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
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!
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?
Just a little close up as I was boxing it up.
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.
A better view of the little blossoms.
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.
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!”
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
This is me in action, setting up the cake!
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!
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!
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.
Just a little sampling of some of the Xmas cupcakes going out this season!
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!!
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!
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!
This was my attempt at a trombone cake. I decided to try and sculpt one out of gum paste, paint it with some gold liquor, and prop it on a box so the bell of the trombone wouldn’t be smashed by laying it flat on the cake. Well, this is the finished product.
My favorite part of this cake are the tiny little notes all around.
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.
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.
The cake in it’s full glitz and glory!
The King of Pop’s Silhouette.
Movie Reel Close-Up
Another Movie Reel Close-Up
Old time movie projector
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.
Just a different angle.
If I haven’t already mentioned it, I really love this cake!
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.
I’m going to let this stunning cake speak for itself!
Fondant covered red velvet cake. Gumpaste roses and flowers with a band of black fondant along the bottom with hand-piped scrolls.
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!!
Let me first apologize for the poor quality of the photos. I did this cake a day ahead of time and I was not there for the pick up or the pictures. I do make real masks out of leather and so I was very excited to make this cake. I hope it’s the first of many in this theme. (BTW- That “18” candle was not my idea!)
Far off view of the maskquerade cake
The Mask is made of gumpaste and dusted with silver shimmer dust
The Feather is real, not not edible
This was on a 16" Chocolate and Vanilla Cake covered in Fondant
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?
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.
Very understated gift box-shaped cake. What I loved about this order was a new recipe I was able to try out. Butter cake filled with maple and walnut buttercream. It was a rich, maple flavored buttercream with chopped walnuts scattered throughout. It got rave reviews.
Gift Box & Roses
Simply Beautiful Bridal Shower Cake
Bridal shower cake for a summer wedding. Simple chocolate cake on the inside with chocolate mousse and raspberry puree filling. The roses are actual flowers, but the ivy is made of fondant. The vines are piped 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!