This is pretty much a compilation of several Seuss cakes that are floating around online and such...the customer put these tiers together as her requested cake. They wanted a big tall wacky one but this is the one in their budget and serving size! The fish on the center cake I cut out freehand just looking at the photo because I didn't want to mess with trying to print one the right size. The ham is RKT.
Entered a fundraising competition today for a school district and took home a blue ribbon for this puppy cake! Had to be an education theme so I decided to have a puppy eating a video game instead of the homework. Chef Mauro was there, from Cake Boss, to help judge and I got my picture taken with him. Fun stuff!
This cake was my entry into "Let Them Eat Cake" in Philadelphia, which is a local wedding cake competition and cake-tasting charity event. 40 pastry chefs compete and almost 1,000 people attended! I did not win anything. *sniff* But my heart was pretty tied up in this couple by the time I finished. The theme was "Historical Romance: Love in Any Age" so my "historical couple" was during World War II.
The girl said she wanted a cross, a rosary, and a dove...liked purples, blues, green, and ivory background...likes modern and simple. Not sure I succeeded in "modern" but I think I kept it simple....hope she likes it!
Heart Transplant Anniversary Celebration
This is for a client who is throwing her husband a big party to celebrate 10 years of life after a heart transplant! The Porsche is his "baby"...I was supposed to make it out of sugar but I was just totally not doing it justice so at the last minute I found the closest model I could on Ebay and begged them to ship asap. The messages were chosen by them for the road signs. I wanted the spiral road to be nice and round down the tiers but it didn't really work that way. Oh well. The base board is heart shaped.
Gretsch Country Gentleman Guitar
This weekend's project for a customer....body is cake, neck is wooden support, cake board, and fondant. Strings are embroidery thread which I stiffened in a sugar solution but in hindsight, next time I'll leave them soft. Would have been easier to attach at the ends. I am hoping the strings don't pop back off the ends after delivery.
Raspberries N Scrolls
I've done this design before with larger tiers...this was the first time I attempted it with only 2" between tiers. I was worried that not enough raspberries would squoosh on that ledge to make it look right, but surprisingly, it looked fine. I love this design because its simple but it looks SO YUM!
Customer designed this cake, for the most part....The stars, I added because I had to disguise the dowel supports behind the shoes, so I did it in silver stars and then added a few more around the cake for effect. Shoes are gumpaste.
My customer gave me a picture to copy, I believe it belongs to Coco Paloma Desserts. This is pretty much just like it, with only a few variations. Coco P did SUCH a better job than I did!!!!! Theirs was perfect....hopefully mine will please the customer good enough! I just threw some of the loose candy on there for the photo, will try to arrange it a tad better when I set it up, have to travel with the very top boxes separate.
Customer wanted 30 items that represented this birthday "boy"....the only way I could think to do the cake to where it would not look messy or clash was to do it all in edible images and wrap the tiers in the images. I think it actually turned out good for having 30 different themes!!!! Tiers are 10"/8"/6".
Was not able to get a pretty photo of this one...too heavy to want to risk it at my house and then of course lighting very dim on site...tried with and without flash, neither are great. This cake was so stressful haha. The middle tier has a big ripple near the base but at least you can't see it from the front.
This is the second time Philadelphia Wedding Magazine asked me to do a cake for an issue of the magazine! This one is for the spring/summer 2011 and the theme was matching china patterns. This is the design they asked me to do, although they ended up tying the bow. Basketweave pieces were all measured and cut by hand and placed individually. Photo belongs to the magazine.
This was a cake I ended up doing this week because someone had a donated charity certificate that expired the end of this year...so I didn't want to let it expire so took the order. The guy was really nice...wanted the animals but said design could be simple...wanted flag colors on base and globe colors on top....brother coming home from Rwanda this week. I liked the elephant. haha. Both animals done in white gumpaste and then dusted/airbrushed.
This girl wanted a detailed Atlantis themed cake (not Disney, but the actual mythology). This cake was pretty time consuming although once its all put together, I feel I wish it could be more refined...but then the pictures I looked up online were so detailed it would have taken me months to replicate. haha. The actual cake serves about 20-25 but the entire board is about 20" across. For the figures I used those ugly plastic candy mold sheets. Thankfully I didn't have to do legs. haha.
Baby Shower Topper
A photographer I know wanted me to do a cake and topper but then someone else in the planning ordered the cake...but she wanted me to still do the topper, so I went ahead and agreed to do it. She had sent me a non-edible wedding topper with these cute, simple faces (I think made of clothespins?) and wanted me to replicate it but in a baby theme. The party will be in the theme of Disney's "Up".
Alice In Wonderland
Did this cake for today....most of the figures are plastic toys...I made the caterpillar though, and the card guys. I had "I'm painting the roses red" stuck in my head all day.......
Butterfly Party Setup
Butterfly cake topper, cupcakes for the tiers, and cookie favors for a lady who liked a previous butterfly tiered cake of mine and wanted it in a cupcake tree with favors. I got the paper wrappers thinking they'd be cute but I'm not really sure I like them better than just regular papers.
This was a tough design for me to figure out and then carry out. Hope she likes it okay.
Sweet 16 Cupcake Tiers
Photo I took this morning before delivery....Customer requested basically this design for a cupcake tier. I ended up making a few small adjustments so hopefully they'll like it okay. cupcake papers are those new lined ones you can get at grocery stores.
Floral Ribbon Wedding
Just a basic wedding cake....buttercream iced with navy ribbon and flowers provided by the florist.
This was done for a repeat customer who did not have the budget to go totally all out with fondant and lots of themed designs, etc. But I tried to make it really nice with the buttercream. The eagle is all handmade using gumpaste (no mold) and I still feel I could have tweaked something to make it more realistic....but I think its okay. Anchored it in cake using bubble tea straw filled with chocolate. Branches are chocolate covered wire. All else except banner is buttercream...colors are airbrushed.
I don't know why I am even uploading it but hey why not....this was done as a last minute gift for a friend....thus it was okay to do the edible image like this since it was free. Sometimes its fun just to have a 9" round, comb the sides, add a border...and send it out! :-) I don't usually do this type anymore, just because my volume isn't large enough to run a "bakery" type business.
Here is the other half of the groom's cake....I liked the giants one better...I had issues with this one...its bigger and just various and assorted problems with it. I really despise helmets...won't be putting them on my website to avoid getting future orders! I noticed as my dh took them for delivery I forgot to add a few details like the connection pieces between the mask and the helmet. *sigh* Oh well.
This is part of a groom's cake...the bride wanted a small NY helmet as a joke, and then they will bring out a larger PHL helmet later! I really hate doing helmets...the ones this weekend are my second and third ones...I didn't even photograph my first helmet from a few weeks ago. You'd think they'd be easy but I can never get them right.
A customer sent me a photo of a brew and book and skull (if its yours, let me know so I can give some credit for the idea) but then she wanted me to write the "spell" as well as make all the components of the spell, and she wrote out exactly how she wanted everything. This was my first work with isomalt and thanks to cakeinfatuation for helping me learn how it works!!!! Everything you see is edible.
Mother was ordering an engagement or rehearsal or something cake for her son.... wanted the Nascar to be sort of a cross-bred Phillies and Miller Lite theme....she said to just make it up. So I hope if he's a true Nascar fan, he won't mind! This is what I came up with. I do not care for doing car cakes too much.