I can hardly bear the cuteness of this flower crown bear cake. I can hardly bear my own horrific bear puns. But that is ok. Because: CUTE BEAR! Vanilla swiss meringue buttercream, dark chocolate cake with little fuchsia pink rosettes, green leaves and a dash of crunchy rainbow sprinkles. I’ve been adding little pink cheeks to EVERYTHING lately and it has kicked the kawaii factor through the kawaii cake roof. Plus there’s something so cute about a Hello Kitty face, ie NO MOUTH?? Not that I’m trying to silence my bear friend or anything…
I have a LOT of cakes to post in the next while! For 2018 I wrote a “loose goal” of posting twice a week (HA) and gee whiz, looks like I posted once in January. I’ve been doing a little bit more Coco Cake Land Instagram-ing than usual with some Instagram Stories videos – Instagram continues to be my favourite medium but there is SO much frustration and irritation happening on IG for many of my blogger and small business pals. My approach to Instagram continues to be the same – I just don’t want to crap out any old pic to throw up there so I tend to wait until I have something cute or new, or I feel I have something to say. But, I have begun to understand and utilize Stories a bit more and the potential for on-the-casual cake decorating videos on there seems like fun – I gotta thank Miranda from Whistle and Flute for being my Stories Life Coach! She shot a video of me making a Totoro cake which you can view on my Stories Highlights. Anyhoo, Stories feels much less stressful than setting up a big old rig for a YouTube channel, which I’ve thought about but kinda feel too lazy and OLD for, to be honest! I like the casual-ness of Stories and it seems great for showing some simple techniques. As far as cake making goes, I’m supposed to be “Zen Cupcake” these days and not take on too many cake orders… but now and then, I’ll get an email from an amazing old customer or good friend inquiring about making a cake… it’s hard to say no, especially when the ideas are fun. But, I gotta keep my cool and keep it enjoyable. I don’t want to burn out like the Great Coco Cake Depression of 2010…
What are your thoughts on social media? Hatin’ it hard or addicted as hell? I love it for so many reasons but the addiction is powerful. I have taken to leaving my phone downstairs to charge at night. I call it “leaving the devil spawn downstairs.” I’m currently reading my way through the Harry Potter series and I just started Book 3. I thought Book 1 was… ok. Book 2 I was slogging through and lite-complaining about it and then ALL OF A SUDDEN I WAS SO RIVETED in the last 40 pages!! Haha. The advice I was given is that the series shifts and changes in Book 3 and it becomes your everything. I am excited for this feeling… Ok, I’m going to edit some more cake photos to put up on the blog now… sometimes I think about only posting my content on the blog and forgetting SM (social media, ahem)… but it’s kind of like hoarding a CD on a clunky old stereo when you can listen to Apple Music…? Wow, the good old days of Blogspot and 80k page views! xo Lyndsay
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