Thursday, September 10, 2009

Bright and Fun Boy Cake

This is a 10" three level chocolate cake filled with chocolate buttercream. that I made for my mom to take to work. It was based out of a design in "The Whimsical Bakehouse" which is a fun book on decorating. Its not heavy on the recipes, but it goes over some fun techniques that look a little bit intimidating, but are easy to pull off.

My favorite part was the ruffle on the bottom. Bows are a bear though. For whatever reason, I have the hardest time making bows, and these in particular wanted to leave the top of the cake in favor of the bottom of the cake. I had to replace two of them. Next time I'll set them half on the top, instead of the top of the side.

I think this is my best attempt at a masculine cake. While not strictly masculine it is a bit gender neutral and definitely not feminine.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Kiana's Ladybug and Kai Lan Cakes

I like crafty things. I like playing with color, and composing things. The thing that is special about cakes for me is that it is something I can do for other people. And unlike knitting, you don't have to worry about size or style when you give it away. I wanted to learn how to decorate cakes because I can give it to people I love.
We have been waiting for Kiana for so long, I was truly excited to make her cake. I love her.

The largest ladybug was made out of half the wilton ball pan. I then covered it with the startip, using the same method I learned during the VW bug class at creative cakes.

I made two cakes the large ladybug cake is a 16 x 16 sheet cake. The other cake is a 4" round. It took about 18 cups of batter for everything.

The ladybug theme was given to me by Kiana's mom. She told me that in China ladybugs are a symbol of adoption.

The cake was done mostly in buttercream, but Kai Lan and the ladybugs on the sides were done out of piped chocolate. The ladybugs with heart antenna (the larger one in the picture above) was based on the party decorations.

The dump cake was covered completely with the grass tip. I tied the two cakes together by color and continuing the ladybugs on the dump cake. Originally the party was going to be a Kai Lan theme, but partyware for that theme doesn't come out until possibly next year.

Happy Birthday Kiana!

My First Fondant Covered Cake

This was a really simple cake. Nancy let me use her silicone leaf press, and oohhh, I know what I want for Christmas! I could cover a whole cake with that fun!
It was a lot easier than I thought it would be.

This was a Chocolate cake with fudge filling.