My First Cake Decorating Class {Mary’s Cakes and Pastries}


Happy Hump Day Friends! Last night I got to experience my very first cake decorating class. I’ve always wanted to take one but could never find the right time. When my favorite local bakery announced having some classes this summer, I thought I’d sign up for the cake decorating class. You may remember me mentioning Mary’s Cakes and Pastries when I wrote an article in Druid City Living about Mary and her amazing passion for incorporating local produce in her goods.


Mary brought her personal mixer from home to show us how to make delicious butter cream. I never knew the importance of high ratio shortening. And of course we have to recognize the fact that delicious unsalted butter is a must! I also did not realize the importance of sifting your powdered sugar…if you have clumps, you could pay for it later while trying to decorate your cake with an icing tip.


Our work stations!



A blurry picture of my friend Babs slicing through her cake with a turn table and serrated knife.


Gotta start icing that cake down!


Getting that crumb coat ready!


Mary’s mascot, Molly, her sweet 11 week old puppy! She was staying in the bakery consignment area of the shop.


I had a bad glare on the Keep Calm and Eat Cupcakes sign but it was the inspiration for my cake decor later that evening.


Doing a little border practicing on a laminated sheet of paper.


Of course I had to do something related to my hubby! 🙂


Me and Babs striking a pose with our icing bags!


Mary was showing us how it’s done.


Oddly enough, this was NOT enough icing for the cake.


Seriously, I had to add more to it.


Let’s fast forward to finished product. TA-DA!


I feel so proud 🙂


And again!


Mary did have to help me a bit with the smoothing. I know practice makes perfect. I think this will finally put my Kitchenaid mixer to good use. The bottom line is that this class was worth every penny. We all got to take our cakes home and I made plenty of notes on the recipe sheet that Mary gave us for our Butter Cream icing. If you are in the Tuscaloosa area, I would completely recommend taking a class from Mary’s Bakery. Other classes she is offering this summer include a fondant class, a petit fours class, and others. Find her on Facebook, her website, her blog, or Instagram!

One Year Anniversary {Personal Post}

Once again it has been a hot minute since my last post. I’ve been away on a small getaway to Charleston which has left me with exhaustion but plenty of yummy things to share this week. However, today I wanted to post pictures from my recent one year anniversary shoot with my husband. Being the food and dessert lover that I am, I had to incorporate some cupcakes! It was hard to choose the handful that would go on my final disc. These pictures were done by JWoodbery Photography who can also be found on facebook.

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Mocha Chiffon Cake


IMG_1097Wedding cake. One of the things I look forward to the most when attending a wedding. It also appears that wedding season is upon us in full swing. The cake you see above is actually my wedding cake from almost just a year ago that my aunt and her best friend made for my wedding as a wonderfully beautiful and tasty wedding gift. In terms of the flavor of the cake, they created a mocha chiffon cake with  buttercream frosting that I absolutely love. The cake itself and especially the icing is not very sweet which makes it a cake that some people love and some may not. To accommodate everyone’s palate, we provided an additional sheet cake of carrot cake with cream cheese frosting (another favorite that my aunt makes) and a chocolate cake appearing to look like an NFL football field and my husband in his recliner after the day in the office (my husband is a fantasy football fiend).

IMG_7803-2If you’re interested in trying this mocha chiffon cake for yourself (I love it personally), see my aunt’s recipe below to make your very own, One thing that she has always cautioned me is that it’s a fairly delicate mixture and may take a few tries to get just right. You’ll want to work fast with the batter to make sure it’s blended well and with the icing you’ll want to add the milk mixture slowly so that it doesn’t get watery and blends well with the butter.

Mocha Chiffon Cake

8 Eggs @ Room Temperature (Separate Yolk & White)

1 ¾ Cups Sifted Cake Flour

1 ¾ Cups Sugar (Use ¾ cup sugar with egg white & 1 cup for the yolk)

1 ½ tsp Baking Soda

1 tsp salt

½ cup oil

2 tsp vanilla

½ tsp cream of tartar

¾ cup boiling water

2 tsp instant coffee

2 tsp unsweetened cocoa

Combine coffee and cocoa in a cup and add boiling water, mix and let cool. In a large bowl sift cake flour, 1 cup of the sugar, baking soda & salt together. Make a well in the center. Pour the oil, egg yolks, vanilla and cold coffee mixture. Mix until smooth. In a large bowl sprinkle cream of tartar over egg whites. Beat at high speed until very stiff peaks forms. Add ¾ cup sugar and continue beating until well blended. Pour batter over egg whites, with a rubber spatula; fold under and over motion until blended. Pour into ungreased pan or line the bottom with parchment paper and bake at 325˚ for 50 minutes.


1 lb. unsalted butter (room temperature)

1 lb. “I Can’t believe it’s not butter” (room temperature)

Confectionery sugar to taste

1 cup warm whole milk, mixed with 1 tsp. cocoa and 1 tsp. instant coffee

Whip butter and margarine on high speed until well blended.  Continue beating and gradually add milk mixture and sugar to taste.

*** If you end up making this recipe yourself, please let me know about your baking experience and what you think of the taste of the cake 🙂 Below I’ve also got a few pictures of some of the wedding cakes my husband and I have been able to taste recently at friends and family’s weddings 🙂

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