Wednesday, May 26, 2010

It's Your Birthday, Have a Party!

Birthdays are THE BEST time to have cake without guilt--and a fantastic way to make your skinny friends eat cake too! Here are some of the tasty confections we have conjured up to help celebrate birthdays for young and old alike.

One of the more popular cakes these days is the purse cake--these are Louis Vuitton and Coach, respectively. They look like they're ready to be picked up and taken out shopping!

Another popular theme is the zebra print--we've created cakes and cupcakes with zebra print incorporated into them! Zebra looks great in any color combination, from traditional black and white to lime green!

Ladybugs are good luck--and they look adorable on a birthday cake!
A child's birthday is a big milestone--and a cake is a big part of the fun memories! Momma Confectionista has always made wonderful creations for her little Daughter Confectionista, and we want to pass along some of that joy to our friends and family!

This was for a 9 year old girl going through her "hippie phase"--hence the tie dyed t-shirt with the peace necklace! We did it in girly pastels instead of traditional primary colors to make it more lady-like.

The year before she wanted Sponge Bob Squarepants, so we did a picture of him under the sea, walking along the ocean floor. The "sand" is graham cracker crumbs!

Every little boy dreams of being a superhero--and Spiderman is always a favorite! The spiderwebs were piped on in buttercream and Spiderman was made of fondant. His webbing was drawn on with a food coloring marker!

And what would a little girl's birthday be without a unicorn cake? The flowers and the unicorn are made of fondant and the tail and mane were piped on with buttercream.

how about a spot of tea on your special day? this little teapot may be short and stout, but has plenty of sweet wishes! All of it is decorated in fondant and the handle and spout are made of gumpaste.

This cake is a baby shower cake, but it would also be perfect for a child's birthday party--any design that incorporates favorite animals or a beloved stuffed animal is adorable!

If your party is a small one, individual servings of cake can be just the thing--but why not make it fun with a mini-purse instead of cupcakes? Each mini-purse is about 1 to 2 servings--perfect for not only birthdays, but teas, luncheons, and bridal showers alike.
For the tech savvy birthday girl or boy, an iPod cake fits the bill! This is an iPod shuffle (mini size to serve 1-2), and they would also be great for a smaller party in a rainbow of colors!
If your birthday boy or girl likes to play Dance Dance Revolution or any other video games, a game themed cake is an awesome addition to the festivities! This cake was made to replicate the floor pad that goes with the Dance Dance Revolution game on Playstation.
This guy was made for a friend celebrating his 30th birthday--he specifically wanted a "bleeding armadillo" a la Steel Magnolias. The inside of the cake is red velvet, creating a "bleeding" effect when you cut into the cake. It's pretty gruesome, but when it's your birthday, you can get any cake you want! This would also be great for a groom's cake as well.

For the true sports fan, a football themed cake in the school colors is the best way to show your team spirit! These are also great as a groom's cake or bachelor party cake.


Hello and welcome to The Confectionista's Kitchen blog! The Confectionistas are Emily and Linda Herndon, a Tennessee mother-daughter duo with limitless creativity and a yen for baking up the tastiest cakes and cookies this side of the Mississippi! We're just two girls who enjoy making cakes of all types and sizes--birthday, wedding, anniversary, and just for fun. We hope you enjoy the pictures we have posted, and we encourage you to comment or get in touch with us at We're always looking for new ideas and trying new and exciting decorating techniques!

Cookies Cookies Cookies!

Cookies are a delicious and fun way to celebrate almost any occasion--birthday, Mother's and Father's Day, holidays, or just the arrival of Spring. Here are a few of the sweet individual cookie and bouquet designs we have made to commemorate the special times in your life. They last longer than flowers and taste better too!

What better way to say "I Love You" than with a pretty cookie bouquet decorated in pink, red or white--especially when it's delivered in a reusable mug or pail? Even better, add a few cake truffles--these shown are red velvet cream cheese!--and really make Valentine's Day one to remember.
The Easter Bunny always brings something good--but does he bring personalized cookies? He can now! These adorable cookies come in egg, chick, and bunny shapes--or get some chick, bunny, and flower truffles--all tasty ways to celebrate the arrival of Peter Cottontail.

How many times can you buy Dad another tie? Say Happy Father's Day with sports or racing-themed cookies or All-Star style instead!

College and high school graduations always have parties--and parties need favors! Make your grad party a big hit with these tasty additions to the dessert table.

Show you're proud to be an American at your next 4th of July get together with these patriotic cookies! these are perfect for picnics because they can be individually packaged--and they don't go bad if they sit out for a little while (unlike that potato salad!)

Spring has sprung, and so have the tadpoles! These adorable little guys are nestled in with the gorgeous spring flowers--tulips, daisies, and dahlias.

Another pretty arrangement for the spring flowers is in a bouquet for Mom--add in some truffles in lemon cream cheese or white almond buttercream and you've got a real treat for that most special of all ladies in your life!

If Mom isn't a fan of flowers, maybe a ladybug or two will do! These pretty gals are also considered to be good luck--I'd say "good luck" getting to eat one of these cookies, because Mom is going to want to eat them all herself!

If mom is a fashionable gal, maybe a purse would be right up her alley! These cute little bags are adorable and tasty!

Don't let all the other Halloween treats spook you--be the hit of the Halloween party with these yummy ghosts, jack-o-lanterns, and spiderwebs!

Celebrate fall and that super-stuffer of all holidays, Thanksgiving! These cookies won't be left on the table for long! You can also really make the season festive with 3 dimensional turkeys that have fluffy marshmallow centers--just the right size to enjoy with the leftovers.

What would Christmas be without Santa? Celebrate the arrival of Old Kris Kringle with vintage Santas, or have a laugh with some fun Santa bellies!
Christmas is a time of wintry celebration--and what better way to keep warm than with your very own mitten, stocking, ornament, tree, or snowflake cookie and a cup of cocoa? these make fantastic gifts for everyone on your list!

April (and Baby) Showers!

A cake is the perfect way to celebrate the addition of a new little person in the world! You can have your traditional rattle or bottle, or have something done to match your shower invitations--the possibilities are endless!

A baby bottle is one of the more traditional baby shower celebration cakes. You can make it pink, blue, or any other color to welcome your bundle of joy!
another fun design for a boy or a girl is this baby rattle--accent it with the colors in your nursery or pink and blue!

make your baby shower extra special with a design to match your invitations! this cake was a baby animal theme that matched the invitations perfectly.

Here is another design that was decorated to match the nursery colors and pattern.

The "shower" cake takes on a more literal theme with this sweet umbrella design! Can be used for baby or bridal showers alike!

Monday, May 24, 2010

One Last Fling Before The Ring!

If you want to throw a great bridal shower or bachelorette party, you've got to have cake! here are some of the pretty and provocative cakes we've made for bridal parties:

One of our more popular cakes has been the bachelorette corset--they're fun and can be made in a variety of designs! They can also be made out of cake or rice krispies treats for those ladies who are watching their waistline pre-wedding.

These corsets both feature cornelli lace over fondant with fondant accents.

This little number is made of rice krispies treats and covered in fondant with fondant accents. It was made to look like the lingerie given to the bride at her shower.

Something different for an engagement party or a bachelorette party is the zebra motif. You can serve a regular cake or have some cute cupcakes ready for single servings on your final night of singlehood!

This lovely creation is perfect for a bridal shower and can be done in the wedding colors--the blue here is very striking, but this would look good with any hue in the background!

This sweet umbrella really captures the meaning of a bridal "shower"--and would be beautiful with any color of flowers. It's sweet in more ways than one!

Of course we have something for the bachelors too! This was a much tastier version of one groom's favorite frosty libation--and it was ok to drive after eating!
For those bachelors who have a close relationship with Gentleman Jack, we can also do an edible version of his favorite spirit!