In an attempt to cut back on fondant-covered childrens cakes, I was tasked to come up with a Peppa Pig concept that covered the cake in buttercream, but still delivering on eye-popping, kid-friendly colors. When decorating with pigs, it’s hard to get that “pig in mud” theme going without making the cake look…..sloppy. Peppa Pig and her family love mud! I didn’t necessarily want to cover this cake in chocolate because too much chocolate/pigs/mud can easily start making the cake look too…sloppy. Overall, I’m VERY happy with the way this came out! Aside from the Peppa Pig family, the flowers, the mini cake, and the little pool of chocolate fondant they are sitting in, the cake is covered in buttercream!
I was told that little Kelsie was very happy with her cake, and everyone loved the chocolate and vanilla goodness waiting for them inside as they cut into it. Happy people all around!
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!
One of my oldest friends in the world (I’ve known her since JHS days…back when we called it Junior High and not Middle School) asked me to make her little guy’s FIRST BIRTHDAY cake!!! What an honor!!
The inspiration was Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star. This is a yellow cake filled with a light chocolate buttercream and covered in the thinnest navy blue fondant I could manage. The clouds are piped vanilla frosting. The stars are fondant/gumpaste cutouts. It’s an 8″ cake topped with a 6″ topper.
The topper was supposed to be little Gabe’s smash cake, but once the fondant was peeled back, his clothing protected and the naked cake set in front of him, the little guy just wasn’t happy about getting his hands dirty. (I feel your pain, little man!)
I can’t gush how happy it makes me to be part of any child’s first birthday celebration, but it’s especially heart warming when it’s one of my own friends. Happy Birthday, Gabriel!
Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
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!
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.
A better view of the little blossoms.
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.
Happy 4th Birthday, Esme!
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.
I do like making little fondant flowers for cupcakes! These are dulce de leche flavored cupcakes with dulce de leche butter cream. The flowers are made with fondant.
These have a little “Mima 72” in fondant hearts to celebrate the birthday girl.
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?
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!)
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.
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.
Somewhat gender-neutral, but still cute and simple!
Double Hearts for the soon-to-arrive double bundle of joy!
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!
Who wouldn’t love to get a gift like this?
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!
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!
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
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.
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 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!
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.
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 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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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! =)
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
I love it when my two worlds collide!! Behold, the Beer Mug Cake!
This is a stack of 6″ round cakes covered in fondant and marshmallow fluff (for the foam) on top of a half sheet cake. The flavor: Irish car Bomb. This is a chocolate Guinness Cake with a Bailey’s flavored buttercream. I did not drench it in Jameson’s as there were kids at this party.
The sheet cake is covered in fondant and hand painted with food color to achieve that wood feel.
My friend not only asked me to make her daughter Esme’s First Birthday Cake for her big party on the farm, but she also asked me to make her “Official” first birthday cake for her actual birthday! How awesome is that?
Angel Food Cake w/ Vanilla Whipped Icing (Cupcake in the middle is a less sweet version of this cake...for the baby's sensitive tummy!)
The barn is carrot cake w/ cream cheese frosting. The sheet cake is vanilla and chocolate cake layered with vanilla and chocolate frosting.
So, there I was at the farm, snapping away with my Cannon Rebel, admiring my friend’s husband’s equally cool Cannon Camera. When I went to grab the pictures I took, imagine my disappointment when I realized that I forgot to put the memory card back in there. Figures. I’ll update this post with the pics my friend took as soon as I get them!
UPDATED…with better pictures!
How's that for cuteness?
I think kids these days have such amazing options for cakes. Check out my Wonder Pets Cake!
Everything from the bottom tier to the red ship is all made out of cake! The Wonder Pets themselves are sculpted out of fondant. The inside is vanilla butter cake with Nutella hazelnut buttercream.
Everything but that wooden dowel is edible!
Those little white clouds along the second tier are piped buttercream.
The little red ship is also made out of cake!
All the little Wonder Pets are sculpted by hand out of fondant.
Instead of flowers, send one of these!! Those are seven jumbo cupcakes up top, and a cake filled pot at the bottom (lined with tissue paper, of course.)
This is the first of a series of Bouquets that I’ll be making. They seem to be popular with the test group I tried them out on, and with a few tweaks, I don’t doubt that they will become a best seller! This particular bouquet is $35. I can probably make different sizes (smaller or bigger), but this will be the standard size for now.
Cupcake Bouquet- $35
7 Jumbo Cupcakes up top, and Cake-filled pot below
They can be made in different sizes, but this is my standard size now.
Boy, these little guys are popular!
Buttercream cake topped with Yo Gabba Gabba figured shaped out of fondant.
I love the colors on this cake!