Monday, December 30, 2013

Cogs and Gears Smash Cake

Here is funky little smash cake. I actually got a request to make two identical smash cakes, at first I thought, twins? But,no, one for a photo shoot the weekend before the birthday bash! Would love to see those photos! The main cake will be a cute 3D robot dude.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Moreno Wedding Cake

Hello all, Hope you had a a great Christmas! I spent the better part of the week baking and making this cake! It is an ivory wedding cake, my first request for ivory color. So I was a little nervous about getting the perfect shade mixed in just right. I used the Ameri-color food color gel in Ivory and it worked like a charm! There were some exciting ideas here like the purple ombre layers in the middle tier for the cutting of the cake. Can't wait to see those pictures!
Tiers include red velvet with cream cheese filling, Vanilla purple ombre layers (3), and lemon with lemon filling.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

"Bad A**" Iron Maiden Cake

reference photo

I got the challenge to do an Iron Maiden cake. I was given a reference image of this skeletal guy and told he is called Freddy. This was sort of challenging, but I I sculpted the face out of white fondant and then painted on it with food coloring mixed with vodka (the alcohol evaporates immediately). The hair is all fondant from an extruder (gotta get a better one of those some day). I had the husband use his man muscles to squeeze out all that hair, it was tough! Once it was placed on the cake with a bit of water I touched it up with some brown for added dimension. Rock on!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Minion Cake

Maybe I'm biased but I think this is my favorite minion cake I have ever seen, and I made it! Layers of chocolate and vanilla make up this little man. A real cupcake with icing look fondant top it off. The thing I love about this is that it's for a grown adult! Hey, we are all kids at heart!!

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Wild reader book cake

This 18 year old loves to read. Her dad said she loves zebra print and he wanted two books, to represent her growth from his little princess, with the 'Princess Diaries' to independent woman with 'Independence 101'. The cake was all red velvet with butter cream frosting under fondant.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Roller Derby Cake

My sister in law's sister in law was having a birthday party at her roller derby rink so I thought it would be fun to challenge myself to do this roller skate cake. .....What am I crazy?? Yes! This is one of the more detailed cakes I have ever done, but I think it turned out awesome and I got a lot of compliments on it!

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Mickey and Minnie Combined Cake

A sweet cake for a brother and sister. The design changed a few times, but this is what I came up with. The stars hanging from wires were a last minute addition because it needed a little something. I realized later that I should have made a bend in the wire to stop them from whipping around, learned this from Duff. Good to know for next time because these wires had to be secured with a little white candy melt. Chocolate cake, chocolate frosting.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Dr. Seuss Cake with books

I was asked to do my second Dr. Seuss cake. I thought I would try to incorporate some changes to differ it from the last one I did. This time instead of a fish tier i did a Lorax tier. I also added two books made of cake. This was my first try at making book cakes so it was a little tricky. I also made a small smash cake for the cute birthday boy.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Snake Cake

This was a different type of cake for me. I was asked to make a snake cake and thought of a coiled up type of cake, then i was asked to make it outstretched with bundt cakes which I thought was a fun idea. So after the three bundt cakes cooled I cut them in half and then pieced them together on two foam core boards cut and taped to size wrapped in silver wrapping paper. I then carved down the tail to a taper with a small knife and then carved the head to a snake head referencing boa constrictor pictures. The cake was to be a bit cartoony. So I thought this was a good opportunity to use a specific piped frosting technique which I had seen online. Just use a large round tip in a piping bag and then smooth out one side with a cleaned off spatula or butter knife. It turned out great for the scales.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Toolbox Cake

A cute tool box cake. After doing some research I found out the picture I was given as a reference was from the cartoon 'Handy Manny'. This is one of the more complex cakes i have done so it took some thinking and planning to decide how I would do the tool box as well as create the tool figurines. For the figurines I used wooden dowels cut to size which I placed in my figurines while they were still soft. I wrapped the screwdrivers lower portions in a thinly rolled out fondant rectangle using edible gel as glue to secure it to the dowel. Then I let these dry standing up right in a foam block. once they were dry i create eyes with round balls of fondant, flattened the back side and cut a flat circle of fondant in half to create the eyelid. These were secured on with water and a snipped toothpick since water alone was not strong enough to hold them. Once everything was dry I used Wilton edible food spray to give the tools and screws a shiny luster.

For the tool box, I had decide early how big it would be to fit on my round cake. I created a paper template for the rectangle base. I then cut out flat shapes for the sides of the tool box. For the handle sides I drew a template and used that for cutting. I cut out a hole near the top which was the same size as my fondant covered dowel used for the handle. I let these dry for several days before attempting to adhere to the cake. i read online that it is possible to speed up fondant piece work drying time by placing in the over for an hour with just the oven light on. I will have to try that next time because I was too afraid it would ruin my work.

After I covered my tool box rectangle cake in red fondant I adhered the dry fondant toolbox sides using water. Seeing that there was still a gap at the joints of the pieces I cut out 4 tall rectangles and attached them.

I am pleased with how the cake turned out and it was a lot more work than I thought it would be!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Rodeo Cake

I was asked to do a rodeo themed cake with bandana, cow print, cowboy hat and a horse. Well I got all those elements in and then thought it would be fun to add a sheriff's badge with the child's age. I dusted it with edible gold shimmer as well as the birthday girl's name. I shaped a hat out of fondant and twisted two long rolls of fondant together for the rope/ For the horse I printed out a horse silhouette illustration from online, cut it out and then placed it on a rolled out piece of fondant and cut around the paper. I used an edible ink marker to draw the paisleys on the bandana. I love how it turned out!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Gender Reveal Cake... He or She?

It's official... I'm seven months pregnant and I'm having a girl! I had a dream of having a gender reveal party with a cake like this to revealthe big surprise. I even told my husband about it, apparently it didn't stick between his ears because the moment we found out it was a girl in the ultrasound room he began texting ALL of his family members that it was a girl. When I asked him why and did he forget about my gender reveal cake party plans he said, 'I'm sorry, all I heard was cake.' Bwah, ha ha! Well since I had some time I decided to make my cake anyways.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Paleo Carrot Cake

I received a new challenge - to do a Paleo carrot cake! I was given the recipe to use and then the hunt began for the special ingredients which included coconut flour, coconut oil, coconut butter, non sweetened dates, non salted cashews, maple syrup. Luckily I was able to find many of them at my local grocery store and the rest at a local health food store. I wasn't sure how great the cake would look considering the different in texture of the 'frosting' and cake. Surprisingly frosting made out of coconut smooths quite well. It's just about getting it to the right temperature.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

First Bake Sale

My sister in law invited me to be part of a craft fair at her work. It took a lot of planning and preparation but I pulled it off. I baked about 8 dozen cupcakes, made 20 + cake pops and 36 marshmallow pops. I figured it was a good way to spread my business and I handed out loads of business cards.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Sesame Street Cake Pops

"Me want cake pop!" " C is for cake pop, good enough for me!"

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Dr. Seuss Cake

Dr. Seuss cake for my friend's son just turning one. The characters were all hand cut and hand drawn using edible markers. Such a fun cake. There were cupcakes with fondant toppers to match.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Zombie Brains Cupcakes

These cupcake were for a Halloween party. Pumpkin Spice flavor and scary fondant brains.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Jason Cake

Did this very scary cake for a very brave 10 year old.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Vampire Diaries Cake

This cake was for my sister in law's birthday, the theme was a surprise suggested by her husband. She has a big crush on this guy so she just loved the cake! I found the image of him online and then put the writing on the image in photoshop and had my local cake decorating store print it off on edible wafer paper. I hand made the gumpaste rose and petals, my first gumpaste rose I think. 

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Carnival Cake Pops

My friend asked me to make some carnival cake pops for her carnival party. A lot of candy was bought for these :) Gumdrops, crunch bits, m&m's make up some of the pieces here.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Cute Mermaid Cake

How sweet is this mermaid? My client had the idea of a very stylized manga type mermaid for her daughter's cake with lots of candy pieces on the tail and flowing hair. Just adorable!

Friday, September 20, 2013

Chocolate Caramel Cupcakes

I made these for a neighborhood BBQ. I wanted to use some Caramel sauce I recently bought at a fancy baking store. I had some chocolate candy pieces so I added those too. Mmm, mouth watering.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Piggies In a hot tub Cake

I like pig butts and I cannot lie!!

There is a cute picture of piggies in a hot tub going around the internet. I was asked to make it, too. Here is my version, love it!

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Monsters, Inc cakes

 These cakes were for my nephews' combined birthday party. I tried doing a rainbow tie die coloring in one of the cakes and all green in the other. Also I practiced smoothed out icing on the cakes instead of fondant. I think that part was really time consuming and it may be easier just to use fondant! But they turned out cool!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Super Mario Pirana Cookies

I started watching Nerdy Nummies on youtube, and it is so addicting! I just want to make everything this girl makes! Here is a super cute video games inspired nummy.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Popcorn Cupcakes

Cupcakes using mini marshmallows and food coloring.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Burger Cake

In keeping with the giant food theme I made this giant hamburger cake just for fun.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Flower pot cake

It was my MIL's birthday so I decided to make her a special cake.  She loves doing home improvement, gardening, etc so I thought this would be a really fun way to practice some different gum paste flowers.