Roses And Carnations
I needed to practice buttercream and gumpaste flowers, so I put them together in my birthday cake this year.
Chocolate cake bathed with Kahlua and crumbcoated with coffee-flavored ganache. The mike is RKTs covered with fondant and the music is an edible image.
Mr. Potato Head As Luke Skywalker
For a guy who collects Mr. Potato Head figures and who's a chocoholic: the cake is chocolate WASC and it's filled and crumbcoated with ganache and covered in chocolate fondant.
Bailey's And Gelatin Bubbles
I was inspired by cakes made by sealey and labmom and found out how to do the bubbles from Tami Utley's excellent tutorial, although it took me four tries to get the bubbles to come out. I'm a total ditz at icing in buttercream, but my daughter, who this cake was for, doesn't like fondant. It's not great, but it's the best I've ever done - I'll get it eventually. Only the top tier is real cake. It's a WASC made with Bailey's that has Bailey's spooned over the leveled layers and frosted in Bailey's buttercream. Surprisingly enough, after all that, the taste was not overpowering but just right.
Three Little Fishies...
This was for my newest granddaughter's first birthday. It's based on her favorite nursery rhyme, which starts out, "Three little fishies went for a swim..." (the whole version in Spanish is on a card below which I placed beside the cake so everybody would get it). I've never had so much fun making a cake, between the coral, shell, sand dollar and fish molds (the ones swimming in the background) and a kid's book I got on how to make undersea creatures from clay (the big fish, the shark, the sea horses and the crabs), plus the freehand kelp and some other corals, I really went to town. I actually started out with the idea of making a pink cake, but that's okay - the vanilla WASC inside is tinted pink!
Pirate Ship With Six On Board
I'm not too happy with this cake: I have virtually no piping skills and I really don't like decorating cakes made with those Wilton shaped molds. But the customer is always right, right? I did enjoy making the six little faces to order (the faces of the people who were at the birthday party. And in the summer heat of Canc?n, all those little uncovered spaces you can see on the cake disappeared as the icing ran together. I should have taken the photo at the venue!
This is a version of a much more beautiful cake posted on here by newintown, whose talent know no bounds. I'm ecstatic with the way it came out. I especially like the little angel that I whipped out in two minutes flat. It was for a young lady turning 19, who was far away from home for the first time. Her mom e-mailed me about making and delivering it. By the time I got back home to send the mom a picture of the final cake, she'd already e-mailed me saying her daughter had sent her a pic and she loved it. I tell ya - modern times...!
This was my granddaughter's birthday cake this year (yes, I'm the grandmother of a 9-year-old Goth child!). The inspiration came from two cakes posted on here by LoriMc. The inside, of course, was blood red.
I made these for my granddaughter's class. They had a picnic on the school grounds to celebrate the last day of class, so I thought they needed a nice thematic dessert. The cupcakes were a new recipe for me - apple cake - which turned out to be delicious.
This cake was for my granddaughter to celebrate her piano and voice recital last spring. I always make a musical theme for these recitals, but I decided to go a different way this time. The flowers and the dragonfly were made from molds. The dragonfly has gelatin wings on a wire frame.
This is a version of the cake posted on here by LadyViola which I made for my son-in-law for Father's Day. Like hers, it's chocolate on the inside - bigger shock effect than vanilla, which is the color of cooked pancakes.
My Wedding Cake
After being apart for 15 years, my husband and I got married again this year. The ceremony was very low-key and the cake was simple. His friends call him "The Bear" because he used to sleep so much, so that explains the topper - more or less. The cake is vanilla, crumbcoated in ganache and covered in fondant with molded lace and gumpaste figures.
Monica's Beauty Salon
I made this cake for a good friend who is also my favorite hairdresser in Canc?n.
Easter Cupcakes And Candy Table
Cupcakes and sweets I put together for this year's Easter Egg Hunt. The carrots are filled with candies and I made the deviled eggs from fondant with RI yolks.
For a friend who turned 50 this year. This is a version of a much better cake posted on here by frostedmemories.
Steak And Potatoes, Baby!
I made this for my son -in.law' birthday. He's more a steak and potatoes kind of guy than a cake lover, so I thought he'd like it.. The potato is lemon cake and the steak is - what else - red velvet. Of course, since we're in Mexico, everything we eat is accompanied by chile peppers and lime juice!
I made this for three brothers whose beauty salon was having its second anniversary.
Special Ed Graduation Cake
This was a cake I made for some friends who went through a diploma course on language acquisition for deaf children in Mexico City. I wanted to show how hard they'd worked, so I put in a cup of coffee, some pencils, an eraser and some study notes (all edible!) as well as books with the names of the courses they took.
I carved out the base of this just a little too much and was afraid it might end up falling over, but fortunately it didn't. A chocolate cake filled and crumbcoated with ganache and covered in fondant, it was for the daughter of a friend of mine who I happen to share a birthday with..
I gave a course on gingerbread houses and this is what I ended up with. I expect to be a better architect next year! But we certainly had fun.
An FBCT which came out kind of strange - the colors got milky for some reason. Not one of my crowning achievements, but the young lady was thrilled. I just love kids!
I got the design for this from a much nicer one posted on here by mekaclayton. A friend of my daughter's was having a birthday and when we saw it we realized it looked just like her! It's an FBCT on buttercream - not my best medium! Unfortunately, the colors didn't come across all that well in the photo.
Chocolate Fondant - Pink Bow
I bought some chocolate fondant and knew I had to make a cake with it. Chocolate on the inside with dark chocolate ganache filling and crumbcoat. Mmmm! I had some pink and green left over from another project, so I decided to use them to decorate.
Engagement Ring Cake
I made the ring and box in a workshop I took and thought it needed a cake. This one's a dummy and I'm not thrilled with the design (suggestions welcomed for the next one!), but everything is a learning experience! At least I got a chance to play with my new lace molds.