Monday, December 26, 2011

Princess Castle Cake.

This is what dominated most of my week last week. This was for twins Hadley and Kennedy, both turning 4. They had a huge princess party, where Snow White even showed up for. So for such a big party you need a big cake right? I was shocked at how long the towers/ turrets took me to make. And on top of that, how much fondant it took to cover them. On top of that, this is definitely the most tricky cake I've ever had to transfer. I actually took it in pieces, and assembled most of it there. There is maybe a few little things I would have done differently, but in the end I was happy with how it turned out. Here's to hoping I don't have to do one of those for awhile. :)

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Chocolate Ganache cake.

This was my first time making chocolate ganache. I was wanting to do something without fondant, and I wanted something extra yummy, so of course something with chocolate was the winner. I love trying new recipes, and I found this one called too much strawberry cake. So I tried it out and it was delish! So this is my too much strawberry cake, with strawberry filling, vanilla buttercream, covered in chocolate ganache, and whipped ganache frosting. The ganache is actually very easy, for those of you who haven't tried it. You melt chocolate and heavy cream, till it's smooth and the right consistency. It pours out so smooth. And then to reach a frosting consistency, I whipped it up, with a bit of powdered sugar.
For the words and the hearts, I used straight chocolate. (You have to be careful when you do this, they're quite fragile) I mad a few extra names just in case. I got the idea from a friend who said, "Who wouldn't want to see their name in chocolate?" Well I loved it, it was super tasty, and pretty.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Boston Red Sox cake.

My brother in law, is, of course, a Red Sox fan. He lived in Boston for awhile, so naturally is a fan. I myself, have even been to Yawkey Way, and walked by the Green Monster. So when his birthday came up, I of course thought of doing something to do with the Sox.
Cutting out the little sox, and the big B, by hand was a bit of a pain. And could have looked better, I'm sure. But I did my best. I did really like the stitching detail I created, I thought it made it look much more real.
The one thing that bothered me with this cake is the bill. I formed it on top of my own Red Sox hat, but it didn't dry perfectly. And although it was the same color of fondant, it dried looking like a completely different color, I guess because it dried for four days longer.
Other than that, I thought it was fun cake, and I liked the little details.
Go Sox!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Lightening Mcqueen cake

I got a call for this one at a busy time, I was making two other cakes and had an important funeral to go to. The idea of doing it was a bit daunting, but it was for one of my best cake clients, so I had to do it.
This was my first car cake ever, and I was nervous about how to carve it. In the end I like how it turned out. I wasn't sure how much cake I needed to make, so here's a few instructions of how I did it: I used one and a half of my usual yummy chocolate cake recipe. I baked in my 9x13 rectangle, and also baked one bread pan size. (This was not necessary, you could just use the 9x13, but I was glad I had made more than just the regular recipe.)
Once cool, I cut the cake 7 inches wide and added some (using the scraps) for the roof and the back, and then carved to make the car shape.
My husband pointed out that the tires should have been bigger, (in fact, they were really small, and I made them bigger, but next time I might make them even bigger)
I did leave out a few details, because I decided if you know you can't make them look perfect, then don't put them on at all. But I think in the end it turned out great, and it was not scary at all, like I thought it might be.
Hopefully the birthday boy liked it too!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Paul Frank Cake

The other day we had a big day, with two family birthdays, and a funeral as well. But the show must go on, so I of course made the cakes anyway. So here is cake number one for the day.
If my memory serves me right, this little guy's name is Julius. My sister in law, Tayler, as you can see has always been a big fan of the Paul Frank brand. Now I have to say, that she may have moved on a bit in the past few years. But I think she still likes it. (And literally I do not know one other person anywhere with more Paul Frank merchandise than her.) So it's only fitting that she finally get a Julius cake.
I made my homemade vanilla cake, with a lemon buttercream, and a marion berry filling. Of course covered in MMF.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

As Promised

Here's the picture of the yummy pumpkin cake, with cream cheese frosting. Do yourself a favor, and make up a batch, you'll thank me later.
p.s. here is what happens if you leave you platter too close to the edge of the counter......

If you have a two year old that is. Luckily, she only got a few :) Happy baking!