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. :)

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Rustic Wedding Cake

This beautiful rustic wedding cake is made of vanilla cake with vanilla buttercream frosting and fresh flowers. Flowers from Willow and Wildflowers in Bountiful, UT.

The bride just loved the cake the moment she saw it! She told me it was the best part of the day and I had just made her day when so many things had gone wrong (it was raining for one). The reception was at Eaglewood Golf Course and it was the first time I had been there, a very nice venue.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Friday, April 18, 2014

University of Utah Birthday Cake

I had to look up the fight song, so here it is, sorta entertaining:

I am a Utah man, sir, and I live across the green.
Our gang, it is the jolliest that you have ever seen.
Our coeds are the fairest and each one's a shining star.
Our yell, you hear it ringing through the mountains near and far.

Who am I, sir? A Utah man am I A Utah man, sir, and will be till I die; Ki!Yi!
We're up to snuff; we never bluff,
We're game for any fuss,
No other gang of college men
dare meet us in the muss.
So fill your lungs and sing it out and
shout it to the sky,
We'll fight for dear old Crimson,
for a Utah man am I.

And when we prom the avenue, all lined up in a row,
And arm in arm and step in time as down the street we go.
No matter if a freshman green, or in a senior's gown,
The people all admit we are the warmest gang in town.


We may not live forever on this jolly good old sphere,
But while we do we'll live a life of merriment and cheer,
And when our college days are o'er and night is drawing nigh,
With parting breath we'll sing that song:
"A Utah Man Am I".


Saturday, April 12, 2014

Lady Bug Cake and Cupcakes

I made this cute Ladybug Cake and cupcakes for a 1 year old party. I used the six inch wilton ball pan for the body of the little lady, covered in two coats of ganache and then covered with the red fondant. Once that was smoothed and trimmed i added the red fondant and adhered it with a pastry brush and a bit of water. Next were the cute eyes in white and black fondant circle cut outs. i piped a bit of green frosting with the grass tip all around the cake. The legs and antennas I formed the previous night with an extruder and let dry completely. These were pushed into the cake after making small holes with the back of a small paintbrush. I really enjoyed making this cake! The cupcakes were another story...haha!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Angry Birds Cake Tutorial

Every year my nephews have a themed birthday cake, this year (2012) I was asked to make an Angry Bird's cake the looked like a playing field. I would like to share with you a brief summary of how to make the cake.

For this Angry Birds Cake you will need:

• two 8 x12 inch chocolate cakes
• Grass Piping tip and bag (optional)
• green buttercream
• chocolate frosting
• chocolate covered wafers
• at least three cigar shaped cookies
• small ball of brown gumpate
• gray fondant for the rubber band
• fondant shaped angry birds (red, yellow, and green for the piggies)

First bake, cool and cut one of your large rectangle cakes in about half widthwise. Then cut one of those halves in half widthwise. This will be used to stack on top of one another to build our playing field.

Decorate the sides of your cake with chocolate frosting, this could also look really good with crushed Oreos pressed into it to resemble dirt! Then add your green frosting by spreading on loosely with a spatula. If you have the time and patience you could use a grass tip in a piping bag to create hundreds of grass blades. Since I was lazy I just did this around the edges. Once you have frosted the first layer of the cake add the second layer and then the third.
 At this point you will want to create your little piggies and birds using red, yellow and green fondant. I used reference photos online to help. I had some black frosting on hand for the details but you could also use black fondant pieces.
 Here ois my cute husband modeling some birdies ready to take flight.
For the slingshot I cut two cigar cookies down a couple inches and smashed them down into a ball of brown gumpate. I let this harden overnight. You could also use toothpicks inside the cigars to reinforce the slingshot. I then wrapped a long piece of gray colored fondant around the slingshot with a bit of brushed on water and let the bottom rest on the cake. 

I waited til I reached the party to place the wafers on the cake, but they could also be adhered prior with a bit of frosting. Don't forget to place your cute piggies and birds in a fun arrangement and you're DONE! Enjoy!