Thursday, July 23, 2009

Pretty Polka Dots

Here's my one and only cake for a while... sad, but kinda nice!! It was for Monica from my mom's work. She said she LOVES polka dots, and asked for a cute blue and brown polka dot cake. This one was really fun for me- super simple and cute. It was nice for a change! I wish I could've gone to her party because it tasted SO good as I was making it! (Of course I try the scraps!!!) She asked for orange flavored cake with chocolate ganache filling, covered in chocolate fondant. YUM!!!! (I still have some scraps in the fridge if anyone wants to come over....:) So, Happy Birthday Monica- I hope you liked it!!

I'm also going to be blogless for a bit- I am actually going on vacation!! So see you back the middle of August!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

How It's Done

I had a couple of fun requests this weekend, the first being some fun cupcakes for Becky's daughter's birthday. She wanted something fun to go along with her "pink cowgirl" theme, so I decided to use a cowboy hat cutter I found. I made them out of pink and white fondant, and added some flowers and sprinkles to finish it up. I also tried a new strawberry buttercream recipe that was to die for!

Next was a cake for Shannon's friend's bridal shower. She had contacted me a while back to see if I could make a teapot for their tea party they were having. While I had never done one before, I was excited to try something new. I agreed, so here's some of the process for a change:

The bare cake- carved and shaped, and ready to be frosted. There was a board and dowels three layers up.

Some of the flowers as they were drying a bit...

The frosted cake ready for it's fondant layer (which I didn't get a pic of).

The finished product! I had a VERY hard time with the spout... I was NOT happy at all with the way it came out. As I was attaching it to the cake, the fondant started cracking with the pressure. Unfortunately I didn't have time to make another one, so I just had to leave it as a "lesson learned". Better luck next time, I guess, but the rest of the cake came out great!!
Hope it turned out like you hoped, Shannon!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

July Birthdays & Babies

The past few weekends have been pretty relaxed, so I have no excuse for not blogging except being lazy (must be the heat)! The 4th of July weekend I had two birthdays- my mom and Jennifer, cousin George's sis. We decided it would be easier to make two of the same cakes, since they sounded SO yummy! I decided to go more with flavor over cuteness this time, and boy were they YUMMY! Jen's cake was chocolate chip cake with chocolate ganash and fresh strawberry filling, covered in whipped cream icing. It was then topped with handmade chocolate covered strawberries, and finally, finished off with Pirouette cookies around the sides. Mmmmmm... My mom's was the same, but with white cake and cream cheese frosting. I heard it was a toss up which one was better. Here's some pics...

Last weekend I had Elissa's baby shower cake. Vicki asked for a "jungle themed" cake and I thought I would do my little fondant guys again. I changed them up a little this time and made them a little more "boyish". It was chocoalte chip cake with chocolate mousse filling, covered in whipped cream icing. I actually got to sample this one- it was pretty good... :)