The commissioning ceremonies at USAFA took place on May 28. For those of you who are not military, this is when the seniors (or firsties) are commissioned from cadets into the air force becoming 2nd lieutenants. It’s a big deal.
I was asked by two different cadet squadrons to make goodies for their ceremonies. First I will show you the order for cadet squadron 10. They ordered 2 half-sheet cakes. Each cake had two flavors and specific decorations.
First cake was half strawberry and half vanilla with vanilla buttercream. I was asked to put the AF patch and the squadron’s Tiger Ten patch on the cake. I think they turned out pretty well…
The second cake was half chocolate and half red velvet with cream cheese buttercream. They wanted it to be a red, white, and blue cake congratulating the new “Lts”.
They were fun to make. Congrats Tiger Ten Class of 2013!
Next up, the order for Squadron 6. This is the squadron my husband was the AOC (Air Officer Commanding). They ordered 300 cupcakes in 3 different flavors. So I made 9 dozen chocolate with chocolate buttercream, 8 dozen red velvet with cream cheese buttercream, and 8 dozen vanilla with vanilla buttercream. I didn’t get a picture. And, quite honestly, if I don’t see a cupcake for a little while I’ll be able to live with it. But it’s nice to know that I can make that many cupcakes.
They also wanted to have a cake just for the seniors being commissioned. I was asked to make it vanilla with vanilla and look good. So I tried. I made one 10 inch square layer and one 6 inch square layer. I torted each layer and filled them with vanilla buttercream. I covered the cakes with vanilla buttercream. I used silver tint for the 2013 and red to congratulate the class and then used red, black, and silver to design a Bull for the top.
Congratulations Ragin’ Bulls class of 2013! We are proud of you and look forward to seeing you again in your AF career.
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!
As many of you know, I teach cake decorating classes at Hobby Lobby. This weekend I was in Denver for a training seminar to teach the Advanced Gum Paste Flowers class that will be offered starting in February. I was so excited and couldn’t wait to try out these flowers!
Here is what we learned…
The Gerbera Daisy…
This little bundle is of blossoms (pink), a stephenotis flower (white) and some ivy leaves…
The final project was to put together some of the flowers to make a bouquet. This is of some stephenotis flowers and bud, blossoms, and some sweet peas (yellow) with some ivy leaves…
And my favorite, the star-gazer lily…
I can not wait to put these on some cakes!
One of my daughters signed up for Landsharks Running club through school this Spring. She enjoyed it so much. The practices and three meets. She ran her little heart out. So when it came time for the team to have a party, she wanted me to make a cake! Of course, I obliged. She insisted on chocolate cake with vanilla buttercream and I had to put the Landsharks shark on the cake.
She goes to Odyssey elementary and their color was red. I think the Shark looks kind of cool. What do you think?
My middle child turned 7 yesterday. She wanted a balloon cake. After discussing it in detail, she decided that she really wanted a hot air balloon that stood up. So that’s what I attempted.
I started with rice krispie candy molded in a pail and a Pyrex bowl to make the balloon part of the cake. After it was completely cool and formed to the bowls, I put them together with dowel rods and covered it with purple fondant. After finishing the rainbow that my daughter wanted for the balloon, I added some stars in the same colors on the top of the balloon and 7s around the balloon with purple edible marker.
I then made chocolate cake (my daughter’s favorite) in 6 inch square pans. I did a basket weave with peanut butter icing (again my daughter’s request) to make the squares look like a hot air balloon basket.
To make the balloon attach to the basket, I sharpened the ends of dowel rods to make them stick into the cake board covered with fondant. I drove them into the rice krispie candy and then put it into the cake. I was so happy with how it turned out. Jamie was thrilled that it stood up! Thanks to my engineering husband who helped me with the design!
Does anyone out there remember when the Nintendo came out? I mean the real Nintendo. Not anything with an EX or any other letter behind it. It was light and dark grey and you actually had to put cartridges into the machine to play? Remember Duck Hunt? And Super Mario Bros? Wow I was good at those games. Now they are even cooler with whatever system they run on. There are more characters and things to do.
I had a nice lady call me in a little bit of a panic this past week. The party she was planning for her soon to be 7-year-old son had to be moved up by three weeks because of her husband deploying. And when she searched for someone to make the cake she wanted, they were pretty overpriced. Then she found me. I gave her the right price and told her that I could do it. She even dropped off figurines that she wanted to be placed on the cake and a picture of what she wanted it to look like!
So after making strawberry cakes and lots of vanilla buttercream, I went to work on decorating. Since she had given me a lot of the figurines, we decided that adding clouds, stars, boxes, and shrubs to make it look like the game.
I’m with Mario on this one…I was ready to “high-five” anyone who was around when I was finished. I was pretty pleased with the outcome since it was a last minute order…
I hear the birthday boy was thrilled with his surprise cake. I was so happy to help! I love it when things turn out so well.
My mom bought me this pan set for an early birthday present. I decided to try it out.
First of all I love the way it makes the smallest cakes. There 2 each 4 inch, 3 inch, and 2 inch in the set. I have to say that I am not a fan of dark pans but these worked very well. Second, I love how the cakes baked. The whole cake was done in 30 minutes of baking time (which for here in Colorado Springs says something!) The cakes cooled and I went to work.
I used my chocolate cake recipe and had more than enough left over. In fact, I probably could have used the rest of the batter for another whole cake. I used them for cupcakes instead, in case you were wondering! I also used vanilla buttercream icing. I wanted to try out the Duff Cake Tattoos to see how they worked and what they looked like on a cake. They are edible and easy to use! It makes the cake look pretty sharp, don’t you think?
Just to show how small the tiered cake rally is I put it next to a 5X7 of my husband and kids
After I made the cake, I was talking to my husband about it. We both think it would be a cute cake to duplicate a wedding cake for an anniversary or for a fabulous birthday party with only a few guests! For whatever reason, this is a fun, fancy cake!
Anyone out there love Cadillacs? This customer’s husband does. In fact, he has a Cadillac CTS-V. I’m not a car person but it is a sharp car. So my customer ordered a red velvet cake with cream cheese icing. She said he loves layers because it allows him to eat more icing! So the cake is torted for more layers of icing. She also wanted the icing to be tinted to a similar burgundy color of his special car. And the cadillac V emblem would be fantastic.
I hear he was so happy with it that he made everyone wait until he took a picture before cutting it! That’s what I like to hear. He also enjoyed the many layers of icing. Love that!