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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!

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Tangled Rapunzel Tower Cake

July 21, 2017

Rapunzel, let down your hair….

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My daughter turns 4 in a couple of days and the theme for her early party was from the movie Tangled.  Just like every year, I sat down with my little one and sketched out her cake for the big party. The famous tower was the winner for the cake design.

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This year we celebrated Portlin’s birthday at Grandma’s house. I had to make the cake early and transport it across the country as carry on luggage. The cake was made in two separate pieces and put together before the party. The tower cake was basically a display cake so I made cupcakes for everyone to eat. I made 24 cupcake toppers that all had to do with the movie.  I can’t believe I didn’t take a picture of them! The toppers: pascal face, lanterns, paint and brush, braid, satchel with crown, #4, Rapunzel face, sun symbol.

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The cake was made up of PVC pipes and Rice Krispies treats. I made the top of the tower so that it  was placed securely in the pvc of the tower base. I covered it all in fondant and let it dry for two weeks before we traveled. There were minor cracks and smashed shingles but overall it made it safely.

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The fondant that I used for the shingles was very soft so I needed extra support from the toothpicks to keep the shingles from drooping. I left the toothpicks in for 3 days to really harden up.

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This is the birthday girl the day after the party….eating fondant off the cake.

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The ivy on the tower and the grass on the base was made of royal icing. I used my grass tip and piped messy ivy throughout the cake. I made tiny flowers with my plunger cutters a week before I did the ivy. I had my daughter put all the flowers on the royal icing before it dried. I wanted to let her help on her very own cake, she loved it!

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Here she is blowing out her four candles in her cupcake.  I ment to take photos of all the decorations that the kids and I created for the party. I made little frying pan plates for the cupcakes and tissue garland for the cake table.

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Each little girl got a yarn Rapunzel braid to wear at the party. My mom and I created these great braids and they seriously weren’t hard to make….a little time consuming, but fun. We also made paper lanterns attached to yarn, purple flags, banners and WANTED posters. We also played a couple of games that the kids really loved: pin the frying pan on Flynn Riders nose, limbo, Tangled trivia, and a Tangled scavenger hunt. Overall it was a great party and our little one had the “best day ever!”

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My First Drip Cake

June 6, 2017

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Last week I had the pleasure of making a cake for a great girl and her friend on their graduation. Drip cakes are so popular right now, so when coming up with ideas for the cake we decided to incorporate the drip technique with graduation decor.  The school colors I need to use were light blue, white and black. The cake had a lot of blue on it so I decided to throw in a little color with the pink flowers, meringue cookie drops and little yellow tennis balls. The graduates play tennis so I wanted to put something to do with the sport somewhere in the cake decor. I formed yellow fondant balls and used a bone tool to make the seam pattern on the ball. It’s pretty subtle but cute.

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For this cake I had to gather all my sprinkles, colored sugars and chocolate. I made white chocolate bark with a marbled technique and also added candy balls and sprinkles to the bark. It was my first time making bark and also my first time making meringue cookies. I looked at so many meringue recipes and they’re all different. I picked a recipe and my first batch turned out ok but my second batch was disaster. At lease I had a couple of cookies to chose from.

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I also used the buttercream watercolor technique for the base color of each cake. I iced the cakes in white buttercream and then put them into the fridge to chill. Fifteen minutes later, I put dabs of blue buttercream on the cake and used my scraper to spread the blue throughout the cakes. Here’s a link to the tutorial I followed: