Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Pink and Orange...the new....black??

I think it is beginning to be obvious that I love the pink and orange combo. I made this as a little last minute cake for the director of the preschool program I work at. It was a little rushed, but I just thought it was so bright and cheerful.
 I love working with fondant, but I would love to learn how to do piping. I just can't seem to get the hang of it. So, when I get free rein over a cake, I like to throw a little in just for practice.





I sure hope it helped to make her Birthday happy!

Have a Ball...Soccer That Is!

Now isn't that just the cutest soccer ball cake you have ever seen? I just loved it. The ball turned out perfectly. Some cakes just make me stand back and smile. I kept opening my fridge and just giggling inside. There is always things on cakes that I step back and say "oh....next time I am going to do this differently.". But this time I was really pleased. The ball just looked so real. My one year old kept crying saying "Ball...Mine"! I couldn't help but to laugh.


Okay!!! Enough bragging on my own work. Hope they liked it as much as I did!

Tangled!!!!

Tangled! Have you seen the movie yet? If not, go see it! Right now...I mean it...get off the computer and go see it. So cute. Loved it! I can't wait to see it again. And yes, even though I have boys, it will be added to our movie collection.

So, you can imagine how excited I was to get to make a "Tangled" cake. It was for an adorable little lady turning 4 years old. I tried to give it a beautiful castle feel but still have the "tangled" tower effect. I was really pleased with the final product.
 I tried to give it the feel of the tower...minus the gloom of her being locked in it for 18 years.
Just a little shot of the back. You know I am all about making sure the back is just as cute as the front. You just never know when someone might happen to walk behind the cake!

 My little extra details.
Just to let you know, thatched roofs are extremely time consuming!  This little roof was formed out of rice treats covered in about a hundred little squares of purple fondant. The little girl's mom loves butterflies, so I thought this one on the very top would be a nice, whimsical touch.

 Okay, making a person...to actually look like a person...is extremely more difficult than I thought it would be. I think she turned out okay, but this is an art I am determined to perfect. I think I will go start practicing right now. 
 Beautifully, wood-grained door.
And more butterflies!

Overall, this was such a fun cake. I love getting to make wonderful, girlie cakes. And, I got to meet a beautiful family in the process. I can't wait to make another cake for them. Such a sweet little girl. When I get to meet the kiddos I am making cakes for, it just adds a whole new dynamic to this cake decorating venture. I love it!

Okay, going to practice making people faces now. Hope you have a great week!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Daisy Cake

Today was my sweet, sweet neighbor's birthday. She has got to be the sweetest lady in the world. My boys think of her as family...and honestly...so do I. She has been such a blessing to us. She is one of my closest friends. She is the kind of person that would do anything in the world for you. My boys beg to go see her and are thrilled when she comes to visit. They call her "Ti-ti" (Aunt in Spanish) And yes, she is a fiery Puerto Rican
lady! So, her birthday deserved a very special cake. She is so bright and happy...like a breath of fresh air. I felt that this cake reflected that perfectly.
The daisy is my all time favorite flower. 

She was so surprised and so excited. It was so worth the time put into it. I love making people happy. God knew exactly what He was doing when He revealed this talent to me. I can't imagine doing anything else.

Happy Birthday Mrs. Ivette!!!


Sunday, March 20, 2011

It's the big ONE!


There is just something about that first birthday....something about that precious baby turning one. It really gets to me. I just love first birthdays. I loved them for my own children. I had huge celebrations where we invited everyone we knew or had ever known. I mean, it is almost a celebration of "I did it! I kept them alive for the whole first year!" I guess it also has something to do with them growing up so much...no more bottles, hopefully sleeping through the night, starting to walk. It is just such an amazing time in a young families life.

So....with all that said, you can imagine how excited I was to get to make not one, but two first birthday cakes this week! I was completely in my element and loving every minute of it. I mean, this is why I make cakes. Don't get me wrong, I love making anyone feel special on their birthday, but babies just melt my heart.

 The first cake was a nice, colorful two tiered cake for a little boy. His mommy sent me a picture of the plates they had picked out and I just went from there. I loved the bright colors! The puppy on top was a little surprise. She had mentioned maybe wanting one, so I made it. I didn't tell her ahead of time so I sure hope she loved it!
 This is the plates I used as inspiration for the cake.
 With it being a first birthday, you know there had to be a smash cake for the little one to dig into! I made it to coordinate with the big cake, but covered it in cream cheese icing instead of fondant so he could really get messy!
 The little surprise puppy. It is hand sculpted out of fondant. Although it is completely edible, it will also dry really hard so they can keep it for years to come.
 Just a little close up of the smash cake. If you know me, you know I don't really care to much for covering cakes in buttercream or cream cheese. They are just not as forgiving as fondant, but I think it turned out pretty good. The colorful polka dots popped really well against the white icing.

After I was done with the polka dot cake, it was on to this monster of a cake!
It was huge! I almost could not lift it in and out of the fridge once I got it stacked. I know I say that all of my cakes are fun to make, but this one really was a joy. I love giraffes! They are just so cute.
My friend gave me these plates as inspiration for the cake. We did a little research online and finally just had to draw something out. And of course I changed the design at the last minute, so it was a little surprise in the end.

 Just a little close up of the fondant detail work and the hand sculpted giraffe.
 A nice little side and back shot. I always try to make the back of the cake as appealing to the eye as the front. Even though no one really ever sees the back, I try to make it just as beautiful as the front!

 The Smash Cake!
 It was also covered in cream cheese icing instead of fondant. Boy was it ever fun trying to get cream cheese to the exact same color as fondant. That is just two completely different balls of wax, but it turned out pretty darn close. I was very proud!
And this is little Weston! This picture right here captures the entire reason for my cake making life. That messy little face. I love it!!!!

Happy Birthday Little Guys! And congratulations moms on making an entire year!!!!

I hope you all have a very blessed week. I can't wait to share next weeks cake with you!
Hope

Saturday, March 12, 2011

What a Week!

A fire truck and a unicorn...how much more different could two cakes be? It was a crazy busy week, but so much fun. Only having boys, I really get into the "girlie" cakes. The unicorn started out as a butterfly cake, but the little girl changed her mind as all little girls do. I was a little disappointed at first, but I really enjoyed making this one. I still managed to fit a butterfly in after all. The mom sent me this picture of a plate the child had picked out.
This family is so dear to me, so I really wanted to impress them. When they came to pick the cake up, the little girl's face just lit up. She seemed to love it! I was so happy and it couldn't have been for a sweeter family!
Flower "polka dots!
There is that butterfly!
And a hand sculpted fondant unicorn to match the plate. Although it is edible, it will also dry really hard and can be kept for years as a keepsake of the event!



And then it was on to the fire truck. Now, it was a late addition for the week, but boy am I ever happy I got to make it. I made a fire truck for my little boy's 3rd birthday back before I actually made cakes. I thought I was the stuff back then. I was so proud of my homemade cake! When my friend called to see if I could add her to schedule I was all over it. Her entire family was so sweet. They kept bragging on the cake. It was such an encouragement to me. This is why I make cakes!!!!!
The 2 was a last minute addition. My hubby insisted that it had to have a number so I rolled the fondant out this morning and added one. In the end I was happy he talked me into it (just don't tell him that).
And what is a fire truck without some gauges.
I thought it would be fun to see how far I have come in a year and a half. It is funny to think of how very proud I was of this cake. And honestly, the feeling I had about this cake back then is what lead me to where I am today. What a blessing! God had the future all laid out...I just had to wait on His timing!!!

I hope you all have a wonderfully sweet week!!!