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The Big Green Egg Cake

November 6, 2018

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Last week my husband had his 39th birthday.  To celebrate he smoked some delicious pork meat in his new favorite toy, The Big Green Egg. Let’s just say since he bought his smoker we have had BBQ for last month and it is GOOD! We’ve smoked everything from pork to ribs to jalapeño poppers. I thought the perfect cake for him this year would be a replica Big Green Egg.

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Here he is with both Green Eggs….one made of cake and one ceramic smoker. We just had a small party and only needed to feed between 7-10 people. This cake could have fed an army and we’ll be eating it for days.

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My husband loves cinnamon roll cake with cream cheese frosting and my kids love good old vanilla cake. I decided to make two separate cakes and stack them.  I baked 6 total layers and used a sharp serrated knife to carve the egg shape. I also used cake clay (mashed up cake scraps and frosting) to dome the top of the cake.  The cake was pretty tall so I used a PVC pipe for the internal structure. It measured out to 14 inches tall and about 8 inches wide around the middle section.

The fondant details were made of rice cereal treats and then covered in fondant. I love little details that make the cake personal. The smoke from the smoker was shaped into the number 39 and cakebase read my husband’s new nickname, given to him by himself…Pitmaster.  Thanks for checking out my bbq smoker cake!

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Fondant Book Birthday Cake

September 30, 2018

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This week I made a birthday cake for my son’s teacher. I decided to make an open book because the teacher loves to read. I also found out that she really likes the color yellow.  With those two facts, I created the book cake with fondant flowers on a wooden board. The class also wrote cute notes for their teacher on 25 colored circles that resembled balloons. The balloon notes were placed on skewers and put into a big bunch of yellow daisies. I wanted to tie this into the cake design so I added colored fondant circles to the book cake to make them look like a bunch of balloons. I also imprinted “Happy Birthday” on the fondant balloons with my clay impression letters.

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I started with a half sheet vanilla cake and carved it into the shape of an open book. I gave it a crumb coat of vanilla buttercream and covered the whole thing in ivory fondant. I used a ruler to make lines on the sides of the cake to resemble pages.  Brown luster dust was brushed on the sides of the “pages” to give them dimension. I should have used more of the dust to really get into each line for better detail. The top pages on the book were separate fondant squares placed on top to mimic real pages that were curled at the edges.

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The apple was made of rice cereal treats and covered in two layers of fondant. The cereal treats were extra bumpy so I needed double coverage of fondant for a smooth apple. The bookworm was fondant on a spaghetti noodle.

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I hand painted the writing on the pages with a charcoal luster dust and lemon extract. Overall it was a cute cake but could have been better with more definition in the pages.

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Fondant Pokemon Ball Cake

September 18, 2018

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One of my favorite things about cake decorating is being able to personalize each cake that I create. I love getting all kinds of information about the birthday boy or girl to make their cake special and one of a kind. This cake is for awesome little boy who we love and is a friend of our family. I picked his brain one day about all the things he loves and the things that represent him. And here it is…

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The birthday boy loves Pokemon and is turning 9. He said that lightening bolts are his thing and to put a couple of those on the cake. He really does have a shirt with lightening bolts on it too! He started his own sweeping business and I decided to put a little broom on there to represent that. He loves music (Toby Mac) and playing his keyboard. He also just got appointed to the safety patrol team at school…that’s what the lime green vest is for.

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The Pokemon ball was actually made of rice cereal treats and formed into a ball with the Wilton Ball pan. I covered the rice cereal treats in chocolate melts and covered that in fondant. Normally I would make the ball out of cake but this time it needed to be rice cereal treats.

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I asked my kids what they thought about the fondant figurine of their good friend and they said he looked too excited or scared. I went ahead and changed his eyes and now I think he looks like totally different kid. It’s crazy how just by changing the iris and pupil placement in the eye changed his whole face. The birthday boy also has the best dimples ever…

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Puppy Dog Birthday Cupcake

August 5, 2018

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My daughter turned five last week and we celebrated with a puppy party. She loves dogs, even though we don’t have one. She’s been asking for the last two years for a dog to call her own…Maybe someday!

Once again we were away from home for my daughter’s birthday and I had to improvise on the cake design. I decided to make all the decor on a decorated cake board and have it sized and ready for a jumbo cupcake. With packing bags and getting ready to travel across the country, I broke down and purchased a store bought cupcake from the local grocery store. Let’s just say the cupcake wasn’t made with love….but she really enjoyed it!

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The dog was modeled after a Jack Russell terrier but turned out to be a little more plump than the dog in the picture. The terrier was made of rice cereal treats and covered in fondant. I really would have liked to use modeling chocolate for the fur so that I could blend the seams and make it look more natural. Everything on the board was made a week before the party so it all had time to dry.

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The puppy party went throughout the day and the birthday girl even looked like a puppy with her ears and painted face. In the morning the doorbell rang and there was a little stuffed puppy that had a note attached to it that said “please adopt me.” It was great! I can’t believe my baby is five and headed to kindergarten. I thank God for these precious moments.

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11th Birthday- Fortnite and Baseball Cake

July 20, 2018

 

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Yesterday was my son’s eleventh birthday and boy was it a great day! We were busy all day doing birthday activities throughout the city of Seattle. He got to swing with circus professionals at Emerald City Trapeze and eat the best BBQ you could ask for.

This year my son is totally into the video game Fortnite. When we designed his cake together he wanted the focal point to be his favorite character, Carbide. He also wanted Carbide posing in my son’s favorite Fortnite dance, the “hype.” The cake design was also based on baseball, the Seattle Mariners and the city of Seattle. He loves the Mariners!

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The Fortnite character was made from a wooden dowel with wire arms and a foil body. Obviously this decoration would not be eaten. The baseball glove topper is a replica of my son’s actual glove. It was made of rice cereal treats  covered in brown fondant. The Seattle skyline and Mt. Rainier were made of fondant. I dried the buildings for a couple of days and then put windows on them. There’s one thing my husband wants to see before we leave Seattle and that’s a whale. I put the whale tail on the cake design to remind our family of the ocean and maybe someday we’ll see a real whale!

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The picture above was of the back of his cake. My son also loves lacrosse so I had to put it somewhere in the cake design.  He plays for the Vipers and has a golden stick that he got from the Notre Dame lacrosse team.  GO ND Lacrosse!!

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The cake I made was a carved oval from a 9×13 inch baking dish. My son likes thing simple so we had a vanilla cake with vanilla buttercream. We’re not at home where I have all of my tools and baking equipment. I did bring a pencil case with my best tools to do the job… mini rolling pin, ball tool, Wilton tools, ruler, piping tips and toothpicks. I improvised on some of the design applications and this sure does make you appreciate having good equipment and supplies on hand. I used a hand mixer to make my batches of buttercream and I sure am glad I have a KitchenAid mixer at home. It sure does save time!!

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It’s crazy that our little man is eleven. Making cakes for my children is one of my most favorite things to do. Each year you can see them change and evolve into little people. So blessed.

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Nautical Baby Shower Cake with Waves

June 3, 2018

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This week I made a really cute wavy baby shower cake for a small group of ladies. The nautical baby shower cake was clean and pretty simple to create.  I started by covering my 6 inch vanilla/chocolate layered cake with white fondant.  The ombre waves were colored layer by layer.  I began with a ball of lightly colored blue fondant, rolled it out and cut a wavy line for the waves. After I placed it on the top lip of the cake I took my ball of light blue fondant and added a tiny bit more blue gel color. A new wave was placed an inch below the top wave of the cake. Each wave I made I added more and more blue gel to the fondant ball.

The red anchor was made five days before the cake was assembled so that it had plenty of time to dry.  Every time I make a centerpiece fondant decoration or a complex decoration I make at least two or three of the item just in case one breaks. That means I have a lot of little leftover random fondant decorations in a box waiting to get used. Everything from bows to crowns and Mickey Mouse ears. In the future, I can always pull from this box of decorations and change it up a bit with gold luster dust or air brush it a new color. This stuff never goes to waste.

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I love incorporating names or lettering with my fondant decorations, like this rope. It adds movement to the cake and is so simple. On my daughter’s 4th birthday cake I used Rapunzel’s fondant hair to  spell out the birthday girl’s name. The sand on the base of the cake was made from crushed graham crackers and white and brown sugar. I put buttercream on the cake board so that the graham mixture would stick on the board.  I hope you enjoyed the my wavy cake!!

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Make-A-Wish Disney Princess Castle Cake

May 20, 2018

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This week I had the privilege of making a cake for a girl whose “wish” has come true to go Disney World.  The Make-A-Wish Foundation granted this awesome wish for a little girl who loves all Disney princesses. The family celebrated the reveal of the the “wish” with a Disney themed party. I was so honored to make a cake with princesses and a big castle for the special princess herself.

The cake was a two tiered chocolate cake filled and iced in vanilla buttercream. I used a 7 and 9 inch cake to feed 25-30 people. The turrets on the cake were made of styrofoam columns that I bought at Michael’s. The tops of the turrets were made of sugar ice cream cones covered in fondant.

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Each princess and teacup was made from Rice Krispies Treats and covered in fondant.  It took me three days to make the figurines because everything is done in steps. The body and arms were made first and left to dry overnight. This gave the fondant a chance to harden and better support the head the next day. I made the heads next and left them to dry, bald. The third day I used rolls of fondant to make the hair.

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The princesses that were in the teacups were a little easier because they were only half a body.

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I wanted to incorporate Mickey Mouse somewhere on the cake. I decided to create a silhouette of Mickey’s head with pink flowers and vines.

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The best part of making this cake was knowing who it was for and how happy the little girl was going to be when she found out she was headed to Disney World! May God heal her and bless each moment at Disney with her and her family.