Wednesday, December 31, 2008


My personal second-favorite cake is....

The Ladybug Cake!
It is too cute for words, we'll just leave it at that!
Get your votes in for your favorite cake! only two more days!!
I will post the reader's choice on January 1st!!

Monday, December 29, 2008

Only 3 to go...

Fig & Ruby Sweet #3 is awarded to:

The Digger Cake!
This cake took a bit of engineering and a ton of frustration before I ended up with the finished product. My husband saved the day with a few small suggestions.

I had originally planned on making both the truck and the digger out of cake but I came to my senses and convinced myself that my 2 year old would be thrilled with "only" a digger made out of cake :) He was thrilled. He enjoyed eating the "dirt" out of the back of the truck most of all.

This cake opened up my mind to how fun cakes for boys can be!!

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Sweet #4...

Just has to be....

The giant pink cupcake!

This was for my youngest daughter Madison's 2nd birthday. She asked for a big pink cupcake with a strawberry on top and that is exactly what she got!! This was before the days of the sur la table cupcake mold pan. I had to figure this one out with the pans I had on hand. The top part of the cake was fresh strawberry cake and the bottom part was chocolate. The combination of chocolate and strawberry was really, really good. This is probably my favorite tasting cake to date..and it was so darn cute :)

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Sweet #5 is...

The Ducky Cake!

I just love the look of this one...the bubbles are so fun!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

And #6 goes to....

Favorite Sweet #6 jsut has to be...

The Poodle on the Pillow Cake!

This cake stretched me in a lot of ways...I had never made a "shaped cake", I had never used fondant...and I had never experienced a "cake disaster" when I opened the fridge the morning of a party!

Our little pink poodle's entire head fell off overnight and sent me into a panic in the morning! Because this was my first disaster, I was not prepared...I did not have extra icing. I had to whip up a whole extra batch, tint it the correct shade of poodle pink, and repair Miss Poodle in time for the party. It all worked out and I learned a lot along the way.

Sweet #7

Favorite Sweet #7 belongs to...

The Cheerleader cake!

I made this cake for my daughter Mailee and it was so much fun to do!

I have been drawing cheerleaders for a long time; I puff painted them on T-shirts for cheer camp and drew them life-sized on the signs for rallies and football games in high this was a little blast from the past!!

I love the overall look of this cake with the stars and stripes, the red white and blue and the fun firework-like candles... truly All-American!!

Favorite Sweet #8...

Fig & Ruby Favorite Sweet #8 is....

The octopus cupcakes from the sea creature baby shower cupcakes!!

I loved how funky these guys looked perched on top of the light teal icing! They had so much personality with their wiggly legs and sprinkles on their heads. They were also really really fragile so it was an extra big accomplishment when they were safely placed on their cupcakes!
The colors, the subject, everything about these guys was different than I had done before and dreaming up and creating something completely new is satisfying!!
Get your votes in for your favorites! I'll post the results on New Year's Day!!!

Countdown Time!!!

I just did the correct me if I'm wrong (math is not my forte)...Only 9 days till the New Year!!! I thought we'd do our own little Sweets countdown!

I will countdown to 2009 with a countdown of my favorite Fig & Ruby Sweets of all time. I am ending the countdown on New Year's Eve with my favorite sweet of all time but on New Years Day I will be posting the Reader's Choice for best Fig & Ruby Sweet!
To vote, just leave a comment on this blog post, email me or leave me a message on facebook describing your top pick! If you want a refresher, you can click on the cakes to the right and they will take you to my cake galleries. You can even leave the word "vote" in the comment section on the facebook picture of your favorite all comes back to my email in the end. You have until New Year's Eve to get your votes in. One vote per person please:)

And for Today...drum roll please......

Favorite Sweet #9

This baby shower cake for a little baby boy named Sterling turned out so cute, I love the color combination and the different designs on the layers. This is the first cake that I did with the textured stripe layer. it just sort of happened and when the cake was finished, I loved the look and depth of that layer in particular. The "textured stripe layer" has since become a Fig & Ruby signature!

My favorite cakes might end up being a bit memory-biased because for me, most of my favorites have personal significance as well :) This particular cake I made for a woman who called me out of the blue, she was so excited for her sister and she wanted her to have the perfect cake for her new baby boy. The proud Grandpa came to pick up the cake and even showed me pictures of his precious Grandchildren. What a sweet and loving family, I had thought at the time. 4 months later, the principal of my girls' school came up to me and told me that I had made his son's baby shower cake! Such a small world!

Stay tuned for my #8 favorite tomorrow!!!

Retro Flower Cookies

These cookies were so FUN!!!
The colors, the pattern, it all ended up feeling a bit "retro".

Check out their cool "display" too... We are always happy to work with you and provide a super cool way to present your Fig & Ruby treats.