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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!

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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!

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Chocolate covered pretzels

These Snowmen Don’t Melt! – Holiday Themed Cupcakes and Cookies

22 Dec

Happy Holidays! Need to bring some yummy and cute cheer to your holiday? Make these easy confections and you will be the hit of any party!

Snowmen Cupcakes

The actually all look different like a little family!

I found these on a great website Confessions of cookbook Queen. I mean she has all sorts of things on there.

Make your favorite cupcakes and frost them. I put a little extra on the top of  mine so the the hat would have some support. To make the hat, cut the bottom quarter off of a large marshmallow, and attach the larger peice to an Oreo with Candy Melts. Once the marshmallow is attached securely, I dipped the whole thing in melted Candy Melts (I used black, but you could also just use chocolate or any other fun color), sprinkled with shiny sprinkles ( or any other fun snow like topping) and set on wax paper to harden. *You can get candy melts and the eyes in the cake decorating aisle at Walmart  ( not the baking aisle this one is near all the party stuff) or Michael’s, Joann’s or AC Moore.

I found the covering of the hats to take a while because the dipping left finger prints and smudges all over. I used the back of a knife or a smooth edged spatula to smooth the chocolate around the sides. Just looked lumpy if I dipped it. After they are dry place on top of frosted cupcake. Finish the cupcakes with the eyes and red nose. My nose was a red sour ball ( I only find them in Walgreens for some reason) I did not want to use the red hots because these cupcakes were for kids and I personally don’t like them. But you could also use fondant, skittles or cut pieces of starburst and roll them into a ball after warming for 10 seconds in microwave. There you go Snowman cupcakes!


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Christmas or Holiday Tree Cupcakes

These were easier than the snowman cupcakes !

Bake your Cupcakes,  color your frosting Green.Use a 2D tip perpendicular to the cupcake to frost. Let the frosting stack up upon itself as you slowly pull the frosting bag up and there you have it a tree! Top your tree with some holiday colored sprinkles I used red but you can use larger round balled sprinkles to look like ornaments. No Christmas tree is a tree without a star! I used yellow fondant to cut out stars and place them atop my trees. DONE!

Tip from the Scientist: If you are Jewish no worries use white  or blue frosting and a blue or silver star with silver sprinkles.

Holiday Tree Cupcakes

 

Snowflake Cookies

What winter holiday is complete without cookies! Make your favorite roll and cut cookiedough. I make them from scratch but the baking aisle has cookies in a bag that can be used for this complete with instructions on how to make the batter into roll and cut dough which is a bit harder than drop cookie dough. Roll out your dough out putting a good amount of flour on the surface so the dough does not stick. Get your favorite cookie cutters, I used snowflakes.  Cut out the shapes, bake and cool. I find putting the cookie dough in the fridge when I am not working with it helped the dough stay firm.

This is my first time putting designs on cookies. I normally just smooth on the frosting as best I can with a spatula and call it a day. However one must challenge themselves in the kitchen! I was inspired by one of the blogs I follow Carrie’s Creations . She is an amazing cookie baker and decorator ! So I got out my piping bag using a #3 tip and made some snowflakes. Here are just a few!

Christmas Cookies

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Happy 60th Birthday Cake!

11 Dec

Carved 60 numbesThis weekend I made a wonderful almond cake in the shape of a 60! It is so wonderful when you get a referral client. I made this cake for a person that attended, the Movie Cake party, the Tre Chic Party AND the Jungle Junction party. That just warms my heart that she though of me to make the cake for her fathers 60th Birthday! Feeling very blessed!

I recently came to the realization that I started doing this in April 2012. I started taking the wilton classes in January finished the 4th course in april and here I am 9 months later!!! Just amazing it almost seems unreal!

Anyways back to the cake! This recipe was to die for. I have always just added almond flavor to my vanilla cake recipe and voila Almond cake. I thought I would really try something different this time around. I found this great Almond Pound cake recipe from Paula Deen. If you are looking for an almond cake please try this recipe! On a side note my room mate and boyfriend ate all the cake scraps after carving with left over buttercream!

After baking I got to carving (see here for my post on how to do this). This time it was much easier that the Movie cake because I had a bit more experience (always bodes well) . That took about an hour to get all the pieces cut and frosted and assembled on the board. Then I covered in fondant and decorated it.

Covered 60 numbers

I used gold spray to give a air brushed affect across the top  and cut out some stars in black as accents. My client wanted little messages on the cake about her dad. I made those with fondant and painted the blue onto the ribbon for more of gloss effect and used edible markers for the other text.handpainted gold letters

For the message on the front my client loved the letters in the Jungle Junction cake so I melted down some chocolate and made the letters using one of the Plastic molds I like. I HAND PAINTED every one of them gold with edible luster dust. That took an hour because I had to make sure every spot was colored. Trust me I wished often why no one has invented golden and sparkly chocolate, or I just have not come across it yet.  I laid a thin strip of fondant down and placed the letters across the front of cake. Then I was finally done.

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Tiffany Boxes for a Bride to be…

11 Dec

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So I may have a wedding in August. My client wants 100 individual tiffany boxes. 100 INDIVIDUAL BOXES oh and a cake. Lets skip the fact that I probably wont be able to do all of that myself. If you are a cake decorator you know that 100 boxes means 100 cakes because each box is just a smaller cake. I just keep thinking ASSEMBLY LINE! I will have to fine a special space to use if I am selected to make these. Naturally she wanted to see some prototypes (I know I would) and also it was a good idea  for me to see how much work goes into these. Let’s just say baking the cake and cutting it into boxes was the easy part!

 

 

I baked the red velvet cake. Two 9X12 sheet cakes made 6 boxes ( I had to test one) I used my square biscuit cutter to cut the squares out after frosting the 3 layers with the cream cheese ganache. I used a white chocolate cream cheese ganache to frost the outside for a smooth edge. What was difficult about these was that every little error shows up if they are not perfectly smooth! I liked the one in the center the best.

Hope the Bride to be likes them all 🙂

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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!

Jungle Junction Cake 1


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Classy Damask Print Confections

3 Dec
Demo of Damask print

Just what is Damask? Acording to Wikipedia Damask (Arabic: دمسق‎) is a reversible figured fabric of silk, wool, linen, cotton, or synthetic fibres, with a pattern formed by weaving. Damasks are woven with one warp yarn and one weft yarn, usually with the pattern in warp-faced satin weave and the ground in weft-faced or sateen weave. Twill damasks include a twill-woven ground or pattern.

Recently I have been seeing this classy print everywhere  on confections and stumbled on a stencil. There is an sample of the print done with black royal icing in the photo. I really wanted to use it and just so happened that I had a client having a birthday that wanted to showcase this classy print.

You can get the stencils online or any craft store. There are a variety of prints not just damask so have fun shopping,  they are however on the expensive side. Just so happened that a client was looking for some classy damask print cupcakes for her Tres Chic 30th birthday party.

Besides the wrappers, I didn’t know how I would use the decorations on the cupcakes. My clients do not like fondant but I knew I needed something to put the print on. So i made Marshmallow fondant! It is very easy to make but it was sticky fun. Check the recipe section for instructions.

I rolled out the fondant and covered it with damask print. I cut out squares to place as decoration on cup of cupcakes. I also covered some of the marshmallow fondant hot pink to fit the theme of party, and added some royal icing words. I brushed the squares with a little silver luster dust to had a little shimmer. Classy indeed.

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Later that same week my very good friend Kim called me looking for a birthday cake. She has been a faithful supporter of my confections for a while and i was thrilled to be the person to make her red velvet birthday cake. Now Kim is a very classy lady so this print was perfect for her cake. Once I was done I realized it needed something. So I crafted a ‘K’ out of gum paste and glued on pink and silver rhinestones just for a little sparkle. She loved it!  Happy Birthday Kim!


Damask Birthday Cake

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.

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