Friday, July 23, 2010
Krystal didn't order this cake, but I wanted an excuse to try out some new equipment that I got, so I made her this very girly, pink and paisley birthday cake. To make it even more girly I put pink food coloring in the cake batter to make the cake match, inside and out. Krystal, thank you for accepting my birthday offering.
I was able to make this cake for the baby shower of a good friend. I have seen a few cakes in magazines and Wilton idea books using circle cutters and decided to give it a shot. It was fairly simple to make make the fondant cut outs with my circle cutters and they attached to the cake flawlessly using just a tiny bit of royal icing. I will definitely use the circle cutters again because they made the cake turn out really cute.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Today my little brother turned 17. For his birthday he requested a pirate island cake. This is what I came up with. I was given the suggestion of using large pretzel rods for the base of the palm trees by my Wilton instructor. The pretzel rods look great, but what I learned the hard way is that the pretzel rods soak up moisture from the cake over time and turn to mush. I ended up losing a palm tree because of that and had to replace the pretzel rod on another. The lesson to be taken away from this? Make sure that you put your pretzel palm trees into the cake very last thing instead of very first!
Thursday, July 15, 2010
I am in love with this cake. It was really fun to make, but all of my cakes are. I had a lot of fun experimenting with the Wilton Cuddly Bear pan. I was really worried about making a 3D cake and having it hold together, but by mixing regular chocolate cake batter with pound cake batter did the trick! I had to add extra cocoa of course, but it turned out really yummy and dense and stable. I also made a separate little cake so that Clara could blow out her candle and rip into her first birthday cake without killing the Ballerina Bear. I love the pictures my husband took of this cake, I just can't get over how stinking cute it is!
Me with the cake
Monday, July 12, 2010
Monday, July 5, 2010
In the pictures this cake looks like it is a normal size, however, don't let it fool you. This was a really big cake. It was over 15 inches across and just barely fit on my largest cake board (the shell border around the bottom is not completely on the board in 2 or 3 places). I thought that covering a star shaped cake in fondant would be difficult, but it was so much easier that covering a round cake! Well happy fourth of July and thank you for providing me with the opportunity to do something new Liz!
Friday, July 2, 2010
This cake was made for my mom's birthday, so I didn't get paid for doing it, but it was a blast to make anyway. The idea for the cake came from a bag my mom bought from Costco that she was really excited about. I stuck the bag on a copy machine and went to work cutting the pretty scroll work out of fondant. It was really challenging to cut out, but with the help of Crisco and a really sharp knife I was able to do it.
the cake in the middle of production
The cake with the bag it was patterned after.
Thursday, July 1, 2010
When I was hired to make Spencer's birthday cake all I was told was that his name is Spencer, he likes fishing and being outdoors and is going fishing for his birthday, and he doesn't want chocolate. With that information I was given free reign to make the cake. This fish cake was an absolute blast to make. (Thank you Collette Peters for having fish fin templates I could copy!)