FromScratchSF Posted 1 Jan 2013 , 9:55pm
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Bragging time!!!  I totally just stole this idea from Peggy Does Cake, but though it wold be fun here too!  Share your best cake from 2012 and tell us why it's your favorite!

 

I'll start:

 

I did a lot of really fun cakes this year, but I think my favorite has to be this:

 

 

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I wanted precision in the shape of the tiers, lots of sparkle and I wanted every single thing to be edible.  So I made custom food-grade silicone molds, did isomalt gems and molded over 200 tiny broaches out of fondant that I handpainted with edible silver (complete with facets).  Believe me, 1/2 way thru I wished I just had a bunch of plastic broaches I could have stuck all over it, but when I put that very last touch of sparkle on, I almost cried - It turned out perfect.  All in all, I think this cake took around 40 hours to make.

 

As a perfectionist, I always can find a flaw on one of my finished cakes that nobody would ever notice or see, but in person I couldn't find a single one on this cake.  It was also incredibly satisfying to open the pictures I took in Photoshop and besides trying to fix my bad photo taking skills (exposure, angle etc), there wasn't a single flaw on the cake that I Photoshopped out.

 

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This cake was insane to make.  I had never done wonky tiers, let alone ganached and fondant wonky tiers, I had never airbrushed an entire cake, had never made a 360 degree freestanding cityscape out of gumpaste that had isomalt windows and backlight by LED lights, heck, I have never used LED lights OR  isomalt.  I was petrified that I was going to fail miserably - but every detail turned out better then I could have possibly imagined in my crazy head.  I was humbled and honored that a Bride actually took a chance on me making this for her wedding (they were a VERY fun couple).

 

Your turn!!!

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bigdad Posted 1 Jan 2013 , 11:38pm
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Haven't been doing cakes long but here are some

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FromScratchSF Posted 1 Jan 2013 , 11:50pm
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Great job!

Evoir Posted 1 Jan 2013 , 11:58pm
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This was my favourite from 2012...a design inspired by Faye Cahill. I even made the cake stand its sitting on! Loved everything about this cake, from start to finish.

 

 

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DeliciousDesserts Posted 2 Jan 2013 , 12:22am
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WOW!  

 

My best was

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DeliciousDesserts Posted 2 Jan 2013 , 12:23am
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Of course, now I would do a better border & the top wouldn't be crooked.  I would pick one of my more polished cakes, but those figurines will be hard to beat in any of my future cakes.

Goreti Posted 2 Jan 2013 , 12:34am
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This was my favorite and I think my best.  I only decorate for my family and have  not been doing this very long.  Wanted to make something extra special for my mother-in-law's 90th birthday.  The flowers were done without cutters using only templates from the back of Alan Dunn's book and some just freehand.  A little challenging but very gratifying in the end.

Annabakescakes Posted 2 Jan 2013 , 1:01am
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ALove the cityscape! And the gold birds so much!! All the others are great, too!! I have two, also;-) [IMG]http://cakecentral.com/content/type/61/id/2884887/width/200/height/400[/IMG] [IMG]http://cakecentral.com/content/type/61/id/2884889/width/200/height/400[/IMG]

I had wedding cakes I loved, but these 2 really made me happy, and they were both made for my brothers :-D

Elcee Posted 2 Jan 2013 , 1:44am
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Everyone's cakes are beautiful! This is my favorite. It was small (9"/6") and inspired by a cake I saw here in a thread. It turns out the original was a picture from "The Knot" and the baker is no longer in business. I had already made the large hot pink dahlia and just didn't know what to do with it. The cake was the centerpiece for a party I hosted for a dear friend who was home to visit after having moved to Europe (pictures of the entire party here ; sadly, I'm not the skinny, beautiful blond icon_rolleyes.gif, that was the guest of honor. I'm the chubby, cute one icon_lol.gif).The party was photographed by an amateur photograher friend; she did an amazing job. Not only did I love this cake, it got tons of attention icon_biggrin.gif here on CC (my first and so far only to break 100 favorites and be the most favorited of the day), on Facebook, and on Pinterest. I think it also is the cake that got me an invitation to submit to Cake Central magazine (which I couldn't do due to time restraints icon_sad.gif).  

 

This cake was for a themed party I hosted for a friend visiting from Europe. Cake is 9" and 6" with hot pink gumpaste dahlias in different sizes; it's lemon cake with strawberry buttercream covered in fondant. I was inspired by a cake picture that was in a thread in the forums here. The picture wasn't credited so I don't know who the cake designer is. I had already made the large dahlia, just didn't know what I wanted to do with it until I saw that cake. TFL! **UPDATE** Picture was from The Knot; baker no longer in business. Thanks, vpjane, for that info!**

 

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This is my second favorite. It was a baby shower cake for a young woman who went to school with my daughter. Her mother was a dream customer. The cake was based on the invitation. I loved the colors and the theme. I couldn't help but fall in love with my little sugar baby boy in his sugar teacup! I almost couldn't bring myself to part with him. (As you can see, I learned my lesson after the dahlia cake was plastered all over the internet with no identifying info, I started watermarking my pics.)

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Baby shower cake to compliment the invitiation/party decor. Gumpaste teacup and baby boy. Cake is a 10" Carrot Cake with Very Vanilla Buttercream. I absolutely loved doing this cake and could barely bring myself to part with my cute little baby! TFL!

 

Thanks for the fun thread! Happy New Year!

snowy325 Posted 2 Jan 2013 , 1:48am

Chocolate mud cake - the little girl is horse mad, so her mum asked for a princess carriage with horses. My first time making horses (and carriage) and I was very pleased with how it turned out

I loved working on this cake. I have 2 boys so it was nice to work on a girly cake

FromScratchSF Posted 2 Jan 2013 , 3:00am

Love it!  Thanks for sharing, keep'em coming!

JWinslow Posted 2 Jan 2013 , 3:19am

I was very proud of this cake.  Simple, but I really liked it.

 

 

This cake was featured in the September issue of Cake Central Magazine, in the Less is More, Violet Charm section.  I am so honored and still excited to be asked to contribute to the magazine.  8", double 6" and 4" tiers covered in fondant, adorned with edible pearls and diamonds.  The little bouquet of flowers are gum paste.  TFL

Lovelyladylibra Posted 2 Jan 2013 , 3:58am

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tykesmommy Posted 2 Jan 2013 , 4:05am

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I loved this monster energy drink cake I done for a friend.

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But this one is a close 2nd. This is the first actual decorated cake I have ever made.

hbquikcomjamesl Posted 2 Jan 2013 , 4:05am

My favorite is one many of you have already seen: my first edible image cake, my first (and so far, only) cake in the Wilton pan (with the plastic cover), the Leland Award cake.

And here it is. Concept sketch, finished product, and the spare set of edible images. Hopefully, the folks at the Printing Museum will approve.
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Cake for 2012 Leland Awards by Tracker-Backer, on Flickr

Here's a closer look at the finished cake:
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Cake for 2012 Leland Awards by Tracker-Backer, on Flickr

and a look at the dairy-free cupcake, for my dairy-allergic colleague
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Cake for 2012 Leland Awards by Tracker-Backer, on Flickr

Dani1081 Posted 2 Jan 2013 , 4:23am

THis is a 12 x 18 two layer sheet cake with vanilla buttercream filling.  It's iced with buttercream and then covered with MMF. All of the decorations  are made from gumpaste and the walkie talkie is rice krispie treats smoothed with melted chocolate and then covered in mmf.  Thanks for looking!

 

 

 

 

My favorite has to be this one - I made it for my Darling Daughter to celebrate her graduation from the Regional Police Academy. It was a "work of heart"! ;)

de_montsoreau Posted 2 Jan 2013 , 6:38am

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Difficult, I loved a lot of cakes I did this year. Unfortunately I recently broke my camera and only have a few pictures  I can choose from.

This cake has it flaws (the picture is horrible) but I loved the elegant simplicity of it.

 

Happy 2013 to all of you!

megpi Posted 2 Jan 2013 , 6:54am

I couldn't narrow it down to 1, so here are my top 4, in no particular order.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SugaredSaffron Posted 2 Jan 2013 , 9:43am

These two are my favourite of the year, although I love everyone of course! The 1st because it took so much work to make happen and has opened some cool doors for me and the second because it was so personal to the bride.
 

A dessert table for a styled 50's bridal shoot. Photo by http://www.carohutchingsphotography.com/  As featured on the Amy Atlas blog: http://blog.amyatlas.com/2012/04/colorful-floral-guest-dessert-feature/  Floral double barrel wedding cake with ranunuculus, peony and rose. Also on the table are a Victoria sponge, triple chocolate cake, trifle shots, apple pie cupcakes, milk chocolate, cake pops, sugar cookies and bakewell slices.  More photos and credits, www.facebook.com/sugaredsaffron

Russian & Nautical themed wedding cake. Top and bottom tiers were Vanilla bean with berry IMBC and the middle tier was dark chocolate cake with caramel IMBC.   The dome on the top is a half circle polystyrene covered in sugapaste. Royal icing piping and the russian domes and waves I hand cut from gumpaste. So much of the couple went into this! As 'unusual' as it is, it's probably my favourite of 2012.

Leeli Posted 2 Jan 2013 , 10:37am

Wow, I love this cake of yours. Like you said, simple but it is so elegant.
 

milkmonkey Posted 2 Jan 2013 , 10:42am

My first Fondant cake I did. I am still Very New to this.

 

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Leeli Posted 2 Jan 2013 , 10:53am

Hi, I'm new at Cake Central.

This was my favorite cakes to make for 2012!

 

This Mini Mouse cake was my first three tier cake that I made and I enjoyed making this cake.

 

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The Trumpet Tower Bug house cake was also fun to make.

 

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This corset cake was my third cake I made since I started and I have realy enjoyed making this one too.

 

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This Lightning McQueen cake was for my son, Ruvan. He had turned 3 in 2012.

 

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This Castle cake was for my daughter, Jaylee. She turned one in 2012.

 

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I had fun making all of the cakes that I have already done, but these ones is my favorite.

 

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Ponona Cakes Posted 2 Jan 2013 , 11:38am

This is my favourite for 2012 :) I just think the couple looked great :)

 

Besos from Spain and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

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The cake with the future bride & groom :)

Ponona Cakes Posted 2 Jan 2013 , 11:42am

These are my top two cakes from 2012 :)

 

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The cake with the future bride & groom :)

Dayti Posted 2 Jan 2013 , 1:25pm

This is my absolute favourite of all year. It was a challenge and I had been wanting to do it since I saw it on another cake artist's website. When the bride told me they were going to China for their honeymoon, I had to grab the original and show it to her. She agreed on the design, we only made a couple of changes. I had never done tapered, double height tiers before.

 

 

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cakeyouverymuch Posted 2 Jan 2013 , 3:39pm

This as the cake from the past year that most faithfully represents the picture I had in my head when I started the project:

 

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SugaredSaffron Posted 2 Jan 2013 , 3:54pm

I wish we had the thanks button on here, everyone's cakes are brilliant.
 

FromScratchSF Posted 2 Jan 2013 , 4:07pm

Just sayin, I'm happy a few of you posted some of my favorite cakes that YOU did so I could get them on my Pinterest.  I get to refer back to them and and steal from them heavily now.

 

Fist pump!

-K8memphis Posted 2 Jan 2013 , 4:20pm

didja ever go the restaurant and when everyone's order arrives,

you realize you want what someone else ordered and not

what's staring up at you from your plate?

 

we call it being restaurant impaired

 

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but anyway

 

the cool thing about this cake is the ralph lauren cut crystal pedestal plate

that just happend to be perfect --sight unseen until delivery

and in person it made the cake to look floating due to the grand glass top foyer table

topper is chocolate

 

i mean how often does an unknown cake plate offered by a well intentioned relative

really ever fit the cake size and all?

just about never in my world

 

ralphie did good this time!!!!

 

and this is from 2011 but it's pretty cool

 

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it's over 2 feet tall--it was for the terrapin triathlon party

he contacted me on a wednesday evening and needed it for Saturday

i was semi-retired then and my schedule was clear

he wanted a turtle cake

ok cool i thought a flat turtle cake i could pop that out

then he made the mistake of saying,

 

"i'll send you our logo, let your creative juices flow"

 

 

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i mean i had no time to re-think it after i saw the standing up terrapin

i gave him a generous portfolio discount

 

 

 

 

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