As I’ve been doing more and more cakes, I’ve had less time to write about them, so I hope you’ll forgive me for being slow to post. I’ve had several blog worthy cakes in the past month or so that I am excited to share with you!
I LOVED Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles when I was a kid, so I was happy to get to make Raphael! I like these type of designs. It’s clean and simple, but looks great. For the cake, I just added a parts of a 6in round to an oval for his forehead and chin. His bandana was fondant so that it could come off the board.
I made this cake for, my sister, Jen’s birthday. When I asked what kind of decorations she wanted for her cake, she said elephant, so I decided to try a little sculpting. The stability was the tricky part to this one. I added toothpicks and small dowels just about everywhere that I could, then left the head off till we were ready to serve the cake. I was happy to deliver a cake Jen loved!
This Ford cake was fairly straight forward. Getting royal blue is tricky, but I like how it turned out.
I was really proud of how this Vineyard Vine cake turned out…. then I found out I got the saying wrong. Luckily, Allyson was there to save the day and change it to “Every birthday should feel this good.” Making a cake for your sister who also decorates cakes is a high pressure job.
The order for this cake was “denim color blue and piano.” I really like the color combo! For the black keys, I actually cut strips of fondant. I have to admit though, as a music person, I’m disappointed that I somehow made the piano upside-down and only included eighth notes. Oh well, looks pretty anyway!
I was happy to try some lingerie decorated sugar cookies for my friend Sydney, who wanted them for a lingerie shower! Decorating cookies is a whole other ball game and I’m still working on my skills. (Royal icing is a b*$!#.) This might be the first time I’ve really tried to flood cookies, but it’t not too shabby. I also somehow managed to cut these ladies’ legs off by not paying attention to the reference photo. Despite my mediocre flooding ability and lack of attention to detail, I think these cookies turned out so cute!
This was just a simple sheet cake, but I wanted to try out a new border. I was thinking back to my scrapbooking days when I would draw the lines and dots border and loved it, so why not use it on a cake? I really like the clean look it gave. I used the leftover royal icing from the cookies to make some roses to finish the look.
I did this cake for my friend, Indhira. Her boys were having a pirate themed birthday, so she decided on a sheet cake with a skull and crossbones. The design wasn’t as difficult as I thought it would be and turned out looking so tough! I think this could easily have been an adult’s birthday cake!
I kind of made these cupcakes for fun. I volunteered to do cupcakes on behalf of our United Methodist Women’s circle for a pastor’s meeting held at out church. They didn’t have any decoration requirements, so I played around and made the cross and flame, using a leaf tip for the flame. I was worried they might be a bit cheesy, but they were a hit!
I’m always excited when my friend, Tiffany, orders a cake because I am probably going to get to try something new. She wanted a farming themed cake and I found this picture with what looks like a painted landscape. I used the color plus a dab of vodka technique. Cake painting is fun!
This was an order for an orange smash cake with the Browning logo. I assumed the orange was for hunting gear and not UT, so I decided to make the border and logo camouflage by bag striping.
CAKE CARVING!!!! I always see TV shows where they get to carve cakes to make them into fun shapes and I needed a reason to try. My Aunt Martha agreed to buy this one so I could play. This was a huge cake, but so much fun to make!
I did this 2 part order for my step cousin, Jessica and her little boy’s 6th birthday. She needed cupcakes to take to school then wanted this cake for the party. I found a grid map for a pull apart cake on Pinterest for the cupcakes. I hadn’t make a pull apart cake before, but it was pretty simple and looked great. For the cake, I wasn’t sure what the best way to do it was. I figured I could cover it in white, score it, then paint the squares, or just cut squares and stick them on. I chose individual squares, but I’m still not sure if I chose correctly. By the end of the day, I tapped out on this one and let Allyson add the writing and logo. Apparently making a mosaic out of fondant is tedious work! Overall, I think this may be one of the cakes I’m most proud of!
I really feel honored when I get to make graduation cakes for Miracle Lake. I also really like getting to pray for those men while I make it too. Allyson told me she typically did scroll work and leaves, but my scroll work just isn’t my strong point. I looked up vine/leaf patterns on a Google image search and decided to try this style. I LOVE it. You can bet you’ll see it again.
Despite my hate post of the Braves cake, the Holden’s ordered another big fondant cake. Truthfully, I like difficult cakes because that how I get better. This one was actually much easier than it looked. Especially after I found the tutorial for the picture they sent! If I could do it again, I would make my glaze a little thicker and water a litter color, but I really liked how this cake turned out!
Who doesn’t want a toilet paper cake? My friend Karen wanted a mean cake for her husband’s 50th birthday so we decided on a roll of toilet paper. It was fun having an order posted that simply ready “chocolate toilet paper” and asking questions like, “Do you think this looks more like a commercial roll or a regular one?”