Monday, December 30, 2013
Saturday, December 28, 2013
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Friday, November 15, 2013
Thursday, November 7, 2013
Sunday, October 27, 2013
Saturday, October 19, 2013
Sunday, October 6, 2013
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.