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Small Tiers

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!

A Shower of Hearts

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!

Wedding Cakes

I am so excited to start advertising wedding cakes! After learning a few tricks to tiering cakes, I figured it was time to put it on the blog.

 

This cakes is a 14 inch round topped by a 10 inch round topped by a 6 inch round.
It’s certainly tall and heavy!
 
So how do you go about ordering wedding cakes or anniversary cakes? I’m so glad you asked!
Contact me through email (stahrscakes@gmail.com) or by phone (719.482.5308). We will set up a time to meet so you can sample cakes in flavors of your choice. We will put some ideas together for your cake, basically creating exactly what you want for your special occasion. I ask that you give at least 2 months notice. Also, unless you are super traditional, I will make you a top tier cake for your first wedding anniversary as part of the cost of the wedding cake. It will be fresh for you to enjoy on your anniversary instead of a whole year old and it will match the top tier of your original design!

Are you ready for some football?

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!

Cake Project

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!***

Basket of Flowers

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.

Enjoy!

Rose Buds

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.

Flowers

I’ve learned to make ribbon roses. When I made this cake, I decided to make it colorful and to kind of represent my family in colors.

My oldest daughter loves pink. My second daughter is very fond of purple, but specifically violet. My husband favors blue and my favorite flower is a yellow rose. The green leaves are for my son who insists that no one else can like green because it is his favorite color!

Then with the addition of swirl drop flowers in the same colors, I thought it made a fun summery cake.
What do you think?

Cupcakes

Need a sugar rush? How about trying some swirly cupcakes? Check out the height on these…

I made some cupcakes for campers at my daughters’ taekwondo camp last week. I know the campers didn’t really need any more sugar but they were sure fun to make.

 

I used Wilton coloring spray to color the swirly tops. I had fun playing with the flowers too.

 

 The swirl drop flower and drop flowers are the pink flowers. The yellow is called a shaggy mum and the blue flower is a pompom flower.

New designs

I’ve been learning a few tricks to different decorating techniques. Such as printing templates for cake pictures like the taekwondo cakes below. This cupcake is also a template but decorated with a different tip.

A fun cake to have anytime. This one happens to be one layer of chocolate cake with white chocolate filling and vanilla icing. The cupcake design and border are vanilla icing just tinted to give the cake some “pop”.
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