Navy Officer Commissioning Cake
This sheet cake with a round cake draped with flag and another round cake as the hat was the centerpiece to a Navy officer commissioning ceremony celebration. Cakes are all buttercream, and decor is either all fondant or fondant/gumpaste mix. Brim of hat is cardboard covered in fondant to help shape and to support cake as it sits on top of the sheet cake.
Pancakes And Syrup
A small 6" cake covered in buttercream was surrounded by layers of marshmallow fondant pancakes. With couple pats of fondant "butter" and a drizzling of piping gel "syrup", breakfast--whoops, I mean dessert--is served. :-)
Poinsettia Red & Gold Wedding Cake
The hexagon, buttercream wedding cake is trimmed in silk poinsettia and golden twigs. A patterned, store-bought ribbon encircles the base of each tier, and the golden monogram was hand-made with fondant and painted with gold dust.
Nautical Wedding Cake
This nautical-themed wedding cake has tiers with lovely symbols of direction, future, stability, and infinity tied together with a rope in the wedding-color green. Cake itself is just buttercream. Decorations and rope hand-made from fondant. Topper is a wooden ship.
American Flag Mustang
A hand-carved mustang horse cake cloaked in an American flag that was created from marshmallow fondant.
Rocker Girl Birthday Cake
A cool rocker-girl themed birthday cake. Cake is an 8" on a 10", which is covered in buttercream with buttercream decoration. Only the heart on the top tier and the stars around the bottom of the base tier are fondant, and even those cut-outs were covered with buttercream in order that they matched the cake colors. The silver dragees on the wings, heart, and borders were added at the request of the customer with the warning that they were listed by FDA as non-edible. The feather topper was purchased by the customer and added once the cake was finished.
Romantic Rose Petal Wedding Cake
A simple two-tiered cake for a small, initimate event. Cake was covered in fondant. 250 hand-made rose petals were created from gum paste, as well as the large rose cake topper.
Fun 60's-Theme Birthday Blast
This topsy-turvy cake is covered in fondant. The tie-dye design on the bottom tier is hand-painted on with a thinned mixture of royal icing and food coloring, and then the tier is sprinkled with crushed edible glitter. The top tier has peace-sign fondant cut-outs that were also pressed in edible glitter before application. The belts at the bottom of each tier are strips of fondant with hand-formed studs attached and painted with a mixture of vanilla extract and silver dust. The gum-paste belt buckles were also painted in the silver mixture once they dried firm, and non-edible rhinestones were attached to them at the request of the client (and with client acknowledgment that buckles cannot be eaten). Client had the topper flown in from a company in Europe, and the cake colors were made to match it.
Autumn Leaves Wedding
Buttercream tiered wedding cake with cream-colored fondant swags. Fondant leaves and fondant ribbons were made and hand-painted to match the topper style. Pearl border piped in buttercream at the base of all ribbons.
Fondant covered cake with hand-molded fondant sharks attached to the sides with royal icing. Base has fondant green plants and orange starfish. Sand is a strip of brown fondant that was lightly brushed with thinned piping gel and sprinkled with crushed graham cracker crumbs. Topper and name are gum paste cutouts attached with royal icing to dowels that are pushed into the cake. Large bubbles on cake and on gently-curved florist wires are fondant, and the small bubbles are royal icing dots.
Outer Space Solar System
Base cake is buttercream covered with fondant star/spaceship cutouts. Bottom boarder is silver florist wire wrapped around a dowel to give it that spring look. Since client did not want to have/eat rice crispie sun/planets, we opted for syrofoam balls to make a very light-weighing solar system. Sun is a large styro ball covered in spatula strokes of different colors of buttercream. Planets are supported with black dowels and covered in fondant. Saturn has a styrofoam-board ring that was cut, fondant-covered, and attached to planet, and Uranus has more silver florist wire encircling it for a light ring. Planets were then hand-painted with details and colors to give a realistic look.
Royal Purple Wedding
Three tiers are covered in fondant. The top and bottom tiers have the center pattern stenciled onto the fondant with thinned purple royal icing. Normal-consistency royal icing was then used to pipe the scroll work above and below the stencil, as well as the pearl borders of each tier. The center tier was gently covered with thinned pipping gel and Wilton's Sparkling Sugar for a crystalized look. Silk flowers topped the cake for a bit more purple color.
Garden Gazebo Wedding Cake
This is a garden-themed cake with an old-school, vintage look. The cakes are covered in green fondant and then decorated with white royal icing borders, background ivy piping, and scroll hearts. Then hundreds of brightly-colored fondant/gum paste flowers and white roses fill the "garden" tiers. The topper is a bride/groom on a garden sweetheart bench. The top tier is raised with a gazebo separator with a Wilton birdbath cake decoration inside. The whole cake is lifted with a pillar separator set. The working fountain and cherub statues are from Wilton. The small flower pots around the fountain's edge are handmade.
Golden Square Modern Art
Just a contemporary design inspired by modern art. Cakes are fondant covered and slightly angled on top of each other. Random black lines are piped on in black royal icing, and black ribbon encircles the base of each tier. Cascading squares are a mix of fondant and gum paste, which are dried until stiff. Some are adhered directly on sides of the cake, and some are attached to skewers and placed on cake edges and hanging out of cake sides for a 3-D effect.
Stenciled Black White Red Wedding Cake
A white buttercream cake with a damask pattern stenciled on with royal icing. Ribbons are used on the base of the first and third tiers with strings of plastic pearls at the bottom of the ribbons. The second and fourth tiers have buttercream pearl borders. The monogram and its frame is hand-molded from black fondant and is framed with some more of the plastic pearls. Black fondant dot cutouts are also used by the monogram and between stencils on the second tier. "C" and "S" scrolls are piped with buttercream on the first and third tiers. The roses as the topper are red silk flowers.
Batmobile Birthday Cake
Car shape was hand-carved from a block of cake. Covered in black buttercream. Styrofoam "bat wings" at rear of cake are covered in buttercream and skewered into cake. The round hollow front section between the headlights is a trimmed down styrofoam cup covered with icing. The silver pieces are fondant covered in silver dust. The black wheels, headlights, and tail lights are fondant., too.
Golf Birthday Cake
Cake is covered in buttercream with buttercream grass and trees. The golf decorations (golf carts, hole flags, tee, golf balls) are fondant. The topper golf ball is a gumball wrapped in fondant to hold the round shape and to make it lighter than a solid fondant ball.
Elegant Gold And Ivory
The tiers were round cakes with each layer baked to 2.5 inches, so each tier was 5 inches tall. With a knife, I hand-carved the top edge at an angle to give it a beveled shape. The cake is covered in buttercream with buttercream borders. The assortment of little gold flowers were a mix of fondant and gumpaste with each type of flower hand-painted with a mix of vanilla extract and gold shimmer dust in a pattern to give variety. The flowers were placed on the cake with dots of buttercream.
Little Pet Shop Birthday Cake
The mother of a little girl had a picture of a cake she found online ( http://cherylshuen.com/blog/blog4.php?s=pet+shop&sentence=AND&submit=Search ) that her daughter wanted. Using that photo as inspiration, I changed and tweaked the design to something a little different but similar. Balloons are plastic store-bought decorations. The balls at the border base are gum balls. Cake is covered in buttercream. The top lollipop, ice cream, and all butterflies are gum paste, while all the other decor is marshmallow fondant. The "Little Pet Shop" figurines/accessories are toys provided by the mother.
Beach Wedding Cake
Family member's son was getting married locally on the beach. His bride-to-be gave me the wedding colors (the tan and blue seen in the pic) and said she like seashells and square cakes, so this was the design that I created for them. Luckily, it was a hit! The shells are all white chocolate, the sand is crushed graham crackers, and the cake is fondant-covered with fondant "waves" (blue) and "sand dunes" (tan).
Super Mario Chess Game Birthday Cake
The mother had purchased the Super Mario Chess Game and gave me all the pieces to put on the 12" square cake, which was to be a chess board design. Cake is covered in buttercream. All decorations, except for the toy figurines, are fondant. The bottom border was made with gumballs, as per the child's request, and the top border (clouds) is white buttercream.
Carnival Themed Birthday
Buttercream cakes decorated in cut-out decorations of fondant. The ferris wheel, "7" flag, ticket booth, and stars (on the skewers) are gum paste shapes that hardened and were covered with colorful fondant decor. The balloons on the top are store-bought plastic. The poles on the sides and on top are dowels striped with fondant. The triangle flages are fondant diamonds folded over dental floss and attached to the dowels.
Mother Goose Rhymes Baby Shower
A friend had a baby shower invitation that had cute little line drawings of a few Mother Goose rhyme characters, and she wanted a cake that had those characters on it in the same color tones as the invitation. I enlarged the line drawings on a copier and used them as templates to cut out the characters from fondant, as well as the 3D skirt/legs of the woman on the bottom tier. The cow/moon was a gum paste silhouette cutout that was dried and then adhered to a dowel with a little melted chocolate. The character image was cut out of pieces of fondant and adhered to the gum paste silhouette. The book was made this way, too, and had a skewer adhered to it with chocolate, so it would hold its placeon the side of the cake. The banner was gum paste, so that it would dry in that shape.
Teapot Cake Featuring Disney's Belle And Aurora
Mother was holding a tea-party themed birthday celebration for her daughter. Among the finger foods and tiny sandwiches, she wanted a birthday cake in the shape of a teapot that featured the images of her daughter's two favorite Disney princesses: Belle and Aurora. The cake was baked in a Pampered Chef glass "batter bowl". It was then turned upside-down, so it was narrow at the top and wide at the bottom when on the cake board. The bottom was trimmed inwards to give a rounded base. Since the small cake would not be able to hold the weight of a purely fondant spout/handle, the spout and handle seen were carved out of styrofoam and covered with a thin layer of fondant. Thin wooden shiskabob skewers were measured were an inch or so was pushed into the spout/handle, and the remaining part of the skewer was positioned and pressed into the cake for each. The teapot lid and ribbon roses are fondant, and the princess pictures were buttercream transfers from line drawings.
Ahoy, It's A Boy! Baby Shower
Mom-to-be's event planner asked for help with a baby shower cake that would have a nautical theme. The phrase, "Ahoy, It's A Boy!" was in the decorations and needed to be incorporated in the cake design. The cake itself is blue buttercream with white buttercream borders and lettering. To get straight/solid shapes, the lifesavers and the backing to the sailboat topper were cut from gum paste and dried hard. Colored fondant was then cut and adhered to them for decoration. The rest of the cake decoration is also colored fondant. The banner was a mix of gum paste and fondant that was dried, so it would hold shape standing up.