December 3, 2012

Korean Dress (Hanbok) Cake

Last week I made a Cake and Cupcakes for a Korean themed 1st Birthday.  The customer wanted a replica of the birthday girl's Korean dress, also known as a hanbok, on the cake.  When she sent me pictures of the dress I thought to myself "wow, that is gorgeous.. how will I ever do it justice on a cake?"  Well I studied the pictures for days, mulling over how to get such detail out of fondant. 

Here is the actual dress.. the red skirt is underneath a green vest-type top with long striped sleeves 
(the sleeves are folded under in the pic but you can see them a bit) 

Here is what I came up with for the cake.. I was very pleased with how it turned out :)

The customer also ordered 2 dozen cupcakes and a smash cake for the birthday girl.  In addition to the Korean theme, they were doing a pink and lime green color scheme, so I incorporated that into the cupcakes and smash cake (though the pink looks almost red in these pics - it was actually a dark pink).  I had fun with this one!  I had never done anything like it before, and while the dress was definitely a challenge and a lot of work, it was so worth it in the end.  The customer said I did an amazing job with it!  The cake is fudge marble with chocolate mousse filling, the cupcakes are confetti, and the smash cake is vanilla.  Everything is iced in whipped cream icing.


November 19, 2012


Next up was the birthday cake for my lovely niece miss Liv.  She wanted a light blue peace sign, pink & purple hearts, and her name 'in cursive' :) ..for the Cake itself, she chose Vanilla with Peanut Butter filling and Chocolate buttercream icing.  She said 'I love it' when she saw it, which made my day because she can be a tough critic ;)

Her name is made of melted candy (Wilton candy melts).. it looks white in the pics but actually has flecks of color in it (confetti-ish) which looked so cute with the colors on the cake.  Since Liv wanted her name 'in cursive' I did the same method as on my cupcake tower a month ago with the "M" monograms.. I love how it turned out!


'One Direction' Cupcakes

I had a super busy week last week.. two cake orders for one weekend! (which is craziness for me)  First up, 'One Direction' cupcakes as a surprise for my hubby's granddaughter (the same one I did the zebra cake for the previous week).  She was having her 'friend' birthday party/sleepover this last weekend.  Her mom told her she was getting a Dora cake from Walmart ;)  ..I told her mom to video the reaction to her 1D cupcakes because I wasn't going to be there, but also because they were a surprise and she's obsessed with 1D!  OMG the video was hilarious!  When her mom revealed the surprise cupcakes, the birthday girl and all her friends were screaming like crazy!!! (made me think back to those clips you see on tv of women's reaction to the Beatles, lol!)  ..I told them I wished all of my cakes got that sort of reaction! :)

Here are the completed cupcakes, which are vanilla tie-dyed cake with chocolate custard filling, 
and chocolate buttercream icing.


The birthday girl's fave ;)


November 13, 2012

Zebra, Music, and Dance.. Oh My!

Last week's cake was for my hubby's granddaughter, who was turning 12.  Her mom wanted to incorporate zebra print (the birthday girl loves it) along with music, dance, stars, pink, purple, and of course sparkle!  So I went to work.. I made some dancer silhouettes, which were traced out of fondant and placed on some hot pink stars.

Then I hand-painted a microphone and music notes onto some stars.  I used fondant markers to draw them on first, then painted over that with edible paint (black icing color mixed with vanilla extract).. and of course added some sparkle.

I added her name, age, and some sparkly starbursts to the top of the cake.  The cake itself was covered in zebra stripes.  It's a Chocolate cake with Cookies & Cream filling (the birthday girl LOVES oreos!), iced in vanilla buttercream. 


50th Anniversary Cake

So two weeks ago (yes I'm a little behind in my blog entries ;) ..I made a 50th Anniversary Cake.  I was super excited for this cake for two reasons.. First - I was given the couple's original wedding cake topper from 50 years ago to place on their Anniversary cake (how cool is that!!) and Second - I was going to ice the cake in 'rustic' style buttercream (which is basically a messy, non-smoothed look) which I've been dying to do!

I actually suggested the 'rustic' style frosting to the client, who is my sister's long time friend.  The cake was for her parents, and as I was mulling over the design for their cake, one of the words that came to mind when thinking of this particular couple was 'rustic'.  So I thought "this is my chance!" and asked the client if she liked the idea.  She was fine with it, in fact, she also let me have free reign with the flavors of one of the cake tiers (yay!)

I was pleased with how the 'rustic' icing turned out, especially for my first attempt.  It's not difficult but does take some work to get it to look right.  I'll say this.. I'd rather frost a cake rustic than smooth any day.  Basically you just mess up your icing with either the back of a spatula or spoon (I used a spatula).  But while I loved the rustic icing technique, my absolute favorite part about this cake was the topper, hands down!  I loved how it gave the cake a vintage feel, while still looking elegant and rustic all at the same time.  

And here it is... The bottom tier (client's pick) is French Vanilla cake filled with fresh Raspberry Mousse, which was yum.. loved the mousse.  The top tier (my pick) is Spice cake filled with Applesauce.. just one of my fave combos for this time of year.. and the client said it was "amazing."  The cake is iced in all-butter buttercream (no shortening).  I hung around after delivery to see the guests of honor as they arrived at the restaurant.  The cake and topper were a surprise and I wanted to see their reaction, mainly to the topper.  Mind you, the client said her parents would never recognize it after all these years.  I told her "of course they will, it's their wedding cake topper!".. well.. much to my surprise she was right ;)    

 ..and my cake table sign


November 4, 2012


Last week I worked on the Birthday cake for my nephew, Tomy, who is obsessed with the video game Zelda! {which of course became the theme of his cake}.  It was just a simple sheet cake with a Zelda edible image.  I'm not a big fan of EI's, simply because there is very little else for me to do on the cake (no fun ;)  ..My sister attempted to find a little Zelda figure to place on the cake but was unsuccessful, so she opted for the EI.  Oh well, Tomy loved it and that's all that matters :)

Here's a pic of the completed cake, which is fudge marble with vanilla custard filling and whipped cream icing. 


..and the Birthday Boy!

October 24, 2012

Wedding Cupcake Tower

Last week I had the pleasure (or stress.. depending on how you look at it ;) of doing my second wedding.  The couple wanted a cupcake tower with a small cake at the top for them.  I was super excited because I love cupcake towers and this was going to be my first.  The order was for 200 cupcakes (whoa!) with the couple's monogram, 'M', atop each one.  The bride also wanted the glass slipper that the groom gave her when he proposed, as well as a tiara she had, incorporated as the cake toppers.

The biggest task for this one (aside from baking 200 cupcakes), was to make the 200+ 'M' monograms (always need extras).  Since the bride wanted the 'M' to match the font on their wedding favors, I chose to make them out of Wilton candy melts (sort of like chocolate but these were vanilla flavored - and yum!).  I had never actually done this technique but have seen it done many times and was excited to try it out.  Basically I printed out a sheet full of the 'M's, in the requested font, then placed wax paper over them and traced with a pastry bag full of the melted candy.  Then let them set up for about 20 minutes and carefully peel them off the wax paper.. Voila!  It's a pretty easy technique but very tedious (especially when you've got 200 to make!)  Also, some will inevitably break while trying to remove them from the wax paper.. one reason to make lots of extras.  I bought the candy melts in red, but since the bride's color was more of a deep apple red, I had to add a bit of black candy coloring to get the right shade of red.  I think they came out very elegant looking.. and looked beautiful on top of the cupcakes!

Here is the completed tower at the wedding reception!  The Cake is sugar-free yellow with sugar-free icing.  The cupcakes are a mix of chocolate and yellow, topped with whipped cream icing and a candy monogram.  I love how it all turned out - so beautiful and fit right in with the couple's oh so elegant affair!

..and here is the sign I made for the Cake table ;)


October 8, 2012

May The Force Be With You

Last week I completed a Star Wars themed Cake and Cupcakes for a little guy who turned 4.  When his Mom said they wanted Star Wars I thought "cool.. don't get that one much.. actually at all, yet".  I was super excited because it's a classic, and something different from all the usual Marvel superhero requests.  So I went to work!

First I decided on a black and gold color scheme, since many of the logos I came across in my research were these colors.  The cake would go on a gold board wrapped in black ribbon, and the cupcakes would go in coordinating gold and black wraps.  I made the black wraps and added a 'starry' print to them with a gold that matched the other wraps...

The client wanted 2 dozen cupcakes with fondant Star Wars characters on them, and a small sheet cake with the logo on it.  I had some Star Wars cutters which I used to cut out the characters, then hand painted all the details onto the fondant (using edible icing colors mixed with vanilla).  The logo, I traced out of fondant as I've done with other cakes.  I loved how both turned out!  Here are the finished cake and cupcakes.  Both are chocolate cake iced with vanilla buttercream.



October 2, 2012

Retirement Cake (AKA the suitcase cake)

A few weeks ago my step-daughters asked me to make the cake for their mom's retirement party.  I said "of course! ..what do you want?"  I received a picture of a suitcase cake placed on top of a map (since she will be traveling).  In addition, one of the retirees' favorite books is Dr. Seuss's "Oh, The Places You'll Go!".. so the girls wanted that message incorporated as well.  {I thought that was a super cute idea}.. The other request - all chocolate!

I had fun with this one!  The cake is dark chocolate fudge, filled with chocolate mousse, and iced with chocolate buttercream.  The suitcase accents are all fondant/gumpaste.  I purchased a world map, had it laminated, then attached it to a large sheet-cake board.  The letters for the message are fondant as well.  Everyone at the party loved it.. in fact, it brought one of my step-daughters to tears when she saw it. {Yay! Mission accomplished!}

Here are the pics :)

September 20, 2012

Sarah's 'Rockstar Glam' Birthday Bash!

Last Friday evening was my sister Sarah's Big Surprise Birthday Bash... and what a Blast it was!!!  I chose the theme based on two of her favorite things in life - music and makeup.  More about the party itself will follow on my Parties page in the near future.  

When it came to the cake, I decided to make Angel Food Cupcakes for her party, since a month ago or so I asked her what she would like for her birthday if she could have anything she wanted (cake-wise that is ;) ...and she said to me "can you make Angel Food cupcakes?"  Of course, why not?!  Well actually I didn't know how that would work because I was under the impression Angel Food had to be inverted while cooling (like the cake version), and how would I do that with cupcakes?  So I began doing some research and found many recipes online for Angel Food Cupcakes, that looked absolutely fine (not deflated) so I decided to give it a shot.

Now that the cupcakes were decided on, I knew I had to 'Rockstar Glam' them up somehow.  After much consideration I settled on cupcake picks as the way to go.  I wanted to have all her favorites incorporated so I began to round up a bunch of rock music and makeup logos, pics, etc.  

Here's what I came up with.. they turned out super cute!

And here are the finished cupcakes.. Angel Food with a Strawberry Swirl baked inside, topped with whipped cream icing.  
I made some fondant star toppers as well.  The cupcakes were yumm and went super fast at the party!  
We barely got to sing "happy birthday" before they were gone!  Sarah LOVED them!!!