Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Mario Mushroom

This cake was so much fun to make! We are huge Mario Brother's fans around here. I wish I had more pictures of the details on the other sides. Had mystery boxes, beanstalks, and even a Chompy.

Cake is stacked six-inch rounds, covered in marshmallow fondant (MMF). The dome of the mushroom is actually styrofoam I covered with MMF. It's styrofoam because there were a dozen or so cake pops (not pictured, sorry) that were stuck in it.  The cake pops featured the Mario and Luigi symbols. Details on the cake were made using more MMF and a little buttercream.

Neverland Pirate Ship

This order was for a a Jake and the Neverlands Pirates cake. The client pretty much let me design the entire thing, as long as I was able to fit all the figurines and it would feed about 25 people.

The ship is cake, as is the main portion of the island. Both are covered in chocolate marshmallow fondant (MMF). The railing I made using toothpicks and Tootsie Rolls. The sail is paper that I drew lines on to look like the one from the tv show, then I hung it from a bamboo skewer mast. 

I do not know where the client got the figurines. Sorry!

Monster High Skull

This client just wanted a Monster High cake. She didn't much care about any other detail, except that it be on the small side. I made this one by carving an 8-inch round cake to the right shape, covered it in marshmallow fondant, and then attaching more MMF details.

The Birthday Girl totally "squee'd" when I delivered it. Pretty much made my day.

Cake Pops with Small Cake for a Baby Shower

The hostess wanted cake pops and then a smaller cake for the mom-to-be to take home. The colors were taken from the invitation.

Half of the cake pops were chocolate inside and the other half were almond butter cake. Added some gold sprinkles to work in all the colors. The cake is a six-inch round, also almond butter, with vanilla buttercream filling. It's covered in marshmallow fondant with MMF accents.

Half Sheet Graduation

I make a lot of ginormous half-sheet cakes. So does Costco. Pretty sure mine taste better (although they do have some yummy filling options). I realized I didn't have any posted here, so I dug up a picture of one made for a graduate from a master's program.

The cake was chocolate. Accents are mini Snickers candies. And I believe there were chopped up Snickers incorporated into the filling. Take that, Costco.

Pony Cake Redesign

What feels like 20 years ago, I made a pony using the 3D Rubber Ducky pan. It was fine and my then-preschooler loved it. But I always thought it looks a So when another one was ordered, I took the opportunity to make some changes.

To get better proportions, I looked up pictures of My Little Ponies with their leg tucked under them.

The cake was vanilla with milk chocolate frosting. Entirely edible.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Olaf and Sven

** I've removed the rest of the Frozen cakes because, frankly, I'm sick of my own designs (having made dozens) and would rather make something new. But this one stays. Because I love Sven.

The obligatory Frozen cake. This one was a cookies and cream cake with marshmallow fondant (MMF). This is also my first attempt at using gum paste. While the gum paste snowflakes turned out fantastically wonderful, Olaf was another story. Rolling a smooth ball with fondant? Not a problem. Rolling a smooth ball with gum paste? Not gonna happen. Lesson learned.

Sven is chocolate MMF and, excluding the antlers, entirely edible. Antlers were made using toothpicks as the base, then covered in fondant. I found an awesome tutorial on YouTube that made a reindeer out of polymer clay and adapted it. Olaf is gum paste with some MMF details. He is entirely edible, but biting into him might result in broken teeth. His arms and hair used uncooked spaghetti as the base, then covered in MMF. Snowflakes are gum paste with edible glitter and there are some buttercream accents on the case.