Saturday, December 27, 2014

Mad Hatter Tea Cake

When my sister-in-law asked me to make a cake for her in-laws crazy hat party I new it was my chance to do a Mad Hatter cake like I had wanted to for a long while now! It is a carved (aka sculpted cake) with four layers of chocolate cake and chocolate buttercream frosting covered in homemade fondant. I was also able to try out the brush embroidery technique in royal icing for the second time ever on the yellow flowers covering the hat. I love this technique, it's simple but so pretty! I added some fun hat pins with fondant card symbols. the teacups are made of gumpaste. So, yes, "you can even eat the dishes"! They need a little something so I added fondant sugar cubes rolled in sugar. Fun!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Ruffle Wedding Cake

I just love the look of this vintage ruffle wedding cake. The edible gum paste ruffle flowers were fun to make! The reception was held out in a renovated barn and this cake was placed on a rustic old barrel. What ambiance! The cake was chocolate with chocolate buttercream and homemade fondant.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Topsy Turvy 40th Birthday Cake

Three tiered topsy turvy shaped cake for a fabulous 40th birthday! Chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream, homemade fondant.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Bath Tub Shower Cake

This was a fun cake to make for a baby girl's shower and makes a lot of sense with this cute handmade baby sitting in her own bath/shower! The cake was made of pink strawberry cake, vanilla buttercream and homemade fondant. The pearl soap bubbles are all edible as well as all of the other details. 

Monday, November 17, 2014

Ladybug Cake

Some thoughtful people ordered this birthday cake for their co-worker that loves ladybugs. The Birthday Girl loved her Ladybug cake so much she didn't want to cut into it! So cute!! Love the reaction!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Baby Gender Reveal!!

I was excited to do this Baby Gender Reveal bases on the design of my own gender reveal cake. Vanilla colored cake with buttercream rosettes with a handmade and hand lettered banner.

Surprise it's a ..... BOY!!

Congrats to this beautiful family!!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

TMNT Sewer Cake

What kid doesn't love Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? This 4 year old sure does! I love this design with the turtle peeking out and the little slice of pizza on the board! His age was added to the sewer cover and silver luster dust to make it sparkle. This is a chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Blue Baby Boy Buttercream Cake

It's not often I'm asked to do a buttercream cake, so it's always a bit of a challenge to pull out my old school buttercream skills. For this one I used fondant accents to dress it up. I love the little polka dot onesie and the daisies. Marble cake with vanilla buttercream.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Supernatural Impala Cake

Apparently my sister in law is now into the show "Supernatural" and has watched every episode in a very short time on Netflix. I've watched a few episodes but usually decide it's a little too freaky for me and having the imagination that I do those images don't leave my head for a few days which make it hard to fall asleep at night. However, in the spirit of Halloween, and all things creepy I decided to do a tamed down sculpted impala, the car the demon hunter, Winchester brothers, drive around in between haunts. I included a picture of my sister in law between the two brothers to help in their adventures. The cake is pumpkin spice, because this time of year I am obsessed with pumpkin and has caramel buttercream. Here are some pictures of the car I used.

The picture I used in Photoshop to make the boys seated in the car because I couldn't find a good one.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Metallica Cake and Tutorial

Source material below.

I kind of love getting these manly, rock design cake requests. It's quite a departure from what I normally do and just so fun! First, I covered the cake in black fondant. I knew I wanted to incorporate a chain into the design. With my extruder I made some long medium sized ropes with gray fondant. I then cut them to size and formed an 'O', using a bit of water and brush I adhered the Os to the side of the cake leaving about an inch in between each one. Then I cut ropes a little larger then half the length of the links to make the side ways links, adhering the ends to the side of the cake which fit between the links, see picture below.

As for the skull, I started with a light brown patty shape and then smushed and molded it into the general head position. I used a large ball tool to form the dents for the eye socks, nose and ear hole. A tiny blade was used to make some of the cracks in the skull. I made two large brown bats and cut them in half. I then placed one so it would look like it was coming through the skull (lots of jagged edges here help the look) and one coming from behind the skull. I made yellow teeth which I placed into teeth sockets using a little water. Maybe they were a touch too yellow. Someone needs to get to the dentist. Lol. Using left over gray from the chain I extruded some ropes for the metal pieces coming from the bats, cut those to various lengths, rolled one tip out to form a point and let those dry for a bit.

I made holes in the bats with a small ball tool and started to push in my metal barbs cause I just couldn't wait any longer! In the meanwhile though I started painting the skull with brown food coloring mixed with vodka. The alcohol evaporates quickly leaving just the diluted food coloring behind. I also added black in the same fashion there on the eye sockets, ear, nose and even some cracks just to get a little crazy. I kinda liked the watercolor effect of the original logo and tried to replicate that look.

Next up was adding the birthday boy's name and age. For logos like band names I usually google the name like 'Metallica free font'. Then download it, open photoshop, write out the message, print it, cut it, and using an exacto knife trace and cut it out of fondant. Whew! Since I couldn't find a really good matching font I just created my own using  a stand set of letter cutters for the middle letters and then getting a little creative with the first and last letter shapes with my exacto knife. Below is the band logo and then a detail of what I did. Kinda had to get creative since I didn't have a bunch of room with the chains in the way and all.

After that I decided I should add the 'damage inc." which I wasn't really going to add but then decided it looked kinda blah without it there. So I cut rectangles out of black and white fondant and used two sets of letters that I had, stretching some letters to created the longer letters. Finally, one of the funnest parts was just adding the Silver Luster Dust, again, mixed with vodka, to the metal parts of the cake. It really makes them stand out an look super shiny and realistic. Well, that is all I have to say about that. Hit me up with any questions you may have about this in the comments section below. Rock on, party people!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Seattle Seahawks Jersey Cake and Tutorial

A fabulous cake for a big Seattle Seahawks fan! Yellow cake with caramel buttercream frosting and fondant.

Start with a rectangle sheet cake. Two can be stacked for more depth. Cut off the top 1/4 part of it. Then cut that left over bit at a diagonal to create the sleeves. Reposition the sleeves like so. 

Once your cake board is covered in fancy foil add a little frosting under each piece to secure it in place. For a less boxy shape I carved into the cake making rounded sleeves and a rounded torso as well as a a rounded out neckline. Cover in frosting smoothly.

Add the base color fondant. I also used an impression mat to give the fondant some tight woven texture like that of a jersey. I used 'Varsity' font to base my numbers and letters off of. Type out the desired numbers and letters and they can be used as a stencil to cut out the letters accurately. Once they are cut attach them with a little water. Then use an extruder to create small ropes in contrasting color, I used green, then added these and then used a wilton embosser wheel tool to create the sewed look.
I arranged my letters on a rectangular patch and ran the wheel along it. Added green stripes along the neckline and stripes on the shoulders as well as the sleeves. I finished it off by adding ropes around the bottom edge of the cake and along the torso.

Happy Caking!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Groom's Cake Boxing/MMA, guitar, Vans

I was delighted to make this groom's cake featuring the groom's favorite things- boxing/MMA, guitar and the Vans shoes he and his groomsmen would be wearing. So fun! Vanilla cake with vanilla buttercream and fondant.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Leopard Print High Heel Cake

A fun request from a husband for his wife's cake - leopard print! I was excited to do my first leopard print cake! I used black and brown food coloring dilluted with alcohol ( the alcohol evaporates) and painted it on. I recently discovered Tylose powder which is kinda awesome! Just mix a little with your fondant to get a harder consistency, replacing any need for gumpaste. I free formed this shoe and let it set up to dry, it was ready to use in no time!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Frozen Cake featuring Olaf

Cute birthday cake for sweet girl. Hand sculpted olaf character. Chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream and fondant.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

TMNT Lego Cake

My nephew requested a Teenage Mutant Ninja Lego cake for his birthday. Despite the many fads and popular cartoons, this is the second year he has wanted a TMNT cake, so I thinking it's sticking! I tried a Caramel Cake recipe I found on the Martha Stewart site and a caramel filling. Yum!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Shoe Box Cake

I made this cake for my sister-in-law's birthday. I started by baking a sheet cake and cut it into thirds. I stacked two layers to make the main part of the shoe box. Then I cut a cake board to fit the lid of the shoebox. I secured the cake with a bit of frosting to the cake board and placed it on top of the main part of the box after I had covered each in fondant. Then I placed the hardened pieces of gumpaste (tissues) around the edges. I had previously cut them into triangles and let them hardened over gift wrap tissue. I probably will do them a different way next time seeing as I didn't like the way they turned out. The sandal was cut using a template I made and then rested to dry on a foamcore bent to the right shape. I made a little strap, bow and heel and glued them together with water. After all was dry I sprayed it with Wilton silver color spray. This was a lemon cake with vanilla buttercream frosting.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Orchid Wedding Cake

A beautiful simple orchid wedding cake. Chocolate Cake with chocolate buttercream covered in fondant.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Tinkerbell Cake

Tinkerbell cake. The only requests I got for this cake was that it was pink, purple and with a bow with either a princess, Rapunzel or Tinkerbell theme. Ha! Well since I love Tinkerbell I had to go with her! It's a chocolate cake with chocolate icing, fondant and handmade Tinkerbell figurine. I had fun making the grass blades and tiny mushrooms around the cake.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Minion Girl Cake

A fun take on the minion. Banana cake with vanilla buttercream frosting.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Sofia the First Cake

A sweet Sofia cake with a handmade gumpaste tiara fit for a Princess! The design was specific from the birthday girl. I love bringing a kid's imagination to life!

Monday, April 28, 2014

Batman Cake

I knew I had to make something special for my husband's birthday and since I had some recent experience with cake toppers thanks to the class I had taken and the assistant job I started at Carrie's Cakes I felt up for the challenge! To make the topper I put a wood dowel in a foam block cut to about the height I needed. I also twisted a floral wire around the dowel to support the arms. I then brushed on some crisco and started placing on clumps of marshmallow rice treats around the dowel and then onto the wires for arms. Once I was happy with my cereal sculpture I melted some chocolate and brushed it on with a butterknife. When it hardened I brushed that with some crisco and attached large pieces of rolled out fondant. I find it easier to try to use as few pieces as possible to avoid unsightly seams. For instance, Batman's shirt is big gray piece. After I placed the large rectangular piece I sort of poked holes where the arm holes are and then just pressed the fondant around the arms and waist. Luckily he has a nice cape to cover any and all of the unfinished parts on his back.

Making of Batman

 The birthday boy! He loved it! HBM stands for 'Happy Birthday Mike' since he once made me a cake and had scrawled out HBK on it in jam to stand for Happy Birthday Kristen. :)