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 http://www.brunswickacademy.com/Wizard_of_Oz_painting_low_res%5B1%5D.jpg
and as you can see, that was my inspiration.
And these pics make this cake look so great! Thanks mom! http://stanner.smugmug.com/

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 http://sweetbows.com/library/ClassicPinwheelBow-scarlet.jpg


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 ( http://www.amyatlas.com/index.php/main/portfolio/ ), 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.