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This cake order was for Tasha Stafford & Doug Hollingsworth and their unborn son due the end of July.  As with any pregnancy, something unexpected happened.   Kaiden arrived on July 4th at 1:22 pm, three weeks early.  His shower was still held on the 11th and the whole family was able to celebrate his safe arrival.

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Kaiden’s Aunt Joy ordered a 2 tier cake.  The bottom 9″ layer was White Trillium cake with buttercream, and the top 6″ layer was Chocolate Chiffon cake with buttercream.  The shower and Kaiden’s room both have a sports theme, so did his cake.  I made baseballs and a baby blanket out of fondant to decorate the cake.  Then finished it off with baby blocks and his name on them.  Joy was very happy with her finished cake!

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This was a great cake.  Kaighty’s little friend Lili from school turned 5 in May.  Her mother had always made her birthday cakes up until now.  After Kaight’ys 5th birthday party, which Lili attended, she decided that her mother made tasty cakes, “they just weren’t as pretty as Kaighty’s cake”.   Luckily her Mom is not nearly as sensitive as I am, because that would have broke my heart.   Lili’s mother order a Strawberry Cake with Cream-cheese Icing, and dogs.  That was my only guide, dogs.  Lili loves all dogs.  I decided a plaque was n order.

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I have been sewing with Heather Ross fabric lately.  I know what your thinking.  What does that have to do with baking?  A lot.  She has this really cute fabric line called lightning bugs and other mysteries.   There is this supper cute print with dogs randomly placed all over pale blue fabric.  This was my inspiration for Lili’s cake.  Lili turned 5, Lili got 5 dogs.

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The strawberry cake was totally organic, and light (not fat free).  I used a gallon of freshly picked strawberries from our local u-pick farm, Southern Grace Farms.  The girls and I  love to pick fresh berries.  The cake is made with vegetable oil instead of butter, and was very moist and delicious.  The filling was a very rich, almost pure cream cheese (no powdered sugar here).  Topped with a  light cream cheese buttercream.

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My very dear friend asked me to make a cake for her daughters 6th birthday this year.  She loves Pet Shop and does not eat cake.  Hum, I thought, how do I solve this problem? She does however, love chocolate chip cookies.  So I made two plaques from fondant and used a technique called run out to draw on her favorite Pet Shop kitty.  One was place on the half chocolate chiffon cake, half white trillium, and the other was placed on top of a cookie stack.  They turned out very well and the birthday girl was very pleased!

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These cakes were commissioned for the Lowndes Youth Leadership League, or LYLL, by G. Green.  She needed to feed 30 teenagers cake after a long day at camp.  I was given full leeway and opted for two cakes.  Teens tend to be picky, and this would give me an opportunity to please everyone.  The first cake was my Traditional White Cake with Swiss Alps Buttercream and was filled with a layer of Cream Cheese Buttercream.  The second cake was my Chocolate Chiffon Cake with Mocha Buttercream and was filled with a layer of Dark Chocolate Ganache.  A snail trail graced the bottom of both cakes set atop textured card-stock basses. They were both adorned with hand made shimmering flowers in brown and white, about 200 each.  I believe they were quiet stunning when paired together.

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The first 30 cup cakes were made into a semi newly invented “pull away” cake.  They are chocolate chiffon cup cakes with my all new Golden Vanilla Buttercream icing.  Let me tell you, it is much more difficult to ice “somethings” tha move, than a real cake.  However, the finished product did look very nice and the birthday boy was especially happy.  John turned 4 in November, remember the Saturn 5, John 4 cake?   Well John was supper sick by the time I finished his cake and his party had to be post-poned.  This is his second cake for his official party.  We let him pick, and boy does he love supper hero’s!    Happy (2nd) 4th birthday John!

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My husband and I just made 72 chocolate chiffon cup cakes from scratch in under 72 minutes. The kitchen is clean, all dishes put away, and the only sign we made anything tonight is the crumbs left on our mouth. Stay tuned for what I did with all of them. We only ate two!

My nephew has been obsessed with tractors since he could walk.  He lives in a farming community and spends a great deal of time playing with and riding on them.  Of course John Deere are his all-time favorite tractors.  His Mom found these cute invitations and decided a tractor cake would be a must.

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We discussed the cake for a month almost, trying to decide if the whole cake would be the tractor or just a scene for a tractor on top.  “Do we buy a small tractor to put on top like you get on a grocery store cake?” Amanda asked.  Not at Bonobo Cakes, no mama.  I will make the whole thing from scratch, and I did.

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I started with a yellow cake and filled it with vanilla buttercream.  I carved out the 3 corners, one for the lettuce field, one for the part the tractor had already mowed and bailed, and the last for what the tractor was currently mowing.  A crumb coat was then applied and the cake hung out in the fridge while I made this  wonderful new mocha buttercream recipe I found at  Zoe Bakes from Carol Bloom’s The Essential Baker.  This was the second time I had made i and I was delighted with the way it turned out.  It is rich and creamy with a somewhat mild chocolate espresso taste, a very light texture, and almost a fresh whipped cream bite.  It is truly a 5 star recipe!

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The hay rolls, as they make here in South Georgia, contrary to the traditional bails, were made from a few things.  I first made Rice Crispy treats and pressed them about 1″ thick in a pan.  I then used a round metal fondant cutter to cut out the rolls.  Next, I coated them with gold fondant and used a knife to score the outside to look like hay.  As a final touch, I brushed on a little cocoa powder to give it a 3 dimensional look.

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The lettuce patch was hand made from Marzipan.  I colored it a dirty green and rolled out thin long strips like fettuccine noodles.  I let them dry for a minute before rolling them up like a ribbon rose, so the edges would crack and look like individual lettuce leafs.  These were also dusted with cocoa powder.  I put a few Oreos in the food processor to make the soil in the lettuce field.

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The tractor itself took a few days to make, with the drying process before assembly.  I am quiet pleased with how well it turned out.

Here you see the cake fully assembled and about to be eaten by the birthday boy himself.

Happy 2nd Birthday Gavin, Aunt Cheryl Loves you!

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John 4 Rocket Cake

I have never done a tutorial on this site. However, my dear friend Jennifer, the mother of John, asked me to.  She took a cake decorating class with me in June, and has come over to learn a few tricks, but wants to see more.  Both of us have a 4 year old and a 2 year old.  So scheduling time for us to spend together decorating is nearly impossibly.  She has been wanting to order a cake from me for months and finally did for her son John’s 4th birthday.  He is into anything that flies: Saturn 5 Rockets and super heroes. If it flies, he loves it.  His party was to be held last Saturday at the Bowling Alley and my girls were invited.  I was ready to surprise all our friends with my carving abilities.  Unfortunately John came down with a bad ear infection and the party was postponed until after the holidays.  I had baked the cakes and made the Swiss Buttercream prior to the cancellation.  We decided to go ahead with the cake in honor of his birthday and let them eat it during Thanksgiving with his family in Alabama.  I delivered it today and they were all impressed.  Especially John!

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Click here to learn “How To” make this rocket.

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This blog is full of firsts.  I am, however, quickly running out of fists.  This is my first grooms cake.  First human figurines.  First boat.  First wedding delivery.

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Susan ordered a 14″ round Yellow Cake with Chocolate Ganace filling and Milk Chocolate Buttercream Icing.  Lane love’s fishing and Susan could think of nothing better than the two of them fishing together.  Lane and Susan were made from Fondant and the boat was made out of chocolate clay.  This cake was so fun to make, the characters just make you smile!

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At Bonobo Cakes, I can take a simple 11″ round, 3-layer butter cake with blueberry buttercream filling and build a beautiful ocean scene complete with whale.  My Mother-in-Law commissioned this baby shower cake for her brother-in-law Thomas and his wife Heather.  This will be their first child, a son, Ty Alexander.  The cake is coated with Swiss buttercream.  The whale was built with pound cake and iced with Marshmallow Fondant.  The whale’s spray also included a small flag that said “Ahoy Ty”.  This was truly a cute cake.  Thanks for the order Cathy. I had a blast making it!

Hello reader, this Blog is a real time biography for Bonobo Cakes. BC will become an official bakery sooner than later. For now however, we are closed. With the addition of a 3rd child, life is to important to stop and spend 24 hours strait on a cake. Although we love cake, it will be a while before we get back into baking on a large scale. Enjoy the stories and photos, but please ask prior to using any of our original information on another site. Thank you and Enjoy the blog as it was!