This was a carrot cake with cream cheese frosting--my best friend's favorite, and since it was her birthday cake this year, it seemed appropriate. I purchased the royal icing flowers; I was going to make my own but I saw those when I was getting the drum and decided I liked them. I did paint them up myself. The cake is an 8" round with a 4" round carved for the brim of the hat.
This is the first gumpaste flower I've ever made, and I think it--and its three siblings--came out GREAT!
Mom's 2009 Birthday Cake
I started with a from-scratch yellow cake that used vanilla bean paste for flavoring. It's two layers, torted and filled with hazelnut-flavored italian meringue buttercream. The basketweave and rope border are Belgian milk chocolate italian meringue buttercream, and the flowers are plain vanilla italian meringue buttercream. I liked this cake a lot better when I hadn't looked at it in twelve hours or so!
Wilton 2 Final Cake
Just finished up the class on Monday. The cake was, ah, polished off by Wednesday.... It's a simple box mix yellow cake with class icing and royal icing flowers...
First time doing swags. Yellow cake with buttercream. The grad's school colors were black and orange. The decorations are plastic (on top), molded sugar that I purchased, and chocolate that I molded. The little doohickeys sticking out from the border are graduation caps!
Memorial Day Carrot Cake
This was the cake I made for Memorial Day. It was a carrot cake recipe, with crusting cream cheese frosting. I airbrushed everything but the green for color. Fortunately, it tasted better than it looked!
Topsy Turvy Polka-Dots
This was for my best friend's birthday last September--I thought I'd lost the photos! It was chocolate WASC with milk chocolate SMBC. I THINK it had chocolate creme filling, too. The polka dots and hello kitty head are all fondant, and the pink is just buttercream--it was supposed to represent the feather boa on the balloon her boyfriend sent her at work. Don't know if it worked quite right, but it still looks cool.
Going-Away Pillow Cake
I made this for my cousin Lisa, who is going to Australia for grad school. It's yellow-chocolate marble cake with belgian chocolate SMBC and hazelnut-flavored MMF. The crown is white chocolate with sugar pearls, taken from a template by Dennysse. The cake on top has kangaroos stenciled on top; I think I need lots more practice with stencils!