Hopefully my stuff looks better than what CakeWrecks posts, though 🙂
After spending about $30 on my youngest son’s first birthday cake in 2006 (that didn’t even taste that good), I decreed that I needed to learn some cake decorating on my own and do it myself!
For my birthday in 2006, I asked my husband to give me cake decorating lessons. This was a relatively inexpensive birthday gift, but the bigger gift was the TIME he gave me to take the 1-hour-per-week classes for 12 weeks.
I had a great time learning this new skill. My husband enjoyed my taking the classes too, since he would take my “homework” into the office for everyone to enjoy. I encourage anyone to give the class a shot! I’m thrilled that I can make cakes and icing from scratch, great for when I used to invite my sister to the boys’ birthday parties when we lived closer together. Her family doesn’t eat eggs, so I could make my own cakes with egg-replacer and keep the meringue powder out of the icing.
Having two sons, my cakes tend to lean towards sci-fi, transportation and sports themes, so I thought I’d share some of my geekier creations here.
All my more-unique cakes are posted to one of my favorite websites for finding decorating ideas: Cake Central. This is where you can see my Diet Coke can-shaped cake for one of my former commanders (who kept an IV drip of Diet Coke on drill weekends), plus a photography-inspired birthday cake for one of my dearest friends.
Patricia Vollmer is the proud mother of two emerging geek sons, ages 12 & 14. She serves part time as a meteorologist with the Air Force Reserve and is currently assigned to the U.S. Air Force Academy. Patricia blogs about her family's nomadic military life at Ground Control to Major Mom. Home is always where the Air Force sends her family, which for now is in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Hobbies include running, despite no one chasing her, sharing her love for Disney and Star Wars, and exploring the world with her boys. Ask her why the sky is blue at your own risk.