Sunday, January 30, 2011

Bowling Cake

I made this cake for a little girl celebrating her 8th birthday at a bowling alley.  It's chocolate cake with chocolate chips (my favorite!), decorated with vanilla buttercream and fondant.  I tried to make the figure look like the birthday girl, and I put an 8 on her shirt since that's how old she's turning. :)  My oldest daughter made the little black bowling ball for this cake - she was very proud of it!  I was pretty impressed with her work myself...the ball was nice and round and she even poked three finger holes in it with a toothpick!  Perhaps she's a future cake decorator like her mama??

Friday, January 28, 2011

Baby Shower Cupcakes

How adorable are these cupcakes???  A friend of mine is hosting a baby shower for a woman who is having boy and girl twins.  I wanted the cupcakes to be classy looking and not too overly cutesy or babyish.  I had fun making these little signs to stick in each one - I used a paper punch to create the shape, then stamped them and brushed a little ink around the edges too, so that they'd really "pop."  Then I punched out another shape to go on the back, and sandwiched a toothpick in between them.  I decided to ruffle the frosting to coordinate with the ruffled edge of the paper.  (Instead of doing the standard "cupcake swirl.")  Anyhoo, I was delighted with how they turned out.  They are yellow cake with vanilla buttercream frosting.  

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Cake for Baby Jonah

I made this cake for my friend Riann, who is currently 39 weeks pregnant with her second child, a boy she's already named Jonah.  She is MORE than ready for him to make his appearance, but the little guy is taking his sweet time coming out!  Riann and I are in a Moms Bible study together at church, and since today was my turn to bring food, I thought I'd bring along a cake to celebrate his (hopefully imminent) arrival!  I had so much fun with the "Jonah and the Whale" theme.  I thought it would be cuter to have baby Jonah being squirted up out of the whale's blowhole, rather than crawling out of his mouth! :)  The cake itself is white cake with lime curd filling (YUM), frosted in vanilla buttercream with fondant decorations.  And how cute is that little baby????  (I think his belly button is my favorite!)

Come soon, Jonah!  We can't wait to meet you!!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Kirby Cake

This cake decorating thing has been a very educational experience for me - not just because I'm learning new decorating skills and techniques, but also because sometimes people ask me to make a cake that involves characters or themes of which I am previously unaware.  In this case, I'm referring to a little pink blob who goes by the name of Kirby.  Apparently he's a character in a video game for the Nintendo DS (yet another thing that I have no clue about!)  I was asked by a friend to make a Kirby/DS themed cake for her 7-year-old son Jason.  Thankfully she sent me a photo of a cake she liked, and I was also able to find some pictures of Kirby and various DS systems on the internet for reference.  I made the Kirby and DS out of rice krispy treats, let them dry and harden for a few days, and then covered them with fondant.  I printed out the Kirby game screen shots on card stock and stuck them onto the DS.  The cake is two tiers: one strawberry and one chocolate, frosted with vanilla buttercream and decorated with fondant details.  I was really psyched about how it turned out.  I have to admit that I was kind of sad to  give Kirby away, since we just met and all. :) Plus he's so darn cute!  But I gladly handed him off when the birthday boy saw the cake and exclaimed, "Wow!  He looks just like Kirby!" (Score!)  Happy Birthday, Jason!!