A customer asked if I could make a birthday cake for her husband who works at Hewlett Packard. He fixes computer, servers, etc. I asked what his favorite color is and went to work. I started with a chocolate sheet cake with vanilla buttercream icing. I placed the Hewlett Packard logo in the middle and used red tinted buttercream to fill it in.
I made a laptop using graham crackers for the base. I covered it with fondant and made the screen look like it had exploded with wires coming out…
I also used graham crackers to make a tower. Again I covered it with fondant and made some wires to look like they needed repairing…
It was pretty fun to make computer parts for this cake. Happy Birthday, Mr. A!
I had the pleasure of making a baby shower cake this weekend. I was told the mama-to-be is very girly and is having a baby girl. My customer picked this cake saying it was perfect for her!
The cake is chocolate filled with light pink buttercream. Fondant square of pastel baby colors (yellow, blue, green, purple, and pink) applied to the sides of each cake in a patchwork fashion. I used the leftover heart cutouts as the topper.
It’s a fun cake and very girly!
We are football fans in this house. We enjoy going to the AF football games and catching scores of other college and pro teams. So when my husband signed me up to make a dessert for our tailgate cookout, I was so excited to be creative.
I made chocolate cupcakes and filled them with vanilla buttercream. I tinted vanilla buttercream to make skin color (using copper) and royal blue for the helmet.
Then I tinted vanilla buttercream kelley green for the grass and royal blue for the sky…
Then I used vanilla buttercream and swirled the cupcake. I sprayed it with Wilton icing spray in blue.
I had so much fun making these. They were a hit at the tailgate too. Happy Football Season!
Yesterday was my last cake decorating class. I’m sad it’s over because I loved meeting the people in my classes plus I learned some really great things! This class I learned to work with fondant and gum paste. I had tried my hand at fondant before and realized that I had no idea what I was doing. Now I know how to work with it and manipulate it to do what I want. It’s pretty cool stuff!
This is my final cake project. We needed to bake a cake and have it ready to cover with fondant and decorate with fondant, gum paste, or a combination of the two. So I chose to bake a chocolate cake, torte it, and fill and cover it will chocolate butter cream. In class, I covered it with pink fondant…
Then applied light pink leaves…
And inserted dark pink gum paste roses which I made earlier in the week so they were dry. I also added some fondant/gum paste leaves to make the arrangement real. I placed the finished cake on the cake board I made with my imprint mat the week before. And my project was complete.
I had fun in this class and look forward to working with fondant and gum paste again!
***I apparently never gave credit where credit is due. I was fortunate enough to find a class at Michael’s
. My instructor was Charity St. John who was awesome! I totally recommend taking a class with her. But if you are not in this area you should check out your local Michael’s or Joann’s. Good luck!***
This week I learned to cover a cake base with fondant. I chose to tint the fondant green and use the Star Power imprint mat to make it fancier. I like the way it turned out. Plus it would be a great way to present a cake!
On top of the base are the flowers I also learned. The orange mum is one of my favorites. Perfect for a Fall cake. The other two are daisies. One is just flatter than the other and has a sparkle to the center to add a twist on the pretty flower…
The flowers are made of gum paste. Check back soon for my final project from my fondant class!
So if you were tuned in last week, you will know that I am learning to work with fondant and gum paste. This week I learned to make a few flowers. First the rose. It is so delicate looking but so very easy to make. It’s like working with play dough!
The only thing is that when you are finished working with the fondant or gum paste, you can leave it to dry and it dries hard.
Next was the calla lily. The stamen is gum paste tinted yellow and rolled in yellow sugar crystals.
The outside is dusted with green pearl dust to blend the calyx and make the flower shimmer.
Last but not least is the carnation. This flower, I think, I my favorite so far. It looks so much more involved than it really is and look so real.
I wanted to see what the Wilton rose would look like with buttercream icing. Since it is a softer icing and the flower is a heavy flower, I wasn’t sure it would work. Being pleasantly surprised, it did turn out. So I decided to decorate a lemon cake with white buttercream icing and yellow roses.
I also am working on learning how to use fondant and gum paste a little better. My first attempt at a bow wasn’t too bad…
While I’m not a fan of the flavor of fondant, it is easy to work with and there are so many possiblities with creating things for decorating cakes.
Here is a bonus for those of you who like the look of fondant but not the flavor…my instructor tells me that as a cake sits with fondant on it, the fondant takes on the flavor of the buttercream icing underneath. Also you can flavor fondant with flavoring oils. So I may have to give that a try and see if fondant isn’t that bad after all!
Be sure to check back for more fondant and gum paste creations!
Just a peek at what those pretty daffodils look like on a cake. This is a chocolate cake with chocolate icing and yellow daffodils made in royal icing.
I also did the border in basket weave which is something new for me.
These violets are so dainty and perfect for filler in a bouquet on a cake or topping for a cupcake…
The yellow daffodils are fun for a cake as well. Check out the height on these and the delicate nature of the petals. These were made using Royal icing and dry hard.
Lilies are my favorite flower. I love making these because they are so pretty.
And here is the famous Wilton rose. So precious and full. Similar to the ribbon rose but this one has petals which make it a fuller flower.
Just to show the differences in height and size between the flowers…
Flowers make cakes happy!
Today my daughter and I tested for our next belts in taekwondo. So as a treat for doing well, I typically make a fun dessert to celebrate all of our hard work. It gets a little tricky coming up with new ideas for all the different colors of belts but this one was fun.
I made triple chocolate brownies (read…they are very gooey!). The brown represented my new belt. The I added a white rose bud that was sprayed red to represent my daughter’s new belt.
I used royal icing for the rose bud but it can also be made with buttercream for those who want the softer icing.