Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Gingerbread House Cake

I love, love, LOVE working on cakes like this one!  The client ordered it as a dessert centerpiece for an annual mother-daughter gingerbread house decorating party.  But here's the best part - these girls and their moms have been doing this party every year since they were in grade school, and now all the girls are high school seniors!  So this was a special cake in honor of a very special night.  It's two tiers of chocolate cake with vanilla buttercream frosting.  I used fondant to create 23 different gingerbread girls - one for each of the girls in attendance at the party - and put graduation caps on their little heads since they'll be graduating this year.  I also included all 23 of their names on the circles that go around the cake.  Finally, as the piece de resistance, I created a fondant gingerbread house to put on top of the cake.  I made the structure of the house out of cardboard, then decorated it with fondant.  It was so beautiful that I could barely stand to give it away!  Anyway, the moms and daughters were absolutely thrilled with the cake, which is the most rewarding part of my job.  Happy Holidays, everyone!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Military Cakes

These cakes were for twin boys celebrating their 9th birthday at a laser tag arena.  The party decor was all green and brown camouflage - the plates, balloons, etc.  So these cakes went right along with the theme!  The camouflage Army helmet is funfetti cake with vanilla frosting, and the grenade is chocolate cake with chocolate frosting.  Both cakes are decorated with fondant.  When I was trying to decide how to include the birthday boys' names on the cakes, my husband suggested writing them on a set of dog tags.  BRILLIANT!!!  I was so thrilled with how they turned out.  They would also be perfect for a military ceremony like a promotion or retirement, or a party to celebrate a soldier's homecoming.  

Backyardigans Cupcakes

I had fun making these cupcakes for two sisters celebrating their 2nd and 3rd birthdays with a Backyardigans party.  There were four flavors of cupcakes: chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, and orange creamsicle.  All were topped with vanilla buttercream frosting and fondant decorations.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Bakugan Cake and Cupcakes

Yet another cake that I had to do some "research" for...I have three daughters and I can easily tell you anything you want to know about any toy, book, game, or television show that is popular among elementary school girls.  But I am hopelessly clueless when it comes to stuff that little boys like.  When someone starts talking to me about "Bakugan" or "Pokemon" or anything having to do with Star Wars, Thomas the Train, or Nintendo DS, all I hear is "wha-wha-wha" (like the teacher's voice in the Charlie Brown movies.)  So needless to say, when a friend asked me to make her son a Bakugan cake, I had to Google it. :)

He really wanted the Bakugan logo on the big cake, so that's what I did.  (Although I jazzed it up a bit.)

And don't even ask me what the symbols on these cupcakes mean - I know they're something related to Bakugan but as far as I'm concerned, they are a foreign language to me.

Whether or not I "get" it, the birthday boy was happy, which is all that matters! :)

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Lego Cake

Another fun Lego cake!  This one is chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream, covered in fondant.

Chocolate Ruffle Cake

I have seen this ruffle cake design on a number of different cake websites, and I've been dying to try it!  It looks so pretty and feminine, and the ruffly flowers on top make it look even more girly.  I've seen it with pink frosting and white flowers, which would be perfect for a baby shower or a girl's birthday party.  And white on white would make a beautiful bridal cake.  In this case, the client requested chocolate frosting, so that's what I used.  But the ruffles are lovely in brown, too!

Here's a closeup of the flowers.  I made them out of fondant and allowed them to dry for a few days.  Then I brushed them with pearlized luster dust to make them sparkle.  Love, love, LOVE!!!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

This Weekend's Cakes

These cupcakes were for an event held at the local Methodist church.  They were vanilla and chocolate cupcakes in varying sizes, frosted with vanilla or chocolate buttercream.  I made the flowers out of fondant, and painted them with luster dust to give them a little sheen.  They were displayed on the awesome cupcake stand that my dad made for me.  I was delighted with how well the colors of the cupcakes matched the tablecloth and the overall decor of the room.  

This batch of cupcakes were for my friend's dad's birthday.  The cake is dairy-free, egg-free chocolate, with chocolate buttercream and fondant leaves and acorns.

And finally, a baby shower cake for one of my repeat customers.  I made her bridal shower cake, her wedding cake, and now I had the pleasure of creating a cake to celebrate her first baby!  How cool is that???  The nursery is pale sage green and white with a monkey theme, so I used that as my inspiration for the cake.  It's vanilla cake with lime curd filling, frosted with vanilla buttercream and decorated with buttons made from candy melts.  Oh yeah, and a cute little fondant monkey on top!!!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Lots o' Cakes!

Busy weekend - 2 cakes and 1 set of cupcakes all due on Saturday!  Here are my latest creations:

75th Birthday Cake: Red velvet cake with vanilla buttercream frosting and fondant decorations.  The 75 is made out of gumpaste and has edible red glitter on the numbers.  I love the color combination of red, green, white, and yellow.  And ladybugs are always adorable!!!

Teddy Bear Cupcakes: These cupcakes were for a 6-year-old boy celebrating his birthday at Build-a-Bear Workshop.  Half of the cupcakes were yellow cake, and the other half were red velvet.  They all have vanilla buttercream frosting and fondant teddy bears on top.  I used blue and yellow frosting, since those are the colors in the Build-a-Bear logo.

40th Birthday Cake:  Snickerdoodle cake (tastes like the cinnamon-flavored cookie called a snickerdoodle) with whipped cream filling and vanilla buttercream.  I sprinkled some edible glitter on top to add some extra pizzazz!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Piggy Bank Cake

I made this cute little piggy bank cake for a cake walk at my daughter's school fun fair.   He's yellow cake inside, covered with pink fondant.  The coins are all made out of fondant, too.  Isn't he cute?  I think he's downright adorable - from his smiley little snout to his curly pink tail!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Cupcake Mania!!!

Seems like I've been making lots of cupcakes lately. :)  Here are some from the past couple weeks.

Girly cupcakes:

 Tiger cupcakes:

Gluten-free Pokeball cupcakes:
Which went along with this Pokemon cake:

Monday, August 29, 2011

Soccer Cake

I made this birthday cake for a soccer-playing girl named Danielle who was turning 12.  It's chocolate cake with vanilla buttercream and fondant decorations.  I baked the soccer ball in a Pyrex bowl.  It was my first time doing that so I did some research online first.  I have several cake decorating blogs and websites that I enjoy looking at and learning from.  Anyway, everything I read online was takes FOREVER to bake!  The pattern on the soccer ball was a challenge, too.  I printed out a template to help me cut out the shapes, but it was tricky to fit them all together perfectly without leaving any gaps.  Let's just say that the front looks better than the back. :)  But overall I was really pleased with how it turned out!

Monday, August 8, 2011

40th Birthday Cake

This was a challenging (but fun!) cake to make, mainly because I had to find a way to link together a bunch of random design ideas into one super classy, cohesive cake creation.  (Like my alliteration?)  I corresponded with the birthday girl's husband via email, and I asked him a variety of questions to try and figure out what the cake should include, and what its overall appearance should be.  So here's the information I gathered about the recipient and her personality and interests:

-Has three daughters
-Is training for her first triathlon
-Loves the beach
-Prefers neutral colors, like khaki and navy blue
-Style is classy and understated
-Loves chocolate!!

And here is what I created:

It's a two tier chocolate cake with chocolate chips and chocolate buttercream filling.  I frosted the outside with vanilla buttercream tinted pale blue.  The panels on the side feature silhouettes of her three daughters (on the top layer) and the three parts of a triathlon (swimming, biking, running - on the bottom layer).  I made the silhouettes out of Wilton Sugar Sheets and "matted" each one onto a fondant circle.  I finished off the cake with a "40" on top, fondant shells (40 of them, of course!), and "sand" made out of brown sugar and graham cracker crumbs.  I was so pleased with how it turned out, and happy that I was able to incorporate all of the husband's design ideas into one cake.  The best part is, the birthday girl loved it too! :)

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Rolled Fondant Flower Cake

I made this cake for my niece Katie Lynne, who turned 9 on Saturday.  She requested a "strawberry cake with blue frosting and pink flowers."  So this is what I came up with.  I used Paula Deen's strawberry cake recipe (which is delicious, by the way - very moist and rich.)  Then I frosted the cake with electric blue frosting and decorated it with rolled fondant roses.  My daughters were very excited to help me make the flowers.  (They are always begging me to let them help when I'm working on a cake, but usually I have to say no because after all, someone is paying ME to make the cake, and that person most likely has a certain standard that they expect the cake to live up to, and no offense to my beautiful and talented daughters, but that standard is often unattainable by small children aged 4, 6, and 8.)

Sooooo anyway....thankfully this cake was for my 9-year-old niece and I thought she would actually think it was kind of cool that her cousins got to help me decorate it.  I rolled out the fondant, cut it into strips, folded it, and THEN allowed the girls to roll it up into the shape of a rose.  After they handed them to me, I did a little re-shaping and re-rolling if necessary, then went ahead and put them on the cake!  They also helped me make the leaves.  Last of all, I piped around the bottom and wrote the words freehand on the top.  Then we put the top on the cake carrier on and set off to surprise the birthday girl!

P.S. She loved the cake. :)

"Rubber Ducky, You're the One..." :)

I made this cake and a dozen coordinating cupcakes for a baby shower with a rubber ducky theme.  It was a 6" round yellow cake with lemon curd filling (YUM), frosted with vanilla buttercream.  The ducky design on the top is made of fondant.  The ducky cupcakes are also yellow cake with lemon curd inside.  The head is a donut hole and the tail is a marshmallow (cut on the diagonal.)  After constructing the "skeleton" of each duck, I dipped them in melted yellow frosting and then added fondant eyes and beaks.  How cute are they????


Monday, June 27, 2011

Yo Gabba Gabba Cupcakes

I enjoyed making these Yo Gabba Gabba cupcakes for my friend's daughter Sophia, who turned 3 on Saturday.  They are chocolate cake with vanilla buttercream frosting and fondant decorations.  The birthday girl's dad made the goody bags - aren't they cute?  Maybe I should hire him, hee hee!!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Are you ready for some Football????

Check out this football themed cake!  Funfetti cake with vanilla buttercream frosting and fondant decorations.  Game on!!!

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Dora Cake and Cupcakes

My youngest daughter is turning 4 next week, and today we celebrated her birthday with a Dora-themed party.  I made a 6-inch round layer cake (so we'd have a cake to put her birthday candles in) as well as 12 cupcakes (for the party guests to eat.)  BONUS:  I got to use my cool cake stand that my dad made for me!!  Anyway, it was funfetti cake (at the birthday girl's request!) with vanilla buttercream frosting and fondant decorations.  The Dora and Swiper figures on the top of the cake are toys.  The cake was a hit, and tasted yummy too!


Fun and Funky Neon Cake

I know it sounds like I say this about every single cake I make, but I had SO MUCH FUN decorating this cake!!!  I just loved everything about it - the colors, the style, the decorations - all of it!  It was chocolate cake with chocolate filling, frosted with vanilla buttercream and tricked out with decorations made of fondant and gumpaste.  I especially loved the curly cake wires sticking out of it - I think Duff Goldman would be proud!!!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Dora Party Invitation

I made these invitations for my daughter's 4th birthday party, which has a Dora theme.  They are shaped like Dora's backpack, and you open them up to see the party information.  I even put little strips of paper on the back to look like "straps." :)  I thought they turned out pretty cute!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Three Cake Weekend - DONE!!! :)

Whew!  The past few days have been super intense, filled with hours of baking, frosting, and decorating three elaborate cakes that were all due on the same day!  Not to mention that one of them was decorated with fresh flowers, which required me to individually cut and wrap each stem with floral tape.  I have always had pretty good time management skills, but weeks like this really put them to the test!  In addition to all the many hours that it took me to get these cakes done, I also have to find time to run errands, do chores, exercise, cook dinner, do laundry, wash dishes...oh yeah, and take care of three young children! :) Needless to say, time management is crucial to my success, both as a baker and as a mom!  Anyway, here are the cakes that I successfully produced this week:

Cake #1: Super hero cake for a little boy turning 7.  The bottom tier is chocolate, and the top is vanilla.  It's frosted with vanilla buttercream and has fondant decorations.

Cake #2: Birthday cake for my friend Kelly, who is a ladybug fanatic.  It's a chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream and fondant decorations.

Cake #3: My first wedding cake!!!  It's three tiers: 14" chocolate cake with chocolate filling, 10" vanilla cake, and 6" vanilla cake.  The whole thing is frosted with vanilla buttercream and adorned with fresh flowers.  I am sooooo happy with how it turned out!!!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Cupcake Mania!!!

Seems like I've been baking a lot of cupcakes lately.  People like them because they're easy to serve, easy to eat, and of course, they taste delicious!! :)  I enjoy decorating them because I can make each cupcake different and unique.  I especially enjoy making themed cupcakes.  Here are two of my latest batches.

Flower cupcakes for Mother's Day and a spring birthday...vanilla cake with vanilla buttercream and fondant decorations.

And here are some super fun ones...birthday cupcakes for a friend moving to Egypt this summer!  They are chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream frosting and fondant decorations.  I think the mummies are my favorite! :)