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Rainbows and Butterflies

7 Sep

This is another one of my favorite cakes. Obviously, all my cakes are pretty much my favorite. It’s really hard for me to choose just one among many beautiful things. Like I don’t have a favorite color. It changes every month, or every week, or is it every day? Like for a wallet color, my favorite would be a red or orange. For notebooks, I usually prefer black or something with  nice print. For pens, I usually buy all colors but the one I use most is the chocolate brown.

My friend once told me that when everything is your favorite then nothing is your favorite. I guess that makes sense for other things, but my cakes are like my babies, they’re all uniquely special. And this Rainbows and Butterflies cake is one of them.

Pastel Butterflies

This cake had one layer of chocolate and one layer of chocolate chip while the top a dummy layer which had to be light. My friend, Christine, said she loved the chocolate chip cake! I agree with her. I love chocolate chip cake too, my second favorite after banana chocolate chip. Another example of my many favorites.

Violet's 1st birthday cake

Somewhere over the rainbow...

Check out her reply:

More than enjoying decorating it’s really a great feeling when I know I’ve contributed to the success of someone’s celebration! I know how much effort you put into making your family’s moment special, so I love it when my cakes fit in perfectly. Some of you know that feeling. I know you mom’s know what I mean. It’s that feeling when your children love your cooking, or tell you they love you. It’s knowing that you’re appreciated.

And I just want to thank all of you for appreciating my work. You don’t know how encouraging each “like” or comment or email or message has been. I’m so grateful to God for readers like you who are generous with your kind words. It makes me want to get better with each cake, knowing that there are people like you who send me rainbows and butterflies in return.

iPhone Cake Part 2

16 Aug

Sorry I haven’t been updating my blog. I’ve been packed with orders left and right, which is actually a good thing! I’m very thankful for it!

I recently made another iPhone cake. The black version.

And it had different personalized Apps.

B Hotel

His initials

The Bellevue Manila & The Bellevue Bohol

Guitar

Nike Golf Ball

And the standard Apps.

Messages

Mail

Safari

Weather

iTunes

Camera

Clock

Contacts

Calculator

Notes

Calendar

Phone

iPod


I will never tire of making iPhone cakes and cupcakes. First, because the iPhone is my most favorite electronic gadget (I know my friend will disapprove of the redundant use of most and favorite, but what the heck? I have different levels of favorites). It has everything I need, from my books, my photos, my music, my emails, my games…name it, it’s there. Well I don’t have a drawing app because I find the screen of the iPhone too small for drawing. Maybe if and when I get an iPad, that will be my new favorite. And second, they’re really fun for a cake artist like me to make, especially when I have to make personalized apps. I get to know my clients a little bit more. And I love making memorable moments even more memorable.

Little Einsteins Cake

4 Aug

“We’re going on a trip in our favorite rocket ship,
Zooming through the sky… Little Einsteins!
Climb aboard, get ready to explore
There’s so much to find, Little Einsteins!
We’re going on a mission, start the countdown 5,4,3,2,1
Everyone to rocket, rev it up now RRRRRRRRRRRRRRR
We’re going on a trip in our favorite rocket ship
Zooming through the sky, Little Einsteins
climb aboard, get ready to explore
There’s so much to find, Little Einsteins
come On – Let’s Go – Little Einsteins
We need you, Little Einsteins!”

Are you familiar with this kiddie show? It’s one of my favorites. I also love this song! Sometimes my daughter and I just play this over and over in youtube.com. I particularly like this show because it’s different from other kiddie shows. In this show, there are four kid explorers who would go about their missions while learning about classical art and music. I used to watch it with my boys when they were younger and we really enjoyed it. Occasionally I would let my daughter watch from youtube.com or from DVDs, since they canceled it almost 2 years ago. I thought I was the only fan left but apparently not. For this year, I already got two orders for a Little Einsteins cake. One around April and one just last week.

Unfortunately I only got to take a picture of the second one. This was another fun project.

Little Einsteins Cake

A fun, and memorable one. I had so much to do that weekend that I had to make the toppers while in a business meeting. Good thing it was held at a friend’s house. Imagine me, molding gum paste while discussing business models.

Leo, the Little Einsteins leader

June, the dancer

Quincy, the musician

Annie, the singer

Rocket, the Little Einsteins' friendly transportation

Sometimes my schedule can be pretty hectic especially when a lot of orders come in..(but I am not complaining!) I do ALL the work, from answering emails, drawing the designs, looking for inspirations, sending quotations, baking and decorating the cake, making the toppers, assembling them, packaging them, and delivering them. Sometimes I wonder how I do it, but I manage and still get things done on time. And the secret, really, is simple…efficient time management and mega multi-tasking skills. I’ve been getting so many orders I find myself doing non-baking work in the car while bringing kids to school or delivering a cake.

In conclusion, I want to share with you four things I’ve learned (ever since Coco Cakes started) when it comes to making things happen:

1. I’ve learned to be disciplined by making my schedule ahead of time and actually sticking to it. It’s not always so bad to give up wants for needs.

2. I’ve learned to prioritize my duties. Of course, God always comes first. Next comes my kids. Then, Coco Cakes. If there are things, like working out, other business opportunities, meeting up with friends, and other stuff that come up, I usually check first with the first three.

3. I’ve learned to be grateful and content. Grateful because sometimes when I feel like complaining that I’m too tired already, I just look back to how I started and I’m reminded of the many things that I’m blessed with. Content because it teaches me to not be envious of others’ success. I’ve learned to focus on my set goals and work hard in achieving them.

4. I’ve learned to be more open. Open to new ideas, new discoveries, new techniques, new recipes, new ways of doing things, new everything. Think out of the box. Like in the Little Einsteins’ theme song, we should “get ready to explore, there’s so much to find!” There really are endless things to explore. We just have to be patient and willing to climb aboard, step out of our comfort zone and zoom through the sky. And of course it won’t hurt to have great friends tag along, too.

The Little Einsteins