Friday, August 22, 2014

Go, Baby, Go! Cupcakes and Cake Pops

This baby shower had a transportation theme and was so much fun to put together. On the snack table was cupcakes, chocolate cake with vanilla buttercream and sprinkles.

Each guest was given a toy car and a cake pop for the favors. Either chocolate road cake pops, dipped in chocolate with a fondant car, or white cake pop cloud, dipped in vanilla with a fondant airplane.

See how addicted I am to these little cookie cutters? Adorable!

Here's more of the shower decorations and table spread (printables were from HWTM on etsy):

Petal Cake with Baby Hippo

Make this one for an adorable mom-to-be who was having a zoo themed shower (she absolutely adores hippos). The nursery colors were pale turquoise and grey.

It turned out so great. I'd seen the petal method (also called pulled dot) and thought it looked so fun. And it was very easy!

Cupcakes are frosted with buttercream and then I added a marshmallow fondant animals cutout. This project also got me addicted to finding mini cookie cutters in cute shapes. I have far too many now and yet I keep finding more!

My first attempt at the hippo ended up adorable, yes, but in fear of his fate as cake topper…

Poor baby…He also looked too purple. I started over with the MMF and coloring, coming up with a happier result.

Barnyard with Horses

Currently, I live next door to horses and I completely understand how some girls get obsessed with these magnificent animals. They also make great neighbors, never playing their music too loud in the middle of the night.

The barn is made using Wilton's Stand-Up House pan on a regular 9x13 cake, vanilla bean flavor. Fence is pretzels held together with melted chocolate. Hay is toasted coconut. I only used my signature buttercream frosting for the whole thing. And the horse figurines were provided by the birthday girl and  are not edible. Of course.

Chocolate Bear on a Round for a Boy

One of my most viewed cakes is the Brown Bear on Round - Girl. It's also my profile icon on some of the cake forums I'm on. But it's not all about the baby girls! Let's hear it for the boy!

Bear is a chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream fur. The round is covered in MMF. The shower theme was teddy bears and was so adorable, with the table centerpieces as a cluster of bears in all sizes and colors.

Drizzled Bundt Cake

Had a BYU Cougars fan that needed a birthday cake.

Inside is a medley of chocolate, vanilla, and blue vanilla cake. Frosting is chocolate ganache, then I drizzled it with candy melts, adding edible silver balls for some sparkle. Super easy and so cute.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Kit Kat Cake

You've seen this cake before…all over Pinterest and Instagram. I've been looking for an opportunity to make one, so when a teenager said she didn't mind what cake she got as long as it was chocolate. Well, I needed more than that! Well, she said, her favorite candy bar was a Kit Kat. Bingo!

Inside is a dark chocolate cake with my signature chocolate buttercream. And just for good measure? The filling is chocolate buttercream and M&Ms.

Double Baby Shower

I was asked to do cakes for a double baby shower. Both moms-to-be were expecting boys. One mother couldn't stomach chocolate since becoming pregnant (the things we suffer in order to have children…). Oh, this was gonna be fun!

Stripes was dark chocolate with MMF covering. Polka dots was butter cake, also with MMF. I tried two different methods trying to determine which one was best to setting the dots and stripes. I covered both cakes with white MMF. Dots were then cut out and inserted in the proper color, but a few looked like they might fall out. For the matching plaque, I used blue MMF then pressed the dots on with a rolling pin, making sure not to deform the circles. Same process with the stripes and such. I think I like the pressed and rolled version better but not sure how I would wrap a cake with striped fondant…

Please ignore the cracked fondant on the edges, there…not sure what was going on.