Valerie is a 42-year-old, single, Reformed Christian lady who lives in Baltimore. She doesn't remember a time
before she knew and loved Jesus, but she does remember accepting John Calvin into her heart in March of 2000.
Valerie is a member of Christ Reformed Evangelical Church in Annapolis.
Though her career aspiration is to be a housewife, Valerie has not yet found anyone suitable who wishes to hire
her for employment in that field (or, more properly, anyone suitable has not found her), so in the meantime she
earns her daily bread working in communications -- editing, writing, print design and website management.
Congratulations, Brandon and Ashley!
He got permission to come home a couple days early so he could propose...right there in baggage claim. I was highly privileged to be in on the secret so this cake could be waiting for them back at his parents' house for them to celebrate with their families.
On October 4, 2007 9:56 AMAnonymouswrote... WOW. What's on the inside? How do you do those shapes-- is it something like marzipan? You're building quite a portfolio of cakes!!
On October 4, 2007 12:26 PMMargaret in VAwrote... Beautiful! We are glad for Brandon and Ashley. I can't wait to tell Steven when he gets home from school today, (though there's a good chance he already knows!) I want to know what's inside the cake as well.
On October 4, 2007 12:43 PMValerie (Kyriosity)wrote... The decorations are white fondant painted with silver and gold dusting powder, plus silver and gold dragées. I made two identical cakes, one of which will be decorated for a birthday party on Saturday. I made two very raspberry cakes from The Dinner Doctor (two layers each) and one basic buttermilk devil's food cake from The Cake Mix Doctor (two layers, each split in two). So each cake has two raspberry layers and two thin devil's food layers. I melted a 12 oz. bag of white chocolate chips, which was enough to cover four layers -- two for each cake. I filled all the layers with whipped chocolate ganache made from semisweet chips. The white icing is from a can. I tried to make white chocolate ganache, but it didn't set. I woke up yesterday morning to see the decorations collapsed off one side of the cake, so I had to start over. (Amazingly, it was only the cake that had a meltdown...I handled it pretty well.) Duncan Hines to the rescue! Since I had a second, identical set of layers already assembled, I iced them and was able to rescue most of the decorations from the first cake. I'm so grateful I didn't have to redo all the fondant. I then scraped off what was left of the original icing, and that cake is awaiting redecoration. Stay tuned for a shot of that one this weekend.