at least can see on his screen that yes, I have paid it off. He says he's sending me another copy of the same letter and that should do it. I say, "How so? Your company doesn't acknowledge the letter they sent me stating I had paid in full." He says, "Well, it makes no sense to me either." BTW he is the supervisor....
I swear to God if either company sends me another bill you will hear my fit of anger in space.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

I LOVE my G1!

How I ever managed without the internet on my phone is beyond me. Since getting the G1, I have shaved hours off of having to sit in front of the computer to answer business emails.

I LOVE the "find me" map. I was seriously lost in Golden recently and my phone tracked me and led me to my location... and even found a short-cut the original printed map I had didn't mention. Sweeeeeet.

I dig the free apps and whatnot. There are more than enough for me to choose from. I'm not one to sit and play games on my phone, but my kids dig the Abduction game. Cows and martians I believe. My phone syncs to my Gmail... way cool.

I think I am most thrilled to be done with Sprint. I had issues with them from day one. Calls dropped daily, their billing is ridiculous, they'd turn my phone off despite a zero balance due, they renewed my contract without my permission.... Major suckage.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

About My Uber Spiffy Website

A couple of years back I went to my high school reunion ( yes I am THAT OLD, however I refuse to act as such) and I was lucky enough to reconnect with my good pal, Geoffrey Hawley. Now Geoffrey made it clear pretty quickly that he thought my website "sucked" and he graciously offered to create a new one for me. My previous site was this pathetic Front Page nonsense that just screamed "bored housewife" (although I was neither). I said, "Heck yeah!" and he went to work manifesting a site that just blew me away. Geoffrey works in flash and was doing something fairly unfamiliar to him. He had built sites before, but for mine he tried new things and made it a site I could manage myself as well... and I can despite being computer illiterate! Geoffrey also drew the little cartoon me, and I wish you all could have seen the huge grin on my face when I first saw it. Everything about my website makes me smile.
I will never be able to thank Geoffrey enough for all of the hard work and endless hours he spent on it. What it has done for my business, how it immediately portrays who I am and what I am all about, how easy it is to navigate through.... Geoffrey is an amazing, incredibly creative, generous, selfless person and I hope he knows how much he has helped further my company with this site. I hope he knows how much I appreciate all that he has done for me and will always be grateful.

He also creates comics:)

Monday, July 20, 2009

You know that stuff I wrote about moving next summer?

The hot boyfriend of doom (tm) and I trekked up to Crater and Mirror lakes last week. We spent several fabulous days together in a very small tent we had to share with a Rufus (the wondermutt). I kinda wish we were still there, although I very much enjoy sleeping in a regular bed...with the Rufus underneath it instead of sprawled across our legs.
So that whole "hey let's wait until next summer to build on" plan got modified a bit. We're still building and it'll still take place then, but we've decided to completely test our sanity by moving in together now. This means six people and one bathroom. Oh yeah baby! I think I've mentioned two of this six are teen girls? A constant hot water heater has just bumped itself up to first place on the priority list.
I have been wandering around my house trying to think of what to move first, what I can get rid of, how we will manage to do this in less than a month and how thrilled Tasha is going to be now that there will be a cat under her roof. I am certain Oreo (the cat who at least makes an attempt to like people) will totally dig all of the attention she's about to receive.
We're hoping to be done before school starts (August 19th) and I'm a bit nervous. I've got a lot of cakes to create this coming month and there's one in particular that's going to take some serious engineering and a couple of trips to the hardware store. I work well under pressure, though.... always have. Which is why I'm sitting here blogging instead of packing or baking:)
I'm rather giddy... nervous, but giddy. I keep thinking I should pinch myself. Is this really happening? I have a feeling this boyfriend of mine will continue to surprise and thrill me for many, many years to come. He's just that kind of guy... which as I've stated before, makes me one very lucky gal!

New stuff!

I thought I'd share a bit of what I've been up to lately. It's been busy! These are now on my "favs" list. I really love the chocolate circles! The groom's cake was a blast to make.... even has edible coins to represent the change that falls out of his pockets whenever he sits down:) Cute!!!!

Friday, June 19, 2009

More camping please!

I'm kinda digging taking cakes up into the mountains now... I can get a little camping trip out of the deal as well now that I have someone fun to go with:)
Last weekend we were in Snowmass delivering a cake to a lovely wedding organized by the ever wonderful TC (Muse Events). After work came play, and an overnight excursion to the Maroon Bells area seemed a must. Now I get what all of the hype is about. Gorgeous!!!

Monday, June 1, 2009

Ronin Is NINE!

Ronin (Ames' younger spawn) turned nine recently. I made him a themed cake after he informed me that "he totally trusted me to do a good job on his cake".:) He's a big Ben 10 fan... and I had no idea what in the heck Ben 10 was, so I subjected myself to youtube videos to learn more about one particular character Ben 10 changes into. Cannonbolt was made of fondant and then handpainted. The boys devoured him after the essential wish over the candles. All of them looked fab with black lips from the coloring!

Sunday, May 31, 2009

There be changes on the horizon!

The hot boyfriend and I are nearing the 10 month mark. Big changes have taken place recently as Ames surprised me with home expansion plans to make room for the three of us... another bathroom is a must, as well as one of those spiffy endless water heaters. Two teen girls equals a lot of showering:) The plan is to expand the second floor of his house over the entire first floor. I'm elated to say the least!

This isn't something that's happening tomorrow, but soon. We are in the beginning planning stage whereupon we are thinking of all of the clever and cool things we'd like to add; drawers in the wall instead of needing a dresser, skylights, recycled wood floors, etc. The kids are all on board with the idea as well, which is fantastic. That they feel comfortable with living together is an absolute must.
Tasha is excited that our cat Oreo will live there as she's been bugging her dad for one for just about forever. She says on the first official day she plans to announce, "I win...bwa-ha-ha!". But ssshhhh, he's not supposed to know this:)

To spend the rest of my life with this fabulous man who rides carts in the parking lot and reaches for my hand whenever we're out and about... I can't imagine it getting any better than this.

Pictured is my latest cake--- Traditional wedding cake on the front, sculpted mountainy looking on the back. Ames helped out by adding icing snow to the trees. AND carried all of these massive layers up to the third floor of the history museum where the party was. What a guy!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

My Awesome Kids

My daughter is about to turn 13... THIRTEEN! Where did the time go?? I always teased my mom for saying that. Now I get it.
Kiera is finishing up the 7th grade. This fall she switches over to Morey Middle School (right by Wax Trax---cool!) and enters their HG program....cuz she's "smrt":) I won't miss the lengthy commute to the old schools, but am glad I chose to keep them there.
After Morey, Kiera heads to East H.S., which is an amazing school by Tattered Cover (lucky kid!) off of Colfax. I did my research--- that school rocks! She'll benefit from having Tasha there (Tasha is Ames' daughter and she'll be a Junior then) to pal around with. Nothing like having an "in" when hitting high school!
I hope Kiera discovers theater like I did. I think she'd love it as she's so creative. I didn't act; I built and painted and ran the lights. I loved every second of it and made some incredible lifetime friends.

Joshua (now 9) also starts a new school-- he'll be entering the 4th grade at Edison, which is up near the 32nd and Lowell stuff. I see many a trip to Happy Cakes and House of Commons in my future. He'll go to school with Ronin (Ames' other spawn, who happens to be in the same grade and age as Joshua). I can only imagine the havoc those two will wreak if put into the same class. Oh Lord.
I'm debating whether to keep Joshua on his beloved soccer team out in Aurora or switch him to a new team in Denver. His current team and coach are just wonderful. Not only did they kick butt this past season (undefeated baby!!) but the boys have really come together and play as a cohesive unit now. Joshua LOVES soccer. Right now it seems totally worth the drive a couple times a week to take him over there for practice.
Joshua is now 4 1/2 feet tall and thrilled he can finally ride the big rollercoasters. This boy has no fear.

I had a deal with my kids that if they got A's and B's at the end of the year, Joshua would get an Xbox 360 and Kiera would get an Ipod Nano... I've had the Xbox stashed for about a month now--- along with several games and extras. The jury is still out on the Ipod, but I think she's gonna make it. I wonder what color she'll choose? I'm betting purple or hot pink:)

I am quite blessed to have such wonderful children. Watching them become more independent is a thrilling ride... I just hope it doesn't go by too fast.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Nine Months! WOOHOO!

The hot boyfriend and I have reached the nine month mark... our relationship continues down the awesomeness path:)
Congrats to Ames for tenure...and for the position AP English teacher next fall. I'm so very proud of you:)!!

Two Very Different Cakes

This past weekend we delivered these--- the polka dots went to the Magnolia, the elegant one down to Manitou Springs. It was fun working on two very different styles; the personalities of the couples came through for sure!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Newest cake by Kiera!

Kiera made this for her Dad, who is an Ironman:) Great job kiddo!!!

A very fun birthday cake

I had the pleasure of making this fun birthday cake for a woman who has survived cancer. Her friends and family had planned a big "5-0" party last year, but her diagnosis changed all that. This year she's doing great and it was party time!
The cake featured 51 chocolate candles, lots of funky swirls around the pink ribbon and a couple of furry pals; she works with animal rescue.
I hope she had a wonderful party!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

My Broadmoor cake... AKA The GINORMOUS CAKE

Yesterday I delivered the largest cake... or should I say cakes... I've ever created. If these were served up entirely, it'd come close to 1000 wedding size servings. Wow.
The cakes went to the Broadmoor hotel in Colorado Springs--- gorgeous location. The groom's cake was in the lower dining room by the head table and featured it's own up-lights and ice sculpture. I put close to 150 dipped berries on this two foot wide cake. It smelled heavenly; the cake was chocolate Bailey's with nearly a gallon of dark chocolate ganache inside and out.
The bride's cake was equally massive and was iced in fondant with glittery highlights. A plethora of pink roses were left by the florist for me to play with.

Pam Drennan, owner of Sapphire Events, put it all together; it was amazing! But Pam always does an incredible job:) I love to see what she comes up with.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

New Food Network Challenge in Denver!

Food Network Challenge Fans,

Food Network Challenge will be shooting four episodes here at Comcast Media Center in Denver, CO in two weeks and you are invited to attend! We will have a limited audience of 50 people for all four shows. In order to gain admittance into the studio, you will need to RSVP and be on our RSVP list.
You will not be able to enter the studio if you are not on the RSVP list.
You will receive a confirmation e-mail stating that you are on this list.
You may come and go as you please as long as your name is on the list.
Attached you will find an overview for all four shows with all of the details that you will need to know.

The episodes we will be shooting are:
· Tuesday ­ March 24, 2009 ­ Ice Age Cakes ­ 8:30am ­ 6:30pm · Wednesday ­ March 25, 2009 ­ Sesame Street Cakes ­ 8:30am ­ 6:30pm · Thursday ­ March 26, 2009 ­ Fashion Cakes ­ 8:30am ­ 7:30pm · Friday ­ March 27, 2009 ­ Chocolate Wonders of the World ­ 8:30am ­ 6:30pm



Please note that no tickets are necessary. You will simply need to show up and give your name, which will be on our RSVP list. You are welcome to bring any family or friends who are also interested in attending, as long as you provide their names for the RSVP list. Also, complimentary valet parking will be provided.

We thank you for your interest in the show and look forward to seeing you next week at the Comcast Media Center!

Kim Nyhus
Event Producer | Food Network Challenge
High Noon Entertainment
4100 East Dry Creek Road
Centennial, CO 80122
Ph:303.712.3203 | Fax:303.486.3881

and here's an overview of what's taking place:

Ice Age Cakes
Tuesday – March 24, 2009 Time: 8:30am – 6:30pm
Theme: Four cake decorators, each working with an assistant, will create a cake
celebrating a character from the Ice Age movie franchise.
Competitors: Anna Ellison – Baltimore, MD – Sid
Vinny Garcia – Chicago, IL – Diego
Elizabeth Hodes – New York, NY – Manny
Richard Ruskell – Los Angeles, CA – Scrat
Judges: Patrick Coston, Kerry Vincent and one judge TBD
Sesame Street Cakes
Wednesday – March 25, 2009 Time: 8:30am – 6:30pm
Theme: Four cake decorators, each working with an assistant, will create a cake
celebrating a character from the long running children’s television program, Sesame
Competitors: Marianne Carroll – Cleveland, OH – Cookie Monster
Lauren Kitchens – Dallas, TX – Elmo
Mike McCarey – Redmond, WA – Big Bird
Roland Winbeckler – Redding, CA – Oscar the Grouch
Judges: Patrick Coston, Kerry Vincent and Carol-Lynn Parente (Executive Producer of
Sesame Street)
Fashion Cakes
Thursday – March 26, 2009 Time: 8:30am – 7:30pm
Theme: Four cake decorators will be working with a mystery assistant to create a cake
inspired by the fall collection from the fashion line, Alice + Olivia.
Competitors: Michelle Doll – Brooklyn, NY
Jennifer Matsubara – Springdale, AR
Alexandria Pellegrino – Thornhill, Ontario, Canada
Joshua John Russell – Atlanta, GA
Judges: Patrick Coston, Kerry Vincent and Stacy Bendet Eisner (fashion designer)
Chocolate Wonders of the World
Friday – March 27, 2009 Time: 8:30am – 6:30pm
Theme: Four professional chocolatiers will create a showpiece inspired by one of the
Wonders of the World.
Competitors: Chris Hamner – Las Vegas, NV – Aurora Borealis
Lucy Martin – Orlando, FL – The Lighthouse of Alexandria
Omar Martinez – Chicago, IL – The Colosseum
Vincent Pilon – Las Vegas, NV – Gardens of Babylon
Judges: Norman Love, Jacques Torres and Sheila Buckmaster (Senior Editor of National
Geographic Traveler Magazine)
Where: The competition will take place at:
Studio West One at Comcast Media Center
4100 East Dry Creek Road
Centennial, CO 80122
*Complimentary valet parking will be provided.
Prize: There will be a prize of $10,000, winner takes all, for first place. Gold and silver
medals will be awarded to competitors placing first and second respectively.
Event Emcee: Keegan Gerhard

Thursday, March 5, 2009


The Oxford Hotel Bridal Showcase

Please come and visit us and other great vendors this month at The Oxford Bridal Showcase! This is a unique event in that each room will be set up as though an actual wedding reception were taking place. The vendors participating will be available to chat and answer all of your questions... plus there will be cake samples!! Come get some ideas and see the lovely Oxford Hotel in all it's glory!

McCormick's Catering at The Oxford Hotel
2nd Annual Open House Showcase
Thursday, March 26, 2009
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Please RSVP by March 23, 2009 to
Erin Browning @ 303.628.5567
1600 17th Street . Denver, CO . 80202

Theater Room

Decorating Design - T'DA Design
Floral Design - Bella Fiori Events
Cake Design - Kelley Kakes

Monday, March 2, 2009

Fun cake!

This was recently done up in Winterpark for a Mardi Gras themed wedding. The cake topper was a custom scuplting job of the Queen and King of the Rex Ball. Fun!!!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

My daughter's cake creations!

Recently Kiera entered the Springtime in the Rockies cake show (the holiday theme category) and was honored with 2nd place in her age group and 1st place for the People's Choice category. I'm so proud of her! She worked very hard on this cake, and having never covered a cake in fondant before, I'm quite impressed! I can't tell you how hard it was to keep my hands off and let her do it all herself.
There were moments of frustration--- one that will stick with me was when she looked over and said, "I don't know why the hell you do this for a living! This sucks!" It was truly hard not to smile (or lecture on language), but having shed tears over a cake or two in the past I understood where she was coming from.
In the end Kiera was so happy she chose to enter and is already planning out the cake for next year. Her brother wants to get in on the action as well and is thinking something with a skateboard.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Baby Shower Cakes

Tis the season... for baby shower cakes.

I really love that past clients are calling for baby shower cakes. It's wonderful to continue a relationship with them, as so often those brides and grooms become quite special to me.
I recently had the pleasure of making shower cakes for Lanie-- who is just uber cool. Lanie and Shane (and Sugar and Spice)--- may you continued to be blessed with good health and fortune.


Happy Birthday Ames!!!

Happy Birthday Ames!!!

That was a lot of fun:) You're awesome-- I love you bunches!