Well hello there friend! Yes indeed – I’m celebrating SIX years of blogging. That is an insaneo long time, isn’t it? Today I’m going to tell you about what it’s been like BLOGGING for six years about CAKE ‘n’ stuff.
In a nutshell, here’s wuh happened:
1. I started my blog in 2008 to document my sudden obsession with baking. Back then, I learned from books mostly, and a few online tutorials. The internet was nothing like it is now as far as resources – like this Creativebug Wilton Cake Decorating series SO did not exist back then.
2. I decided I loved baking – so then I started a cupcake biz. Back then, cupcakes were still sort of cool.
3. I went loco dingo wild making cupcakes and creating some pretty fun projects. I worked my butt off and my biz grew like crazy between 2009-2011. I excitedly and obsessively blogged every cake or cupcake I made. I knew nothing about all those blogging tips that are so readily available now – SEO, when to post during the day, social media, blahblahblah – I would post six times a day if I felt like it, and post at 11pm at night. I named my images things like DSC8090.
4. Even so, the interwebz liked what I was doing and my work was getting passed around like the town bicycle. Like this Very Hungry Caterpillar Cupcakes Cake. I was getting some mad hits – 80,000 pageviews per month. Too bad I was too cool to put ads on my blog back then. DAMNIT! (Sad face)
5. In 2012 I dropped off the face of the blog planet when I became pregnant and then went through a pretty bad depression.
6. In 2013 I CAME BACK WITH A Rambo-like vengeance… only to find many of my followers had moved on. A blog with no new posts in 10 months is going to lose some fans, heh. Still, I was determined to rebuild my audience, work really hard and try to make a living at blogging and freelance writing.
7. In April 2014 I finally moved away from Blogger (I was clinging to it hard because it was all I knew) and with the help of two great friends, launched this here COCO CAKE LAND blog which I love and cherish! I love my blog TOO much!
8. In September 2014, I’m still chugging along like the little cake engine that could, building up the nicest cake-lovin’ blog following again, meeting many new pals, baking up mad storms, brewing up cakey ideas and writing for some great websites along the way. I’ve made some amazing friends through my blog, some I’ve met in real life and some I have yet to meet in person – and have felt the love and support along the way. So THANK YOU for being a friend – it really means a lot!!!
To celebrate six years of cakey-ness, I wanted to make my blog a birthday cake. I sort of imagine my computer taking a lil bite of this pink pretty thing. I’m weird. So here is the most simple but make-a-splash cuterific pink party cake tutorial for you. You all know how much I love the buttercream piped cakes. I have deep love for the piping bag. This cake takes pink cake layers, white vanilla buttercream and tinted pink buttercream in a piping bag fitted with an open circle tip. I used my fave Wilton 1 A open circle tip.
1. Start with a pink vanilla layered cake. Frost and fill your cake.
2. Apply a crumb coat of creamy vanilla buttercream.
3. Smooth using a cake scraper; chill in freezer for 15 minutes.
4. Remove from freezer and apply a final coat of buttercream.
5. Using the cake scraper, smooth the edges and top until you are happy chappy.
6. Fill your piping bag with pink vanilla buttercream. Squeeze out and pull away quickly to reveal a “blobette” with a nice point.
7. Place pretty, evenly spaced blobettes all over the top of the cake.
Slice on in to your pretty pink party cake! So cute and pretty! I love the contrast of the white and the vibrant electric pink.
Happy happy blog birthday to MEEEEE! Hope you liked this pink party cake tutorial! Now, inquiring minds want to know – how long have you been blogging for and what do you love most about it? Do you hate its face so hard sometimes and want to throw in the (tea) towel? Casual blogger or making a living? DO tell all, Oprah Winfrey style! xo Lyndsay
This post is sponsored by Creativebug! They’ve just launched a great online baking course series. Learn baking and cake decorating techniques straight from the pros at the Wilton Test Kitchen. This information-rich course is perfect for both beginner and seasoned bakers, and by the end of the four weeks, you will have learned everything you need to know to bake and decorate professional-looking cakes with confidence.