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.