Archive for Cakes
My wonderful SIL gave me the opportunity to work again on a cake to celebrate her growing twins’ birthdays.
Happy Birthday Gavin & Madox!!!
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I’ll be back with some details about the cake.
One of my best friends, Dessie, gave me the opportunity to work on a Minecraft project. They were ready to celebrate her son’s 7th birthday with a Minecraft theme and I was up for the challenge.
My son is a huge fan of this game. I don’t understand it and to be honest it makes me dizzy just looking at it. Noah was part of this cake and cookie making process from beginning to end as he “educated” me about the game, the characters and the purpose of the game (which I still don’t understand, but I won’t tell him that).
This is my second time making a Minecraft cake. The making of it can be… very time consuming.
- You need to take the time to color the material (fondant) into many shades of each color. 3-4 brown and 3-4 green and a few grey.
- Measuring (and later cutting) the squares can be tedious. You have to take into consideration the size (height and length) of the cake to make sure that the squares will fit properly. It can be a pain in the … neck.
- Once you know the exact measurement of the squares you have to cut and cut and cut. It really takes a lot of time if you don’t have some specific tools. I don’t, so I had to make rows and rows of fondant strips and cut them individually.
- Once the squares are cut, the process of putting the cake together is easier. This is the fun part of the cake process.
The cake was a very decadent chocolate cake so to add to the variety, I made vanilla cupcakes. Specialty toppers with TNT and Creepers’ shapes.
The cookies were thank you favors. My son Noah was in charge of telling me what to make and which characters or items were more important in this very famous game. The whole set included: TNT, Creepers, Pigs, Pixel Axes, and I must not forget Steve.
One final look of the cake please…
Thank you dear friend for allowing me to be part of this special occasion in your family. Baking and creating these Sweet Treats for Leo was special and fun.
Happy Birthday Leo!!
One more year…. one word to describe it, bittersweet. My daughter Lillie turned 9 years old and we celebrated her birthday with a gymnastics/basketball party.
Let me show you the cake first which features her love and dedication for gymnastics.
Because editing pictures and preparing everything for the blog takes me so much time. The last picture shows you a preview of the cookies. Once I get those ready to post, I’ll show them to you.
I made this cake for my nice Layla who celebrated her 4th year last August. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to take a lot of pictures because I finished only a few minutes before my SIL came to pick it up.
Ruffles ruffles rainbow ruffles. I’ve had the pleasure of doing Layla’s cake the past 4 years and they are all very colorful and fun. It was certainly fun to make this cake for her again.
My sweet Noah is now 6 years old and all six of them have been so wonderful.
This year he decided to celebrate his birthday with a Pokemon theme party with all his friends.
Unfortunately, I didn’t take a lot of pictures of the cake. I was in such a rush at home that I took the cake directly to the venue. Now I regret it.
This Pokemon cake has the Water element represented by the standing candy rock sticks on the top of the cake. We also have the Grass and the Fire element, each covering one third of the cake (shown on the right top and bottom side of the picture below). We couldn’t miss the basic element of Electricity shown on the very front of the cake.
I did take a lot of pictures of the cookies thank goodness. Typically, when I’m the one hosting the party I am working on the cake and the cookies and everything else until the very last minute. This time I was able to finish them the day (or two) before the party.
First, the party favors. Pokeballs sugar cookies were individually packaged and tied with pretty ribbons for each one of the children.
The tray had a combination of all the cookie designs and his special birthday message cookies.
Although I wish I could have incorporated a lot of the Pokemon characters, I could only do so many of them. I focused on some of the ones Noah requested, his favorite ones. Some of the characters include: Pikachu (my favorite!), Charizard (Noah’s favorite), Charmander, Totodile, and Squirtle.
This is Squirtle, a water Pokemon.
Charizard an evolved form of Charmelion, a fire Pokemon. Noah’s favorite Pokemon because it is a dragon (cousin of the Dinosaurs, he believes) and it has fire.
Totodile. More like a crocodile right? This cutie is another water basic Pokemon like Squirtle.
The adorable Pokemon on the bottom right is Charmander. He is a fire basic Pokemon that actually evolves into Charizard (the one to it’s left). I didn’t get a picture by itself.
I love how the Pokemon logos turned out.
A tray with all the assorted Pokemon sugar cookies.
A final look at my son’s 6th birthday cake.
My birthday boy Noah (bottom right side next to the boy wearing #21, Jack) and some of his friends. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get all the children in the picture. Some kiddos were outside the party room having fun.
The party was so much fun. We actually held it at the same location as last year. Noah specifically requested it. Even though we went to look at other fun places, he said that it was so much fun playing at Backyard Adventures, that he couldn’t go anywhere else. He was in charge!
I never in my life imagined that I would have a son that would enjoy watching the same cartoons I watched as a young girl. I was thrilled to hand him over my Pokemon movie collection as well as some of my Pokemon figurines. I never had Pokemon cards, but we have to thank Santa Claus for bringing him a large collection of trading cards that he can now play with.
Happy birthday my loving son. I love you with all my heart!!!
The next cake was designed to celebrate my niece’s 3rd birthday, Layla.
Ice Cream Cone sugar cookies.
And Cake Balls of course. I made them look like sundaes also with their icing on top and dripping to the sides. The sprinkles finished the lovely treats.
This is a look of the party table. Amy did a wonderful job setting it up as always.
A final look of the cake.
Happy Birthday pretty girl!!
GRADUATION TREATS – PART 1
This is a cake I made to celebrate a pretty girl on her graduation day. Many cupcakes complimented the treats.
A few details of the cake and cupcakes will be added later. I also need to work on the pictures for PART 2 of this post. I have so much to do!!!
About a month ago, my wonderful sister in law gave me the opportunity to design and create a cake to celebrate her daughter’s 2nd birthday. I always appreciate the freedom of her cake requests. She provides a main theme and several sources of inspiration, but she lets me play with the final cake design.
For Layla’s birthday she asked for a Puppy, multilevel cake. I later received a picture of the beautiful dress Layla would be wearing at the party. Amy also added a few cake ideas on her Pinterest board and the rest was up to me. Love it!!
Here is a collage that features most of the details of the cake.
A red doggy collar with a shimmering silver buckle is the detail that separates the tiers. Now I wish I would have made a dog leash… maybe next time.
A set of cute and playful puppies are the main details of this birthday cake. Since the puppies are all females, I folded stripes of fondant and used them to create the little flowers that you see by their ears. The pink one has a couple of bows though…. with lots of shimmering dust.
Black set of puppy paws are placed on the front of the top tier. I also made smaller gray and brown paws, but they are on the sides and back (and I didn’t take a picture). The doggy bone accents the bottom tier and emphasizes the 2nd birthday.
And here’s a final look of the cake before getting into the cookie part. Oh, cake flavors include Almond cake and Strawberry cake.
Here are the sugar decorated cookies. I absolutely love the many possibilities to decorate Scotty cookies. Their little vest are very versatile and could be well adopted to any color scheme.
A few more doggy cookies. Since I don’t know the specific breed of this cookie cutter, we can assume is a lovely and faithful mutt.
There you go. A wonderful set of treats for a puppy/dog lover of any age. In this case, my now 2 year old niece Layla.
I hope you had a fun and beautiful birthday.
I am super excited to share with you the very special treats I made for my lovely daughter Lillie as she celebrated her 7th birthday this year.
I don’t really struggle much when it comes to the color scheme that I plan to use for her birthday treats. As a 4th of July baby, I always know that I MUST incorporate Red, White & Blue. I do freak about making something that will be much better than the previous year. Now that she is a little bit older and realized what I can do, the challenge can be making a cake that she ‘approves’ and ‘loves’ (if I’m lucky).
This year was a tricky one since I asked her ideas of what she wanted the theme to be or a main design of the cake. Well… bad questions. She wanted everything and it all sounded so complicated !!!! My dear Lillie asked for a beach cake (and she’s never been to the one) and wanted me to incorporate summer items. At the same time, she mentioned how much she loved the zebra pattern and reminded me that it it would be Independence day.
Oh boy…. After many sleepless nights thinking about how to incorporate ALL those ideas into ONE cake, here’s the end result.
ZEBRA: You typically see thick zebra lines/pattern on cakes added using fondant and ‘glued’ on the cakes. I decided to try a different technique and painted the top and bottom layers of the cakes. I painted the zebra lines on the cake horizontally and diagonally as opposed to many cakes out there where you see them vertically instead. They are also more on the thin side.
Lillie absolutely loves Chocolate cake so there was no other choice. The additional cupcakes were vanilla and a few chocolate. I wish I could have taken a picture of a cut cupcake because the vanilla batter was actually red, white and blue to create multicolor cupcakes! A chocolate star was added as the topper.
BOW: I made the bow at the very last minute with fabric ribbon that I found at Michaels. I have always loved this type of bow so I wanted to incorporate it into the cake.
OTHER FOOD: With her birthday falling on such a special day for all of us, I am always very fortunate to find all sorts of goodies out there related to Independence Day. I found m&m’s, fish crackers, twizzlers and all the silverware and decoration. Yeah!
COOKIES: The cookie platter included all sorts of playful items related to the beach and hot summers not to mention that odd request of adding zebra patter to the theme.
Going clockwise starting at the top right: Ice Cream Cones, Sunglasses, Swimsuits and Bikinis, playful Kites, and Beachballs.
Definitely some of my favorites were the bikinis and the sandals, the sunglasses too. All the sugar cookies were decorated with the same theme in mind. No chocolate designs this time, it was all royal icing.
In the end, I have NO idea what the 4th of July, Zebras and The Beach have to do with each other, but I got it done. Somehow, I think it all worked out.
All the girls (and my boy Noah) had a lot of fun. We celebrated Lillie at a nearby YMCA so the girls (and some adults) were able to get into the pool for a long time.
Happy Birthday sweetheart!! I hope you had a wonderful birthday.
This is a Hello Kitty two tier cake inspired by the original HK colorful cake here.
Bright, colorful and a bit whimsical, this first birthday cake is covered entirely in my sweet buttercream icing. Can you guess how long it took me to fully decorate this cake? Just take a guess….
Now counting the time spent coloring the buttercream, a bit over three hours!!! This type of decoration requires me to clean the spatula after each stroke… yes… each one!!
I made a few chocolate colorful bows, flowers and HKs and one specially with wings to be place as the focal point of the top tier.
The top tier features a fondant made number 1 to celebrate the very special first birthday. Several fondant balloons covered in shiny dust to make them pretty and bright.
And a final front look at the cake.
As far as cake flavors, the top tier was a marble cake with mocha buttercream. The bottom tier was a strawberry cake with a vanilla beam buttercream filling.
I really really love this cake. I was very happy with the end result and my client was too.