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.
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!
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!
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.
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
Here’s another take on the blinged-up cupcakes I did for the same customer a few months ago. I call these Glam Cakes! These are cognac cupcakes with a cognac butter cream with a hint of orange and cocoa. If it’s not clear in the pics, those are supposed to be lipstick, watches, gold bracelet, and sunglasses (which, I admit, kind of look like Madonna’s bras circa 1989).
I was told they were a hit!
Not every pastry I make has to have a millions pounds of decoration piled on top of it. First, and foremost, it has to taste good. And sometimes a well made cupcakes doesn’t need all the embellishments to make it fantastic! These were for a baby shower for a daddy-to-be of a set of twins! (Boy and girl!) How adorable is that? I opted to go with a more simple approach to the deco so that the yumminess of the cupcakes weren’t overshadowed and it didn’t make the babyshower too over-the-top feminine.
Somewhat gender-neutral, but still cute and simple!
Double Hearts for the soon-to-arrive double bundle of joy!
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!
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!
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?
A Doctor Who order will never be denied. It took me two whole days to sculpt these babies, but I think they were worth it! All fondant with some toothpicks and lollipop sticks to hold some of them up.
These are all the figures side by side. They couldn’t travel on top of the cupcakes because they were too top-heavy to keep stable in a moving vehicle.
Here are some of the little guys in action!
I’ve already done a Pac Man themed cupcake display in the past, and you can check it out right Here. What I have today is one of my favorite Geek buddy’s birthday Pac Man and Ms. Pac Man cupcakes for him and his cousin. I had the pleasure of doing their dual birthday cake last year: Gem & Thunder Cats.
It’s an 80’s Gamer theme…How could I resist??? Happy Birthday, Tommy!
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???
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!
Just a little sampling of some of the Xmas cupcakes going out this season!
This is what my day-job looks like from outside. A co-worker recently threw a going away party for one of his close colleagues. I wasn’t able to attend the 75-cupcakes spread because I was on my way to DC, but I did manage to snap some shots of this cake I made for the celebrant to take home with him, along with all our well-wishes.
Not only did I lug this cake into work, but I also toted in the 75 cupcakes….all this BEFORE boarding my ride to DC! I know, I know…I have super powers. Shhh….don’t tell anyone!
Should I call this Cake 2 of my Federal Building Series?
Mini marshmallow flowers atop mini cupcakes! Perfect for mini tea parties!
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
Queenie Cakes has been swinging in the Vegan playground. No one will ever say I don’t try to do my best for all of my customers! My specialty is not Vegan, Gluten Free, or any type of dietary restrictive style of baking AT ALL. I respect my fellow bakers that ONLY make these styles of desserts, but my focus is on flavor, appearance, and the general happiness of the eater.
I love butter, real sugar, eggs and dairy. They produce some of the most delicious, airy, beautiful cakes I could hope for.
But, when a long-time customer asks me to make them vegan desserts so they can still enjoy my wares, I won’t say no. I have separate bakeware, mixing tools, and bowls to prep these cakes. And, to my surprise, even her non-Vegan guests loved the results.
Hello, Vegan world. I won’t become a permanent resident, but I don’t mind visiting every now and again! 😉
Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes w/ Choco Crunchies
Instead of flowers, send one of these!! Those are seven jumbo cupcakes up top, and a cake filled pot at the bottom (lined with tissue paper, of course.)
This is the first of a series of Bouquets that I’ll be making. They seem to be popular with the test group I tried them out on, and with a few tweaks, I don’t doubt that they will become a best seller! This particular bouquet is $35. I can probably make different sizes (smaller or bigger), but this will be the standard size for now.
Cupcake Bouquet- $35
7 Jumbo Cupcakes up top, and Cake-filled pot below
They can be made in different sizes, but this is my standard size now.
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. =)
A good friend of mine wanted some custom cupcakes for a real NY sports fan. She was really happy with the results!
Group Shot in the box. The other 3 are in a different box.
I know my Knicks logo needs work. Practice makes perfect!
A small sampling of some of my cupcakes flavors:
Death by Chocolate
Dark chocolate cake soaked in Godiva liquor, frosted with semi-sweet chocolate ganache, trimmed in mini chocolate chips
Death by Chocolate
Death by Chocolate Close-Up
Hazelnut cake soaked in Frangelico liquor, frosted with Nutella buttercream
Pineapple caked baked with crushed pineapple pieces, soaked in Malibu Rum, frosted with coconut & Bacardi buttercream, and trimmed with toasted coconut
Piña Colada Close-Up
An assortment of vanilla flavored cupcakes, soaked in various liquors, frosted with vanilla whipped frosting and garnished with various liquor filled chocolates
Red Velvet Flowers
This past weekend marked my mom’s 50th Birthday. Instead of some huge ostentatious cake, she opted for cupcakes. So, I whipped up a batch of red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting. The middle of the flowers are red piping gel and pink strawberry frosting. The butterflies are made of Merken’s chocolate.
“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!