I’ll be the first one to admit that my sculpting skills are not top notch. And I tell all my customers that when they ask me for a character cake. I did my best for the Frozen sisters, and I was pretty happy with the result. This is an 8″ vanilla cake with vanilla frosting covered in fondant. The sisters are sculpted in fondant and gumpaste.
I have had the pleasure of making Little Miss Esme’s Birthday cakes for each of her 4 birthdays! This year, her mom told me she wanted a cake with flowers, but most importantly, don’t leave off the bugs! I was more than happy to oblige.
Cakes are hard to work with in the summer. I don’t have a problem telling you that. If you chill the cake, it starts to sweat as soon as you take it out of the ice box. That is disasterous for fondant and a pain in the butt for buttercream. But, Summer Babies needs birthday cakes, too!
This is a vanilla cake filled with chocolate ganache and covered in vanilla frosting. The flowers and bugs are fondant.
As I have mentioned in the past, I have had the WORST luck with Spider-Man cakes, and it’s sort of been my White Whale in terms of design and execution. This was a last-minute order for a 10″ buttercream cake done in the style of our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.
It’s vanilla cake with vanilla buttercream, covered in light blue-tinted buttercream, piped with black colored buttercream, and topped with a fondant Spidey head. It’s simple and I was really happy with the way it came out. After looking at the pics, I wish I had done the web lines better.
What’s better than cupcakes or a cake? Cupcakes on TOP of a cake! This was a multi-technique cake that had me rolling fondant and piping out our favorite Sesame Street character’s faces!
It is red velvet cake, cream cheese frosting on the inside. It’s covered in light blue fondant and topped with vanilla cupcakes with vanilla frosting tinted in light blue. The Elmo and Big Bird on the sides of the cake are piped on via buttercream. The plastic Sesame Street faces on top of each cupcake are actually plastic rings that the kiddies can take home with them once they’re done with their cupcake treat!
Overall, a very enjoyable cake to put together!
Again, sorry for the less-than-perfect picture. I was setting up this cake in the middle of the party and I was doing my best to get out of the way. I was also using my smart phone instead of a real camara- something I’m trying to get out of the habit of doing.
I was asked to do a Frozen cake earlier this Spring. Unfortunately, I knew my skills were limited when it came to sculpting the characters. I was honest about that, and my customer decided to buy the character toppers herself and have me do the rest of the cake.
Since I had nothing to do with the character toppers, I feel like I should only show the cake I actually created. And, this is it!
It’s a black and white cake- alternating layers of vanilla and chocolate cake with alternating layers of vanilla and chocolate frosting. The trees surrounding the cake and the tree up top are made with white chocolate. The reindeer is fondant and the snowflakes are gumpaste cutouts on toothpicks. The cake is covered in fondant.
I was held up in BQE traffice and the party was in full swing by the time I got to the address. I snuck the cake in while the kiddies were eating their lunch, and I was told little Fallon thought Queen Elsa magically made the cake appear with magic!
My good friend and fellow chef, Oscar, is expecting twins! Oscar has ordered many cakes from me in the past, most of which are already featured on my site.
During his daughter’s 2nd birthday party, he wanted to make this happy announcement via confection and left it up to me to come up with a way. This is what I decided on. The only fondant on this cake is the two tiny “peas” in the pea pod. The cake is decorated in frosting and all the decorations are piped on with frosting, as well. The inside is chocolate cake with strawberry filling; something I like to call Chocolate Covered Strawberry. Of course, it was a hit!
I still have nightmares about the Spiderman cake that fell to pieces as I tried to stack a Spidey cutout on top of a sheet cake. I don’t use thick, dense pound cake. I use fluffy, moist, crumby cake that tastes delicious. And those kinds of cakes do not make good candidates for cut-outs.
I was a little apprehensive agreeing to make a cake shaped like a number “2”, but after some thought, I figured out a way to make this work. Adjusting some of my techniques, it was successful!
This is a butter cake with a strawberry filling, covered in vanilla frosting tinted in lavender. Princess Olivia was VERY happy! (So was I!)
Here’s another take on the blinged-up cupcakes I did for the same customer a few months ago. I call these Glam Cakes! These are cognac cupcakes with a cognac butter cream with a hint of orange and cocoa. If it’s not clear in the pics, those are supposed to be lipstick, watches, gold bracelet, and sunglasses (which, I admit, kind of look like Madonna’s bras circa 1989).
I was told they were a hit!
As simple as this cake design was, I had a really good time making it. A petite little thing at 8″, there is a level of care and perfection that can go into a small package like this!
It’s a strawberry shortcake; vanilla cake with strawberry filling and a touch of vanilla frosting. It’s enrobed in rose colored fondant amd accented with sugar pearls.
I tried to get artsy by taking this pic on a table of orchids, but you can see that it just looked distracting as the background. Next time, black background all the way!
I’m sure KELSIE would have loved her cake even more had I spelled her name correctly! YIKES! One of those nightmares a cake decorator has; messing up the birthday girl’s name! Luckily it was in fondant and easily repaired with a few minor adjustments.
The inside of this cake is banana cake and milk chocolate frosting, to give you that chocolate chip muffin effect. The outside is pink-tinted vanilla frosting. The Kitty and balloons are made of fondant and colored with food coloring and edible shimmer dust.
How many little girls can say that their awesome mom ordered not one, but TWO Queenie Cakes for their birthday? Well, Jasmine can! Both are ballet themed (obviously) with contrasting flavors. One is all vanilla inside and the other is all chocolate. Both are fondant covered. Both toppers are hand-made by yours truly, completely out of fondant. I wish I took better pics, but it was one of those situations where my ride was waiting and the cakes still weren’t boxed yet. My next project will definitely involve a light box for better cake pics!
Sometimes someone just needs a little something for the top. In this case, my customer is an avid baker, himself, and only needed a custom made fondant topper for the 8 inch cake he baked and frosted on his own. This topper is an 8″ yellow fondant disk, bordered with red fondant beads, and centered by that awesome Mickey Mouse silhouette. Everything was fondant and ready to slip right atop his homemade masterpiece!
I can never get enough of these “scene” styled cakes. This particular 8″ pina colada cake was for a tropical themed engagement party. The happy couple was island-bound for their honeymoon, so their friends decided to kick things off with a luau type get-together. Incidentally, this cake was ordered along with the “Booty Biscuits”.
Most of the picture is done with colored buttercream with only the palms, hammock, flip flops and hearts being made out of fondant. This cake always makes me smile!
Not every pastry I make has to have a millions pounds of decoration piled on top of it. First, and foremost, it has to taste good. And sometimes a well made cupcakes doesn’t need all the embellishments to make it fantastic! These were for a baby shower for a daddy-to-be of a set of twins! (Boy and girl!) How adorable is that? I opted to go with a more simple approach to the deco so that the yumminess of the cupcakes weren’t overshadowed and it didn’t make the babyshower too over-the-top feminine.
I like doing these cakes where the customer cares that the cakes tastes as good as it looks! That means less fondant. So, the inside is my famous black and white (alternating layers of chocolate cake and vanilla cake with chocolate and vanilla frosting). The outside is vanilla buttercream. The only fondant on this cake is the pink ribbons and polka dots. The white polka dots are piped frosting.
The occasion? Baby shower for an almost-here baby girl!
Have I mentioned how incredibly creative and fun my customers are?
Check out this awesome Reddit cake my friend Priscilla ordered for her friend! As if the cake wasn’t cute enough, check out the sparkler action it got at the karaoke joint when it was time to sing Happy Birthday!! In case you were wondering, the alien was sculpted out of fondant.
My craft beer group is lead by one of my dearest friends! Here’s another sampling of my Craft Beer Cupcakes: Death by Chocolate and Cookies n Cream. Both cakes are baked with Southern Tier’s Warlock Imperial Pumpkin Stout for that last hint of fall on the back palate.
The “S” stands for SUPER or STEVE! They’re little mini oreos with piped frosting. The mini beer mugs are made of fondant and topped with a frosting “head”.
Happy Birthday, Steve! Wishing you many more!
I love a customer who knows what she wants! This was a very fun order to fill using only gold, purple, and black with the M.A.C. theme! The flavors of these fashion-forward themed confections were Red Velvet and Death by Chocolate!
We, the un-coupled, tend to get a little blue during the middle of the month of February. Some genius came up with a great idea to combat that:
!!!Singles Appreciation Day!!!
And who doesn’t love a little humor and a little snark on this overly commercialized day of love? Order your Snarky Heart cupcakes today and celebrate on YOUR terms! The toppers are made of fondant and the lettering is piped with frosting. Do you need these to travel? How about a decorated sugar cookie instead? Get your snark in cookie form!
Thank you so much to my buddy Terry who fixed a pretty horrible picture and turned it into this pretty display you see below! Thank goodness someone is handy with a photo editing program. I’m usually lost!
What can be more fun than a Spy-Themed birthday? As much fun as it is coming up with various components, keeping in mind that this is a child’s birthday party, I decided weapons of any kind were inappropriate and unnecessary. This very lucky birthday boy, got two cakes for his special day! His mother ordered Death by Chocolate and Red Velvet with cream cheese frosting. The ONLY trace of fondant on these cakes was the “Top Secret” label on top of the Red Velvet cake. Everything else was done in frosting and hand piped. I love a challenge!
Wow! What a fantastic holiday season it’s been at Queenie Cakes this year. My awesome customers came out in full force to support the typhoon victims in the Philippines during Thanksgiving, and I had all sorts of new faces placing Christmas orders this year, along with my valued regulars. If that wasn’t moving enough, I also had a nice handful of business establishments all over the city ordering directly from me to handle their desserts for various private events!
My oven was fired up practically 24/7 and the festive scents of nutmeg, cinnamon, and peppermint still hang in the air in the Dungeon. I couldn’t have done this without my holiday helpers who not only take care of my supply run for me so I can stay in and bake, but who also assist with my deliveries during this crazy hectic time of the year. I love delivering myself so that I can meet and greet my various customers, but I can’t tear myself into several pieces when delivery times overlap. So, I am so thankful for the much-needed extra help.
Most of all, I am thankful for all my customers; new and loyal. Some of you guys have been ordering my cakes and desserts since I was still a stagier in culinary school. Some of you recently discovered me at someone else’s dessert table, and went out of your way to get in touch with me. (I appreciate all the positive references I’ve gotten from everyone!) And others just randomly found me on the internet and decided to give me a shot. Many of you re-tweeted my links, shared my menus, and handed out my business cards to all your friends and family, and I couldn’t be more overwhelmed with the enthusiastic response. I am humbled and honored that you let my confections grace your holiday tables, and I hope you’ll come back again for more!
I am thoroughly spent, and look forward to a long-awaited rest. Queenie Cakes needs to prepare for New Years!
Cheers, everyone! Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Festivus, or plain old Hump Day; I hope you had fun with friends and loved ones. I know I had a great time baking for each and every one of your holiday celebrations and I look forward to doing it again in the future!
Yes! I fooled many people with this cake. I had it on my desk at the day job while I finished writing the words. And several double-takes were taken! Another one of those cakes that make me feel like an accomplished cake momma!
So, this is a two-layer chocolate cake with a chocolate ganache frosting. I didn’t want to make it too high or it would ruin the effect. Just to be clear, I did flip that tie up so everyone could see that those buttons went all the way up to the top! It’s all in the details, baby!
On a more personal note, this cake (and the cupcakes that came along with it) was an honor to do today. It was for the retirement party of one of the day job’s higher-ups, but more importantly, one of Queenie Cakes’ most creative customers! I have baked many cakes for this man’s family: Gift Box & Roses, Prost! The Beer Cake, Gray Elephant Cookies, Let’s Go Yankees, and the Easter Eggs & Flowers . Not to mention all the cakes I didn’t have time to snap pics of. The cakes I have baked for them share lots of space on this blog and have shared plenty of space on his family’s tables. Thank you, John! I hope you enjoy your well-earned retirement!
Rainbow Brite could have used a little work, but my 80’s themed Dirty 30 Birthday Cake was a big hit. We’ve got three different cakes going on here. The bottom was a chocolate cake with a Nutella buttercream. The middle was strawberry short-cake, and the top tier was a rainbow assortment with some vanilla frosting in between.
A perfectly colorful, fun, eye-catching cake to go with an equally fun Birthday Girl!
Really, has anything BAD ever come to us from our friends across the Atlantic?
It was my pleasure and honor to be hired by this fantastic family to make Michael’s 50th Celebration Birthday Cake. What I love most about them is that the TASTE of the cake is just as important as the visual. Yes, you want your special cake to look wonderful, but your cake should TASTE good, too.
Fondant gives a cake the finished and smooth look that a lot of people want because they see it on television, but let’s be honest. It doesn’t taste very good, and because of that reality, the cakes I make for them has little to no fondant so that it will not interfere with the taste.
The cake you see here is two cakes in one. The crown is chocolate cake infused with Grand Marnier liquor, filled with chocolate Grand Marnier ganache and covered in fondant. The crown is made of gumpaste and painted in edible gold highlighter. The only part of this cake that isn’t edible is the toothpick holding up the fleur de lis. This is the most fondant you’ll ever see me use on one of their cakes.
The base cake is layers of chocolate and vanilla cake with Ghirardelli milk chocolate ganache as the filling. The outside is frosted with vanilla frosting. Only the flags and small gold beads are made of fondant, and can easily be removed before slicing and serving. This flags are painted (free-hand) with food color thinned out with a little lemon extract.
I absolutely love making cakes for this wonderful family! I cannot wait until their next creative function!
How does one do a tie-die cake and NOT make it look like a hot mess?
Besides all the colorful goings-on outside of this cake, the inside is vanilla cake with sprinkles baked throughout (aka Funfetti). BTW- that’s not an actual flavor. The flavor would be VANILLA and the sprinkles is more of a decoration. You don’t actually TASTE sprinkles. They’re little bits of colored sugar.
This is a 3-tier cake- 10″, 8″, and 6″. Each tier is enrobed in fondant. The bottom tier has fondant cutout flowers. The top two tiers are hand painted with food color to get that tie-dyed effect. The topper is made of fondant.
Not every cake goes off smoothly. Sometimes the weather works against me when I’m handling fondant and sometimes disasters happen en route to the location. Such was the case with this cake. It was one of the hottest days of the summer and the fondant was tearing and ripping. When I finally had the cake loaded and on its way to the venue, some jackass driver stopped short in front of me, causing the cake to slide forward, the bag to topple over, and all the layers on the “box” to shift, tearing the fondant. The delicate tropical flowers I spent hours sculpting the night before were either smashed or cracked. It took me nearly 3 hours to fix all the damage one hard brake caused, but my customer was incredibly understanding and patiently shifted around the party itinerary until I arrived.
The cakes are all red velvet and filled with cream cheese frosting. The box is made of chocolate fondant. The flowers are gumpaste. The bag is covered in fondant and gumpaste, and each of the GUCCI symbols are hand-painted with edible color gel. The “sand” is brown sugar.
I’m not a parent, so I’m not always up to speed on the latest and greatest kid cartoons that all the kiddies are living these days. I had to put a little research into Team Umizoomi, and was delighted to see how cute and colorful the characters were. As much as I wanted to go nuts on this cake, I had to keep the fondant down to a minimum at the request of the parent.
Behold: My first Team Umizoomi Cake
It’s really nice to just make a PRETTY cake every now and again. I started my cake career making gumpaste flowers and cake decor. As the cake trends moved away from that and more towards characters and the leaning towers of confections you see on television, the classic beauty of floral sugar craft is often overlooked.
This is a Nutella filled cake, covered in fondant and decorated in gumpaste flowers and butterflies. Despite the ridiculous humidity we’ve suffered this summer, it held up surprisingly well! And I was so happy to break out my old floral tools!
This was a lot of fun to do! My favorite little Park Slope Divas had their birthdays recently, and I got to make this “Cupcake Cake” for Emery’s 1st Birthday! Sometimes these little projects turn out to be some of my favorites when it’s all said and done.
This cupcake is actually a little larger than a 6″ cake in circumference, and stands about 6″ tall. It’s chocolate cake with chocolate filling. The bottom and sides have green fondant to simulate the cupcake paper, but the top is all pink frosting. It’s decorated with some fondant cutouts, and the sparkle you see is edible glitter.
What more can I Little Diva Fashionista ask for?
Not all my cakes have to be some carved, fondant-enrobed, gravity-defying sculpture. Sometimes the simplest designs are the best. This is an airplane-themed 8″ cake I designed for a 6-year-old who was getting ready to jet off to Cebu for vacation. The cake is covered in frosting, and the only trace of fondant on it is the airplane silhouette. Everything else is frosting, except for the candy stars along the top.
The cake is made of rich layers of red velvet and chocolate cake with a light ganache filling. It’s covered in cream cheese frosting, and decorated with vanilla and chocolate icing.
A Doctor Who order will never be denied. It took me two whole days to sculpt these babies, but I think they were worth it! All fondant with some toothpicks and lollipop sticks to hold some of them up.
I’ve already done a Pac Man themed cupcake display in the past, and you can check it out right Here. What I have today is one of my favorite Geek buddy’s birthday Pac Man and Ms. Pac Man cupcakes for him and his cousin. I had the pleasure of doing their dual birthday cake last year: Gem & Thunder Cats.
It’s an 80’s Gamer theme…How could I resist??? Happy Birthday, Tommy!
This is the first of its kind from my kitchen. Move over Yo Gabba Gabba, here come The Backyardigans!
The cake underneath is vanilla and red velvet. It’s covered in fondant and all the deco is done in fondant, as well. My personal favorite component of this cake is the wooden fence. It was a lot of fun creating this confection!
For some strange reason, I notice that a lot of my character sculpts look like beanie babies. My customers seem to like them and they do look really cute. Does anyone else notice that?
I have been itching to make Dr. Who cupcakes for YEARS! Personally, I’m a fan of the 10th Doctor, but these were in the theme of the 11th Doctor. Let me just say that I’ve made a few cakes / cupcakes for this particular family already, and they have been awesomely geek-themed. The Pac Man and Minecraft cupcakes were all for this family, and it was nothing less than a pleasure to do them!
I know my Tardis could have come out a little better than that. Dainty, tiny writing just isn’t my strong suit. Still, this has been the highlight of my year thus far as far as what’s come out of my Dungeon!
Harley Davidson, please forgive me!
This was a special request from an awesome friend for her husband’s birthday. Motorcycles have A LOT of little parts, and Harleys have a very distinct look to them. I did my best!
The cake was covered in frosting, and not fondant. I had some very cool looking flames piped and blended on the actual 1/4 sheet cake, but then I went ahead and laid the Harley down and covered up some of the very cool details I had. =( Poor planning on my part.
The Harley, itself, is made of individual fondant pieces that I cut out and colored. I was working off a very detailed pictured and placed each piece down on top of the cake one at a time.
Despite my own displeasure with some of the aspects of this cake, my friend and her awesomely cool honey loved it!
So, this is my latest and greatest this week. I’ve tried out a new technique that SHOULD (for all intents and purposes) replicate a sorta cheetah pattern INSIDE the cake itself once it’s cut. My Birthday girl has yet to take her cake home and cut it yet, so I don’t know whether or not it worked. I’m hoping she sends me a picture so I can update this post tomorrow morning.
This is a 10″ square two-layer cake with chocolate frosting on the inside. The cake is interlaced with chocolate and caramel cake to replicate a cheetah pattern on the inside of the vanilla cake layers. It’s enrobed in chocolate fondant. The Louis Vuitton symbol as well as the mini LV bag is also made of the same chocolate fondant and vanilla fondant. They are embellished with edible gold dust.
It was a true pleasure making this cake!
Okay, maybe some of my Muppets resemble the Moopets a little better, but I’ve been itching to make these for a while, and I’m always up for a challenge!
These are primarily chocolate, vanilla, and chocolate chip cupcakes with vanilla or chocolate frosting and some with cannoli filling.
All the Muppets are sculpted out of fondant and colored or “painted” with edible food gel. There are no toothpicks or wires. Everything is 100% edible!
And if you know the lyrics to the rest of the song, it just makes you all the more awesome!
Can I say that this was one of my proudest moments as a cake momma? Well, it was.
That Eiffel Tower is made of Royal Icing, and it broke in three different places during transport. I had some extra royal icing in a piping bag, but despite my best efforts, I could not glue those pieces back together to get the tower to be stable. My partner stepped in and constructed a little stabilizer made of white cardboard. (Thank you, Joel!) And voila!!!
The first striped tier is 10″ and is Death By Chocolate.
The second damask layer is red velvet. That damask pattern in stenciled on with royal icing.
And, last but certainly not least, is the royal icing Eiffel Tower.
One of my PROUDEST moments EVER as a cake decorator. I want to give some proper credit to Sugar Duchess for her FANTASTIC tutorial on the Royal Icing Eiffel Tower. It was one of the best tutorials I have ever found to date! Check out her site for more exciting stuff!
Admittedly, firetrucks are not my forte.
This is a cake frosted entirely in buttercream! That’s right, folks. The only fondant on this cake are the stripes, polka dots, and the topper.
The layers are as follows:
12″ Tier: Hazelnut cake w/ Nutella Buttercream
8″ Tier: Vanilla Cake w/ Strawberry filling6″ Tier: Vanilla Cake w/ Chocolate Pudding filling
My contribution to the whole baby butt cake theme. The tiers are as follows:
Bottom: 14″ Dulce de Leche
Middle: 12″ Vanilla Cake w/ Cookies and Cream Filling
Top: German Chocolate Cake w/ coconut pecan caramel frosting
The baby butt was Dulce de Leche
I have a new techniques going on here. The bottom tier is the newest. That’s a damask stencil of pink frosting over the fondant covered cake. I was very happy with the method of stenciling. It was a very stunning reveal.
I absolutely love the more socially embraced trend of celebrating baby showers with the Daddy’s. It’s a new world we’re living in, and men should get almost half the credit for a little one on the way.
So, the challenge was a New York Mets themed baby shower cake for the Daddy for a baby whose gender is going to be a surprise.
The hat is cake, and the cake is only covered in fondant on the top. The rest of just good old buttercream! The flavor was red velvet with cream cheese frosting.