As adorable as this caked turned out, it was a mess to make! The inside of the cake was six layers with each layer being a color of the rainbow, filled with white buttercream. Once all of the layers were stacked, I covered the cake in a thick layer of buttercream and slowly sprinkled rainbow nonpareil sprinkles on the buttercream.
This was a huge mess and I am going to find these little round sprinkles for weeks! The trick I quickly learned was to place a large round cake pan under the cake to catch all of the sprinkles that didn’t attach to the cake. Also slightly tilting the cake with one hand and using the other to pat the sprinkles into place helped more to adhere. After several layering of sprinkles, I moved on to making the rainbow for the top of the cake. I used 20 gauge jewelry wire and formed an elongated “U” shape. I then covered the curve of the “U” part of the wire with purple fondant. The second layer I just used a little sugar water to “glue” the blue fondant to the purple. I repeated this proves until I had all the colors of the rainbow. The two long ends of the wire were pushed into the cake. I added a few small skewers to help hold the rainbow upright. I covered the skewers with white buttercream, piping it to look like white fluffy clouds. I finished the cake by piping more clouds all over the top of the cake. There was even a sweet little matching smash cake that looked like a giant cupcake for this sweet little rainbow baby’s birthday!
This seemingly simple cake packs a huge punch in flavor! The cake was for my friend’s bachelorette party and I was excited to make the cake for it. Last month I made her bridal shower cake and next month I get to make her wedding cake!
I didn’t want to repeat flavors of her other cakes and ended up going with a French vanilla bean cake, cream cheese frosting and sliced fresh strawberries for the filing. The decoration was kept very simple with just frosting and some gold nonpareils and finished off with sparkly gold ribbon to match the other party decor.
I think this might just be my favorite bridal shower cake ever! It was for my very good friend and Andrew's Godmother, Alexis. I was so excited that her Maid of Honor asked me to make it, especially since I am already going to be making the wedding cake. Alexis requested a lemon cake with raspberry filling and cream cheese frosting. Now I have never made a raspberry filling and I will have to write about that in another post, but thankfully it came out and the cake was DELICIOUS! This was also the first time that I ever made a cake tier completely covered in sprinkles, none the less sprayed in edible gold paint and glitter.
I love how this cake is simple but elegant. After the cakes were filled, staked and covered in white fondant I had to let the cakes cool down for several hours because the raspberry filling made the cake move a lot and I didn't want to handle it and risk it leaning. Once the cake was chilled I started decorating the bottom tier since it was the easiest tier. Or so I thought. Jack had to help me place the black chocolate fondant around the cake since the ribbon kept breaking when I would try to do it alone. There were still a few little tears, but nothing some clever hiding can fix,
The top tier was much more challenging than I anticipated. I started off using simple syrup and slowly sprinkled on the smallest sized sprinkles. After letting it sit for a few minutes, I added the largest sized sprinkles and placed in the fridge for a few hours. When the cake was ready to handle I was able to lean the cake over a little and sprinkled on medium sized sprinkles in any spots that needed it. Later I sprayed the whole tier with edible gold spray paint and then added the edible gold glitter with a brush.
To complete the cake I added flowers that matched the shower decor, which hid any flaws in the black ribbon. At the shower, I was able to place the cake on the cake stand and top it off with the Mr. & Mrs. banner topper. Everyone loved the cake, especially the maid of honor and the bride!
This was a really fun cake to make and it was for a really special occasion. The cake was to celebrate a very special high school graduate who won a college scholarship from the local PFLAG chapter. I have done several cake for the person who requested it, so all she asked specifically for was it to include a graduation cap and the PFLAG logo, the rest of the design was for me to create. I've done graduation caps before usually made from fondant and rice crispy treats, so I wanted to try something different. I thought it would be cool if I turned the top tier into the cap. I carved a dome out of the 6" cake and covered it in chocolate black fondant. To create the square, I just covered a piece of cardboard with the same fondant, sorry I'm not experienced enough to make it only out of gum paste. I used buttercream and a skewer to hold the top in place.
The bottom tier was a simple white fondant cake and added the logo using letter cutouts and then rolled out red and orange fondant for the triangle and heart shapes. I used the same letter cutouts for the rainbow-colored congratulations and then different stars for the rainbow of stars. To complete the cake I used rainbow rolled out fondant to create the colorful tassel.
The chapter loved the cake and the winner of the scholarship was so surprised they won! I'm going to have to keep this design in mind for future graduation cakes since it is so awesome looking!!
I love doing the not so typical cake for baby showers, gender reveals, and weddings. This Dragon Ball Z cake definitely is not the normal baby shower cake and it could of not turn out any cooler!
It was a simple two-tiered cake. The top layer was covered in royal blue fondant and I cut the shape of the logo out in black chocolate fondant and then using a print out of the logo used an X-ACTO knife to cut out each layer and placed it on the black fondant. The bottom tier was covered in red fondant and I used a round cookie cutter to make the circles for the dragon balls and sprayed them with edible gold paint, lastly adding small red stars to finish them off.
I was provided with the cute little figurines and added them accordingly. The dragon on the top of the cake is a piggy bank that she plans on giving her grandson once he gets older. I love that!
After taking off a year of decorating cakes because of Andrew, this cake was a fun one to get back in the swing of things! To relaunch my bakery I decided to run a giveaway and by chance, cousin won a discounted cake just when she needed one for her son's birthday. The party theme was Star Wars, which I happen to love since I am geeky and I haven't done one in while. With me being home all day with Andrew, I knew I was going to have to prepare what I could when he allowed me to. I did most of the decorating in the morning while Jack was able to watch him and I could just focus on finishing it in time for us to leave for the party. I made a chocolate fondant to color black so I wouldn't have to use so much food coloring, plus it tastes delicious! The lettering I found an image on Google and used it to trace it on the white fondant using an X-ACTO knife. I cut out the shapes for the Stormtrooper free hand, but referencing an image, and lastly, the lightsabers were rolled out colored fondant that I sprayed the handles silver and added colorful buttons. I finished the cake off with some stars using different size cookie cutters.
Tomorrow is my son's baptism and since we have family staying with us I promised not to go overboard. I ordered all the main food and asked my mom and aunt to help with a few sides. I even ordered special cookies from my friend's bakery, but I was determined to at least make his cake. I wanted to make my triple chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream and ganache filling with a simple and elegant design.
After searching on Pinterest for hours, I decided to do a water color navy ombre cake. I even used the same idea for the baptism invitations. To create the cake I used Wilton's White Icing Color and mixed with navy gel food coloring and a little water. I added a little black to the navy since the white icing lightened it more than I wanted. I added more white for each layer, until I got to the top where I only had a very little amount of the navy to almost make it white. The cake came out exactly how I wanted it and it was super easy to create!
This cake is the perfect representation of what I wanted for my baby shower to be. It is beautiful, classy, elegant, and Americana. With the beautiful fresh strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries topping it, to it’s rich and delicious cream cheese frosting, even the simple French vanilla cake was absolutely perfect and everything I could have hoped for.
I did struggle a little the day of the baby shower with finishing the cake and the matching elegant cupcakes because my hands have started to go numb on Apparently baby boy is on a nerve in my spine and has been causing the numbness. This made it difficult to pip the cream cheese frosting and I had to take breaks to give my hurting hands a rest. Thankfully I was able to push through and was able to complete everything in time. I couldn’t be happier with how the cake and cupcakes turned out and how fabulous they looked displayed in the art gallery where the shower was held. I dare to say it all looked just like a work of art!
I think there is something about the fair that starts to get me excited for the fall. It's always at the end of September and it still is hot here, but it makes me feel like fall is just around the corner. It is always a fun way to celebrate the change in seasons and eat great food you can only find at the fair! Like I have done for the last several years, I entered a cake into the decorated cake category. This year I needed to keep the design simple, but beautiful because of baby boy coming in a few months. So I decided to go back to doing a buttercream cake instead of another fondant cake and like past buttercream cakes, I decided to be inspired by a work of art. In the past, I have done a few Vincent van Gogh Starry Night cakes and like how his painting translated into buttercream frosting on cakes and decided to do one of his Sunflower painting. However, this year I wanted to do a different shape cake and when with a half dome and regular round Styrofoam. The dome was covered in light blue frosting and bottom was frosted in a light yellow/tan and cream to create the vase. I piped a base for the sunflowers to create depth and piped on the stems. For the sunflower petals, I used yellow and copper food coloring and a leaf piping tip and slowly went around on each base until a flower was formed. Once all of the flowers petals were finished, I used a grass tip and pipped on the center of the flowers. I repeated using the leaf piping tip to create the leaves and finished the cake off with Vincent's signature in black buttercream frosting. The cake turned out really cool and I really like the 3-D look the sunflowers have. I can't wait to see how I do this year in the contest!
Update: I got first place!!
There is nothing more magical than a fairy tale, or deliciously magical as a fairy tale cake. This has to be one of my top favorite little girl cakes ever! This beautiful and rather simple cake is filled with elegance and magic. The top layer was made with royal blue fondant that was quilted using a ruler and a pastry roller. I added little candy pearls at each point and placed larger pearls along the bottom of the cake. The bottom tier was made with yellow fondant and then place long strips of the same fondant to create the ruffle. I used premade small royal icing roses that I purchased from a local cake supply store, sorry I was short on time and energy still after my mom's birthday party to make my own. But these were perfect and looked great! I completed the cake with a large rose on the top and some more pearls around the bottom of the cake.
Some of the cupcakes were simple vanilla cake with yellow frosting with a few pearls and topped with a small red rose. The other half was chocolate cake with red frosting piped in the style of a rose.
I couldn't have hoped for this cake to come out any better or any less magical!
Today was my mom's birthday paint party and it was a lot of fun. I am now exhausted, but it was a fun. The morning started with a cup of good coffee and me making her rainbow naked cake. I wanted the cake to make the paint them and thought this would be a fun and beautiful cake, plus I never done a naked cake before.
To make the cake I made a single recipe of vanilla cake mix (or you can use one box) and divided the batter into three bowls and colored them three different colors of the rainbow. I baked as normal and repeated the process with the last three colors.
Once the cake was cooled, I leveled each layer and stacked and filled it with buttercream. I started with purple on the bottom and recreated the rainbow in reverse until I got to the red top layer.
To create the naked look I piped very little frosting in the crease of two layers and smoothed it out so a lot of the colorful cake would show, but covered the very top of the cake completely. To finish it off I added some colorful rainbow colored flowers and placed it on a cake platter with a rainbow ribbon.
The cake was colorfully delicious and so much fun to cut into!
Baptism cakes are probably my second favorite cakes to make. My first being baby shower cakes. One celebrates a new life coming into the world and the other celebrates a new soul coming into the Church.
This cake was my first huge baptism cake, three tiers of girly elegance. The bottom tier was covered in baby pink fondant ruffles. The second tier was white with her name in the same pink fondant with white lace wrapped around the tier.
The top tier is my favorite with pink fondant with a white fondant banner wrapped around the cake. In the center was a gold cross surrounded by white little flowers with pearls in the center. Lastly, the cake was topped off with a beautiful white flower.
Such a beautiful cake to celebrate a beautiful day!
Today our church hosted its annual Mardi Gras fundraiser and the RCIA class and team hosted a cake walk booth. I wasn't able to volunteer to work the booth, but I knew I could make a few cakes for it! I decide on two cakes and kept them simple, both were six inches around. One I covered in fondant and hand painted a Mardi Gras mask along with some ribbon and confetti. I finished the cake with some yellow, green and purple sprinkles in spots around the sides then along the bottom of the cake.
The second cake I piped little rosettes in the traditional colors of Mardi Gras: purple, yellow, and green. I finished the cake with eh same green rosettes on the top of the cake.
I'm really proud of how pretty these turned out and it was fun seeing the RCIA team arguing of who was taking which one. I love being able to use my talents to help out our church!
This might be my favorite baby shower cake to date! The beautiful three-tiered cake was a first for me and I couldn’t be more proud of how great it turned out. Each of the three layers was covered in white fondant and then stacked. I sprayed ribbons of white fondant with edible gold spray paint and let dry before adding to each tier.
On the bottom tier, I hand-painted turquoise feathers using some gel food coloring and something new called Writing Icing. The middle tier got arrows painted all around it. I used a little of the same edible gold spray paint on a paintbrush to create the points on the arrows.
Lastly, to finish the cake I made a dream catcher out of fondant. The ring was made from thick brown fondant rolled into a rope and then interlaced very thin white fondant ropes to create the strings of the dreamcatcher. I made the dangling feathers also from rolled fondant and attached matching turquoise feathers. These were just hand-formed and gave them texture by using a detail knife. I used two small gold fondant ribbons to wrap the feathers onto the brown fondant ropes before attaching them to the dreamcatcher ring.
I am so impressed how awesome this cake came out and I loved being challenged and figuring out new techniques.
I love a good tea party and it's even better when it's for a sweet friend's baby shower! Not only was she the guest of honor, but her little boy decided he wanted to come early so he was able to be there too! The simple two-tiered cake was covered in white fondant then wrapped with navy, baby blue and green banners. I added navy lace along the bottom of the tiers and added some matching colored flowers with pearl centers.
To complete the cake a white teapot was placed on top. The body of the teapot was made from rice crispy treats, crushed firmly and rolled into a ball. I used my own white teapot as the model and covered the rice crispy ball with white fondant. I then attached the remaining part using sugar water and toothpicks. The cake came out so incredibly cute, but not as cute as her new little boy!
This wasn't my first starry night cake and I’m sure it won’t be my last, but it was defiantly easier than the last one! The first one was a three-tiered cake that I did for the fair a few years ago. The version of this cake was for a good friend that was going to replicate this famous painting at her birthday paint night party. We thought it would be fun to also make her birthday cake the same piece of art.
Like last time I started decorating the cake by tracing the basic shapes of the painting onto the cake. This one was a lot easier since it was a single layer sheet cake and not a three-tiered round cake! After the tracing was completed I piped the outline in black buttercream frosting and slowly started to add the rest of the colors. Since this was a simpler version of the cake I didn’t use as many colors nor all of the brushing techniques as I did with the fair cake.
This cake came out really cool and looked so neat next to their finished replicas of the same painting!
I know some people are not a fan of the gender reveal parties, I personally find them fun and I can't wait to have one, one day. I am also a huge fan of not having the party be the traditional baby gender colors (I'll probably won't be doing it that way either). The mom-to-be asked me to make a purple and lime green cake with matching cupcake. She also asked if I could put a few tools and some make-up on top. The Sides of the cake were quilted using a fondant cutter then adding a lime green pearl at the points using sugar water. The tools and make-up were made from fondant and dusted with silver and purple pearl dust. The chocolate cupcakes were kept simple with purple and green swirled buttercream.
What a fun way to announce they are having a boy or a girl!
Its fair time again and that means another fabulous fair cake! Like last years cake, I wanted to do a fondant cake and not another buttercream cake. I also didn't want to do something that I would be asked to do for someone else. I try to take this time to do a cake I really would want to do for myself, after all, no one is going to eat it and it's going to sit in a case for two weeks. The cake design was inspired by the wall art I created for my office last year. I started by covering the Styrofoam cakes in white fondant and used a world map print out to trace the shapes of the continents. I used vodka and different shades of blue food coloring and brushed on the bottom layer to create the shades of the oceans. I also did this to create the look of wood on the cake board using shades of brown. To create the golden continents I used vodka and gold food coloring and powder and carefully brushed in the lines. I finished the map by adding a few pops of edible gold leaf for a touch of elegance. For the top tier, I kept it simple and just added ribbons of gold fondant and a few white royal icing roses that also had a touch of gold to them. It was fun to play around with a new technique and I could not have hoped for this cake to turn out any better!
Update: I got second place!!!
Pokemon Go is the biggest craze right now and it didn't surprise me when I got this last minute request for a Pokemon birthday cake. The cake was covered in light blue of fondant, with yellow stars in different sizes. I knew there were going to be Pokemon toys around the cake so the only other decoration was a round rice crispy treat covered in fondant to look like a Poke ball. I use a large round cookie cutter to make the black circle and used a smaller one to make the white circle in the center. The lightning bolts were made from yellow fondant and gum paste, which allows them to stand upright. Lastly, the name was made by rolling a thin rope of yellow fondant and shaped into the letters, tacked in place with sugar water. I pipped a little buttercream to hold the toys in place and the cake was finished!
I'm really proud how the cake came together with such a quick turn around and Jacob really liked it too!
This might seriously be my favorite boy cake of all time. It screamed to my inner geek! It was a three tiered chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream filling. I covered each tier with the desired color to match the superhero. Superman got a bright blue, Spiderman got red and batman got a dark blue to be the night sky. To create the Batman and Superman logos I printed an outline of the logos and traced it over the corresponding fondant color with the x acto knife. To be honest Batman’s logo was a lot easier to cut than superman’s, a lot less nooks and crannies, and placing it on the other colored fondant took some time and patience. Once the logos were placed I rolled out more black fondant and using a pastry blade, I cut out different rectangle shapes for the city scape. I did the same for the yellow window lights but on a smaller scale. Great Superman and Batman layer were finished, all that was left was Spiderman. Before creating the webs I stacked the three tiers using buttercream and towels. Stacked I made the eyes the same way I did the logos for Batman and Superman. Once in place I slowly piped the webbing with think black buttercream using a #2 tip. It took some trial and error and at one point I had to carefully wipe all of the buttercream off and start all over. Thankfully it turned out perfectly and the mom and the cute little boy couldn’t have been more excited. That smile on his face made it all worth it
This is the LARGEST wedding cake I have ever done! I've made some beautiful wedding cakes in the past, but this one takes the cake. It was FIVE tiers tall and I was terrifying to drive across town with it! I think I gave Jack a mini heart attack when I screeched a few times because it moved. The cake was simple, classic, and stunning. All the tiers were solid white, besides one tier in the middle that had the letter “G” covered in pearl dust.
Each tier had a strain of sugar paste pearls that I made using a silicone mold. I powdered using a paintbrush with the same pearl dust as the letter “G”. The final touches were a few simple pink roses.
Although the cake was so big that we had to use a cart to move it into the reception hall, I love how it came out and how beautiful it was on the display table!
Now I have made some fun and weird cakes in the past, but this camo wedding cake takes the cake! The couple was young and vibrant so when we had our cake consultation ideas were flying off the wall. At one point it was suggested to do a confederate flag (Future Hubby is from Georgia). Thankfully, I was able to persuade them to a traditional style wedding cake with an exciting twist. When the cake would be cut, it would reveal an army green camouflage pattern.
To create the layered camo cake, I divided the cake batter into three bowls and colored them a light tan, forest green, and army green, and chocolate. Using a disher I scooped out the different colors batter on laying on top of one another and repeated until all the pans were full.
After the cake layers were cool, I stacked the layers using three piping bags, each filled with buttercream in one of the same colors as the batter. I crumb coated the cakes using white buttercream to prevent the dark colors showing through the white fondant.
When each tier was covered in the fondant and secured in place, I piped the little details and added the yellow ribbon along the base of the tiers. Since this was an outdoor wedding and was going to be hot, I used fake colorful roses and succulents for the top and a few between the tiers.
The cake came out so beautifully and I wish I could have seen the look on their faces when the cut into it!
This cute girlie cake came out so fabulous! The cake is simple but makes a great statement. The bottom layer is a basic white fondant cake that I added random cut out pieces of black fondant to create the look of a zebra print.
The top layer was covered in a pretty pink fondant. I then created a diamond quilted look using a rolling fondant tool and a ruler. It gives it a tufted look to the tier. The little black clutch was made with the same black fondant as the zebra print, just shaped into the clutch. I rolled out white fondant into a rope shape and twisted one part to make the lock. I then sprayed the pieces with edible gold spray paint and once it was dried added it to the top of the clutch.
To finish the cake I added black ruffles between the two tiers by rolling out a thin piece of fondant and cutting it into a long ribbon. I then placed it on the cake allowing it to overlap itself to create the ruffle look.
Nothing left to do but place it on a fabulous black with crystal cake stand to show it off, before eating it!
These melting cakes seem to be the biggest trend in cakes right now, so I was really excited to do one. The cake was a simple chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream filling covered in homemade aqua colored fondant. I didn’t want to risk the sprinkles getting into the pink icing so I brushed on some sugar water and slightly tilted the cake to sprinkle the sprinkles on. If there were any bald spots I just filled them in. To create the ice cream scoop I used some rice crispy treats and tightly impacted it into a ball and covered it with pink fondant. I placed straws under where the scoop would be placed so it wouldn’t sink into the soft cake. Once the ice cream cone was in place I whipped up a batch of cookie frosting and added just an extra teaspoon of milk to get the runnier look I needed. I piped the cookie icing and allowed it to drip naturally. I also piped some icing on the seam of the ice cream cone and the rice crispy scoop. Once finished I sprinkled more sprinkles in the wet icing. Now to be honest I don’t know how other bakery’s do their version of this cake, but I couldn’t be happier with the mine turned out!
I feel like I need to have a margarita with this cake! I love all of the fun touches and the pops of color! After the cake was covered with orange fondant, I made the piñata donkey by rolling small balls of fondant and flattening them. I placed the flat yellow pieces next to each other to create the first layer of legs. I repeated with green. The red was one larger flattened piece of fondant that was placed on the legs and repeated this with the blue and purple. The head was created with the same process. For the ears I did the same thing, but stuck a toothpick in each one to help hold everything in place. I used my X-Acto knife to create the piñata look. The eyes were just two small black balls. The cactus was created by rolling green fondant like a rope and used three toothpicks, two of them to create the arms I used the end of a toothpick to make the texture. The hats were a round piece of fondant with a cone to make the top and wrapped it in red to create the band. The red chilies were rolled out fondant, with one side rolled to a point and topped it with a small piece of green fondant to make the stem. I used a large star cutter and cut off the triangles to make details along the bottom of the cake. The rest of the cake I rolled little balls and ropes for the letters and trim. I really feel like I need to make tis cake again on Cinco de Mayo and have a fiesta!
I created this blog to share my creations with hopes that it will inspire others to show their creative side.