photos by Inked Fingers
Recently, at the hands of some well-meaning girlfriends, I, Carly, succumbed to what some might call the “I’m-pushing-30” peer pressure to join a local bootcamp. So, every morning I now wake up before 5am, stumble into my kitchen, drink my coffee with my eyes still closed, and head off to camp. There I spend the next hour of my life running, jumping, lifting, and lunging until I can lunge no more, all in the name of fitness. Sounds exciting, right? Well, I honestly have no reason for telling you about any of it, except to help you fully understand just how much I’ve been thinking about cake lately, so this DIY abstract floral pattern cake is no coincidence as far as timing!
Lucky for me, these same girlfriends of mine like to regularly host fabulous dinner parties. Ones where we all gather around bottles of wine while we cook each other all sorts of delicious foods and eat to our hearts’ content. It’s wonderful, for so many reasons, but it also affords me the perfect opportunity to make (and eat) some truly amazing cake.
Now of course, for nights as special as these, I can’t just show up with any old cake. But let’s be honest, who has the time, energy, or talent to make a show-stopping cake worthy of television show glory? Well I’m glad you asked, my friend, because YOU do, and I’m going to show you how…
photos by Jared Smith
You may be asking yourself “how in the world is this a unicorn cake, and why would someone make that?”. Well, that’s a great question, and technically I have no idea other than the fact that every time I look at this cake that we created with Monica from Paper Flour Ink (and based off of the amazingly talented Katherine Sabbath‘s designs!), is that it looks like unicorn food. So naturally one should just roll with that, right? To bring it back down to earth a bit I am sharing a classic strawberry cake with coconut buttercream icing to go with, so don’t just me too much! Or do, and I’ll just eat my feeling in unicorn food in the meantime.
But seriously though, who wouldn’t love a cake with a little bit of everything on it? I think if you made one of these bad boy’s and sat it in front of your kid for their next birthday they might actually pass out from excitement (or maybe I was just that kid..). Either way, macarons on top are always a good idea….
photos by Jared Smith
Not that I don’t push cake on everyone everyday, but today I totally am because I’m turning the ripe old age of 27, so we’re all slamming cake, okay?! Obviously no ordinary cake will do when you have every kind of edible paint on hand at any given moment (like me), so I whipped up this cute little DIY gold polka dot cake to celebrate with, and you can see the whole DIY over on Minted today!
In the meantime, I’ll be doing who knows what because Jared says he has something up his sleeve that he refuses to tell me about, so you’ll just have to follow along on Instagram to find out along with me! Also, since I’m now too old for regular frilly gifts from my parents, anyone who wants to send me something cute can hunt down via the studio address. I kid, I kid, I’m only sort of that desperate to hold onto my youth…
On a more serious note, we’ll be sharing our favorite cake projects throughout the day on social media, so be sure to hangout with us here and here, too!
photos and project by Camp Pretty
Hello! Carisa from Camp Pretty here with a super simple statement party
piece. A painted wood birthday cake. (or candle holder, whichever you
prefer) A quick weekend project for a great long time staple centerpiece.
Great for a birthday party, placing it on a cake stand or evening event
to provide some ambiance.