La sure is keeping me busy!!

I am so blessed and thankful that Louisiana is keeping me so busy!!  But with that blessing, comes a little trouble in trying to keep up with this site.  I finally have a light week, this week and time to get this site up to date!! I’ll be updating and posting some of the cakes that I have worked on lately.  If you’d like to keep up with me and my projects, please hop on over to to see my latest work.  Thank you all for your support and I look forward to working with you!!


Icing Smiles-Round 3

I received my third call to action from Icing Smiles, Inc.  I had the honor to make this dream cake for little Arabella who was turning 5 and suffers from Heterotaxy syndrome. All Arabella wanted was a pink and purple princess theme cake, so I came up with this castle cake loaded with all the princesses I could think of!! Her mom shared that a lot of kids with this syndrome do not make it to their 5th birthday due to their complex hearts or infections, so they had a lot to celebrate and I’m certainly honored to have been a part of their celebration!!!  When little Arabella saw her cake, she was definitely thrilled (and her parents were so appreciative)…Thank you Icing Smiles for letting me touch someone else’s life through my work!!


Icing Smiles, Round 2

This week I had the honor to once again work with Icing Smiles in making a little one their dream cake.  I was contacted and of course accepted the call to action.  A few days later, I received the information regarding the recipient and my heart suddenly sank.  I was going to be making a 6th birthday cake for a little boy battling cancer…not only was this heartbreaking on its own, but then I found out his name is Julian, which is also my oldest son’s name, which of course hit close to home.  I couldn’t even imagine what it would be like to have a child battle for his life, especially at such a young age.  I began work on his cake and stayed in touch with his mom, who was all too sweet.

The day of the cake pick up, I was excited to meet them and show them the cake, but also nervous as to their reaction and how much emotion I might show.  When they walked through the door though,  all anxiety went out the window.  The mom hugged me, like we were old friends and little Julian…well he could hardly contain his excitement.  They loved the cake and we got to talk for a bit.  Julian, let me tell you, is the sweetest little chatter box you could imagine.  He told me stories about anything and everything.  His mom was so nice and appreciative and I had a great experience once again.

I make these cakes, not for recognition or publicity, but because I truly believe I am soooo blessed and love to be able to give back.  I’m always nervous and hope I don’t get too emotional but each time I am pleasantly surprised with how great I actually end up feeling seeing the smiles on the family’s faces.  I wish I could do more to help other than just bake them a cake but I really believe these positive experiences for them are priceless as well.  Julian-may you kick cancer’s butt and I hope to make your birthday cakes year after year, for a long time.  Please remember how blessed you …we are to have healthy children.

Here is Julian’s dream cake:

Batman Icing Smiles Cake

Batman Icing Smiles Cake

Icing Smiles…

A few months ago, trough a fellow baker, I learned about this great organization called Icing Smiles.  After checking out their website, and learning all they do to provide children battling diseases with free birthday cakes, I didn’t even hesitate to sign up, and just a few weeks ago I got my first call to action.

I received the case of Lizette, a little girl with End Stage Renal Disease who wanted a fun Hello Kitty themed cake to celebrate her 9th birthday.  I worked on her cake, like all the other cakes before, making everything from scratch and with the freshest ingredients available.  I was happy with how the cake looked so I packed it all up and headed to the  Children’s Hospital to deliver it.  I wasn’t sure how I would feel seeing kids at the hospital, and undergoing dialysis but I gathered all my courage and went on my way.  When I arrived at the hospital I actually met my client and her family at the waiting room, she was happy and smily but shy, her siblings on the other hand were super excited about the cake.  I also met her nurse, then we all walked to the dialysis room.  There were a few kids there attached to their machines but you really couldn’t see much besides tubes coming from under their covers.  I couldn’t help but thinking how brave those kids are because even now as an adult, I don’t know how I would cope if that was me, or God forbid, my boys.  Seeing the cake come in brought big smiles onto their faces and they started talking about it, and a few nurses joined in too.  By this time, Lizette was in her chair and ready to be hooked up to her machine without even flinching.  We posed for a few pics with the cake, and her family and nurse thanked me again and while I felt bad for leaving, I decided it was time to go before she started her treatment.   I really don’t think I would have handled that well.

I left the hospital feeling good about having had the opportunity to brighten a brave  little girl’s day, and at the same time bad about her being in that situation in the first place.  I am thankful for having this opportunity to give back for all the blessings I have been given and look forward to working with Icing Smiles again.  Here is her cake for you to see…what do you think??

Icing Smiles Cake

Hello Kitty 4 Cake

Welcome to Celebrate Life Cakes

Welcome to my cake page.  My name is Jan Dominguez.  I am a wife, mother of two, and an inspiring cake decorator.   I started making cakes for my own family’s celebrations, which turned into a hobby, and is slowly turning into a business.  My ultimate dream would be to have my own bakery and enjoy the perks of being my own boss.    On this blog, I hope to showcase my work, generate cake orders, and maybe…ultimately open a retail bakery.  Thank you for your interest in my cakes and please feel free to leave comments.

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