My daughter turned 12 this month. She ordered her very favorite strawberry cake with strawberry buttercream. If you haven’t been around here before, you may not know how pink this cake really is. It’s definitely a girly cake. This year she wanted to have a layer of strawberry cake with a layer of chocolate cake. She asked for the filling to be chocolate and the strawberry buttercream for the whole cake. She also asked to put colorful flowers on it.
Funny thing about her cake…she never ate one bite of it. Still at 12 years old, she requested (and expected) her star cake that I have made her since she was 2…
I guess she didn’t want to share since it’s a 4 inch cake. Or maybe she was feeling a little sentimental and decided to help me out with this how getting older thing and agree to eat her cake that I will willingly make her until I can no longer bake.
We are settled here in Utah now. Not sure what we are doing about the business at this point but I’ll keep you posted. It’s similar to living in Colorado to this point. We are a little lower in elevation but still have to make the adjustments so things don’t bake out of the oven or crisp on the bottom.
One sign that I am settled is that I can bake and want to bake. It just so happens that worked out to be the same time as celebrating America. So thanks to ideas on Pinterest. I decided to use my own vanilla cake recipe to make a fun and festive cake for the fourth.
I decided on vanilla because it’s light and it’s so darn hot around here. Plus everyone loves it. So I added blue coloring to 1/3 of the vanilla batter and red coloring to another 1/3 of the batter. I put them into 8 inch pans and baked them up. After the cakes cooled and I leveled them, I used a 4 inch circle cookie cutter and cut the centers of each cake. So I had small circle of each color, red, white and blue and a large outer circle of each color, red, white, and blue. Are you following me? I should add here that I double my vanilla cake recipe to have enough cake.
Then I place the red center in the blue ring and put it on the cake board. After a layer of vanilla buttercream, I added the next layer of the blue center with white ring and covered it with vanilla buttercream. I add the last layer of white center and red ring to the top and covered the cake with vanilla buttercream. I used the star tip (tip 18) to place 2 rows of white stars followed by 1 row of blue stars (tip 21) all the way to the top. I used a star-shaped cookie cutter (4 inches) to make an outline for me to follow and did the outline in blue and filled it in with red tinted buttercream stars (tip 18).
My critics (the kids and husband) were all about it. They loved the way it looked and the taste, of course. I knew they would love the taste. I like how it turned out. We had way too much cake leftover the just the 5 of us but it was festive and just what I need to relax after all the unpacking!
My middle child turn 9 today. She ordered up a chocolate cake with peanut butter icing. The icing needed to be purple. Oh and she wanted it to be a star. So I made her a simple star cake.
I piped stars around the sides of the cake and tinted a little purple icing a little more purple to put her name on the cake. She told me later that she really liked that I put a star for the dots above the letter I. It takes so little to impress her!
My son turned 6 in March. He ordered up an Angry Birds cake complete with “a king pig, a mustache pig, and a few birds”. He also wanted chocolate cake with chocolate icing and a special chocolate surprise in the middle.
So I went to work on the fondant birds and pigs…I used an edible marker for their faces since I didn’t allow myself enough time to actually make faces. But the Birthday Boy was pretty please, especially with the “king pig”. He also thought the sling was pretty cool.
I made his special birthday cake which is chocolate and used my chocolate buttercream and iced the cake smooth. I tinted vanilla buttercream green for his birthday message.
And his special chocolate surprise? I put a layer of chocolate chips in the middle with the chocolate filling. He was happy when he took his first bite. The kid love his chocolate!
Overall, I was pretty happy with how it turned out. And my birthday boy was please, which was really what matters. Happy Birthday, Jacob!
I ended up with such a large class for my Decorating Basics course at Hobby Lobby that I had to split the class and have two! The students were awesome and they had lots of fun. I have to say that I did too. It wonderful for me to see students get excited when they realize they did something cool. And they did lots of cool things! But I’ll let you decided by looking at their final cake projects…These were from a husband and wife couple who took the class together.
I had another couple in my second class. He loves her, if you couldn’t tell…And she’s pretty smitten with him…and their little guy…
I even had a student who decided to do cupcakes for their final project instead of a full cake. Such a good idea…
Aren’t they all great? There were 4 students who were under 18 in the class too. I am so impressed by these cakes. I love the colors and the ideas the students had. They all did a great job!
Last weekend I had an order for a baby shower cake. The lady who ordered the cake had an idea in her head with pink, brown, green, and blue colors but wanted a chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream.
I used tip 12 to pipe large dots onto the cake and, when the icing dried a bit, I flattened the dots. I think it turned out nicely. What do you think?
Wow! It’s been pretty quiet around here. My New Year’s Resolution is to not let that happen anymore. I plan to keep this place hopping from now on. But in the meantime, here are a few things I’ve work on over the last few months…
Baby shower…mom was decorating the room in pink and green and loved monkeys. I made a chocolate cake with vanilla buttercream tinted pink and green. I used modeling chocolate for the monkeys…
The cadets of squadron 6 at the Air Force Academy wanted a celebratory cake for all their efforts to surpass their volunteering goal. Well, they did it! I made a red velvet cake with cream cheese icing tinted red, a “funfetti” (vanilla cake with sprinkles) with vanilla buttercream tinted red, and a chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream tinted black.
I used black fondant for the bull and piped vanilla buttercream for their hours of volunteering. 711 hours is impressive! Good job Bulls!
Here are a few cakes from some of my latest students in my basic course…
The last one was from an 11-year-old!
So that’s it for now…but not for too long!