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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.

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Succulent Anniversary Cake

May 20, 2018

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Last week I made an anniversary cake for our great friends celebrating 12 years of marriage. I was so excited to make this cake because I was able to make a simple yet creative cake. The simple part was the textured buttercream that was made with the end of my spatula. I iced the cake smooth and then put my spatula tip at the top of the cake. I spun my turntable and moved my spatula down the cake and this made the horizontal lines on the cake. The texture was simple and rustic, yet elegant.

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For the succulent plants I used some of my flower cutters for their shapes. When making succulents you want the pedals to be thick and plump, unlike the petals of flowers. I made different shades of green and purple fondant and made a variety of shapes and sizes. I also dusted the plants with brown and purple petal dust. The barrel cactus were made of Rice Krispies Treats, covered in fondant. To fill space on the cake I piped plant vines and mini star tipped buttercream drops. I hope you enjoyed this cake!!

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Weird But Fun Cake..

May 3, 2018

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Shortly after I made the 3D teddy bear cake from my last post, I turned around and made a cake for the birthday girl’s dad.  This cake was weird but fun because it was filled with random funny things. I really enjoy doing cakes like this because this is where you can get really creative. This cake was made for our good friend that has had some stomach problems throughout the year. I decided to make a fondant stomach and give it a hat like the Notre Dame leprechaun. Our friend is a die hard Irish fan so this was perfect. I also made the focal point on the cake the “Party like a champion today” flag, which mimics the Notre Dame “Play like a champion today” flag. Everything on the cake from the ND football to the cactus was edible and made of fondant and Rice Krispies Treats. Hope you enjoyed the tummy cake, GO IRISH!

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It’s Been a While…

May 2, 2018

Hello everyone! This is my first post in a long time. Life has been very busy and filled with new adventures. My family and I have moved back to the Valley and are so excited to be back in the Southwest. I haven’t done a whole lot of cake decorating in the past 10 months but here’s my first cake of the season.

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I created a 3D teddy bear cake for my daughter’s best friend. I’ve never made a sculpted cake like this one so I was excited and up for the challenge. I must say my skills were a little rusty but they came back, thank goodness. The birthday girl was turning four and she’s a princess like my little girl. I made a fondant crown, flag and fondant confetti for decor. The pink fondant toy teddy bear also had a crown to match the big teddy bear.

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I used five 6 inch confetti cakes for the base of the teddy body and the head. I stacked three of the cakes and carved them into a round body shape. The head was also carved and stacked on the body. With the scraps of cake from carving, I made a cake clay for the legs, arms and ears. Cake clay is shredded cake with buttercream mashed into a moldable mixture. It’s the exact recipe of cake pops. After I attached the body parts I put the cake in the fridge to chill. I used my Wilton grass piping tip for the fur. This process took a little longer than expected. Before I started piping the fur,  I attached the bear’s fondant paw and foot pads. Along with the snout, eyes and inner ears to finish it off. The fur looked more natural when the buttercream was piped around the pads instead of putting the fondant pads on the piped buttercream.  I had a great time making my first cake in a long time for someone I love!