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.
This is me in action, setting up the cake!
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.
Cannoli filled cake covered in fondant for a sweet groom’s shower the people at work threw for an awesome colleague!
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.
These are all the figures side by side. They couldn’t travel on top of the cupcakes because they were too top-heavy to keep stable in a moving vehicle.
Here are some of the little guys in action!
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?
Who wouldn’t want to celebrate their 1st Birthday to a cake like 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!
Happy 18th Birthday! Now who’s ready for some wibbly wobbly timey wimey cupcakes???
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!
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!
The whole crew!
It’s time to play the music…
It’s time to light the lights…
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!
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.
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
I kinda wish I cleared the table of my junk mail before snapping this picture, but time was not on my side.
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.
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.
Just a little sampling of some of the Xmas cupcakes going out this season!
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!! =)
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!!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
This was taken with an iPhone by my friend. From what I was told, the cake got rave reviews from the birthday boy!
Don’t all little girls love playing Princess? I’m a big Disney franchise fan. I grew up on the stuff, and I’m digging the direction they’re going with more independent, stronger Princesses. (I still love the classics, though!) Without further ado, my first Disney Princess cake for a very royal 4 year old!
This seemed to be the sharper of the two pictures. The only thing non-edible on this cake (in case you were wondering) are the princess figures on top and the tiara.
Even though the first picture was sharper, this had the better color.
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!
Should I call this Cake 2 of my Federal Building Series?
My favorite little toddler friend just turned 2!! This is vanilla cake with chocolate pudding filling and covered in vanilla buttercream.
Half sheet cake covered in colorful polka dots and topped off with our favorite little monster friends!
What little girl wouldn’t love her very first Minnie Mouse Cake?
The innards are chocolate hazelnut with Nutella buttercream. The outside is fondant.
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.
The cake in it’s full glitz and glory!
The King of Pop’s Silhouette.
Movie Reel Close-Up
Another Movie Reel Close-Up
Old time movie projector
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!
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.
This cake is all buttercream with fondant embellishment. It’s in the theme of Abby Cadabby from Seasame Street. You’re looking at a 12″ tier, a 10″ tier, and a 6″ topper tier. The bow and ribbon as well as the cut outs are made of fondant. The cake is covered in buttercream. Not bad in the dead heat of summer!
Happy First Birthday, Jennifer!!!
The cake pre-topper.
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.
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!
A little close-up action of the mini-cakes on top!
Queens is in the HOUSE! (Ok, well, maybe it’s just me in the house, but whatever.)
Gotta love a girl who loves her team!
So, the inside of this cake was pina colada, and it’s ALL cake in there- no inedible bits, if you catch my drift.
Pardon the uneven boobies. One shifted during transport. This was taken by my camera phone; hence the graininess.
I’m going to let this stunning cake speak for itself!
Fondant covered red velvet cake. Gumpaste roses and flowers with a band of black fondant along the bottom with hand-piped scrolls.
My buddy Anwar comes up with the MOST creative ideas for cakes. He is responsible for the Ghostbusters Cake and for “Birthday Meme; Why U No Happy“. Nothing’s better than a customer who knows exactly what he wants, and is completely out of the box. Pop culture is really one of my top subject matters when it comes to cake. And the recipient is always very happy and sincerely surprised when they get their special confection.
Without further ado, I present to you all: The Buddy Christ
I was supposed to make the figure out of cake or rice crispy treats, however, the cake was much too soft to hold any form, and the rice crispy treats kept sliding down the dowels after the fondant was applied. There has to be a better way, I know.
I went with full-on solid fondant with a wooden down going down the middle and a lighter lollipop stick going across to keep his arms up. However, with time and humidity, as well as the weight of the fondant, his arms were threatening to fall down, as well. Sculpting fondant figures is certainly NOT an easy feet, and now I know why other decorators charge so much for them. Lesson learned.
The round cake beneath is a cannoli and chocolate cake with chocolate frosting.
Any Dogma fans out there? Then you know who this is!
Here’s a very Zen theme from the Orient. The instructions were black and white with a touch of blue to go with the Panda theme!
Panda Bear Baby Shower
Here’s another example as a small pillow cake, but this time with a loveable pooch on top!
This is a vanilla and chocolate cake with cannoli filling, covered with fondant. Max is made of fondant and molding chocolate.
Not every cake has to be some fondant-heavy, shaped and sculpted object of confectionery architecture. How’s this as a nice little birthday surprise for mom from her hubby and little one’s? This is a red velvet cake covered in cream cheese frosting and decorated with buttercream music notes, hot pink dragees, clear sanding sugar, and a pretty fondant silhouette to honor mom’s love of dancing! A very fun cake that I was really happy making!
They’re playing my song!
Yes, it’s made of cake. And it’s sitting on top of an 8″ round cake. Since the customer was on a budget, I scaled back the usual fondant covered extravaganza so I could accommodate her price range. I think it still came out really cute, and the purse is all edible.
Don’t you just miss traditional buttercream wedding cakes? I know I do! Here’s a very sweet and understated 3-teir cake for the beautiful bride Toni and her husband Gary. It’s a mocha cake with mocha buttercream filling covered in an almond white buttercream, decorated with cornelli lace and fresh tulips.
Buttercream Wedding Cake w/ Cornelli Lace
And here is that awesome moment when they cut the cake! I love this part! =)
Mini marshmallow flowers atop mini cupcakes! Perfect for mini tea parties!
Who says cake need only be served in cupcake form or layered between frosting? These are some cake cups I made for my office’s holiday party. I wanted to bring something new to the table.
The red and white combination is red velvet cake with orange zest infused vanilla pastry cream. There is a shot of Grand Marnier at the bottom, which is soaked up nicely by the red velvet cake.
The chocolate combination is espresso chocolate cake and Kahlua mousse. There is a mixed shot of Godiva dark chocolate liquor and Kahlua soaked into the cake.
Birthday: Why You No Happy?!?!?!
I really love my creative customers! Internet Memes can be hilarious. I’ve never been asked to incorporate this one on a birthday cake before. I assure you, the birthday boy was QUITE happy!! (I drew that bad boy free-hand!)
What’s more fun than a birthday at a biergarten??? BOOZY CUPCAKES, of course!
These babies were done with love for the fearless organizer of my Craft Beer Meetup Group, Steve! If you love a good time and craft beer, check out the group! In the meantime, check out his cupcakes.
Light it up!!!
Another satisfied customer
My cousin-in-law has been wanting a make-up cake since he and my cousin were married nearly 2 and a half years ago. The top tier of their wedding cake (the one people save and freeze for their 1st anniversary) was jacked and eaten by relatives and it was a sore point with this awesome couple. Since they have gone on their annual anniversary vacation the last couple of years, I’ve had a hard time making them their make-up cake.
Bryan ordered this cake weeks and weeks ago! He wanted to surprise my cousin Lauren in a way she wouldn’t expect. Vday was perfect! I hoped they enjoyed it!!
The inside is vanilla cake and orange infused cannoli filling with mini chocolate chips. The outside is white vanilla frosting, decorated with lilac & silver dragees and clear sanding sugar up top.
Sugar and Ice
Bird's Eye View
What kind of cake do you make for an 11 year old, aspiring fashionista? A SHOE cake, of course!
The shoe is made of gumpaste. There is a skewer going through the heel to keep it in place on top of the cake. It is embellished with edible glitter. If you are attempting this at home, please be sure you get cake decorating glitter and NOT glitter out of the craft section of your local craft store. They are not the same thing.
The shoebox is all cake. Vanilla cake filled with chocolate mouse, covered in fondant. My first of many more shoes to come!!
I think this speaks for itself. It’s flavored: Irish Car Bomb. (Chocolate Guinness cake w/ Bailey’s Irish Cream Frosting)
This cake measures approximately 6″.
This is just to demonstrate the size of the cake.
A special order a little out of my norm, but still enjoyable- as always!
Inside is red velvet cake, cream cheese frosting and a nice shot of Frangelico. It’s coated in pink candy coating and decorated with sugar hearts, a red hot, and painted with food color.