Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Topsy Turvy Cake

To end my crazy weekend of cakes, I made a cake for Cordelle's 30th birthday. His wife said he likes modern/contemporary things and black and white so I decided to make him a black and white topsy turvy cake! This was my first time ever making one AND my first time ever making a tiered cake. So it was FULL of experiments.

If I ever make another topsy turvy cake, I'll probably cut it even more angled. Once I got the frosting and fondant on it, it seemed like it lost some of the topsy... But I'd say for a cake of many firsts, it turned out pretty good. :)

Happy 30th birthday, Cordelle!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Buzz Lightyear Cake

Jaq is turning 2 and she really loves Buzz Lightyear. I will admit that I was kind of nervous to try and take on such a popular character, but I surprised myself!

A close up on the lettering. These were the other style of rubber scrapbooking stamps that I bought. I'm loving them!

I really tried to focus on the little details that make Buzz look like Buzz.

Then I decided to add some of Buzz's most popular quotes:
"Come in Star Command" and
"To infinity and beyond"

I'm really proud of myself for making this cake. I think it turned out awesome!!!
Only one more cake to go on my 3-cake weekend. It's been busy but super fun and I'm way excited to make the next one!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Dora Cake Redemption

I feel like I finally have redeemed myself from the Dora cake disaster last year. Ayda wanted a Dora cake for her birthday. I didn't try. And it was a disaster.
I am absolutely embarassed to post this. It was HIDEOUS!!!!

Here is my redemption!!!!
It looks a little more like Dora than the last one.
My fondant was a little dry so it all cracked a little. I'm struggling finding the right consistency....
But I was super excited to try out my new stamps I got for the fondant!
Rubber scrapbooking stamps.... Why didn't I think of that before!?

I think all the colorful fondant beads gave it that little "Dora" touch.

Happy 2nd birthday, Lily!!!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Tractor Cake

I have to start off by saying that I'm really grateful for all the people that are letting me practice on them and learn new things for decorating cakes. This one isn't amazing, but I wanted to try sculpting something for the first time.
This cake is for Mason, who is turning 4. When I asked his mom what he wanted she said he wanted a tractor cake and"He would like yellow cake and as much yellow frosting as possible - the kid has an obsession." So yellow I did! I hope it's enough!!!
I felt like I went super traditional with the cake part. Just buttercream frosting with a squiggily border.

I modeled the tractor out of rice krispie treats and then covered them with marshmallow fondant. I bet it would have looked better if I had covered it with frosting and then fondant.... I think a better support system would have been better. Next time I'll plan that through a little more.
It reminds me of a cartoon tractor the way it tips and sags in some places.

For some reason this is my favorite part... the slow moving vehicle sign. It's the little things that make it cute.

Happy 4th birthday, Mason!

P.S. I don't have any cakes lined up for October yet. So if anybody knows anyone that might want a cake, let them know! Thanks!!!!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Caleb's Boot Scoot Bike Cake

My neighbor, Caleb, is turning 3 tomorrow. So I made his cake just like one of his favorite things in the world- his boot scoot bike! (For those of you who don't know what one is, it's like a mini bike with out pedals or training wheels.) Caleb is AMAZING at riding his bike.

I put a fork under the cake just so you could see how big it turned out!
I did all the tires, handle bars, and seat in marshmallow fondant and the rest was buttercream.

It was fun adding the details, like treads on the tires and grips on the handle bars. I even had fun making tiny little bolts!

Today was definitely a bad cake day for me.... so many things went wrong. Like the cake stuck to my pans (even after greasing and flouring), so I had to make another batch. Then I had to move some of the pieces of cake before I decorated it and totally forgot how they went back on.... About halfway through I thought this cake might have been just a little big for my novice undertaking. I think this was one of my most frustrating cake days yet. But, it turned out looking pretty good and I feel good just knowing that kids don't care if their cake doesn't look perfect! :)

Friday, September 3, 2010

Flowers for a Little Girl

Ari is turning 5 and loves girly things. So I made her a cutesy little flower cake.

I frosted it with buttercream frosting and then made the flowers out of marshmallow fondant.

The cake would be a ton cuter if I had covered the whole thing in fondant but I decided to sacrifice looks for taste. For me, there's nothing better than good 'ol buttercream!

Thanks, Marilyn, for giving me the opportunity to practice my cake making skills!