My intentions of this blog are to of course showcase my talents but also to encourage others to bake! I want to show people that you do not have to attend a culinary arts school (if you do, that is obviously great!) to be successful in the baking business. You do not need super expensive equipment or a large oven to get wonderful and professional looking results. I have been in this business for a few years and I have learned so much without taking one class! And I want to share with you what I have learned.

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Sunday, September 23, 2012

Paul Frank Birthday Cake & Cupcakes


My godson's 1st birthday was this past August and i was of course on sweet treat duty! His mom decided to go with a Paul Frank theme and frankly, I was a bit nervous at first. I had never heard of Paul Frank before and was unsure what to do. But me being the person that I am, I of course pulled it together! His mom wanted a the cake to be the shape of Paul Frank's face and needed it for a count of 30 people. I went a big overboard and created and enormously heavy cake. What I did.....
1. I baked one full sheet (double layered cake) and a 1/2 sheet cake (double layered as well)
2. Since I can sketch well, I drew the shape of the monkey's face and then cut them out and covered them with masking tape to use as tracing reference (you can print the outline out as well).
3. I actually separated  the face; cut the ears, top half of the face and the mouth apart from each other to make it easier to trace them.
4. I then placed each shape on top of the stacked cakes and cut them with a knife.
5. Once all of the cutting was complete, I filled the layers with buttercream and then began putting the face back together.
6.The monkey's face is covered completely in brown and ivory fondant (Satin Ice brand...delicious!). And his giant red mouth is painted on.

 I also made 30 cupcakes as well. I baked vanilla, chocolate and banana nut (in honor of Paul Frank) cupcakes! Half of the cupcakes had Paul Frank faces and the other half were decorated with rainbow sprinkles and cherry ball candies on top. The Paul Frank faces were created completely with fondant, using a knife and round fondant cutters. These were very fun to make and they tasted great!!!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Cupcake Cakes!!!

Whoa, I haven't posted a blog in over a month maybe (I'm not sure) so please forgive me! I've been working, going to weddings and working on my own wedding plans (which is in 5 months). But anyways, today I am blogging about my newly found love, Cupcake Cakes! This is something that I picked up interest in within these past summer months and I love it. Having a cake that you don't have to cut slices of at a birthday party is pretty awesome, less messy and it just looks really cool. So far I've done 2 designs and I am going to explain them to you below. I am going to create a new post with instructions for these types of projects.
 I did this Scary Snake Cupcake Cake for a young man's 8th birthday. I was told that he wanted a snake and that he wanted it to look scary so this is what I came up with. This is constructed of 40 vanilla and chocolate mini cupcakes with buttercream icing. I decided to add teeth and a tongue made of fondant for a more realistic and scarier look!
This was also for an 8th birthday. I made this for my little cousin. I decided to do a poodle because she purchased a walking poodle toy for her birthday and it was all that she could talk about at the moment. This is constructed of about 24 regular sized vanilla cupcakes and also has buttercream icing.
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