Memories, Farewell to Ed, R.I.P.

Monday, September 12, 2011
Farewell to Ed, this post is dedicated to my sons and to the loss of their dad.

Their dad passed away yesterday at 3pm, 9-11-2011

Their Dad's favorite tv series of all time was the original Star Trek.

Ed lost his battle with cancer.


Live Long and Prosper.

The photos were taken at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, around two weeks before his passing.

Ed sitting in the Captain's Chair at the Kennedy Space Center 


I love you both always, you are the best sons any mom or dad could ask for, my heart is full of sadness for you both.

I decided to make one of his favorite t.v. show the original Star Trek so this must be included in his memory.
The enterprise ship on this cake was made freehand using a toothpick drawn on the cake and then I filled it in with frosting using pastry tips and cake decorating tools. 

This cake is a marble cake with buttercream frosting.


Marble Cake Batter:
3/4 cup butter, softened
2 eggs
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. of almond extract
1 1/4 cups milk, half and half sour milk or buttermilk
1 cup of mini chocolate chip
1/4 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
Mix the butter-sugar together until light. Add flour, eggs, baking powder, baking soda, vanilla, and milk. Beat till smooth, around three minutes, and split the batter into two bowls.
Add the unsweetened cocoa powder to one bowl and mix well.
Grease the pan of your choice, o you can use a bundt pan, or two 8-inch pans using the same method. Start with a small amount of vanilla cake batter on the bottom, add a dollop of chocolate batter in the center, and sprinkle just the chocolate with mini chocolate chips. Continue layering until all the batter is gone. Do not stir. Bake at 350 for around 40 minutes till done, and test with a toothpick if it comes out clean in the center.
Cool completely.
 Tip Note:
The easiest way to do a transfer of a photo is to take a cookie sheet upside down flat even side. Place your on the back of a flat cookie sheet your favorite coloring book photo, and tape it. Place wax paper over it and tape securely then trace with frosting. When dry lift and place on the cake. If you are an artist like my husband you can draw the photo straight onto the cake with a toothpick and fill it in with a star tip.
You can use Royal icing or this frosting below, however, the one below will take up to three weeks to dry the one below hard enough so it won't break when lifting. The best thing about using the star tip to trace the photo even if it broke you can fix it with fresh frosting no one will know!

Butter Cream High Humidity Frosting:  Great for Florida or hot weather areas.
2 lbs powdered sugar
2/3 cup Crisco
2/3 cup water
1 package of dream whip
2 tablespoons clear vanilla
Beat with a flat beat in an industrial mixer 1 package dream whip and Crisco till light, gradually add the powdered sugar and little water at a time. Whip for 12 minutes, and fold in the vanilla. The frosting is thick and ready to frost a cooled cake.
In this picture, I used a large star tip for the shell border, and a small star tip for the enterprise. For the dark m&m for the top of the ship and under the ship, I used chocolate rounds cut out for the bottom deflector dish.
The gray frosting was tinted with a tiny bit of black food paste, I use Wiltons coloring.
If you would like the recipe for Royal icing see below.
This is Wilton's recipe:
2 tablespoons meringue powder
4 cups powdered sugar
6 tablespoons warm water
Mix all together in a very clean bowl with a handheld mixer till this makes soft peaks 10 to 12 minutes.


  1. Jody Rys Armstrong, Redington Shores, FLSeptember 12, 2011 at 8:04 AM

    I have been reliving my formative years by making the Utica recipes on your blog. Thank you for giving a part of life back to me. My deepest condolences to you and your family as you grieve the tremendous loss of your partner, friend, and parent. God Bless and comfort you.

  2. So sorry for the Loss. I know how it's like. I lost my father almost 2 years ago to cancer. It's very hard. My thoughts and prayers are with the whole family. God Bless, Annamaria

  3. I send my best regards in the hope that you will remain strong and, with your boys, cope with your grief from day to day.

  4. I'm so sorry about your beloved Ed. Am sending my condolence to you & your family. Take care.
    Regards, Kristy

  5. Ed, was truly an amazing person he made everyone feel they were special had a kind word for everyone. He was always willing to help you if you needed him all you had to do was call. You will be missed but never forgotten. R.I.P you were loved by many.

  6. Sorry Claudia for your and their loss. I know to well the hurt and saddness of losing a loved one but it seems the celebration of their life eases the hurt. RIP
    :Tony Violante

  7. Claudia, my sincere condolences to you and your two sons.

  8. So Sorry for your loss. My prayers are with your family. <3

  9. Words are not enough to describe the pain when you lose somebody special!May this wonderful man rest in peace...

  10. I am so sorry for your loss Claudia. May Ed rest in peace. I pray for you and your children, may you all find peace during such a difficult time. I'm so sorry, you have my deepest condolences. Sending hugs and good thoughts your way <3

  11. My condolences to you and your wonderful sons. I don't think a parent could ask for better than children who are willing to be there with them in their final hours (not to mention in the days, weeks and months before that).

    *hugs to all of you*

  12. Anything we out here in the blogosphere is bound to seem shallow. But I do wish you solace and comfort with your boys.

  13. So sorry Claudia! Keeping you and your sons in my prayers.

  14. I'm so sorry to hear your news. My condolences go out to you and the whole family.

  15. Praying for you, Claudia, during this difficult time.

  16. My heart goes out for your boys as well and for you too Claudia... condolences to the entire family

  17. I am so sorry Claudia, my condolence to you and your family.take all the time that you need sweetie!!!

  18. So sorry Claudia. Virtual love to your family.

  19. Sorry to hear and may your sons feel comfort at this time.

  20. So sorry Claudia...My prayers to you and your sons...

    Hugs to You!

  21. Sorry for your loss. You are in my prayers.

  22. Until we meet again my friend for over fifty years!!...I'll miss our phone chats, and the times we laughed together...Just last week or so we taked and laughed a little , and I was amazed that you could still enjoy a chuckle or to as sick as you were..Ill alway keep you in my heart my friend , and never forget you...To Chad, Curt, Jen, and Claudia Ed loved you all so much and told me so many times God Bless you all for taking care of him...Ed and me used to make fun of each other's skin color...him real white and me a little darker..well last night I was looking up at the full moon and thought his big white face was looking down at me smiling lol...he would of laughed at that...Good by Ed I'll miss you...R.I.P Freddy

  23. So sorry to hear. I hope you all are doing well.

  24. I wish you strength in these days.You will in time have nice memories...

  25. So sorry to hear about your loss..Take comfort knowing that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  26. I'm so sorry Claudia! Sending you giant HUGS!

  27. I am sorry, my friend. I'll keep you and your sons in my prayers. xoxo

  28. Claudia I am so sorry for your loss. Take care of yourself and your handsome boys.

  29. I'm so sorry....take all the time you need. We'll be here when you get back. In the meantime, you and yours will be in my prayers.

  30. D & T of huggingthecoastSeptember 13, 2011 at 12:30 AM

    Hope all the good memories you've had together will help sustain your family during this difficult time as you move closer to peace and healing.

  31. Oh Claudia my heart is breaking for your sons, you and all of Ed's loved ones. From the bottom of my heart I am so sorry.

    You paid a beautiful tribute to him. Though I'm sure the past year was very difficult on many levels for your sons, it was good that they got to spend that time together.

    As you said, may Ed live long and prosper in the next life. If there is anything you need please don't hesitate to ask.

  32. Take all the time you need Claudia. I can only imagine how heart-wrenching this whole period has been for you and especially for your sons.

    All the very best going forward with beautiful memories.


  33. I am so sorry to hear about this Claudia. I will be thinking about you and your family during this time.

  34. I am so sorry. I don't know what to say. Josh's Dad has liver cancer now, but it has supposedly went in remission, hopefully. Take as much time as you need off, we're here when you get back.


  35. there are no words,,, only thoughts and prayers. I send them both. Hugs

  36. I am so sorry for your loss. I will say prayers for you and your family during this difficult time. Remember all of the good times and laughter.

  37. So sorry to hear of your loss, yet so nice of you to share the lasting memories of him and your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family at this time of need.

  38. Sorry for your loss. Keeping you all in my thought and prayers.

  39. Dear Claudia, That was a very beautiful and loving tribute to your boys and their dad. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. Your friend, Cathrine xo

  40. Aww, Claudia I am so sorry. This must be so hard for you and your family. I am glad your sons have such a wonderful mom to help them through this. xoxoxo

  41. Claudia,
    My condolences to you and your family. You are blessed to have such loving children who gave their love and support when needed most. Loving thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.


  42. What a beautiful tribute Claudia. I am so sorry for your families loss and my thoughts are with you and your sons.

  43. To ALL my wonderful Foodie friends and family, thank you so much for all your kind words and support to my children and I for the time you took to write and express your sympathy. You are all very much appreciated during this emotional time. Our sincereist thanks all.
    Claudia, Curt and Chad

  44. Dear Claudia,
    My heart is filled with sadness over the loss of your beloved sons' father! Such a beautiful tribute post, for Ed!
    My deepest condolences to you your sons, and family!
    Take all the time you need to support your sons at this time of sorrow. Just know that you have friends who love, and care about you!

  45. I hope all is getting back to normal for you and your two sons.

    It's never easy!

  46. Dear Claudia,
    For some odd reason, I felt like reading a few blogs since taking a break a week ago. I just read your post about the loss of your dear husband and wish that I were there to hold you and comfort you as you have done through our blog friendship to me. May your husband be in peace and I hope that you find comfort and healing in the Lord and your family, friends, and loved ones. I will be here for you anytime that you need a friend to talk to or just cry with. Love, Roz

  47. Big hugs to you lovely. I have recently lost my dad and I understand how it feels. Let's all hang in there. :)

  48. Ciao! I'm so sorry for your loss!! May God be with you at a time like this. Condolences to your family! Such a beautiful tribute you made for your husband. Keep the memories of him in all of your hearts. I'm here for you! Hugs! ♥


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