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It’s been a while!

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Wow, I just realized how much I’ve been slacking on the posting department! I have been busy, but you’d never know it!! I’m going to list everything I’ve done (as a reference for myself to look back on and get caught up!) and I will eventually get everything posted! Since my last cake post, I’ve done:

Beach themed end of year teacher cake
Owl baby shower
Joel’s 19th birthday (oye, he’s about to turn 20 soon!!)
Tommy’s 18th birthday (he’s about to turn 19 soon!)
Lala Loopsy
Alex’s 4th birthday (Cakes Against Cancer)
Drexel graduation cake
50th birthday Motorcycle cake
Sunny’s 1st birthday (Icing Smiles)
Beachfront Bargain Hunt cake
Audrey’s 5th birthday
Double wedding shower
Cake for Auction (to help raise funds for a local child who has cancer)
Tommy’s graduation cake

Whew…I think that’s it. Fourteen cakes since I last posted! I better get cracking! Hopefully I’ll get a few done this weekend!

Sorry about the wait!




Be Gavin Strong


Please donate to Alex’s Lemonade Stand in Gavin’s memory
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I don’t know if you remember in a previous post I had mentioned that I had joined Icing Smiles. I also have joined Cakes Against Cancer for Kids.

Last August, I had received my first call to action. I was asked to make a chocolate TMNT cake for a little four year old boy named Gavin, fighting neuroblastoma. I jumped at it, and made what I hoped was a very special cake for a very special boy. The family is from West Virginia, and they moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to be closer to CHOP. Gavin was napping when I dropped the cake off, so I didn’t get to meet him, but Mom is a very sweet, loving person, as are all of the grandparents I met that day.  For some reason even though I never met him,  Gavin tugged at my heart strings. At first I thought it was just because he was a sick little boy, that I got the joy of making him smile. But I’ve had 2 more little boys since then, another 4 year old with cancer, and a 1 year old with pulmonary hypertension, and Gavin still stuck out for me.

Just last Sunday morning, Gavin’s mom contacted me to see if I could make a Celebration of Life/ 4 1/2 birthday cake for Gavin. They were looking for a sand castle cake, as Gavin has been having a blast playing in the sand at the ocean lately.  See, he’s been through all of the chemo therapies that would treat his cancer, and none of them worked. They did have one last hope though. There is this chemo, that is still in the trials. Ultimately, their insurance denied them, but the drug company accepted them! They would grant them financial aid to help them pay for the new chemo. All of us…close friends and Facebook friends rooted for Gavin, and was grateful that he was accepted, this meant that not all options have been exhausted…and there was HOPE.

Yesterday morning (Thursday) Mom texted me…How fast can  I make the cake?
What??  What happened to Gavin that she’s asking me this??!?
Mom then explained that Gavin had suffered a stroke, and was now actively bleeding in his brain.
I did what anyone would do for a little boy who’s family desperately needed a smile, I packed up my computer, and left work to finish Gavin’s cake.
I called a good friend of mine (who has no experience making/decorating cakes, except what I’ve shown her) and we went to work. She would ice and “sand” one cake, while I would ice and fondant another. I knew this was a race against time. I couldn’t have gotten Gavin’s cake finished in time, if it weren’t for Wendy. I know she doesn’t think what she did was much, but to me it meant the world.

Hubby and I were on the road by 6:30 pm to deliver Gavin’s cake. Now anyone who lives in the Philadelphia area, especially this winter knows the pot hole Hell we live in now…well imagine trying to deliver a cake while trying to dodge all of those pot holes. Hubby deserves a medal for getting it there in one piece! We arrived a few minutes after 7. I totally understand security, and why we need it. There are innocent children in that hospital. The gentleman at the front desk wouldn’t let me up because I wasn’t on the visitor’s list. He called Gavin’s nurse, but she was busy. So mom’s friend, Heather came down to meet me. Heather also apparently works at CHOP. She wanted to usher me and hubby right up, but alas, they needed Gavin’s mom or nurse to give permission. A few minutes later Gavin’s nurse ended her shift, and as she was leaving, she saw us all waiting by the desk, questioned what was going on. She then told the gentleman at the info desk, “Gavin is actively dying, he has less than 24 hours, and has a DNR. He has no visitor restrictions. Anyone can see him, if they wanted to. Please let this woman up” That was all it took.

Heather escorted me and hubby up to Gavin’s room. Mom was laying in bed, holding Gavin in her arms. This would be the first time I would meet the superhero. And considering the situation, the last time.  I put the cake on the hospital table, that was decorated with a beachy table cloth, and had a fishnet on it, with beachy plates.  I went to take the cake out of the box and mom just stared and with tears in her eyes said, it’s just what I had imagined.  The room was filled with so much love, you could feel it. I felt very special to be a part of this, to be able to feel the love in that room, it was a privilege. Everyone there sang a quiet Happy Birthday (remember this was also a 1/2 birthday).

Gavin has a little brother, Greyson. Greyson noticed there just happen to be a sand shovel in the room. I forget who said it, but Greyson was given the go ahead…dig into the cake. It was the sweetest thing I’ve seen. They then proceeded to cut the remainder of the cake with the sand shovel…very appropriate.

Before we left, Mom said when things have calmed down, she’d like to do lunch. I’d love to get to know her. I know she’s a spectacular woman, and I’d love to hear first hand about Gavin.

It is now 3:00 pm. I haven’t heard any news on Gavin yet. Then again, I’ve only met the family twice. I don’t expect them to contact me, but I can’t stop thinking about them and him. The Morris family will be in my prayers.

Tosha, I can’t wait to do lunch and get to know you better. I don’t know any other mother out there that’s as strong as you.
God Bless the Morris family, and may God welcome Gavin with open arms and hold him tenderly until he can be reunited with his family once again.

Today is March 3rd, Gavin is still with us. He is being  Gavin Strong. He is comfortable in mom’s arms. Please continue to pray for Gavin and his family.

March 10, 2014
Gavin traded in his superhero cape this morning for angel wings. He will forever be in my thoughts and prayers. I wish Tosha, Chad and their family all the strength they will need to get through this very difficult time.

gavins wingsAnd the fight against Neuroblastoma will continue. Please consider a donation to Alex’s Lemonade Stand in Gavin’s name.


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Mother’s day, just because…

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The assistant principal at our school wanted to get a cake from me. She was just NEEDING a home made cake! So she made up an excuse…Mother’s day was just around the corner. All she asked for was chocolate, pink background, brown stripes, with polka dots.  The filling was Ghirardelli dark chocolate buttercream, (YUMMY!) and this was my first time making a bow made from chocolate (thanks Shop Baker’s Nook for the tutorial!) I think the assistant principal finished this cake in record time! (she’s as big as a chocoholic as I am!!)

Tommy Turns 17

Wow things have been hectic! It’s already November and I’m just now getting around to posting Tommy’s cake! His birthday was August 25th.

Well, Tommy is shaping up to be a nice young man! He has  grown a lot in the past 2 years, both mentally and physically! That boy is now 6 feet tall! and I’m SURE he’s not done growing!
I’m very proud of the progress he’s made since he came to live us. He has been working very hard these past 2 years, and it shows. He should be very proud of himself as well.
Tommy likes cakes that are created just for him. He doesn’t mind if it’s a box cake (hey, neither do I!) He would rather have the outside to be as special as him. This year he asked for a fishing themed cake. Now remember life has been hectic, so I didn’t spend too much time on the decorating, but just enough. He appreciated it, and that’s all that matters, right?

Happy Birthday Tommy, continue to make us proud!

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Joel’s 18th Birthday

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So, if you’ve been following me, you should know I have 2 boys. My oldest Joel, and my stepson, Tommy. They are 1 year and 2 weeks apart. Yesterday was Joel’s 18th birthday. Yes, my baby has grown up, he leaves for college in 10 days. I can’t believe it has been 18 years since I was rushed to the hospital in Jersey. Just to be told to go home, straight home, do not pass go. This way I could be closer to home when I gave birth. Eighteen years since I was the most scared in my life, because his heart rate kept dropping and they prepped me for a C three times. Scared because I was a mother…at 17. If I had to do it all again, I wouldn’t change a thing. He has taught me so much these past 18 years…Things about motherhood, things about myself. He was the best thing that has ever happened to me. If I had to pick one thing he has taught me, I’d have to say it is patience. I had NONE before him. I also learned (as every mother does) to be selfless. Life was no longer about myself, nor would it ever be again.

Now here I am buying things for a dorm room. Helping him pack to move away. I haven’t really let it set in yet. I don’t want to let it set in yet. And when the day comes to move him in, I will be strong and not let him see how I feel, because I have to be strong…for him. So he sees that it’s okay to move on, and spread his wings.

Each cake I make for him, is as unique as him. This year I made a layered turtle cheesecake. Basically it had a sweet pecan crust, with a layer of chocolate cheesecake, some caramel and chopped pecans, then it had a layer of regular cheesecake, topped with chocolate ganache and chopped pecans…Heaven.

Here’s to Joel…Happy birthday. I am very proud of you. Have fun (not too much!!) at Widener University. I know you will make me even more proud!


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Icing Smiles

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Just recently, I was reading Facebook (like I do everyday!). I noticed a fellow baker, Cakes by Kim had posted a picture of a cake they made, the caption said something about them donating this cake to Icing Smiles. I was curious, so I decided to look up Icing Smiles. Here this is a wonderful organization that gets bakers like me to sign up, and donate our time and ingredients to make  a fancy cake for children with critical illnesses, and their siblings. I think this is a wonderful idea. I immediately signed up!

This is not in particularly for kids in the hospital, they can be at home. They just to have a critical illness to qualify. And I love the fact that they include their siblings! Lord knows how much the siblings sacrifice for the sick child. (mom and dad’s attention, they have to be sooo patient!)

Well I received my first email the other day. Not to make a cake yet, but a Welcome Aboard email. I am so excited about putting a smile on a face of a child, even if it’s in their mind, because they just feel like crap.  Or to just make them (both the child and sibling) forget their worries for even just minute, while they look in awe at the cake. I cannot wait to officially become a

New Website!

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I have a new website! I will still continue to update this blog though! I just wanted to share it with you. All of the pictures are more centralized than trying to go through this blog and find the pictures! I hope you enjoy it!

I also have a new email address! If you need to contact me, please email me at (it’s a zero, not an oh)

Don’t forget to check out my website!