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Un-BEAR-ably Cute

14 Oct

How could I resist. So, the request from the customer was royal blue and gold for her Teddy Bear themed baby shower. The cake is 14″ red velvet and frosting covered. The only fondant on that is the “pillow” up top which is chocolate cake covered in fondant and gold teddy bear cutouts and the actually teddy sitting on top of the pillow. It was my hope to make a teddy bear out of cake, but the humidity in NY that weekend was killing my cake sculpture and the fondant around it. Unlike other bakers, I want my cake to taste good, so I use an awesome recipe which was just too soft and moist to hold up against the weather and the shape. A real chef will always choose TASTE over aesthetics. That’s what I truly believe.

The cupcakes are chocolate and vanilla with fondant teddy bear cutouts. The gold cutouts are brushed with gold dust.

The cake pops are also chocolate and vanilla. There was a royal blue one that I neglected to take a picture of. But, because I don’t make gold chocolate (the dust will only get everywhere and taste not-so-great) the customer opted for yellow, which I thought made a much cuter cake pop.

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Princess in a Ballarina Dress

19 Jun

Is it a cake or a dress??? I can’t even begin to express how excited I was to make this cake. It was actually inspired by this tutorial. My customer saw this pic, and after some very minor changes, we agreed that it was perfect for her Princess themed baby shower. My cake is a 10″ cake topped with an 8″ cake. (The original is an 8″ cake topped with a 6″ cake.) The inside flavors are vanilla cake with cannolli filling. This is New York; where any native NY baker is expected to produce a delicious, authentic cannolli filling! It’s one of my best-loved flavors, to be honest. The entire cake is covered in white fondant; the top with quilting and pale pink pearls. Each ruffle on the bottom tier is individually cut out, shaped and attached with a dab of white chocolate. One of the most enjoyable cakes I’ve ever had the pleasure of making!

Thank you to Lacey Jakes Cakes for writing such a wonderfully detailed, and easy-to-follow tutorial!

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Jake & the Neverland Pirates Cake

18 Jun

I pretty much made this cake according to a picture the customer had. I admit I had to look around for the toppers because they were not readily available at the local party stores, but I couldn’t be happier with the way the cake came out! I’d really love to get more pirate cake orders! This is an 8″ chocolate cake with cookies n cream filling covered in fondant. Hook and Jake are plastic cake toppers. Everything else is done in fondant and the “sand” is brown sugar.

 

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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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Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star

8 Jan

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!

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Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star

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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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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Bees and Ladybugs

14 Jul

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!

Happy 4th Birthday, Esme!

Spidey Cake

12 Jun

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.

 

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Spring Flowers Cupcakes

11 Jun

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.

These have a little “Mima 72” in fondant hearts to celebrate the birthday girl.

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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!

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“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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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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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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Cupcake Cuteness

27 Mar

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!

Somewhat gender-neutral, but still cute and simple!

 

Double Hearts for the soon-to-arrive double bundle of joy!

Double Hearts for the soon-to-arrive double bundle of joy!

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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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!

Team Umizoomi

12 Aug

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

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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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“He’s Leeeeaaaving on a Jet Plane…”

26 Jun

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.

 

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Tuxedo Grooms Cake

25 Jun

 

 

Cannoli filled cake covered in fondant for a sweet groom’s shower the people at work threw for an awesome colleague!

Congrats, John!!

 

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EXTERMINATE THE CAKE…and get cupcakes!

6 Jun

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.

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!

Here are some of the little guys in action!

 

80’s Babies: Pac Man & Ms. Pac Man

27 May

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!

 

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The Backyardigans

20 May

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?

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Who wouldn't want to celebrate their 1st Birthday to a cake like that?

Who wouldn’t want to celebrate their 1st Birthday to a cake like that?

Timey Wimey Dr. Who Cupcakes

13 May

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???

Happy 18th Birthday! Now who’s ready for some wibbly wobbly timey wimey cupcakes???

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…

muppets 1

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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Dalmations & Firetrucks – Baby Shower Cake

11 Mar

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

firetruck baby shower

I kinda wish I cleared the table of my junk mail before snapping this picture, but time was not on my side.

Future Mets Fan

4 Mar

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.

Challenge accepted!!

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.

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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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