Tuesday, November 26, 2013
This cake was for a neighbors twin boy and girl's first birthday. It was a small family party so they didn't need anything too big, but there are still 10 of them! We decided on a 10 inch chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream and a large cupcake for each of the twins. I did everything half and half, colored half the fondant blue and half pink. I used modeling chocolate for the spots and the numbers. They were easy enough, I just cut out a couple different sizes and placed them randomly on the cake. I hand formed the number ones and put a toothpick in the bottom to help it stick into the cake.
I used white buttercream for the cupcakes so I could color it blue and pink.
I cut a strip of white for the stripe to separate the colors on the cake. The pearls around the base of the cake are sixlets, I used a little frosting to stick them on.
This cake was for my Dad's birthday in October. He loves to have pirate parties around Halloween so I thought this was perfect for him. It's an 8 inch 2 - layer chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream in the middle and white buttercream on the outside. The blue waves are fondant that I colored in a few shades of blue and cut long strips that were straight on one side and wavy on the other. I layered them starting about the middle and working my way to the base of the cake. I used a little water to stick the layers together.
I used brown sugar to look like sand on the top and around the edge.
For the map I used a piece of fondant and colored it a light brownish color. I kinda cheated on the hard part and asked my brother - in-law to paint the map on it. I could have done it but it wouldn't have been nearly as good. He used my wilton color gel food coloring and a small paintbrush and basically used it like water color. Then we just laid it over the top of the cake.
The knife sticking out of the top was fondant that I colored and hand shaped. I used toothpicks to hold It all together.
The coins I cut out circles and my sister helped me draw little skulls, ships and faces on. Then I used a toothpick to poke little holes around the edges. I painted them after. The jewels I hand shaped and painted.
Happy birthday Dad!
This cake was a lot of fun. It's a 10 inch 2 - layer cake on the bottom and an 8 inch 2 - layer cake on the top. The bottom I dirty iced with chocolate buttercream and covered in aqua colored fondant, tucking under the edge of the fondant under the cake so it had a clean edge.
The top layer I dirty iced and then starting at the bottom with the darker purple did two rows of the rosette technique, then two rows of lighter purple and the rest of the top with the lightest purple.
For the owls I did them the night before and I just hand drew and outline of the owl shape I wanted and cut it out for a template. I used fondant for the owls. For the roses I used modeling chocolate which tastes way better than fondnant.. i rolled it out and cut short strips, folded them in half and rolled them into the rose shape I wanted. I free hand cut the little leaves and rolled out the tree and branches with modeling chocolate. I used a little buttercream icing to stick them onto the cake. I used the smallest flower cutter I have for the flowers. So there's a quick overview of how I did this cake!
I did also use boards and dowels for the foundation of the second layer. I didn't want it sinking at all!
Thursday, September 12, 2013
I cut an oval for the sand trap on the side and crumbled some of the cake inside of it. For the piping I used a leaf tip and a small round tip. With the leaf tip I used long strokes up the sides and shorter strokes around the top. I used the small round tip for the shorter grass fairway and fringe. The tiny dots took some time but it wasn't really bad! I hope you like it!
I used two 9 inch round chocolate cakes with chocolate butter-cream between the layers and colored white butter-cream on the outside.
I made this cake wanting to do as little fondant as I could. So it would have looked nicer covered in fondant but it was a cake for my mom and it can get annoying to peel fondant off your birthday cake when you don't want to eat it. I'm still learning when it comes to getting a perfectly smooth surface with butter-cream frosting. So just ignore the imperfections. I did blue on top and blended in some green on the bottom.
I have an ivy leaf cutter I used for the ivy "growing" down the cake. I just swirled some green icing on the cake before placing the ivy down so it looked like a vine.
The shovel is completely made out of fondant. I free hand shaped it all so really no tricks to this one. I used a candy stick to connect the handle and the spade part. I used a teeny tiny bit of black Wilton gel with a lot of edible glitter to make the grey color. For the handle to make it look wooden I used a sharp tool to draw some lines along it to look like wood grain. Then I used a little brown and a little red Wilton gel with clear lemon extract to paint it on.
The fence is fondant that I free hand cut as well... so if you're wanting to recreate this I hope you feel comfortable free hand..ing? a lot of the work.
For the small flowers around the fence I used gum paste and a Wilton flower punch set. The centers are sprinkles.
The gloves are fondant that I cut out with a hand cookie cutter. Thankfully I had this already from a huge Wilton cookie cutter set I got for like $12 one year. I have used this set to death! Love it... I hand painted all the little flowers using Wilton food gel. Feel free to copy the same flower design I used or I'd love to see what you come up with on your own!
Friday, July 19, 2013
I had some help with this cake! I actually did this cake earlier in the year with my sister-in-law Courtney. It was for her daughter Aspen's first birthday. I was a little nervous about it because I still hadn't done many cakes at this point. Courtney made the cake and cupcakes, helped me color the fondant and cut out the giraffe print. We make a great team! If only we lived closer so we could do these together more often. I made the letters of Aspen's name and the little pink flowers ahead of time so they would dry. Courtney found the adorable stuffed giraffe that I think really made the cake. This is definitely one of my favorites! Thank you Courtney for letting me be a part of her special day!
Sunday, July 14, 2013
My nephew loves Star Wars so I came up with this volcano fight scene with Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin. I used my Wilton Dress Pan for the hill and a large round cake on the bottom for the base. I drew the fire with melting chocolate on parchment paper and let it set. The lava is also melting chocolate I put in a piping bag. I places the figures on top of the cake where I wanted them and put the chocolate around their feet to keep them in place. It was a hit with all the little boys! (Big boys too..)
Sorry the picture is sideways..:\
I made this cake for one of my older sisters for her birthday. She loves make-up so it only made sense! All the make-up is made out of fondant, the make up bag is a chocolate round cake cut in half and covered in white fondant. I painted the leopard print with food gel. The base of the cake is a square chocolate cake covered in blue buttercream. Happy birthday Meg!
Friday, June 28, 2013
My little Addy loves the show Sofia the First from Disney Junior. All she wanted for her fourth birthday was "Sofia stuff". So a Sofia cake it was! I knew I didnt have the ability to make Sofias actual castle because its huge and I'm still pretty new to cake making. So I created this little one that did the trick just fine. The sofia figure was a little toy that just came out and you can get it at Walmart or Toysrus.
The bottom tier I did the rosette style with buttercream frosting. And the second tier I covered with marshmallow fondant. I used buttercream frosting for the little pearls between the tiers. Other than the castle it was fairly easy to make. The castle is all made out of fondant and I used covered waffle cones as the top of the towers. It was a fun one to make!
I love the inside of this cake. The colored polka dots turned out so bright and cute. Be prepared if you want to do it this way it takes a lot of extra time. You have to make the cake batter, color each color, make the cake pops, make more batter and finally bake the finished product.
The bow and decorations I made ahead of time to allow it to dry.
The hardest part was the day I was assembling the cake it ended up being around 100 degrees. All my marshmallow fondant decided to start melting. I have learned my lesson and will use store bought fondant through the warm months!