Monday, July 2, 2012

Linking Up With Made It Monday

At the suggestion of Kim from Finding Joy in 6th Grade, I am linking up with Tara at 4th Grade Frolics for her Made it Monday linky.

Yesterday I posted HERE about making this wedding cake over the weekend for one of my teacher friends who got married on Saturday evening.  

Yes, I know it is not teacher related, but I thought it turned out great and wanted to share. I had not made a wedding cake in over 5 years..not since I started teaching. I used to own my own cake design business before I became a teacher and made about 50-60 wedding cakes a year.  Many people have asked me why I am teaching and not making cakes. The answer is that I am more passionate about teaching than I ever was about baking.  And let's face it, once the cake is cut and eaten every one forgets what it looked like and after a while, what it tasted like. With teacher, my impact is life-changing (or at least I hope it is) an hopefully my students will remember me longer than anyone ever has remembered my cakes.

I always share with my students that I used to be a baker..they love this and always ask me to make things for them....which I do. Their favorites are my red velvet cupcakes and my brownies.  Its a win-win..I can use treats to bribe them (to study extra hard for a test, to be on their best behavior for a special visitor, to try extra hard to stay focused, to read that extra book each 9 weeks), and they get a sweet reward!

Well, I am off to make a few mini cakes...a couple we are friends with  coming over this evening to do a tasting for their upcoming wedding in October!


  1. Wow-that cake is beautiful! I have a friend that makes cakes and sells them. That cake would cost a fortune!

  2. That cake is beautiful! Great job!

  3. Beautiful cake! Don't sell yourself short on the impact of your cakes. I remember my wedding cake well (granted it was only 3 years ago...) but still, you are an iconic part of many different celebrations!

    Polka Dots and Teaching Tots

  4. What a talent you have! That cake is gorgeous. It's wonderful that you still get to do this. Out of curiousity, how long does it take you to create a cake like that?

    Reaching for the TOP!

  5. GORGEOUS! I think I am going to be looping too with my 4th grade class. I am your newest follower! I just started my own blog and am excited to connect to other passionate educators.
    Fancy Free in Fourth

  6. You are very talented!

    I Love My Classroom

  7. I am so glad you linked up:) That cake is beautiful!!!! What a wonderful gift to be able to do that:)) Thanks for sharing and linking up:) I hope you come back next week:)

    4th Grade Frolics

  8. I am SO impressed! You are certainly very talented! What a gorgeous cake!

    Primary Inspired

  9. Thanks everyone for your wonderful all are too sweet! I really enjoy this and I am glad I can still keep my skills sharp form time to time.

  10. You cake is beautiful! I bet you were a great baker and an even better teacher! Your passion for teaching comes through!

    Delighted in Second
    Hope you will join my $20 TPT gift certificate giveaway!

    1. Thanks Jenifer! I loved baking and still do, but you're right..teaching is now my passion. Headed over to your giveaway right now!!

  11. Hi Patti! I absolutely LOVE your cake. It is far beyond my first cake class experience, but I am loving getting together with my friends and making a sticky icing mess. I am going to add my creatin, from my class on Monday, to my made it Monday post. Along with a filing cabinet I am currently refurbishing!

    Thanks for sharing!
    Damien of The Reading Buddies