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Giant Tennis Ball Cake

September 23, 2016

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This cake was made for a beautiful girl who was turning 18. That’s a big birthday because all the sudden you’re considered an adult….but you’re a still a kid too. I created decor that represents her life and what she loves to do.  Tennis is the main theme here and by the giant tennis ball on top, who would guess she LOVES tennis. I really enjoyed creating this cake because I love making little detailed decorations that make the cake a one of a kind.

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I don’t know a lot about tennis but I really enjoyed making the fondant tennis bag, racket and little tennis balls. The bag is made of Rice Krispies Treats and covered in fondant.

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I made the princess crown by shaping the tiara around a can of green beans. It’s the only thing I could find that had the right shape and size I needed for the cake. I laid the can on it’s side and covered it in wax paper and placed the ropes of fondant on the can to dry. After it was totally dry, I sprayed it with gold Wilton Color Mist.

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The giant tennis ball topper is the main focal point for the cake. (The ball was a styrofoam ball that I purchased at Joann’s craft store)  I wanted the ball to look furry like a real tennis ball. To get this look, I used a technique with a grass piping tip. All you do is lightly push and twist the tip into the fondant. I remembered a great tutorial I had seen a long time ago by Krazy Kool Cakes that showed how to make fur on a fondant Elmo topper. Here’s the link below:

 

 

 

 

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Sculpted Football With Notre Dame Leprechaun

September 20, 2016

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Last week was our second Notre Dame football game ever. We lost to Michigan State but we had a great time at the game. I decided to make another cake for the tailgate party and this time I made a giant football with another mean looking leprechaun on top.

I’ve only done a handful of sculpted cakes and this is one of them. I started out with three 13×9 inch cakes. I stacked them, iced them and put the cake into the freezer to harden the cake and icing. Ten minutes later, I used a really sharp serrated knife to carve the football. I printed out a simple picture of a football and used it as a guide for the size and shape.

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This is my second fighting leprechaun of the season. This little guy was like a bobble head doll. I wanted to exaggerate his head so I could show all of his angry features.

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He really wants to fight someone!

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I really like the look of the leprechaun jumping out of the cake. For this look, all I did was cut triangles and place them toward the figure. I then bent the tip of the triangle away from the figure to make it look like the football was busted open.

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Here’s the cake at the tailgate party….plywood makes a great table! I hope you enjoyed my Notre Dame tailgate cake and I hope to do another in a couple of weeks. GO IRISH!

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Notre Dame Football Tailgate Party Cake

September 11, 2016

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First of all, I apologize for the photos of this cake. It was very early in the morning and dark when I took the pictures.  I’ll try to do better next time.

This weekend was our family’s first ever Notre Dame football game. We’re new to the area and we were so excited to partake in the Notre Dame festivities of the pep rally, tailgating and the actual football game. Boy, did we have a wonderful time!

I decided to make a small and simple cake for our first ever tailgate party. It was a 7 inch chocolate cake with vanilla icing and Oreo cookie filling.  I covered the cake in white fondant and sprayed it with the gold Wilton color spray. I did make two mistakes here. The first mistake was I should have colored the fondant yellow to enhance the gold color. Second, I only bought one tiny little spray can of Wilton gold….I totally ran out and couldn’t touch it up at the end. I REALLY WISH I HAD AN AIRBRUSH MACHINE IN THIS MOMENT! Someday!

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This was my fighting Irish leprechaun cake topper….he looks so grumpy!

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Do you remember my structures from last week? Well, one structure became the Notre Dame Fighting Irish leprechaun.

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Here’s another photo of the cake topper. I think its so neat to see it in it’s beginning phase and at the end.  The topper was a real hit at the party. I made him out of a 50/50 mixture of modeling chocolate and fondant. Living in Indiana, I’m still getting used to the crazy humidity of the midwest. The party was outside and so the cake was totally exposed to the moisture in the air. When I tried to take the leprechaun off the cake he was so sweaty and mushy….but, he’s still in one piece.

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The small football on the side was made of rice krispies treats, covered in fondant.

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He really does look like he wants to fight someone!

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This is the cake at the party and the lighting was so much better. I hope to make more Fighting Irish cakes in the future, so stay tuned.

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Internal Structures For Cake Toppers

August 30, 2016

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Can you guess what I’m up to this week? I have a few cakes in the up coming weeks that have fondant toppers. My time is a little limited right now so I’m just trying to get a head start.

Almost every cake topper I make has some sort of internal structure. Anywhere from a toothpick or wooden skewer to a lollipop stick with wires. Fondant settles and if it’s too heavy without support, it will droop and get wrinkles.

For the cake toppers above I will be using a 50/50 mix of fondant and modeling chocolate. This mixture gives me more time to model and smooth out, without wrinkles and tears.

I’ll keep you posted on my new cakes in a couple of weeks.

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Birthday Cakes Throughout The Years…

August 17, 2016

For this post I thought I would share my kid’s birthday cakes from the last 9 years. I actually started cake decorating six months after my son was born in 2007. Wow, time really goes fast! I still love the art of cake decorating and I’m so blessed to be able to do it.

Katch’s cakes….

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My son’s 9th Birthday – Rollercoaster theme (Cedar Point in Ohio)

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8th Birthday – Whale shark under the sea theme

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7th Birthday – Beyblades theme

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6th Birthday – Skylanders Giants theme

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5th Birthday – Power Rangers Super Samurai theme

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Angry Birds Cake – 4th Birthday

4th Birthay –  Angry Birds theme

MADAGASCAR CAKE

Madagascar Cake – 3rd birthday

3rd Birthday – Madagascar Movie theme

2nd birthday cake

2nd Birthday – Random cars theme

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Froggy 1st Birthday Cake

1st Birthday – Froggy theme (From the Froggy Books – our favorite!!)

Portlin’s cakes…

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3rd Birthday – Princess theme

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2nd Birthday – Doc McStuffins theme

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1st Birthday – “No more monkies jumping on the bed!” theme

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Princess Castle Cake – 3rd Birthday

August 2, 2016

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Yesterday our family and friends celebrated my daughter’s 3rd birthday. We had a giant royal birthday party with a castle bouncer, a tea party, pin the nose on Olaf, under the sea digging pool, pink pony races and even sword training.

This year for my daughter’s party and cake, she wanted something to do with princesses, flowers and the color pink.  I thought a castle of her very own would be perfect…and it was.

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Above is Princess Portlin and her pink pony, Snoopy. We tell stories every night before she goes to bed and most of the stories are about adventures with Portlin and her pony.

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The towers of the castle, also called turrets, are made of styrofoam rods (I got these at Joann’s) and ice cream cones. I covered each rod in fondant and let it dry overnight. The roof of the towers were made of sugar cones. I cut out individual circles and layered them from bottom up. The little fondant circles are perfect shingles for the turrets. I attached the cones to the rods with royal icing.

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The bottom cake was a 7 inch vanilla cake that was colored pink inside. The top cake that the turrets are on was a 6 inch styrofoam dummy cake.  We didn’t have many kids to feed so I made the smaller cake.

I tried to put the decorations in groups of three or spelling out 3. (flags, towers, roses, #3 in window) I love doing little details like this to see if people really notice. My husband noticed right away! Anyway, I love making cakes for my kiddos and I’m so blessed to have them.

 

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Fondant Roller Coaster Cake

July 18, 2016

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My son had his 9th birthday party this weekend and his theme for the cake was CEDAR POINT ROLLER COASTERS!

We recently went on a family vacation to CEDAR POINT in Sandusky, Ohio. Last year I would have never guessed that we would be vacationing in Ohio. Now that we live in the midwest, we’re trying to explore around us and take in the beautiful areas this part of the county has to offer. By the way, CEDAR POINT was awesome! The roller coasters are amazing, not to mention World Record setting. The first day of our vacation we walked over 7 1/2 miles and hit up some pretty thrilling rides. Even our 2 year old had rides to enjoy.

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The cake that I made for my son had colors, rides, shops and busyness like the actual theme park. We were on sensory overload on our trip and that is how this cake is…a lot going on.

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My son’s favorite sport now is lacrosse. We go and watch Notre Dame lacrosse games and once again, I would have never guessed that we would be watching and loving lacrosse.

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This is my son riding a modified “Gatekeeper” roller coaster with his hand in the air, just like he did on vacation. The bird on the front of the coaster was sculpted out of yellow fondant and painted with gold luster dust. The roller coaster car and inclined tracks were made of Rice Krispies Treats and covered in fondant.

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The decor around the bottom of the cake were rides and shops resembling my son’s favorite things in the park, like THE VALRAVN! This was the coaster that set world records for fastest, tallest and longest ride in the world. My poor husband had to ride this one…too steep for me!

We’re so blessed to have such a wonderful boy and I can’t wait to see what he has in store for me next year. I hope you enjoyed Katch’s 9th birthday cake!