Sunday, March 21, 2010

Wizard of Oz Birthday Cake

Phew! This really took a lot of time for me. Sometimes the imagination exceeds the abilities and time I have! Trying to decide on the design, I came across this painting
and as you can see, that was my inspiration.
And these pics make this cake look so great! Thanks mom!

The shoes were made from melted chocolate in molds and disco dust which I love but it's not truly food safe. Interesting but cake vendors sell it!

This little Dorothy and Toto took me quite a while but thankfully I had my Argentinian cold porcelain magazines to help. I also used my Yorkie, Boxxy, as a model for Toto. She wasn't a very still model, that's for sure! Dorothy was fondant and Toto was chocolate, yum!! Oh, and the rainbow. I handcut it out of gumpaste, painted it one color at a time and sprinkled Wilton's shimmer dust on each stripe. The cloud were handcut, airbrushed and then swirled with an edible marker.

The cake was handpainted with a combination of icing colors and pearl dust. I'm definitely not a painter, and I really need to get with my art teacher friend for some classes. The poppies were made out of royal icing and airbrushed with gold and red pearl dust. I love poppies! I remember picking them during my trip to Morocco, so I had to get them in this cake somewhere. I put little fondant circles on the backs of some of them so they would stand out.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Butterflies & Bows 1st Birthday Cake

I had this design in my mind for a while and was able to use it with this cake. I marked a wooden skewer and then pressed it into the sides of the fondant to create stripes. Then I handpainted each stripe with vanilla and pearl dust. At first I was not happy with the streaks but in the end I think it really added to the striped effect.

The topper was made by printed out a design off of the invitation on edible paper and then mounting it to fondant/gumtex and cutting with an x-acto knife. The pinwheel bows I made out of fondant with royal icing buttons and I used this pic as a guide

I had purchased some butterfly cutters a while back and finally got to use them. I shaped the cutouts on leaf formers after stamping some holes with a wooden Wilton gumpaste tool. After they dried I airbrushed them with vanilla and pearl dust and then filled in the holes with royal icing.

Baby Motif Cupcakes

I want to give a shot out to my auntie who a while back gave me a bunch of candy molds, so her baby motif mold came in really handy. I monogrammed each with an edible marker. The dics are edible paper I printed out from a google pic and cut into circles and then placed on pink fondant circles and marked with an edible marker.

Thanks Shawn!!

Monday, March 8, 2010

Mi Amor Sweets Cake Tasting, March 6, 2010

waiting for some brides-to-be :)

the setup - I love Amy Atlas! I looked at her pics for a while ( ), and then went to Walmart for an hour. I would love to do wedding dessert tables some day, whenever a bride becomes interested...;)

First time doing banana cake, and it really wasn't that bad....if you like banana.

I can't wait to finally do a dulce de leche cake for someone. In the words of Rachel Ray, it's totally "delish"!

Another not necessary pic, but the photography is soooo pretty!

You can't go wrong with brown and pink....and M 'n' Ms! (See lower right hand corner. Easter season candy went perfect with the colors I chose.)

The glasses are votive candle holders.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

My 100th Post!! & Tweety Bird Cake

Tweety Bird Baby Shower Cake
I covered this cake with edible frosting sheets, pink ribbon strips have daisies imprinted on them with a stamp although it's not shown in the pic.

The tweety bird plaque was made out of fondant/gumpaste, face was handpainted with edible paint and markers.

Another detail was using plastic mesh from Lowes, placing it on top of the frosting sheets, and airbrushing them. This would be more fitting to make napkins, not tissue paper, but it was interesting and easy.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Topsy Turvy Cake

Once again I was requested to copy another cake design. I do not know who the designer was, so if any of you cake people know so I could give them credit, please let me know.
Let's just say, topsy turvy cakes still have me beat, but I'm not giving up!

Bow was fondant/gumtex. It's shape is similar to one I saw recently on Ashley Vico's fan page. And once again I love edible markers!

Seaboat w/ Teddybear Baby Shower Cake

This cake was specifically requested to copy the design of a Pink cake Box design -
I'm not much for copying other designs, it can be intimidating!

Everything was pretty much a fondant/gumtex mix. The sand was royal icing, brown sugar and some coloring.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Mickey Mouse Cake

Edible image cutouts used for characters and black Mickey Mouse cutout, balls are gobstoppers, cake was airbrushed,
fondant, edible markers, and painting used for other decorations.
Oh, and the yellow small balls are actually white dragees that you can color or dust to your liking.

I used my new klay gun for the lollipop wand and it worked sooooo much better than my plastic one. Handpainted the wand for swirl effect and sprayed some Pam on it to keep the shine.

Valentine's Heart Giveaway Cake

This was the heart I gave away for Valentine's. Thanks to everyone who participated!

Saturday, January 30, 2010

My Cakes - Then & Now 1

Here's a photo I unearthed from last year that I never published. I really had to chuckle. I'm comparing it with this year's photo (I guess I'm indirectly trying to fish for compliments while also encouraging anyone who's interested in cake decorating to go for it. If I can, anyone can!)

I love how the lightsaber has a bloody stain all around it. Very age appropriate for a 7-yr. old!

This was completed this year on the 18th.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Pink Zebra-Striped Monogram Cake

My neighbor requested a simple cake, so I stuck with the zebra-stripe theme minus the feathers. I didn't mean for it to look like a hat, but it kind of does with the circular base.

Ostrich Feather Zebra-Striped Cake w/ Monogram Cupcakes

This was for a 13th birthday party. Cake was yellow with chocolate buttercream, covered in vanilla fondant. Handpainted zebra-stripes, numbers were fondant/gumtex with silver dragees. Also used silver dragees to make the belt buckles at the base. Everything is edible (except for the feathers :P)

Teal Monogram Cupcakes
These went along with the feather cake. The circles are fondant with the A's handwritten with an edible black marker. I'm horrible at handwriting, but it seems if I concentrate really hard, I can write one letter at a time fairly ok.
I think next time I do chocolate buttercream, I'll pipe it a different way. I think being a dog owner, it just looked a little too similar to something else...:P

Monday, January 18, 2010

Pikachu Birthday Cake

Pikachu Birthday Cake
This was a fun cake I did for a good friend's 8th birthday. I basically copied a google pic of a Pikachu figurine. The grass hill and tree stump were vanilla cake with chocolate ganache and fondant (the tree bark was chocolate candy clay which holds texturizing better). Everything, everything, everything was airbrushed. I was very lazy with this cake. The apples and leaves were candy clay.

Due to my laziness, Pikachu's tail didn't last very long. I had made it out of gumpaste/fondant the night before, so it was not dry and started curving as soon as I put it on. The ears made it okay. I let them dry in Wilton leaf formers, I believe, and that gave them the curve. Oh, and the body and head are rice cereal treats covered in chocolate candy clay and then fondant. You can still see the lumps from the rice cereal which I don't like :(

Here is the birthday boy. I've known him ever since he was born. And before!! Happy Birthday, Eli!!!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Angelina Ballerina Cake

I didn't know too much about this cartoon rodent before I did this cake but 4 yr. old Keely loves her.

Thankfully, I got to do two similar cakes in the same weekend. Had a lot of fun with the ballerina theme.

Army Cake

This was for a guy who's going off to bootcamp. His fiancee requested it, and I'll be doing their wedding next semester. The cake shape is similar to one I saw on Cake Lava's website. I handpainted the camouflage and used silver pearl dust for the stars.

The dog tag was made out of fondant and silver dragees. I used gel piping to adhere them to the vinyl board and it seemed to hold well. Oh, because I took on too much this weekend, I had to resort to Wilton fondant and realized how much I don't like it! Too thick and doesn't give!

Prima Ballerina Cake

This cake traveled all the way to Vidalia, GA. Design was based somewhat on the party invitations. Vanilla cake with vanilla buttercream covered in fondant.

While in Argentina, my mother-in-law bought me some magazines on molding figurines in gumpaste and cold porcelain, because it seems to be really popular there and the sugar artists in Argentina do such amazing work with figurines. So, I got to do some studying and then some practice this weekend.

This cake was for a 4-yr. old I believe, so I got out my edible markers and did some coloring on this cake. It looks like scribble-scratch, but it's actually about the best I can do :P