Tuesday, July 6, 2010

4th of July cakes!

Here is a 4th of July cake I made for family gatherings!  I actually made 2 of them, but they look exactly the same.  White cake in star pan. No filling.  However, I tried something new!  After I poured the mix in the pan, I did some blue and red food coloring in stripes and then took a knife and swirled in the stripes! So the cake mix looked blue & red & white after it was cooked!  It looked great when we cut into it!  The frosting is basic buttercream and I used stars to decorate!  I was pleased with the way they turned out! Very festive and very yummy!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

50th Anniversary cake!

Here is my biggest cake yet!  With help from my Mom, we made about 160 fondant roses (only used about 80 on the cake)!  It was 3 layers and covered in white buttercream frosting.  The first (bottom) layer was a white cake with vanilla pudding filling.  The second layer was chocolate with chocolate pudding filling.  And the top layer was lemon with lemon pudding filling.  We did cut-out fondant hearts and then put gold candy dots on them for additional decor around the cake.  Non-edible gold leaves were added around the roses for accent.  The cake fed approximately 100 people, with some left-over!  It took approximately 1 1/2 - 2 days to make the fondant roses.  About 2 hours to make approximately 30 cups of buttercream frosting.  Approximately 4-5 hours to mix and bake the cakes.  And about 6 hours to cut, tort, assemble, frost and decorate the cake!  Supplies alone cost approximately $60. (Not counting the $40 pans that were needed for this cake).

I have approximately 80 of these purple fondant roses that are already made and ready to go on a cake!  If you or someone you know needs a cake with these flowers on it, just let me know!  They are in storage and they will not go bad!  They really aren't edible because the fondant roses harden and are mainly used for decoration.

Let me know what you think!


Wednesday, April 7, 2010

It's spring time!

Here is a "paid for" birthday cake for my friend Amy!  I was excited to get the order and excited that she wanted lot's and lot's of flowers on it!  So I spent 2 evenings making the pansies, daisy's, apple blossom's and other flowers!  They are made out of royal icing that hardens when dry to make candy flowers!  Each one is individually made on a flower nail.  I made over 70 of these flowers and used 64 on the cake!  It is a white cake with buttercream frosting and buttercream filling!  Enough sugar to rot your teeth, but oh so yummy & pretty!  Let me know what you think!

Relay For Life cakes!

I was asked to do some cakes for a team fundraiser Spaghetti feed!  So I did the classic Relay For Life purple ribbon!  And because our theme this year is "Making cancer walk the plank", I did a Pirate Ship!  The pirate ship was LOT'S of work with all of the intricate details!  I think it turned out pretty good though!  Let me know what you think!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Here comes the bride. . . I mean the cake!

Here is my very first 2 tiered wedding cake using fondant!  And making roses out of fondant! Seriously, everything took about 12 hours to do, by the time I was done.  However, I was learning along the way and will probably get quicker now that I am getting the hang of things! Everyone loved the cake and thought it looked like a professional did it!  I LOVE this cake!


Happy Valentines Day!

Here are my Valentine cakes that I made!  Including my first order from a paying customer!  Woohoo!!! 


The above cakes all used fondant and bordered with buttercream frosting.
The below cake is using buttercream frosting and conversation candy hearts! I also piped "Happy Valentines' Day" on the cake!

Course #3 . . . Fondant!

Here is my 1st cake for my 3rd course, where I learned how to use fondant!  It is very easy to work with and mold, and makes the cakes look so much better!  This is a present cake with fondant!

Cakes for Kasey

A dear sweet little boy named Kasey Radford passed away from brain cancer called Glioblastoma on February 4th, 2009.  He was 11 years old.  His family had a celebration of his life on the one year anniversary of Kasey's passing, and I offered to make the cakes.  They were a surprise to the family as far as what I would be doing.  Kasey loved to play a dice game called "10,000", so I did two dice cakes.  And because of the amount of people coming, I decided to do a 3rd cake and found a design with an angel that was fitting for the occasion.  The dice on the side of the cake are actually sugar cubes with piped dots to make them look like dice.  These are some of my favorite cakes right now. Not only for the way they turn out, but for the reason they were made.


The "Easter Cake"

This is what everyone kept saying looks like an Easter cake. . . . in January! It was my 2nd course where we learned how to make flowers out of Royal Icing and making the bird out of Color Flow!  Very interesting and lot's of fun to create more real-looking flowers! Also learned how to make the basket weave out of buttercream frosting!  I absolutely hated cutting the cake because it looked so pretty and had many, many hours worth of time invested in making the flowers.  But it tasted good and everyone liked it, which matters most!


Here comes Mr. Gingerbread Man!

Another Christmas cake! This was a fun one to do and also in Buttercream! (of course! I haven't learned fondant yet!) Also learned a new flower to use and got the hang of smoothing out the frosting!


Learning how to make roses!

Here is my first cake where we learned how to make roses out of buttercream!  Not my favorite thing to do and I've had difficulty doing them, but practice makes perfect!


Cake #2

Here is my 2nd cake that was for a Christmas get-together!  It wasn't a class assignment, but just me having fun!  I think I did too many red stars around the tree, but hey, I am learning!  Also covered in buttercream!

First cake class!

This was my first cake I did in December 2009!   Learning how to do the stars!  This was a fun cake and tasted great!  Covered in buttercream icing!