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, December 28, 2014

Split Cake Design

This was a technique that I had never even heard of until a customer asked me for it. I had to do a little research and assure myself that I would be able to pull it off. I am very sure of myself and I always find a way to complete a task but nevertheless I am always nervous when I am trying something out for the first time. The customer and a friend of hers were both celebrating their 25th birthdays together and she wanted one two tiered cake to be split in half, one side representing her and the other side representing her friend. Her side she pretty much wanted to be girly and "blingly" using the colors blue and silver and her friend is a nurse so she wanted to incorporate that and her favorite color purple. I was given these instructions and pretty much had control over the design of the cake, I am the creator of course...lol. Here are some pictures of the cake followed by a description.

 So the idea is to have one cake split in 2 so that it's actually like 2 separate  cakes. I torted my 6 and 8 inch cakes and crumb coated them. I then cut each tier in half and then covered them in fondant. After that, I proceeded to stack the tiers.

 This is the nurse side of the cake. The tiers are covered in purple and white fondant and are decorated with a fondant stethoscope, band-aids, pill bottle and several fondant pills. The heart lines and border are made of red tinted buttercream icing.


The other side of the cake is decorated in light blue and white fondant. The top tier has a diamond imprint which I made using a diamond shaped cake impression mat. The borders of this cake are decorated using non-edible rhinestone cake banding. The customer wanted this side really girly so I just added some fondant make up products. There is also a fondant ribbon that starts on the top of this cake and extends to the other side of the cake, both ends have each of the ladies names on them. The cake is topped off with the number "25" which is covered in silver edible paint and glitter flakes. These pictures don't do the cake justice. It was really pretty and the customers loved it!

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Purse Cakes

I know that there are classes out there that you can take on how to make purse cakes but I have not taken one. These were pretty much figure it out on your own projects, which is what most cakes are for me...lol. This summer was a very busy one for me and I had requests for 3 purse cakes, Michael Kors purses to be exact! I did each one differently and below you will find pictures and explanations. FYI; I did not purchase a MK stencil. All of the MK designs are made from fondant letters and glued onto the cake 1 by 1 (very tedious). I did purchase a zipper mold which is used on all 3 cakes.

 This was my first purse cake ever and it turned out very well. This is made of pound cake and has four layers stacked to reach this height (my other 2 cakes are much smaller). The cake is covered in brown tinted fondant and decorated in lighter brown fondant decorations. The buckles are hand carved and painted with edible gold paint as well as the Michael Kors symbol. The customer also wanted to add some make up to the cake so I hand molded some MAC make up products and the cake was a success!!

 This cake follows the same exact technique as the one above except that it has a different color scheme and design. Again, everything is hand carved and the gold is hand painted on.

And here is my last Micheal Kors bag cake. This one goes back to the brown and tan color palette but it is not tall like the other two. This one is instead a wider bag. I didn't want to create the same bag so I made sure to research different designs! All three bags were a success and became easier to make over time. I really enjoyed making these.

Frozen Cakes!

I have been MIA from my blog for a while. I was just being bring a mommy I think...lol. I've been baking the entire time as well so I have so much to share. Where shall I begin?? Well let me start off with one of the most popular themes in the world right now, FROZEN!!! I have done 3 different Frozen cakes this year and 2 Frozen themed cupcake cakes! All of the little girls in the world love Frozen, including my 3 year old sister so I am very familiar with the movie, it's characters and songs. If you don't know Frozen or the song "Let It Go" then you must live under a rock...lol. Let me get to the goods. Here they are below with an explanation under each cake.

 This is by far my favorite Frozen cake that I've made thus far! As you may know, the color palette for any Frozen themed cake or party should be blue, white and purple so you will see those colors in all of my creations. This is a pound cake covered in buttercream icing and decorated with piped buttercream scrolls and fondant snowflakes. The number 3 and snowflakes on top are also decorated using fondant. I stuck them on some very thin flower wire and added them to the cake for a cool 3-D look! This Queen Elsa figurine was purchased at Five and Below for a whopping $2.00! I also purchased Anna and Olaf figurines as well that I have yet to use!

 This was my first Frozen cake this year. This figurine was purchased at Toys R' Us for about $7.00. She came with a change of outfit, which was blue and purple but I decided to use this dress because I thought it was prettier. I stuck with just blue and white for this cake which is decorated in buttercream scrolls and dots and also with fondant snowflakes and white edible pearls. I also added some white crystal sprinkles to create the illusion of snow!

 This 8th birthday cake is very similar to the cake directly above it! It just features the other Five and Below Queen Elsa figurine. I used the exact same techniques except I used a white, light blue and dark blue color palette.

Here is a number 6 Frozen themed cupcake cake! Here is the same color palette; blue, white and purple. The customer wanted both Anna and Elsa on the cake so I hand carved these faces out of fondant, which I am pretty good at. I always freehand my fondant decorations (characters) by looking at a picture and carving. The snowflakes were created using a flower shape cutter.

And here is another one of my favorites! An Olaf number 8 cupcake cake. I used blue and white buttercream here. Olaf's face is carved from white fondant and the snowflakes are light blue fondant. I also added blue, white and silver edible pearls to cake as well.


And there you have it, my Frozen 2014 creations! I am sure that there will be more creations in 2015. Frozen doesn't seem to be going anywhere anytime soon...lol. Enjoy!!


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