Thursday, January 21, 2016

Fire Truck Cake - January 2014

I made this fire truck cake for my nephew Gavin's 3rd birthday.  The headlights and two lights on top the fire truck really lit up and flashed.  :)

3D Fire Truck Cake 1

3D Fire Truck Cake - Close Up - Lights On

3D Fire Truck Cake - Side View

3D Fire Truck Cake - Front Angle View

3D Fire Truck Cake - Back Angle View

3D Fire Truck Cake 2

More pictures and details coming soon... :)

[Right now I'm just trying to get everything on the blog, then I'll go back and fill in details; you can read a little longer explanation here if you want. BUT if you have any questions in the meantime, in general or about this cake, please feel free to email me by clicking on the 'Contact Me' tab at the top of the page and using the email address found there, and I will try to get back with you as soon as possible. Or you can always ask questions or leave a comment about this cake by clicking the comments link at the end of this post. :)]
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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Music Note Cake Balls - January 2014

My son's band was having a cake ball sale; so I made these music themed cake balls to donate to it.

Music Note Cake Balls - Close Up 1

Music Note Cake Balls 1

Music Note Cake Balls - Single Close Up

Music Note Cake Balls 2

Music Note Cake Balls - Close Up 2

I used black candy melts to pipe the music notes out on to parchment paper.  I let them harden and they were ready when I needed them to decorate the cake balls.

To make the basic cake balls I followed Bakerella's instructions.  You can find them here.

Right after dipping the cake balls I sprinkled some yellow sanding sugar sprinkles on top, and then placed a music note on top standing straight up.  You have to be ready and work quickly so the chocolate doesn't harden before you get everything on it.  I had to hold the music note in place until the chocolate hardened enough to hold it upright on its own (a couple ended up a little crooked :/).  I had to be careful when handling the music notes as the stems were a bit fragile.  I had a couple snap, but thankfully I was able to repair them or replace them with extras I had made.

I thought the cake balls turned out very nicely, and the bake sale was a success!  Yay!  :)
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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Homemade Christmas Cookies - December 2013

My son's band was doing a Christmas cookie sale at one of their concerts.  I made the music note cookies (and some of the circle ones) for the fundraiser, and then I used some of the extra cookie dough to make some Christmas cookies for home.

Homemade Christmas Cookies 1

To make the cookies I just followed a recipe for cut-out sugar cookies.  After the dough was mixed, I separated it into two bowls.  I used green food coloring to make the dough in one bowl green, and I used red food coloring for the other.

Homemade Christmas Cookies - Making Green & Red Striped Dough

For the music note cookies I took red and green cookie dough and rolled them into fat snakes.  Then, alternating the colors, I put them together and rolled them out into a long strip.  I used a music note cutter to cut the notes out of the striped dough.  

Homemade Christmas Cookies for Band - Music Note Close-Up

After I got all the notes I could cut out of my striped dough, I gathered it up and rolled it out again.  The  notes on the top row (below) were cut from that dough, and they had more of a marbled look.  I also cut out some circles and stars to finish getting our amount of cookies we needed to bring.

Homemade Music Note Christmas Cookies for Band

The cookies below are what I made with the remaining dough.  I used some cutters and did some freehand.  For some (like the wreath) I treated the cookie dough like Play-Doh, rolling it into balls or snakes to make the various cookies or cookie parts.

Before:

Homemade Christmas Cookies - Wreath, Poinsettia, Tree, Present, Holly Berries - Before Baking

After:

Homemade Christmas Cookies - Wreath, Poinsettia, Tree, Present, Holly Berries - After Baking

For the candy cane cookies below I made a long snake of red and a long snake of green, twisted them together, and then formed the twist into the shape of a candy cane.

Before:

Homemade Christmas Cookies - Before Baking

After:

Homemade Candy Cane Christmas Cookies - After Baking

Homemade Christmas Cookies - After Baking

Homemade Christmas Cookies 2

Merry Christmas!
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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Thanksgiving Cake Balls - November 2013

These are some cake balls I made for a dessert for Thanksgiving.  I used the 'cake scraps' I had left from leveling the cakes that I used to make my daughter's Peter Pan cake.

Thanksgiving Cake Balls 1

Thanksgiving Cake Balls 2

Thanksgiving Cake Balls 3

To make the cake balls I followed Bakerella's instructions.  You can find them here.
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(I created my animated name at this site.)

Monday, November 16, 2015

All You Need is Faith and Trust... and a Little Bit of Birthday Cake! - November 2013

This is the Peter Pan themed cake I made for my daughter Carissa's 9th birthday.

Hand Painted Peter Pan Scenes Cake 1

Hand Painted Peter Pan Scenes Cake 2

To make this cake I baked 2 six inch cakes, 2 eight inch cakes, and 2 nine inch cakes.  I leveled them, stacked them (using bubble straws and cake boards in between for supports), and iced them.

Hand Painted Peter Pan Cake - Close Up of Indian Encampment Scene

Hand Painted Peter Pan Cake - Close Up of Hangman's Tree Scene

I measured the circumference and height of each layer.  Then, I rolled out and cut to size three pieces of white fondant.  After that I wrapped the corresponding fondant around each layer of cake.

Hand Painted Peter Pan Scenes Cake 3

I used my airbrush food coloring drops, paint brushes (only used for cakes), and toothpicks to paint the scenes on the fondant.  I had printed out different scenes that my daughter picked out from the Peter Pan movie, and I used those to reference to as I painted.

Hand Painted Peter Pan Cake - Close Up of Big Ben Clock Tower Scene

Hand Painted Peter Pan Cake - Close Up of Mermaid Scene

Hand Painted Peter Pan Scenes Cake 4

Hand Painted Peter Pan Cake - Collage of Scenes

After I was finished painting I sprinkled some gold shimmer dust on the tops of the cakes where the icing was showing to resemble pixie dust.

Hand Painted Peter Pan Scenes Cake 5

If I had more time I would've had more pictures on it and some of the pictures (like the mermaids) would have come out better.  Why do you ask did I not have time...?  Well, this was not the first cake I made for her birthday party.  The first cake was going to be the Big Ben clock tower with the characters on the clock hand, but that cake met an unfortunate demise. :(  So, the cake above was a starting over from scratch Plan B that began late the night before the party and finished right up until her party started.  :O

I was pleased with the way the cake turned out though, and my daughter was really happy with it.

[I may update the post with a little more details on the first cake and a few pictures, but for now it'll have to wait.  :) ]
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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Gender Reveal Cake - It's a... ??? - November 2013

When my sister Valerie was pregnant with their second baby, she and her husband decided to find out the gender.  After some persuading from her friends :) they decided to have a gender reveal party, and they asked me if I would bake the cake for it.  My mom offered to decorate it, but they didn't want us both to know the gender ahead of time, so after I baked and assembled the cake I frosted it with a layer of icing that would conceal any of the colored cake before handing it off.  Then, my mom finished frosting and decorating it.

Baby Gender Reveal Cake

I baked French vanilla almond sour cream cake in 2- 9 inch cake pans and French vanilla almond sour cream cake tinted 'the mystery color' in 3- 9 inch cake pans.  Since I was using a crystal cake stand, I put a round cake circle on the stand under the cake so no one would see the color of the cake through the crystal.  ;)  I alternated layers of colored and white cake and iced them with white frosting in between as I stacked them.  When all the layers were assembled I iced the cake with a crumb coat.  After the crumb coat set I iced the cake with just enough frosting so my mom couldn't see the color of the cake when she went to decorate it.

Baby Gender Reveal Cake - Close Up of Top

Baby Gender Reveal Cake - Close Up of Sixlets Base

My mom iced the cake with white frosting and made little peaks on the sides.  My sister had asked her to write 'Oh, Baby!' on the cake, so she piped it in green icing on the top.  Then she used pearlized pink, blue, and green sixlets around the base of the cake and several on the top.

Baby Gender Reveal Cake - Overhead View

The cake turned out really cute and sweet, and when they cut the cake everyone was excited to find out they were having a... 

Baby Gender Reveal Cake - Inside of Cake - It's a BOY 1
...BOY!  :)

Baby Gender Reveal Cake - Inside of Cake - It's a BOY 2

Baby Gender Reveal Cake - Inside of Cake & Cake Slice - It's a BOY
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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Switchfoot Themed Cake Balls - October 2013

These are cake balls I made for the band members of Switchfoot and their crew as part of the Switchfoot Baking Club.  I decorated them with various 'Switchfoot themed' items, and brought them to their Fading West movie viewing and concert back in October. 

Switchfoot Themed Cake Balls
 
[The little picture of the guitar to the side is a correction on one of the guitars that I had made that I delivered at a later date.  I got it wrong and it bugged me. ;) ]

More pictures and details to come... :)

[Right now I'm just trying to get everything on the blog, then I'll go back and fill in details; you can read a little longer explanation here if you want. BUT if you have any questions in the meantime, in general or about this cake, please feel free to email me by clicking on the 'Contact Me' tab at the top of the page and using the email address found there, and I will try to get back with you as soon as possible. Or you can always ask questions or leave a comment about this cake by clicking the comments link at the end of this post. :)]
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