Sunday, March 29, 2009

Another FAB Wedding

I'm not sure if I've ever worked harder in my life than I did this weekend.  I did this wedding cake, these cupcakes for the same wedding and the fly boat cake.  I was up since 3 am and worked until about 7 pm straight through.  It just about killed me off but was totally worth it because this cake turned out great!  and the cupcakes were DARLING.  Piping is not my strong suit so this was a challenge for me.  And piping dark on light is really scary.  You can't make very many mistakes without making a HUGE mess on your cake.  It took SO MUCH food coloring to color the royal icing to make it this color that it will stain anything it touches so you can't wipe off too much without messing up your fondant underneath.  You can't really tell in the photo but it has a gold pearl dust painted over the ivory.  Anyway, it was tough but I'm really pleased with the way it turned out.  Oh, and Thanks to Alix, Sydney, & Jill who rushed to my aid at the last minute when I didn't think I was going to get this cake done or delivered on time.  You guys made it happen!  Thanks!!!!

Wonder Pets Fly Boat

I haven't done many special shape cakes but this one was crazy fun to do.  It was for a 2 year old's birthday and he LOVES the Wonder Pets.  This cake was just so fun!  The flag pole was a dowel wrapped in fondant and the sale was made of gum paste.  I tried to make it ride above the boat but it took way longer to dry than I thought it would and it wouldn't stay up.  Oh well, it was still darling.  :o)

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Happy Birthday for a Very Cool Baby

I got some creative freedom on this one and I LOVED it.  I saw a cake kind of like it on TV and I had to make one like it.  I didn't use any stencils on this one but cut every single shape out freehand with a knife.  It was a challenge and a fair amount of work but totally worth it. (Thanks for the help Sydney.)  I think it turned out great.  What a lucky kid to get such a cool cake for her birthday!

Happy Happy Birthday to You!

This cake was so much fun to do.  It was for my chiropractor.  Her husband got it as a surprise for her because he didn't get a cake for her last year and her kids couldn't believe that their dad wouldn't get an awesome cake for their mom.  So, he made up for it this year by getting the most fun, sparkly cake ever.  And of course it was her favorite on the inside, chocolate on chocolate...  I did a lot of different textures on the ribbons around the bottom of each tier as well as on the polka dots.  Then I pearlized the whole cake and glittered the polka dots.  Those things along with adding all those little dragees took FOREVER but totally worth it because this cake ROCKED!  

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Golfer in the house!

A golf fan turns 33!  This cake was SO much fun to make.  I hope he dug it.  I wasn't quite sure how to work a golf theme into a fun cake that is still interesting and cool so I found a cake very similar to this one online and kind of ripped off the idea to put this together.  But hey, at least it was from someone across the country and wasn't someone in town.  The argyle was a rough pattern to make but totally worth it in the end.  It's just not golf without some tacky argyle right....? :o)  The golf ball on the top was giving me problems but I finally got it done.  Everyone kept telling me, "you should just use a real golf ball," but I just couldn't.  I had to make one.  It's bad enough that the flag pole is not edible.  

I'm still working on taking better photos of the cakes... so I had to post 2 so you could see the top of the cake as well as a side view so you could see the slanted tiers.  That always make a cake more "fun" to make... or scary.  :o)

Monday, March 9, 2009

NFL Retirement Party

An East Valley native played for these 2 teams over the last 9 years and his wife wanted a cake to celebrate his great career.  I wish I would have taken a photo of the back of the cake (that was silly of me...).  It had the "Bears" & "Chiefs" in their team fonts on one side and then the seasons that he played for those teams on the other.  On the top is a banner that says "congrats on a great career!" with silver and gold stars.  I wanted to put the football field hash marks on the green but I ran out of time.  I bit off way more than I could chew with this cake.  It was huge (10 inch bottom & 8 inch top) and when those are square it makes for a very big cake.  Then the detail level was insane.  Between all the precision cutting and using 7 different colors... it was nuts and took WAY longer than I anticipated.  I had to commission my darling neighbor girl to cut out and paint the stars for me too, thank goodness or those wouldn't have gotten done either.  But who cares, it was worth it because it still turned out amazing and I really hope they liked it.  :o)