Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Hello my cake loving followers!

It has been a while since I have had any cakes ordered and I don't have any in the near future. Although, I am sure I will whip up something for the 4th of July celebration.

My last "creation" didn't go so well, it was a key-lime cake with cream cheese frosting for my hubby birthday. Unfortunately something I did in the process of making this cake caused it to sink in the middle. Oh well it still tasted good and it was a new recipe to try. One I plan on working with until I get it right! I also made a cherry pie and pecan pie for the celebration. Both were very yummy!

So until I bake again. Please know that I do take orders for people living close enough to deliver. If your interested please shoot me an email or leave me a message on here.


Tuesday, May 29, 2012


My latest cake request was for a spider-man themed party. I was given a cake to imitate and we bounced around a few different options and this is what I came up with! 

I did a "small" personal cake for the birthday boy (I used an "recycled" tuna can)
Also, here you can see the fondant spider-man faces in progress!

More of in process (marshmallow fondant with edible marker)

Cake frosted in butter cream and "crusting" so I can smooth it.

I used my leaf cookie cutter from my flower set to do the eyes!

Here is a video of the cake (I put fondant buildings with comic windows around the main cake)

Top view of cake finished!

Everything together! :) 

birthday boy and his cake! :)


Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Lego Lego Lego.. that is the theme of my latest creation. This cake was created for my nephews 5th birthday to go along with a Lego theme party that my sister-in-law planned. PS the party was a BLAST! 

Cake after piping in stripes and dotting "blocks"
 (what a lot of work. Next time fondant will be used b/c doing this with frosting was a pain in the tuckus!)
At this stage I had used my fondant letter stamps to imprint the words and had started filling in.

 Cake after all the lettering was completed and border was put on.

Cake at the party!!
Happy Birthday Xander!! 

Monday, April 30, 2012

Baby shower cake I was hired to make!

(The shower had a safari theme!)

Butter-cream base with fondant spots!

Mostly Done!

Another view! 

Finished cake!

Monday, April 23, 2012

I was "hired" to make a princess cake for my Hubbies cousin's little girl (say that 10 times fast!)

Up first a two layer round cake. Here it is crumb coated and waiting for fondant!

Fondant (made in advance) being mixed in a plastic baggie; which was sprayed with cooking spray to avoid sticking. I added my coloring and mixed till evenly colored. I then sprayed my counter with cooking spray and rolled the fondant large enough to cover the cake, smoothed, and trimmed off excess.

Here is the cake with a "quilted" top and a rounded lip!

Sheet cake in butter cream waiting to set so I can smooth it (done by waiting for a slight crust on frosting then use a paper towel and lightly rub over cake! If the paper towel is textured it WILL show up on the cake)

Smoothed cake with round cake in place!

All decorated (pre-jewels) I added some edible glitter to the top of the round cake for extra sparkle!

Cupcakes with a simple flower ribbon texture on  top! 

Sorry this last pix is a little blurry!

Cake with added jewels! Great job adding the Bling Brittany it really added a LOT to the overall design!!!

Beautiful     Birthday   Girl!!!!!!          

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Baptism Cake

Our youngest son just got Baptized on the 14th of this month at 3 months old (being he was 7 1/2 weeks early and spent a great deal of time in the hospital)

Below you will find some some things that worked good and some well lets just say....not so much!

This is my first attempt at doing fondant on a sheet cake. Mistake #1 ~ I could not find my smoothing tool that was sitting on my counter right under my nose!.. I was not supper impressed as the fondant was a little dry and cracked in places. The lesson I learned here is more moisture content in the fondant on larger cakes for a smoother appearance!
 Technique #2 ~ transfer butter-cream image onto cake (print image-in reverse if a character) place wax paper over and build from bottom up -putting outlines down first. Put image in freezer to set up and then transfer to cake. Mistake #2 ~not using a frosting that hardens- royal or a thick butter-cream would work great here in my opinion. I say this because my butter-cream cross never really set up- it stayed soft.

While waiting for the cross to set up I piped dots around the bottom using a tip #12.  I am still working on my consistency of dot size, but thought it turned out good!

I thought it would be pretty to add some blue roses (I used tip # 102). However, because of the soft nature of my butter-cream which I had pretty thin to do the dots and cross. My roses did not set up (again should have used a thick butter-cream or royal icing for them)- but they were cute so I'm posting a picture of them even though I didn't end up putting them on the cake  .

New technique #3 ~ Painting on a cake with diluted gel food coloring. (small amount of water on a brush dipped into lid of color worked great for me- doesn't take much water to get a paint consistency) Again, few errors made but liked how it easily wiped from the fondant with a damp paper towel. I also practiced on my "scrap" fondant to get the consistency I needed for painting.

I then stamped on the cross with my scroll tools (by Wilton) and painted black scrolls and an outline on the cross. I found it was more difficult as the butter-cream was soft and wanted to move with the strokes of the brush.  But with a soft hand and patience it turned out OK. 

Overall, I am content with this cake; it had a lot of firsts for me which is why I was "experimenting" on a cake for my family as opposed to one someone ordered. :)

Monday, April 9, 2012

Easter Treats!

For Easter I made chick cupcakes and also did rice-krispie treat eggs.

Frosted cupcake with colored sugar on it. (To get colored sugar- add food coloring and stir. If using a gel- thin with water first then mix into sugar - may have to let dry before using to break up clumps) Dip frosted cupcake into colored sugar!
Pipe wings with a number 102 tip 
Add chocolate chip "eyes" and dot with white frosting (using tip #2)
Pipe orange beak and feet with tip #4

Now for the rice-krispie eggs!! I make rice-crispies and formed into the shape of an egg after set some I reformed them to get the exact shape I was looking for (and to reattach the loose spots!) I then piped on the grass and flowers using sandwich baggies with the tip cut off (had extra frosting from a previous project that needed to be used up!) After they "set-up" I put them into muffin liners!

The entire batch boxed and ready to go!

               ON DISPLAY!!!
 (thanks A.P. for my cupcake stand!)

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Cupcakes & cakes of the past!

Below you will find many images of cakes and cupcakes that I have done over the past 4 years or so. I am doing this post as a collaboration of all my past creations (not in order of completion). If you have any questions on how I did any of them please ask and I will give as much detail as I can. Thanks!

First image transfer- all the ships on this were ones my uncle served on!

flower sampler- playing with flower techniques- first roses!

Image transfer-(coloring book page found online)

Pirate party- scurvy pirates!

First fondant cake!

Bob the Builder!

Baptism cake and cupcakes!

Cars themed cake (my imagination at work)

Hamburger and hot-dog cupcakes (idea off the web)

First attempt at a cupcake cake! 

 1st birthday cake! (used cookie cutters as a template)

Frog cake!

First sheet cake/roses/and color flow piece!

Nephews baptism cake!

My Little Pony cake for a friend (first image transfer)

Marshmallow fondant sons 3rd b-day!

Spring/summer birthdays- mixed fondant, butter-cream and candy butterflies

 Winnie the Pooh!

Toy Story & Tinkerbell cake & cupcakes! (figures were added at the party)

Fourth of July cupcakes!