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!