Hobbity Bag End Spring Birthday Cake
Chocolate w/peanut butter filling covered in buttercream using fondant, gumpaster and royal decorations. Take off on an earlier cake with a snow/winter theme.
Fall Sunflower Cake
I was asked to do a cake for my husband's 45th class reunion, similar to the one I did for my son's birthday earlier. I used the tooled leather mat again for the sides and the numbers, fondant. I did a stain technique to give it depth..only thing is, it appears that I forgot to stain the numbers. Big DUH! Sunflowers a la Sharon Zambito method, fall leaves and lettering gumpaste. I used a 14" chocolate fudge cake with peanut butter cream filling and a 10" carrot cake with cream cheese filling. Leftover carrot cake batter made cupcakes that were topped with a fall leaf on the cream cheese frosting.
Adult winter birthday cake...choc. w/vanilla filling covered w/pink buttercream. Used impression mat for the sides (fondant brushed w/pearl luster), a gumpaste rose and flowers. My first pine cones, using melted choc. Worked pretty good. Tipped them w/royal and sanding sugar and a sprinkle of luster dust.
This is a variation of the Winter BirthdayLand cake...I'm a Hobbit fan and am eagerly awaiting its premiere. So I made Santa/Gandalf, Bilbo Baggins and Thorin Oakenshild figures to go with the Bag End Hobbit House architecture,,,for me! Again, a huge nod to anxeli for her inspiration and help. I used battery operated LED lights, postitioned behind the rice paper window panes. The battery pack is in the back of the cake. Trying to figure out a better way. Tea lights aren't it tho...tried that. Not enough light!
Snow house with snowflake theme. A 12" chocolate cake filled w/fudge buttercream. Fondant walls and details w/rice paper window panes. Special thanks to anxeli for the inspiration and tutorial!!
Wedding Lace Celebration
This is an 8" orange cream cheese cake filled with orange custard. My first "serious" attempt at making gumpaste roses. The top lace is fondant. I made a mold of the lace from my wedding dress (42yrs ago!). The lace pieces turned out great but my design was a bit top heavy!
Tooled Leather And Sunflowers
Choc. Fudge torted and filled with Peanut Butter filling, Covered in buttercream with fondant tooled leather. Sunflowers, leaves, brand and numbers of gumpaste.
10" van w/strawberry filling, lady bug strawberry cake. BC on sides w/fondant stripes, blue top and swirls. Gumpaste flower inspired by birthday girl's outfit. General design inspired by partyware.
Topsy Turvy (thanks to Sharon Zambito's tutorials!!) using choc. 10" covered w/BC, cherry pecan 8" covered w/fondant. Fondant letters and number. Purchased candy gum balls and gum drops and farm equipment. Yes, I cheated and used toy tractors. Sorry!
10" & 6" cherry sour cream filled w/BC. 6" covered in fondant w/handpainted cheetah print using purchased choc. pearlized balls @base.10" covered in BC w/quilted press & black sugar pearls & zebra ribbon. Fondant bow, ribbon, letters, hat and number using tiarra napkin ring.
12" choc.w/BC, 8" strawberry w/BC, 4" vanilla w/BC, fondant dots, number and initials. Gum balls used on the bases w/fondant pink ribbon and bow. Sour candy strips used for stripes, purchased lollipops and rock candy. Smash cakes were choc. 4" Made for boy and girl cousins born on the same day.
Cake A La Bling
Alternating 6 tiers of vanilla w/strawberry filling and choc w/vanilla filling. Real ribbon and brooches, also purchased rhinestone trim, topper and initials. 4-10" cakes, carrot w/cream cheese and pecan filling, lemon w/van., chocolate w/peanut butter filling, and strawberry w/vanilla filling.
A Bunny's Tale
Choc. cake w/bottom tier in fondant, top in buttercream. Bunny is fondant w/white wire for whiskers.
Jessie's Pink Bandana
Bottom choc. filled w/choc. buttercream, yellow top filled w/strawberry filling. Buttercream on all tiers w/fondant decorations except the Toy Story Jessie and Bull's Eye horse.
Snowflake Winter Wedding
Inspired by Sharon Zambito and Rebecca Sutterby. All tiers are lemon w/fresh lemon filling. Covered in buttercream & decorated w/gumpaste & fondant snowflakes sprinkled w/sanding sugar. Large snowflake covered the top tier. Also handcut gumpaste brand painted w/silver. 12" square, 10 & 8" rounds. Photo by Tammy Ewy
Baby Doll Birthday Cake
Granddaughter wanted a baby doll cake which gave me the excuse I needed to order the baby mold and give it a try. I made 3 pratice babies. Used the last one. Designed the cake using ideas from about 3 cakes (thanks to Rebecca Sutterby!) The ruffle was a nightmare and am not sure how to improve other than roll thinner? Also my first gumpaste roses. Obviously.
Guitar Birthday Cake
This was supposed to be a Topsy Turvy. The Top Turvied but the bottom didn't. Oh well. Had fun doing the gumpaste guitar. Handcut it then handpainted it. Granddaughter loved it. Handcut all of the musical symbols. Never again. Snowflakes are thin gumpaste punched out w/scrapbooking punch! Cool!! The poofy cake middles were NOT in the plan. Not sure why that happened. Support system failed deluxe!
Of Fall Leaves
Made for hub's 62nd birhtday and our 41st anniversary. Bottom is Choc Fudge filled w/choc BC. Top tier is Bourbon Pecan Pound cake filled w/van BC. Both are covered in BC and decorated with fondant/gumpaste sunflowers, acorns, leaves & pumplkins...all a 1st for this cake lady! Stenciling on the top layer w/BC.
12", 8" strawberry cakes covered w/fondant. Chest is choc baked in loaf pans & covered w/ choc. fondant. Pirate Barbie was the inspiriation and everything but the jewels, bottle, tiaras and coins are fondant/gumpaste...except our famous couple!
Up In The Air!
Inspired by Pink Cake Box. Made for a little boy using a 10" and 6" choc cake filled with choc fudge and covered w/fondant. Gum balls used for bottom borders.
Chocolate torted w/choc buttercream. Fondant rope, cacus, band, lettering. Purchased longhorn!
School Colors Retired
Buttercream on Sour Cream Vanilla cakes using C scroll for lace effect, free hand lettering, fresh roses
First birthday cake for a little girl using sour cream vanilla w/strawberry filling. Ladybug body is strawberry cake (1/2 of a ball cake set) w/fondant head and decorations. Matched colors to party napkin.
12" & 8" vanilla cakes w/strawberry jam filling and covered in buttercream w/gumpaste decorations. I used the plastic separators & plate for the 8" cake. A Christmas cookie cutter was used for the horses and a Wilton pattern for the carousel top.
Half & Half Wedding
My bride didn't want 2 cakes, as in bride's cake and groom's cake. She wanted them combined w/inspiration from a celeb cake she'd seen. This is what we ended up with. Unusual for sure!! The bottom 2 cakes were vanilla w/next 2 chocolate. Covered w/van. buttercream on one half, other half choc. buttercream. I arranged the fresh roses and hydrangeas last. Note: This was done pre-buttercream smoothing technique lessons!!!!