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????