Sunday, November 29, 2009

Twilight Cake

An old friend from elementary school ordered a cake for her big sister's birthday. Her sister, Kristina, is an avid Twilight fan. Having never read the book, I looked to my daughter for some expertise. I downloaded a picture of the actual book, and recreated it.

Happy Birthday Kristina!!

Prada Cake

My friend Melanie wanted something girly and blingy for her sister's birthday. They went on an all day trip to the wine country to celebrate her 40th.
It took me almost an hour to make each one of the little indentations in the purse, my daughter and I used many different things to make those teeny circles-straws, piping tips, rolled up paper, etc.

And, tiny pink swarovski crystals added to the bling too :)

Monday, November 23, 2009

Cake Balls !!

So, sometimes on a Monday or Friday morning, I'll have time to create these scrumptious little cake balls and hand them out to the parents at my kids' school as a little morning treat. These ones just so happen to be chocolate kahlua flavored...

~ Bikini Bottom ~

My friend, who also works with my hubby, wanted a cake for her daughter's birthday. And, I must say, I was very excited when she told me the theme was bikini bottom !! We are huge spongebob fans, so this one came together in my head in a snap.
I knew that the figures would be too heavy if they were made of gumpaste, so I made them out of polymer oven bake clay. And the "water" is made out of piping gel.

Happy Birthday Ashley!!!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Briana's Sweet 16

My dear friends, Steve and Launa, had a party for their daughter's 16th birthday. And they ordered a cake to celebrate. Surprisingly, and thankfully, she didn't have a very picky or difficult theme, so this was one of the most fun times I had with my daughter, sitting at the table, cutting out a zillion little dots out of fondant. She's become quite a good fondant cutter now.
Briana wanted the cake to have some bright colors, and I wanted it to be fun, yet not childish, so we went with a paisley pattern. I really think it turned out fabulous, if I may say so myself.

Happy Birthday Briana!!!

Scooby Doo Cake

My husband's friend had a scooby doo party for her son's 6th birthday. I was so excited to make this one, being a child of the 80s/90s, raised on scooby doo cartoons. I actually think I watched scooby cartoons when I was pregnant, and couldn't sleep too.
For this cake, I made Shaggy and Scooby sitting on top of their ultimate dream, a giant sandwich!!
The characters are made of rice krispie treats, which I covered with fondant, and the olive is made of fondant too.

Happy Birthday Andrew !!

Owl Cake

I received an order from a friend of a friend of my sister's. She sent me a copy of the most adorable birthday invitation, with a little chubby owl, sitting on a tree branch holding a balloon. It was all in a warm pink and fern green, simple retroish style. I instantly fell in love with the design and immediately started visualizing the cake in my head.
This cake was pumpkin flavored with vanilla cinnamon cream cheese filling.
I also made her a little smash cake, with a little baby owl sleeping on a pillow.
I had to experiment with gumpaste, and found that if I had made the balloon and owl out of pure gumpaste, they would be much too heavy for the branch to support, so I covered a foam egg for the owl, and a tiny foam egg for the balloon, with gumpaste, and this worked pretty well.

Tea party Cakes

The funniest thing happened. I received two identical cake orders for one weekend. Two small tea party themed cakes and cupcake toppers. So, I made what seemed like a hundred teacups and saucers out of gumpaste, it was actually more like 4 dozen.

Now, this doesn't happen all the time, but the kids and I were actually invited to the party of the second cake picture. I had another cake to deliver, though, so I quickly dropped off this one, ran to the car, delivered the other one, drove back, and when we got back, I realized that this was going to be one of my only cake in action pictures :)
I'm sure you can visualize the hot pink tea set on top of the cake, right?? They had quite a delicious spread as well~ and the little pink teacup cards that had the name of the dishes on them were all handmade by my awesome friend Shelly, who is also a yarn diva :)

Gucci cake

My wonderful friend Mandy asked me if I would like to donate a cake to her sister's charity silent auction. Of course I said "yes!"
The silent auction/dinner event was at this totally ritzy fancy car dealership, where they had exotic cars all over, the type that gazillionaires drive, ya know what I mean?
So, I was happy that my cake was modeled after an expensive Gucci purse, it seemed to fit in on the auction table.
The inside was chocolate with chocolate/ grand marnier filling...mmmm....