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Mehndi Inspiration

 

A series of intricate abstract floral designs

inspired by the ancient art form of Mehndi!

 

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Little Miss Cupcake

 

From a Birthday Card to 4 layers of yellow cake!

A fun theme full of color to celebrate the birthday of a sweet girl!

 

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Drama Queen

The excuse:

The birthday celebration of a young lady who loves to dance and act! She made a sketch for me with some ideas of how she wanted on the cake: a stage with red roses on it, spot lights, a dancing figurine and Drama and Comedy masks were part of the request.

The Cake:

2 tiers, top cake was vanilla, bottom cake was vanilla. Both tiers were covered in Marshmallow fondant and decorated with accents made of gumpaste.

 

 

Minecraft Girl

The excuse:

The birthday celebration of a young girl who is a great fan of Minecraft, the videogame.  

The Cake:

A square cake, with alternate layers of chocolate and yellow cake (5 total) and Swiss Meringue Buttercream filling. Covered with semi-sweet chocolate ganache and decorated with a mosaic of over 400 tiny squares of fondant (approximately 81 squares per side) to simulate the “pixelated” blocks that are used in the videogame.

A Traveler’s Cake

 

A birthday celebration is always a good excuse to bake a cake! But when the Birthday Boy is also planning a trip to the other side of the pond, the cake calls for a special theme: A Traveler’s Cake!

 

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A Hand Painted Cake

 

A little cake with plenty of hand painted details all around!

 

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A Night in Paris

 

A black and white theme with pink accents for a magical night!

 

 

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First Communion celebration

During the month of May, many Catholic churches in the area celebrate First Communions.

What a joyful and special occasion! After the ceremony, the families gather with friends and enjoy a delicious meal, and of course, some cake! 🙂

This year I had the privilege of helping a few families with their cake projects for this special celebration. Today’s post highlights only one of them.

For Ian’s First Communion I worked on a cupcake tower featuring a beautiful top cake with hand molded figurines that represent elements of the Holy Eucharist.

This cupcake tower had 35 marble cakes (vanilla-chocolate) filled with chocolate buttercream and topped with Swiss Meringue Buttercream and a “host” made out of Marshmallow fondant (my mother-in-law came to visit about a week ago and I recruited her hands to help me cutting dozens of “hosts” out of sugar paste!!! If you ever come to visit me, please be advise that I will find a job for you during your stay!)

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The little cake on top (6in. diameter) was 5 in. tall and had 4 layers of marble cake with chocolate ganache and chocolate buttercream in between. A chocolate lovers dream!

My crumb coat this time was a delicious thick layer of chocolate ganache that allowed me to have super sharp edges on the cake, and a very nice and smooth surface to be covered with Marshmallow Fondant. My kitchen smelled so good, and it was soooo relaxing covering the cake with melted chocolate and cream!

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Once the fondant settled on the cake, I was able to add all the extra decorations: Little balls covered in purple luster dust were used as grapes. Longer pieces of marshmallow fondant were molded and airbrushed to represent the bread (all those years watching my father making bread from scratch paid of!!!!) Even a chalice came to life thanks to my new best friend: Clay Candy (a malleable product made out of candy melts and corn syrup, which makes it super elastic and easy to work with!)

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Delivery Boy was out of town so it was up to me to deliver this cake under the most impressive downpour that we have had this spring! There I was, loading cakes and “scuba-driving” for an hour until I reached my destination! Thankfully, the rain miraculously stopped the moment I arrived, and the cakes made it just fine.

The house was beautifully decorated, and a special spot had been designated for the cake. Like a Sweet Fairy Godmother I placed all the cupcakes and added some special elements to complete the design: wheat heads all around the base, as well as red accents to go along with the decorations. when we turned on the lights in the alcove  the cake looked so amazing!

A very special place for the cake!

A very special place for the cake!

I look forward to more sweet projects this month!

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Zebra Print Tutorial

My “animal print lover” friend is expecting a baby in February 2013.
So, when the time came to make a cake for her Baby Shower, I knew this was a great opportunity to experiment with zebra print on fondant!

Pretty simple stuff, actually!

I began by rolling out the base color (my friend is expecting a girl, so PINK was our color of choice) to about 1/4in thickness

Stretch enough fondant so that it covers the size of your cake. This is about 1lb of fondant for a 6in diameter - 5in tall little cake

Stretch enough fondant so that it covers the size of your cake. This is about 1lb for a 6in diameter cake (5in tall)

The second step is to cut stripes in a contrasting color (for this zebra print, I chose black fondant)
Roll out your second color to 1/8in thickness (the thinner, the better, as long as it doesn’t get destroyed when you try to lift it up)

Cutting zebra stripes on Black Fondant

Cutting zebra stripes on Black Fondant

Step 3: Place your “stripes on the base fondant
My fondant was pretty sticky and I didn’t need to add any “glue” such as water, shortening or sugar glaze. I would be very careful not to add “glue” to the edges of the stripes as they could become very wet and change the texture of the fondant.

Place Zebra Stripes

Notice that all stripes are placed in the same direction. I also left a little bit of room around each of them to avoid overlap.

All stripes are now in place and ready!

All stripes are now in place and ready!

Step 4: Stretch your fondant one more time
Follow the same direction of your stripes and firmly press with a rolling pan to achieve same thickness throughout the fondant. My fondant is “sandwiched” in between 2 layers of FDA approved plastic that allows me to roll the fondant in a more efficient way.

Stretch fondant one more time

Stretch fondant one more time

Step 5: Cover your cake with the printed fondant
Notice my little cake crumb coated on the side, waiting anxiously to be covered with the zebra print design!

Ready to cover the cake!

Ready to cover the cake!

Step 6: Trim all the excess fondant (which may be used to cut out cupcake lids, as shown)

The Zebra Print is a success on my little cake!

The Zebra Print is a success on my little cake!

Use the excess trimmings of fondant to cut out cupcake lids!

Use the excess trimmings of fondant to cut out cupcake lids!

Et voilá! Out little cake topper and baby shower cupcakes are now ready to be displayed! (The light was pretty bad at the reception hall and all my photos of this cake look blurry and lacking color! 🙁 But you must trust me when i say it was a cute cake! 🙂

The final cupcake tower during the Baby Shower!

The final cupcake tower during the Baby Shower!

Sonic Time

After many months with my oven off, I was so glad to get back to my spatulas! The Sonic Cake was the perfect opportunity to whisk my heart away, and test my baking skills after a double mastectomy performed in June 2012!

So, I grabbed my ingredients and whisked my heart away all night!

Sonic Cake was especially requested for the little brother of Anger Management Cake, the sweet and fun creation from last April.

This was a fun cake to make and it was an honor to serve this family on another birthday celebration!

Sonic Cake

Sonic Cake