Up Cupcakes

The latest creation from Emma, my eldest child/mini-maker. She made this for her half-brother’s birthday. I guess he likes the Pixar film Up.

My contributions were cutting the cardboard, attaching the house to the board with spray glue, and giving suggestions. So basically I served as a consultant, but she did all the hard of the work, including the baking, painting, decoration, and putting it all together. The size of the board is about 20″ by 32″.

Oh, and of course, I took the picture. :)


Emma’s Owl


You know, I don’t think I made anything that spectacular this weekend, so I’ll turn the spotlight on my daughter Emma who managed to create this awesome piece of artwork for one of her siblings.

She didn’t want to reveal it until it was complete (which I totally understand, because I sometimes do the same thing) but she did need my help doing just one thing… cutting the piece of wood. Other than that, I didn’t see it until it was done.

She got an owl pattern online as a starting point, and then cut out pieces of paper, glued them down, and mod-podged over it all to seal it.

I think it turned out awesome!

OK, I’ll claim one more part of this… I always tell my kids to “make” something for someone it the family when they have a birthday, as I don’t think kids should have to feel like they need to buy gifts for one another, so really, she took my advice. (File under “proud“)


Eat Cake (Internship)

Emma’s birthday was last month, and each year we try to give her an “experience” for her birthday, so this year, I got her an “internship” at Eat Cake in Milwaukee.

My Burgerthday Cake! Emma’s been interested in baking for quite some time, and for my birthday back in June she made me an awesome hamburger cake. She also loves The Ace of Cakes, so I figured since I knew Milwaukee’s best cake decorator, I’d pull a few strings and get her a one-day internship.

I’ve know Debbie Pagel (the owner of Eat Cake) since grade school, and she was more than happy to have Emma come in and spend a day with her seeing how it’s done. Debbie prepared two cakes ahead of time so they could just focus on the decorating. Emma learned about the tools, the techniques, and got to see one of the biggest mixers ever made!

Emma's Ribbon Cake

Emma's Zombie Cake

Here’s the cakes she decorated… the top one is nice and decorative and has some beautiful looking ribbons, and the bottom one is a zombie busting out of the ground.

I’d like to say a big THANKS to Debbie for doing this, and while you’re at it, stop by Facebook and ‘Like’ Eat Cake Milwaukee. (Debbie also did this awesome Oxford English Dictionary cake for me a few years back.)