Retro Fleetwood Mac and NKOTB Cakes

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Fleetwood Mac is BACK!!  And if you don’t know what I’m talking about, it proves I’m just way too old.

My dear friend Missy asked me to make a cake for her friend’s 40th birthday.

She wanted a replica of the birthday girl’s favorite album cover, this artistic rendition of the iconic 1977 Fleetwood Mac “Rumors” album.

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It took some time and a few sharp exacto blades to cut the image out, but I think I got it pretty close.  Luckily, it was a fairly simple design.

I really love this fondant image-layering technique. It’s kind of like putting a puzzle together from the front to back to get the 2-dimenional image to look kind of 3-D.  The hardest part is visualizing the layers as separate pieces

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The cake is a 10″ square key lime cake filled with lime curd and iced with cream cheese buttercream.

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Another blast to the past was for Missy’s 40th birthday.  Her brother wanted the theme to be her favorite late-1980s group, New Kids On the Block.

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For this one, I used an icing image and added fondant details.  Much easier than cutting each piece out separately!

 

Happy belated 40th birthdays, Ladies!!

I had fun making these unique and different cakes for you!  :0)

My Favorite Birthday Cakes….

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I’ve made quite a few non-character, non-themed birthday cakes over the past few weeks.  Just simple, happy, feel good celebrations cakes.

These cakes aren’t fancy or flashy or dripping with a theme. They’re just classy, understated, and say to the recipient “you’re special, so we got you a special cake.”

They are decadent, delicious, and not ones you’d typically make for yourself…or get at a bakery or grocery store. They’re one-of-a-kind unique and made just for that special birthday person.

I love doing these cakes, because it kind of lets me create what I’d like brought to the table on my own birthday.

 

Here are a couple of my favorites…

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This one is a version of the raspberry almond cake I posted a few weeks ago, only I added colored sequins on top for some color.  It’s an 8″ sour cream almond cake with raspberry filling and vanilla buttercream.

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I made the plaques and stars from homemade marshmallow fondant; the plaques are painted gold with edible paint.  I added the chocolate hearts kind of as an afterthought as I was making them for this drip cake I was doing at the same time…

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I love the look of these drip cakes, especially black on white.  So dramatic.  The cake was a 10″, 2-layer (one chocolate and one sour cream vanilla).  There was a raspberry mousse filling between the layers, so I used raspberries on top.  I used chocolate ganache for the drip and melted chocolate for the hearts.  This one was for a father and daughter who celebrated their birthdays together ;0)

 

For this one, the birthday girl wanted rustic icing and fall-colored buttercream flowers.

I used a special petal tip and variegated icing to pipe the mums on pieces of parchment paper, then popped them into the freezer to firm up before adding them to the cake.   Then I filled in with a star tip for the yellow flowers and leaves.

 

And then there is the humble-but-oh-so-yummy chocolate cake with whipped ganache icing and multi-colored sequins…mmmmmm.choc_ganache_cake_2

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Golden (50th) Anniversary Cake

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I had the extreme honor to make this 50th anniversary cake for a friend whose parents were celebrating this golden milestone in their lives…it always brings me pleasure to create special occasion cakes that mean so much to those who get to enjoy them.

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The cake was a 12″x12″ square vanilla bean cake filled and iced with vanilla Swiss meringue buttercream and decorated with buttercream scrolls and dots .

 

The “P” monogram and “50” plaque were made from homemade marshmallow fondant.  I used cutters and pale yellow fondant to cut out the letters and numbers and then painted them with edible gold paint before securing to the fondant plaques with sugar glue.
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In the end, I added a few white sugar pearls to dress it up a bit.

Happy 50th Anniversary, Mr. and Mrs. P, it was an honor to make a cake for such a special occasion!!

Fall Flower Cupcake Bouquet

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I made this fall flower cupcake bouquet as a special gift for a friend to take to her grandmother’s 80th birthday.

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I loved working  with these fall colors. The cupcakes were an assortment of chocolate, vanilla, and red velvet flavors, all with vanilla buttercream.

I variegated the icing colors in the piping bags to make the flowers look more realistic and used 3 different Wilton piping tips to pipe the petals: #18 for the green hydrangeas; 1M for the red roses; and #81 for the yellow mums.

 

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Once the cupcakes were piped, I popped them into the fridge for a bit to firm up. I used wooden skewers and foam blocks to arrange them in the basket, then added green and orange tissue, silk leaves, and a few fronds to add height and interest (I made sure nothing “foreign” touched the icing…:0).

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Hope you had a great 80th birthday, Louise’s grandma!  

I really enjoyed making your cupcake arrangement!

Vintage Baseball Cake

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Another sports cake for a great kid!  I’ve made birthday cakes for this sweet boy for many years now.  They’re always sports-themed and just keep getting bigger and more fun!

Anthony’s mom asked for a 2-tiered vintage baseball-themed cake with a worn, vintage look.  The only way to really do that without an airbrush (which I don’t own….yet) was to cover it in fondant and creatively brush on the “dirt” using cocoa powder and a small brush (cocoa powder…who knew?  worked great!).

 

The base 9″ tier is a 2-layer chocolate cake with mocha filling and the 6″ tier is Italian cream cake with almond buttercream filling.

The cakes are iced with vanilla buttercream and then covered with homemade marshmallow fondant. The details are a combo of fondant, red edible pen (small stitching on baseball), and cocoa powder.

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Loved the simple, vintage, worn look of this cake and it was so fun to make…

Happy 14th birthday, Anthony!  Keep being a great kid!