Saturday, June 18, 2016

Naked Chocolate and White Buttercream

Naked cakes are all the rage right now. So when a mom-to-be requested one for an upcoming baby shower, I knew exactly what she wanted without blushing.

The layers are dark chocolate with a simple vanilla buttercream filling. The topper was made by the party planner (I don't normally make these, FYI). The mom-to-be wanted the version where there is no frosting on the outside, only the filling.

Star Wars Tornado

The problem with getting cake orders through email is that sometimes the full desire doesn't quite come out in the writing. This was one of those. The mother said her son was obsessed with tornados and loved Star Wars. So I designed a Star Wars cake, using his favorite character (storm troopers). It took some back and forth with the mom before I realized he wanted a tornado cake that featured Star Wars. Oooookay. Back to the drawing board!

First attempt at airbrushing on buttercream! Figures are made using fondant or edible playdough, using sprinkles and even raw spaghetti for other details. My good buddy, Kathy, did C-3PO's arm, using yellow playdough and then painting it with gold luster dust. Everything is edible, but the light sabers were made on lollipop sticks.

Here's the cake before I added the props:

Rainbow Unicorn

Hooray! I got to make a UNICORN!

The Birthday Girl wanted a Rainbow Unicorn, so I did my best.
The horn is made from gum paste wrapped around a lollipop stick and brushed with metallic luster dust. All other decorations are buttercream.

And before you look too closely, the tail actually fell off about five minutes away from my house, so I had to reattach all that frosting before the Birthday Girl saw it! Just when I think I've got this cake thing figured out...

Blue and Purple Birthday

I surprised a teen with a birthday cake! Since I wanted it to be a secret until the big reveal, I couldn't get too many details on what she'd like, but I had her favorite colors and that she likes things sparkly. Recently, I watched a tutorial on how to coat a cake in sprinkles and thought that would be fun to try.

I made the rosettes on the bottom tier using buttercream. The rolled the smaller tier in sugar sprinkles (If I find the tutorial again, I'll link it here). Letters were made with candy melts, more sprinkles, and attached to lollipop sticks.

Ganache Piano

My son had an amazing teacher this previous school year. I got to be the room mother for his class. This year, the teacher celebrated a big birthday, so of course we had to have a party! She said she loves chocolate, playing the piano, reading Jane Austen, gardening, and being a teacher.

She said it was the best cake she'd ever had on her birthday!

I carved the cake to resemble a grand piano, getting the glossy coating with some yummy ganache. The props were made from edible playdough (tastes like Starburst candies). The green black is actually a book, but you can't tell from this angle, with the cover made from the edible playdough and sugar sheet pages. The sign and the piano keys were made using sugar sheets and trimmed to the right shapes. I used a food coloring marker to decorate the sign.

Inside, the cake is a butter vanilla.

Soccer and Stripes

I recently joined Icing Smiles. They are a fantastic organization and I love making birthdays extra special for these amazing kids. This was my first cake order for them.

The Birthday Boy loves soccer and the cake colors match his team colors. Soccer ball is covered marshmallow fondant (MMF). I watched multiple tutorials on how to make it look it. Stripes on the cake are also MMF. Grass is buttercream. I used the scraps from the stripes, rolled them together into a long snake and made the name at the bottom.

Inside, I used a new recipe for cookies and cream cake. Not perfect. Still trying to find a good recipe...

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.