Opening up another session of the FNCC! ALL levels of cakers are welcome to share their week, photos of their work, ask for help or provide help if they can!
Just one cake this week but I made it twice! I call it a Rocky Road cake. Chocolate cake with vanilla bean buttercream, marshmallows, slivered almonds and chocolate ganache filling covered with vanilla bean buttercream and then topped with marshmallows, slivered almonds and chocolate ganache and garnished with pirouette cookies. It was SOOOO good! (Warning, the cookies are for looks only, they get soggy pretty much right away.
I hate rocky road but that looks delicious!!!!!!!
I also had one project this weekend :)
@Marian64 thank you! This was such a cute and fun theme
Right, let's try again. Hopefully this will work! Made a chocolate cake with milk choc ganache and 90 cupcakes for the 60th birthday of a gardener.
Happy to be able to once again sign in and take part in FNCC!
@catlharper your cake looks delicious!
@sweettherapy your cake and cupcakes are adorable!
@hep275 your cake and cupcakes look great! Such perfect edges on that cake, so jealous!
With being unable to sign in for a bit and then being away on vacation I missed posting a few of my creations so I'll share everything now. The week before vacation I made a simple beach themed cake and beer batter maple bacon cupcakes for a lady down the road. The cake was for a dinner party she was attending & the cupcakes were for her husband's birthday. Both went over very well.
Back before cakes took over my life I used to make a lot of preserves and had been entering them in the Valley Gardener's Club Horticultural Show. I decided this year that I was going to get back in to making preserves but I ended up only having 4 things made to enter. In addition to the preserves they always have some sort of baked goods category. This year was scones (that I did not enter) and cupcakes decorated in red and white to celebrate Canada's 150 (right up my alley). My cupcakes won first and I also won first & third in the fruit jam other than strawberry category and first and third for the savory jelly category. Not too shabby! lol
This weekend I made another beach themed cake but this time I did a pail of sand. The shovel is made from gumpaste and the shells are all fondant. I had baked 5 layers of cake but the 5th one made it too tall so I cut the extra layer in half, iced it and added some fondant shells to give them as a "bonus" cake.
Pictures to follow :-)
Beer batter maple bacon cupcakes
Little "bonus" cake
@hep275 just love your garden cake and the cupcakes they are to cute. And Kelly is right the edges are perfect.
@kstevens I always love your cakes and I know a few people who would love your beer batter maple cupcakes. I don't doubt your cupcakes won first prize and congratulations on the jam. I guess you can do it all.
Great job everyone!!!
First off, I must state that this cake is definitely a copy of a lovely cake done by Lenka Sweet Dreams.
This cake was quite a few firsts for me.
First time doing an actual 3 tier cake.
First time working with modeling chocolate.
And, probably the most frightening for me, the first time one of my cakes has ever left my home to be seen and eaten by the outside world.
I lack confidence in my skills, so I only makes cakes for my household. When my soon to be 6 year old great niece Savannah saw a picture of Lenka's mermaid cake, she decided that it was the only cake she wanted for her birthday. Her parents don't really have the money for that type of cake and suggested that I do it since it was for a small party of family and close friends. Of course, I declined. But, that adorable little face won me over (as always) and I said I would give it my best shot. Savannah even helped with decorating some cupcakes and making some of the modeling chocolate decorations. We made some great memories and she seemed very happy with her "really tall" cake, and I guess that is what really matters in the end.
Wow you did a terrific job shellybbear!!! Love it!!!
Hi everyone. I have not been on here for some time. Life stuff and such got us messed up in a whirlwind of things, some good, some bad, whatever.
All of your cakes are so impressive!
Came here to ask for inspiration. My husband's b-day is coming up in just a little over a week, and kids want a cake. He couldn't care less for what flavor, or even a fact of a cake, since his cancer treatments have depleted his taste for anything sweet and sugary, and all that. So it will have to be a very small cake. For a man. who does not eat cake really, but his kids want to celebrate. Last year I did a "ski trails cake" - a fairly simple thing, which he does not remember it, since his short-term memory is very affected by radiation. I've considered making a "sandwich cake" - you know, not really a cake, but a stacked-up sandwich, with plain cream-cheese used for "frosting", but those are hard to decorate, and our kids want some flair.
Any ideas for a small cake for a man? Not overly complicated, as we are only a few days away, and in terms of schedule this and next week - I have even less time than maybe 1.5 days of being able to work on it on and off, between other things. I have thought of perhaps a tiki cake, those are bright and cheerful, but I am not sure how I feel about it, hawaiian theme is really not anyhow connected to us. Would a pair of running shoes be a good and easy cake? He loves running, and even jogged through his treatments. I've never done a shoe cake though. Not sure if kids will like the design either.
Any thoughts will be appreciated.
@LelekBolek sorry to hear that your husband has cancer. I did a really rather simple cake for my brother back in June that might work for you? You can customize it a bit with the sprinkles you use, maybe use brighter colors to make it cheery?
It's in my gallery:
Awwww @LelekBolek I'm so sorry to hear about your husband. I do hope that the treatments are helping! As for the cake, one that looks like a TV is really easy. Just a square cake with "rabbit ears" on top and a plug out of the back. The screen can be a transfer. Here is the one I did for my son:
Thank you for the suggestions. I love both options. Gives me another idea, too. I will have to see if I have any time for it! Maybe an Atari cake - that should's be too hard, with a fairly flat cake and a couple of "joysticks".
As for cancer, thank you for your good thoughts. We have been dealing with this since 2008, so a good time, and - as cancer affected families start thinking - hopefully will be dealing for a long time more. Never know. So we celebrate what we have.