Saturday, November 20, 2010

80's cake

There was so many obstacles I had to go through making this cake, I can't believe it turned out so well. At one point my electricity went out, so I spent a few hours decorating by candlelight waiting for the power guys to show up. After many hours of baking and decorating, I was thrilled that the cake was finished and delivered on time.
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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

baby shower cupcakes

I was asked to make baby shower cupcakes for my daughter's kindergarten teacher. These were chocolate and vanilla cupcakes with strawberry buttercream frosting and a pink fondant flower.
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Friday, October 29, 2010

halloween baking

I decided to try some ideas out from the cupcake book "What's New Cupcake" with my daughter for some Halloween fun.
We first made the pumpkin cupcakes for her kindergarten class. (After all the work we put into these, this is the only picture I took. Oh, well.) I couldn't find the green licorice in the picture so we improvised with green fondant.
Then, when we got home we had so many cupcakes leftover, we decided to make some owls. Using chocolate icing, mini oreos, and Reeces Pieces we made some cute little owls. Almost too cute to eat. :)

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Sunday, October 17, 2010

Wizard of Oz

I was asked to make a Wizard of Oz cake for a 4 year old's birthday party. I was really happy with the way it turned out...the only thing I wished I could have had to time to sculpt was the Wizard of Oz characters. There were so many details to this cake I didn't have time..actually I was still adding to the cake when the doorbell rang for it to be picked up!

My favorite part of the cake :)
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Saturday, October 2, 2010

Monkey Baby Shower Cake

I was asked to make a baby shower cake for a childhood friend of mine. The cake was supposed to coordinate with the invitation. I couldn't wait to get started. This was such a fun cake to make and I was really pleased with the way it turned out...tasted good too! :)
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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Bridal Shower Cake

I was asked to make a bridal shower cake last weekend with zebra print and a shoe on top. I have been wanting to make one of these for a while. Couldn't wait to learn how to make the fondant shoe and zebra stripes. It was really fun to do, and I was really happy with the way it turned out. My daughter has already claimed this cake for her next birthday party. :)
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How to make Marshmallow Fondant

Marshmallow fondant is a more affordable and more delicious option than the store bought fondant.
With a few simple ingredients you can whip up a batch of fondant in minutes. You will need: 1lb powdered sugar (Domino's), 1 bag mini marshmallows, Crisco, water, largebowl, spoon, rolling pin.

First cover cake with buttercream icing. While icing hardens a little bit on the cake, you can get started on the fondant.

First use the Crisco to grease your bowl and spoon.
Fill bowl with bag of mini marshmallows, add a couple of drops of water. Microwave for 30 second intervals till they are completely melted.
The marshmallows will be ready when they are smooth and have no lumps.
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Add powdered sugar (do not use generic brands, they will clump..I like Dominos) about 1/4 cup at a time. Mix with greased spoon at first, then use greased hands to knead fondant like bread. Once it has the consistancy of play-dough it's ready to roll out. You can leave it white or add your colors at this point.
Grease rolling pin and space that you will be rolling your fondant on. If fondant is too sticky add powdered sugar, if its too dry add a couple drops of water..if it's too hard microwave for 10 seconds.
After it's rolled out to about 1/4 in thick you can gently place it on top of your cake. Careful not to tear the fondant, I usually lay half on my arm and slowly spread it over the cake. Smooth fondant, starting at the top and move carefully down the sides. You can use a smoothing tool or your hands. I like using my hands and then using a small rolling pin to smooth it.
Cut off remaining edges off the bottom..I like using a pizza cutter :) Save extras for decorations!
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Monday, July 12, 2010

Team Jacob Cake

My daughter had her 10th birthday last week and asked for a "Team Jacob" cake. I normally look online for ideas..but, there wasn't much for Jacob..plenty for Edward. So I decided to make my own :)