Lizzie’s Bakery – What’s next?

Hi Hi Hi! Okay, it’s been a while since I’ve blogged about anything and I’ve been thinking about this post for a while.. I started Lizzie’s Bakery about 3 months ago after being laid off from my job.  2 years ago if you asked me what I would be with my life right now – I did not think I would be baking cakes for people!

Most of my cake clients were based in Utah & when Steven & I moved to Carlsbad, CA (temporarily) we knew no one when we came here besides family.  So most of my cakes that you see on my Instagram are for family members! Luckily, I had a chance to fly back to Utah to make a wedding cake for my very good friend Nolan & his wife Tina! Since I was in Utah for 3 whole days, I took a bunch of cake orders – I made 8 cakes throughout the weekend! Most of my luggage was filled with cake supplies and ingredients & I borrowed friends’ clothes while I was there hahaha

Being in California has helped me take the time to practice my cake skills & perfect my recipes.  I made my first tiered wedding cake in Escondido & I made the cake SO tall. I made way too much cake but it gave me that “lighthouse” beach themed look I was going for.

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So funny story with the decorations on this cake above – The bride & groom wanted a beach themed wedding & sent me some photos they found on Pinterest on what they were thinking of for their big day. I ordered these “sugar” starfish on Amazon & Oriental Trading and came to find out that the “sugar” starfish were REAL starfish & they were not edible at all & that they are a type of starfish!! hahaha even Amazon thought they were edible because it paired these items with other cake decorating items.  One of the groomsmen ate the mini sugar starfish and said “uhh.. I don’t think these are edible..” & luckily we didn’t spread them on all of the cupcakes!! So we used it just for decoration & no one ate any starfish.. thank goodness hahaha

I also had the chance to do a collaboration with my friend Sarah Tripp of Sassy Red Lipstick while she was in LA! She was doing a photoshoot by the beach & wanted a cake! It was fun catching up with her & meeting her husband! See her blog post here!

Photos by: @roseeposey

So what’s the most stressful thing about cakes?

It’s not the baking or the frosting… IT’S THE FREAKIN TRANSPORTATION of these cakes to the desired location. It is the most stressful time of my life… holding on the bottom of these cakes for dear life. You do not want to see me when I’m in a car, in the passenger seat… Only my husband and my best friend Jaime has witness this & it’s not pretty at all. hahaha

Sorry if I’m jumping all over the place with this blog post – I just have so much on my mind about these cakes!! My favorite part about baking is frosting the cake. It’s so therapeutic & relaxing. I also love it when a cake bakes perfectly – AKA when it doesn’t deflate. Living in Utah, we have the struggles of high altitude which makes the cake deflate – but in California the cakes always come out perfect!! I’ve baked a lot at my sister-in-law’s home in San Marcos & it’s super fun because she has 3 kids who are super curious at what I’m doing.  My nephew Ethan wants to be a “builder/worker man” when he grows up and I tell him that I love making cakes because you can build them however you want! My niece Lexi who’s 3 years old loves watching me mix up the cake batter. I hope one day I can teach a cake class!

Okay, so what’s next with this whole cake thing? Well – Steven has been interviewing for jobs & I’m not 100% where we’ll end up living after we go on our study abroad to Oxford, UK.  I know a lot of people have been contacting me about making their wedding cake in August & I will have to get back to you to figure out where we’ll be in August! My car is still chillin’ in Utah with all of our stuff in our apartment – so no matter what I still have to pick it up and while I’m there might as well make some cakes!! Once Steven gets a job offer from who knows where, I can start looking for a job & not gonna lie.. I want to work in a bakery and learn more cake skills!!

When I started making cakes – my mom was worried that I wasn’t doing my hardest to find a job where I can utilize my college degree. But, in reality – I am using my degree and what I learned at BYU / BYU’s Advertising program to advertise my cakes! Most of my business has been on Instagram & Facebook! I’m trying to decide if I want to make a website or just add it on to my blog with a pricing page & gallery of my cakes? Cake is literally on my mind all the time. I watch so many cake videos on YouTube and Instagram & I want to start learning how to work with fondant & make one of those cool marble cakes! So stay tuned for more cakes!! & lots of UK bakeries that I’ll be visiting! & if you know anyone who needs a cake – send them my way!!

XOXO,

Lizzie Lin Johnson

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Almond cake

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Sweet Potato cake with caramelized ginger, marshmallow frosting on the inside & brown sugar buttercream on the outside

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My first Momofuku Milk Bar cake for my half birthday!!

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Dulce De Leche Cake

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Lucky Charm Cake for St. Patty’s Day & Steven’s birthday!

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Chocolate Easter Cake

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Red Velvet with eggless chocolate chip cookie dough

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Messy Funfetti Cake for Easter

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White Chocolate speckled cake

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Gluten, dairy & sugar free cake with raspberry jam in the middle & frosted with cashews!

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Crepe cake with biscoff & raspberry puree

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White cake with strawberries for my bff Andrea’s bridal shower!

 

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6inch chocolate naked cake for a bridal shower

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Pink velvet cake for my niece’s baptism in Virginia

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Momofuku Milk bar funfetti cake!

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Chocolate chip butterscotch milkbar cake!

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8 inch graduation cake! Funny story: I can’t believe I forgot the “R” in congrats. I posted this photo on Instagram 3 days after I made the cake and didn’t even notice it until a friend texted it to me!! I showed this pic to my family the day I made it and no one noticed!! sooo funny & luckily the friend I made it for didn’t care!

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Graduation cake for steven & our cousin camille! I ordered these edible photos from cakes.com & isn’t the one below so fun?!

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Chocolate naked cake

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Chocolate cake that literally weighed 10 pounds

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Delivered my first cake to salt lake city and driving so slow because nervous!!

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Loved making these baby blessing cakes! Chocolate cake & Vanilla cake with strawberries!

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Very messy naked vanilla cake with strawberries from the Carlsbad Strawberry fields for my mother-in-law’s birthday!

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Vanilla/chocolate naked cake and gluten-free vanilla cake for the top tier! My BFF kari made all of the cookies & I made some french macarons!

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Banana cake with chocolate ganache & banana cream filling with coconut frosting on the outside

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8inches of brownie layer & peanut butter eggless cookie dough and chocolate ganache drip

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Life Lately…

A lot has happened this past month and I’d thought I would share what’s been going on with life! So beginning of this month, I got laid off. I won’t say a lot about it – but it was totally unexpected and i really just miss my co workers and working with my best friend Kari every day. It’s weird not having a job.  I’ve had a job ever since I was 16 years old and if I got a new job, I would literally have that weekend off and then start the new job on Monday.  My life has been go go go since I was 16.  I started college 6 DAYS after my high school graduation. I worked 2 jobs while I was at BYU and the day after BYU graduation I moved to NYC to start an internship! I’m not trying to brag or anything, all i’m trying to say is that I’ve never really had a break.

So when I got laid off – Yeah, I cried a little and then went home and Steven was there to comfort me and he just said “well now you have this time to figure out what you want to do next.” & in my mind – I’m like “omg there’s no steady income coming in, you’re still in school, how are we gonna live!?!?” Luckily, we have savings and we are totally fine. But it was so weird not having a regular routine. Every day would be the same – wake up, gym, breakfast, go to work, come home, cook dinner, hang out with Steven, sleep. I even had certain times where I would drink my water!! haha

Anyways – with all the time I had, I started baking more cakes and practicing different techniques, learning how to frost and finally started my own cake insta – @lizzies_bakery! I’m still a way amateur baker / I’m super shy still because there are way more awesome bakers that I follow on my personal instagram! But the thing with cakes and why I love them so much is that I can make something from scratch and decorate it how I want or combine different flavors together and it will be something so delicious! and you know me – I LOVE SWEETS. On my spare time, I would always just be on Pinterest or YouTube reading cake blogs and learning new things that I wanted to actually do. At first it started out as a hobby and now I am actually making a little money off of this little business! So if you need a cake for weddings, birthdays, showers, or a holiday party let me know!!

Being laid off is definitely a trial for me – but I know that Heavenly Father knows that I can do hard things and I know that i can do hard things and overcome these unexpected obstacles that come my way. I also know that blessings come when you are trying to do the right thing – Steven’s cousin Rachel needed a nanny part-time until graduation, which is perfect timing because then I still have time to make cakes in the morning! It also keeps me busy instead of just lounging around in the apartment on social media. Also baby time with Buffy who is the cutest and such a good baby.

If you’re still reading this – here are mine & Steven’s plans for the summer. Since my work said I could go to London and now that I don’t work there anymore our plans had to change. Since there’s no point to stay in Provo and keep paying rent – we are moving at the end of April after Steven’s graduation to Carlsbad, CA and living in Steven’s parent’s home by the beach! We’ll be there till May and middle of June and travel to Europe for 2 1/2-3 weeks and then I’ll drop Steven off in London so he can attend his Oxford University Study abroad! While Steven is on his study abroad, I’ll be in Vegas for a little while and then maybe visit my Dad who just moved to Florida – we will see! But then in August – we have NO CLUE where we’ll be!! So Stay tuned!

XOXO,

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I love you (x 26)

Today is my husband’s 26th birthday! So here are 26 things I love about Steven Burk Johnson –

  1. Steven is SO passionate about everything!
  2. Steven is a hard worker in everything that he puts his mind to.
  3. I love that Steven loves sports (especially basketball)
  4. I love that Steven lets me be ME and doesn’t judge me when I talk in my baby voice.
  5. I love that Steven is kind to everyone!!
  6. I love that Steven is not a picky eater
  7. I love that Steven is close to his family (One of the reasons why I wanted to marry him)
  8. I love that Steven works so hard in his church callings
  9. I love that Steven likes to set goals
  10. I love that Steven likes to cook with me and cook for me 😉
  11. I love that Steven is the cutest uncle with his nieces & nephews
  12. I love that Steven goes to bed as the same time as me (10PM because i’m an old lady)
  13. I love that even though we are sometimes soooo tired to read scriptures, he reminds us that we need to at least a couple verses before we go to bed.
  14. I love that Steven doesn’t get mad when I knee him in the butt when we are sleeping hahahah
  15. I love that Steven treats my best friends as if she was his little sister he’s trying to protect
  16. I love that Steven pushes me everyday to keep going with my small cake business
  17. I love that Steven is creative and has an entrepreneurial mindset
  18. I love that Steven prays with me every day and night
  19. I love that Steven makes me laugh until my stomach hurts
  20. I love that Steven can “pivot” when things unexpectedly happen to us
  21. I love that Steven is so cuddly 🙂
  22. I love that Steven watches Grey’s Anatomy & How to Get Away With Murder with me
  23. I love that Steven dances with me in our little tiny kitchen
  24. I love it every time Steven sings in the shower
  25. I love that Steven is so loving and will jump at every opportunity to help someone in need
  26. I love that Steven will be my eternal companion forever and ever ❤

So we just got back from a little trip to Moab! A long time ago, Steven told me that he’s never been! I couldn’t believe it because he LOVES hiking. So I booked us a hotel and we were on our way to Moab.

We got to our hotel (Comfort Suites) and it was SO nice.  We were so tired of driving and it was so great to get to a hotel that is so clean and we had a king bed. (FYI we sleep on a queen bed right now and a king makes ALL the difference) The last time we were in a hotel was at our honeymoon and it felt like a 2nd mini honeymoon! We ordered Paradox Pizza and they delivered it to our room and we literally ate pizza in our bed.

Today we went to Arches National Park and ended up buying an annual pass for all the national parks in the United States so that’s pretty cool. We hiked Delicate arch and Landscape arch… so fun!! The hikes were pretty easy (which i love) and it was so fun to see Steven’s face when we got to the arches. Also, the drive is soooo pretty at the park.

I’m grateful that Steven was born 26 years ago! I’m excited to see what this year brings for the both of us and to see where we are. We’ve been talking about our future a lot and we honestly have no clue where we’ll be in 3 months – it’s all a blur to us.  So stay tuned on what we are doing in the next couple of months!! Happy Birthday Steven, I love you!!

XOXO,

Lizzie Lin Johnson

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Milk Bar Birthday Cake

If you’ve ever been to Milk Bar in NYC/Brooklyn, then you know what I’m talking about. They are known for their AMAZING cookies, cakes, pies and just sooo many yummy treats and don’t forget about their cereal milk.

I remember pinning this recipe a LONG time ago but reading the recipe kind of scared me. You need a lot of different ingredients you normally don’t use and I had to buy some stuff on Amazon. Some things that might not sound familiar –

CLEAR Vanilla Extract – This will give you that yummy boxed flavor taste (which is a childhood favorite, am i right?!) You’ll need this ingredient in all 4 of the things you need to make.

Glucose/Glycerin – I searched glucose on amazon and it gave me glycerin from Wilton brand. It basically gives your frosting that perfect white color like the frosting that comes right out of the tub.

Citric Acid – This goes in your frosting (just a pinch) and you can just use a tiny squeeze of fresh lemon juice.

Acetate sheets – All of the blogs that I read said you can buy these at any specialty craft or kitchen store. uhhh yeah right! I searched far & wide in utah valley to find these but literally NO ONE had these and all of the employees had NO IDEA what they were! & I didn’t want to spend the $35 on amazon, so I went to Target and bought plastic dividers ($1.79) – cut the folder tab and taped two dividers together. The acetate sheets help you assemble the cake making that perfect 6 inch cake!

So this recipe contains:

  • Birthday Cake
  • Birthday Crumbs
  • Birthday Cake Frosting
  • Milk Soak

I had to buy some equipment off Amazon to make this cake – 6 inch springform pan & 6 inch cake ring. The 6 inch cake ring is key to making perfect circles for your cake.

To make this cake, you really need a kitchen aid and you need patience. You are mixing a lot of fat, oils and sugar together – so all of the ingredients are basically fighting to stay apart. The strength of the kitchen aid helps mix it all together but make sure you pay attention to the minutes you are mixing everything.

I got the full recipe here. It may seem daunting but I made this cake TWICE and both times it took me about total 1 1/2 hours. I made it for my half birthday and one for my good friend Jenn Blosil’s birthday! If you are having any troubles with this cake here is a quick video that I watched for reference to help me get through it!

I also created a new Instagram just for my cakes! Follow me at @lizzies_bakery on Instagram! I’ve been thinking a lot about making cakes and actually selling them to people. I’m definitely going to start out small but if you or you know anyone who needs a cake for a wedding, bridal/baby shower, birthday, etc – let me know!!

XOXO,

Lizzie Lin Johnson

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We Love Visitors!!

Last week we had a couple of visitors come visit us here in good ol’ Provo, Utah!! Our first pair of visitors was my friend Lucy Ye & her boyfriend Jerry! I met Lucy while I was interning at Hill Holliday in Boston! Lucy is originally from Boston so while I was out there Summer 2014, she showed me around some of the sites like the best ramen restaurant in Cambridge & Six Flags New England!

Lucy accepted a new job at Square in San Francisco so she made the LONG drive from Boston to SF.  She texted me a pic of her google map showing the route & the line went through Salt Lake City! I immediately texted her and told her YOU HAVE TO COME STAY WITH ME IN PROVO.  I don’t know how they drove so fast but they got to Provo in 3 days… CRAZY. They got to provo really really late and luckily we had their room set up with our handy queen air mattress for them. We let them sleep in and Lucy asks “what’s that donut place you are always posting about?!” UH HI. PROVO BAKERY!!!!!  We obviously had to take them there. After some yummy donuts & driving around downtown Provo showing them Center St, the new Provo City Temple & BYU campus we headed back to our apartment to go night skiing!

We went night skiing up at Sundance Resort & it snowed the day before and it was raining in Provo so there was SO MUCH fresh powder.  I’ve never skied or snowboarded in any fresh powder before.  Granted this was my 2nd time skiing.. haha I’m not the best at skiing but Sundance was so much fun and Steven is a good teacher 😉 We skied mostly greens but our last run was a blue and we did it!! I only fell once! After skiing we were STARVED and Lucy & Jerry have never been to In&Out before so we took them there!!

They decided to stay another night in Provo and while Steven & I had school & work, they went to SLC and visited Temple Square! When we got back we drove to the Midway Ice castles! I’ve never driven through a blizzard and in Provo Canyon I could not see the road in front of me.  It was SO scary! I had my hazard lights on and I went like 15 mph.  It was my first time at the ice castles and it was a ton of fun! Cold, but fun!  Going back home was scary also… sooo much snow! I was driving slow but some other cars passed me super fast and 25 min later they drove in a snow bank… SAD. We are so grateful that we made it home safely.  We loved having Lucy & Jerry stay with us in Provo and we can’t wait to hang out them again soon!

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This past weekend we had my stepsister Dana and her boyfriend Cole come visit us! During Christmas, Dana was talking about how she really wanted to go to Sundance Film Festival end of January and when tickets went on sale, I texted her and asked her if she really wanted to come! Luckily, everything worked out and her & Cole came up Saturday night and met up with us at Tower Theatre in SLC and we watched one of the Shorts Program movies. You never know what you’re going to get at Sundance because nothing is rated hahaha Shorts Program is where they compile 5-6 different short movies into one program. The cool thing about the movie was that all of the directors were there to do a Q&A! It was super cool to be there!

After the movie, we made reservations to Market Street Grill because a ton of my friends RAVE about it. But, I wasn’t a big fan.  It was good food but WAY expensive. We ordered the clam chowder and Steven ordered a fish & chips meal.  Dinner was a good time to catch up with Dana & Cole. It was weird actually having her up here because usually she is up here with our parents for a special occasion or something! After dinner, we drove to Park City to walk on Main St. We literally drove through a blizzard to get there but made it there safely! There were a ton of people because it was a Saturday night.  I think I saw someone famous and I think we looked at each other because he was about to get in a black SUV and all of his body guards were like “you good, man?” But, I didn’t recognize his face hahaha

We had so much fun with Lucy/Jerry & Dana/Cole! I’m grateful for amazing friends and family.  It’s crazy how I interned with Lucy in Boston and a year and a half later she’s here with us in Provo! I try and make an effort to not lose contact with people that I meet because you never know if they need a place to stay on their long drives from the east coast to the west coast!! Sorry for the long post!! Thanks for reading!

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XOXO,

Lizzie Lin Johnson