Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Icing Smiles: Hailee's Cake!

I was contacted recently, for the 3rd time, by Icing Smiles to donate a cake for Hailee.  Hailee just celebrated her 8th birthday.  I was asked to create a "Dream Cake" for Hailee, whose family has suffered the loss of Hailee's little sister, to cancer.  I was happy to accept my call to action!

After browsing by website and blog with her mom Hailee fell in love with a cake I had done at the beginning of the summer for my own daughter (so the pictures will look a little familiar!).
 We personalized the design a little for Hailee.  Because Hailee is a dog lover, with a beloved pet Yorkie, I sculpted the "Yorkie" dog topper to hold her "Happy Birthday" plaque.

Butterflies have a special meaning for the family, so we added a gumpaste (with royal icing detail) butterfly.

The pattern on the middle tier is created with one of the "Straight Frill Cutters" by FMM, it's from Set 1.

I loved the design when I made it the first time, but I love this version even more.  It's so much more special to me because I was able to create it for Hailee and her family.  I hope my cake helped make Hailee's birthday celebration a little more special :)

Icing Smiles is a nonprofit organization that works with volunteer bakers to provide cakes for families effected by the critical illness of a child.  My experience with the charity has been incredibly rewarding and I encourage you to check them out and volunteer if you want to help "bake a difference."

You can check out my first Icing Smiles cake here and my second one here!

Happy Caking :)