Saturday, March 31, 2012

Minnie Mouse Cake, and Cupcakes

This one was for my sweet girl who turned 5 last week. We originally were going to do a splash mountain cake. (She wanted something Disneyland themed.) But when she saw the ombre ruffle cake that I did a few weeks ago, she wanted that. (Of course anything pink, ruffled, and girlie, she is going to want more than a mountain.)
So I tried to figure out how we incorporate pink ruffles into a Disneyland themed cake. And it hit me, minnie mouse. One downside to the top cake is, that is, if you eat black fondant, it makes your mouth completely black for awhile, so I try to avoid black. But you can't really do that with minnie mouse. One thing that I was excited about, was I tried a few different things with my recipes, and It turned out so good.
She had two parties, and also had to take a treat to preschool, so instead of making three cakes, the kids got cupcakes. I wanted to do something just cute and simple. And I think they were.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Bird-watching Cake

Well I got a call on saturday night, about 7:30. My mom was telling me it was my grandpa's 86th birthday the next day. My thought immediately was how dare she wait so long to tell me?! How could I make a cake in time. (Now one, of course she wasn't expecting me to make a cake. and two, I could always try remembering my grandpa's birthday myself.)
So I literally threw a cake in the oven, then in the freezer to cool as quick as possible. Then the next cake, I did the same thing. Until they were cool enough to cover and decorate. So for how hurried this cake was, it still turned out cute.

So I had to call my mom back to have her remind me what some of my grandpa's hobbies were. As soon as she said it, I felt dumb for not thinking of it myself. My grandpa has always been into watching birds, and especially now that he's getting a bit older, it has been a hobby that he can still enjoy. So on the side I made a little bird watching man, complete with little binoculars.

This cake was a chocolate cake with peanut butter buttercream filling, and the bottom cake was a strawberry cake with vanilla buttercream, all covered in, of course marshmallow fondant.

Not to shabby for just a few hours huh?

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Ombre Fly Fishing Cake

Well I've gotten a taste for the ombre effect and I'm liking it if you can't tell. I promise I won't do ombre on every cake from here on out. Maybe a few more, though :)I saw a picture of ombre waves, and loved it. So I was torn, do I do fondant ombre wave layers? Or do I use my new airbrush that I've been wanting to try out? Well as you can see the airbrush won. But I feel like it may have looked better if I had done it with my original idea, which is to color each wave a different variation of blue. But I have to say it was fun to play with my airbrush. And it was a lot quicker, and used less fondant.
Usually I am so nervous about making fondant characters, I feel like they turn out, well, not good. (Maybe since the first time I tried, on the incredibles cake, they did not.) But since then I've had a lot more practice. I feel like this little fisherman turned out pretty cute don't you?
This cake was made for my Father-in-law, a master fly fisherman. Technically, his fondant counterpart is missing glasses. But I was too afraid to draw some on, in fear I would ruin the whole thing. So minus the glasses I think he turned out pretty fun!
Happy birthday, and happy fishing!