Tuesday, January 21, 2014

November Cakes

There were a lot of cakes in November.  Definitely a busy month for us.  We have three birthdays in our family alone.  Only one of the cakes I did was for our birthdays, though.  The rest were for clients.

First up the fun ninjago cake.  My son loves Kai of the Lego Ninjago cartoon series.  So, we just had to have a Kai cake.

Kai is a strawberry cake with buttercream icing overlayed with red fondant with yellow and black accent fondant pieces.
The next cake is an under the sea cake for a friend from church.

This cake is all buttercream.  I used my airbrush to color the whole cake blue.  I then used several colors of buttercream to make the fish and sea live.  The purple plant was done using the petal technique.  I will show you another cake soon where I used this same technique.  The rest was just made with several different wilton tips.

More November cakes to come soon.

If you would like to see any tutorials in the future on anything, please let me know.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Kicks on Route 66

Here are the cakes my co-workers wanted me to make for them for a baby shower.  They had decided that the theme was going to be travel and cars.  The mom to be was decorating the nursery with cars.

They asked if I could make Route 66 sign in the colors of a blanket that was bought for the nursery. So, I went to work on a cake.

The Route 66 Cake is a two layer, one tier chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream covered in marshmallow fondant.  The details are also done in fondant.

They also asked me to make a smaller cake for the big brother so he felt special at the baby shower as well.  We decided on a license plate.

The license plate cake for the big brother is a two layer, one tier white confetti cake with plain buttercream covered in marshmallow fondant.  The details are all fondant except the word Texas and the name of the big brother.  Here is a picture of the cakes at the shower.  I was told that several commented at how well they liked the cakes.

Monday, October 7, 2013

It's Hunting Season

My Dad's Birthday was back in September.  He likes to hunt, fish, raise cattle, work with his pecan trees, and generally just be outside. 

I decided for his birthday to make him a camo cake with some little additions on top.

I created little bullets out of fondant to put on the cake.  The bullets were a big hit because everyone wanted one.  I guess I should have made more.  The icing was buttercream colored to different camo colors. 

I put random blobs of each color on the side to make my camo pattern.  I then smoothed the whole cake with a viva paper towel.  After that, I added the border, wording and bullets to the cake.  It was a pretty simple cake to create.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Woo! Pig! Sooie!

We have a little piggy fun today.

My co-worker is from Arkansas and went to the University of Arkansas, home of the Razorbacks.  We try to have cake on our birthdays in our office.  Who doesn't love cake.  So, I volunteered to make the cake.  This was my first time actually decorating a cake for one of them.  Usually, we just do simple cakes or cupcakes.  I decided we needed a decorated cake.

I made a chocolate cake using a white cake mix with 1/3 cup of cocoa added to the ingredients.  I then made chocolate buttercream to ice the cake with.  It turned out delish.

I decorated the sides with the Pig Call.  The pig was done freehand.  You could easily do a frozen butter cream transfer.  What I did was print out a razorback and trace the main outline onto my cake.  I then filled the space with the maroon color and look at my printout to draw in the rest.  My co-workers liked it so much that they commissioned me to make a cake for them a few weeks after this.  That cake will come later.

So, if you enjoyed this cake, call the pigs for me!

Monday, September 23, 2013

All Because Two People Fell in Love

Back in July, my parents celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary.  That is an amazing feat in this day and age.  All you hear now days is how people are divorcing.  I am glad I have such a great example in my parents and other family members for that matter.  My grandparents were married for 53 years, and my aunt and uncle have been married for 47 years.  All truly great examples of what love and hard work look like.

For my parent's anniversary we had a little surprise party with just family.  I made a cake that kind of mimicked their wedding cake.  I think everyone liked it.

Don't look too closely at the ruffles or borders.  This was my first cake to do a lot of borders.  It's how it taste that counts, right? The top picture is after it was taken 2 hours to my parents house so there's a little wear and tear.

The cake did look pretty good before I had to take it on it's long journey.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Playing Catch Up

Sorry I haven't posted anything lately.  I don't really have any accuses.  I just didn't want to get on here.  Isn't that sad?

Well, I have done a few cakes since the last time I was here.  So, I will let you see what I've been up to.

First, I made a cake for my Memaw.  She is a huge fan of the Texas Rangers.  She watches them every chance she gets.  So, I decided to make her a Ranger cake.  It wasn't anything too fancy, but it did turn out rather cute.

I used the ruffle technique that is so popular right now.  I started by measuring around my cake with a tape measure so I could space my ruffles out evenly.  I think I ended up making my ruffles about an inch wide.

The colors remind me so much of rodeo days or 4th of July.  You could definitely make a really cute 4th of July cake using ruffles.  If you would like better instructions on how to do this please let me know.
The next cake will come quicker, promise.

Monday, July 1, 2013

One Fish, Two Fish

Our town has what they call Santa's Helper's every year.  They hold an auction to raise money to purchase gifts for kids in the town who wouldn't have a very good Christmas without it. 

I gave them a certificate to auction off a cake, and the person who had the winning bid asked me to make her a Dr. Seuss cake. 

This is an instance of use what you have.  You would be amazed at what you can actually use to bake a cake in that you already have in your cabinet.  I used a medium metal mixing bowl.  The bowl held one recipe of cake.  I made to halves and place them on top of each other to form my bowl.

The fish is made out of marshmallow fondant with lines drawn on by thinning out my black food gel.  The winning bidder said that the cake was enjoyed by all.