Saturday, May 21, 2011

Time for the OCTOBLOG! So get KRAKEN....

Probably more than any other cake I have done to date, my Giant Octopus Cake has gotten a bit of attention. It was recently in National Geographic Kid's, and will be in their upcoming book "Weird But True". Anyone who knows me will not be surprised to see my name associated with that title. A picture of it also went viral, a phenomenon I learned about when my Flickr account suddenly had 113,000 hits over night.

I have a thing for Octopuses. Or Octopi. I should look that up.
I have a tattoo of one on my left wrist, which has been there for 20ish years. I just think they are the most unusual creatures on earth. They fascinate me. So when the Georgia Aquarium asked me to create a cake for their annual benefit "Aquavino", and gave me no restrictions, I went straight to my fave.

For those of you who haven't seen her, here she is...

Awwww...she's pretty, right? Well, as her Cake Mother, I think she's lovely, anyway. Because she's a giant! Octopus! Cake!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Coca Cola Cake; small team, big corporation...

My team rocks it daily. I mean my team is good. I love my team. Can I show you the most recent reason why?

A few weeks ago we got a call from CHIK-FIL-A (!), asking if we would make a cake for them to present to COCA COLA(!) for Coke's 125th birthday celebration. Um, yes...yes we can.

The first thing I did (after jumping around the shop a little) was a couple of sketches. To cut to the chase, this is the one they chose.

Can you even believe I sent a sketch like this? But I did. And they liked it!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Approaching the Sumo...

For no discernible reason, I chose to make a Sumo Wrestler cake for Uncork a Cure, an event that happens annually here in Atlanta. I usually do a fun cake, because they don't care what I do, so it's my chance to do what I want to do. 

I don't know how or when this Sumo popped in to my head, but he must get out. He's much too big to stay in there, it's crowded enough. So Sumo cake it is.

Last year I did this cake:

I call it the "Pink Madame" cake. Joshua insists on calling her "Beatrice Magillicutty". He likes to name things.

To launch my Sumo, I need to start with a sketch. Sometimes my sketches are super detailed, and sometimes they look like I brushed my dog over a piece of paper.