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Cake Byte: New Prints in Store!

Eloise-themed Cuppie

Here's some sweet news: there are a bunch of new prints for sale in the CakeSpy online shop!

While I pause to tell you that sweet news, maybe I should point out a few of my personal favorite products in the store.

Texas Cuppies

You could pick up one of these...

Mac Attack

or this sweet print...



or maybe this one!

Check out everything on offer at CakeSpyShop.bigcartel.com!


Sweet Art: Donut Stop Believin'

Donut art

Just to make you smile, sweet readers, I thought I would post some pictures of donut artwork I've been working on.

Donut stop believin! Smile every day.

This art is part of a project I am working on for this site, chronicling your favorite donuts from all 50 US States. 

Donut art

So, enjoy the art, and feel free to chime in: what state are you in (or from, or have knowledge of), and where can the best donuts be found? Leave a comment on this post, email me, or weigh in on Facebook!


Sweet Times in Lewes, Delaware


Recently, I had the sweet good fortune of spending nearly a week in Lewes (pronounced "Lewis"), Delaware. I was there to paint a mural for three very lucky little girls in their home. 

I already shared some process shots with you, but here are a few photos of the finished mural. 

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But guess what, my friends? Muraling wasn't all I did in Lewes. I also ate some totally sweet treats.

Baked Oatmeal, Lewes, DE

First up was a breakfast of baked oatmeal at Café Azafrán. This does, I realize, veer slightly toward health food, but it was sweetened, and it was so freaking good that it needs to be mentioned. Somehow, the geniuses at this cafe have turned oatmeal into a baked brick of lightly sweetened deliciousness. It had the texture of crumb cake, and remained cohesive enough to handle, but had the taste of oatmeal. It was a splendid breakfast, and they will serve it with milk or yogurt (or just plain). Unfortunately the photos don't do it much justice, so you'll just have to trust me: it's well worth a try.

Dutch History Museum, Lewes

Although it is not food related, I should tell you that Lewes has a dutch history museum, and over the entryway...well...that looks a lot like a unicorn to me! Clearly, I was meant to mural here.

Back to the sweet stuff. Lewes also has a bakery. It's called Notting Hill Coffee Company, but it has a big sign above the store that says Lewes Bake Shop.

Now, instead of asking what I tried here, you should ask "what didn't you try?". Because it is the primary bake shop in town, and I was there for DAYS. So I got to try a lot. 

Including...the "Ooey Gooey", a treat all their own which is described as "not a twist, a danish, a biscuit, or a sticky bun...it's all of the above!".

Lewes Bake Shop

Visually, they look like a twisted cruller.Lewes Bake Shop

But taste-wise, they defy one definition. They're definitely ooey gooey. More solid than a doughnut. Not quite as sturdy as a biscuit. COVERED in gooey caramel icing stuff. Oh goodness are they good. It's possible that more than three were consumed during the muraling time.

Lewes Bake Shop

This bakery featured a lot of sweets made with pastry dough rolled into sticks--including the "gorilla stick", which included a chocolatey nut mixture...

Lewes Bake Shop

As well as the "Lewes Creation" which had a cinnamon-sugar-apple mixture smeared in the middle.

In both cases the pastries are surprisingly light and shatter when bitten, but are very pleasant in the mouth, indeed.

Lewes, Delaware

Lewes Bake Shop

For breakfast treats, the croissants could not be beat. Here's the "Swiss Almond" one, made with a mixture of almond paste inside and almonds and chocolate on the outside. Yum.Lewes, Delaware

Similarly delicious, though quite different than the croissant, was a sticky bun. Served in generous slabs and rich with caramelly topping and nuts, these yeasty rolls made mornings happy in this wintry seaside town. Lewes, Delaware

The bakery also does coffee in several flavors (they are beyond happy to let you try all of them) and they do all sorts of flavored hot chocolates. My favorite was the one where they double the chocolate (no, really). It sounds like it might be too much, but trust me, it's not. 

Oh, what a delicious trip! Thank you, Lewes, for the sweet memories.

Places mentioned:

  • Notting Hill Coffee, 124 2nd Street, Lewes, DE; online here.
  • Café Azafrán, 109 Market Street, Lewes, DE; online here.
  • Zwaanendael Museum, 102 Kings Highway, Lewes, DE; more info here.

Interested in your own CakeSpy mural? E-mail jessieoleson@gmail.com.


Sweet Art: Two Paintings are Twice as Nice

Custom order

What follows is a fantastic story about sweet art...and one of the biggest artistic compliments I have ever received! 

It all started about five (!) years ago, when I was commissioned to do a custom painting of a cupcake, a banana, and a John Deere tractor. It's pictured above. It was a fun piece to do--the person who asked for it explained that the cupcake was for her, the banana was to represent her young son, and the tractor was for her husband. So it was a family themed piece!

Well, that was that, and then a few years passed. Then I was contacted by the same customer, who wanted a new piece to give to her husband for their upcoming anniversary! This time, could I re-do the piece from before, but with a berry farm backdrop? 


Well, OK. So I did it, and apparently it went over well, because then I received another note, asking--"could you do another?".

Custom painting re doI immediately felt panic--had it been damaged in shipping? Had I done something wrong? But no--apparently, the recipient had loved it SO much that he was scared of even the possibility of losing it, so wanted another, so they could display one, and keep the second as a family keepsake.

Now if that didn't make me feel special, I don't know what would have!

So I did a second painting. With slight differences, because, you know, cupcake paintings are like snowflakes--no two are *quite* the same.

Anyhow--I just thought I would share that sweet story, because it sure made me feel good, and I thought it would make you feel good, too. And, you know, it gives me a chance to show off my artwork. 

Custom art available - email jessieoleson@gmail.com for more info! Other items for sale here.


Sweet Art: Faceoffs 

Pie vs cake

Happy Holiday Monday, everyone! I hope you have the day off from work, and suggest you buy yourself a cupcake to celebrate. Or if you do have to work, I suggest you buy yourself two cupcakes, to comfort yourself.

I was recently going through some of my intense pastry faceoff artwork and thought I would post some of my favorite images--guaranteed to make you smile as you decide, in your heart of hearts, who you think would win each battle.

Here, an epic battle between Pop-Tart and Toaster Strudel: Pop-tart Faceoff!

And here, the age-old conflict between bunnies and cake over who deserves carrots more: Faceoff: Bunnies v. Carrot Cake

And over here, a total freeze-out: War of the Summer Treats

A homemade versus store-bought battle in Seattle: Battle in Seattle

a cupcake feeling threatened by the seasonal treat of the moment: Cupcake Vs. Girl Scout Cookies

One that is not sweet, but savory--battle of the buns! Battle of the Buns

and proof that sometimes faceoffs are more intellectual: Age-old battle

and finally, perhaps the most epic battle... Battle Royale

Of course, I should also mention that my artwork, prints, and a bunch more products can be purchased here.


Sweet Art: Cupcakes at Rivendell

Lord of the Rings Cupcakes

I would like to take a few moments to tell you about a holiday miracle in which I played a part.

A few months ago I was contacted by Santa, who told me he was building a new reading nook for a couple of little girls. One of them was really into the elves from The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and could I do a cupcake illustration loosely based on this, so as to decorate aforementioned reading nook?

"Well, Santa", I said, "Okay".

And so I got a reference picture of Rivendell...

...and set to work. I took some liberties. For instance, the elves in the stories ride ponies. But I prefer unicorns, and I reflected this preference in my artwork. The finished product is pictured above. What a lucky girl to have received such a sweet present from Santa!

For custom commissions, contact jessieoleson@gmail.com.


Sweet Art: I'm Like, So Vegan

So Vegan

Just to make you smile: artwork which lovingly declares bacon as the gateway drug. With love from CakeSpy.


Sweet Birthday Wishes to Margaret

Bead Bedlam

One of my favorite things about running CakeSpy is meeting all sorts of wonderful people who I might not have met otherwise.

Take for instance Margaret, a class act and Very Cool Lady (you  can view her in cupcake form, at the top of this post) who I met, oh, probably about 5 years ago, shortly after I started the website. Margaret was, at the time, a college student in New York, who contacted me to do some custom artwork for her.

Custom order, Milk DJ at a Cupcake Dance Party

And after I did one custom piece, I did another. And another. 

Throughout the years, we got a nice banter going on, and when her family came to Seattle for a visit, I finally got to meet her in person when I had a store!

Custom order - CakeSpy Shop!

And when her family came back the next year, we visited again.

I don't know exactly when it happened, but somewhere along the way, we became more than website writer and reader, artist and consumer--we became, well, real-life friends!

Custom order, Jam-making

It's amazing to see what kinds of relationships can start and grow through a sweet little corner of the internet such as CakeSpy. 

I've got to be honest, though, there is another purpose in my writing this: yesterday was Margaret's birthday and it slipped my mind to say Happy Birthday! I promise, though, I thought it.

Custom order - Alice in CakeLand

So, I'm just taking a few moments to share some of the artwork I've created at Margaret's request over the years...and to say thank you Margaret for making my life sweeter, and very importantly--a happy belated birthday to you!

custom painting

Thank you also to every reader / customer who has made my life sweeter!


Sweet Art: SpyMom and CakeSpy say Happy Halloween

Art by me and SpyMom

To make you smile, both me and my mom (you know her as SpyMom, but professionally she's Margie Moore, children's book illustrator) made some Halloween art.

Interestingly, although our styles are quite different, we use pretty much the same media: micron pens and watercolor. I use vellum bristol board; she uses watercolor paper. I think that's the biggest difference! It just goes to show how much possibility there can be, even with the same materials. 

That's all. Smile! Enjoy.


Sweet Art: Battle Royale

Battle Royale

Here's some art, for no reason other than to make you smile. Oh, and to let you know it's available for purchase here. Who do you think will win this epic battle? 

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