The Circus is in town!

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As I was looking for ideas and inspiration for my younger daughter’s 2nd birthday party, I came across a picture of a carnival/circus-themed cake. I knew at that instant that I have to make a similar cake…and that was the perfect theme for her party! After looking at more cake designs, I finally came up with my own. I wanted it to be 3 tiers, I wanted a circus tent at the top. I also wanted the poles with the pennant banner strung in between them. And, of course, a popcorn box.

The bottom tier is a dummy(styrofoam) covered in fondant. I used red and white stripes to make it look like a popcorn bag/box. I used the wax paper method (seen here http://jessicakesblog.blogspot.com/2011/07/maddies-fashion-birthday-cake.html) to apply the vertical strips. I used real popcorn to decorate the top of the box.

The middle tier is WASC(white almond sour cream) cake with raspberry filling. It’s an 8-inch round cake, covered in fondant, decorated with diamond cutouts with a star in the middle.

Top tier is a 6-inch round chocolate cake with chocolate filling and a layer of peanut butter buttercream under the fondant strips. The roof of the tent was made out of rice krispie treats covered in fondant. And a circus is not complete without animals. I made an elephant and seal figurines out of gumpaste to decorate the board.

Sweet Safari Cake

sweet safari

When a client asked me to do a Sweet Safari themed cake for her daughter’s first birthday, I couldn’t wait to blog about it. This cake is just adorable! I must say, a lot of work went into the whole project (took me 2 hours to make each animal topper!), but I had a lot of fun doing it.

The cake is 2 tiers; top tier is a 6-inch round white cake with strawberry filling and bottom tier is a 9-inch square chocolate cake with peanut butter filling. The whole cake is frosted in American buttercream. Accents are made of fondant and gumpaste.

gumpaste elephant

gumpaste elephant

gumpaste giraffe

gumpaste giraffe

gumpaste zebra

gumpaste zebra

gumpaste tiger

gumpaste tiger

gumpaste hippo

gumpaste hippo

smash cake

smash cake

Fan or flower cake?

fan cake

It could be both.

My friend, Anna, asked me to make a rehearsal dinner cake for a co-worker who was getting married. She wanted the cake to look bridal. This cake is the closest that I’ve gotten to a real wedding cake, so I was feeling up to the challenge!¬† I went scouring the internet for a simple yet elegant cake and came across this design. I pulled the wedding colors and used pink and mint green for the fan detail.

For this cake, I used a 6/8 inch round pans. Anna is a big fan of my chocolate cake, so she chose the cake to be in chocolate with chocolate buttercream filling.

For a tutorial on how to make this pattern, refer to this link: http://www.bakedecoratecelebrate.com/projects/weddingfanfaire.cfm

Cake Ahoy!

I am back from my short vacation! I must say, it felt good to be with family, enjoying the cool weather, good food and lots of sleep! While it was a nice break from “cake-ing”, I still had cake/s on my mind! For example, this last cake that I made before I left for my trip. I can’t NOT blog about this one! Even before she got pregnant, I had promised my friend, Gina, that I will be making her baby shower cake, christening cake and first birthday cake. So when she announced she was expecting, I was beyond excited for her and to be doing her cake! Drawing inspiration from the bedding set they picked, we threw her a nautical theme shower, with lots of red, navy blue and white colors!

I made her a 2-tier fondant cake, decorated with fondant accessories or cutouts. I made the bear topper from gumpaste, as well as the boat and flag. Her husband wanted to incorporate a pirate theme, so I added on the pirate hat and patch on the bear. Top tier is a 6-inch round yellow cake with pineapple filling; bottom tier is a 10-inch round white almond sour cream cake with raspberry cream cheese filling.

nautical theme cake with a hint of pirate

nautical theme cake with a hint of pirate

 

the dessert spread

the dessert spread

 

close up of the pirate bear

close up of the pirate bear

 

driftwood sign

driftwood sign

 

Stay tuned for more cakes! Coming up in the next couple of months is a rehearsal dinner cake and first birthday cake.

Will you be my Valentine?

cupcakes

This Valentine’s Day, I did not have any time to make any yummy treats as I’m gearing for another cake project due this weekend. But I would like to share these delicious cupcakes that I made for a pre-Valentine¬† bake sale/dinner fundraiser. They are amaretto cupcakes with raspberry frosting.

It’s a purse…no, it’s a cake!

No, really, it’s a cake. When my friend and former co-worker asked me to make a cake for her daughter’s 26th birthday, I instantly came up with the purse cake idea. Because women love purses, right? I know I do! So I did some research on how to make this 3D cake and I came across this tutorial on Cake Central. http://cakecentral.com/a/purse-cake.

I used an 8-inch round pan, trimmed 1 side to make a level surface to allow the cake to rest on the cake board. The birthday girl loves raspberries, so I made a white cake with raspberry filling and buttercream frosting, covered in MMF. Then I added the quilting detail using the Wilton quilting tool. The zipper was made with a cake comb. And to complete the look, I made a lady shoe out of gumpaste. I found this tutorial on here: http://rosesen.wordpress.com/2010/10/06/gumpaste-shoe-tips-and-template/

This is definitely one cake I can cross off of my “to-do” list for cakes.

purse cakepurse2

Baby shower cakes

When my friend, Jessica, was expecting her sweet baby girl, we threw her an owl-themed baby shower. I naturally volunteered to make her cake as I wanted to get as much practice as I can get. At that time, I had just started Wilton course 3 and had just learned how to work with fondant. So this was my first fondant cake. I searched on etsy for an owl cake topper…and I can’t believe how much fondant toppers cost! The one that I liked was $28. There was no way I was gonna spend more money on a topper than I would on the ingredients of the cake. So I decided to make my own, with inspiration from etsy. The topper is made of 1/2 fondant, 1/2 gumpaste mix. The cake is chocolate with chocolate filling and buttercream frosting covered in MMF.

 

babyshowerowl

 

Another opportunity to make a baby shower cake came up when my friend, Anna, was expecting her baby boy. During the countless hours I spend on the net browsing for cake designs and techniques, I’ve seen many cakes that have cute bear toppers on them. I have watched and learned from this video tutorial on how to make one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XWIgExfSegU. So I decided to go with a bear theme. I also added the quilt to make the top of the cake more interesting.

 

babyshowerbear