Cake Mode

It has been quite some time since I’ve been in what I like to call cake mode. When I think about buttercream consistency, pan sizes, baking times, and food colorings almost constantly. That’s cake mode.

Each year since 2011, I have always made Jimmy a special cake for his birthday. There was the hamburger cake, welder cake, Oreo cake, Ford cake, and a strawberry cake.


Most years, I was really into making unique cakes. I’d spend weeks planning, researching, taste testing, and practicing. The look on Jimmy’s face when I’d surprise him with a special cake was the best, though I’m sure he caught on to the surprise after a couple of years, ha.

Aside from Jimmy’s birthday cakes, I’d occasionally make one for Hannah’s birthday or parties with friends, or just whip up a hummingbird cake for no special reason. And cupcakes from time to time. Can’t forget those!


Over the past few years, I haven’t baked quite as much as I used to. Sure I’ll make a loaf of bread or batch of cookies, but the last time I made a special cake was for Jimmy’s birthday in May.

My mom, Hannah’s bridesmaids, and I began planning Hannah’s bridal shower and I got assigned to make the cake and cupcakes (or maybe I begged? 🙂 ) I’ve been trying to nail down exactly what I want to do. Jimmy thinks I should make a large tier cake, but I’m kind of leaning towards a small layered cake and making lots of cupcakes to go with it.

I’ve been experimenting with batter flavors, food coloring, buttercream, and piping styles and I forgot how much I love baking cakes and decorating them! Pinterest and YouTube have grown so much since I first started cake decorating in 2011, so I am feeling extra inspired lately. So many ideas!


I practiced rosette cupcakes filled with whipped cream and topped with purple frosting and they came out well. I think they just need something more. Maybe some type of sparkly topping?

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I also made a purple ombre cake with rosettes. The cake is made of three 6” rounds, so it’s pretty small. I’m thinking of doing the ombre cake with a bunch of cupcakes to go around it. Whatever I end up doing, I know I’m having a blast playing around in the kitchen. I’m so happy to be able to contribute to Hannah’s bridal shower in this way 🙂

What do you guys think? Send any ideas my way!

Significant Other Survey

My cousin posted a fun significant other survey on Facebook the other day, so I thought it would be fun to get Jimmy involved and see how he responded to the questions.

The rules were to ask your husband/wife/girlfriend/boyfriend the following questions without any specific prompting and write down exactly what they say.

What is something I always say to you?
Yeah okay

What makes me happy?


What makes me sad?
Lack of dogs

How old am I?

How tall am I?

What’s my favorite thing to do?
Button canvases


What do I do when you’re not around
Who knows…

If I become famous what job would it be for?
Dog sitter

What am I good at?
Being loving

What am I not good at?

What makes you proud of me?
Whenever you fix stuff without asking me for help

What is my favorite food?
Peanut butter

What do we do together?
Watch Everybody Loves Raymond

How are you and I the same?
We’re both good travelers

Bodie Island Lighthouse

Where is my favorite place to eat?
Cracker Barrel

When is our anniversary?
June 14th


If I could go anywhere where would it be?

Do you think you could live with me forever

How do I annoy you?
Whenever you rest your unshaven legs on me in the middle of the night

What is your favorite thing about me?
Your love for God

I have to say, Jimmy knows me well! If anyone wants to complete this survey with their significant other, leave a link in the comments! I’d love to read it 🙂