Saturday, May 22, 2010

Robert's Mechanic Cake (click on photos to enlarge).

"Mechanic" cake for a dear friend's 21 year old son (who's in college, but who's been an excellent mechanic since he was just a kid). This young man has been a really special person his entire life and I was so proud to be asked to bake for him. I got the idea for this cake from a NY baker named "Michele25" on Cake Central (only the best caking website known to man).  The inspirational cake was far better than mine - as it's supposed to be a guy working under a car, but mine just looks like the car ran him over.  I know I seem to say with every cake, "I had so fun making this cake," but I had so much fun making this cake!!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Hey, stop stealing photos of my law school graduation cake with gavel - and no, that isn't a pipe on top. (Click on photos to enlarge.)

This cake was made for a man who was graduating from law school. This might look like a boring cake, but it was so much fun to make!  I learned so much attempting this one, but mostly I learned that I'll do a lot of things differently next time!  Cake was almond wedding cake, and each "book" was torted and laced with raspberry jam then filled with a whipped madagascar vanilla butter cream filling.  Everything is completely edible - even the gavel on top (hand molded from fondant).  The graduate's wife asked me if I could somehow incorporate his teachers' names into the cake - so I came up with the idea to make a "sticky" note on top of the books (made from yellow fondant).  I used edible markers on it.  One of the teachers left half-way through the semester, so I crossed out his name and scribbled the name of the new teacher beside it as an inside joke.  (Side note:  I found this cake pictured on someone else's cake website one day, just by accident, while browsing photos of cakes.  They were claiming it as their own!  I don't mean that she recreated my cake... I mean she actually used MY photograph of the cake I baked!  This one pictured right here!  I wasn't sure whether to laugh or pout.  She called it her "book and pipe cake" because she obviously couldn't tell my gavel was NOT a pipe.  I left a comment saying something like, "Hey!  This is MY cake!" and included my website.  The next day the photo was taken down.  Man, some people need to bake their own cakes and quit stealin' mine.  Also, why would anyone steal one of my crappy cakes when there are cake MASTERS out there to steal from?  Okay, side note over.)  I'm looking forward to trying this type of cake again soon, and hopefully, perfecting it. 

Monday, May 10, 2010

Molly's Piano Recital cake (click photo to enlarge).

This is a cake I made for my little girl's piano recital. It was so cute how all the students stood around looking at the cake and taking photos before they wanted to cut (eat) it.  In the end, they lost their shyness and the entire cake was devoured.  Wedding cake with vanilla bean butter cream filling and icing.  "Keys" and bow on top are made from rolled marshmallow fondant.  I actually got to eat a piece of this cake and I must say, it was really delicious!

Friday, May 7, 2010

Amber's Lime Green and Black Polka Dot Graduation Cake (click on photo to enlarge).

This cake was for a young lady just graduating from high school, Amber (hence the "A" on top). She wanted something "elegant" - but asked for lime green and black (with polka dots). I hope I pulled it off. This was my first time doing this particular buttercream bead border that I stumbled upon the other day, and I LOVE LOVE LOVE the look. Wish I could remember where I saw the border.  I've looked at hundreds of cakes since and just cannot find it.  I'm bound to discover it one day, though.  I'll come back and credit the "inventor" if I can find her.  It was great practice to get another chance to work with fondant again.  Congratulations to Amber.  She's a beautiful girl and I know her parents are so proud of her.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

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