Proverbs 31-Inspired Baking

I want to be like the noble woman of Proverbs 31, I really do, but I have to admit I’ve always felt somewhat hindered by a few of her outstanding character traits. In addition to that whole early-rising thing (although Evangelle is certainly helping me in that area!), I’ve also found her business savvy to be just a tad bit intimidating.

I don’t know anything about real estate or which fields would be worth buying. I think my sad little overgrown garden serves as sufficient proof that I lack the skills necessary for planting and tending a vineyard. And although I have taken a few sewing lessons, I’m still a long way from being able to sew linen garments or sashes that anyone would be willing to buy.:)

But…I have discovered in recent years that I do enjoy baking and decorating cakes. Maybe I could do something Proverbs 31-ish with that?

With that thought in mind, I’ve begun taking steps to turn my hobby into a little side business (probably very little). While I worked on getting the necessary license for selling cakes from home, I gave my friends the opportunity to help me expand my cake decorating portfolio by making their cakes at cost, and a few of them were kind enough to help me out.

Here are a few photos showing the fruits of my labor… 

Birthday cake for a young man

For a grasshopper-themed baby shower

This one was just for fun so I could try some new techniques

For a 2 year-old who loves trains

For a German Chocolate lover

A special cake for the 90th birthday of a WW2 veteran

A sweet 16 cake for a young lady who enjoys music

This week, I’m excited about having the opportunity to make a wedding cake for some dear friends who are getting married this coming Saturday. It should be fun, but a wedding cake is also a big responsibility.

Prayers for my sanity will be much appreciated!

Recent Cake Creations

I’ve mentioned to you before that I enjoy making cakes every now and then, and I wanted to give you a little update on my hobby. Cake decorating provides me with a way of expressing creativity without getting quite as stressed out as was common for me back in my art school days. Of course, I still get stressed out with decorating cakes, but at least this way the mental distress is limited to the space of hours instead of days or months. :)

In recent weeks, I’ve tried to be more purposeful about developing my baking and decorating skills in the hopes of turning this hobby into a little side business at some point in the future. I thought you might enjoy taking a look at some of my recent creations. Although working in fondant is a lot of fun, all of my recent cake requests have been for buttercream. Every cake is a learning process for me, and so far God has graciously protected me from causing any major disasters!

First, a church baby shower cake…

 A birthday cake for my friend’s mother

 Another baby shower cake

 A Valentine’s cake for the ladies in my Bible study

 And finally, a birthday cake for my friend’s little boy

Hope you enjoyed the photo tour! I’ll keep you updated on my progress.  =)