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.
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!
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!
A side aerial view of the carnage!
The other side aerial view of the carnage!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Left side view
Right side view
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!”
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!)
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 think these 8″ cakes are my new favorite cakes to make!
I’m sure KELSIE would have loved her cake even more had I spelled her name correctly! YIKES! One of those nightmares a cake decorator has; messing up the birthday girl’s name! Luckily it was in fondant and easily repaired with a few minor adjustments.
The inside of this cake is banana cake and milk chocolate frosting, to give you that chocolate chip muffin effect. The outside is pink-tinted vanilla frosting. The Kitty and balloons are made of fondant and colored with food coloring and edible shimmer dust.
How many little girls can say that their awesome mom ordered not one, but TWO Queenie Cakes for their birthday? Well, Jasmine can! Both are ballet themed (obviously) with contrasting flavors. One is all vanilla inside and the other is all chocolate. Both are fondant covered. Both toppers are hand-made by yours truly, completely out of fondant. I wish I took better pics, but it was one of those situations where my ride was waiting and the cakes still weren’t boxed yet. My next project will definitely involve a light box for better cake pics!
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!
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.
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?
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
Not every cake I make comes out spectacular and perfect. Every now and then, I end up with a Cake Wreck. Such was the case a couple of weeks ago. High humidity, a weak cake board, a soft cake and heavy frosting all contributed to a disastrous cake which resulted in a Spider Man catastrophe very similar to the Broadway show – a chaotic mess. I was left with NO Spider Man to top the base cake. The decorations I had piped all over the sheet cake were ruined, and I barely made it to the party in time just so they had a cake to cut and serve…It was a nightmare and I felt absolutely horrible for ruining the party.
I was given the chance to try and make it up to this family. This cake is nothing like the original cake, but they wanted a much smaller cake, and I took some creative liberties. My Spidey figurine was not coming out Spider Man-like at all, so I opted to go with a candle instead. I wasn’t taking any chances messing up this cake this time around!
Two tiered- Vanilla and Chocolate on the bottom, vanilla & cannoli cream on the top!
Fondant Cut-outs and gold dragees on that bottom tier
The webbing is piped frosting. Spidey is a wax candle. My fondant figurine was not coming out well. =(
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!
This is a special little cake I made for my cousin Lauren who is, not only a real-life Animal Whisperer (hence the name), but she’s also studying to become a veterinarian. This is a red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting and milk chocolate border and highlights. The little animals are made out of fondant and edible food coloring.
Happy Birthday to the Animal Whisperer!
Who doesn't love a little blind mouse with ears a little too big?
This was supposed to look like their dog Amira.
This is her cat Coal.
- Happy Birthday, Lauren!
I LOVE a creative mind! Instead of the same old cupcakes to bring to class for this birthday, my customer’s son requested brownies…with a Safari theme! Unfortunately, the pic of the elephant brownies came out blurry, but I had to put it up here anyway.
Ooey-Gooey chocolate brownies topped with Fondant Safari animals (tiger, lion & giraffe)
Elephant head shaped out of fondant
This was a Sweet 16 order which was based on a concept the customer found online. Who doesn’t love a little 8-bit action? I absolutely love making gamer / geek themed cakes. It’s a guilty pleasure of mine. Add the fact that 80’s video games are on par with my generation….Well, maybe I shouldn’t date myself. Enjoy the Gamer Love!
On a side note, this was for a young lady’s Sweet 16! I think that’s absolutely kickass. =)
There’s nothing better than a Spring Birthday, especially a 1st Birthday! This cake was designed for the first birthday party of Fallon Brady! (What an awesome name!) I had made the small baby shower cake for her parents last year, and I had the honor of creating her first birthday cake this year!
The cake is red velvet with chocolate frosting. It’s covered in light pink fondant, fondant daisy cutouts brushed in pearl dust, and green leaf cutouts, bordered by green fondant beads. It’s a simply beautiful cake to kick off the 2011 Spring season!
Happy First Birthday, Fallon!
What’s more fun than making children’s birthday cakes? Yo Gabba Gabba seems to be popular with the kiddies. This is a vanilla cake with vanilla filling. The figures are all made of fondant, with a little help of some toothpicks and wires. The Brobee image is edible ink printed out on a frosting sheet.
You Gabba Gabba Group in Fondant
You Gabba Gabba Cake Assembled
My first Yo Gabba Gabba cake…ever!
Vanilla cake with strawberry filling, covered in vanilla whipped frosting. Foofa is made out of fondant and colored & painted with edible food coloring.
Yes, I forgot to finish painting in the other two eyelashes per eyeball. I goofed! =(
This customer has ordered cakes from me starting with her baby shower, going through the birth of her son and every single birthday since. My best customers so far!
Vanilla cake with white chocolate mousse filling covered in vanilla butter cream. I would have done him up in yellow fondant, as well, but it wasn’t in the customer’s budget. I conceded by doing up some of the deco in fondant at no extra charge.
“Herpetology is the branch of zoology concerned with the study of amphibians (including the frogs, toads, salamanders, newts, and gymnophionae) and of reptiles (including snakes, lizards, amphisbaenids, turtles, terrapins, tortoises, crocodilians, and the tuataras).
Herpetology is concerned with poikilothermic, ectothermic tetrapods. “Herps” (or sometimes “herptiles” or “herpetofauna”) exclude fish. ” (via Wikipedia)
That’s just my fancy way of saying I made cute cupcakes with little handmade fondant sculpted “herps” or reptiles on top. (Rather than have you think I made cupcakes in the shape of some ghastly STD!) There were turtles, leopard geckos, anoles, and snakes. Oh, my!
I just wish I took better pictures. As always, time was a factor and I chose to get them to the customer on time rather than pose them up for pictures. I boxed them up and snapped as many shots as I could before I had to go. Such is life!
Turtles and Lizards and Snakes! Oh, My!