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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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