Tag Archives: chocolate

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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Peppa Pig

26 May

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!

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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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Happy Birthday, Gabezilla

17 Feb

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

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

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

 

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A side aerial view of the carnage!

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The other side aerial view of the carnage!

 

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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Gabe’s Baptism Cake

6 Nov

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

 

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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!

Frozen Cake

9 Jun

I was asked to do a Frozen cake earlier this Spring. Unfortunately, I knew my skills were limited when it came to sculpting the characters. I was honest about that, and my customer decided to buy the character toppers herself and have me do the rest of the cake.

Since I had nothing to do with the character toppers, I feel like I should only show the cake I actually created. And, this is it!

It’s a black and white cake- alternating layers of vanilla and chocolate cake with alternating layers of vanilla and chocolate frosting. The trees surrounding the cake and the tree up top are made with white chocolate. The reindeer is fondant and the snowflakes are gumpaste cutouts on toothpicks. The cake is covered in fondant.

I was held up in BQE traffice and the party was in full swing by the time I got to the address. I snuck the cake in while the kiddies were eating their lunch, and I was told little Fallon thought Queen Elsa magically made the cake appear with magic!

"Let It Go!"

“Let It Go!”

Two Peas in a Pod

3 Jun

My good friend and fellow chef, Oscar, is expecting twins! Oscar has ordered many cakes from me in the past, most of which are already featured on my site.

During his daughter’s 2nd birthday party, he wanted to make this happy announcement via confection and left it up to me to come up with a way. This is what I decided on. The only fondant on this cake is the two tiny “peas” in the pea pod. The cake is decorated in frosting and all the decorations are piped on with frosting, as well. The inside is chocolate cake with strawberry filling; something I like to call Chocolate Covered Strawberry. Of course, it was a hit!

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

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

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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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!

Cheers!

9 Mar

My craft beer group is lead by one of my dearest friends! Here’s another sampling of my Craft Beer Cupcakes: Death by Chocolate and Cookies n Cream. Both cakes are baked with Southern Tier’s Warlock Imperial Pumpkin Stout for that last hint of fall on the back palate.

The “S” stands for SUPER or STEVE! They’re little mini oreos with piped frosting. The mini beer mugs are made of fondant and topped with a frosting “head”.

Happy Birthday, Steve! Wishing you many more!

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M.A.C. Attack

5 Mar

I love a customer who knows what she wants! This was a very fun order to fill using only gold, purple, and black with the M.A.C. theme! The flavors of these fashion-forward themed confections were Red Velvet and Death by Chocolate!

 

M.A.C. Cupcakes

M.A.C. Cupcakes

 

 

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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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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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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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!

 

Pac Man Cupcakes by Queenie Cakes

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???

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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Boobs! (NSFW)

25 Mar

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

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

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Ooh La La – The Eiffel Tower Parisian Cake

12 Mar

Can I say that this was one of my proudest moments as a cake momma? Well, it was.

That Eiffel Tower is made of Royal Icing, and it broke in three different places during transport. I had some extra royal icing in a piping bag, but despite my best efforts, I could not glue those pieces back together to get the tower to be stable. My partner stepped in and constructed a little stabilizer made of white cardboard. (Thank you, Joel!) And voila!!!

The first striped tier is 10″ and is Death By Chocolate.
The second damask layer is red velvet. That damask pattern in stenciled on with royal icing.
And, last but certainly not least, is the royal icing Eiffel Tower.

One of my PROUDEST moments EVER as a cake decorator. I want to give some proper credit to Sugar Duchess for her FANTASTIC tutorial on the Royal Icing Eiffel Tower. It was one of the best tutorials I have ever found to date! Check out her site for more exciting stuff!

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Baby Butt!

7 Mar

My contribution to the whole baby butt cake theme. The tiers are as follows:

Bottom: 14″ Dulce de Leche

Middle: 12″ Vanilla Cake w/ Cookies and Cream Filling

Top: German Chocolate Cake w/ coconut pecan caramel frosting

The baby butt was Dulce de Leche

I have a new techniques going on here. The bottom tier is the newest. That’s a damask stencil of pink frosting over the fondant covered cake. I was very happy with the method of stenciling. It was a very stunning reveal.

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Butt, Of Course!

11 Dec

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

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

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

It's a BUTT!! =)

It’s a BUTT!! =)

Thank You for the Music 2

15 Nov

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

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

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A Bird’s Eye View

 

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

 

Yo Gabba Gabba Polka Dots

20 Jul

My favorite little toddler  friend just turned 2!! This is vanilla cake with chocolate pudding filling and covered in vanilla buttercream.

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Half sheet cake covered in colorful polka dots and topped off with our favorite little monster friends!

Hollywood Mike

18 Jul

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

I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.

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The cake in it’s full glitz and glory!

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Hollywood Mike Silhouette

The King of Pop’s Silhouette.

Hollywood Mike Sideview

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Good Luck Bouquet

3 Jul

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

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

 

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

 

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

Court Is Now In Session

28 Jun

You all know about my day job, right?

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

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

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

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

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Dual-Themed: Jem & Thundercats

1 Jun

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

Have I died and gone to heaven?

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

I guess, like this:

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

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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!

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

The Buddy Christ

29 May

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.

The Buddy Christ by Queenie Cakes

Any Dogma fans out there? Then you know who this is!

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Panda Baby Shower

18 May

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 Baby

Panda Bear Baby Shower

Puppy Love

17 May

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.

Puppy Love

Puppy Love

Mini Purse Cake

14 May

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.

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Spring is in the Air

24 Apr

Mini marshmallow flowers atop mini cupcakes! Perfect for mini tea parties!

Cake Cups

14 Mar

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 Meme: Why You No Happy?!?!?!

1 Mar

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!)

Boozy Birthday

21 Feb

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

S.A.D. – Single Awareness Day (The Opposite of Vday)

14 Feb

The last couple of years, I’ve found myself outside the circle of Vday festivities, which actually turned out fine since the last several years of my relationship Valentine nightmare stories were scary enough to put Stephen King off.

I discovered a whole new set of people who embrace NOT being embraced on this dreaded day of red and white. I’d bash chocolates and flowers, but I’m not going to lie.  I really love getting flowers and chocolate ANY time of the year.

Without further ado, my snarky version of the nostalgic Valentine’s Conversation Hearts in cupcake form.

The cupcakes are a new orange-y blend of my usual cannoli filling. I actually blended in a little marscapone to smooth out the graininess of the ricotta. A little splash of grand marnier (I’m not a big Sambuca fan), and it’s an instant hit!

Snarky Conversation Hearts

Eight Fairly Common Respones to Relationship Based Questions

It's Not Me, It's You

It's Not Me, It's You...Really

Just Not Into You

If he/she acts like he/she isn't into you, then they're JUST NOT INTO YOU!

Bite Me

Not always an invitation for fun time...

Let's Not Be Friends

Let's be honest. Who really wants to stay friends when it's all said and done?

 

You Suck

'Nuff said.

Size Does Matter

It does.

You're A Tool

When you care enough to always tell the truth.

Shoe Box Cake

6 Feb

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!!

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PROST! The Beer Cake

23 Jan

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.

Queenie Cakes: Beer Mug Cake

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