Monday, July 27, 2009

Twilight Cake

I did forget one cake.  For my friend Christy's birthday there was absolutely no question what kind of cake I was going to make.  Christy is head over heals in love with Twilight!!!  So I took inspiration from three of the book covers to make her the perfect little birthday cake.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Mom's cake

So the whole reason I started this cake stuff was ultimately make the cake for my mom's 60th birthday party.  I have been thinking and searching the internet for exactly the right inspiration.  I knew that it was going to have dragonflies on it but it took me a while to figure out the rest.  One thing I did was use MacKenzie?  I had her ask my mom what her favorite color was.  Here is what I finally came up with.  I was very excited that it made the four hour trip north unscathed!!!

Cam's Cake

Everytime I asked Cam what kind of cake he wanted for his birthday the description changed.  Finally toward the end it was a blue and purple cake with strawberries.  No problem that I can handle.  So here is the final product.  Not the fanciest but when asked if it was what he wanted he very happily said "Yes!". 

Jared's Cake

I almost forgot about Jared's cake.  This is what really started the Gymboree birthday cake spree.  Tiffany, one of Cam's teachers, asked me to make her a cake for her husbands surprise party.  She wanted to get a cake with his favorite band Mushroom Head.  I decided to take on the challenge.  Let me start off by saying black fondant is a bitch to work with.  I gets a million marks on it and shows every little smudge.  The face was made with royal icing and left to dry for a week.  I was smart enough to make two full faces because I just knew that when I peeled them off of the wax paper I was going to break at least one pointy tooth.  They I used red piping gel to make the blood and lettering.  Rob was actually very helpful with this cake as he is familiar with this band.

Rob's Cake

I forgot to add Rob's birthday cake into the mix.  Nothing spectacular but I am proud of how even the layers.  It was a chocolate butter cream filling.  Rob isn't a huge sweets person so I stayed small and simple.  I was just proud of how even everything turned out. 

Maya's Cake

Next big cake on my list was Maya's 3rd birthday.  Maya is another of Cameron's friends from school.  Her mom was at Ella's party and came to me right after the party to see if I could make Maya's.  I had to think about it because Maya's birthday is the day after Cameron's but the party was on Cameron's birthday.  I wasn't sure if would have the time to make both Cam's and Maya's cakes.  I decided to go ahead and try.  The cake was a Blue's clues themed cake.  I mad the little house topper out of gum paste and painted the details with royal icing.  Characters on the middle tier are plastic rings.  I am getting good but not that good yet. 

Ella's Cake

One of my first really cakes for hire was one of the mom's from Gymboree.  I had talked with Laurie about my cakes and when it was time for her daughter Ella's 3rd birthday she asked me to do it for her.  I was excited to try my hand at a bigger tiered cake.  For the first time I drew the cake out before.  This is what I came up with.

The finished product.

Chloe's cake

For my friend Christy's daughter Chloe I made a Littlest Pet shop cake.  This is my first and only sculpted cake.  I first drew out the paw shape on poster board and then baked a square cake bigger than the shape and cut it out from there.  The I made patterns for all the paw shapes on the cake.  to finish off the cake I took a few of Chloe's favorite pet shop people and decoated the cake.

The sad thing about this cake was the day of the party Chloe got sick and they had to cancel the party.  I made this cake for a birthday party at a jumpy house where they had invited her whole class.  Lucky for them some of thier family was up visiting so the cake wasn't a total waste but from the size of the cake they were eating for a long time. 

Redskins cake

For my neighbor Ben's birthday I made him this cake.  Ben loves the Washington Redskins so I figured that I would make it the colors of the Redskins.  It was a chocolate cake with a strawberry cheesecake filling.

Basket Cake

My neighbor Ann asked me to make her a cake for her ladies group meeting.  This is what I came up with.

Stars & Circles

Stars and Circle birthday cake

Super Bowl Cake

Super Bowl Cake