Saturday, December 12, 2009

Happy Birthday Princess Destiny!

Princess cupcakes for Destiny's 1st birthday party! The cupcakes are topped with handmade toppers inspired by the party's decor. It includes a replica of the princess crown, polka dotted #1s, and a heart with her name on it.

Chocolate cupcakes with cream cheese frosting and sour cream vanilla cupcakes with vanilla buttercream.

Volcom Cake

A cake made for the birthday boy who loves his Volcom clothes!

Chocolate cake with chocolate fudge filling.

Penguin Birthday Cake

A penguin cake for a penguin lover's birthday! She is adorned with a pink bow (to match the birthday girl's pink hair) and standing in some fresh snow.

Chocolate cake with chocolate ganache and vanilla buttercream.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Lobster Cake

One of my all time favorite cakes! This lobster has vanilla cake inside and filled with chocolate ganache. No pot of boiling water neccesary!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Gobble, gobble, gobble!

Our turkey has a pilgrim hat on and red, yellow, and green colored feathers. The inside is carrot cake with cream cheese frosting-- the perfect turkey for a vegetarian!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Teddy Bear Baby Shower Cake

This baby shower cake was made to match the black, white, and yellow decor for the party!

The top features a gumpaste teddy bear with a yellow bow in her hair, and the cake is covered in polka dots.

The cake is red velvet with cream cheese frosting.

Here's a great photo of Kelly, who I worked with to make this cake, with the lovely mom-to-be :)

Myra's Birthday Present

This is a very big present cake that I have made. This one matches the party's decoration colors of royal purple and white. All the adornments on the cake are personal touches for the birthday girl. Ms. Pacman represents her first birthday cake from her big bro, her favorite rag doll she had growing up, a fondant family portrait, a rabbit to represent her pets she had growing up, and a stethoscope because she is currently going to school to be a nurse.

This is 10" square and it was HUGE!!! It was lemon cake with cream cheese frosting inside.

George & Maggie- Sheepdog Birthday Cake

This cake was made for my boss who has the 2 most awesome sheepdogs ever, George, and Maggie (the one with one blue eye). Both dog figures are handmade from gumpaste and handpainted.

Cake was layered with fondant circles for a different texture than the usual fondant covered cake. Lemon cake with cream cheese frosting.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

A Present for Jamie

This present cake was made for Jamie's birthday. The present is wrapped in polka dotted paper and finished off with a black bow and a "Happy Birthday" tag. A rose, chrysanthemum, daisies, and tiny white flowers adorn the sides of the present.

This cake was red velvet with cream cheese frosting. Jamie's husband had the awesome idea of keeping the present in a black and white color scheme so that when you cut into the cake, it matches the red inside and has a great contemporary color palette! It was a great idea!

Happy Birthday Jamie!

Emma's Birthday, brought to you by the letter E and number 1!

This 1st birthday cake was made for Emma and her friend, Elmo! A muppet version was drawn up for the invitation which was used as the inspiration for this cake.

The cake features cut outs of Emma and Elma with
hand painted details. The cake is decorated with scallops at the base, polka dots, and a #1 topper.

The top tier is Chocolate Fiesta Cake with Vanilla Buttercream, and the bottom tier is Vanilla Cake with Raspberry Buttercream.

Super Jerrod's Super Hero Cake!

This Super Hero cake was made for an awesome Vegan Super Hero named Jerrod! It features Spiderman, Batman, and Superman details on the cake and is topped off with silver stars.

The entire cake is completely vegan: it was vegan chocolate cake layered with vegan peanut butter frosting. Fondant and gumpaste used is also vegan.

I got a wonderful email from the birthday boy's mom to let me know that the vegan cake was a hit with everyone (vegan or not)!

Sweet Catastrophe is continuing to develop new and delicious vegan cake recipes to kick off an all vegan cake line-- delicious and animal cruelty-free!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Corgan's 2nd Birthday Cake!

A cake for Corgan of his favorite red monster! Corgan is the cutest two year old around, when he saw the cake he said, "Cake!!!" and "Elmo!!!" Kids are definitely my favorite clientèle :) Hopefully I'll be able to post some pics from his party soon.

Thank you Melissa always for your support and helping to raise 78 meals for Food4Africa!

Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Buttercream, all decorations are edible.

Monday, September 21, 2009

TOMS Shoe Drop Family Reunion Cake

A pair of TOMS for the Shoe Drop Family Reunion! The cake features a 3-D pair of TOMS, the classic red representing the original shoe drop location, Argentina, and the white "Style Your Sole" with all the guests names written on it. (Thanks to everyone who came to my Style Your Sole party :) I think they were the biggest shoes I have made so far!
Chocolate cake layered with Vanilla Buttercream

Golf Ball Birthday Cake

A golf ball birthday cake made for my good friend Archna's dad's birthday! He loves to golf so a golf ball was appropriate with him sitting next to it, ready to get a hole-in-one!

Vanilla cake layered with a whipped strawberry filling topped with chocolate cake.

If you have any baby showers or children's birthdays coming up, check out Archna's online children's boutique, Parasols!

She carries the cutest clothing for babies, girls and boys, as well as great gifts such as handmade quilts, daybag, and toys. A percentage of proceeds from all sales go to Room To Read, which helps children in the developing world gain the lifelong gift of an education.

Check Us Out In Other Blogs!

Just wanted to share some other blogs Sweet Catastrophe has been featured in!

Club Adorable-
My friend Amy's blog that features different artists from a variety of industries to inspire others to be creative and follow their dreams!

Alpargata Sailboat Cake has been featured in:


I am so excited to share with you Food4Africa's "Mbokodwe" project that is empowering women in the community to not only uplift themselves but their families as well!

On a very cold winters morning the Food4Africa team happened on a group of desperate but talented South African ladies who personally create exquisite wares. The initial discovery was made in Emondlo, a township just outside Vryheid in Kwazulu Natal, South Africa. These ladies are the inspiration behind MBOKODWE.

MBOKODWE was born amongst heaps of laughter, tears of joy and the promise of a future income.


Zulu word for Stone or Rock. The original Mbo

kodwe stone was used to grind corn and maize. The team decided that this word symbolizes all that they as women stand for - Women with strength, endurance, perseverance, dedication and, most of all, usefulness through all spheres of life.

Each item is “INDIVIDUALLY HANDCRAFTED” with Love, Blood-sweat and tears. Thus uniqueness is guaranteed. No two items will ever be identical; nor can this item be re-created. A similar item can be crafted but the color of the beads and fabric will differ from the original.

You too can support and contribute to this Upliftment project through you purchase of an MBOKODWE Hand Crafted item.

Please click here to check out their products!

These crafts will enha

nce your wellbeing and self-worth as well as help Food4Africa to feed the many families suffering from malnutrition, mainly children. The proceeds from all sales of the crafts will be ploughed back into the Community through Job creation, Food hampers, Uniforms, Training and Education.

I urge you to purchase any of the Exclusive Mbokodwe Hand Crafted items in order to aid Food4Africa in our mission to nourish empower and sustain those that are in need.

My favorites are their handmade holiday and everyday cards that feature beading accents, handmade pap

er, and other adornments such as feathers. They are great as birthday, thank you, and holiday cards! They also offer other items such as jewelry and home decor.

The children of today are the future leaders of our world tomorrow, let's feed them.

August 2009 Monthly Newsletter- 594 Meals Raised

594 meals were raised for the month of August!

Here's a snapshot of the monthly newsletter. To subscribe, please go to the and type in your email address
into the space provided at the bottom of the home page.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Gay's Game Night Taboo Birthday Cake!

I made this replica of a Taboo game box for Gay's Game Night Birthday Extravaganza! It was so much fun, although I strongly feel that "SWAK" should be removed from the game. (Can anyone even tell me what "SWAK" is?!) Another tip, don't misread "Ad-lib" for "Mad-lib".

Happy Birthday Gay!!!

Deep Chocolate Cake layered with Chocolate Ganache and Chocolate Buttercream.

Daniel's Spongebob Birthday Cake!

An under the water scene featuring Daniel's favorite sponge was made for his 3rd birthday! The cake is also decorated with edible sand and seashells. Delivering this cake was awesome, when Daniel saw it, he said, "Ohhhh!!!" lol it was very cute :)

Happy 3rd Birthday Daniel!

Deep Chocolate Cake layered with Chocolate Ganache and Chocolate Buttercream.

Blake's Alpargata Sailboat

A replica of Blake Mycoskie (with his Captain's hat of course) and his sailboat, The Alpargata, for his birthday! Blake is the creator and owner of TOMS shoes: for every pair of shoes that are purchased a pair is given to a child in need.

Sometimes we take the little things in life for granted-- like the shoes on our feet. A pair of shoes can help prevent a child who walks miles every day to go to school or do chores from getting diseases, cuts and scrapes that can lead to infections, etc. and makes their life a little more comfortable. Check out the new fall styles at

Happy Birthday Blake!

Vanilla Cake with Fresh Strawberry and Whipped Cream Filling. Chocolate covered strawberries accented with the TOMS blue and Red Velvet with Vanilla Buttercream sheet cakes for also made for the event.

Thank you to Katie for sending me photos from the birthday bash :)

Gag Baby Shower Cake

This was for a Gag Baby Shower/Birthday Party! It's a baby who resembles the birthday boy (thus the goatee) who is bent over looking through his chubby baby legs. Across his diapered butt is "Mini Thaw". I had a lot of fun making this cake!

Deep Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Buttercream.

Blue Roses Wedding

Blue roses adorn this 6" cake for Mike and Julie's wedding! This cake was made for the cake cutting ceremony and is adorned with handmade gumpaste roses and silver band at the base to match the wedding colors. A sheet cake was made to serve the guests which had matching roses and fondant plaque. Congratulations to the newly weds!

Deep chocolate cake with chocolate cream cheese filling.

Javie's Big Burger Cake

My third hamburger cake! This huge one was made for Javie's 21st Birthday! Includes lettuce, tomato, onions, cheese, a big patty, and sesame seed bun.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

July 2009 Monthly Newsletter- 308 Meals Raised

Here's a snapshot for July's cakes and meals raised! It includes photos of all the cakes that have been made for the month, how many meals were raised, and the importance of one meal.
Please visit the site, and enter your name in the box at the bottom of the page to sign up for the newsletter!

308 meals were raised for Food4Africa, thank you so much for all the orders and support!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Nini Vatere Jewelry

Yasmine also has an awesome line of jewelry that I wanted to share! It is called Nini Vatere and each piece is hand made and designed by Yasmine. Each piece is very versatile and I think there is something for everyone's style and taste!

Check out her website: as well as her etsy shop: Here are some photos of my favorite pieces!