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My daughter Avery was nearing her 3rd birthday and we still had not made a decision about it’s theme.  One night over dinner, my then 2 year old, 5 year old, husband and myself brainstormed.  The outcome:  pink panther.  It was a brilliant idea considering Avery’s all time favorite color is pink.  She loves to watch the pink panther, and it was so original.  Who knew Wal Mart would have pink panther PJ’s and Barnes and Noble would sell stuffed pink panthers to add to our totally “pink” pink panther party!

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Avery wanted a vanilla cake, which I colored pink, of course.  Icing in pink vanilla butter cream and topped with the pink panther himself, this two tier cake was totally awesome!

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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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I baked these delicious cup cakes for Kaightlyn’s school birthday party.  Her fellow pre-K students and teachers loved the moist chocolate chiffon and strawberry cakes topped with my light swiss buttercream icing!  Oh to turn 5 again, and have the world at your finger tips!  Happy Birthday Lover!

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One of the 1/2 sheet cakes the Library ordered for the community to eat if there were not enough desserts entered in the contest.

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There were five entries in the competition. The panel of judges were:

• Myrna Ballard – President of the Chamber of Commerce
• Amy Carter – Georgia State Representative
• Sue Cox – Owner of Covingtons
• Mayor Fretti – Mayor of Valdosta
• Kay Harris – Editor of the Valdosta Daily Times

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First place was The Cat in the Hat cookies made by 3 local children.

My cake took second place.

For my competition cake, I made a two-tier cake.  The base layer was an eight inch, three-layer white cake with Swiss butter cream filling. The second tier was a six inch, three-layer chocolate chiffon cake with Swiss butter cream filling.  I covered the cakes in a pale-blue fondant to match my Dr. Seuss’s theme of black, white, red and blue, just like the original book Horton Hears a Who! Earlier in the week, I made Horton and Vlad Vladikoff with white fondant and hand painted them in Seuss style, pen and ink.  Once the cake was assembled, I added the Jungle of Newell to the base layer, Horton’s pond, and foliage in white, red, pink, and royal blue.  To the second layer, I added the field of  clovers, the mountains Horton climbs in an effort to save his clover, and of course, Vlad with Horton’s clover.  The entire cake took about nine hours to make and was by far the best piece I had ever produced.

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Click here to see a picture of my daughter,Avery and myself after the competition in our local newspaper!

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A friend and I threw a Halloween party for our children this year.  Most of them are still toddlers, so it was a non-scary daylight party at the park.  It turned out to be a gorgeous day and all but one family showed up.  We had a witch race, the children raced with a broom stick between their legs, so funny!  A witched cauldron full of green slime and creepy bugs entertained the children and grossed out the adults.  I think everyone enjoyed the awesome home made pumpkin pinata, it was so strong, we finally had to dump the candy out!  After all the hard playing everyone sat down and enjoyed some of my cupcakes.  Red velvet topped with a circle of dark chocolate ganache, and white cake with Swiss buttercream icing colored to match the festivities.  I used white and black royal icing to pipe on the web and added a spider ring to complete the look!

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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!

I have been working on my sugar flowers a lot lately, trying to perfect them.  I had made some sweet peas the week before school started.  I decided to surprise Kaightlyn, my 4 year old, with a cake when she got home from her first day of school.  Now you may thing this is funny, pre-k, 3 hours a day, 3 mornings a week right?  A big deal?  Worth cake?  Well, here in the south, pre-k is full time, held at a regular Elementary school from 8am-2:45pm M-F.  It’s a big deal to us!  Luckally she LOVES it!  Really LOVES it!  I am getting off track, back to my story, I had also just bought some comma pans, which I really wanted to try.  So I decided to make a chocolate chiffon cake with buttercream filling and MMF topping.  This gave me an opportunity to practice my piping skills and gave me a place to put my sweet peas.  I think it turned out quiet nice.  She thought is was “amazing”! 

This cake was ordered by a friend for her husband’s birthday.  It is a White Cake with Buttercream Espresso Kahlua filling and Milk Chocolate Buttercream Icing.  Go Georgia Tech!

We had been eating cake for weeks at the house, and frankly we’re a little burnt out. I took the last cake from my Wilton Class up to my husband’s work. He works with a group of men, who are always hungry, and I knew it would be a hit! It was gone in hours and this is what they had to say:

Cheryl,

On behalf of all of us at ______, many many thanks for the fabulous cake that you baked, decorated and sent to us! Not only was it beautiful, it was outstandingly delicious….an “11” on a scale of 1-10.

This is a sampling of cakes made prior to today. We will call them “test” cakes. Flavors that fail. Icings that drip and bleed. Cakes that are too dry. All the work that goes into creating a set of recipes that will be BONOBO CAKE’S future! Enjoy.

This is my Chocolate Zebra Cheesecake topped with a Chocolate Ganache

A Caramel Cake I have been testing that is a Southern tradition

Lemon cake with a Lemon Curd filling topped with Criscocream (Wilton’s training Icing)

White Cake with Raspberry Buttercream filling and Italian Vanilla Buttercream Icing

Chocolate Kahlua Zucotto Cake with Espresso Buttercream and Chocolate Ganache

Milk Chocolate Cake with Ganache and Henna Art

White Cake with Basic Buttercream as Cinderella in “Lavender” for my daughter’s 4th Birthday

My first Wedding cake made for my sister-in-law, White Cake with Italian Vanilla Buttercream in lime green.

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!