Tuesday, March 7, 2017

The Piano Man Turned 60


I made this special cake for my brother-in-law for his 60th birthday. It is a chocolate layer cake with fudge ganache filling and a  vanilla Italian buttercream frosting. The cake was slathered in frosting then I added 53 piano keys and sugar-glued on some black keys to look like a keyboard. Happy Birthday to Daniel my Brother (IL)!
Here's to another 60!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Johnny Avenger is 4



This one gets lots of pictures since its a cake and cupcakes. The cake was ordered by my cousin-in-law for her darling son. He squealed when he saw it that was thanks enough. The mallet and fist were sculpted from RKT and covered in fondant.  I piped on stars to cover thequadrant and added a few webs. We stuck with the cartoon feel by adding a few word balloons with some retro sayings "KaPow!"  I use my Cricut machine to help create all the templates for the masks,then I cut them all out by hand. The name was molded in letter molds.

The cake was a vanilla Captain America marble cake.  I tinted the batter with red and blue to give it a marble effect. The filling was a vanilla pastry cream and vanilla buttercream. Johnny wanted vanilla cupcakes with chocolate fudge frosting, so I added a few red and blue sprinkles of confetti to his batter to keep with the americana theme.  Cakes are so much fun! Can't wait for the next one!!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Hi Hat Cupcakes


The topping is a 12 minute cooked frosting "Marshmallow" dipped in chocolate and sprinkles. Takes a little practice, but worth the effort, "YUMMY".

So cool looking, my first attempt was successful with the topping. Not so much for the chocolate cupcake, but that's  my fault for trying a new recipe instead of sticking to "tried and true"!

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Holley Bear Birthday

HolleyBear is 2




What a fun cake to make! Holley wanted her own birthday cake (even though she only licks it).  Her mom, Katie requested vanilla confetti cake and low sugar frosting. I told her I had a baby bear cake pan and no problem. I indeed had a teddy bear pan, but it was a big one, so not to disappoint, I decided to figure out how to sculpt a bear cake. There you have it, my first sculpted figure with a little help from her> How to Cook That- Teddy Bear.

Holley Bear is covered in a light milk chocolate buttercream with the grass tip to look like fur. I made the cupcakes the same way, except I made cake balls from the leftover cake to make their heads. All the paws, ears, eyes and pads on the bottom of feet were handmade with fondant. The cupcake bears eyes were black dragees. Holley Bear's hat is RKT covered in fondant. I made sure that everything was edible on the cake to be sure it was safe. The cupcakes were vanilla cake with strawberry cheesecake filling. I love how there is a different personality on each cupcake bear. Fun!!

Friday, January 13, 2017

Mocha Dream Cake

I call this my Mocha Dream cake because the flavor choices were phenomenal, I think I'm making this for my next birthday. It was a classic chocolate cake with a decadent mocha mousse filling and I made a Dulce de Leche Swiss Meringue Buttercream that melted in your mouth. I didn't get the sample all the flavors together, but I'm confident it was delicious. The top tier was all the same except I made it a chocolate mocha marble and I used Kona Mocha coffee for the mocha flavor and it worked perfectly.


Okay enough about the flavors.  The handmade mocha creme colored sugar peony took me about 3 hours total and it takes about 3 days drying time (It has to dry between layers in order to make it look more 3-D). The petals were all edged in a hint of gold dust for a bit of sparkle and elegance. The ombre' mocha and cream design was suggested by the customer and it turned out delicate and goes great with the design. If you look closely at the top tier their is a gradation from the top to bottom with a cocoa color to a lighter color towards the bottom. The design was a lovely juxtaposition of rustic and chic.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Bodhi Bear is 1




"Woodland first birthday" is the theme for Bodhi, a darling lil man who calls my friend Nicole, Mom.  Bodhi's smash cake is the cupcake with a  bear topper I made from fondant. The silhouette trees are gumpaste and the cake is covered in buttercream bark.

Bodhi's cupcakes were a cinnamon roll inspired cake with a minimal sugar buttercream.




Friday, November 18, 2016

LESLIE & ERIC~SIMPLY MEANT TO BE


This was a first for me- black piping on white cake- it was a bit stressful because there is no room for error. I made the pattern from an inspiration piece and added brushed embroidered black flowers for texture and elegance. The cake is pumpkin spice with a baked pumpkin cheesecake filling for the top and bottom tier. The middle tier was cookies and cream filled with fudge ganache.  I made the purple flowers and rose leaves from fondant and gumpaste.

The groom had some input in this cake design he just wanted it to be square. I believe the main reason I got this order was because I agreed to make the filling pumpkin cheesecake, which is his favorite dessert.

Side note: During the tasting the bride revealed she doesn't eat cake, but she tasted all the flavors and actually said she enjoyed it.  I was thrilled to win her over.

DIANNA BIRTHDAY MUMS


 This cake was ordered by my co-worker Anna for her friend, Dianna for a special birthday. She gave me mostly creative license said to make the flowers pretty, Fall and plenty of red. The cake is spice cake with a vanilla buttercream filling. I used my new Russian piping tips to create these flowers and I think they turned out very nice. I love making flowers buttercream, royal and fondant.

ROME LIGHTYEAR

Cutest boy ever!!


"TO INFINITY AND BEYOND
Rome didn't know a lot of words but he managed this sentence all day long! He wanted a peanut butter chocolate cake. I made the moon from a half ball pan and the layer cake is chocolate and peanut butter filling. We made sugar cookies of his name and Avi decorated them for him. We stayed at a Suite in Pismo Beach so the kids could swim and play on the grounds.  It
was so much fun!




Tuesday, September 6, 2016

PJ Masketeer: Robby


Owlette, Catboy and Gecko.
Catboy to the rescue!



















This cake was super fun to make. PJ Masks is a cartoon that this lil guy watches faithfully. It makes for a very colorful cake and decorations. PJ Masks is about kids who turn into super heroes and run through the city protecting and saving others. Hence; the city-scape and the moon.

Robby's favorite flavors are strawberry and vanilla. I made a fresh strawberry cake with strawberry vanilla cheesecake filling. The bright yellow is vanilla buttercream. His decor is made from marshmallow fondant and I told him he could eat it after his birthday and he did. Mom even saved the other masks for him to eat later.