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Labor of Love


It's my parents' 31st Wedding Anniversary yesterday and we celebrated it by having a simple dinner at home. I was supposed to make a cake, but because we still have some leftover cake from Father's Day, I just decided to make some brownies for my mom and dad.

DSC_0033Choco Dulce de Leche Brownies

I made chocolate fudge brownies with walnuts and cashew nuts and then decided to make it a little more special by adding some dark chocolate and dulce de leche drizzle. :D

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Choco Dulce de Leche Brownies

Ever since I started making cakes, I see to it that I make a special cake for my loved ones on their special days. :) Here are a few of the cakes that I made for my family since last year, all made out of pure love! :D

Flowers and Butterflies-themed Giant Cupcake and Cupcakes - made these for my late grandmother during a family lunch and mass for her 40 days after death.

IMG_8201Flowers and Butterflies-themed Giant Cupcake
Chocolate giant cupcake with dark chocolate and butter cream filling, with butter cream frosting and fondant design details.

IMG_8072Flowers and Butterflies-themed Cupcakes
Chocolate-filled chocolate cupcakes with Swiss meringue butter cream frosting and fondant flowers and butterflies.

Just For Girls Cupcakes - made these for my cousin Enya's birthday on June last year. I made all of her favorite things as toppers and chose blue as the color of the frosting since it's her favorite color. :D

IMG_8006Just For Girls Cupcakes
Chocolate-filled chocolate cupcakes with Swiss meringue butter cream frosting and girls' items-themed fondant toppers

Running Shoes-themed Cake - the first ever custom-designed/sculpted cake that I made. Made this for my mom on her 50th birthday on August last year. :) It was actually my first time to try covering a big cake with fondant and then sculpting it into a life-sized shoe. It's not as perfect as I wanted it to be, but at least I made it to look a bit like the real thing. :p

2013-08-05 - IMG_1861Running Shoes-themed Cake
2-tier Chocolate cake with dark chocolate and butter cream filling, covered with fondant, and designed with fondant details.

Teacher-themed Cake - made this for my cousin Kim's birthday last December. She's an educator so I decided to make a cake that's teacher-themed. She specialized in teaching Math to students so I decided to put a blackboard with pencil, Math book, and test papers as cake toppers. I also intentionally made the inscription in the blackboard to appear as it is, with some letters written the wrong way, because she also teaches dyslexic students. I made the base cover of the cake with green fondant as green is Kim's favorite color. :)

2013-12-16 - IMG_4321Teacher-themed Cake
Chocolate cake with dark chocolate and butter cream filling, covered with fondant, and designed with fondant details.

Christmas Present Cake - made this as gift for Mark's mom last Christmas. I was having a hard time in thinking what Christmas present to give to Mark's mom, so I decided to literally make a present out of cake. :p

2013-12-24 - IMG_4519Christmas Present Cake
Chocolate cake with dark chocolate and butter cream filling, covered with fondant, and designed with fondant details.

Hello Kitty Cake - since I make cakes for my loved ones on their special days, of course I didn't let my birthday pass without making a cake for myself. Made this cake as a gift for myself on my birthday earlier this year. Read full story here. :D

2014-01-03 - IMG_5190Hello Kitty Cake
Red velvet cake with dark chocolate ganache filling, covered with fondant, and designed with fondant and royal icing details.

Basketball-themed Cake - my older brother celebrated his birthday a week after my birthday so I also made a cake for him. It's my first time using dark chocolate as cover for cake and it turned out well! Yay! Read full story here. :)

2014-01-13 - IMG_5586Basketball-themed Cake
2-tier Chocolate cake, covered with dark chocolate (base cake) and fondant (ball cake), and designed with fondant and royal icing details.

Guitar Cake - making this almost-life-sized guitar cake for my sister Gia's 27th birthday last March has got to be the most daring and aggressive move that I made in terms of making custom cakes. It is also one of the most tedious cakes that I've made. I was actually a little hesitant as I'm building this cake (I also had a hard time with the guitar strings!) but I must admit that I felt proud upon seeing the finished product.

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Guitar Cake
Red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting and dark chocolate ganache filling, covered with fondant, and designed with fondant and royal icing details.

I also made some cake pops out of the trimmings that I got from the guitar cake. :D

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Mother's Day Cakes - made these cakes for my mom and for Mark's mom last May on Mother's Day. Both had the same base cakes and designs. I just had to omit the choco-covered cherries and wafer sticks from Mark's mom's cake since I'd have to have the cake delivered a couple of days earlier and I just don't want wafers and the cherries to get spoiled. :)


2014-05-11 - IMG_04272014-05-11 - DSC_0856Mother's Day Cake
Red velvet cake with cream cheese and dark chocolate filling, covered with dark chocolate fudge with dark chocolate and chocolate syrup drizzle and chocolate candy sprinkles; topped with white chocolate, fondant hearts, choco-covered cherries, and wafer sticks.

Chocolate Overload Cake - made this on my baby brother's birthday last May. Haven't thought of a design as I did everything in a rush, so I just decided to make a chocolate cake and top it with his favorite chocolates. :D

2014-05-14 - DSC_0907Chocolate Overload Cake
Chocolate cake with dark chocolate fudge filling and frosting, with dark chocolate strips on the side, topped with Cadburry Dairy Milk Chocolate, M&M's, and Hershey's Milk Chocolates

Basketball-themed Cake - we had our official celebration of Jaoey's birthday on the weekend after his real birthday. I was initially planning to make a Minecraft-themed cake since I know it's Jaoey's favorite video game, but chose to make a basketball cake instead because it's what Jaoey wanted when I asked him for a design suggestion.

2014-05-14 - DSC_0922Basketball-themed Cake
3-tier Chocolate cake with dark chocolate and butter cream filling, covered with fondant and topped with fondant design details.

Beer Cake - made this just last weekend as a gift for my dad on Father's Day. Read full story here. :)

2014-06-14 - DSC_1184Beer Cake
Banana cake with chocolate cake bottom, with dark chocolate and butter cream filling, covered with fondant, and designed with fondant, royal icing, and butter cream design details.

I've been doing this labor of love for a year now and I will never stop doing it as long as I can. I don't think I will ever get tired of doing this. All those late night baking, sleepless nights, and tired and burnt hands are just nothing compared to all the smiles and compliments that I get from my creations. Knowing that I'm able to bring love and happiness, not only on their faces but their tummies as well, is just priceless!

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