Simple And Elegant
First time doing this pleating effect. It was time consuming, but I love the effect. The flowers are fresh.
My First Wedding Cake!
It was my gift for my brother and new sister-in-law so I didn't make any money, but it was quite the experience! I did a ton of planning and did everything I possible could ahead of time. It came together pretty seamlessly. I'm SOO happy with how it turned out. My layers were 12, 10, 8 and 6. Pina colada cake and buttercream with strawberry filling and lime cake and buttercream with strawberry filling covered and decorated with MMF.
Brock's Eagle Scout
My neighbor earned his Eagle Scout and his mom asked me to do the cake for their celebration. I have to thank Mooj for her inspiration! I love how it turned out! Brock loves the Pittsburgh Steelers and wanted a small Steelers logo on the back of the cake. I hope he loves it!
This was copied from a photo my client gave me. Her sister collects Pez and this was for her 40th birthday. My husband wants one for his birthday.
Taryn's Princess Cake
Cute little Taryn was turning 5, and was telling everyone that her friend Rachel was making her a princess cake. I didn't get to see her reaction to the cake, but Mom said she would love it. 8" round WASC with a chocolate cream filling. The castle is mostly gumpaste. The princess figurines were provided by Taryn's mom.
First Topsy Turvy Attempt
I'm not in love with this cake, but I learned lots of lessons about what I will do next time. This was my first (conservative) attempt at topsy turvy, my first ribbon roses and the first time I used Americolors.I'm excited to try them all again.
Facebook's Farm Town-Robyn's Farm
I'm so happy with how this cake turned out! My client's mom is having her 50th birthday and is said to be obsessed with Farm Town on Facebook, so that is the theme they wanted to go with for her birthday cake. The little gumpaste figurines were really time consuming (I'm glad I charged her extra for each of those), but they turned out super cute! This was a fun cake to make.
Stars And Stripes
I'm please with the overall look of this cake, but am disappointed in my fondant. If anyone read my rant in the forums about my fondant frustrations, this was the cake I was talking about. The top tier is covered in red Satin Ice. The bottom is blue buttercream Fondarific. I struggled with both of them. The Satin Ice looked like elephant skin and kept ripping while the Fondarific was way too thick (despite my attempts to thin it), got too cold and puckered really bad. The customer is a friend of mine and got a screaming deal, so I don't think she minded. Oh well.
Just something I tried for my MIL's birthday. I don't have hexagon pans, so I made round ones and cut them. I experimented with flavors and made a coconut lime cake and coconut lime buttercream. MIL loved it.
Russia Lds Mission
This was not my best cake, so I'm not sharing the picture of the whole thing. I did want to share the topper though. A friend's son was returning home from serving an LDS mission in Russia and she wanted a cake. She specifically wanted it to say "From Russia, with Love" somewhere on it. A Russian postcard is what I came up with. The post card and missionary name tag are both fondant/gumpaste. The lettering on the name tag was painted on with white food coloring and a tiny little brush. The Kremlin on the postcard was painted by my very artistic sister with diluted food colors. The lettering is royal icing.
My Aunt called me last week and asked me if I would make a cake for my cousin's birthday. My cousin had just gotten back from Jamaica, she loves to snowboard and her nickname is Rabbit. My Aunt wanted all of these represented on the cake. This was my best interpretation of that. I think it turned out super cute. My cousin actually only let her family cut a small little piece out of the back for everyone to share so she could show the cake to all her friends. The trees are royal icing, but everything else is fondant and/or gumpaste.
I totally copied jaklotz1's cake. Thanks for the inspiration! 6" round 8" square. The flag, rocks and hole are fondant. The trees are royal icing and the golf balls are white chocolate. I used a mix of white and brown sugar for the sand. The rest is buttercream. This was such an easy cake. I love the look that fondant gives, but buttercream is so much easier for me to work with.
My husband's co-worker wanted a hockey puck cake for her fiance for Father's Day. The logo is fondant and was a pain in the you know what! So many small pieces that had to be cut and shaped before they dried out. Oh geez. My husband took it to work with him to deliver it. She was thrilled and went around the office showing it off. The black fondant kept bubbling and cracking, I'm guessing from temperature changes being moved in and out of the fridge. I'm my worst critic I guess.
This was for a 1st birthday party. My client provided the toy cars. This was my first time using Satin Ice. I had problems with it ripping, but was able to cover it with the mountains. I think maybe I rolled it too thin.
This was for my friend's parents' 50th anniversary. This was my first attempt at plumerias. They really are harder than I thought they would be. I wasted quite a bit of gumpaste trying to figure it out. I think I got a little carried away with the paint.
Pay no mind to my bad icing job. This was a 8", 6", 4" tangerine cake and tangerine cream cheese frosting (submitted by tona). The zest in the icing made it really lumpy so it was impossible to get it smooth. The flowers are a MMF/gumpaste mix and are supposed to be tangerine blossoms. This was my first three tiered cake.
This was my first paid gig! Wahoo! Although it was for a friend, so there was little to no profit margin. ;) It was copied from a picture she brought me. The Strawberry Shortcake character and strawberry in the back is a candle that she had and wanted to include.
I made this for my sister's birthday. She requested cream cheese frosting. I find it very difficult to decorate with, but it sure does taste yummy. The inspiration for this cake was one I saw on Melody Brandon's blog. I love her work.
I guess I should've added a few details...They came from the book "Hello, Cupcake!" by Karen Tack and Alan Richardson. The big eyeballs are the frosted side of an Oreo. The dark center of the eye and the little white highlights are just piped. The ears are the non-frosted side of an Oreo cut in half and covered in piped buttercream. I used my tip 16 with stiff chocolate buttercream to do all the "feathery" details. The beak is a banana Runt candy. They were a lot of fun to make.
Circus Tent Cake
Again, this is a cake I copied from one I saw here on CC. I'm getting to be a pretty good copy cat. ;) The blue fondant on the top half gave me problems. It dried out way too fast so I didn't have a chance to finish smoothing it out before it started to crack. I made it work anyway. This was my first cake for a "customer" (I didn't charge her).
Fondant And Gumpaste Class
This was my finale cake for my Wilton Fondant and Gumpaste class. I copied this cake from one I saw here on Cake Central. It's hard to tell from this picture, but the top is slanted. That was challenging but I really liked trying it. I need to get myself a fondant smoother, because it looks all lumps, but my buttercream was pretty smooth.
I copied this from a cake I saw here on Cake Central. I made it for my grandpa's birthday. He loved it. I realized after the party I had forgotten something, but no one noticed. This was my most involved cake yet. I'm very satisfied with the end result.
Course 3 Finale
This was my first stacked cake. It was my final cake for course 3. My vision was Tiffany blue buttercream and royal icing Easter lilies. I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out.