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.

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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!

Ice Cream & Sprinkles Birthday Party!

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Ok, this theme for a little girl’s birthday party is just TOO CUTE!

The client called and asked if I would help her with an ice-cream-and-sprinkles-themed 3rd birthday party for her adorable daughter, Mackenzie.  She needed coordinating cake, cake pops, cupcakes, and cookies to serve about 70 people (whew!).

Her color scheme included mint green and light pink, so I took those colors and got to work.

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The treats for the 70-or-so guests included this tiered cake (8″ pink velvet and 10″ vanilla bean)….

cake pops made with mini ice cream cones (so adorable!)….

cupcakes baked in cones with creamy swirls of multi-colored buttercream….

and cookies.

 

The tiered drip cake was so fun to do…and so popular right now! The melting ice cream cone topper is simply a huge cake pop made in a sugar cone.  I filled the cone with cake and drizzled it with pink melting chocolate. I also inserted a cake pop stick to ensure it would sit securely on the cake.

The pink drip is white chocolate ganache with pink gel color, smoothed over the top and dripped down the sides of the cake.  And, of course, sprinkles (actually sequins)….LOTS of sprinkles!

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I covered the bottom of the top tier with MORE sprinkles and a ruffly buttercream border.  The #3 on top and name plate on the side are cut from homemade marshmallow fondant.

 

The cupcakes and cake pops are made from the same cake flavors as the cake. Cupcakes are baked in regular-sized cake cones, which is always a little more difficult than it seems as they take so long to bake (about 2x the batter as a normal cupcake) and the cone has a tendency to absorb the moisture of the cupcake after it bakes and gets a little soft.  But cover them with a healthy swirl of silky buttercream, and all is good…

Instead of a stick, the cake pops are made in mini-cones and then dipped in white chocolate melts tinted mint green and pale pink–so cute!  These we’re actually much easier than a normal cake pop as the drips down the sides added to the melting ice cream cone look :0).

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This was such a fun themed party, and the party set-up at the client’s house was fabulous (wish I had a good picture, but they all turned out too dark).

Hope you had a great 3rd birthday, Mackenzie!  I loved making your treats!!