Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Celebrating 300 followers! GIVEAWAY!!!

I just noticed this morning that my little cake blog has hit 300 followers! I'm so excited about this!! :) I remember being surprised when I had 30 and now 300!!??!!? Wow! I want to say a big thank you to all my supporters and followers for all the wonderful comments, emails and opportunities all of you have given me over the past year and a half!

.


I'm not sure if I have ever really told my story on how I started off so here goes...about three years ago my mom, nana and I decided we wanted to learn how to decorate cakes so we signed up for a cake decorating class through Wilton. I made it to one class and had to drop out. Yes, I am a cake school drop out. :( School is cool right?! Well, not when you're 6 weeks pregnant and the smell, look, taste, thought of icing makes you sick sick sick! It was torture! I love cake, but couldn't stand it for the entire 9 months of Olivia's pregnancy. Isn't it crazy what pregnancy can do to you!?! So after one little class I dropped out and didn't look at a cake for another year or so.


.


Then Livie was born and Bailey's 3rd birthday came around. I revisited the idea of decorating cakes because my little girl wanted me to make her a cake...I practiced and practiced and practiced. I bought a couple cake decorating dvds. I googled about 1000 "how tos" and watched some You Tube videos on different cake decorating techniques. I have learned how to decorate cakes through a lot of trial and error and countless hours searching the internet for advice. But with no proper training, and lots of "holes" in my cake decorating education it hasn't always been easy.


.


Which brings me to my giveaway!!!


.


I so appreciate all your support so I wanted to host a fabulous giveaway that would be perfect for all my cake fans. :) I contacted the TALENTED and oh so WONDERFUL Melissa Diamond (my new best friend/hero) of MY CAKE SCHOOL. If y'all don't know about her site you NEED to check it out!


Mycakeschool.com




I found it about a month ago and I am SO HAPPY I did!!! Its full of great cake decorating ideas and video tutorials from basic buttercream decorating techniques to working with gumpaste and even chocolate. Its great for beginners and even experienced cake decorators who want to improve on their skills. I am particularly happy with the gumpaste tutorials as that has always been a big weakness of mine. But with Melissa's tutorials I actually ENJOY making gumpaste figurines! I'm telling you, I LOVE this website!




The giveaway is for one year free membership to My Cake School! ($30 value) You will gain access to decorating assistance, advice and 100s of cake decorating videos for an entire year. The $30 membership fee is a great deal on its own...getting it for FREE is even better!!! :)




To enter the giveaway leave a comment with your name and where you can be contacted. (You must be a follower) I will randomly select one winner on April 15th.




Stay tuned, good luck and Happy Caking!!!!




77 comments:

  1. Oh how I would love to win this! I love MyCaKeSchool site too as well as yours! I love making cakes and want to get way better at it! I Just told hubby that I have set my mind to sign up for some cake decorting classes! Cool!
    Thanks for the chance!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Congratulations on your 300 followers :) And thank you for the giveaway. Veronica
    lifeinthethrifylane@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  3. Hi Kate,

    So I like you started decorating cakes for my kids!!
    I think your work is amazing!! I'm so inspired by everything you do.
    I again like you have never taken a class as I have 5 kids and NO time :)
    Everything is self taught or learned AGAIN like u through the Internet!!!
    Anyway thanks for the chance to win more knowledge through this great website!

    ReplyDelete
  4. Me again
    Tsharpe9702@hotmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  5. Oh wow!! Such an amazing giveaway!! Happy 300!!

    ReplyDelete
  6. WOW!-300 followers...I'm new to the world of blogging and want to say...I love your party ideas!

    ReplyDelete
  7. Awesome giveaway! I just found her site last week and was debating it but was thinking I should take an in-person class first. Then again, what's wrong with being self taught? Such a great giveaway!

    I can be reached via e-mail on my profile or via my blog at http://howdidi.blogspot.com/

    ReplyDelete
  8. Just recently found you! Congrats on 300 followers! I'd love to win your giveaway! Thanks

    ReplyDelete
  9. Congratulations on your 300 followers! I have 15 and that makes me giddy with excitement! What a fun giveaway. I love making cakes and this would be so much fun to win! Love your blog by the way!

    utahmiller@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  10. Congrats on your 300+ followers. Your cakes are fabulous! I would LOVE to learn a few insider tips through My Cake School! reeder.katie@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  11. I started the same way as you did with cakes! Congrats on 300!

    ReplyDelete
  12. SO EXCITING!
    www.talesfromthelime.com
    Sassysuz00@aol.com

    ReplyDelete
  13. Congrats on 300+ followers. I just found your site and would be excited to learn more tips through My Cake School. Keep up the wonderful work you are doing!
    thegreatones6@yahoo.com

    ReplyDelete
  14. hello Kate my name is Ursula when I read your story it was almost the same way that I started my cake decorating career, I star like you with videos and so many research because in the beginning I couldn't afford the class, so I star with my computer, books and a lots of trials.....congratulations for your 300 followers sure you will feel happy....I would like to win your giveaway because I feel very identified with your story!!!!!!!!!!

    I hope you rich over 300...

    ReplyDelete
  15. I forgot my email ursula26@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  16. What a great story! Congrats on 300+ fans! I would love to be entered for a chance to win! My e-mail carraghmaloney@ymail.com

    Thanks!

    ReplyDelete
  17. I love Melissa from My Cake School! And I am just lovin your blog and all your wonderful cakes. So Talented, keep up the good work!

    Jewelswhipple@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  18. This is so exciting! I follow her blog but I'm not a member and would love to be! Your blog is so great too! I follow it through google reader and didn't realize I wasn't an official follower but I am now! My email is lydiasfarmer@gmail.com :)

    ReplyDelete
  19. Love all the stuff! would really love to have someone help me learn how to make people, find that the most difficult to do.

    my email is deniece655 at gmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
  20. Congrats on 300! Kristen Brown my email is kristenbrown.candycoated@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  21. Love your blog. All of your cakes and party decor is soooo AMAZING!!! Keeping my fingers crossed and I hope I win. My email is s.perezmrcd@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  22. congratulations!!! (I bet you have WAY more than 300! I follow you on google reader, doesn't show up in blogger numbers). Here's to 300 more!

    hugs!
    Kim
    kim.partyfrosting@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  23. Love to follow your blog, Jamie Shurtleff at jmeshurtleff@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  24. I've never heard of My Cake School...so I'd love to win this!! Thanks for sharing! I always look forward to see what new creations you've come up with!! I follow you through Bloglines.

    stacibrown@hotmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  25. Love your story. I too have been trying to learn by googling stuff so I would love to win this prize....her website is awesome!
    Thank you
    Donna dmgiblin@hotmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  26. I love your blog! Even if I don't win, I still am a winner, because I get to access your blog with all the different cakes and party ideas.

    ReplyDelete
  27. This is a great giveaway!!! I just recently found your blog and I LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!!! It has inspired me to try bigger and better cakes. I am a trial and error cake maker. I have never taken a class (always wanted to) but I always make practice cakes before making the final one. Thanks for the inspirations and your creativity!!
    Lisa - LisaJ11679@aol.com

    ReplyDelete
  28. Ashleigh
    a.b.wright@frontiernet.net

    ReplyDelete
  29. I LOVE your Blog!! I think I've read every single entry... Ha ha! You're cakes are amazing and you're an inspiration! I would love to win this and learn more from Cake School! My e-mail is Krissy12052@aol.com

    ReplyDelete
  30. Happy 300 Followers!!!!
    Thanks for the giveaway, I would totally love to be a part of the Cake School!!!! I need all the help I can get, I too am self-taught.

    KJonesZX6R@gmail.com.

    THanks again. Love your blog!!!

    ReplyDelete
  31. Congratulations! I love Cake School! I follow her free blog :) I am a self taught caketista too, my mom walked me through my 1st cake over the phone (since she had taken a class and naturally I thought she could teach me :) and now I am OBSESSED!!

    stephaniesabosky@yahoo.com

    ReplyDelete
  32. Congratulations on 300!

    I've been toying with the idea of a My Cake School subscription. It would be a nice treat to win one.

    ReplyDelete
  33. Congratulations on 300 followers! I started decorating cakes/cupcakes for my kids when we moved across the country and away from my "go to cake girl"! 3 years later and one Wilton class under my belt I am hooked! Thank you so much for the chance to win a year subscription to My Cake School!

    dawnlefler@hotmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  34. I would love that!!! :) Any help in that department would be great! My email is mlbutler05@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  35. I started out with making my wedding cake because we couldn't afford to purchase one. Now I love doing this as a hobby! I especially love the research process, where I'm constantly learning new things! My blog (it's nothing like yours, as I'm just starting out!) is tastytreatz.wordpress.com
    My email is emailme12@comcast.net

    ReplyDelete
  36. congrats on the 300 followers! I would love this b/c I already do cakes similar to yours but could always use more tips and how to's! crystal cfb9897@yahoo.com

    ReplyDelete
  37. Congrats!! I have been a member of My Cake School.com for about a month and LOVE IT. Melisaa is so great & talented, just like you. Again, congrats!

    ReplyDelete
  38. I neeeeeeeed Cake School! My icing piping is not cute, but I am obsessed with figuring it out.

    ReplyDelete
  39. I would love this!! I love your site and check it daily to see what beautiful creations you have made!!

    ReplyDelete
  40. What a wonderful site! Congratulations on 300 followers! I love seeing your beautiful creations, and check daily (when I'm not neck high in projects). I got into cake decorating about 4 years ago, just for the heck of it, and my kids. I completed 1 1/2 of the Wilton classes, and have been self teaching ever since.
    KariAnn mskari77@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  41. I'm a doofus. I left a comment above, but forgot to leave a contact address. That's what I get for posting after being up all night.

    "Congratulations on 300!

    I've been toying with the idea of a My Cake School subscription. It would be a nice treat to win one."
    amandastrosahl@prodigy.net

    ReplyDelete
  42. Trial and error is the way to go! At least that's how I do it too :)

    Chef_Jean@live.com

    ReplyDelete
  43. Congrats on 300! I love baking and would LOVE cake school!

    KWS426@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  44. Love your site! Would love "cake school" Going to check out this site!

    rlouisen@yahoo.com

    ReplyDelete
  45. LOVE you site! Such talent! Would love...and I need "cake school"! mollybeau@yahoo.com

    ReplyDelete
  46. Oh My Goodness Cake!!!! What a fantastic giveaway! I would LOVE LOVE LOVE To win this one. I have been decorating cakes now for maybe about 6 months and am getting hooked. I have learned all I can from, like you, the you tubes tutorials and looking at everyone else's amazing blogs and creative ideas. I would be honored to be able to take the online cake classes!!! Thank you.
    Supermom3x@qwest.net
    http://scrapnthrutime.blogspot.com/

    ReplyDelete
  47. Congrats! Your blog is fantastic and a new addition to my list of frequently viewed sites!
    trilogyedibles@hotmail.com
    www.trilogyedibles.com

    ReplyDelete
  48. What a great idea! I've really enjoyed looking at your cakes...thanks for the chance to learn more!

    ReplyDelete
  49. I love coming to your site for party ideas! I LOVE all of your creations!

    Heidi

    ReplyDelete
  50. <3, <3, <3 all of your party ideas...awww!! Sooo super cute!!! =) aforten3@hotmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  51. Congrats on your followers! Thanks for the chance to win

    ReplyDelete
  52. Just found you blog - I love it!
    Jenniffer White (jen [at] cupadeecakes [dot] com)

    ReplyDelete
  53. Congratulations!
    Melissa Jackson
    melisoft@gwmail.gwu.edu

    ReplyDelete
  54. Kate, I am a huge fan of your cakes! LOVE every one that I've seen! I also love your party ideas! Your giveaway is a great idea.
    amberellis79@yahoo.com

    ReplyDelete
  55. I am also a huge fan/follower! I love your cakes and your parties, I am throwing my hub a Trophy Husband themed party this year! I love it! jen@sweetenyourday.com

    ReplyDelete
  56. I love your blog! Pick me:)
    kristina4klotz@hotmail.com
    http://teenytime.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  57. Love your site and hope to win!
    talktoterrance@gmail.com or tscakecreations@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  58. Grrreat site....very inspiring!!! Would love to win the gift membership to take up some time while my husband is overseas!!
    tbear615@aol.com

    ReplyDelete
  59. This is awesome! Thank you!
    tina_lara03@sbcglobal.net

    ReplyDelete
  60. What an awesome giveaway! Thanks for the opportunity to win!! :o)

    Loren @ The Baking Sheet
    lorenoneill@aol.com

    ReplyDelete
  61. Wow Congratulations on your 300 followers. I started decorating cakes,cupcakes, and making lots of cookies and cake poops to pay our bills specially in this economy, but we made it through, in the same time it was fun and i loved it because i would have my daughter Leila help me make them that way it gave us time to enjoy each other's company and spend time with her. I would love to get your membership as it would give me more ideas and learn how to. Thanks

    ReplyDelete
  62. Hello,I love your site and I am trying to make cakes to have a little money coming in.I lost my husband and found out I have MS.Baking cakes is one thing I still can and enjoy doing.I would love to win.Thank you Lisa

    ReplyDelete
  63. I would love love love to win a year worth of time with My Cake School with Melissa! Her site ROCKS!!! and i am so happy I found your site as well. I just started my own business in Alaska making custom design cakes. i would love your feedback on my cakes and my site. check it out at www.cakesinlove.com thank you and have a "sweet" day!

    ReplyDelete
  64. Just became a follower today! Can't wait to read more of your posts, your blog looks great! I too took a Wilton cake decorating class with our first (also named Olivia) but I was nearly 7 months pregnant when I did! I would LOVE to win, I've been a follower of Melissa's cake school just in the last few months, and I LOVE that sight!! You can reach me at my email: angelabarton@mac.com I have a cake blog at www.angelabartonscakes.blogspot.com Take care!! And Good Luck to whoever you pick to win!

    ReplyDelete
  65. I, too, took the Wilton class, but want to learn so much more. Besides, my hubby wants me to to use the cake decorating stuff I have that is starting to take over my kitchen!
    :)
    Carrie
    blueyedboyz@yahoo.com

    ReplyDelete
  66. Hi! Congrats on 300 and I've just become a follower! I've been wanting to subscribe to mycakeschool.com, but there's just so many 'cake' things I want/need, there's just not enough $$ to go around!
    Natalie
    nataliealt@yahoo.ca

    ReplyDelete
  67. Hi! Congratulations on reaching 300! Nicole nicolebozena@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  68. Great giveaway for tax day! Thanks

    ReplyDelete
  69. I am SUPER excited about this giveaway!! I want to take cake decorating classes and we don't have anywhere around here to take them. It would be so awesome to win! I really want to make my children's cakes this year... and if I am able, I would like to make our Easter cake... OK, I can find any reason to make cakes!

    Congrats on your 300+! Here's to more!!

    ReplyDelete
  70. oops, here is my email:
    aallen440@yahoo.com

    ReplyDelete
  71. WOW!!!! I would be thrilled to win this giveaway. I've tried to decorate cakes and cupcakes but they never look professional. I would love to have the opportunity to expand my decorating skills. Thank you for being so generous and keep posting those amazing cake pictures.

    ReplyDelete
  72. Love your blog & creations!
    Samantha @ randomlycrafty.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  73. What a cool prize! I'd love to win - i'm also teaching myself how to do things and i've joined a Cake Decorating Guild.

    ReplyDelete
  74. I am just starting a cupcake business and would love to be able to take a few lessons! I think it's so awesome you are offering this. I have been make cupcakes for friends and family forever and they have encouraged me to branch out. Winning this would be a God send, thanks for the chance.

    ReplyDelete
  75. I have a small home based cake business and would LOVE an opportunity to win you giveaway! It is great that people like you recognize your followers. It is very much appreciated. I can be reached at ToniMarie3171@comcast.net

    ReplyDelete