Sweet 16 Travel Cake

This was such a fun birthday cake to do for a darling, smart, inquisitive girl who enjoys traveling and documenting everything with her camera.  I can hardly believe she’s Sweet 16 already!

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The cake is an 8″ chocolate cake with cookies and cream filling, smooth iced with vanilla buttercream.  All of the details are made from homemade fondant.

The name plaque is cut out of fondant with an Ohio-shaped cutter and painted with metallic gold paint.  The Eiffel Tower is piped with black buttercream onto a fondant plaque.



I wanted to give the feeling of travel all the way around the cake to highlight her adventuresome spirit.


Her camera also plays a big part in her life, so it had to be on there…

This was such a fun cake to do, I’m so glad I got to create it for you, Quinn.

Happy Birthday, girlfriend!

Corona Ice Bucket Cake

For all the Corona fans out there, this one’s for you!

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Loved making this one…It was sort of a last-minute order, but I couldn’t resist doing it for a sweet mom who wanted to give her son a special surprise on his 21st birthday.

Note: The Corona is real, all the rest is cake or sugar…And no Coronas were hurt in the making of this cake, the birthday boy got to drink it –eventually :0)

It started as a 3 layer 7″ vanilla cake that I carved into a bucket shape and  rough-iced with buttercream.  I then cut a hole out of the middle to accommodate the Corona bottle. That was the tricky part…making the hole big enough for the bottle while leaving enough cake to maintain the structure (and to eat, or course!).

After letting it set up in the fridge for a few minutes, I covered the entire thing in Continue reading

Eagle Scout Cake for J.J.


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  • I was extremely honored when asked by a dear friend to create this cake for her son’s Eagle Scout celebration.  Making Eagle scout is such a huge accomplishment for any young man and deserves a special celebration cake…

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Before I go too much farther, let me say that the Eagle topper is an actual statue provided by the client that I added to the finished cake…I didn’t make it.

But all of the other details are made from homemade marshmallow fondant.

The 2-tiered (8″-6″) vanilla sour cream cake is smooth-iced with vanilla buttercream.  The draped flag, gold cording, and fleur-de-lis symbols are made from fondant.

I had had to create a special platform covered in fondant with extra support on the top tier to hold the heavy Eagle statue, which was placed on the cake at the venue.  It made it easy to remove the topper in order to serve the cake.

Congrats again on the incredible accomplishment, J.J., it was an honor to make your cake!

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“Finding Dory” Nemo Cake


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I created this cake for a 3rd birthday for little Michael earlier this month. It was so fun to do that I kept adding details once I got started decorating.

Perhaps I went overboard….ya think?

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The cake is a 2-tier (8″-6″) with banana cake w/ cream cheese filling for the 6″ tier and vanilla sour cream cake with strawberry filling for the 8″ tier.  It’s smooth-iced with blue vanilla buttercream with an ombre effect to make it look ocean-y (if that’s a word…?).  The details and figures are made from homemake marshmallow fondant.

I handmade Nemo, Hank, and Dory from fondant mixed with some tylose powder to stiffen it up and I let them dry for a few days before adding them to the finished cake. It’s hard to see, but Nemo is suspended above the surface of the cake on green straws to give the illusion that he’s swimming though the plants on the sea floor.



The “Michael” was hand-cut from fondant using my KopyKake projector and a sharp Exact-o blade.



It was fun adding all the details to the characters to make them recognizable…I especially liked doing Hank the octopus, he has so much going on.

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I loved doing your cake, Michael…Hope you had a fantastic birthday!!

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Harley Davidson Birthday Cake


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I’ve been meaning to write up this cake for awhile because it was so cool.  I made it a few months ago for a dear friend’s dad’s 60th birthday…

Obviously he LOVES his Harley!

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The cake is a 10″ chocolate cake with peanut butter mousse filling (YUM!!) and is iced with vanilla buttercream tinted black.  The details are all cut from homemake fondant.

The flames were made by marbling orange and yellow fondant and cutting them out using different-sized leaf cutters.  I hand-cut the Harley logo and most of the letters.


Loved how it turned out….hope you had a great birthday, Dave!