Monday, August 31, 2009

Rock N' Roll Rulez!!

This weekend I did one of the bigger cakes I've ever made. It was a guitar for a 7 year old boy's birthday. They supplied the invitation and wanted something along the same lines:



I started out with two 13x9 cakes and carved them into the guitar body, then I crumb coated with buttercream.



Another 13x9 cake was cut for the neck and top. I covered the body part with fondant seperately, then put the neck on and covered it. Then I cut the letters and accents out of fondant and applied them with a little water to the back.



To finish it off, I used a little luster dust and some black cake sparkles for a splattered kind of effect. I piped (and wiped and re-piped and wiped and re-piped) the strings on with buttercream. Here's the final result...drum roll please...


Ta Da!

I am actually quite please with the way this one turned out. It was super time consuming, but worth it in the end. I just hope the people who requested it were as pleased.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Camo Cake




This was actually done for a bridal shower! Not a very "girly girl", apparently. :) The theme was camoflage. I tinted the fondant then broke little pieces off of each color and pressed the pieces together in a random pattern, then rolled them all out together with the fondant roller. It worked rather well, I thought. I liked the end result and it was very simple.

The "trees" are plastic and the fondant ducks were a last minute add-on. I think the ribbon would have looked better if it had been brown or green, but when I was picking it out, I didn't have the exact color to match so I went safe and got the ivory. It works, I guess, but I think it would have been better if it matched.

Teddy Bear Cake



This was a baby shower cake and the only specifications being that it be brown and pink, with buttercream frosting. Teddy bears were the first thing that came to mind! I have a hard time with buttercream; I think fondant is so much easier to work with, but I think this one came out ok. Again, not as smooth as I would have liked it, but ok.

The bear is modeled out of fondant, as is the blanket, blocks and ball. I used the edible markers to make the letters on the blocks, then used a bit of luster dust. For the trim, I used buttercream frosting and the Wilton ruffle technique, using tip 104.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Dump Truck Cake






Birthday cake made for a friend's son. This was my first paid cake! I had a hard time with this one. I ended up pulling the fondant off once and recarving the cake...The truck sides are made from gumpaste and the dirt was actually mashed up cake scraps and frosting. The cones are fondant.

Chocolate Buttercream Recipe

Chocolate Buttercream

1 cup shortening (I use Crisco)
6-7 tablespoons of water
1 teaspoon of vanilla

Cream together until water and vanilla is throughly mixed.

3/4 cup cocoa
About 4 cups powdered sugar

Add to creamed mixture until well blended. Sometimes I tweak the amount of water and sugar until the desired consistency is reached.

Favorite Peanut Butter Cake Recipe

My favorite peanut butter cake recipe

1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup butter, softened
4 eggs
1 (18.25 ounce) package butter cake mix
2/3 cup water

1.Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease and flour cake pans.

2.Combine peanut butter and butter or margarine. Cream until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at time, mixing well after each one. Add cake mix alternately with the water. Stir until just combined. Pour batter into prepared pans.

3.Bake at 325 degrees F (165 degrees C)until cake tests done.

This is the standard recipe but I usually add a bit more peanut butter. And despite the cake mix in the ingredients, it's still makes an excellent cake.

There are some good peanut butter frosting recipes, but the chocolate buttercream is my favorite with this cake.

Wilton Course 3, class final






This was my Wilton Course 3 cake final. I will admit that I cheated a bit and used a styrofoam form for the cake. I just got tired of cake. My husband is on a diet, my kids don't need anymore sugar than they already get and I don't need the temptation. It always gets thrown away and a huge one like this would have too much of a waste. Everyone always says to give it away, but my class cakes get a lot of...um, handling and I wouldn't want to cake that someone else had their hands all over. But anyway...styrofoam. My instructor didn't care, saying the class emphasized decorating not baking, so that was good! I had kind of forgotten about the cake and all the work I was supposed to do prior to class, so that afternoon I was turning out rose after rose. I think we were supposed to have something like 40 roses and I barely made 30, but it worked out fine. I was actually having a hard time trying to find a place for the roses I did have, I can't imagine what I would have done with 10 more. The Wilton fondant is so easy to use, I wish it didn't taste like crap. I love the marshmallow fondant but it's harder to work with. It tears easier and doesn't cover as well, but it tastes so good. I'd like to find a pre-made fondant that didn't taste bad. I wonder what the satin ice tastes like? I guess I'm going to have to buy a little and sample it.

Flower pot cake!

I did this one for my aunt's birthday; peanut butter cake with chocolate buttercream filling. She's a fan of pansies and since I had just finished learning how to do the royal icing pansy in my Wilton cake class, I decided to do a bunch of those. I also made a few fondant roses and planted them in a bed of oreo cookie "dirt". The hardest part of this one was the pot itself. I had read that you can actually bake a cake in a flower pot, but I decided to carve it. It didn't end up looking much like a pot and it was a bit lopsided. Putting the terracotta colored fondant on proved to be very difficult. I tried to wrap it around, when I think I would have been better off draping it over the top. I tried to cover the holes and bumps with "moss" and the ribbon also hide some defects. I'm a bit addicted to that luster dust and I applied it heavily to the ribbon and the flowers. All in all, I was happy with it, but next time I make one like this, I will definitely do a few things differently.

(It's supposed to be) Tinkerbell Cake!





Ok...this cake was made for my niece's second birthday. I worked until 12:30 the night before to get it done. Then the next morning the birthday girl got sick and the party was canceled. Ah, well. Fun cake, anyway!

The theme was Tinkerbell and it was harder than I thought to capture her expression. I made her larger than I normally would have because I thought it would give me the room to make more detail, but I still don't think I completely pulled it off. I wasn't too happy with her legs. She has some kind of skin disorder... I had originally planned to make the cake a flower, hence the shape; the middle cake, then the small cakes on the side were originally going to be petals. That plan fell through so I ended up doing the sunflower. The roses I stole off of my Wilton Course 3 final cake(shhh! Don't tell!)and are made off the Wilton fondant (Yuck!) but everything else is made from marshmallow fondant. The butterflies and bumble bee are on wire, but everything else is edible.

It's chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream filling and marshmallow fondant. I didn't get to taste it, but how can you go wrong with chocolate buttercream?