Bride and Groom Cake Ball Wedding Cake Topper

photos by Aimee Wenske

kathyphantastic and Objects of Confection were recently commissioned for a cake ball wedding cake topper (and subsequent wedding cake - the ceramic wedding cake is just for show)


The cake ball bride and groom turned out so cute, we've decided to add them to our wedding dessert offerings.

We'll customize the wedding dress and suit or tux to match the bride and groom. Pearls, rhinestones, fascinators, bow ties, boutonnières, we'll make it happen.

And if the sweet couple would like to be joined by a pet or three, we'll do that, too. We could even add a zoo.

Here's the newly-hitched husband and wife with their little cake ball pug.

We're happy to work with brides-to-be and grooms-to-be.

We'd love to make some more groom toppers.

cake toppers and styling by kathyphantastic
cake balls by Objects of Confection
photos by Aimee Wenske

New on the Etsy Shop: Hand-Drawn Flapper Mug

Say hello to the flapper mug.

She's new to the kathyphantastic Etsy shop.

This mug and her mustachioed friend will also be available at the Mother's Day Austin Flea next Saturday, May 12 at The Highball.

I think they're perfect for coffee after a late night of Prohibition-era cocktails at the East Side Show Room.

Flapper Mug, kathyphantastic Etsy shop, $22
Mustache Mug, kathyphantastic Etsy shop, $22
Red feather hair accessory, DottiePop

Photos by Aimee Wenske
Styling by Kathy Phan

Dog Portraits Featured in The BARK Magazine

Big news! kathyphantastic dog portrait plates and mugs were featured in the January/February 2012 Issue of The Bark Magazine. Oh you haven't heard of The Bark? It's only the premiere "dog culture magazine"

My custom hand-drawn pup portraits were featured in the Home Works: Best Picks of Domestic Design section. The Shipley dog portrait mug and French bulldog plate were among three retailers. kathyphantastic products were featured next to Anthropologie.

photo by Tina Phan

The editors of The Bark found me through my kathyphantastic Etsy shop. Huge thanks to photographer Aimee Wenske for the great product images.

photos by Aimee Wenske

Here's my copy of The Bark Magazine.

photo by Tina Phan

Custom Love Mug on Etsy

photos by Aimee Wenske
styling by Kathy Phan

Hey there! How was your V-Day?

We've been swamped the past few weeks. It was a mostly love-filled swamp rather than a Swamp Thing filled swamp.

Life lately has consisted of many heart shaped things - paper hearts, cookie hearts, sprinkle hearts, hand-drawn hearts, and now this custom hand-lettered Monica and Eric in Love mug with red heart which debuted at the Valentine's Austin Flea.

This lovely mug is available through the kathyphantastic Etsy store for $30. Now that Valentine's is over, I think it'd be a cute engagement gift or wedding gift or just a "hey, I love you and that's a good enough reason" gift.

Custom personalized lovers mug, kathyphantastic on Etsy, $30.

"Where the Wild Things Are" Cake Pops

The first day of April is one of those I don't look forward to - April Fool's Day. Despite being full of (mostly good-natured) mischief myself, I still don't like a day dedicated to tricks. As frequent readers know by now, I much prefer treats to tricks.

On this day of deception, The University of Texas' School of Information hosted the Austin Edible Book Festival. It sounded like an April Fool's, but it was no joke.

Having attended a few years back, I was happy to see there would be another one. I was even happier to know that working on campus, I'd probably be able to attend, and maybe even enter.

Colin Walsh suggested Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are. There's a reason I keep that guy around - he's brilliant!

I used Objects of Confection's signature red velvet cake balls to make Max, Moishe, Tzippy and Bernard.

Spike Jonze, eat your heart out.

The talented Aimee Wenske took these great pictures.

Fun WTWTA connection: Her boyfriend Josh was very popular Max for Halloween a few years back.

There were a few great entries and some rather strange ones. Next year, I might aim for something punnier.

The treats provided at the Festival also gave me the perfect excuse to eat Amy's Ice Cream for lunch. Mint Chip for the win.

Austin Bakes for Japan Movie

Aimee Wenske and I (mostly Aimee Wenske) made this little stop motion movie for the Austin Bakes for Japan Bake Sale .

I can't get over the Aimee Wenske Chococat photographer fully accessorized with chococamera.

Hooray for Sanrio cake pops from kathyphantastic and Objects of Confection.

Come to Austin Bakes for our cake pops and cake balls among many other bloggers' and foodies' baked goods Saturday, April 2nd at Hotel San Jose between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm and The Shops at Mira Vista between 10:00 am and 5:00 pm.

Austin Bakes for Japan - Sanrio Character Cake Pops

You might have heard that Objects of Confection and kathyphantastic are making Keroppi Cake pops for Austin Bakes for Japan Bake Sale benefiting AmeriCares.

It's true, Sanrio Keroppi cake pops will be available at Austin Bakes for Japan. But that's not all!

We're proud to offer the cake pop versions of other Sanrio characters such as the Hello Kitty cake pops I made for Sharon Loves This' bachelorette party.

Oh and there's more. There's also Pekkle and Chococat.

Badtz Maru and Pochacco just stopped by for the photo opp. They won't be available at Austin Bakes.

Our Sanrio Cake Pops will be available at Hotel San Jose and The Shops at Mira Vista. Jessica from Objects of Confection will be volunteering at the Mira Vista location, so be sure to stop by say hi and get a few of their delicious cake balls.

And to let blog readers in on a little secret: those Keroppi pops are red velvet inside.

Huge thank you to the amazingly talented Aimee Wenske for photographing these Sanrio cake pops and Kathryn Hutchinson of Austin Gastronomist for organizing Austin Bakes for Japan. We hope to raise a lot of money for Japan through cuteness.

Christmas Cake Pop Class Sneak Peek

kathy and santa cake pop

Last month Objects of Confection and kathyphantastic teamed up to teach a Christmas cake ball and cake pop workshop. We're happy to announce that it was a success (despite some bizarro background music) and there's a Valentine's class scheduled for February.


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Photos by Aimee Wenske

Sweet-toothed students including blog followers, Facebook fans, Twitter followers, a few friends, and some kids got their hands dirty (or rather, sugary) learning the ins and outs of cake ball how-to and cake pop decoration.

My good friend Aimee Wenske and my sister Tina Phan took pictures and some video.

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Photo by Tina Phan

Fellow blogger and crafty friend Monica made some of the cutest cake balls. Her penguins are darling. Check Monica's food and craft blog Sugar Stitches.

Thanks Monica for the Cake Pop Decorating blog post.

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See the little girl sneaking a bite of cake pop? I love it. Yum!

penguin cake pop

Photo by Aimee Wenske

This is a simple penguin of my own. I need to get used to wearing these blue gloves. Luckily, I found out I only need to wear them when touching students' cake pops and not my own. Manual dexterity increased a hundredfold!

I am the Michael Jackson of cake pops (one glove).

Thanks everyone for coming to our class! I can't wait to share more pictures.

PS Thanks to the red head for getting me the layer cake apron I'd blogged about for my first class. :)

New on Etsy: Custom Dog Portrait Mug

shipley dog mug with cocoa

Here's my first attempt at a custom puppy mug. I tested the dog portrait idea on my friend Christine's dog Shipley. Christine is getting this mug as her Christmas present. She already knows and subscribes to my blog, so no surprises there.

Here's the original photo:

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Here's my mug version:

shipley dog mug with astroturf

Just for fun, we added astroturf for texture.

shipley dog mug

Thanks to my fabulous friend and photographer Aimee Wenske for taking these pictures for my kathyphantastic Etsy store.

Custom Personalized Dog Portrait Mug, kathyphantastic on Etsy, $42

shipley dog mug with cocoa and woof marshmallows

Woof is right. More doggie mugs to come.

FYI I drank all that hot chocolate and probably ate all those marshmallows today.

Strawberry Shortcake: An Experiment in Food Styling and Photography

heart strawberry shortcake

This summer Leite's Culinaria ran a food photography contest on their recipe and food blog site. Aimee Wenske and I decided to team up and submit joint work. We had to use a recipe from the site, make the food, style the food, and then photograph it.

We went with this recipe for strawberry shortcake, a. because that's something we'd want to eat and b. we could easily assemble more if needed.

strawberry shortcake on bamboo plate

Luckily strawberries were in season, because we used a lot of them. Aimee's boyfriend Josh was a huge help not only baking the shortcakes, but making whipped cream, and cutting up dozens of strawberries. Thanks Josh!

Unfortunately, we didn't win, but we did end up with some more pieces for our portfolios. The pieces that did make it to the top five had a different aesthetic.

strawberry topped heart strawberry shortcake

I wish the stem was prettier on the strawberry on top.

Congratulations to the Leites Culinaria food photography contest winners. We'll try again next time.