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A village surrounds me… June 10, 2010

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I just really need to take this moment to write something from the heart, not light-hearted, not silly, but real. For those who really know me, know that beneath a rough and tumble exterior is a completely tender-hearted person, and sometime I don’t have the way to verbally communicate how I feel, but I will always own the words.  So here are my words.

Since October, I have been living this surreal snowballing life of cake! It started as happenstance and a cake here and there. But there were a few good mouths who started talking about me, and my cake. They started telling people great things about me, and my cake. They started slowly surrounding me, encouraging me, boosting me, and helping me. They also started ordering from me, and sharing their experience of having a “Nene cupcake/Cake.”  I in many cases was able to watch the “enjoying” first hand. If you know me, you know I have an emotional connection to my creations, that not only do I want them hand delivered, I check in on them. This, along with social media, has allowed me to connect with people in ways that I never could have.

So to stick with the story, January came around and I was just seriously starting to get busy. See these people who I had only started to scratch the surface of a relationship with, had really been encouraging me. When I could see this I made a personal new years and life resolution. That was to make connections with people who are meaningful, surround myself with people who truly make my life better, and build those friends with all my heart. Now, not that I didn’t start to do that before (cake), but I had been slightly abused, used, and a little battered by past “friendships” that I wasn’t really sure that I had more than ONE “TRUE” friend.

Now when I made this resolution, I was serious about this, and knew that this would not be an easy task. You know, it is really easy to be a hermit, to sit on the couch, to not show up to that happy hour, shopping trip, pedi & mani (wait, ok maybe not the Mani and Pedi) but you get what I am saying. It is always easier to take the loaner route and to say “No”.  I really allowed my heart to make decisions and I knew that I wanted to be there for people, I wanted to show them my “tender heart.” and that I needed people in my life that really loved me, well…. for me.

But after all this post is not just about me (although my Leo nature would suggest so) I want to take some time to recognize my “village” that has surrounded me and held me up.

There are so many people right now who are in someway touching my life, that I am not sure I would have enough time in the day/night to even begin to properly acknowledge everyone but I would like to take sometime tell a few who have truly meant a lot to me.

Kerstin, you have been a constant staple in my life, when we started connecting, I knew soon after that I wanted you in my life. I enjoyed the times that we spent talking and I really noticed that I really wanted to be there for you. I fell in love with your children, and saw your deep passion and love for Mike right away. I knew that if someone could love that deeply about an individual then they would be a friend that couldn’t compare to others. Truly you have been able to let me vent, panic, cry, laugh, and love. Without ever complaining. I know I apologize a lot for dumping my emotions sometimes or just want things to remain in good standing, because I would be extremely sad without some #galmance in my life. I like that we both can truly have our lives, and when we connect, we can really connect. I know that there is a hug, and a smile, and I know that I would do anything for you and your family, just as you have shown me that same grace. You lift me up as a person, and you have made me truly understand what it means to be a “friend” I can only hope to repay that. Thank you for all your graciousness. (p.s. Mike as well)

Cari, Holy Moly, you have seen ever aspect of me, yet you still soldier on as my friend. We laugh, we argue, we joke, we vent, we work, and we play. I share a lot of my life with you that I would not be able to share with most and I am grateful that I can be who I am when I am with you. There isn’t a more loyal and true friend then yourself, and I have seen that not only in our friendship, but also in all of your friendships. I will NEVER be able to tell you how much your friendship and the example friend you have been to me and my children. I can only hope to repay you in the love that I have for you as my dear friend. Thank you for your willingness to love ALL of me, and understand my flaws and love them too! You are a true friend.

Allison, I don’t get to connect to you as much as I wish, but I can be who I am with you, and I never laugh more than when we are together. I hope that we will be friends for time to come.

Sara Paxton and Paul Evans, even in last night you showed me what it means to really have a heart. You really have taken me under your wings per say and you are helping me fly. I appreciate it this more than you can ever imagine. 

Vince, You have let me pick your brain, you have let me kinda panic, and you have let me in on some secrets of the business world. You always make me feel comfortable, and not unworthy because my knowledge is not always where maybe it should be, but you allow me to learn. You ease my concerns about somethings I am unsure of, and your willingness to help me is not going without notice. Thank you. (I can’t wait for your wedding!)

Hollie and John, you are always my cheerleaders. ALWAYS. Thanks for the ego boost and the love, it keeps me going.

I would also really like to send love to my Dad, although his hands are tied and he can’t help as much as he would like to. I have comfort in knowing you are always a venting call away. Thanks to You and Kathy for being so encouraging, I hope to make you proud.

Ok.. there are a handful of villagers in this group that I haven’t mentioned but are dear to my heart. Thanks for your continued support.

When they say  “It takes a village…”   It does! Do you even know the contribution you are making to my life? You are showing me everyday that there are humanists out there. And people truly are good. You lift my heart to know that you care enough about me to be there for me and want to see me succeed. There are not enough typed words in this world to be able to show you my heart, and how, how you have made me feel, and how you have touch my life means to me. You surround me, you make me a better person, and a better friend. For those things I THANK YOU!

Now, I will succeed in the conquest to cupcake take over, and you will be apart of that, and you will forever be the reasons why I WILL/MUST succeed. Much Love and My Best.

I hope I was accurately able to portray how I feel… that’s very hard for me, but it is completely heart-felt!

Peace, LOVE, and Cupcakes…

NE <3

 

VOTE ON MY LOGO April 26, 2010

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Please Vote on which logo you would like to see for Takes the cake bakery.

 

When cake becomes full time…

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I will be doing cake full time? I WILL BE DOING CAKE FULL TIME!  I need to, Nene needs to be a household name. The great amount of friends, followers, and cake lovers from my humble kitchen has been fantastic. It’s time to branch out! It’s time to get your NENE ON when ever you want! Don’t you think?

Here’s what I need, I need to continue having this awesome word of mouth base, and make it blow up! I am so far out of my kitchen but I am looking to rent a space and be a FULL TIME delivery service. Until further (dreams) can be put to action! I have some very loyal friends, family, and followers.

Lets truly make this time, for Nene’s cupcakes to be shared with the masses of Kansas City, because….we need it. The Era of the grocery store cake is over. The competition is tough but, In my opinion may not have the total package. What’s in this for you, my friends. As those who truly know me, will know that in return what you have done for me, I will turn around and do that for you ten fold. Not to mention, cake! So available, that it is brought to your door! WHAT? NENE’S AT MY HOUSE?! I know, I don’t believe it either. But … BELIEVE.

My Dream Team : My Twitter fan base (always count on you), My Facebook “likes” and friends are on the rise (can never go wrong), next….a website (coming soon) to make ordering a snap, and cupcakes readily available to the masses.

I just want to end this by saying a huge thank you to my friends and family who believe in me and want to help me reach my goals, my heart is with you. My passion is with the cake.  Lets make confectionery love.

Check out the shout on http://www.lessthismorethat.com/2010/04/26/less-wake-more-bake     slowly on our way. Baby Steps.

With Love, Peace, and Cupcakes

Yours Truly.

Nene

 

Cakey Menu …. January 15, 2010

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I’ve been asked  a few times now about what I offer and what prices so I am going to just post it for everyone’s reference.

I offer mainly White and Chocolate cake. BUT I am not opposed to other cakes.(Gluten free cakes as well)

My icing arsenal includes, my classic frosting (I heard its tasty), butter cream, chocolate fudge buttercream, cream cheese. I’ve recently added liquor icings, Margarita, Baileys, Pina Colada, and Strawberry Daquiri.

Fillings: Any kinda of mousse, cream cheese, white chocolate ganache, dark chocolate ganache, milk chocolate ganache, banana, peanut butter, and more. You want it inside your cake or cupcakes, I will make it happen.

Lastly, how much does it cost to get a piece of Nene Cakey Heaven?  Cupcakes with icing $2/ cupcake. Cupcake with filling/fondant $2.50/cupcake. Cupcake w/ Fondant creations and filling $3/ per cupcake.

Giant Cupcakes (Biggin’) w/ Icing: $3

Cake prices vary.

Cakey Lately….

These are Big White cake with classic icing. Fondant roses.

Baileys Cupcakes. Chocolate Cake with Baileys Dark Chocolate Ganache, and Fudge Buttercream Baileys Frosting.

Liquor Cupcakes. Shown here Strawberry daiquiri, Pina Colada, and Baileys

Strawberry Daiquiri Cupcakes. Strawberry Cake with Malibu Rum, along with Captain Morgans Rum Strawberry Frosting! Great for parties or valentines day!

 

I’m dreaming of a cakey ChristmaHanzaKwanzakah December 18, 2009

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Hey Friends!

Cupcakes have never been so fun. Who needs boring, when you can have FABULOUS! :) No, Really. If you are having a holiday party or you are in need of something fabulous. Let’s be smart about this folks, everyone loves cupcakes. Sure you can by store boughten, from the local grocer, HONESTLY they are going to be cheaper, and taste cheaper. PLUS, are they going to be make specially for you, with love. Cause the love that I put into my cupcakes, should show through in the time, effort, and creativity to get you a product that you will love. In turn, falling in love with me! :) SO, if you love CUPCAKES, do cupcakes some justice and order from Nene. True Story.

Gallery (Hall of fame from this week)

HO HO HO with Santa, This is 27 cupcakes of Christmas-ee Magic. Shown here were Chocolate fudge cupcakes with chocolate suprises throughout, piped in classic icing.

Did someone say FROSTY! Snowmen go great with all of the winter. This 28 chocolate cupcakes with classic icing piped.

Classic Snowflakes are elegant and make for a beautiful cupcake arrangement. These are half and half cupcakes with white and chocolate fudge. They are piped with classic frosting and have pressed fondant accents dusted a frosty purple to give some SHIMMER. We all love some sparkle. :)

These are just a snipit of what you could bring to your holidays, parties, or just cause you want a cupcake. I do small and large orders. I also do made to order. I am very flexible and will work with and for you!

With Holiday Love…

Peace, Love, and Cupcakes.

Nene

 

Cakey has gone all Holiday on us! December 10, 2009

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So as the order’s are rolling in, I am plugging away on some original recipe ideas and yummy goodness. I am currently working on the liquor cupcakes : Margarita, Pina Colada (which got rave reviews already), Irish Baileys, and Strawberry Daquiri. I am also working on a coffee espresso recipe and two secret recipes that are going to be amazing if they work out the way I think they will. If you have an idea, please share it with me, I will try to work it out for you, and I LOVE challenge and an ability to be creative!

Some latest photos!

These Gobbler beauts turned out adorable! They are white and chocolate cupcake. Turkeys are classic icing piped and the chocolate fudge buttercream piped.

GIANTS! Or Chocolate Thunda' as I like to call these biggins! These giants have devils food and dark chocolate cake recipes combined with chocolate milk from Shatto Farms and Chocolate chunks. Inside there is a dark chocolate fudge ganache, topped with chocolate fudge buttercream. YEAH!

Holiday Candy Cane Cupcakes, White and Red Velvet cake with classic icing, sprinkled with raw colored sugar.

Snowflake beauties were Red velvet and white cake. Rough iced with classic icing and gel piped w/ raw clear sugar.

Next up for this cake lady, table scape. Snowman and Santa’s Face with Snowflakes. :) 10 dozen of cakey love! :)

Don’t forget to order your cupcake for the holiday parties. Contact me @ nenetakesthecake@hotmail.com and I can work with whatever your brain, stomach, and heart desires…..

Until then.

Peace, Hope, Love, and Cupcakes!

Nene

 

Cakey Lately… November 19, 2009

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So, it has slowed down a bit for me in the cakey world but it is about to pick right back up. I have 3 dozen turkey cupcakes to make for Thanksgiving, the next week 12 dozen x-mas cupcakes and 2 ornament cakes. This means, I need to get started!

But In the last couple weeks I have made some pumpkin-ish type things, and some not.

Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting.

Chocolate Pumpkin Cake and Classic White Cake and Classic Icing

Finished product with fondant leaves.

Fairy Tale Book Cake, Chocolate with Classic Icing Book made of Rice Treats and covered in Fondant.

Up close picture on the book...

Until next time Peace, Love, and Turkey Cupcakes..

 

Nene

 

 
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