Sunday, October 24, 2010

Farmville Cake

This weekend we celebrated my mother-in-law's birthday, so I surprised her with a Farmville cake.  She is an avid player of the game, and my daughters love it when she shows them all the virtual animals and plants and buildings that she has on her farm.  As for me, I had fun making them out of fondant!  I baked a cherry chocolate sheet cake and frosted it with vanilla buttercream, and then I went crazy adding all kinds of fondant details, from carrots and cauliflower to piggies, cows, and pink polka dot trees!  I made the fence out of melted candy wafers, which I piped into fence shapes and allowed to harden in the fridge.  Finally, I built the barn out of cake scraps that I "glued" together with frosting.  This was definitely one of my favorite cakes to make, and I was so happy with how it turned out.  Plus my mother-in-law gave me the ultimate compliment when she said it was the nicest cake anyone had ever made for her in all her ** years!  (I didn't think she'd like it if I posted her age out there for the world to see.)  Anyway, happy birthday Pam!!

The cake

Closeup of the animals

Hard at work!!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Book Cake

Here is the book cake that I decorated for the girl whose book invitations I made a few weeks ago (scroll down to see photos of the invitations).  It was lemon cake with vanilla buttercream.  I carved a 9x13 sheet cake to look like an open book, then frosted it and covered it with fondant for the "pages."  I used edible food markers to write the words.  The "bookmark" is also made of fondant.  To finish off the cake, I piped the sides with white frosting (using a serrated tip) and then added a blue border around the edges.  I was really happy with how it turned out, especially since it was the first book cake I've ever done!

Fall and Halloween Cupcakes

Here are some photos of my most recent cupcake creations...

Fall cupcakes for a bake sale:

Halloween cupcakes for the church bazaar:

Cupcake transportation tip:  24 dozen cupcakes fit perfectly into the bottom of a pizza box!  I lined it with black paper and then put the cupcakes on top.  Since I was dropping them off at church, I didn't want to worry about having to get a container returned to me, so the pizza box worked great!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Blue Dog Cake

This weekend I was asked to make a "blue dog" cake for twin girls who were turning 7.  (Not a Blue's Clues dog, just a blue dog.)  The mom gave me complete creative freedom (love that!) and I had so much fun figuring out how to make this cake.  I baked several 9-inch layers of vanilla cake (tinted blue) and carved them this way and that to create the body parts of the dog.  Then I "glued" the parts together with buttercream, coated the entire cake with buttercream, and covered it with shredded coconut to create the "fur."  I used the leftover cake to make a little dog bowl, and then sculpted some bones and dog toys out of fondant.  The bones say "Megan" and "Bronwyn," the names of the birthday girls. :)  The dog's features were also made of fondant.  So...(drum roll please!) is the finished creation: