Saturday, August 20, 2011


Another fun topsy turvy cake for an adorable 10 year old.  Her favorite colors are purple, yellow, and pink and she loves polka dots.  Her mom surprised her with this cake and her eyes almost popped out when I brought the cake into her party.  That's why I do what I do.

Saturday, July 02, 2011


I made these fun 4th of July cookies.  My husband said they looked like fireworks!!

Saturday, June 25, 2011


Art Piece
This cake was for a baby shower.  They gave me a piece of art that would be put on the wall in the baby's room and asked me to re-create it on the cake.  And here it is!! with the addition of the baby's name on the cake.  It was not an easy task to make the cake look like the art!  Lots of cutting and pasting with fondant.
The flavors of the cake were chocolate cake with raspberry mousse and fresh raspberries.  Chocolate ganache around the edges to resemble the frame.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011


This cake was for a darling 13 year old with many interests.  Soccer, i-pod, mac makeup, so I made all of them out of gumpaste.  She was so excited when I delivered the cake and had a great birthday party with all of her friends.
The flavors of this cake were chocolate cake with chocolate mousse and a layer of hazelnut crunch.

Tuesday, June 07, 2011


This is the yummiest cake!!  Coconut cake with Coconut Pastry Cream filling, Buttercream frosting and pure white coconut pressed into the buttercream.  A coconut lovers dream.The Happy Birthday plaque is made out of gum paste, left to dry then stenciled.  I love that technique!!
The flower holding up the plaque is rice paper dusted with luster dust, cut out and put on a Popsicle stick.

This cake would be a great Easter cake too!!

Monday, May 02, 2011


The theme of this birthday party was Tool Time, so I made this "tool box" and some tools.  It needed to feed 50 people so I made two cakes and stacked them on top of each other then covered all of it with the fondant.  I used Ace of Cakes fondant and did not like it at all.  I prefer Satin Ice but did not have enough red so I bought Duff's fondant and sorry Duff but I really don't like your fondant.  I do like your food colors though.
Anyway, the flavors of this cake were chocolate and hazelnut.  I received a text from one of the party goers that I am doing a cake for in two weeks and she said she wants these same flavors in her cake.  It really was delicious.

Sunday, April 17, 2011


This cake was a referral from a very good pastry chef friend of mine named Yasmin.  She works with Danny who wanted a Hollywood theme cake for a birthday party.  This is what I came up with.  When I got to Danny's home to deliver the cake his house had been transformed to Hollywood 1936.  He had the red carpet leading into the house with bar tables, candles, and a photographer to take pictures of the guests arriving on the red carpet.  The backyard had a white piano set up, tables with black and white musical motif tablecloths, a screening room for showing a movie and a huge Hollywood sign on the hill.  Everyone was dressed in Tuxes, needless to say he had thought of everything.  The caterer was Scott from NewLeaf Catering and it was great to see him again.
This was an opera cake inside the fondant and decorations.  Love opera cake!!!

I just received this from Danny: 
Oh PAM!!!

That cake was SOOO FABUOUIS!!!
I was shocked when you told me the top layer WAS a cake!
These are the kind of cakes i want from now on!

June Birthday!!

THANK YOU SO MUCH PAM! So happy to have you in my circle of friends!!!


Saturday, April 16, 2011


This cake and cupcakes were made for a couples cocktail baby shower.  They did not want traditional baby shower fare.  Their colors were dark blue, light blue, dark grey, light grey and lime.  I had a great time making the cupcakes and if you look close you will notice that each one is different.  It was time consuming to make them but enjoyable just the same.  The flavor of the cake was  chocolate mocha crunch and some of the cupcakes were lemon with lemon curd and some were chocolate  with a crunchy center.  Both had vanilla buttercream icing covered with fondant.

Saturday, March 26, 2011


 chcI love this cake!! I just delivered it a couple of hours ago and it will be enjoyed soon.  The flavors are: bottom tier, red velvet with cream cheese frosting. 2nd and 4th tier, chocolate hazelnut crunch, and the 1st and 3rd tier, white cake with vanilla buttercream. 
The flowers were supplied by Joey from
He is the best!!
I also loved doing the stenciled monogram.  It is such a classy look, and perfect for this cake.

Sunday, March 20, 2011


This cake was for Lily the daughter of the Chef owner of Cooking With Class where I teach a class or two a month.  She is adorable and I created this cake just for her.  She was amazed by it and stared at it for the longest time.  The top tier was her "smash" cake and I heard she had a great time eating and playing with her very own cake.
The flavors were:  white cake with lemon buttercream filling and raspberry buttercream filling.  I put a lemon simple syrup on the cake layers to enhance the lemon flavor.  The cake was yummy.

Testimonial from Lily's Mom:  Andie wrote:
"Pam - the cake was absolutely fabulous, everyone was so blown away by it!! I will hopefully get pics online tomorrow. It was EXACTLY what I was hoping for - Thank you so much for everything=)"

Saturday, March 12, 2011


I live in an area where there are a lot of golf courses so when I was asked to do a huge golf ball I knew it would be a best seller.  The flavors of this cake were chocolate cake with hazelnut buttercream.  I baked two cakes in stainless steel bowls to get the rounded shape.  I still had to do a little carving to get the perfect round.  The golfer that ordered this was thrilled and said it looked exactly like she envisioned. 

Wednesday, March 02, 2011


This is a simple and elegant wedding cake that I did this past weekend.  The colors of the wedding were pink and black and the cake blended in perfect with the room and table linens.
The flavors of this cake were white cake with vanilla bean pastry cream and fresh strawberries.  I also put a very thin coat of strawberry jam on each cake layer.
I always like to take a picture of the cake at the venue after I set it up.  I went to do it this time and my camera said "no card".  Yikes, I had to run all the way back (about a half hour round trip) and retrieve the card out of the computer.  I will be sure and check the camera from now on.!!

Friday, February 25, 2011


This cake was for a 90th birthday.  I delivered the cake to Ruth Chris Steakhouse in Palm Desert.  It was a chocolate cake with chocolate mousse and raspberries.  I even snuck in some of those crunchy pearls I like. 
I received a call from the woman who ordered the cake and she was thrilled with the look and taste of the cake.  I just love it when someone calls after the party is over to tell me how the cake was received and that the guest of honor loooooved it.

Saturday, February 19, 2011


This plated dessert was done for the Valentine dinner at Cooking With Class.  It was a Hazelnut Crunch Heart Shaped Cake, Chocolate Ganache Truffles and Fortune Cookies.  All handmade by Sugar Chef.

These are Red Velvet Cake Pops that I did for
Valentine day too.  I also demonstrated how to make them at the Palm Desert Library for the Chef's at the Library series.

Monday, February 07, 2011


Another Baby Shower Cake!!  This one was carrot cake with cream cheese frosting.  I made the baby booties and block out of gumpaste.  It turned out really sweet just like the new baby boy.

Sunday, January 30, 2011


Soon I will be teaching at Cooking With Class and this order was for one of their clients.  It was a special order of red velvet cupcakes and vanilla cupcakes.  The request was for "sparkly, girly, pink cupcakes".  I made the bows out of gumpaste and found some silver heart shaped edible glitter, pink and white edible glitter plus those adorable scalloped cupcake liners.

Update:  The client was thrilled and here is her comment:

"They were PERFECT!!!! Thank you so much! Everyone LOVED them, especially the birthday girl!"

Sunday, January 23, 2011


When you come to Sugar Chef for a wedding cake tasting this is what I do.  In this picture is Red Velvet cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting, Hazelnut Crunch Cake, Chocolate Peanut Butter Mousse Cake, and White Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream.  The couple I did this tasting for loved it all and picked a different cake for each tier of their wedding cake.

Friday, January 21, 2011


I just returned from the Fancy Food Show in San Francisco and while I was there I had a chance to visit with Duff from the television show The Ace of Cakes.  He was super nice and had a beautiful display of all of his new products.  A couple of his assistants were working on cakes for demonstration purposes.  The work they do is truly amazing!!

Friday, January 14, 2011


Another pretty little cake by Sugar Chef.  It makes me happy to look at this cake.  So sweet and girly.
The flowers are made out of gumpaste and I added the ribbons just to make it a little more feminine.
The panels are embossed fondant and painted with pearl dust.
Those are Pink dragees placed next to the fondant pearls on top.

Monday, January 10, 2011


The Pansy's and Johny Jump Ups on this cake are from my garden.  I grow them every year free of pesticides so I can put them on my cakes and desserts.  It has been very cold recently at night and I have worried that my precious flowers may freeze.  As you can see they are doing quite well thanks to the sun that comes out during the day in the beautiful southern California desert.

The flavor of this cake was lemon, with lemon curd, lemon buttercream and lemon mousse.  One of my favorites.