Baby Shower Whimsy Cake
Grandma (an artist) calls me and requests a "really different" baby shower cake. We determine together that a 3-tier whimsy cake would fit the bill. Then she starts getting more than a bit too involved in determining colors, flavors, fillings, etc. I think I took about 6 calls from her in the space of a week, each time with more detail she "needed" to see . I'm amazed that the colors she wanted were okay ... the entire shower really was wowed by the cake. I guess you never can tell, can you?
Sponge Bob birthday cake for a friend's 4-year-old stepson. Hand carved all of it (and I don't know much about Sponge Bob), MMF hands, arms, legs, collar, tie and parts of the eyes. I guess everyone said it was really good.
My First Fondant Drape
Mexican paste roses/cake topper. Fondant (MMF) drape with gold luster dust highlighting the folds and royal icing pin dots on the drape. Iced in IMBC, and the flowers near the tops of the tiers were MMF. The monogram was freehanded on site. All I cared about was the Bride being thrilled with it, which she was (as was her ste0-father, who paid for the cake ... always a good sign when the pocketbook is happy!).
White Tuxedo Coat
Bride wanted a white tux with a pink rose. Meringue BC with a marshmallow fondant lapel, tie and rose. Cake was based on the groom's favorite: pineapple upside-down cake. How? I turned it into a "pineapple inside-out cake" by using an Amaretto Cream Cake with a pineapple and vanilla filling. They were so pleased, I got a cash tip the day of the wedding and a check arrived about 2 weeks later in the mail! Yay me!
My daughter was one of the leads in the musical "The Taffetas" at the local University. For production week, I sent along this 3-D jukebox cake, which was designed to look something like the set they had (which I had never seen). It was all iced in crusting BC, and I am told they all were really impressed with it.
Wedding Favor Cookies
I made 200 of these for a Bride & Groom who are huge Tigers fans. Groom's last name starts with a "D", so the logo was a perfect fit (they even got engaged on opening day!). I had a rubber stamp made of the D to help with the design. Dipped it in a mixture of piping gel and food color, then stamped each dry iced cookie and followed with the blue (all royal of course). Put in cello bags, placed in pizza boxes for pickup so the bridal party could seal the bags with baseball stickers. They were a big hit
A Client's son was celebrating his 3rd birthday and he is really into trains. He wanted chocolate chips in the filling, so it was fudge chocolate chunk cake with chocolate chip filling.
Graduation For An Old Film Buff
High School graduation for a young lady who really likes old movies. Her mother says her favorite is "Meet Me In St. Louis", so I thought a film set "clapper" would be fun and she really liked it. With many thanks to eilers who was very generous with design assistance.
Lori's Cake, View 1
The bride brought me about 4 pictures of the beading/embroidery work on the bodice of her wedding dress, so the cake revolved around that. All buttercream with edible pearls and edible glitter.
Cast Party Cake, Beauty & The Beast
Following the succesful run of our High School Musical, "Beauty and the Beast", I made this sheet cake for the cast party. I think it was 1/2 yellow cake, 1/2 chocolate cake, with chocolate BC, covered in ganache. The design was freehanded from the cover design, but don't look too close, I can't believe it, but I misspelled "Beauty"! (whoops!)
This Little Wedding Cake Of Mine ....
Two quick tiers with fresh flowers I had put together myself for a tiny little wedding for a friend's son and new daughter-in-law. Just because it's a courthouse wedding, it doesn't have to be a grocery store cake, does it?
This cake (6", 10", 14") was two tiers of Banana and one WASC with White Chocolate Buttercream Mousse icing ("The Cake Bible"). The happy couple was so nice to deal with. Two days after the wedding, I got the most wonderful voice mail thanking me for all my efforts, telling me how much they liked it, how thrilled they were with the "midnight snack" box I left on the table for them after cutting (an 8" cake box with 6 slices of cake inside, tied with a tulle bow), and they'll refer me to LOTS of friends!
Hearts In Blue
Bride & Groom were pretty simple folks, and so wanted a somewhat simple cake. They brought me the cake topper and we decided that cornelli lace hearts on the sides would tie in the topper. The Bride also wanted blue roses on the upper edges of her cake. When I arrived back at the reception to cut it, they told me they were quite thrilled. Banana and Fudge Chocolate Chunk cake, White Chocolate Mousse icing, 6" 10" and 14" tiers to serve 125.
Single tier whimsy-type cake, for my 79-year-old father and 15-year-old niece whose birthdays are 2 calendar days apart. Doctored WASC with vanilla caramel liquid creamer and white chocolate mousseline buttercream from Rose Berenbaum's "The Cake Bible". Next time, I will use Kahlua in the icing since everyone said it tasted like cappucino, so now I have a new flavor to offer! Yummy!
Gent's 40Th Birthday Cake Ii
Full-size version of the 40th birthday cake for a friend. Chocolate coma for sure!
A large wedding and a pretty bride deserve a nice cake, don't you think? Multiple flavors with a little bit of color was what the bride wanted. Buttercream mousse icing.
This large wedding cake was requested by a friend who had a string of bad boyfriends who'd break off the engagement, so when she finally found "Mr. Right", she did it up right and was extremely happy with the way I interpreted her vision of simple and stately.
Sesame Street Birthday
The invitation to the birthday party was provided to me and Mom requested I have the cake resemble the invitation.
Masters In Education
Boss's wife got her Masters degree so he hired me to make a cake for her surprise party. Cake was Fudge Chocolate Chunk with White Chocolate Mousse icing and White chocolate paste diploma, rose and tassel. They loved it. My thanks to fellow CC'ers who 1) posted a photo that inspired me; and 2) PM'd me with the link for the inspiring photo. Thanks everyone!
Wedding Cookie Sample 2
This is the second od 3 samples I made for a bride to sample my work. She and groom reall liked them.
Cookie Sample - Square
This is the first of 3 different cookie samples I made for a bride who is trying to decide what to give as favors for her 2007 wedding. The colors are close to what the bridesmaids' dresses will be, and the design is being used throughout the wedding and stationary.
Coffin For A 40Th Birthday
This was my "duchess" cake: four layers (alternating) of white chocolate cake and blackout cake with blackout cream filling. Iced in white chocolate mousse icing with all the decorating done in the leftover blackout cream. Headstone is white chocolate paste with a little black gel color kneaded in to make the marbelized appearance. Recipient just loved it. "Dirt" was crumbs of the chocolate cake. Thanks much to a CC photo for the inspiration for the coffin shape.
Heart Suckers Wedding Cake
This couple wanted something lighthearted to please the kids who would be there as well as be something different. White chocolate suckers with sayings on them like the "conversation hearts" you get at Valentine's day fit right in. It was hard for the kids to keep their hands off the suckers until after the cake was cut!
Square, With "wings"
I really like it when the Client tells me flavor, shape and number of servings then says I can do whatever I want. So this time, I had the opportunity to try something a little different, and the whole group loved it. They wanted their colors of burgundy and green, and some hearts. The "collars" were royal icing plaques. The roses were buttercream as was the rest of the icing. It's not like anything else in my albums, which is why I like it so much.