Monday, December 28, 2009

Thanksgiving Cake & One More December Cake

I told you guys I would probably be posting cakes out of order. I finally got my Thanksgiving cake out of the trusty ole 35mm. Again, hats off to my Executive Sous Chef (he totally deserves a raise!) for helping with all of the small details. This cake was a two layered red velvet, filled with cream cheese filling , iced in white chocolate ganache & covered in fondant. All of the decorations are either fondant, modeling chocolate or gumpaste.  Boy, we learned a lot from this cake!

This was a last minute cake we made for my Mom & Pop-in-law. They were hosting a dinner for their church (where he is the Pastor) for Christmas. Mom wanted poinsettias but sadly the humidity was our enemy that week & we couldn't get anything to dry. I didn't have time (or energy) to do anything fancy; however, it was made with the same amount of love as all of the others!

I also made a gingerbread train that same week but will not post those pictures as the icing wouldn't set & it ended up very losided!

Well, that's all for now. Again, Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

December Cakes

It's me again. I am posting three cakes that I made for my Mom to give as Thank You gifts to her doctors & the staff at her apartment building. I have a Thanksgiving cake to post, but sadly it is trapped in my 35mm camera so as soon as I finish taking the 11 photos left on the roll I will post that cake.

The first cake was for her General Practioner. It was a yellow cake with buttercream icing covered in fondant with gumpaste accents.

This next cake was for the staff at the apartment building where she lives. Again, this is a yellow cake with buttercream icing covered in fondant with fondant accents. My Executive Sous Chef made the bow and, as always, helped me with the logostics.

Lol, I just realized that I forgot to remove the tissue from the bow before I took the picture. Oh well, still a pretty cake & I promise, the bow stayed fluffy when I took out the tissue.

I really do not like to duplicate cake designs because I like for each cake to be unique; however, I made these three cakes in one week while working full time and, as a result, I made the first cake again with a few adjustments. This cake was for my mom's Nephrologist.

And because the nurses there are super nice & always treat my mom with respect I made a few extra treats for each one of them. My grandmother sent me a few books on candy making when she found out I was designing cakes so I thought I would put them to good use & made each nurse a candy bar with their name on it.

And then wrapped them up in individual boxes.

Well, Thank You for looking! I will hopefully post my Thanksgiving cake soon.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Crate & Barrel Giveaway

There is a cool blog called Half Baked - the Cake Blog that is hosting a giveaway for $100 gift card to Crate & Barrel. Check it out

Monday, November 9, 2009

Bell Cake

Sorry it took so long to post a new cake, I'm slow but sure. I made this cake for my mother-in-law's birthday. She collects bells so I thought this would be unique & special just for her. It started out for a small gathering & kept growing until it reached 100 people. So, my idea of a simple small bell large enough to feed family & friends grew into a monster bell to feed 100+ (note to self, next time change the theme & design of the cake to reasonably accomodate the servings). I also made a sheet cake (no picture) because I wasn't sure if more people were going to show or if the cake wasn't cut right it would never feed that many people. My sous chef is a life saver, he definitely deserves a raise! This cake stood about a foot and a half tall & was 10" at the bottom & 6" at the top. We had a time covering this beast in fondant, it took us approximately 9 tries to get it even close & still wasn't as neat as I wanted (hence the wrinkles & different piping on each side). At 5 AM I was in tears & the cake was due at 11 AM. We finally got it on there with a minimal amount of tearing (thank goodness for decorations like piping- it covers MANY mistakes!). We learn something new from each cake.

Keep checking back for Thanksgiving & Christmas cakes. There will be at least 3 cakes for Christmas; however, not all with Christmas themes. Thanks for looking!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Jungle/Zoo Cake

The birthday boy who was the recipient of the Lightning McQueen cakes has a younger brother, and for his 1st birthday he had a Zoo theme. His mom brought me a napkin as inspiration. I covered the cake w/ buttercream (most kids don't like the taste of fondant). The pond is piping gel, the sand is brown sugar & all of the animals are gumpaste. The palm trees are a combination of pretzel, royal icing & fondant. This was also a fun cake to make.

And this was the birthday boy's Smash Cake!!!!
Okay, that's it for now. If I can get everyone in my world healthy and out of the hospital I will probably be designing & baking either a Purse cake or Topsy Turvy cake (that is a lot of cake, though) in the near future just to warm up for the holidays, so stay tuned....

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Random Cakes

You've already seen my grandson's birthday cake, as well as a few friend's birthday cakes. Well, here are a just a couple of random cakes for birthdays & just because. The first was for my Mother's birthday. This was my first attempt at painting & making delicate 3D fondant pieces. The second one I made for Mother's Day. The Gator cake was based on a plaque mounted by our front door. I made a copy of it & cut it in pieces & used it for patterns. And the last cake was a class cake. It was a test to assess my skills in buttercream, color flow & royal icing.

Unfortunately, I don't get to design & bake as often as I would like so the posting here may come in bursts. I do have a few more cakes in my album to share so I will be back w/ a few more, but that will probably be it for a little bit.
Of course, the weather has started to cool down at night so you never know what might strike me....

The Holidays

I love the holidays! As soon as the weather starts to cool, I start to nest. Every year! I love to bake holiday treats! I am already planning this year's cakes. I'm thinking of making a cake that looks like a real baked turkey w/ dressing for Thanksgiving,  but I'm not absolutely sure of that yet.  Oh yeah, my Gingerbread House will either be birdhouse or a country store.

This was last year's fair. The turkey cake was the first real experiment, poor thing took me 8 hours (I've gotten slightly quicker w/ practice, but not much). I had a substitute Sous Chef for the snowman cake, one of my sons!! The Christmas cake was a gift from my mother-in-law to my sister-in-law to match her collection of holiday dinnerware. I also made a Gingerbread House before that to practice making the poinsettia's.The Easter cake was carved & covered in fondant w/ a fondant swag & handmade royal icing lilies.

Oh, and just in case I haven't mentioned it- everything is edible on all of my cakes. The decorations are handmade by me out of a lot of different mediums (buttercream, fondant, color flow icing, etc...) and are always edible!

Toy Story

One of my favorite people in world is my 3 yr old grandson!!! He went to "Dismey" World for his 3rd birthday (that's exactly the way he says it). He went on the "Buzz Ride" & talked about it for days, so when he came home we had to have a "Buzz" cake and this what my Sous Chef & I came up with....
The bed is chocolate cake covered in Fondant. The headboard & footboard are gumpaste. The floor is fondant painted brown w/ a pastry brush. All of the figures (except the army men) are made of gumpaste. I just took one his "Toy Story" books & mimiced the pictures. This was a very fun cake! Challenging, but Fun!


A co-worker approached me one day & asked me if I could make a cake that looked like a character on his daughter's favorite TV show, "Yo Gabba Gabba." I immediately said I could before I even saw the creature (I always love a challenge). The character's name is "Brobee" & he is a green creature w/ orange horns coming out of his head, well see for yourself...
This was definitely one of the biggest challenges I had come across. I had never carved or stacked a cake before. Needless to say, this was the third incarnation of that cake. He was made of chocolate cake covered w/ fondant & fondant accents and his arms are rice krispies treats covered w/ fondant. He was 13" tall and 8" wide. If it wasn't for my trusty Sous Chef (the kids just call him "Dad") I don't think that I would have pulled it off (at least sanely).
Stay tuned for more....

Lightning McQueen

Well, I finally got a minute to try to get some of my pictures posted. So far, I have only designed cakes as a hobby, but would love to have my own cake shop one day. I will be probably be posting my cakes in random order.

I have only made a few character cakes for friends. This was one of the first cakes, Lightning McQueen. I made the first cake for a family gathering & then they wanted another one for a bigger party, hence the second bigger cake..
The next entry will be about "Yo Gabba Gabba" a show on Nickelodeon.

Thursday, September 3, 2009


Well, I guess I've joined the world of the blogger. I have had several friends & family ask me where they can see & show my cakes so I decided to bite the bullet & start blogging. In the near future I will be uploading photos of my cakes & writing commentary on each one. It probably won't be very interesting but you guys asked for it so here it is!