Wednesday, November 24, 2010

This Cake Measures Up!

A friend asked me to make a cake for her brother-in-law, who likes to fix things.  She suggested a tape measure, which I thought would make a really cute cake!  This one is vanilla cake with vanilla buttercream frosting, covered with yellow and black fondant.  

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Cupcake Bouquet

I had so much fun making this cupcake bouquet.  It was purchased for a couple's wedding anniversary by their daughter and son-in-law as a surprise.  Isn't that sweet??  I love the way it looks, and I can't wait until I have the opportunity to make another one!  I think it would be fun to make a Christmas one with red poinsettias as the flowers.  This one has a mix of vanilla and chocolate cupcakes, frosted with vanilla buttercream to look like flowers.  YUM!

Friday, November 19, 2010

M-I-C-K-E-Y M-O-U-S-E!!!

This week I got to make my first set of cakes for twins - Mickey Mouse cakes for twin boys turning 3.  I made two 6" round layer cakes, one for each birthday boy.  The blue cake is vanilla, and the red one is chocolate.  I used all buttercream frosting to decorate them, and I created the Mickey faces using the FBCT technique.  I also made a dozen coordinating cupcakes for the party guests to eat (when it comes to 3-year-olds, cupcakes are much easier to eat than a slice of cake!)  I love how they turned out.  Happy Birthday, Bradyn and Dalton!!!

Friday, November 12, 2010

1st Birthday Fun

I love working with what I call "the perfect client" - someone who has a vision of what they would like their cake to look like, but who also gives me creative freedom to design the cake myself.  The woman who asked me to make her son's first birthday cake this week fit the bill exactly!  She sent me photos of the party ware she had picked out, as well as a photo of a cake she liked.  We discussed a few ideas about how to tie everything together (like putting stripes on the bottom tier, and dots on the top), but then she pretty much just let me run with it.  She had already purchased little jungle animal cake toppers to go on the cake, so we added those after I'd already taken the photos of the cake.  The bottom tier was chocolate cake, the top was vanilla, and the whole thing was covered with vanilla buttercream and then fondant.  I felt a little sad handing this cake over, because it was so cute I just wanted to stare at it a little longer!  So, without further ado...

Here are the plates:

Here are the napkins:
And here is the cake!!!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Ladybug Cake

I made this cake for a friend's daughter who turned one last week.  Happy Birthday, Leah!!  The ladybug is vanilla cake covered with fondant.  I will DEFINITELY be making another ladybug cake sometime - probably for one of my own daughters!  I still can't get over how stinkin' cute that little ladybug is!!  The larger cake on the bottom is two 10" rounds of peanut butter cake with chocolate filling (YUM), covered with vanilla buttercream and fondant decorations.  I love how the frosting "grass" turned out, although I had a serious hand cramp after all that piping!!  The most rewarding part of making this cake was seeing my friend's reaction to it...she loved it so much that she didn't want to eat it!

Star Wars Lego Cake

I had a great time making this Star Wars Lego cake last week.  I've already made one other Lego cake, so I knew how to make and decorate the "bricks," but this was my first time sculpting Star Wars Lego figures! I printed out some pictures from the internet (thank you, Google) and then used fondant to sculpt the figures.  When they had dried for a day and firmed up a little, I used edible food markers to add their features.  I was so happy with how they turned out!  I think R2D2 is my favorite, although Luke is pretty cute, too. :)   

Friday, November 5, 2010

FCMOM Vendor's Night

Last night I had the wonderful opportunity to participate in a Vendor's Night sponsored by FCMOM (Fairfax County Mothers of Multiples.)  It was a fun way to advertise my Party Fairy business and to meet a lot of other moms who run their own home-based businesses.  Plus I won one of the raffle prizes!!  And I never win anything!!  Of course I won stuff for my girls and not for myself - some sparkly hair doodads and a pair of ruffled bloomers for my youngest daughter. :)

But I digress.  The vendor's night was a fabulous success - I handed out a lot of business cards, as well as four dozen free cupcakes!!  The flavors I made were "Darn Good Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate Frosting" and "Margarita Cupcakes with Lime Cream Cheese Frosting."  YUM.  Here are some photos of my table.  (The bag in the first picture is where people could put their raffle tickets - the prize I offered was a custom birthday cake or cupcakes.)