I am so, so excited to share this latest cake with everyone… It’s a bridal shower cake inspired by the shower invitations and meant to look very much like a wedding cake. It’s two tiers - one vanilla, one chocolate, each filled with vanilla buttercream and iced in vanilla fondant. It’s decorated in a damask pattern with royal icing and accented with hand-made sugar flower and the bride’s new monogram.
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Happy Saturday morning! I’ve got another girlie birthday cake this week! This one is for a little girl named Lisle who is turning 5… Her Hello Kitty themed birthday party clearly called for custom Hello Kitty birthday cake, so voila! It’s a two-tier chocolate cake with pink vanilla buttercream filling. The pink icing is vanilla fondant, and the decorations are done in fondant and gum paste.
Happy Easter! I had a great weekend of friends, family, and baking… hope you did, too! I did two projects this weekend, one which I’ll post on now, one for later. The first was an experiment in a new technique for me… big, beautiful gum paste flowers. This little pink cake has white gum paste polka dots and a single, handmade ivory bloom. It was a great learning experience - I’m looking forward to doing more handmade sugar flowers on upcoming projects!
I’m so excited about this latest cake… One of the executives at my company and his wife recently adopted a beautiful baby boy, and we’re doing a shower in the family’s honor tomorrow. This cake is a “gift box cake” as made famous by Confetti Cakes in NYC… Such a fun cake to make, and it really makes a statement (or so I think!). The cake itself is sour cream white cake, and the filling/frosting is lemon curd buttercream. I’m also providing vanilla/vanilla cupcakes to go along with the cake.
This weekend was dedicated to one of my entries for this year’s Capitol Confectioners Club show/competition (That Takes the Cake 2009). I decided several weeks ago to attempt a three-tier wedding style cake decorated in a tile-like mosaic. With 12 different colors of fondant, this was a big project and took most of the weekend. The “cake” is actually styrofoam since it’s for the show - an interesting new medium to work with. :) Now that this cake is ready to go, I’ve got 1 or 2 more that I need to rock out for this weekend!
This Saturday marked the final performance of my boyfriend P.J.’s band, Beta Valentine… To celebrate the last performance together at the Club De Ville in Austin, I made a Beta Valentine-themed cake to take to the show. At P.J.’s request, I made a rich lemon cake with cream cheese filling… It’s iced in vanilla fondant (gray for the boys…) and the band logo is also vanilla fondant. I have to give credit to P.J. for the logo - he painstakingly cut out the logo elements while we were scrambling to finish things up pre-show. :) Also, the beautiful cupcakes were made by another member of the Beta Valentine family - Chris’ wife Jennifer. Yum!
Wow! What a busy 24 hours! I did three cakes for Saturday - no small feat with a day job. Cake #1 was for my sweet little neighbor, a lovely little girl having her third birthday party. She requested a white cake with pink icing… see below for the results! It’s a sour cream white cake with pink buttercream filling and pink fondant. The little white flowers are fondant with a touch of royal icing.
Cake #2 was another birthday cake for a little lady, this one turning eight today. She has a love for all things crafty and requested a painter-inspired cake. This cake was vanilla with chocolate buttercream filling and vanilla fondant. The fondant was handpainted to look like watercolor, and there are a handmade fondant painter’s palette (with royal icing paint) and a few paintbrushes as accents. Here it is:
Cake #3 was a quick little cake for my lovely neighbor Courtney… a fun little buttercream. It’s a sour cream chocolate cake with peanut butter and Reese’s Cup filling, iced with chocolate and vanilla buttercream.
This was another great baby shower project… this one for a friend of a friend. The momma-to-be requested a lamb theme to align with the shower theme, so I decided to do a handmade little lamb figurine topping the cake. The cake itself was a new recipe: lemon cake with both lemon buttercream and blackberry fillings. I iced with tinted vanilla fondant. The little lamb is fondant and is painted with some edible glitter dust to give it the sheen.