Thursday, February 11, 2016

Simply Elegant Wedding Cake

Smooth frosting with a simple dot pattern and gum paste roses.  Dark Belgian chocolate cake under that bright white frosting!  I really loved the simplicity of this cake.  And yes, flowers are still my favorite thing ever to make!

Football/Baseball Birthday Cake

This cake ended up taking twists and turns throughout the whole process!  My mind is all over the place some times when I work on a cake, and this was one of those cases.  My original ideas was to have the football bursting out of the bottom tier and the baseball bursting out of the top tier.  With the letter 'P' on the top of the cake.  Well, as you can see things changed!
It all began when I made the football WAY too big for the cake base I had the cake on.  So, it ended up on the top.  But really, I like it where it ended up!  
 This baseball glove was a last second idea and I'm so glad I did it.  It's made of modeling chocolate.
 The 'P' from the letter-man jacket and the birthday boy's name 'stitched' across it.
 The baseball and football were rice krispie treats covered in modeling chocolate.  The whole cake is covered in modeling chocolate as well.  (I've decided I much prefer modeling chocolate to fondant!)
 Super fun texture for this football!
 The birthday boy's football jersey number and pattern of his jersey.

 Field goal post made of gum paste. 

I really loved making this cake and how clean and crisp it came out!  It's so fun to watch a cake evolve into something so bright and original.  Happy birthday, Jake!  Go Rams!

'Psych' TV Show Murder Mystery Birthday Cake

Last year I told my kids....."NO big fancy cakes!!"  This year, I said, "Let's do big elaborate cakes so I can stretch my creativity!"  Well, this is what evolved.  After YEARS of my girls trying to convince me that I would like the TV show 'Psych' I finally caved and gave it a try.  And well, I've laughed so hard every single episode!!!  Gus pretending he's Michael Jackson, oh my gosh!  I had tears in my eyes I was laughing so hard!  That show makes me feel young and I love it!
 But, on to the cake and what we were going for.  We had just watched a Yin and Yang episode and the creative juices were just flowing!  Cream pie, the number pi, pineapple, fedora hat, gun in the gears.....ya, we put it all in there.  Plus 6 hidden yin/yang symbols.
 2 of the hidden symbols are right here.  And yes, I LOVE making gears.  So sorry!  It's a weakness!
 Symbol in the cream pie.  It was a pain getting the gum paste to look like cream, but it finally came through.  With a touch of cocoa powder to make it look toasted!  HAHA, fooled the kids.  They all fought over who got the pie but it didn't taste nearly as good as it looked!  Gum paste is just too chewy.
 'P.S. oh and bring your physic along.'  My birthday girl wrote the letters on these squares. She did a terrific job! (Another symbol)
 You can't see it in this picture, but there was a hidden symbol on the side of the pineapple also.  And my 5 year old insisted that I make this look dirty with cocoa powder.  She's such a stickler for details!
 The last hidden symbol here on the hat.  
 The number pi wrapped around the cake, which was covered in black modeling chocolate.  No fondant for this child!
Now, if you think this cake was involved, that's NOTHING compared to the party!  Thanks to two VERY loved aunts, this party was a HUGE hit for a bunch of teenagers!  Happy birthday Ali girl!  We love you tons and tons!!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Raiders Football Birthday Cake

How about a 180% turn from the last cake?!  Total boy, here!  
Although this cake was a simple cake, it took a surprisingly long time.  All that time?.....spent on what?  That little helmet!  WOW!  I'll have to rethink that if I ever make one again!
 That being said, I really loved how the cake turned out with the color scheme and banner design.  A few changes were made here and there, but that seems to be my lot in life!
 The helmet was made of cocoa krispie treat covered in modeling chocolate and sprayed with edible silver spray paint.  What took the longest was the bars across the front; I broke them and had to redo them twice!!!  Sheesh!  But it was worth it in the end!
 That little face was painted in white luster dust, then etched out with a pin.  Took some time, but it seemed to work.
 Torn modeling chocolate at the bottom with silver luster dust accents.
 Originally I had the 'GO' on the top of the cake, but it covered up the hand so I moved them to the side as a banner.  Sometimes I have to compromise with my cakes!
Happy Birthday, Bryson!  And go Raiders! :)

Most Stupendous 'Fancy Nancy' Birthday Cake!

There may or may not be a lot of pictures of this cake!  I had so much fun making this very girly cake!  And since it was Fancy Nancy themed, of course it had to be over-the-top adorable!!  Add a tea party element, and it's a hit!
 Strawberry flavored cake with butter cream frosting and gum paste accents.  A few donuts were made with modeling chocolate.
 Tea cups and plates made of gum paste.
 The bottom's of the cups were so adorable!
 'Fancy Nancy' wouldn't be complete without her extravagant words!
 All the tags were hand cut and painted.  The bow and ribbons were gum paste.

 All right, I have a confession to make.  I didn't have a ton of time for this cake, and I really wanted it to be special, so I succumbed to the dark side!  I used my daughter's play dough molds, eek!  Don't worry, they were thoroughly washed and dried.  But wow, did they make all these little pastries perfect for the cake!

Yes, lots of pictures, but I just loved this cake!  From the theme, to the flavor, to the colors it was a fun cake all around!  And oh so fabulously 'Fancy Nancy!' 

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Holly Berries, Pine cones and Aspen tree Yule Log

This is the 5th yule log I've made for the awesome Cottam family!  The Aspen tree was a big hit last year, so we recreated it.  The holly berries and pine cones were really fun to make cause I love anything Christmasy!!!

 Berries and leaves made of gum paste.  The pine cones made of modeling chocolate.

And yes, I did have to make our own family version of the pumpkin roll!  It's just so incredibly yummy!  Merry Christmas to all, and may the holiday season bring you happiness!!!

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Adorable Minnie Mouse 'Christmas' Birthday Cake

Every once in a while I'll have a cake that just clicks in my mind.  So clearly that creating the decorations is a pure joy!  This would be one such cake.  This was made for an adorable little girl who just loves anything Minnie Mouse.  And I've been itching to make a Christmas cake for so long that it took very little effort to come up with the ideas for this cake!
 I drew my inspiration from a few different Christmas cards I found online.  That little 'ribbon' tree especially.  The lace and ribbons were card inspired as well.
 Minnie's got her little gifts all around her.  I cut squares out of modeling chocolate since it's nice and hard, then I 'wrapped' the presents in gum paste.  They turned out so fun!
 Little ribbon tree and candy canes all made out of gum paste.

 Hi, Minnie Mouse!!  You're looking quite festive!

 I think this is one of my all time favorite cakes.  Clean and smooth and simple.  And CHRISTMAS mixed with DISNEY!!!!  Can't go wrong there!
Happy Birthday, Reese, you adorable little girl!  I'm so glad I got to make your birthday cake!