Wednesday, March 31, 2010

The Salsa Girls

As promised, I give you the Salsa Girls!

Monday, March 29, 2010

The Tech Guy

My brother-in-law just sent me photos from my recent visit to Iowa. The same visit where my nephew informed me he could refit his mother's van(he's a tech guy don't you know) so I could teach my students, but stay with them, no need to go home at the end of the visit! Gives an Auntie the warm fuzzies.

These are photos of me and the boy wonder mixing the cake for his cub scout project.

He was an excellent student.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

2010 Star Awards

Yesterday was busy with details after the move. All of the boxes were unpacked and recycled on Thursday and the kitchen is nearly ready for me to start working. It's all the other stuff that needs to get updated, changed, get the picture. Lots of driving and meetings and, oh yeah, glitches:the cell phone decided it would rather NOT work. Great, thanks, let me just take care of that while I port the number. Oh and my car has informed me it's time for an oil change. The little glowing wrench symbol reminds me every time I turn the car on. Yeah, yeah, yeah, I'll get to it.

Luckily, the day ended with a great party. The Hyatt Regency hosted our Ritmo Caliente affair. Many of my friends were nominated: Ashley, Katrina, Marie, and Jean from Violets to name just a few. What's that saying? It's an honor to be nominated? They unfortunately had the honor but not the victory. So much beautiful, creative work, but only one entry can win.

We partied anyway and had a great time! Photos to follow.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

On The Move

As much as I can like Asma and Khaled as people, their hair salon was not my first pick as a new neighbor. So, after several years in West St Paul, Jessica’s Cakes is on the move.

Because I needed to move quickly before my season began, there was no time to consider a new space of my own with the time delays of build out, permits and assorted new development reviews. The search was fruitless for quite some time and I was finding it all a bit stressful. Enter Dawn and Eden of Fabulous Catering who were just about to post their extra space on Craig’s List. It was a perfect fit.

Now on to details:

The website, blog, Facebook and email contact info will not change.
I will be taking my phone number with me, and since this involves a bit of work, there will be a disruption in phone contact for a few days starting March 26.

Not to worry.

If you need to talk to me you can:
*email me at
*check out my Facebook pages and send me a message or just see what I’m up to
*follow my blog for continuing updates.

The transition will be quick and smooth and no events will have been injured during the move.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Swinging Monkeys

I first heard these words in association with a radio commercial for beer. I don’t drink beer, but it made me laugh anyway.

These words now bring to mind the sweet baby shower cake I made for Heba this past February. Since her culture does not host a shower until after the baby is born, I was able to see photos not only of my cake at the party, but also the man of the hour, little Toby. What a cutie! May he love cake as much as his mom!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Desserted Island

Katrina sent me some great images of the Duel of the Design's Desserted Island. Tami did the cheesecake island buried under graham cracker "sand". I spent a few days pouring sugar for the ocean and then added some sugar and shortbread cookie clown fish, angel fish, sharks and porpoises. Just for giggles Geri had me include Wilson and some FedEx boxes to see if people made the connection. Do you?

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

A Baby What?

My aunt called to order a baby shower cake for a colleague. Since the soon-to-be new mom's name sounded like a fish when abbreviated, the design was a no-brainer. All it needed was a blue pacifier.

Now, is this a baby or a fish?

Friday, March 5, 2010

Tom's Crazy TipTilt

Tom asked me to create a crazy tip tilt cake to help him celebrate his 21st birthday. Hot pink, black and white. Is it crazy enough?

Monday, March 1, 2010

And It's a Gold

There were some really great cakes at the competition this past weekend. I tried to photograph as many as possible, but some were already gone.
I am excited to be able to say I took a Gold.