Poland Bulldogs Baseball Cake

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Loved making this custom Poland Bulldogs cake for my favorite little Bulldog baseball player, Aiden!

His mother has ordered almost a dozen cakes from me over the years (here’s the last one I did for her older son), each one more fun than the last to create, and this one was no exception!

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This 2-tiered, 6″-8″ cake is chocolate filled with chocolate mousse on the bottom (with chopped Hershey bars mixed into the mousse…YUM!) and hummingbird cake on the top.  Both tiers are covered with homemade marshmallow fondant.

The bulldog is hand-cut from fondant using my Kopy Kake projector (love that thing!).  Using a layering technique I learned about in a Craftsy class by Corrie’s Cakes, I was able to make the 2-D image look more 3-D.

Love this technique as it makes the image really POP out from the cake…putting it together is almost like creating a puzzle.  Once I figured out the layering, details were drawn on using a food-safe marker and the pieces were “glued” together with watered down piping gel.

All of the other details and lettering are cut using cutters from fondant.

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I also made a few baseball cookies to go along with the cake…

Happy Birthday, Aiden….hope you had a great one!!

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Green and Purple Cupcake Bouquet

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I was asked by my very best client to do the desserts for a shower for her lovely niece.

Along with the cupcakes, the bride-to-be asked for a cupcake bouquet to use as a centerpiece.

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I decided that she needed a bit of color, so I added some purple to the gray and came up with a deep violet as an accent color (although these pics look blue, it’s actually a dark  violet).

 

These cupcake bouquets are so fun and versatile.  You can do up to 3 colors and I try to include a few different types of piped flowers to add variety, texture, and interest. This one I did in a 7″ basket and it has about a dozen regular-sized cupcakes and 6-7 minis.

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People are always asking about prices on the baskets.  For this size (about 12″ diameter with the cupcakes), it’s $46, which includes the basket.  If you have a container you’d like to use, I can do that also.  Generally speaking, depending on the basket, you can figure $3-4 per cupcake for a price of one of these beauties, lovely enough to adorn any table or a sweet surprise for anyone in your life…better than flowers– they can EAT it!!

Thanks again for the order, Deb, and congrats to your niece!!

Sesame Street Birthday Cake

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Loved doing this cute Sesame Street birthday cake for Reid! It started out as a 3-tiered cake, but Reid’s mom decided that 2-tier was large enough and I added the sign on top to give it that extra needed height.

sesame_st_cake_4The bottom 10″-tier is chocolate with cookies and cream filling and the 8″-tier is snickerdoodle cake with cinnamon buttercream between the layers.   The cake was smooth iced with buttercream and the details and images were all hand-cut from homemade marshmallow fondant.

Reid’s mom specifically wanted Elmo and the Cookie Monster to adorn his cake.  I loved the little details of the stars on wires, the tiny letters cut from fondant, and the multi-colored stripes….so festive and happy.  The cake just screams “HAPPY BIRTHDAY!” don’t ya think?

I debated on adding homemade chocolate chip cookies around the bottom, but I had some extra tan fondant from another project, so I rolled it out thick, used a round cutter, pushed in some mini chocolate chips, and dusted the edges with cocoa powder to make them look “baked.”

I was really pleased with how they turned out.

 

This was SUCH a fun cake with so many cute details.  Hope you had a great 2nd birthday, Reid (and thanks for asking me to make it for him, Candee :0)!

“Miss to Mrs.” Bridal Shower Celebration Cake

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I haven’t shared a cake creation for awhile, so thought I’d post this cute one I did a few months ago for a bridal shower….

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The bride’s aunt ordered it for her niece and showed me a picture of a cake with a simple bride’s silhouette all in buttercream.

I embellished my design to make it a bit more dramatic with the silhouette hand-cut from black fondant and overlaid with buttercream swirls and flowers.

 

The cake was a half sheet double layer banana cake with chocolate mousse filling, smooth-iced with vanilla-bean buttercream.

The inscription is cut from fondant using letter cutters with 2 different font types.

Congrats to the Bride-to-Be, I hope you liked your cake!!

 

Graduation Cake and Cookie Ideas

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It’s almost graduation season, so start planning those parties!  I really can’t believe how huge graduation parties are here in Ohio…much bigger than celebrations where I grew up.

These are some examples of half-sheet cakes that are a good party-size and can serve a bunch when made with 2 layers.

These 2 graduation cakes I did for a Poland Seminary High School graduate last year who was going to Ohio State in the fall.

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This Cardinal Mooney cake I did a few years ago (before I discovered how cutting letters out of fondant is much cleaner … and straighter :)).  The graduate was going to the University of Dayton…

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These are full sheet cakes, which I don’t make often as they are difficult to manage in my regular-sized fridge.  I love this black and yellow theme with swirls and stars.  It really says “Let’s CELEBRATE…you’ve done it!!”

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For this one I made a 3-d mortar board and decorated it with stars, sprinkles and fondant twists. Here’s the post that describes it in more detail.

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This cake is for a smaller celebration…followed by a group of specialty cakes.

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And you always need cookies, right?

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