Fur, blood, Star Wars and other cake adventures.

I don’t have the slightest clue who Cat Boy or his friends are, but he makes for a nice cake design. The client sent us this cake as a reference, wanting the middle layer and the cupcakes. After free-handing a template for each cupcake mask and the main cake mask from cardstock, I simply traced and cut them from fondant. Voila!

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This cake was also based on a picture of another cake with slight modifications. The client requested a plastic crown on top, rather than edible, so this one was a breeze. The only thing I would do differently if repeating this cake would be measuring for the scores on the top layer rather than eyeballing it and consider using fondant strings on for the accents on the side rather than buttercream.

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A North Carolina sheet cake:

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My cousin Brandon just graduated from Carson-Newman University, so I was happy to bring a cake to the celebration! My aunt liked the book cakes, so after watching a few tutorials online, I went to work. Yolanda at “How to Cake It” has my favorite tutorial for this. Not covering the entire cake with one sheet of fondant was much trickier than it looked. If I do this cake again, I’d bake it a little longer to give more stability and cleaner edges. Another party goer said he walked in and was about to pick up one of the books to flip through it. Is there a better compliment than that?

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Well, I tried. I love when my friend Elizabeth orders cakes because she usually lets me play with new things. Her son had a “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” party and wanted a Star Wars themed cake. He also requested no “hard cakes” anymore, so I needed to minimize the fondant. This was an awesome idea in theory. I found this one, which has the clean look I usually prefer. With my husband’s advising, I nixed Vader and Yoda since they are not in the new movie and tried my hand at Kylo Ren. I have done fondant accents on top of buttercream a few times and never had a problem with it, but this one just didn’t come together like I wanted it to. Also, disclaimer on Kylo… this was before the movie came out so I was working with limited pictures for reference. So lesson learned, the whole two medium thing doesn’t always work.

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Sometimes fondant on buttercream does work. I had short notice on this one so to make good use of cooling time, I went ahead and cut the ballet slippers and numbers from fondant. The client didn’t have specific instructions, so I thought ruffles would be a nice compliment to the feminine ballet theme.

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I’ve seen these all over Pinterest, but this was my first cupcake dress. My friend Katie wanted this one for her daughter’s birthday party. I love how simple but cute this design is!

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Before her son’s birthday, my friend Joyce told me she would have ordered her cake from me, but it was included in the birthday party at Tiger Rock. Guess who my friends at Tiger Rock got the cake from? I’ve done this same design a few times since then for parties at Tiger Rock Martial Arts. One day I’m going to make it by to see the cake cutting with a sword!

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Sometimes mistakes turn into great ideas. It’s possible that on occasion I have accidentally stuck my finger into a cake while smoothing it. I can neither confirm or deny. If it’s not a deep jab, I can just smooth it back out. When I started this manhole cover, I thought, maybe I can do that again, but on purpose. It worked like a charm. I used the rounded end of a sculpting tool on top of a Viva towel to make the lines then sprayed it with the Wilton spray color. I love that stuff! Believe it or not, this is the first and only time I have made balloons. I actually had to look up how to make them online. I love the way this cookie cake turned out!

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I don’t  watch “The Waking Dead” because I’m a scaredy cat, but I had so much fun making this bloody cake. I’m not sure that it was super clear that those are doors, but hopefully Jason knew. To make the words look like they were painted, I piped them on then used a variation on brush embroidery to smear them.

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img_3715.jpgThis is definitely one of my favorite cakes I’ve done. A friend Marty wanted this cake as a surprise groom’s cake for her son’s wedding. She was unsure of what mediums she wanted, but mixing buttercream and fondant turned out great! To “scuff up” Boba Fett’s helmet, I sprayed a little silver Wilton spray color on the table then applied it with a brush randomly. The red fondant ended up giving crisp clean lines like I hoped it would. The range finder was the only non-edible part, made of a painted dowel topped with black fondant. I’m so happy I could make a super cool cake for such an important day!IMG_3868

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Furry cakes lead to arthritis—pretty sure that’s a scientific fact—but how cute is this? I’m a fan of “Monsters Inc.” so I was excited to make a Sully and Boo themed cake.

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