4/16/2011 0 Comments
Fairy and Toadstools Cake
This cake was vanilla bean cake layers filled and iced with vanilla bean Italian meringue buttercream covered in fondant. I experimented with the recipe this time though as I've found my vanilla cake tasted like plain white cake and this time I did get a yummy cake that tasted like vanilla!
The toadstools were made with rice cereal treats covered in fondant and brushed with lustre dusts. The fairy and flowers were made with gumpaste and the lettering was done with pale blue fondant. The white "grass" was piped on with vanilla bean buttercream.
The birthday girl's reaction to this cake this morning is why I make cake and it is so awesome to see a little girl so excited! Now after doing 4 cakes in the last week plus working full-time, I'm going to go take a much needed break!
4/14/2011 0 Comments
Poodle Anniversary Cake
This cake is inspired by a Peggy Porschen cake but has been modified to suit a 30th wedding anniversary.
I made up a new lemon cake recipe for this cake as my trusty standby is tasty but not very lemon-y. This recipe contains organic lemon zest, organic lemon juice and lemon extract and somehow it still didn't have enough citrus taste. I made a lemon sugar syrup and soaked the cake in it and did finally get it to taste like lemon (and yummy too!). The cake is iced in a vanilla bean Italian meringue buttercream and covered with a lightly lemon-flavored fondant.
There are 30 gumpaste hearts on the cake in total to represent the 30 years that the couple has been married. The poodles are made with gumpaste with the details piped on with royal icing. The bow is made from gumpaste as well.
The cake board is covered with white fondant and the cake board and both tiers were wrapped with a black and white polka dot ribbon to finish the look.
Happy 30th Anniversary!
4/12/2011 0 Comments
This cake is sour cream vanilla bean cake iced with a vanilla bean Italian meringue buttercream. Both the head and the body of the ladybug are made of cake and the cake was then covered with red and black fondant to make it look like a ladybug.
The cake board was covered in green fondant and the Happy Birthday message was written on a white fondant ribbon with a fondant bow and flower in the centre.
The antennae are made with florist wire covered in black fondant. The cake is finished with piped buttercream grass around the edges and a handful of white gumpaste flowers. Hope this little ladybug adds to a wonderful birthday celebration!
4/9/2011 0 Comments
Mickey Mouse Cake
This cake is for the coolest 5 year old girl I know who about a month ago said that she had been waiting for a Mickey Mouse cake for "all of her birthdays". I was happy to help out with that one! And this cake was so much fun to make!
The cake that was my inspiration had only a black outline of Mickey but I felt it was better to try to make Mickey "real" rather than abstract. I'm happy with how he turned out although I didn't get the face quite right.
I can't believe Naima is 5 years old already - how time flies! The cake was topped with a huge "5" made with red gumpaste. I love the little Mickey heads on the top tier too and the ribbon I found for this cake couldn't have been any more perfect in my opinion.
I'm off to drive this cake to Seattle for the party - hope it makes it in one piece and that the border guard doesn't stick his finger in the side of this one to make sure it's really cake!
Happy Birthday Naima!! I hope your Mickey cake was worth the wait :)
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