Sunday, December 28, 2008

Stocking Cake

My in-laws requested a cake for Christmas day a long time ago so I had a lot of time to think up a design. Many ran through my head, but I am quite pleased with the one I ended up doing.

The cake is cookies n' cream with oreo center frosting and filling. Then I covered it in a light blue marshmallow fondant and piped on some snowflakes and a furry top. To finish it all off I "filled" the stocking with some cookies.

This cake turned out to be one of my favorite ones of the year!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of my readers!

I am taking a bit of a cakecation again as one of my best friends is coming to town and staying with me from January 5 - 11. I am not accepting any orders until after that week so I can make sure the house is clean beforehand and so I can spend as much time with him as possible while he is here. See you in the new year!

Christmas Baking

I took some time off from baking for other people at Christmas so I would have time to do some baking for my friends and family.

I made a LOT of cookies and packed them in tins for my co-workers and for family as well.

Dale's grandma's whipped shortbread recipe

Lots of 1" cutout sugar cookies covered in Christmas sprinkles

Lots of larger cutout sugar cookies with green buttercream and Christmas sprinkles

Cookies in their tins

Closeup of a cookie tin

Merry Christmas!

"Over the Hill" Cake

This cake was for the wife of a co-worker of mine's birthday. He requested an "over the hill" cake so I made it as cute as I could. The cake is an 8" 2 layer carrot cake with chocolate cream cheese icing and filling. There is an additional 6" diameter "hill" of carrot cake. The grass is green buttercream and the road is just some sprinkles. I found some cute dinosaur candles and used them on this cake as well.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

SIGA Bake Sale Cake

I made this cake to donate to the SIGA bake sale. My husband works there and he said it was one of the most popular items at the sale!

The cake with the logo in the background

The cake is a 2 layer deep dark chocolate cake (very moist!) with chocolate frosting. The logo is fondant.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Shushybye Cake

I got an order for a "Shushybye cake", saw the website that the guy sent me and thought it would make a very cute and colorful cake.

The cake is a 3 layer 9" x 11" cookies n' cream cake with "Oreo Insides" icing (icing that tastes like the inside of an Oreo cookie). The cake is covered in blue marshmallow fondant and the figures are fondant cutouts. The hair and border are royal icing and the stars are large sprinkles.

Quicky Cake

Earlier this week I got a last minute panic order from a gentleman who had put off getting a cake for his wife's birthday. Since he didn't want anything incredibly fancy and only needed a small cake, I took the order for the next day.

This is a 2 layer 6" white cake with white buttercream icing and the piping is with some leftover chocolate ganache.

For the record, I usually need AT LEAST one week to two weeks notice to make a cake since I work full time at my office job during the day and I do enjoy having a social life on occasion as well. Thank you.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

3 Cakes in One

This cake was for Dale's department's monthly birthday cake. It was 3 birthdays in one and Dale requested 3 different cakes put together as one.

Cake 1: Raspberry cake filled with cream cheese icing and raspberry jam. Decorated with daisies

Cake 2: Cookies n' Cream cake filled with "oreo cookie center" icing. Decorated with the Autobot Transformer logo.

Cake 3: A new chocolate cake recipe filled with chocolate ganache filling. Decorated with the Green Lantern logo.

The whole cake was placed together then iced with a vanilla buttercream icing.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Big Comfy Cake II

For the 2nd time I've been asked to re-create a cake. You can see the building of the last Big Comfy Cake here. Since I had built the couch before, I won't bore you with additional pictures as I built it exactly the same. I did a couple of minor details differently though.

As you can see, the doilies on the couch are slightly different than last time. And to save on time I covered the cake board with foil this time instead of fondant. The dolls were also different. I made Loonette standing. I was going to make her holding Molly, but it didn't work out as planned. So Loonette is standing and Molly is sitting. And this time I took pictures of the construction of the dolls. My husband and several others found it slightly creepy...

Here are some completed pieces drying separately

Here is the completed Molly:

Here is the completed Loonette:

I love how this picture turned out!

Canucks Cake

I made this cake for my buddy Sven's birthday. He loves the Canucks and loves carrot cake. So this is a 3 layer, 8" round carrot cake with gobs of cream cheese icing. Even the logo and border are cream cheese icing

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Football Cake

Some friends of ours (Derek and Tracie) have a son (Isaac) with a birthday this week. His party is today so they asked for a football cake. So this is what I came up with.

Their other son Sam was the recipient of the "Super 6" cake featured earlier in this blog.

Harley Davidson Cake #2

For the first time I have re-created a cake. It was my father-in-law's birthday on Halloween and for the family get-together on Saturday, I made him the Harley cake since he loves Harleys.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween!

My husband's workplace ordered 100 Halloween themed cupcakes for today. So I made some white cupcakes (dyed orange) and some chocolate cupcakes. Then I decorated them to look like pumpkins (thanks to Hello Cupcake for the idea!), Jack o' lanterns, spiders on spiderwebs and ghosts.

Pumpkins: Orange buttercream with orange royal icing stripes and a green licorice stem.

Jack o' lanterns: same as pumpkins, but with black buttercream faces

Spiders/spiderwebs: All buttercream piped on chocolate buttercream

Ghosts: Started with chocolate buttercream, topped with a large marshmallow, then draped with a disc of white marshmallow fondant. Faces in black buttercream.

This guy was my favorite Jack o' lantern!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Sunflower Cake

This was a small cake for my friend Crystal. It is a 6" round cake with 4 layers of marble cake, filled with chocolate and white buttercreams and iced in chocolate.

Then I made sunflowers out of oreo cookies with buttercream petals and leaves.

Then a finishing touch of ladybugs on the flowers.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Nesting Doll Cake

I made this cake for my mom for her birthday. Her birthday is on the 14th of October, so always right around Canadian Thanksgiving. She had a bunch of people over to her house for Thanksgiving, so I provided the cake.

I have wanted to do a nesting doll cake since I saw a picture of one that my Wilton class instructor did. I thought it was a very cute idea and since my mom is Ukrainian, it was a good fit.

The cake was 2 layers of raspberry cake (mom's choice), filled with white chocolate cream cheese buttercream icing, carved to shape, iced in the same icing, then covered in white marshmallow fondant. Then I painted the details on using food coloring. I thought it turned out quite well, and since it was one of the rare cakes I was able to cut into and eat myself, I'd have to say it tasted pretty darn good too!

Here is the cake next to the picture I copied:

*yes I realize that the cake is much fatter than the doll pictured...I just couldn't bear to cut away anymore of the yummy raspberry cake than I already had!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Saskatchewan Roughriders Birthday Cake

This was a birthday cake for a friend's husband's surprise birthday party. It is 3 layers of moist chocolate cake filled with creamy chocolate frosting then iced with white buttercream and covered in white marshmallow fondant. Then I cut the green part of the logo out of green fondant and piped the black and grey and white on it. Then it was topped off with the white S

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Golf Ball Cake

I've been told by a couple of people that this is my best cake yet and that it will be the most copied.

A friend of a friend asked for a fairly big golf cake for her husband's birthday party. She sent me a few ideas and this one was my favorite. So I got some pans that when put together form a ball and went from there.

The bottom is 2 layers of 12" square chocolate cake filled and iced with yummy chocolate icing then topped with green buttercream piped to look like grass.

The ball part of the cake is a 6" diameter ROUND white cake filled and frosted with white buttercream frosting then covered in white fondant. Then I used the round end of one of my tools to dent the ball like a golf ball and piped a logo on it (recommended by Dale...GREAT touch!!!).

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Leopard Print Birthday Cake

My best bud's girlfriend's birthday is this week so he ordered her a cake. They wanted some stargazer lilies on it and also some leopard print. I know she likes purple, so I did a purple leopard print.

The cake is a 3 layer white cake iced with buttercream icing then covered in pale purple marshmallow fondant. I made the lilies a couple of days ago out of royal icing and painted them with food coloring. I also painted the fondant with the leopard print with food coloring. Then I added the flowers and leaves on top and finished it off with a white bead border.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Sunflower Cupcakes

I made some cute sunflower cupcakes for another co-worker's last day. I saw these cupcakes in the book "Hello Cupcake" and have always wanted to try them.

The cupcakes are chocolate, then iced with chocolate frosting. The centers of the flowers are Oreo cookies. Then I piped the leaves and petals around the Oreos. I added little ladybugs on a few of them and they went over very well. I might have to make these again sometime...

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Spiderman Cake

I made a Spiderman cake for a co-worker's grandson's birthday. The red fondant wasn't co-operating very well, but otherwise it turned out pretty good. I hope they like it!

3 layers of 10" round chocolate cake. Iced and filled with chocolate frosting, then covered with red fondant and other decorations.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Vegas Wedding Cake

Some friends of mine went to Vegas to get married about a month ago. They had a small party yesterday for close friends and family and they wanted a wedding cake for this party.

They didn't want the traditional white wedding cake with flowers on it, but a colourful Vegas wedding cake.

I started by making the "welcome to Las Vegas" sign out of gum paste about a week before the cake was due so it would have time to dry. This is the sign all put together after the pieces were dry and painted.

The bottom tier was 3 layers of 12" round white cake iced and filled with white buttercream icing then covered in red marshmallow fondant. Then I hand painted gold swirls on it with pearl dust and a little water.

The top tier was 2 layers of 8" round carrot cake iced and filled with white chocolate cream cheese buttercream icing then covered in yellow marshmallow fondant. Then I hand cut all of the card suit decorations and 7's out of fondant and put them on the cake.

The finishing touches included a yellow buttercream bead border around both tiers and putting the "welcome to Las Vegas" sign on the top.

Here is the finished product:

Closeup of the top tier:

Side view of the top tier:

Closeup of the sign:

Closeup of the bottom tier: