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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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???
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!
Just a little sampling of some of the Xmas cupcakes going out this season!
My buddy Anwar comes up with the MOST creative ideas for cakes. He is responsible for the Ghostbusters Cake and for “Birthday Meme; Why U No Happy“. Nothing’s better than a customer who knows exactly what he wants, and is completely out of the box. Pop culture is really one of my top subject matters when it comes to cake. And the recipient is always very happy and sincerely surprised when they get their special confection.
Without further ado, I present to you all: The Buddy Christ
I was supposed to make the figure out of cake or rice crispy treats, however, the cake was much too soft to hold any form, and the rice crispy treats kept sliding down the dowels after the fondant was applied. There has to be a better way, I know.
I went with full-on solid fondant with a wooden down going down the middle and a lighter lollipop stick going across to keep his arms up. However, with time and humidity, as well as the weight of the fondant, his arms were threatening to fall down, as well. Sculpting fondant figures is certainly NOT an easy feet, and now I know why other decorators charge so much for them. Lesson learned.
The round cake beneath is a cannoli and chocolate cake with chocolate frosting.
Any Dogma fans out there? Then you know who this is!
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.
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!)
Baby showers are always usually very cute and sweet…Why not add a modern, fun, contemporary flair?
Zebra print on a baby shower cake? Why not? =)
Baby Shower Cake Topper
Coordinating Zebra Cupcakes
Cupcake Trees always make people happy!
That’s the one male porn name that comes to mind whenever people bring up porn names. “Dick Spurtz”
So, obviously this is an Adult Cake! My customer wanted a *ahem* piece at the point of crescendo spelling out “Happy Birthday” in spunk. That’s classy. It’s not for everyone, but I do love a creative order. It doesn’t get more original than this!
This is an Irish Car Bomb flavored cake: Chocolate stout beer cake with Bailey’s and Jameson’s. It’s filled with Bailey’s flavored buttercream and frosted with Jameson’s infused chocolate ganache.
I still haven't gotten my camera back. (Hint, Hint, MOM!) This was taken with my phone.
Perhaps it's the kind of cake that doesn't really require a close-up anyway. Oh, those are white chocolate peckers adorning the sides.
Well, ONE close-up can't hurt! (Watch your eye!) It's all in the detail!
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. =)
These cakes were actually for a “Groom’s Shower” at work. (Rather than a Bridal Shower.) The Red & Black cake is made of red velvet cake, strawberry filling, and chocolate ganache frosting on the outside. The strawberries are chocolate dip in a tuxedo motif. The Black & White cake is made of vanilla cake, chocolate ganache filling, and vanilla whipped frosting on the outside, and is also topped with chocolate dipped strawberries in a tuxedo motif.
Twin Grooms Cakes for a "Groom's Shower"
Red velvet cake, strawberry filling, dark chocolate ganache frosting. Decorated with tuxedo chocolate dipped strawberries.
Vanilla & Chocolate cake layered between dark chocolate ganache filling, frosted with whipped vanilla frosting. Decorated with tuxedo chocolate dipped strawberries.
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
Are You Ready to Rumble?!?!
Hey! That's me!
Some old school pictures of cakes from birthdays past. I threw in one of me working on it just to change things up a bit. Sorry the picture isn’t great. Someone else took it on their camera. I hate those date tags, but what can I do about it now?
I made this cake for my old girlfriend’s fiance’s birthday. There’s a spice and chocolate cake combo inside. It’s frosted with chocolate ganache. The outside is all fondant sprayed and painted. The ropes are made of ribbon. The ring posts are wooden dowels covered in fondant and then painted black.