Welcome to my cake portfolio! I’ve finally migrated all of my photos from a simple Facebook album onto here, for everyone to see!
For those who didn’t know me before college, I first got started with cakes in my freshman year of high school. Laryngitis kept me home for a week, and all I watched was Amazing Wedding Cakes, Ace of Cakes, and NCIS everyday. While laying on a deflated air mattress in the living room. After that, I told my mom that I wanted to learn how to do ‘that,’ so we signed up for Wilton cake decorating classes at Jo-Ann Fabric’s.
Because you have to make cakes to decorate them for class, my mom and I made about two cakes a week. Which means at least one of those cakes made it into school to share with friends and enjoy food days in multiple classes (sharing is caring). After people started hunting me down when I didn’t bring in some kind of cake or cupcakes every week, word spread about my cake-making abilities, and the rest is history! (Please enjoy these old pictures of little Liz.)
Teachers, coworkers, family members, neighbors and their brother’s cousin’s friends started placing cake orders with me, AKA the main kitchen at home was completely taken over the larger majority of the time. Which meant the back laundry room area that had an old oven and sink became my bakery. For the rest of high school, I operated out of my parent’s house after officially being named “The Cupcake Girl” by a long time family friend and boss at the time (Thanks, Rhonda!).
Since I arrived at college without cake supplies, and without a kitchen to call my own, I have not been able to continue working with cakes. When I’m home, I do the occasional cake or two, but I would love to get back into the cake business somehow!
My favorite part of working with cakes is decorating them. I love piping designs all over them – I’m much more of an artist even though I am very passionate about what goes into cake batter, and always say I would love to hire someone just to bake the cakes so I can focus on decorating them.
To date, I’ve done three wedding cakes (really regretting not getting better pictures of the second one, sorry! There’s one pic below somewhere, but it’s not the greatest quality). My first one was done when I was a sophomore in high school (I took a full day off from school to bake the cake right before the wedding so it would be as fresh as possible, AKA I was ‘home, sick for the day’). Somehow my family helped me deliver the cake to the reception venue in one piece, too, proving that miracles do exist. (Delivering cakes is absolutely terrifying, especially when you live in the sticks, where potholes are actually the entire road, not just random little parts of the road. It’s a fun time.)
One of my favorite parts of being involved with wedding cakes (besides the fact that I absolutely love weddings and consider becoming a wedding planner almost every day of my life) was hosting the consultations and cake tastings at home. Who doesn’t want to invite people over to try every kind of cake and filling there is?!
I’ve done everything from graduation cakes, birthday cakes/cupcakes, baptism cakes/cupcakes, anniversary cakes, we’re-celebrating-Friday cupcakes, but I have yet to master any kind of cookies. I know, it’s tragic.
As you can see from the various photos on this page, my cake quality really improved from my first year, up until right before I left for college. Cake decorating is so fun, and there are so many fine details and tricks to making things look a certain way. If you’re interested in learning how to do cakes, I highly recommend starting with the basics that are covered in a Wilton class. My classes were very small groups and had great one-on-one interactions with our teachers, and allowed us to see how certain techniques are applied literally up close and personal (thank you to my teachers for letting me breathe over their shoulders to see how they held spatulas and piping bags).
So yeah! If you have any questions about my experience in the cake world, want to know more about anything I mentioned above, or just have questions about cakes in general – get ahold of me and we’ll talk! I LOVE talking about cakes.
For the curious ones, here are the cake flavors and options that offer(ed)!
- Wedding cake (tastes like vanilla and white cake)
- Chocolate cake
- Wedding Chocolate Swirl
- Red Velvet cake
- Peanut Butter cake
- Banana cake
- Funfetti Cake
- + if there’s any other random cake flavor you might want to try, I can make it and we could do a little taste test!
- Buttercream frosting
- Chocolate frosting
- Peanut Butter frosting
- Raspberry filling
- Strawberry filling
- Lemon filling
- + some people have jams or jellies that their family makes that they would like in their cake, and I would love to use them!