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April & May’s Creations

31 May

Both months were a little slow but defiantly not uneventful!

Tropical Bridal Shower Cake & Cupcake Bouquets

I especially enjoyed making this cake because this customer came to me via a referral. If you are one of my followers you will remember the movie themed number cake which lead to the Damask Cupcakes which let me to this customer. Her friend was getting married and I had the pleasure of working on her cake.  I enjoyed working with this customer because she was not really sure what she wanted. I really do enjoy researching ideas for my clients and ironing out what they really hope to get in their confection.  She sent me a picture of a cupcake bouquet that said… ” Can you make this?”  I didn’t even know what those were at the time. This is the photo…

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Cute right! But how the heck do you make it? … I will one day do a blog post on how to make these. To be honest they are not as easy as they seem, big challenge was how do I attach at almost a 90 degree angle so the cupcake OR frosting on the cupcake does not fall off!!! Stay tuned for that one!

For the cake she wanted hibiscus flowers in tropical themed colors,  with a wedding dress topper.   Surprisingly not much online on how to make a dress topper so one day soon I will post that as well! My ” One Day” blog list is getting a bit too long! I had never made a dress before, so this was a first as well. I first made the body for the dress and then draped the fondant over. I had to go back to Wilton’s gum paste flowers course notes for those flowers because it had been a while!  So here it is!

Tropical Bridal Shower Cake and Cupcake Bouquet Bridal Shower cake

Ahoy Matey’s Cap’in Mason’s Turnin’ 4!

Remember last month’s Stiletto cake, I made this cake for her son!  It was such a cute cake, along with the yummy cupcakes with Pirate ship sails! If anyone one wants the template for the sails I would be happy to share!

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February’s Creations

26 May

After what felt like an eternity orders began to come in and it got very busy very fast in the second month of the year.

Everyone Needs some Sparkle Zebra Print Gift Box Cake

This was a very fun cake to make. I feel like I have done enough zebra prints for it to be easy for me to do, but they wanted a gift box. Bows I do not normally do and to be honest this one was a pain, I had to be just right! It took a long time to put together because placement was important. I used the rhinestones and the balls to add a little more sparkle!Finished it off with some pearl spray.
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Mikey’s Camouflage Birthday Cake

Mikey's CakeMy little brother Mikey turned 13! he is a TEEN His favorite things to do are annoy his sisters, play soccer and he likes airsoft and paintball. The last two require some camouflage so I had to make him this camo cake. He wanted all his favorite things on it. Chocolate doughnuts, Oreos ( I crushed for dirt) and KitKats which I used for the M Mikey hates fondant so I spent quite a bit of time researching how to get this effect with butter cream. THE VIVA PAPER TOWEL METHOD is the trick. I think it came out pretty great for my first time.

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Pink Baby Shower Treats Table

These are starting to become some of my favorite things. Assorted variety of delicious treats in small quantities with candy and other yummy things on a table equals TREAT TABLE.  I plan on doing a post soon on Treat table 101 but until then the pictures will have to do.  The cupcakes were my favorite!

Strawberry Cupcakes with cream cheese frostingChocolate covered Strawberries

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Chocolate covered pretzels

Jungle Junction

4 Dec

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A Jungle Junction Birthday. Remember the Movie Night cake?  Well this same client has another little one and he just turned 3. His favorite show is Jungle Junction. I personally had never seen the show so I took the liberty of watching it  so I could get a feel for the characters. They  re so very  cute! Surprising this cake took a while. The eyes and the wheels although the smallest detail took the most time because they were so small. Everything is made from fondant and the piping and the letter of the name from chocolate.

This was a pina colada cake with a coconut pineapple filling. Delicious. Happy Birthday Christian!

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Its a Girl! – Leopard Print Baby Shower Cake and Cupcakes!

2 Dec

Leopard Print baby shower

This was a fun and easy cake to make. I made the spots buy cutting out the brown and black colors and rolling the colors into the fondant. The cupcakes were an almond buttercream with fresh cherries and amarettto cake. The cake was the same also filled with cherry almond buttercream. Boy did I have fun making these!  Cheers, Amaretto sour anyone!

Gumpaste crown

The crown was a pain in the  butt. I could have purchased a crown but I wanted to try making the crown from gum paste. I used a large round bottle and drew out my stencil on paper. I taped it onto the bottle  and covered it with saran wrap. (see picture)  I went to building. It was fine putting it on the bottle but once it was hardened it was hard to remove and all the parts did not stick together. It was very fragile so  I had to repair it over and over and over.  Every time I fixed a spot another place broke.

I guess the only thing I would have done differently is add more spots and also ditch the print on the cupcakes. I hand piped them on and then smoothed over using the viva paper towel method. It did not however come out as nice as I wanted. I want to make my treats neat and it is a constant battle. Next time if I had something similar I would make the decorations out of marshmallow fondant. As always when you are a baker you learn form mistakes. These mistakes are opportunities to get better.

Tip from the scientist: I find it hard to make a true black fondant and if you do a 50/50 gum paste mixture to get hardened designs mixing in white gum paste lightens the black. So once my designs are hardened, I hand paint them with black die diluted in water. This way the designs look truly black and not grey or green.

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Lights Camera…Popcorn!

11 Oct

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This cake made a cameo at Trey’s 10th Birthday party! This was my first number cake and it actually was not difficult. I found a great picture online that was quite useful.

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The Cake

First I baked each of the cakes. The one was a banana cake and the zero piña colada (coconut and pineapple. To make both of these I added coconut flavor and pineapple to one and 2 whole smashed bananas the other. I added these directly to my regular yellow cake batter adding 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda to correct for the additional materials. After baking I got to carving, frosting and covering!

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The CupCakes

Then the famous cupcakes were next. I decided to make popcorn, gold stars and red admission tickets for the decorations. The popcorn is made of mini marshmallows and I painted them with yellow food coloring and used molasses as the brown kernel.

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Get your Zebra on…The Train!

5 Oct

Remember the fashionista cake I made a few weeks a go? The person that ordered that cake for her boss, is having a birthday party, and she chose me!  So here is the story of the classy cake for my client Naketa. She wanted a two tiered pink and black cake with the bottom tier in zebra print. I said no problem. This was not the first time I had done zebra print. I did a baby shower cake that was similar, so I was ready. I was working like a well oiled machine, and was very impressed with my work. I must say this cake process gave me ZERO problems!

Wait…. just kidding, I should have known something was amiss. As I was walking out the door to deliver this masterpiece. I call the client to ask her if she is sure I need to drop the cake off at her job and that I had no problem delivering the cake to her party location. She says… No worries I am taking the TRAIN. Say again the TRAIN!!!!! Now you know I had a mini-freak moment. This wonderful lady was going to take my cake… well her cake actually onto a moving train????? Two tiers and all. ( Thank goodness i put dowels in!  Cake makers out there you know what I mean. The last thing you want to hear after you do your follow up call is, that the cake never made it… or it got damaged.  So I offered to drive her home! Yes I am that dedicated. After making that decision, we both realize it is an hour drive  to her place and that is without traffic! This is friday 5:30pm, so unfortunately that was just too far.

So that is right, you guessed it! She travelled home with the cake on the train! I have great news… She and the cake made it noooo disasters and here is the picture in her kitchen to prove it!!!! Kudos to the Brave Naketa, cake deliver extraordinaire!

Tips from the Scientist: Traveling with your goodies. Best to put them on the floor of your vehicle because the seats are slanted. Use the non-slip mesh put into drawers or under rugs to prevent your treats from sliding when you hit the breaks! Happy transporting.

Are you a Fashionista?

30 Sep


Two weeks ago  made this cake for a my sisters co-worker’s boss! I was told she was a fashionista! So I made her a fashionista cake! Red velvet with cream cheese frosting in Pink and Green. Her favorite colors. I had some pieces left over from leveling the cake off, OMG delicious. I used Paula Deen’s recipe and man it just never fails!

I used these Fashionista cutouts i ordered from amazon for $5.00 to make the fondant decorations. I used edible marker to write on the ” I ❤ Shopping” and even personalized the purse and dress with pearls. I finished of the cake with a happy birthday and carefully places pearls all over. She was very Happy!

I just had one Challenge. SMOOTHING THAT FROSTING!

Let me tell you I think I HATE frosting cakes, I just can’t get the darn things smooth! How do those bakeries do it! I am going to source a nice cake smoother because I just can’t take this anymore! I will not let these cakes beat me. I know the key to smooth frosting is  the consistency of the icing, room temperature and technique. Something must be off. I know the wilton frosting is perfect and while learning i had no problems with it, but I just don’t like how it tastes. So i have been using my homemade recipes. It is one thing to just do the decorations but I want my cakes to be delicious and beautiful.  Just another challenge I WILL master!

 

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Baby Blocks for a Baby Shower!

14 Aug

This past weekend I made a beautiful pastel baby shower cake and 72 cupcakes. It was a 8 inch cake on a tiered display. When I first got this order I thought ” I think I will make baby blocks and rattles and cupcakes this should be easy.”  The client sent their inspiration picture and I was off.

THE BLOCKS

It had been a while since I made rice crispy treats, so I decided I would make my blocks out of that and have some extra snacks for myself. Somehow I managed to make them and not take pictures 😦 of the actual treats.  The one error I made was putting fruit loops in the rice crispy treats.  Years ago I was short on rice crispy cereal and added fruit loops to make up the volume. They were such a hit I automatically put fruit loops in my rice crispy treats.

If you look carefully you can see the fruit loops color showing through the white fondant. Oops! So I covered them twice with fondant to fix that problem. I watched this YouTube video to help me figure out the process.  I also realized unless you have a super sharp knife its hard to cut them perfectly, so my blocks were a little uneven. It took me two hours just to put on the stripes. Maybe I am a perfectionist but I wanted them perfect (well as close to perfect as possible) make the corners was the hardes? Afterwards, I cut out letters and cute shapes for the blocks sides.

The rattle was the easiest to make. After watching this YouTube video , I saw how easy it was. I covered a straw with fondant to make the stick and stuck the straw into the ends of the rounded fondant balls.

*Tip from the Scientist: next time I will purchase a square cutter or use square cake cut outs my blocks were a little uneven and not all the same size.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE CAKE

Yummy yellow cake with butter cream frosting.  The cake is moist and fluffy.

I drew out a scalloped design on paper, first tracing the top rim of cake pan (not bottom it will be too small). I used a ring to draw the semi-cirles along the outline. I places the paper cut out over the rolled out fondant before cutting it and placing on cake.

The hard part was getting the semi-circles to be large enough to go around the cake withough a portion of a semi circle being left at the end. The other challenge was centering it on the cake without tearing. I had to cut and roll it three times!  Once secured with a little water around the edges I was done.

Last step, adding the lettering and circles. The only problem was the purple fondant kept ripping. I don’t know why! So I had to patch it with purple butter cream and hide  some tears with the circles and the lettering on the front. Unless you were looking for it no one would have noticed. I must figure out how to get fondant on my cakes with no issues. I am becoming an expert patch artist!

* Tip from the Scientist: Whenever I cover a cake with fondant I keep a little butter cream a little darker tinted than the color of the fondant to patch holes. Buttercream dries lighter than fondant.

THE CUPCAKES

There is always a challenge when you have to do cupcakes AND a cake. I completed most of the cake and then left time to work on the cupcakes. I had the most fun with these. I made chocolate discs from white chocolate. See my blog post on how to make these discs.  People don’t love the taste of fondant, so someone recommended using chocolate. Because cupcakes are so small, fondant can be overpowering.  I piped booties and teddy bears onto the flower discs (which I didn’t take a picture of) and made sculpted chocolate rattles and pins.

It was easy to make the disks. See my post on how to make the chocolate disks. Took me about 45 to make 35 circles and 35 flowers. Why so long… you have to wait for the chocolate to harden in between.

Make extras they break easily!

I used a #5 tip to pipe the booties. Once crusted I used the end of paint brush to make hole in bootie and piped on bow and top stripe. It took about me 30 min to mix the color and Pipe the booties. I put them in the fridge to crust and finished them to next day. *I made them all ahead of time, but these can be easily piped onto the cupcakes the day of, just leave time to dry to poke holes

I used a plastic chocolate candy tray. I purchased it from Michael’s a while ago to make party favors. A great buy because I kept finding multiple ways to use these!

ALL TOGETHER

And the final setup… I made my own display because they are expensive to purchase, not alway quite what you want, and unless you are at the event to get your display back, they just throw it away.  See my post about how I made this display for under $25.00!

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The Zebra Print Shower

8 May

This weekend I made a lovley cake for a baby shower. As I said in my previous post the theme was Zebra Print with the colors pink and purple.  I even made the cake batter in Pink and Purple Zebra Print! I wanted to have more pictures of me while I worked, however I employed that job to my sweetie. Always supportive of all my endeavors, he enjoyed watching but somehow forgot to snap photos of my progress as I worked.

How to do the Zebra Print

1. Get two different colored batters. (Strawberry and vanilla colored purple is what I used)

2.  Spoon equal amounts of the batter over each other in cocentric circles ( See Pictures)

3. DO NOT WAIT FOR BATTER TO SPREAD! Just keep piling it on in the center of the pan.

To see pictures of the inside of the cake see my facebook page, but I do have a picture of the test cupcake I made. I wanted to make sure you could tell the colors apart.

Baked Scientist Quick Tip: If you are worried about a crown on your cake, use cake pan strips. THEY ARE AWESOME! They allow cake to rise evenly by lowering the temperature the outside of the pan. Those who want to minimize cake leveling should use them!

Cakes in the Oven

What I hope the cake looked like!

 

The Outside of the Cake

I spent hours of my life looking at zebra print cakes online to figure out just how I wanted to complete the cake. Some people use fat stripes, some thin, short or long. I went for medium to thin longer strips that went from near the center over the sides and to the edge is a diagonal pattern. In the back I did a “U” like shape. (silly me didn’t take a photo of that part)

I rolled out the black fondant and then cut about 5 long strips in random shapes an then layed those 5 onto the cake. Once I was happy with their location I would glue them down. After not being so happy with that method and probably more paranoia from messing up than anything else, I chose to line everything thing up on the cake as best I could before glueing it down with gumpaste adhesive. ( that took extra time  kind of like doing the cake twice). For the bassinet, I found a tutorial online done by Way Beyond Cakes on Youtube . I did not do exactly what she did but I was inspired by her design.

I also made chocolate lollipop favors (Those are on the table and in the top of the cake). These can be laborious to make, even though the process is quite easy.  However they always go over quite well at any event. You can purchase the molds and chocolate already died at any Michaels, AC Moore or popular craft stores.

Zebra Print Flowers on Cupcakes

For the cupcakes I made my own zebra print fondant. I simpley rolled out the color I wanted as a base then placed strips of black in the layout of the zebra print. I just rolled over the two colors carefully and soon the black melded into the base color. After I used my flower cutter to cut out the flowers and I put round pearlin the center. The cupcake flavors were: Red Velvet, Banana with strawberry filling, (both with Cream Cheese Frosting) Vanilla and Strawberry ( both with buttercream).

Summary  From the Baked Scientist

Overall I am extremely happy  with the cake so were the customers. I suggest everyone making a labor intensive cake like this give them self a lot of time, so they don’t work on it all day. For example, I made the bassinet one night, the flowers another night, baked and covered the cake and the cup cakes the night before. I left Just the frosting and the cake decor to till the end. However I had the carriage done the flowers on the side were done. If you split up the work it wont seem so crazy!

 

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