I made this for my buddy's 40th. He's into beer and Simpsons, so this concept worked out great. It's three 6 inch tiers. Lemon cake with blackberry buttercream kept with the Homer theme, as the cake slice was yellow and blue like Homer. The topper starts at the top of the can-- the silver part is RKT. Homer is all fondant. The base is covered in light blue fondant, and 2-toned hand-cut clouds made from frosting sheets.
This cake was for my buddy's 7 year old daughter Kate. Last year I made her a Minnie Mouse cake. This year she wanted Marie, the white kitten from the Aristocats. The pillow is a white cake on a rice krispy treat base. Marie is solid fondant. Her whiskers are pulled isomalt. Her eyelashes were cut from black frosting sheet.
I hadn't seen any Elmo cupcakes made from this perspective-- the ones I've seen are all meant to be seen from the top. So I thought I'd try making Elmo, to be seen from the side. I had trouble with getting the red color really bright though. It's white cake with vanilla buttercream. The eyes and nose are fondant.
Grilled Porterhouse Cake
This is a chocolate cake covered in fondant then airbrushed. It was a 40th birthday cake for my friend Scott, who is a big steak fan. I presented it in a tiny charcoal grill with a battery powered light placed on the bottom. Then I put dry ice in some water under the grill to make it smoky.
Dogga is my buddy's son's favorite stuffed animal dog-- he carries it everywhere. He also likes soccer. So I made a cake with Dogga balancing on a soccer ball for his 4th birthday. The ball and Dogga rotate on a motorized platform. The cake is a 2-layer chocolate/yellow cake with vanilla buttercream, covered in Duff fondant. Dogga is fondant over copper wire. The soccer ball is RKT molded in a 6" ball mold, covered in Wilton's fondant.
R2D2 Lights Up The Day
This 3D R2D2 is a 3-tier chocolate cake. The bottom 2 tiers are 6" rounds, each is 2-layers. The head is a 6" round topped with a 6" ball mold half. The body details were printed with food coloring onto frosting sheets and applied like decals-- worked great and saved a *lot* of time! The legs are RKT covered in fondant. I put a battery-powered red LED behind one of the edible decals to light up the red circle.
I made this groom's cake for my best friend's wedding. Oski is the Cal Bears' mascot. He's relaxing on a carrot cake couch watching a working flat screen tv. The tv is gum paste and fondant, with the video projected onto it by a laser pico-projector hidden under the base. There's a laptop under the table, driving the projector.
Tools For Aaron
This cake was for my good friend's son Aaron. He likes tools, even though he's not allowed to play with them. I found some great ideas on CC and sort of combined them into this cake. The tools are all handmade fondant, allowed to dry and harden. The saw dust is crumbled shortbread cookies. I used a food coloring marker to make the marks and numbers on the measuring tape.
Mashimaro And Chococat Birthday Cake
My coworker wanted a cake similar to my Minnie Mouse cake for her younger brother, who is a big Mashimaro (Korean rabbit cartoon) and Chococat (Hello Kitty's friend) fan. This was my first time putting fondant on a 4" tall cake-- almost a huge disaster. Also, she provided the cake and I just decorated it. It sank overnight and the sides bulged out. Oh well. I'm still learning. I'm pretty pleased with the characters. But I still need to learn the basics of using fondant. Thanks for looking.
Birthday Surprise Minnie Mouse Birthday Cake
I made this for my buddy's 6 year old daughter. This was my first attempt at a tiered cake-- based on many Minnie cakes on CC. But I added my twist of the 3D fondant and RCT Minnie Mouse popping out of the top. That part was inspired by a dragon cake I saw from Mike's Amazing Cakes. I used a Cricut Cake to cut out the text and the Minnie icons around the bottom tier. I'm really pleased with the way the 3D Minnie turned out. It was my 3rd try making a Minnie out of fondant. This time, I tried to make the hands and face more expressive. The final assembled cake had stars around the back of Minnie, but I don't have any pictures of it-- I did the final assembly at his house.
Minnie Mouse Topper
After seeing my Big Bird Easter cake, my buddy's daughter wanted me to make her birthday cake this year. So I'm making a Minnie Mouse popping out of a cake, inspired by an awesome dragon cake I saw from Mike's Amazing Cakes. But I didn't want to ruin her birthday with a lame cake. So I did this practice Minnie to make sure it'd look alright. It's all Fondariffic (black, red, and ivory colored buttercream) and Wilton's (white only) rolled fondant. The only inedible parts are the dowel backbone, some wire in the arms, and the eyelashes (black paper). It took 4 hours start-to-finish, but this is the first time I've tried Fondariffic. (It's really soft in this California heat!) Her dress isn't great, but the head and hands turned out better than I expected.
Dharma Cake- Lost Finale
I'm trying to bake a cake every month, using a new decorating technique each time. This one used my Cricut Cake for the first time. I made this one for my LOST finale party. It's fondant over chocolate cake, with buttercream filling. The Dharma logo is a brown frosting sheet with a white frosting sheet on top. I used Sure Cuts A Lot 2 software and a laptop running Vista x64 to cut out the logo. I found the logo online as a TTF font that someone made. It's amazing what you can find online.
Big Bird's First Easter
This is my first attempt at a carved cake, and my second try with fondant. This was inspired by a cake I saw on Cakecentral and another on Flikr, but I added my own spin on it with extra cracks in the shell and Big Bird legs. The cake is strawberry with vanilla frosting and fondant. I skewered the fondant legs into the cake and they sagged from the weight. Next time I use dowels. I put down black fondant first, behind the white fondant, so it'd look better when I cut out the cracked area (thanks Duff). Unfortunately you can see the two rectangular patches of black showing through the white a little-- but it's not too bad... I'm still learning.