Friday, July 31, 2009

Pirate Ship Cake... Arrg

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Dominique wanted a pirate ship cake for Kieran's 3rd birthday... and this cake turned out to be a monstrosity! It was REALLY heavy and took quite some work to fit in the fridge until the pick up. There were several layers of cake (white cake with buttercream for the birthday boy) to build up the body of the ship. The top backside of the ship is rice krispies covered and decorated to match the cake. The masts were made out of fondant that were dried and hardened. I wanted the ship to look as "ship-like" as possible so I cut out individual slats of fondant that I mixed to look like wood and then placed them on after covering the whole cake in fondant. Then I painted on a darker shade of brown food coloring, kind of like staining wood. The treasure chest was made out of fondant as was the pirate. This was definitely a challenge but was so exciting to finish. I hope you likey!

Housewarming Cake

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Amanda wanted a surprise housewarming cake for a new house they just bought. The one thing she wanted on the cake for sure were her two dogs. All of the decorations are handmade and the house is rice krispies covered with marshmallow fondant. I tried to get the dogs and the house as accurate as possible. The bottom cake was a german chocolate cake filled with a homemade pecan and coconut filling and the top cake was a carrot cake filled with cheesecake cream.

I wanted to get a closer picture of the doggies, Skuzz and Sox, for you. It's pretty tricky to get a dog to look hairy when their hair is really poofy like Skuzz but I tried my best. Amanda did say the house and Sox looked almost dead on so I was very happy about that :)

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Mini-Fruit-Cupcake-Tower and The Dark Knight

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Renee asked me to make a cupcake tower that is unlike any other cupcake tower I've seen. She wants cupcakes mixed with various fresh fruit for her summer wedding reception. In order to be sure that I was up to making this potentially 2 ft tall or so reception centerpiece, I made a mini version. This fruit cupcake tower is made with blueberry cupcakes with buttercream, strawberries, grapes, blueberries, and pineapples. Although this one can only hold about 9 cupcakes, the real one will hopefully hold 40 cupcakes! Keep your fingers crossed for me!




On a completely separate note, Gabe was having a Batman themed birthday party (with a batman costume too!) so I made a cookies 'n' cream cake with chocolate buttercream. All of the decorations are handmade from marshmallow fondant. From this angle, it's hard to see the batman shadow so I'm attaching a second picture so that you can see the shadow clearly and also the sides with the buildings and bats.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Blue Dragon Cake and Cake Truffles

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Katie and Jered got married today and Katie wanted to surprise her new husband with a dragon cake as the Groom's cake. I showed up, blue dragon cake and all, and Katie's family was very sweet about the cake. The new couple was out taking their wedding photos when the groom walked in to grab some water. All of Katie's guests quickly stood in front of the cake to hide it from him and shoved him back out of the door! I didn't get to see the new couple's reaction to their cake but I hope they loved it.

The body of the cake was a chocolate cake with a cool blue mint buttercream to match the decor. The head was made out of fondant while the neck, tail, and feet were rice crispies covered in buttercream and fondant. Then, I placed each scale on the dragon individually by hand with smaller scales on the end and larger scales in the middle body area. It was very time consuming but I wanted to get the right effect for the dragon. I wanted it to look scale-y (if that's a word). The "dorsal fin" looking scales that are standing up are also made out of homemade marshmallow fondant. The dragon wings were also edible and made out of fondant. I was very happy that everything on this cake was completely edible except the thin wire that attached the wings to the body. I wanted to attach a second photo to show the size of this cake. It twas large :)


After carving the body of the cake, I had lots of cake leftover but wanted to make sure that Katie and Jered had enough servings for their wedding guests. I used the leftover cake and buttercream to make cake truffles, also known as cake balls. They are rich and moist balls of cake mixed with the mint buttercream. I hope they ate all of those too!

 

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