Secret Agent Birthday Party
This cake was for the Secret Agent birthday party we had last year. It's a briefcase with a bomb on top. The wick is a spiral candle. Everything is fondant, including the Happy birthday 'caution-style' tape on top (I blurred out the child's name.) Used the ball pan for the bomb. That was my first time using Satin Ice fondant (I bought the pre-colored one, thinking it would be easier. I won't ever use it again as all it did was tear. I wound up just doing two layers of fondant.
Sushi Birthday Party
This cake is supposed to look like a piece of sushi. My daughter had a sushi-themed birthday party this year. The crab, avocado, carrots, cukes, ginger, wasabi, and nori are made from Duff fondant. The rice is buttercream, just piped on with a round tip. Cake is sitting on a shelf from a cabinet (covered with plastic wrap.) The other pot is fake sushi made from brownies, dipped in chocolate & white sprinkles, then the fish is made from fondant. The center ones are marshmallows dipped in regular and white chocolate & sprinkles. The centers are melted chocolate.
Circus Of The Stars Vbs Cake
This cake was made for K4J VBS at my church last year. The theme was 'Circus of the Stars'. The animals are fondant and modeled after the Wilton ones. The elephant is stepping on Vice, the snake. The inspiration for the cake came from many cakes in the CC gallery. I had a lot of trouble with this cake because I started late and was very tired. I left a box home with the balls for the border, so I had to rearrange the ones I did have. I wasn't that happy with it, but the kids loved it and that's all that counts.
Crab Pot Cake
This is a cake my 8-year old daughter and I made, along with my aunt, for my Uncle's 65th birthday. He would always buy crabs for me when I would visit as a kid, and now he has a house on the Chesapeake Bay and catches them himself. We have feast when I visit! The crabs were supposed to be blue, (since they are supposed to be escaping from the pot) but my aunt really wanted red, so that's what we did. Everything is fondant. The board is a cutting board. The water is piping gel.
Tea Party Cupcakes
I helped the girls in my daughter's girl's group to make these cupcakes. A week before the event they came to my house to make the fondant roses and leaves. The day of the party we decorated them assembly line style. The wrappers are made from decorative paper, cut out and embossed using a Sizzix. (Perfect Setting die from Stampin' Up!) The stand is the Wilton Graceful Tiers.
6", 8", 10" tiers. Used SPS or the first time. snowflakes are 50/50 gumpaste/fondant, covered with disco dust (they were removed before serving.) Icing is Bettercream, crusted with gourmet/sparking sugar. Base and accents are 50/50 mix of fondant/rolled buttercream for cookies (I ran out of fondant and had some of the cookie covering left over, so mixed that in and hoped it would work; it was great!) The 'J' topper is from the wedding section of Michaels. The wires are Duff's brand, also from Michaels. Due to illness, I lost a lot of time in getting this cake started, so it didn't turn out the way I planned, but in the end, it was fine. Thanks for looking!
Chorus Party Cake
My daughter & I made this cake for her end-of-year chorus party. The kids really enjoyed seeing (and eating!) an edible version of themselves. Everything is made from fondant. The gold thing on the piano is a representation of the 2nd place trophy they won in a recent competition. The base of the cake was supposed to be white, but I ran out of fondant, so I swirled it with the black. It's too dark for my tastes, but the kids loved it anyway, and that's all that matters. This is my first time making fondant people. I have a lot to learn! (My 8 year old daughter made the kid's faces and I think she did a great job.) The singers are flat figures. The chorus director and pianist are 3-D.
Bridal Shower Dress Cake
I made this cake for my dear friend's bridal shower. I attempted to recreate her wedding dress. I had so many problems making this and thought it turned out poorly, by my friend knew it was her dress right away and was very happy with it. The dress is gumpaste with dragees and sugar crystals around the waist. The necklace is not edible (beads on thread). Flowers are fondant. Pearls are chocolate fondant. Edited to say that I am actually very happy with the cake itself, just not the top of the dress that gave me so much trouble and doesn't look the way I planned.
My 6 year old daughter helped make this cake last year. We made it last minute, so it could have been a lot better, but we did have a lot of fun doing the penguins. The cake is iced in buttercream, then sprinkled with sugar crystals and powdered sugar. The trees are royal icing on pretzel rods. The igloo didn't come out very well as we made it from marshmallow fondant and it kept collapsing. Now I know about gumpaste, so I would use that next time instead. The aunt we made this for loves penguins, so we also made penguin deviled eggs and penguin olives. Unfortunately, I forgot to take pics of those; they were really cute though. Fort he eggs, we just sliced black olives and used them as wings and whole ones for a head, then some carrots for the feet/beak. If you do a google search on 'penguin olive' you'll find lots of images and instructions.
Bridal Shower Favors Brownie Truffles
Brownies dipped in white candy melts. The tiny flowers are made from Pettinice fondant, dusted with silver and a dragee in centers. My daughter says they look like babies sucking on a pacifier! The boxes I made from very heavy, pearly white cardstock from paperandmore. It's really very pretty paper, but it doesn't show up in the photos. (FYI, to make the boxes I used the new Martha Stewart scoring board. Instructions come with the board.)
This cake was made for a going away recital for my daughter's violin teacher. The violin is carved from cake, then covered in fondant. The fondant musical score is Twinkle, which is what my daughter had been learning at the time. The strings are invisible thread.
Made this cake for my dad a few years ago. He loves military planes. I wanted to make the plane out of fondant, but did not have the confidence to try it. If I had to do it today, I would definitely give it a try. The runway is fondant. I don't have an airbrush so I used that food color spray in a can to color the buttercream blue. Won't do that again! Yes, that is a finger print in the front. Nephew could not stay away from the cake. I had it put somewhere I thought was safe, but he managed to climb up to it and was playing around with it. We did not serve the section that he stuck his finger into.
This cake was made for the Confirmation celebration of a friend's son. The inspiration for this cake came from http://www.cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=gallery&file=displayimage&pid=1245284 Fondant with gumpaste crosses, painted with gold dust. The mold for the crosses was purchased at Hobby Lobby.
Baby Boy Baptism Cake
This cake was made for the baptism of a friend's baby boy. I learned to do the chocolate pearls and quilt pattern from Jennifer Dontz. The crosses and teddy bears were molded from gum paste. The molds were purchased at Hobby Lobby.
Dress Form Cake
I made this cake 2 years ago for my husband's cousin's high school graduation party. She is planning on going into fashion and chose this kind of cake and the colors. The cake design was taken from a cake I found in the Cake Central gallery; I'm sorry I don't remember who made the original (it was very lovely!) The dress was marshmallow fondant. I used the Wilton doll pick, removed the head and arms, and covered it in black fondant. I molded the skirt over a Tupperware heating core, then stuck the doll pick in. When everything was dry, we were able to remove the heating core and the dress stood on its own. Our cousin painted on the trim with black food coloring. As you can see, my buttercream skills are quite poor, but I am working on it. I could not have even gotten this far without all the help and inspiration from so many of the wonderful members on this website! I'm going to attempt to make another dress next week for a bridal shower cake.
Little House And Wagon
This is a close up of the fondant cabin, wagon and wood pile on the Little House in the Big woods cake for my daughter's book club. I had to make sure there were going to be enough trees so each girl could get one. Of course they all wanted the house and wagon! The cake is iced in buttercream. I intentionally did not smooth it so it would look a bit like snow drifts. Trees are royal icing on pretzels. stream is piping gel with fondant rocks. Snow on trees is powdered sugar with pearl dust.
Fetch With Ruff Ruffman
This cake is supposed to be Ruff Ruffman, from the PBS tv show, Fetch with Ruff Ruffman. http://pbskids.org/fetch/ His smile kind of came out crazy (scary) because I forgot to paint the teeth the night before, when things were calmer. The marshmallow fondant came out bumpy because I was in a rush and didn't smooth the buttercream underneath it. Also, it was sticking to the counter while rolling out becaue the A/C was broken and it was so hot, so I was frustrated with it. My daughter loved her birthday cake though, and that is really all that matters!
Gerbera Daisy Cake
This is my first wedding cake, made for my brother's wedding. I would not have been able to complete this without the generous help of Jennifer Dontz. Not only did she guide me with the design, she helped me order supplies and answered many questions. I think I watched her video about 20 times during the decorating. No one in the house was allowed near the tv that morning! The cakes are covered in chocolate fondant. The pearls and heart border are chocolate clay. Daisies are gumpaste, my first time working with it. (I need a LOT more practice!) I originally made the daisies with large centers, then decided they needed smaller ones, so made a new batch. While setting up the cake I realized I needed more flowers, so ended up having to use both. Well, at least Gerberas come with different sized centers. Here's the link to the image I used for flower ideas. http://www.amablom.co.za/Portals/2/Gerbera%20maxi%20brochure%202007.jpg Stand is the Graceful Tiers stand by Wilton.
Cyberchase "buzz" Cake
This is a chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting, covered in marshmallow fondant. All the features are also MMF. The antennae are the plastic tree forms covered in MMF. The instructions for this cake were from the pbs website. I changed it to use the fondant instead of frosting and candy to decorate. Go to their website for the info on how to make the correct "Buzz" color. My daughter helped decorate, since it was for her party, and the mouth got messed up, but I left it since that was her work.
Marshmallow fondant for the entire cake and the circuits. The lines are silver dust painted on. The characters are printed out from the PBS website, laminated, then added wire to the back to make them stand. My daughter had fun placing the characters on her cake. Name in binary around the edges of the cake. This is my first fondant cake.