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The Great Safari Adventure

2 Mar

Cupcakes, cake pops, and a two-tier cake, OH MY! What a tall order! Luckily, it went well and the party was a hit!

The animal print cake pops are red velvet, chocolate, lemon, and carrot cake. The are dipped in chocolate and designed in leopard, tiger, zebra, and cheetah.

The cupcakes are vanilla and chocolate. They are also designed in leopard, tiger, zebra, and cheetah.

This two-tier ruffle cake in red velvet filled with chocolate ganache and covered in cream cheese buttercream. The animals adorning the cake are toys, and not fondant or gumpaste.

I’ll let these beautiful pics speak for themselves!

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Giraffe Cake

20 Feb

How much cuter can a cake get?!?! I know when I sculpt ANY animal, it almost always ends up looking like a beanie baby rather than the actual animal. I’ve come to embrace that and love it! This is a chocolate cake with Bailey buttercream. It’s covered in fondant to resemble a giraffe’s pattern and it’s topped with a little fondant giraffe. CUTE!!

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Gucci Purse Cake

19 Feb

I’ve done a few of these, and this shape has been the most sturdy thus far. It’s red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting entirely covered in fondant. All the embellishments are also done in fondant. The pattern is painted with edible gold dust and a touch of vodka. This cake was big enough for about 10 people.

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The Henna Cake

18 Feb

This was certainly one of more creative cakes I’ve been charged to create. It was for a Moroccan themed bridal shower…complete with large, colorful silk pillows on the floor, beautiful fabric everywhere, and generally luscious decor! (I didn’t actually attend the party. My eyes just took everything in when I dropped off the cake.) Trust me, it was gorgeous!! It was an honor to make this cake! It’s vanilla cake with cannolli filling. It’s covered in a terracotta colored fondant and hand painted with tinted buttercream and edible gold dust. I wish I could decorate like this every day!

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Happy Birthday, Gabezilla

17 Feb

What’s more fun than making a “Godzilla” themed cake for a one-year-old? My buddy’s little guy was turning one, and they love to call him Gabezilla. This cake was my friend’s idea. A cute godzilla-like creature playing with his toys in the middle of NYC.

This was a 12″ chocolate cake with buttercream filling and frosting. It’s covered minimally in fondant; meaning only the decor you see in fondant is what’s covering the cake. A lot of the frosting is still peeking through. Gabezilla is sculpted in rice crispy treats, as are the buildings. The cars, mini robot and mini Godzilla are sculpted in fondant.

I was later told that the cake was “too cute to eat”. But…but…it’s ALL edible!!! That’s the best part!

 

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A side aerial view of the carnage!

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The other side aerial view of the carnage!

 

Bubble Guppies Cake

12 Dec

I hate to admit that I had no clue who the heck the Bubble Guppies where when I  first was asked to make this cake. It turns out to be one of my most colorful, most visually stimulating  cake I’ve ever had th pleasure of making! The 12″ bottom tier is vanilla cake and chocolate mousse. The 10″ top tier is vanilla cake with strawberry filling. It’s all covered in fondant and decorated with fondant starfish and buttercream bubbles and coral. The actual characters are bought. (Bath toys!) But the scrolls with “Happy Birthday” is made of white chocolate with piped frosting.

I LOVE the pics of this cake!

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The Hookah Cake

11 Dec

First, let me apologize for a horrible picture!! But, this cake really came out to be very realistic. The bottom vase of this “hookah pipe” is ALL CAKE! It starts with a few layers of 8″ round vanilla cake topped with a dome of vanilla cake. The “pipe” is  a large wooden dowel covered in fondant and painted in silver luster dust. The plate up top is made of gumpaste and also painted with silver luster dust. The hose (?) – you know, that thingy you smoke out of- well, that’s fondant! I was VERY nervous construction this cake because anyone knows that tall, vertical structures need a lot of TLC, stable inner structure, and a lot of balancing, securing, and lots and lots of prayers to the Cake Gods that it doesn’t come apart before you drop it off safely. Definitely a challenge, but worth it in the end. The designs around the base is painted on with gold luster dust. The gold beads are fondant also painted with gold luster dust. There was a lot of luster and dusting going on with this cake!

I know, I know. A horrible pic, but a gorgeous cake!

I know, I know. A horrible pic, but a gorgeous cake!

Animal Prints

10 Dec

What’s a fun cake for a girl’s night out or your bestie’s birthday? A little zebra and cheetah print, of course! These cakes are covered in fondant. The zebra layer has fondant stripes. The cheetah layer has had its spots painted on with a little food color. The bow is black gumpaste! How can you not smile when you see this coming your way?

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Just a little close up as I was boxing it up.

Just a little close up as I was boxing it up.

Mini Peony Tier

4 Dec

This is, by far, the cutest cake I’ve ever had the pleasure of making. That’s a 6″ base topped with a little 4″ topper. It’s hazelnut cake with Nutella buttercream. It’s covered in fondant. The peonies on the top of the cake and at the base are made of gumpaste. The smaller blossoms along the side are fondant. The cake is brushed with pearl dust for a little shimmer.

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A better view of the little blossoms.

A better view of the little blossoms.

Alice in Wonderland Cake

3 Dec

Down the Rabbit Hole we go! What a fun cake this was to make! I love that they took it away from the more popular Disney themed Alice cakes and went off a beautiful, new color palette.  This is a 12″ tier topped with a 10″ tier, both covered and decorated in fondant. The cupcakes surrounding the cake are all red velvet topped with cream cheese frosting. All in all, I think they did a beautiful job with the party decor and the cake setup! It was a feast for the eyes!

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Olaf – Frozen

2 Dec

Can you guess the them of the year? =) This multi-tiered cake spotlights are favorite summer-loving snowman! Again, I’m not too thrilled with my people-sculpting skills so we opted to go with the character toppers instead. However, Olaf is made out of fondant. This is a 12′ round cake topped with a 10″ cake. Both tiers are covered in fondant.

 

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Gabe’s Baptism Cake

6 Nov

I made a baptism cake for one of my oldest and dearest friends for her son Gabe’s baptism. Covered in fondant and topped with gumpaste ribbons and flowers, the sides are adorned with piped frosting swirls for a simple and elegant design that everyone seemed really happy to dig into! The inside: Death By Chocolate cake filled and frosted with sinfully decadant chocolate ganache. Fitting for a most holy celebration!

 

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Elsa & Anna – Frozen

23 Oct

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.

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TMNT – Girl Power Pizza Party

17 Jul

It’s kind of cool to get asked to make a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle cake. It’s even COOLER to get asked to make that cake a little more girly for a 3 year old TMNT fan! How awesome is that?

This is an 8″ strawberry shortcake covered in fondant and decorated with fondant figures.

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Seasame Street Cupcake Tower Cake

10 Jun

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.

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Left side view

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Front view

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Right side view

Frozen Cake

9 Jun

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!

"Let It Go!"

“Let It Go!”

Two Peas in a Pod

3 Jun

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!

What better way to announce that there are TWO little bundles of joy on the way?

What better way to announce that there are TWO little bundles of joy on the way?

Happy 2nd Birthday, Princess Olivia

2 Jun

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!)

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Jolie’s First Communion

29 May

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 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 think these 8" cakes are my new favorite cakes to make!

I think these 8″ cakes are my new favorite cakes to make!

 

Hello Kitty Birthday

22 Apr

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.

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Happy Birthday, Tiny Dancer

19 Apr

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!

 

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Mickey Mouse Topper

6 Apr

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!

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Kick Back Island Style

5 Apr

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!

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Unwrap the Goodness

23 Mar

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!

 

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Who wouldn’t love to get a gift like this?

 

A Very Reddit Birthday

10 Mar

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.

 

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I Spy

6 Jan

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!

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Shirt Cake–WAIT! That’s a CAKE?!

17 Dec

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!

 

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Rainbow Brite Meets the Dirty Thirty

1 Oct

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!

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The British Invasion

29 Sep

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!

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Hippy Birthday

20 Aug

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.

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GUCCI Handbag in the Tropics

13 Aug

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.

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This is me in action, setting up the cake!

This is me in action, setting up the cake!

Butterflies & Flowers

22 Jul

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!
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Little Diva Birthday Cupcake

27 Jun

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?

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Flaming Harley

12 May

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!

 

Harley Davidson, please forgive me!

Harley Davidson, please forgive me!

Designer Diva Birthday a la Louis Vuitton

1 May

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!

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The Muppets

16 Apr

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!

The whole crew!

The whole crew!

It's time to play the music...

It’s time to play the music…

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It’s time to light the lights…

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It’s time to meet the Muppets on the Muppet Show tonight!

And if you know the lyrics to the rest of the song, it just makes you all the more awesome!

Boobs! (NSFW)

25 Mar

Um…so….This is a cake of the female torso.

Seriously, what more can I say about this? It’s all edible. And the flavor is my famous Irish Car Bomb- Guiness Chocolate Cake w/ Jamesons and Bailey’s Buttercream.

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Ooh La La – The Eiffel Tower Parisian Cake

12 Mar

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!

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Baby Butt!

7 Mar

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.

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The Happiest Cake in the World

27 Feb

I don’t know Josh personally, but I hope the “Happy” cake that was ordered for him made him smile on his special day!

The inside is Pink Velvet cake (vanilla cake mixed with red velvet cake), and raspberry filling. The outside is colored frosting and fondant decoration.

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Butt, Of Course!

11 Dec

It’s a butt. It’s a cake. It’s a cake that looks like a butt!!!! Yes, I had a lot of room to make this look more…um….realistic, but there are just certain lines that I don’t believe cake should cross….EVER! I was told by one of my co-workers that a gaudy g-string may have be in order to distinguish my butt cake from being mistaken for boobies from afar.

In any case, that’s the Irish Car Bomb flavor under all that skin- Guiness Chocolate Cake, soaked in Jameson’s and Bailey’s, with a Bailey’s buttercream frosting. The skin is peach colored fondant and the tats are nothing more than food color. The lips, are not mine, by the way. I have some very lovely stamps that I purchased in the scrapbook aisle of my local craft store. (40% off, of course!) I gave it the “lips” texture by going over it with a little more color with a paintbrush.

I know we’re all adults here, but what is it about a Butt Cake that doesn’t make us all giggle?

It's a BUTT!! =)

It’s a BUTT!! =)

Thank You for the Music 2

15 Nov

Who doesn’t love a good old fashioned electric guitar cake? Besides the toothpicks and the strings, this baby is ALL edible! And they loved it!!

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Not much I have to say about this cake, other than it took about 6 hours, and I’m really happy how it came out!

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A Bird’s Eye View

 

I don’t usually put up the “after” pictures but I really love it when people enjoy what I do!

 

Thank You For the Music

14 Nov

This was my attempt at a trombone cake. I decided to try and sculpt one out of gum paste, paint it with some gold liquor, and prop it on a box so the bell of the trombone wouldn’t be smashed by laying it flat on the cake. Well, this is the finished product.

My favorite part of this cake are the tiny little notes all around.

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Hey, Mr. DJ!!!

31 Aug

This was supposed to be a “small” cake for a friend’s brother’s belated birthday. I do a lot of small 6″ cakes for various occasions, but once you give me a theme, it’s really hard for me to stay within the lines, so to speak.

This is a fairly modest 2 layer 10″ square cake shaped like an old school DJ turntable. I didn’t go all out on details because it was supposed to be a “small” cake, but I thought it came out pretty solid!

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Well, blame the old camera phone for this horrible picture. I thought it looked on on the screen. By the time I downloaded it to my actual laptop, I saw how horrifically inadequate the quality was. That’s what I get for being too lazy to grab a real camera. This monstrosity of a picture is what was left after I was done tinkering with it on my photo edit program.

 

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This was taken with an iPhone by my friend. From what I was told, the cake got rave reviews from the birthday boy!

 

Jacob K. Javits Federal Building – 26 Federal Plaza

31 Jul

This is what my day-job looks like from outside. A co-worker recently threw a going away party for one of his close colleagues. I wasn’t able to attend the 75-cupcakes spread because I was on my way to DC, but I did manage to snap some shots of this cake I made for the celebrant to take home with him, along with all our well-wishes.

Not only did I lug this cake into work, but I also toted in the 75 cupcakes….all this BEFORE boarding my ride to DC! I know, I know…I have super powers. Shhh….don’t tell anyone!

26 Federal Plaza

Should I call this Cake 2 of my Federal Building Series?

Minnie Mouse Cake

19 Jul

What little girl wouldn’t love her very first Minnie Mouse Cake?

The innards are chocolate hazelnut with Nutella buttercream. The outside is fondant.

Minnie Mouse Cake - Queenie Cakes by ChefQueenie

Minnie Mouse Cake closeup - Queenie Cakes by ChefQueenie

Hollywood Mike

18 Jul

I decided to call this cake Hollywood Mike because of the young lady’s love of Hollywood Glam as well has her desire to give a nod towards the former King of Pop. It was indeed a cake that utilized many different fondant and gum paste techniques which was extremely enjoyable!

I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.

Hollywood Mike

The cake in it’s full glitz and glory!

Hollywood Mike Pre Topper

Hollywood Mike Silhouette

The King of Pop’s Silhouette.

Hollywood Mike Sideview

Sideview

Hollywood Mike- Movie Reel

Movie Reel Close-Up

Hollywood Mike - Movie Reel

Another Movie Reel Close-Up

Hollywood Mike- Movie Projector

Old time movie projector

Good Luck Bouquet

3 Jul

Sometimes you can take something simple and make it unforgettable. This is a vanilla and chocolate combination cake on the inside covered with vanilla buttercream, and covered in fondant blossoms, dusted in pink and pearl petal dust.

I really need to work on my food photography. As it is, I snapped this pic while it was in the box, on the way to the customer.

 

Have I mentioned how much I love piping my scrolls in dramatically contrasting colors? And I really dig the little pops of colors the mini blossoms bring to the party against the dark chocolate scrolls.

 

Just a different angle.

 

If I haven’t already mentioned it, I really love this cake!

Court Is Now In Session

28 Jun

You all know about my day job, right?

Well, the new Buffalo Courthouse was just dedicated recently, and there was a regional ceremony here in NYC. My regional director asked me to make the cake!! The had asked for a picture of the courthouse on the cake, and I imagined one of those horrible Baskin Robbin ice cream cake with some badly enlarged and pixellated photo with smeared food-color-ink. No one was able to give me a clear picture, so I opted to do my own thing.

Let me set this up for you. It was like 100 degrees with 99% humidity in my Dungeon. This is not fondant-friendly weather! And the fondant misbehaved like a cranky child in need of a nap.

The innards of the cake is alternating layers of vanilla and chocolate sponge cake filled with vanilla custard. I do believe they liked it!

Cake for the day job, celebrating the completion of the Buffalo Courthouse.

Maybe this is a better pic.

Dual-Themed: Jem & Thundercats

1 Jun

Wait, what?!?!?! An 80’s cake? With 80’s cartoons??? On the same cake???

Have I died and gone to heaven?

My first initial thought was, “Oh, how cool!!” Then I realized it would only be feeding about 15-20 people so a huge cake wouldn’t be necessary. One would think making a smaller cake is easier, but remember that the cake is my canvas, so giving me a smaller canvas to work on means having less space to decorate. With that being said, how do I get Jem AND the Thundercats all on the same cake without making it look like a clash that never should have been?

I guess, like this:

This is a quarter sheet cake with mini-chocolate chips along the sides. It’s death by chocolate: chocolate cake, chocolate frosting, and mini-chocolate chips.

Jem & Thundercats

Trying to fit 2 huge 80’s icons on 1 small cake is no easy task, but the customer is always right…..most of the time!

Jem & Thundercats

A little close-up action of the mini-cakes on top!

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