Thursday, November 10, 2011

BeNi Cakes Alaska Closed UFN...

Hello Friends!

Most of you know we have a new baby coming very soon and I am not taking any orders for a while.  With the need to travel to take them on tour (haha!) I am predicting no orders until June 2012.  Long time, I know!  Exceptions are possible if I'm home for a weekend, just email to check.  I won't know for sure until closer to the dates though.

I'm working on updating the blog with some serving size and pricing features to help figure out a consistent pricing for my cakes.  You will notice that cake prices have risen due to myself having a busier household and family time becoming more valuable.  BeNi is no longer in practice mode!  I am now comparable to other private bakers and do not wish to undercut their amazing talents.

Thank you for your support and understanding and Happy Holidays and New Year!

I'm a Little Teapot!

Happy 3rd Birthday to my sweet girl!  I can't believe how fast she has grown up and how girly she is sometimes!  We had two parties, both tea parties, and thus the need for two cakes.  I think I have the teapot cake down now. 

First one was chocolate with vanilla bean buttercream and the second was strawberry cake with buttercream.  Both covered in marshmallow fondant and hand painted with color gels.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Extreme Sports Birthday Cake

That's coolness for Happy Birthday to You! 
And here is the cool cake that went with the theme...

 White confetti cake with a hint of lemon buttercream frosting.  MMF decor!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Tangled Tower Cake

My challenge for the weekend!  A big thanks to my husband who helped with the stand to get this tower to be super sturdy!  The bottom layer and the top are both chocolate cake with buttercream frosting and mmf, the tower is rice krispie treat covered in fondant.

(Ice cream cones and lots of fondant!)

Oh So Sweet 1st Birthday Lady Bug Cakes

White cake with buttercream frosting, marshmallow fondant.  The small cake is buttercream with fondant decor and is the 1st birthday girl's smash cake!

Hope it was a happy 1st Birthday, Anijah, and hope you got really messy for your mom and aunt! :)

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Housewarming Cake / Citrus Cream Cheese Frosting!

I'm not a fan of cream cheese frosting.
Until now.
Requested flavor-citrus cream cheese frosting.
White cake with citrus cream cheese frosting and marshmallow fondant flower and key. 
Congrats to my friend and her new residence! (and thank you so much for the flavor request!))

Nutty Chocolate Cake

Happy Birthday cake!  Milk chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream (except for the roses-those are regular b/c) with walnuts and pecans!  

Friday, September 23, 2011

Roses and a Caribou.

Here's an interesting combination!  Let me state they were for a double birthday party so the girl got a girly one...

and the guy with the bad shot got the caribou one.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Wedding Cake

Lovely wedding cake for a backyard wedding in Anchorage this past weekend.  It was yellow/chocolate marble cake with buttercream frosting and marshmallow fondant.  Real flowers made me just a little nervous, but they bunched together rather nicely and made for a beautiful cake topper!  Congratulations to the new bride and groom!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

A Quick Birthday Cake

I met a new neighbor who came by with another neighbor to order a cake for two days out.  Yikes!  How could I say no, especially when I was in my jammies and looking like he had totally interrupted my Lifetime movie-thon?  (umm...okay, so maybe he had)  BUT it was an order for a birthday cake for his wife and since they are new in town and I love to make birthday cakes and I had the time I took the order!
I forgot to take a picture before I left home so here is an in-the-car-delivery photo!
Dark chocolate cake with caramel drizzle filling and a light whipped buttercream and chocolate frosting ensemble.  YUM!

Monday, August 22, 2011

FedEx Picnic 2011

We attended the annual FedEx/ALPA family picnic at the Anchorage Zoo this past Sunday and this year I made a small cake and cupcakes!  I haven't found a large cupcake stand that I'm impressed with enough to buy yet so I had to improvise.  It worked well for this occasion in particular!  There were four dozen more cupcakes hidden under the table that eventually disappeared along with all of these, so I guess everyone liked them!  It was a great day at the zoo, rain and all!

Cupcakes were vanilla with purple and orange specks and fluffy buttercream frosting.  The round cake was chocolate pudding with fluffy buttercream and an edible image of the logo.  This cake went to the couple that did all the work arranging the fun picnic!  

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

On the Road Wedding Cake

BeNi Cakes is delighted to share a couple pictures of our "on the road" wedding cake and groom's cake that we made and decorated in Iowa two weeks ago!  A dear friend of ours who has been like our little sister grew up, realized she was in love with her best friend, and their love of books was the theme of their amazing wedding reception.  We were honored to be asked to make their cake and surprise the groom with a cake composed of three of his favorite books.

The wedding cake was three different flavors, two each of cherry chip, lemon and white with raspberry filling.  A non-melting buttercream icing recipe saved the day!  I think I'm in love with dream whip (a little secret ingredient).

The groom's cake was chocolate cake with marshmallow fondant. 

There are lots of people to thank for helping us make this away from our homes and we appreciate everyone who helped out!  Congratulations Erin and Robby!!!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Feliz 10 de Agosto!

A chocolate pumpkin cake with buttercream frosting to welcome home my two little Ecuadorians.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Atiska Ataska Charlie's on a CAKE!

Happy Birthday to Anne C., author of a wonderful children's book titled "Atiska Ataska Charlie's in Alaska!"  It was a challenge to make an airplane out of fondant and I had a great time making an Alaska themed cake.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Airbrush Experiment!

It's salmon season in Alaska!  Here is my attempt at airbrushing a slippery silver, but it turned out looking a little more like a catfish!

He was red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting and delivered to my mom's neighbor as a thank you for shoveling this past winter. 

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Wedding Shower Cake (shipped!)

I was very impressed with Ni's wedding shower cake and decided to make one to FedEx to my friend in Iowa for her bridal shower.  BeNi Cakes is looking forward to making her wedding cake in August!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Rex a saurus Toy Story Birthday Cake!

Happy 3rd Birthday to Michael!  Here are some pictures of his Toy Story Rex cake that was a delish vanilla cake with whipping cream and fresh strawberries filling.  It had a little buttercream frosting and marshmallow fondant too.  Rex was made out of rice krispies and covered in fondant.  He had to be yummy!

 And in case you were wondering what Rex is supposed to look like...

Cesia's Cake

Cesia's 1st birthday isn't until June 26, but this cake is already in her mom's freezer! Since the "tia" won't be around for her birthday, I made it ahead of time and froze it. Hopefully all goes well with the thawing!Feliz dia, Cesia!
Cherry chip cake with marshmallow fondant and buttercream decorations.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

BeNi does flowers!

Tomorrow is Dan's birthday and I always* give his mom flowers on that day. It's my way of thanking her for giving birth to him and raising him to be a fine man. (He's getting a pumpkin pie, by request, for his big day tomorrow!)

* Okay, so the year after my first son was born I forgot until 6 months after Dan's birthday. Oops!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Wedding Shower Cake

A spectacular cake by Ni!  Buttercream frosting with a marshmallow fondant dress.  I love this design for a bride-to-be! 

Mother's Day Cupcake Bouquets!

These are from Ni's kitchen...aren't they awesome?!  What mom wouldn't love to get a bouquet of flowers that are really cupcakes?

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Mod Monkey Birthday Cake!

Happy 3rd Birthday, Harley!

And a picture of the cake at the party (thanks R. for sending me that)!

One of my favorite cakes, cherry chip with cherry buttercream frosting and marshmallow fondant.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Simple Birthday Cake!

Keeping it simple sometimes proves to be really hard for me.  Such as it was with this cake!  I kept asking "are you sure no colors, no fondant, no swirls?"  But I'm really glad my friend stuck to her vision and insisted on just dots and buttercream because this cake turned out quite sophisticated and gorgeous-just like her!

The fresh carnations and strawberries complemented the lemon cake and made for a lovely spring birthday cake!

Welcome to the 32 club Monique! :)

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Happy Birthday Cake!

Chocolate cake, chocolate buttercream, and chocolate and regular marshmallow fondant!  Feliz Cumpleanos Anelis!!!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Wheel of Fortune Birthday Cake

Happy Birthday to my Gram in Iowa!  This was BeNi's first shipped cake thanks to FedEx priority overnight shipping!  I dropped it off at 1230pm AST yesterday and Gram had it by 10am CST today and said it was in perfect condition.  Yay!  It took a lot of plastic wrap and a lot of packing peanuts, but I'm glad to know they can ship.

Gram was surprised and loved it, of course.  She's a huge Wheel fan.  Happy 79th Gram!

Cherry chip cake with cherry frosting and marshmallow fondant. 

Friday, April 8, 2011

80's Cake

Happy Birthday to my pilot!  He's 40 today and we had an '80's party!  His mullet is fake in case you are wondering.  And my hair needed recrimping and more Aquanet.  :)

White cake/buttercream frosting on the Rubix cube
Yellow cake swirled with chocolate cake and chocolate buttercream for the keyboard
Cherry chip with cherry buttercream for Pac Man

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Turtle Cake

A dark chocolate with cream cheese frosting "turtle" cake!  Happy 37th Jen!  (the yummiest part had to be the "cake-pop-like" head and feet made from crumbled cake and chocolate frosting covered in fondant!)

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Mario Cake and Cupcakes

The Hungry Caterpillar Cake boy had another birthday already, can you believe that?!  Happy 4th Kyle, stop growing up so fast! :)

Milk chocolate cake, vanilla bean buttercream frosting, and marshmallow fondant...yum.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Lego Cake

Chocolate cake with vanilla/almond/butter flavoring frosting!  For an 8th Birthday party for Christoph, who LOVES Legos!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Daisy Cake

"Don't you think daisies are the friendliest flower?" (Name that movie!)

Triple chocolate cake with buttercream frosting and cake sprinkles!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Queen of the Jungle Cake

Red velvet cake with cream cheese mousse filling, cream cheese frosting and marshmallow fondant. 

Happy Baby Shower!