Thursday, October 8, 2015

Recent Cakes....

 So far behind on blogging!  So much going on in our lives, and occasionally I get a cake made.  Here are a few cake from last year and early this year.  Loves of fun memories and delicious cake! 
Hello Kitty Cake, buttercream, fondant decorations
Chocolate Frosting, with fondant dresses.  I tried to pipe ribbon type roses all over the cake, but the roses wouldn't stick so we just iced it quickly!  Used cutter to cut out dresses, then my daughter hand painted them all.

Bunny Butt Cake....chocolate frosting, with buttercream grass and leaves, candy melt eggs, butterflies, and flowers.

Buttercream frosting with fondant decorations, grated wilton candy melts to look like cheese.  Had cut the number and name.  Used cookie cutters purchased from ebay company for turtle (same company I purchase the hello kitty ones from)

Surprise cake for a friend, all fondant, had cut the A out, used tappits letters for the Happy Birthday Cindy lettering.

Buzz Light year, all fondant.  All the buzz figures belong to my son who loves this character.  He helped me design his cake. 

Couldn't find an Tower that was just right, my daughter choose this one and designed her cake to include the pearls and ribbons.

This cake looks so much better in person!  All the shells are white candy melts covered in luster dust.  Covered in fondant and sponged painted to get a sea effect.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Scarlett's Dress

Scarlett O'Hara Inspired Dress from the "Gone with the Wind" film

A dear friend from our church family was given a surprise birthday party.  Her favorite movie of all time is "Gone with the Wind."  She shared with us that she loved the movie so much when it was released that I watch it over and over again at the theater.  I wanted to capture one of Scarlett's iconic dress as a cake design.  After pouring over pictures and pictures from the movie, I carefully designed the cake to represent the white lace dress with red bow.

The cake is 3 tiers, with a foam insert by Wilton (discounted) covered in red velvet fabric.  I set to work covering the entire cake in white fondant.  I stacked the two bottom tiers and prepared to adhere the "ruffles", however after an hour or two of it not working out and becoming absolutely frustrated, I admitted defeat.  I set to work on a new plan.  Using this Floral cutter by FMM, I imprinted three strips for the top of the cake.  Then I made several strips to create the layers of lace, and carefully attached each one to the bottom two tiers.  I didn't have enough time to try my hand at making magnolia flowers (which were also featured in the moved) so I attempted the arrangement of silk flowers. 

My friend truly loved it, and I was pleased with how it turned out, and was completely surprised by her party and her cake!

My only concern was the foam insert, it is hard to secure because you can only secure it with frosting.  I can see why it was discounted!  Good concept poor design. 

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Butterflies and Lace

Ivory Buttercream, Gumpaste butterflies, set on Wilton's Graceful Tiers

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Anniversary Cake

In April for our Pastor and his family as they celebrated 30 years with our church and a friend asked if I could help do a cake for them.  Sure, why not, haven't done one in a while. After looking over a few cake designs, I remembered a certain design I had seen in one of my Wilton Cake decorating books that would be perfect.  This cake design incorporated a variety of photos into the design.  My husband put the photos together and prepared the photo strips to put on the tailored tiers. 

If I remember correctly, I did a 6 inch, 10 inch and a 14 inch for the three tiers.  Honestly, I can't remember what flavor the 14 inch one was, but I do remember the other two.  I used a different chocolate cake mix that my usual and I was not at all happy with the results! 

I wanted to keep the design clean looking so that photos would stand out. I iced the cake in buttercream,  then used a diamond impression mat on the sides to dress it up a bit. I finished it by piping a reverse shell border on the top with a tradition shell border on the bottom of each tier.  My friend did the cake topper with silk flowers and sea shells (it was a beach themed reception) giving it the final touch that it needed. 
I was terrified that it was going to fall over because the tailored tiers are not easy to secure well.  I assembled it the night before since I wouldn't have time in the morning.  Thankfully It made it through the night and the luncheon, with out any problem, whew!   Now I know why the tailored tier set was on clearance and now discontinued, probably not the best product for a large cake, since you can't put a dowel down the middle of it to secure it well.