You may or may not have noticed, but I have been absent.  Not blogging.  Not really facebooking.  Not tweeting.  Not Instagraming.  Not pinning.

And I have missed you.  Missed your kind words and your blogs and your awesome pins and seeing what you are up to on twitter.

And soon, I am hoping to get back in the groove again.   The separation anxiety has been too much.

pink rose cake

Well, I might as well tell you why.

In about five months we will be gaining another member to our family.  We are pregnant!  Well, *I* am pregnant.  But my dear hubby has been picking up the slack like crazy for the last few months so he gets full credit too.

Although we are thrilled and beaming and so, so thankful for this blessing, it has not been easy.  I have been very sick.  Its been severe nausea/sickness and exhaustion and migraines and some other not so fun stuff.  For someone who suffers from motion sickness even when not preggers, this nausea has been debilitation for me.   I would look at my computer screen and get sick.  It got to the point where I had to hide my computer because the mere idea of being on it would make me sick.

blue rose cake

But, as of the last couple days, things are starting to look up.  I am typing and not dizzy.  YAY!

The idea of baking doesn’t make me want to set my kitchen on fire so I will not have to go near it.  I mean, not that I thought that.  That would be crazy.

So hopefully, over the next five months, I will be able to get back to what I love.  Baking. Blogging.  And hanging out with you.

gender cake

For the first time ever, we are planning on not finding out the gender of our newest miracle.  This being our fifth child, I think we will be able to handle it.  I mean, logistically.  Emotionally I might be in the fetal position in my closet eating cool ranch Doritos and ceasar salad (that has been my cravings of late) because I CANT TAKE THE SUSPENSE.

I might need to lean on you for support.  Please tell me you have done this and it didn’t make you crazy.  Because if there is the slightest chance it will be stressful I might start stalking our ulstrasound tech.

pink slice cake

My husband and children have unanimously decided that its a girl.  However, we currently have three boys and one girl, so I think the odds are in favor of a boy.  I have no idea.  I have never guessed right with any of them!

But no matter what we are blessed with, we know he/she is already so completely and utterly loved.

And I just want to really apologize for how absent I have been.  I know I mentioned it before, but I sincerely miss you all.  Your comments and interaction in the iambaker community has been such a delight!  Getting to know you better is a true joy.

Oh, and one more thought. In making this cake I got to thinking… not only is this is fun “We’re Pregnant!” cake, but could also be a fun Gender Reveal cake!

Maybe I will just update this post when our new addition arrives! 🙂

***Just in case you want to know, I call this cake the Rose Cake.  Its an original cake the I created in Feb. of 2011 and have made many since!  You can see my full tutorial here, or my video tutorial here!


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Amanda Rettke is the creator of I Am Baker, and the bestselling author of Surprise Inside Cakes: Amazing Cakes for Every Occasion – With a Little Something Extra Inside.Over the course of her 15+ year blogging adventure, she has been featured in and collaborated with the Food Network, New York Times, LA Times, Country Living Magazine, People Magazine, Epicurious, Brides, Romantic Homes, life:beautiful, Publishers Weekly, The Daily Mail, Star Tribune, The Globe and Mail, DailyCandy, YumSugar, The Knot, The Kitchn, and Parade, to name a few.

Reader Comments


    Glad you are feeling better. I don’t have kids yet, but the morning sickness terrifies me.
    Surprises are great too!! WOOHOOO

  2. I have four children. We found out through ultrasound the gender of our first three. All boys. When I found out I was pregnant with #4, we decided we’d wait until the baby was born to learn the gender. Many times, I wanted to give in and just find out. But we waited. The surprise of birthing a baby girl after three boys was *so* worth the wait!!! <3

  3. Just want to say congratulations!! I read your blog when I need a pic-me-up or sugar fix… Big smile here.

    I have to commend you on waiting to find out the sex of your new babe. We have 5 boys and 1 princess smack dab in the middle of them. Having 6 kids is such a blast. However I have more will power against sugar than I do with ” the baby secret”. If you could see me – this is not saying much 🙂 I love baking…

    So my hat’s off to you. Well… Apron… might be a better word.

    Many Blessings,


    1. Thank you so much Kim!! Love meeting other parents with lots of kids… I have a lot to learn yet! If you ever want to drop by and share some life lessons with me I am all ears!!

  4. Hi Amanda, How lovely to know that you’re expecting. At seven weeks, I’ve barely begun the nine month roller coaster. Gender determination is banned in India because of rampant female foetecide-a very, very unfortunate practice. For me, the ban is a good thing because I don’t even have the option of possibly knowing.
    I’ll keep you in my prayers and pray for a safe and normal delivery.

  5. You are a super woman Amanda! I am in awe! Five kids and you run an amazing blog and have a book coming out!!!!
    Here is to a healthy and happy pregnancy!

  6. congrats!! we only have one child & we didn’t find out what we were having. honestly it wasn’t that bad. for some reason though i just knew i was having a boy & sure enough i was right! enjoy it…we don’t have many surprises left in life!!

  7. Oh you youngsters!!! Ha ha, back when I was having my kids we didn’t have that option, things just weren’t that advanced or the Docs were just too old fashioned to use the info for anything other than for medical purposes. Glad you’re feeling better. With my first two the Doctors yelled at me for not gaining enough weight, I was so sick nothing would stay down but all I got was “take some maalox”. (I miss hearing I’m not gaining enough weight now, lol) With the 2nd I contracted Hepatitis A, was so dehydrated I had to pour water in my eyes to just get them open in the mornings but was still never put in the hospital or even hooked up to an IV. Oh how things have changed!!! All you have to do is pick two names and be prepared. There are worse things than going with a yellow theme until you know what you’ve got. Glad you’re back, I so enjoy getting ideas from your lovely creations. I’m going to make this cake, when I do I’ll send a pic. Thank you and good luck!!

  8. What amazing news!!!! Congratulations!!!!!!!!!! I love this cake idea!!!! I hope this pregnancy goes very smooth.

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