Saturday, August 8, 2009

Sailboat Baby Shower cake

I had the chance to do a nautical theme baby shower cake. For some reason, I just love using blue frosting...there are so many pretty shades of blue! This cake is yellow vanilla almond with almond buttercream frosting.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Wiggly Birthday

Happy 3rd Wiggly Birthday Carter! He wanted a Wiggles birthday cake with the Big Red Car. I printed a picture of the car, cut it out, and traced the outline onto the cake. Then I freehand drew the details on the car and finished it with the colored frosting. The cake is egg free and it is all buttercream icing.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Baseball Cake

This cake is an 8" square chocolate fudge cake with a yellow almond vanilla baseball made out of half of the sports ball pan. All buttercream frosting.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Curious George Birthday Cake

I made Curious George and the Yellow Hat from a photo online - I traced the outline and then freehand drew the rest and filled it in with the colored frosting. The cake is frosted completely in buttercream frosting.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Sesame Street Cupcakes

These cupcakes were super fun to make! The mouths are Oreo cookie halves, the eyes are marshmallows, and the noses and ears are M&Ms. Everything else is buttercream frosting.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Gone Fishing

German chocolate 8" round cake with buttercream frosting and marshmallow "bobbers".
Gone fishing!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Ariel Mermaid Birthday Cake

Another request for an Ariel mermaid cake! This time the topper was provided by the birthday girl's mom. The base layer is 10" and the top layer is 6". All buttercream icing, with chocolate filling.

Jungle Baby Shower

I made this Baby Shower cake based on the Zanzibar bedding theme (see pic below!) with all the jungle animals. The top had the elephant, and the side had giraffes, turtles and crocodiles.

It is an 8" round cake with all buttercream frosting.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Cornelli Lace Birthday Cake

I've been wanting to try the cornelli lace technique on a colored background with white lace. I finally had the opportunity when my cousin came to town for her 20th birthday and I decided to make her a cake! The cake is yellow almond butter and the frosting is vanilla almond buttercream. It is a triple-layer cake - one layer of Nutella filling and one layer of chocolate pudding filling. Yum!
Happy Birthday Jennifer!

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Mermaid Ariel Cake

A chocolate 8" round cake topped with a chocolate doll cake made with the Wilton Wonder Mold and a Disney Princess Ariel doll. All buttercream frosting.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Elmo First Birthday Cake

This first birthday cake was a prize I donated to TriadMommies. The lucky winner received a free cake! It's all buttercream frosting. Yum!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day!

8" round yellow cake with buttercream icing. Happy Mother's Day!

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Monkey Birthday

6" round two layer yellow cake. Freehand monkey on top, Happy Birthday Umar around the sides.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Gumdrop Cupcakes

Yellow cupcakes with buttercream swirl icing, topped with a gumdrop.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Ladybug baby shower

I made this for one of my good friend's baby shower. The bottom layer is a 10" round yellow cake. The middle is two 6" round raspberry lemon cakes with lemon filling, and the top is half of the ball pan, also raspberry lemon. All almond flavored buttercream frosting. Plus - I made a two hour drive with this cake in my car and it made it in one piece with no damage =) It's the little things that count ;)

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Mickey Mouse

I'm really enjoying the opportunity to create cakes for kid's birthdays! This is an 8" round two layer cake with buttercream filling. The frosting is all buttercream, and I made the Mickey Mouse head by using a stencil I created from a picture I found online.

Saturday, April 18, 2009


I made another attempt at a FBCT (Frozen Buttercream Transfer) with the monkey for this first birthday cake. It turned out better than my previous attempts, but still isn't completely up to my expectations. I can't figure out how to make it look smooth. I guess this may be a technique that I need to keep practicing. The cake itself is chocolate fudge, with chocolate pudding filling. The frosting is all buttercream. The monkey is a FBCT and the rest of the decorations I freehanded.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Eggs in a (Chocolate) Basket

I've seen this idea in several variations online, and finally decided to give it a try myself. I made an 8"x3" round yellow cake, torted and filled with whipped strawberry fluff filling. I put a layer of white buttercream over the entire cake, and then stuck kit kat candy bars around the edges. A pretty ribbon around the outside, and then filled the center with chocolate candy eggs.
Now the only dilemna is who exactly is going to eat it?!

Friday, April 10, 2009

Easter Cupcakes

Easter cupcakes are so fun! Two dozen cupcakes - half yellow, half chocolate. I tried out some new swirls for the buttercream frosting - The pink is tip 1M, the purple is tip 2D, and the green is tip 2C. I think tip 1M is still my favorite!

I made the carrots out of the pre-colored fondant; the leaves are white chocolate "clay" that I colored green.

The eggs are also made out of white chocolate "clay" and decorated with my usual buttercream frosting.

Many many thanks to The Frosted Cake N Cookie for the inspiration! There are some great instructions complete with pictures on how to make the carrots! I improvised from the fondant, but the starting point was great! I also started to attempt the bunnies from the link above, but the humidity today just was not working in my favor :(

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Fairytale Princesses

I think my four year old daughter loves seeing the princess cakes almost as much as I enjoy making them! Tonight I finished up two princess cakes - one Snow White and one Ariel. Both are Yellow-Almond-Sour Cream cakes made with the Wilton Wonder Mold and buttercream icing. Just pay no attention to Ariel's hair...I had to tie it up to keep it out of the way while I was decorating. I'll let the customer take it down to fix it tomorrow since it hangs down her back ;)

Sunday, April 5, 2009

A Daisy Day

I had a request for a birthday cake decorated like an Easter egg. The customer wanted a white base with pastel springtime colors for the egg. She also wanted some cupcakes with daisy flowers on them. Spring is such a fun time to be decorating cakes to go with the blooming flowers, warmer days, Easter eggs and Easter bunnies, and sunshine!

This is a Devil's Food oval cake with cream cheese filling and all buttercream frosting.

The cupcakes are Devil's Food with a tip 1M buttercream swirl and buttercream daisies made with tips 104 and 5.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Bunny Cupcake trials

I've been scouring the internet for cute bunny cupcake ideas. I have several upcoming orders for easter themed cakes and cupcakes but none of them are what I had in my head! I guess I have to get creative for myself sometimes too ;)

I had some leftover frosting, so I baked some cupcakes yesterday. I tried out two different (yet very similar, lol) techniques for making some bunny cupcakes with the colors and materials I had on hand. The cupcake with the pink frosting has a large marshmallow sliced width-wise, and then I cut into that length-wise to give the ears the split down the middle. The cheeks are two mini marshmallows, the eyes are two nonpareils and the nose is an upside down heart sprinkle. The cupcake with the green grass frosting is two slices of a large marshmallow, cut side dipped in red sugar (I didn't have pink on hand...), and then the same upside down heart sprinkle with marshmallows for the nose and cheeks, and nonpareils for the eyes. I wish I had more frosting...this is literally exactly what I had left so I was struggling to make it last to do just these two cupcakes! If I did these again, I'd use pink sugar instead of red, and do all the ears like the one on the left in the picture. I'd probably even put another nonpareil under the cheeks for a little tongue poking out!

Sunday, March 29, 2009

A royal day

Today I had two separate cake orders. One was for a Cinderella doll cake, and one for a castle. I love love love making the doll cakes - I had one when I was a little girl for my fourth birthday and I think it always sticks out in my mind as something special. Hopefully I can help give that special memory to other little girls!

The Cinderella cake is the Wilton Wonder Mold with an 8" round yellow cake below it for added height and servings. I used all buttercream to decorate the Cinderella doll provided by the birthday girl's mom. I used tip 104 to create the white swag around Cinderella's hips on the dress, and to create the swag around the central part of the cake, as well as the bows. The pink drop flowers were tip 2D, and the rosettes around the bottom were tip 16. The hardest part is icing the bodice part of the dress onto the doll's body! I'm pretty happy with how this one turned out though =)

The second cake of the day was a castle cake for another 3 year old birthday girl. This was my first time using the Wilton Romantic Castle Cake Set. The mom didn't want a tiered cake, so we did what we could with a 9x13 sheet cake. I think it turned out pretty good!

I used all buttercream to decorate this cake (are you noticing the buttercream trend with my cakes? lol). I used the grass tip for the bottom border, and tip 3 for the flower stems. Tip 30 made the pink flowers, and tip 4 for all the blue outlining on the windows, doors and turrets.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Flower and Caterpillar

This is by far one of the most fun cakes I've made! The flower cake is yellow almond sour cream with all buttercream icing. I used the Wilton Dancing Daisy pan for it. The cupcakes are egg and nut free, with buttercream icing. I star piped the flower with tip 16, used tip 47 for the stem and grass, and used tips 14 and 6 on the cupcakes. The caterpillar eyes are Hershey's Kissables, and the antennae are candy grass. It's nose and mouth are icing. I couldn't fit a dozen cupcakes on the cake board, so the extras are on the side ;)

Saturday, March 21, 2009

March Wedding Cakes

This weekend I had the opportunity to make some great, unique wedding cakes for a friend of a friend. She wanted individual round cakes to display on tiered plates, all decorated with white-on-white frosting. I had a lot of fun and the bride left a lot of the details up to me which was great! Each cake was a different flavor and each one was individually decorated using different styles and techniques. See below for the pictures and a photo of the cakes on display at the wedding reception (prior to the caterers decorating the table lol).

The swirls on this cake were made with tip 3. I just freehanded the swirls! It is a ten inch round yellow cake with almond-flavored buttercream filling.

This ten inch round cake was made with lemon cake and lemon creme filling. All white buttercream icing and polka dots made with tips 12 and 5.

This one was my favorite of the group! It is an eight inch round strawberry cake with strawberry fluff filling. This was the first time I tried the Cornelli Lace decorating technique, and I am really pleased with how it turned out! I used tip 3 to do the lace.

This cake is an eight inch round coconut cake with a coconut pecan filling. I used a stencil set and tip 3 to create the bows and scrollwork.

This eight inch round cake was chocolate devil's food cake with cream cheese filling. I decorated it with a scroll design thanks to a stencil set and tip 3:

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Giant Cupcake

Another "friend of a friend" order - this time for a second birthday party! The colors she wanted were pink and green. I made a giant cupcake (these can be SO cute!) and two dozen regular cupcakes to match. Simple and pretty!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Minnie Mouse

This cake was inspired by several cakes on Cake Central. We went with buttercream icing for this little girl's birthday cake. The only part I wasn't completely happy with is the didn't come out quite how I envisioned in my head. Minnie Mouse is made from an eight inch round and two six inch rounds that I carved to fit around her head as ears.

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Pink Polka Dots

I am so happy with how this cake turned out! It was so basic and yet so adorable! A simple six inch round cake with almond filling and buttercream icing and polka dots in two shades of pink. Classy and fun! What do you think?

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Monster Cupcakes

These are some of my favorite cupcakes to make! They are so fun and can be individualized fairly easy. Plus, who doesn't love some candy with their cupcakes?!
These were for the kids at a party....the adults got some yummy coconut cupcakes with a simple swirl on top and some shredded coconut (no pics of those though...whoops!)
Made with buttercream frosting with pull out stars of various sizes (I think I used tips 18 and 21 and then the grass tip), mini marshmallows for the eyes, M&Ms for the nose, and Hershey's Kissables for the mouth. Cute!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Wow Wow Wubbzy Birthday Cake

OK, I'll admit it - my kid is as addicted to the shows on Noggin as the next kid. Those shows have a strange fascination factor to them (ahem, Yo Gabba Gabba). When I was asked to do a Wow Wow Wubbzy cake, I jumped at the opportunity...What a fun idea for a HUGE cake!

This is an 11x18 sheet cake frosted yellow. I freehanded Wubbzy's face. I made sugar cookies (and dyed the dough yellow, of course!) and cut them into the shape of Wubbzy's arms, legs and tail.
Since the cookies didn't fit into the box with the cake...I had to send them separately. This is the only pic I have from the birthday mom of the cake, but you'll get the idea!

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Rocket Ship

The rocket ship cake was one of the more challenging cakes I made. My visual was so different from the actual result! I also completely misjudged the size of the top rocket shaped cake I carved from a sheet cake. My first attempt was WAY too big to sit on the base sheet cake layer. Oops! Then I had problems getting the frosting to stick to the rocketship after I re-carved it to fit. I think I got it looking mostly okay after several attempts, lol.

The border of the rocket and the rocket "nose" are Hershey's Kissables. The yellow stars I freehanded with buttercream, and the flames at the base of the rocket are just color striped buttercream.

Friday, February 6, 2009

1st Birthday Elmo!

Normally I *hate* making red icing - I can never seem to get it to be red...its always some funky shade of pink. I tried the red icing from Americolor this time instead of Wilton and it is SO much better (although I still needed to use a lot of it). If anyone has tips for making a real, true red icing, please share!

For the sheet cake, I printed a mirror-image of the Elmo picture I wanted to use, and then cut it out and "traced" it into my cake frosting with a toothpick. The stars are just the giant sprinkles from Wilton, and I used nonpareils on the letters although those are kind of hard to see in the picture ;)

I made a six inch Elmo smash cake too - super fun! I just freehanded Elmo's face for this cake. I can only imagine how messy this was for the birthday boy with all that frosting!

Monday, February 2, 2009

Tiger Cupcakes

Fun little buttercream tiger cupcakes for a scout birthday party/meeting. I love the grass tip! I think I used tip 5 for the head, tip 3 for the snout, and tip 1 for the accents (eyes, ears, whiskers, etc).