Although I am still working, I am currently not taking any orders at the moment.
Cake and Ice
At the beginning when geode cakes were a trend and I was living in Alaska, I had this great idea to make a blue geode cake with a frozen waterfall background. I met this photographer in Anchorage and he showed me a photo of a liquor bottle with this similar backdrop. I was in love and HAD to achieve this too!
It was -7 out in late January. I only had a few hours to work with since January is the darkest month in Anchorage. I found this little spot not too far down the Seward Hwy off a mountain. While trying different sections, I stepped into a puddle of water. I spent no more than 15 min outside, but it took over half an hour for me to feel my toes again! Worth it!
My first cake working with edible gold and delivering a cake to this venue, Crow Creek Historic Gold Mine. A beautiful place with breathtaking views! My sweet grandma is posing for the last couple of photos.
My first large 5 tiered cake I did on my own! I was SO proud of this cake! I wasn’t nervous about the execution of this cake, but more of the 1+ hr drive to the lake side venue that ended with a long bumpy dirt road. Thankfully everything was fine, but what I wasn’t expecting was the extreme heat wave we got in Alaska! It may have been a beautiful clear day, but it was no friend to my fondant.
Initially, the cake table was not shaded, so after getting an umbrella for the table, it finally cooled off enough for the fondant to stay put and for me to fix what damages where left behind from the heat.
One of my favorite techniques I used on this cake was the puffy bottom layer. This was achieved by cutting hundreds of wafer paper and adhering them to the cake.
This 3 foot beauty was made for a 30th anniversary held at a high end hotel in Anchorage, Hotel Captain Cook.
The edible japanese buoys were almost 4 inches each and once stacked, they were 7.5 inches tall.
The oysters shells were hand crafted from modeling chocolate and modeled after local oysters. They were sprayed with edible shellac to keep them shiny.
Made for the Marines 242nd birthday and for a group of Marines in Alaska. I wanted to create something special and the bulldog is their mascot (The Devil Dogs). I believe its tradition that they get tattoos of the bulldog, so I made a bulldog with a Marine Corps emblem tattoo.
I enjoyed making this Santa bust cake and learning to shape facial features, especially for a male figure.
I loved how whimsical this christmas tree turned out! I did use the exact techniques from this cake artist I follow. However, I put an Alaskan touch to it.
AK King Crab
I didn’t know if this cake was going to happen or not. We were in between traveling and my family just left that day from visiting. I knew this could be my last chance to submit a cake to the AK State Fair, so I bit the bullet and just did what I could the day before it was due. Thanks to the long hours of daylight, I was able to finish this in the middle of the night.
The crazy thing about this cake was that it was top heavy. The second I tried to drive away, the crab was just bouncing all over the place. I figured I could use plastic wrap to hold it down and sure enough that did the trick! it made it to the hour drive to Palmer, AK. The day before my family and I left for an epic Europe trip, we went to the fair and thats when I realized that I got Best in Show! It’s always an amazing feeling when others appreciate my work!
Going with a glacier theme, I created a blue watercolor geode effect with forget-me-nots cascading from the top tier.
This nautical mermaid themed cake had a mermaid style edible lace on the top tier, colored and individually cut wafer paper scales, and a fondant rope tier.
I love when I can make a cake for a photographer! This cake is not an original, but its sometimes nice to recreate amazing cake art. Photo credit: Frozen Moments Photography
I was so excited to find out we were moving back to Philly, I wanted to make a reveal cake and take photos of it up and down the Seward Hwy. We took a trip to Seward after Erik came back from his deployment. I was sad to leave Alaska, but our time there was up and we had to move. At least it was back to another place I fell in love with.
I love how beautiful of a backdrop you can get anywhere in Alaska!
I’ve seen 2D hearts and carved hearts but laying down. I wanted to attempt at something more challenging. This heart cake was made for my NP friend. I went off of pictures from Google and it actually turned out anatomically correct! Always nerve wrecking when you know the person it’s for will know if theres something wrong with it. She loved it! One of my best carved cakes!
After moving back to the Tri State area, I was given the opportunity to make a cake for a Halloween Victorian theme collaboration for an art museum. I was inspired by a Victorian Era photo of kids dressed up in homemade costumes. I made my mask out of edible paper so its very light weight.
We were still living in a hotel on base when I made this cake. There were corn fields all around. I was lucky to have two photographer friends to help me take amazing photos of my cake! Their work can be seen on Instagram @nicolemetzgerphotography and @contactamygphotography
For this cake, I rolled my fondant out extremely thin to achieve these bright colors. This was a carrot cake I made for my church’s Easter pot luck. I used my balcony to take photos and to capture Alaska’s natural backdrop.
I loved making this wedding dress cake for my edible piece during the Alaska Wedding Fair! The ruffles were made of wafer paper. My favorite part was the belt!
I was asked to make a cake for a change of command in my husbands squadron. The new commanders wife gave me freedom to create whatever I wanted as long as I included his previous squadrons badges. He’s a pilot as well.
I had wanted to make a vintage globe cake for awhile but had no occasion to do it until now. I hand drew and painted the globe as well as hand painted the badges.
The cake balanced on a single metal rod.
No progress photos. This cake was made to display at my first wedding fair. The ruffles were hand cut from wafer paper and individually placed on the tier. The second tier had a bas relief effect. One of my favorite elegant cake designs.