I was honored to be offered a position as The Bakery’s cake decorator a few weeks before Christmas. I had no idea that they’d be closing a month later, but it was fun while it lasted. As promised, I wanted to share my work. At The Bakery, I typically got a picture with an idea and any changes the customer wanted. Some allowed me to have a little more creativity than others, but all have been fun… and a learning experience!
This cake was based on a 2-tiered fondant cake. The customer liked the ornaments, but wanted them in buttercream. Let me tell you, making a bow in buttercream was risky! I was happy with how they turned out though.
For this cake, I didn’t have a photo, but the customer wanted holly and ivy the in corners and the cake to say “Merry Christmas” with “Christ” in all caps and the “T” to look like a cross. I wasn’t too sure about this design when I sketched it. The writing came out better than I expected! For the holly and ivy, I searched and searched for techniques until I found someone who used a large leaf tip, going under the last leaf while still lightly squeezing. Those leaves are gorgeous and they were so easy! I’m definitely going to use that technique again!
This customer wanted Santa and his reindeer on the cake. That request had the potential to be difficult, but I decided to keep it clean and simple. The reindeer were based on a cookie decorating idea I found and I combined a few Santa designs to come up with this one. In retrospect, I should have made them a little bigger to fill up the cake, but overall, I really like this one.
You may have seen this one on Facebook already, but this was a fun cake. It was for a baby shower and the customer brought us a picture of the baby’s blanket to base the cake on. The color isn’t accurately displayed in the picture, but it’s navy, grey and lime green. The order said to leave a square to write “Welcome Micah Joel,” but I did the banner to help it stand out and not be as busy. Also, on a side note, polka dots require lots of patience.
This is one of my favorite cakes I’ve done…. ever. I’m basically a novice with fondant, but I’m learning. This was pretty much basic shapes, so I decided to go for it. The “1” was honestly the most difficult part since there wasn’t a cookie cutter for it. Thank goodness the customer didn’t want any of the animals! Doing this cake makes me want to learn more about fondant asap!
And this brings us to the comedy portion of the blog. This one was terrible. At least according to my standard. I got this cake at the last minute and didn’t really think it through. What I SHOULD have done was transfer the image with piping gel and just fill it in. What I ACTUALLY did was try it free hand. I am a terrible artist, so I’m not sure what made me think I could do that. I suppose it’s OK, but it could have been better. Oh well, lesson learned. Don’t be cocky.So close…