Saturday, January 28, 2012

Baby Shower Cake June 2010

The cake inside was supposed to be checker board. I had a silly complicated pan and everything... It didn't quite bake how I wanted it to so it turned into chocolate swirl, but it was delicious anyway.  I think with THIS PAN set you need to make a thicker homemade type cake batter to make it work out correctly. I didn't do that, I just used boxed mixes.

Captain America - William's birthday January 2011

This cake was quite fun to make. It was for my little friend William's 10th Birthday. Originally I was supposed to have made a LEGO cake for William, but a few days ahead of time birthday plans were changed and there was a Captain America theme and they wanted a shield cake. 
For this cake I used two nine inch rounds. Both white cake. I plastered them together with blue frosting that I also covered the entire cake in. For the decorations on top I used my cookie cutter sets to imprint the designs and traced them out in frosting stars using frosting tip #27. 
The last picture of the cake was from party day. It looks quite spectacular with the added decorations.

I think the cake turned out fantastic! 

I got a lot of flack for decorating this cake on MY birthday, but I can't think of a better way to have spent my morning. (That was also the morning we came to an agreement on the price of our new home. It was a great birthday treat.)

Agent P - Kira's Birthday 2011

The birthday request for my 3 year-old niece was for a Perry the Platypus cake. It was interesting to figure out how I was going to get this accomplished, but after much googling of the Platypus I found the "How to Draw Perry the Platypus" walk through that I needed. And here he is, in all his glory.
I had all sorts of Oooo's and Ahhhh's as the cake was revealed which was very satisfying to me. I was informed then that I'd be making another Perry cake in a few months.

Skull Cake - Halloween 2011

There was a Halloween party at my house.. Okay, it wasn't a party per say, but I had cake, food, and candy for anyone who stopped by. I had really just wanted to make a Skull cake that I had bought THIS PAN for over the summer, and I needed people to come eat it for me.
The cake turned out really nice. I used a box cake mix, but used apple sauce instead of oil. This made the cake really moist, but didn't change the flavor of it much. I glued the two halves of the skull together with store bought vanilla frosting dyed red and also used that for my crumb coating. I frosted the cake with a #16 Tip and just did white and black stars to cover the skull. Then I used a #2 Tip to outline the teeth. I made the eye with some Cadbury "eyes" chocolates that I happened to have in my fridge. They're just chocolate dots so I added a blob of white frosting to the center and then a blob of black in the center of that. I placed the entire thing on a fancy black platter and surrounded it with gummie worms, and it turned out pretty darn good if you ask me.

Batman August 2011

You can read all about making this cake HERE on my personal blog.

4th of July 2011

I Found the idea for this cake HERE

R2D2 - Lucy's Birthday 2011

I was given the opportunity to make Lucy's cake. Scott just wanted to buy one, and Ariane thought it would be fun to make one, and then I offered my services. It was R2-D2 and I must say it turned out fantastic. Lucy was super excited for her cake. R2 is her favorite Star Wars character, and I was more than happy to oblige. It was two layers one chocolate layer and one yellow layer with chocolate frosting in the middle.
I got the pattern to draw R2 from this website How to Draw Cartoons Online and the step by step instructions were very helpful. I'm sure I'll use it again another day for another cake. I used my Wilton frosting tips 2, 16, and 18 to do the stars and striping and outlining, and I also used a few frosting bags with just the tip cut off for some of the outlines and details. I learned three things while making this cake. 

My adorable niece and her awesome cake

1) Don't buy the cheap frosting color it's not worth it in the end when the added color breaks down the consistency of the frosting and it starts running out like ink. Oh, and my finger is still green.

2) If using decorating sugar for details; it doesn't take as much as you think it should.

3) When freezing your cake, make sure it is lying flat in the freezer because when it defrosts and settles, it will crack your frosting. (I need a bigger freezer.)

Everyone at the party was amazed by my caking skills and my mother-in-law took the opportunity to brag about me. (he he) One of Scott's cousins actually thought it was from the store (I like that compliment.) But now I have requests for cakes from Ariane's sister. Her son's birthday is in April and I said I was willing. I have a few people who have also requested cakes, but I don't know how generous I'm feeling. I may have to start charging for my time but then I'll be just as bad as the grocery store.

TARDIS - John's Birthday 2011

If you ignore the blurry-ness of the photo, (it seems I can't hold my camera still after holding a frosting bag for so long,) the frosting job turned out pretty good.
I made the chocolate cake (out of the box) in my bread/meat loaf pan and cooked it using the bunt cake directions on the back of the box. After it was cooked I skimmed off the top with a long knife using the pan rim as my guide, and threw it in the freezer while I made the frosting. Once it cooled a bit I did the crumb layer of frosting and popped it back in the fridge to solidify. I saved out about a cup of frosting to use for the white and black for later while I tried to come up with the correct TARDIS blue. That was harder than I thought. In the end it was a lot of blue and a few dabs of black coloring and it turned out a bit blue-gray, and that was good enough for me. I used John's Christmas TARDIS for my pattern and used my Wilton frosting tips 2, 46, and 47 for the detailing. The only things not edible on this are the signs because I cheated on the notice and ambulance service signs and printed those out on just plain old paper and pasted them on with a touch of frosting.  All in all I think it is pretty awesome.

John's Birthday 2010

John's birthday 2007

My Birthday 2006

John's Birthday 2006