Some Things (Silver Rose Cake)

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I hope you will forgive me interrupting your regularly scheduled program, I just need to take care of some business.

First off, the sweet little Silver Bell’s inspired Rose Cake above was seen in an ad in the latest issue of Sweet Paul Magazine!  I am a huge, huge fan of those great guys and hope you will be too.  In addition to the digital version, you can even find a copy of their magazine at Anthropology (and many other stores!)

In other not so fun new, my email was hacked into.

It has been nothing short of a huge problem, as the hackers took over my account and I no longer have access to any of it.  I had used that account since 1999 and also used my email as file storage.  (I dont recommend doing that, its not the best way to store important info!  Dont be like me.)  Contact files, business accounts, personal files, personal emails.  I had stored and filed away every important email I have gotten in the past years, and they are now gone. (Even an email I got from Martha Stewart years ago that I had saved because, hello, it was from Martha Stewart!  Well, maybe it was from her people, but you know.  Practically same thing.)

My email provider was AOL and they basically told me I was out of luck and refused to help regain access to my information.  They were unprofessional, unhelpful, and downright rude.  In addition to all that the hacker also sent out numerous emails “from me” asking for money.

My apologies if you were one of the un-lucky recipients of that.

I will be getting you new and improved email information shortly!  In the mean time you can reach me at

Hope you all had wonderful Thanksgiving, and I look forward to sharing the Holiday season with you.  Christmas is definitely my favorite time of year!

*If you want to make a cake like this, here is a good tutorial as well as this video tutorial.




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  1. says

    My brother’s website got hacked last week and mine last year. It is such an awful experience. I am so sorry. I know you have so much going on right now. I am so glad things are getting back to normal.

  2. says

    I was the unlucky recipient of that email, and I’m so sorry you lost all that information. Welcome to Gmail! (And so fun that your cake was featured. It is gorgeous!)

    • says

      Thank you sweety! Now go quick and copy some of your folders to Word so you will be safe. I hear most email providers are getting hacked these days! :(

  3. Laurel says

    I got one of those emails, too. That just means I was in your saved files, which makes me feel honored! :)

    Here’s another VERY important tip: BACKUP! BACKUP! BACKUP!…..oh, and BACKUP! A few years ago, I bought an external hard drive to save all my pictures and music because they were taking up too much space on my laptop. I MOVED them to the external hard drive and then, a few weeks later, my daughter accidentally knocked the hard drive off the table and broke it. The music and pictures were NOT backed up anywhere else. They were just LOST! Now I backup everything onto an external hard drive, then I back it up again on another external hard drive.

    The embarrassing part of all of this is that I’m an I.T. person and I KNEW BETTER!

    Amanda, you should call AOL again. You’ll get somebody else on the phone who MIGHT be more compassionate. If not, ask to speak to a supervisor and keep going up the ladder until you get access to your email.

    • says

      Great advice Laurel! I absolutely need to back up everything… I hope I learn my lesson this time. So sorry you lost everything! And thank you for taking the time to share your wisdom friend! :)

  4. says

    Congratulations on the ad placement in the magazine. Sorry about your email being hacked, a major pain and inconvenience for sure. Hope you find a more reliable and sympathetic provider soon.

  5. says

    UGH! That’s just awful about your email, but so exciting about the add in the magazine!! I watched the rose cake video, you make it look so dal garn easy! Gorgeous, just gorgeous!

  6. kmom14 says

    The cake is beautiful! Sorry to hear about being hacked – same thing happened to me about 2 years ago and it was an AOL account. I ended up shutting it down too as the user had emailed discount Viagra that I allegedly personally recommended from a Canadian pharmacy and it went to all of my contacts; even my boss and Human Resources. I ended up shutting it down too after having for more than 10 years and switched to Yahoo.

  7. Kesha says

    I am so sorry to hear about your email account. I know how frustrating it is because mine was hacked into the beginning of this week. I was with AOL also and they were very rude and unprofessional! People are so mean and just do not have a heart to be hacking emails. They changed everything on my account so AOL could not help me either. I have moved my email to gmail and I am hoping it doesn’t get hacked too!
    Your cake is BEAUTIFUL and CONGRATULATIONS on being in Sweet Paul Magazine!!!!!!!

  8. Tesei says

    Oh dear, I’m so sorry to hear that! It happened to me too a couple of years ago and I didn’t manage to recover anything. I hope you are luckier and you manage to get some support from AOL. Congrats on the cake, you deserve every honour!!!

  9. says

    I hate that your account was hacked, but I DID see your ad in the latest edition of Sweet Paul. I thought ‘I know her! I get her e-mails!’ Lol.

  10. says

    That happened to me as well. Same reaction from hotmail – basically “Oh well”. And the person was asking everyone on my list for money, including my insurance agent! What a huge pain to say the least. Good luck!

  11. Linda says

    Amanda, I had a bad experience with AOL several years ago and they blocked my access to my account. I lost my entire address book. Eventually I got it back but 4 months later was no victory. I had moved on. I currently have three separate email accounts. One is a Comcast account, one is a Gmail account and the third one is a business account run through a server by a computer tech company. I run all three accounts through Outlook which serves as a storage and the emails arriving each day via the different email accounts are listed as they come in. The emails are still available on the Gmail and Comcast websites. I do back up my data periodically on an external hard drive, which I highly recommend. If my computer goes down then those Outlook files would be lost. Thus, the value of that external backup. Good luck!