Thursday, July 31, 2008

Wedding Cupcake Balls

This was a fun project and a first. Cake balls are made of strawberry cake with cream cheese icing dipped in dark and green chocolate. Gum Paste flowers, bows and royal icing accents.

Wrapped a ribbon around a terracotta pot and used styrofoam to hold them in place. What a cute and tasty little floral arrangement!

Here is the finished basket. I individually wrapped each cake ball and tied them with a ribbon. Then all the basket pieces were added, arranged, and shrink wrapped.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Sarah's Birthday Cake

This is my nieces Birthday Cake. I had a lot of fun making it although the humidity gave me a run for my money! I wanted a fun cake so instead of just plopping the puppies on the cake, I had them wreaking havoc by digging into it. This is the first cake I've covered in fondant that was iced with Italian Meringue Buttercream. It's much more challenging that covering a cake that has been iced in classic buttercream. Guess I'll have to make more of these so I can get more practice!

What a wonderful reception this cake got! I'm so pleased with how much Sarah loved her cake. If I make a custom cake for my niece's or nephew's, they don't get a gift. The cake IS the gift. But it is their choice (or their parents if they are too young). When I asked Sarah if it was worth it to get a cake instead of a gift, I got a very enthusiastic "yes!".

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

July 4th - Independence Day Cake

Made this cake for the 4th of July celebration at my friend's house. It's been years since the old gang from high school got together so it was a very special occasion. I really enjoyed getting together with everyone and where there is a celebration... there must be cake!!!

I used Swiss Meringue Buttercream for this cake. It's so light and fluffy. The cake is a sinfully delicious chocolate cake with 2 cups of mini chocolate chips in the mix. Chocolate covered strawberries surround the cake. The blue glitter turned everyone's teeth blue while they were eating. Thankfully the color was very short lived and we all returned to a healthy pink within minutes of finishing.