Icing Smiles Buttercream Ball

Icing Smiles’ Buttercream Ball was absolutely magical. I was asked by CMSA Peggy Tucker to sponsor the Winter Wonderland cake that she and Susan Carberry were creating at this event.  At the event, I grabbed a friend of mine and decided to attend.  I told Jody, my friend that I had no idea what I was getting in to but that we had to dress up.  Peggy had asked that I come early to help her an Susan transport the cake to the event. Having a large SUV, I had no problem.  We arrived at the hotel room where they were creating this magical cake. What we saw was hilarious!  This suite with a wooden black floor was covered with buttercream and sprinkles everywhere! It looked like it had snowed in the room, but in the center of the room was this amazing cake with snow, icicles and this snowman that had a slide twirling around him with penguins sliding down in to an Isomalt lit pond! WOW! In one day they had just about completed the cake sculpture in a hotel room in Baltimore!

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Peggy Tucker and Susan Carberry with their Winter Wonderland Cake
This cake had many obstacles, it was something straight out of a TV challenge!  The first challenge occurred shortly after we arrived when the tube that shot icing snow out of the top of the snowman’s hat was clogged! With no way to access the center of the tube, rigged skewers were poked in to the tube to try and free the isomalt that had fallen in the tube clogging it not allowing snow to fly out of the hat.  Blowing in the tube, mattress pump as well as the designated hand pump would not free this clog. After many failed attempts, we finally cleared the jam and snow blew everywhere.

Susan Carberry getting ready to launch snow
Susan Carberry getting ready to launch snow
Once it was cleared, the mad dash began as we prepared to head to the ball! Susan and Peggy carefully cleared the path as onlookers were amazed that this creation was exiting a hotel!  The back door was opened as we watched in awe realizing there is no way that that cake will fit in the back of this massive SUV.  What were we to do!  The hotel van was not available, there was no way we could remove the hat because there was no way to stabilize it unless someone held it in mid air.  I am sure there are many cake artists who have been in this position and remember when! We called a cab.  This poor cabby had no idea what hit him when four frantic females were explaining that we needed to fit the cake in the back of his cab.  He pulled the seats forward only to realize, it wouldn’t fit and he did not know how to flatten the seat.  What a coincidence that Jody had this same van before and began directing this poor, old taxi driver to remove his belongings because the seat was going down.  Crawling in to the van she flattened the seats as Peggy and Susan tilted the cake and they settled it in to its seat for the 15 minute bumpy ride that was ahead.  Jody sat in the back trying to steady herself and the cake as she made sure everything stayed in place and she tried not to fly in to the cake when the cabby slammed on his brake and hit pot holes at full speed! Amazingly enough, it made it fine as Susan and Peggy carried the cake into its home at the ball room. cake wont fit in large suv
Wow! What a hit this amazing cake was as they continued to complete the cake onsite!  The snowman sat on this oven that was nestled in a mountain of snow.  The oven was covered with Icing Images® Premium Blue luster sheets which were also used on the snowman’s hat. The hat was also adorned with Icing Images Premium Icing Sheets™ that were made in to snowflakes that were cut out using the Spellbinders® Sweet Accents™ from Icing Images.  Peggy added multiple icicles that were beautiful.  The Isomalt work had custom-made Icing Smile Edible Decals that were custom made by Icing Images.  Pouring Isomalt over the decal, she made a unique sign that the snowman proudly held for attendees to see. The snowman was adorned with penguins who were whimsically created by Susan Carberry and were sliding down the snowman. An Isomalt igloo was glowing and a towel was embroidered on the oven handle stating “Baking a Difference.” cake 1
Tracy Quisenberry welecomed the guests, explaining the four year venture of Icing Smiles.  She presented a very humble speech thanking her fantastic crew who created the amazing fund raiser.  Having mom’s of Icing Smiles recipients speak, tears entered our eyes as we realized how this is not about a cake.  It is about giving children, their families, their doctors and all the children who are also suffering from horrible deadly illnesses not just an icing smile, but a happy memory during a horrible time in their lives. Happy memories are made and cherished as children brave through painful treatments with gloomy prognoses.  A smile, a memory a break from the day to day stress that their lives are filled with for something bright, shiny and tasty. A memory for the parents who haven’t seen smiles on their kids faces, haven’t seen joy and haven’t heard their children laugh.  Doctors and nurses who fight day in and day out for their patients and their patient’s families. And then there are the other kids, who don’t have a birthday, truly sharing in the memory and enjoying the cake, the excitement and the contagious, true joy that an icing smile brings about. As a mom, we struggle with illnesses, but not like these families.  When you are in your cloudy day, and life is getting you down, we realize how many blessings we are truly endowed with while others are fighting for their lives, and their children’s lives.

Icing Smiles Recipient
Icing Smiles Recipient
So for a few hours we celebrated, all the while kids are struggling. But we celebrated the 4,000 smiles that were brought about in 4 short years. As we celebrated, we bid on cakes, sports memorabilia, trips and other amazing prizes to raise money for these memories. When Icing Smiles decided to auction a sponsorship for a lucky winner to bid to have the cakes brought to Mt. Washington Pediatric units for the kids to enjoy, Icing images was the proud winner of the Snowman cake and is humbled by the opportunity to sponsor a pediatric unit full of smiles and memories.

Close-up of penguins sliding down the side of the snowman
Close-up of penguins sliding down the side of the snowman
So, Icing Images would like to thank Icing Smiles, Peggy Tucker and Susan Carberry for the wonderful opportunity to sponsor a whole bunch of smiles. Thank you for allowing us to be a part of the memories that the Snowman cake will create.

Icing Smiles logo in Isomalt
Icing Smiles logo in Isomalt

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