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.

Friday, November 18, 2016


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.


 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.


Cutest boy ever!!

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.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Jedi Logan's BB-8 {Last of 3}

For my Not-so-Nerdy Friends:
BB-8, sometimes spelled Beebee-Ate, was a BB unit astromech droid who operated approximately thirty years after the Battle of Endor. It had a dome head, similar to that of R2 series astromech droids, with the bulk of its body made up of a ball on which the droid's head rolled. BB-8 was mostly white, with some silver and orange on its body, as well as a black photoreceptor. The droid belonged toResistance pilot Poe Dameron, whom he accompanied during his flights on his T-70 X-wing fighter.

Okay enough of the geek explanation now onto the cake. It's my version of BB-8 (as per online inspiration). It is a domed chocolate cake covered in vanilla BC. What else can I say except I hand cut all the decor and the sand (graham cracker crumbs) is on top of the base made of fudge cake and also vanilla BC.  I hope Logan will enjoy his surprise cake too.

Annie's Zoo {2 of 3}

This little cutie was a creation made from Annie's vision. She wanted a zoo cake with a hippo, elephant, giraffe and monkey.  Sunday she asked to change it to a zebra cake but most of the decor was done so I had to keep on track due to making 2 other cakes as well.

She wanted a confetti cake and since I make all my cakes from scratch it was fun to seek a good recipe with Jimmies in it. Turned out delicious.  The outside was frosted in a new American buttercream (BC) recipe that turned out dynamite it'll be my new go to vanilla BC.  The cake has the animals safely in their habitats with Pirouline spiral cookies.  The sand is graham cracker crumbs and everything is edible on the cake.

Dream Big Hailey {1 of 3}

This cake is the first one of the three I made this week for my friend Sheryl for each of her grandkids: Hailey, Annie & Logan. 

Dream Big Hailey

The cake flavor she chose is a marble cake with fudge ganache, milk chocolate ganache and white chocolate ganache in a ombre-ish pattern on the sides. The cake was also dirty iced underneath the ganache with Chocolate Malted Buttercream.

This cake was  a surprise cake for the recipient and the grandmother, Sheryl said she wanted to be surprised too. I was commissioned to make a cake for my friend's 14 year old grand daughter and all she said was she likes pastels and wears Birkenstocks. Wow that was a challenge, so I decided to start searching for the latest trends in "Boho" designs. I decided on this dream catcher with sugar paste feathers dusted to look like watercolor. The cactus flower on top is a pretty coral color with a few more feathers to highlight the design. The cactus flower was labor intensive and took about 90 mins to completely make it, of course not including the 2 days drying time.  The 25 feathers I made took 1 day drying time, but I cut them from a leaf cutter and sliced the plumes with an exacto, only took about an hour or so.  The catcher was piped with chocolate ganache and the border was the turquoise buttercream. 

Friday, July 15, 2016

If You're a Tree

You're Not Old if You're a Tree

Fun cake to make! I received a note from my frequent flyer, Sheryl, on Monday morning asking if I can make a cake for her husband for this Friday. "Of course I Can", and I did. She gave me carte blanche and said make whatever design you want.  I thought about one of my favorite sayings regarding seniors and I knew Eddie had a great sense of humor, so I made him into a tree.

The cake is 4 tiers of chocolate cake and I made a new filling which is actual chocolate chip cookie dough without eggs. The frosting is a melt-in-your-mouth fudge silk buttercream that I piped into ropes of bark. Then I touched the bark up with lines from a cake tester tool. The eyes, mouth, note, leaves and sign are all fondant. And it is propped onto a slab of real wood. I made sure his mouth and eyes showed Eddie's sweet smile!