Modeled after a diaper caddy on the mom-to-be's registry. The basketweave is meant to be rattan but I had trouble getting the ganache to correct piping consistency. Also my pink IMBC just would NOT smooth properly so try to look past that. Gumpaste handle and baby essentials. Fondant "liner" is embossed w/a cutting wheel and edged with luster dust. Diapers are little cake layers covered in fondant. Top 2" of caddy is styrofoam w/the center cut out; I didn't want to risk collapse by carving out the cake.
Let's Go Golfing!
Golf-themed cake for a man's birthday whose other major interest is his border collie. Hazelnut cake with chocolate ganache buttercream. Buttercream grass marks my very first time using a piping bag (I chose the easy way out huh!) Accents are 50/50 fondant/gumpaste, but the big golf club has spaghetti inside for stability. Golf bag was modeled after one done by helipops (thanks!) The "crease" at the bottom of the cake is actually a reflection from the cake pedestal.
Baby Bootie Shower Cake
Third time's a charm...I had problems getting the WBH white cake to work (twice), and finally switched to the Rebecca Rather white-on-white cake. Yum, good choice! Each cake is three layers, each filled with ShirleyW's mock bavarian and also rasperry coulis. Iced in IMBC. The color was not quite what I was aiming for but overall I was ok with it. I just LOVED making the gumpaste daisies. Letters are gumpaste too, painted in superpearl dust. Special thanks to grannys3angels for her baby bootie template!
WBH white cake: three 6" rounds, each torted and filled with ShirleyW's mock bavarian cream. Iced in ganache bc, covered in choc. mmf & painted with copper luster dust. Fondant deco's in soup, gumpaste handles and "wood" spoon, and 50/50 Remy. The ladle was gumpaste and was originally upright, but it broke. The burner grill is REAL (from my stove!) as is the parsley. The fondant is already bulging, and fell off 6 hours later (Cake Disasters thread)! There's also a closeup of Remy in my photos. TFL.
Baby Shower Tea Party
Made for a good friend's baby shower which was being held in a tea house. I saw missyek's delightful cake and it fit the shower theme so perfectly, I had to give it a try. Fudge brownie cake w/raspberry filling, covered in IMBC. All decorations are fondant, although I mixed gumtex into a lot of them so they'd dry better. The blanket is supposed to be saving a space for the baby. The plaque is fondant and was hand-lettered with a food coloring pen, using a font printout as a guide.
Baby Shower Tea Party
Here is a close-up of the topper. Again, major thanks to missyek for inspiring this design. I think there might be at least one idea of my own on this cake? LOL.
I was just going to ice this cake in chocolate ganache to take to a holiday party. Next thing I know I was rolling out fondant! Cake is choc. fudge brownie cake w/ whipped ganache frosting. All decorations are MMF. The sparkle (including on the tree) all comes from super pearl luster dust. The decorations were inspired by holiday cakes from JaneK and simply-cakes.
Open Gift Shower Cake
I was so excited to try one of these! The cake is short because it's a flourless chocolate (which, with great effort, I torted + filled w/raspberry puree...it was like cutting thru clay) topped w/whipped ganache. All decos' are fondant except the baking tools which were made using a chocolate mold+painted w/food colo. and luster dust. The lid is fondant w/gumtex (and a cardboard cake circle for stability). Thanks to everyone here for inspiration and help - couldn't have done it without you!
This was a fun project! I made the cupcake pots w/steel buckets (sand at bottom for weight, and styrofoam at top to hold the sticks, disguised by tissue paper). Bent the wire into spiral shapes to hold the cupcakes. Three different cupcake flavors, each flavor is indicated by the fondant flower on top. (The little card hanging on the bucket is actually a guide to tell you which color combo is which cupcake). Thanks to cindww for the inspiration.
Going To The Zoo
A zoo half-cake for my daughter's 2nd birthday. I wanted something small enough to take WITH us to the zoo, but I didn't want cupcakes, so I cut an 8" cake in half. Pirouette cookies around the outside, fondant decorations, yellow cake w/chocolate BC frosting. On this cake I learned how much sturdier Wilton fondant is for figures; the panda is the only one made of MMF and he never dried! Next time I'll check out gum-tex.
Swimmin With The Fishies
Fish cake for a 2-year old's birthday. I hated my sloppy 2D baby shower fish so decided to improve on them here. The top tier is huge because I found out after baking the bottom 10" that she needed to feed >50 people...so I improvised. MMF sea creatures, letters and seaweed. Store-bought chocolate shells, and crushed vanilla cookies for sand. My second decorated cake. A fun project!
Orchids And Shells
This is just to show my first try at hand-molded fondant letters! We had about 20 minutes to decorate a plain, white supermarket cake (the bride's favorite cake--go figure). Maid of Honor brought orchids, white chocolate seashells and (the thinnest?!) gold ribbon for the sides. I made the gold-dusted fondant letters in advance, and we decorated it at the market. We were pleased, considering our limitations!
Baby Shower Fish Cake
My very first cake. "Chocolate Fudge Brownie Cake" with vanilla IMBC frosting. Wilton pre-colored fondant (pastel) letters/banners and same fondant for fish (but I recolored it). My first time working w/fondant. These fish sure looked a lot easier than they were! Had a heck of a time getting clean edges. Nobody seemed to care, nobody at the shower had apparently seen anything other than a BC piped cake from the bakery so they were all impressed; lucky me!