This was a cake of firsts: first try at rice paper (lily petals and butterfly); first gumpaste; first pulled flowers; first chocolate transfer sheets (on sides of cake). I didn't think the flower arranging was very good, but that's all I had made and I was out of time for tweeking. Overall I gave myself a B+ for the cake and a D for picture-taking (camers battery was dying and every picture was fuzzy!)
Chocolate fondant over 9" cake torted to make three layers. Impression mat diamonds. Purchased pearls and gumpaste spray.
Thank You Cake
This was for the staff that cared for my mother as she was dying from a stroke. Fondant covered with BC decorations. My thanks to snoobles here on CC for the original design.
My Daughter's First Cake
My daughter wanted to do a cake for her bf even though she has no cake dec experience at all. This is the result. She designed it, made and placed all of the fondant elements, and did the grass. (Notice the frog on the lily pad.) My only part was to smooth the bc icing for her. I think she did a great job!
Sandy's Birthday Cake
Torted red velvet with ganache filling. Deck, deck chair pad, rocks, path, fish, frog, lily pads and lily all fondant. Flower pots chocolate.
This is a high school graduation cake, and my first attempt at an FBCT. The oval is a plaque of white chocolate using the smallest oval cake pan as a form. (Saying was a request, and I didn't want to risk messing it up on the cake!) Star is fondant. Sides are sponge painted with thinned burgundy BC, then sponged again sparingly with slightly thinned white BC.
Landscape Design School Cake
Garden setting cake done for a landscape school seminar. All elements are 3-D
Logan's 4Th Birthday
Standard character cake, chocolate w BC. I found that piping in the white areas and then smoothing with a wet paint brush worked much better than trying to ice with a spatula. I continue to despise my handwriting on cakes (shoot--looks far worse in general!). Need lots of practice.
Stained Glass Cake
Fun to do, although "filling in" of stained glass colors took 12 hours. I used CK pre-colored piping gel and then mixed them right on the cake for additional hues. Was up 'til 5:00am as a result of my gross underestimate of how long it would take! Cake is choc./butter marble with ganache filling. Slumping "new formula" Crisco caused the only problem, otherwise was just a tedious cake but still enjoyable.
Non-Fondant Wedding Cake
This cake was designed by the bride, with patterns she chose from Wilton books. She wanted a fondant look with BC--used a combination of paint roller and wax paper methods for smoothing. Doesn't look like it, but the layers were 14", 12" and 10" hearts.
60Th Wedding Replica Cake
This cake was done based on the couples' description of their original wedding cake. The "60" and butterfly are royal icing flow; everything else is BC. Hardest part was cutting the boards so the cakes would snuggle together. The "bride" proclaimed it to be far nicer than the original! The joy it brought--this is why I do cakes.
This cake was done in partnership with a good friend; much of the design was hers, and much of the execution was mine. The steps and stepping stones were imprinted with words such as "love" "fun" and "prayer". We made sure "forgive" was the first step! Top of the gazebo is a half-ball cake. Arbor, steps, stones and tiny Bibles on benches are fondant. Arborvitaes, topiaries & shrubs are piped on pretzels. Flower pots are chocolate