It all began with my LOVE of desserts…pretty much anything baked for that matter. Look no further, Nancily's Cupcake Shack is all about treats in a wide variety of flavors to fulfill your every sweet desire! So go ahead…Enjoy Every Bite
My granddaughter Alyssa turned the page on being an 8 year old and stepped into her 9th year on April 21st. We hopped into the car from Miami and headed for the big 'to-do' in Ocala, where she lives with her mom.
Needless to say, it was a frenzied affair. We drove north for 4 hours with all my
supplies early Friday in order to prepare Alyssa’s cake. I naturally always leave something behind, but I worked it out. The cake was completed by 2:30 AM.
The theme: Alyssa requested Shoes and Purses...
My response, "Huh?.. and what
do I do? My girl is not even a tween. Heavy sigh! So... I did the grandmotherly thing and created gilry flats out of sugar
and a simple purse confectioned out of cake.
I was told the party included a group of ten at the local Ocala roller rink. So I said to Alyssa, 'I’ll make you a little
cake that looks like a purse.' We sat down in front of our home computer and we designed the cake of all cakes! Voila! We now had a 3 tier cake in the rising.
In my mind I could hear mom, Monica, saying, "how exaggerated, Nancy!”
My response, "Come on, Monica... she is my granddaughter!" I hear this every year and aren’t I allowed?
So to please both Mom and Alyssa, I made the bottom layer a 'dummy' cake; dummy as in Styrofoam. The middle layer is Alyssa’s favorite - chocolate. The purse was all vanilla with a pinch of Coco rum.
I threw in some miniature high heels
from little cupcakes and boxed them in clear boxes as favors; I confess, I went crazy with
purses and heel cookies. I found cardboard purses at QualityWholesale and stuffed them with flavored lip glosses as goodie bag items. True that, I had
more fun getting everything together than when I used to coordinate my own children's birthday partys; Ah, to be a grandmother. Sweet!
Oops. Lastly, I dressed up fancy-like to the Roller Rink in
Ocala, nothing like Miami, life is simpler in there. The good news; everyone there approached us to pay homage to Alyssa’s cake, cookies
and mini cupcake shoes. The good folks came by to take pictures. How funny! A good time was had by all and my Alyssa was happy. It's a good life!
What a perfect moment to say the words that are better shared, thank you for being such a wonderful niece. As you turned 29 on the beautiful day of the Ides of March, I am reminded today that your timing into this world was perfect and that we are all exponentially blessed as a family.
This is your family..Don't we make you proud?
All kidding aside, we love you for many reasons, but you are especially witty, full of
fun, creative and have a Queen size HEART; and,on and on and on...familial accolades can be embarrassing, therefore I will behave. The laud stops here...for now.
In planning your day,all we knew was that your 29th had to be an extra special celebration. The plot was designed and we built a party with your name on the marquis. With that said, Tio Juan made
the most savory, mouth watering Paella with all of the fixings, Momma Mary arranged the brightest and most aromatic spring flowers she could find and I
of course, the sweets for my sweet. Party central was humming and spot on.
So you don't forget the feel of these moments, I am going to recap briefly your day and how I felt as part of the prep team; one for the book of memories.
From the starting gate, I was inspired by the scent of renewal and Easter goodness so, voila...an Egg Cake was my muse. This ditty was made with you in mind, topped with vanilla and colored layers to remind you of the Easter egg hunts of your childhood. I remember many.
The bottom layer is and may always be your favorite, Red
Velvet. The mini cupcakes were more about Mom’s favorite treat, pineapple and
coconut; she deserves some kudos as she brought you into the world. I think you will agree.
You just know we could not leave the Easter cake pops on the bench. I am especially proud of these babies because of the large dose of adorable-factor: the little rabbit tails in red
velvet, chicks in vanilla, purple eggs and flowers in chocolate.
I guess that wasn't enough, so I made sherbert coated vanilla cake pops in the shape of
Easter eggs and mini cakes in raspberry, key lime, and orange.
All of this preparation was inspired by your beautiful soul. It was a great time for all of us and we wholeheartedly wish you all the finely favored goodness that life can offer.
My wish for you on that day and every day is a beautiful day for a beautiful Niece.