From a simple cupcake to a multitiered wedding extravaganza, Lydia Carter's carefully crafted confections inspire awe at birthday parties, weddings, anniversaries, holidays, and pretty much any occasion that calls for fancy-looking frosting. A few balloons? A generic message? Nah. Carter gussies up her creations with buttercream roses, basket weaves, complex stringwork, and other designs that make its recipient hesitate to slice up her artful designs. What's more, Carter happily shares her artistic talent -- and hilarious decorating tales -- with those interested in cultivating a cake thumb, occasionally teaching the Wilton Cake Decorating classes at the University Heights Jo-Ann Fabrics.