I love this Minnie Mouse-themed first birthday cake. The soft pink buttercream makes it the perfect cake for a sweet little girl.
Last weekend, Adam’s mom threw us another baby shower! There were so many people there to talk to and so much good food to eat that I didn’t take a single photo at the shower. Whoops! I can’t believe it! So I have no new baby bump photos to share with you, but I do have a gazillion photos of the cake!
It’s the first official cake for Mikaela from Mommy! In other words, I made it. I spent almost all day Friday working on it because I wanted it to be just perfect for her.
The cake itself was shaped like a giant diaper bag and had a layer of chocolate cake, a layer of vanilla cake, and guava filling. The baby shower was held at Cafe Nuevo in Tampa (yum!) so I thought it was appropriate to have guava filling.
I made a tag for the bag and wrote “Mikaela” on it so it looked like we were ready to drop her off at day care. Although, I don’t know if she’ll ever go to day care with 2 sets of grandparents dying to babysit. *wink*
And I made a couple of pairs of shoes using cutters from Cakes N’Supplies by Ximena. Love them! I made these late at night on Thursday so they came out a little sloppier than I’d hoped…I think my eyes had started going cross-eyed…but the cake wouldn’t have been complete without them! In fact, Taylor, who came over to help me deliver the garbage truck cake & cookies, helped me by making the buttons and cutting out the Converse logos. Perfectly done!
Then I made a key teether set using another cutter from Cakes N’Supplies by Ximena. So cute! And I had to make some safety pins to represent the fact that we’re going to use cloth diapers for Mikaela.
And after we finished putting all the accessories on the board, Taylor and I noticed a blank spot towards the back. Oh no! That will not do! But Taylor came to the rescue and made this adorable baby rattle to fill the spot!
Here’s a gorgeous and interesting cake I did a few weeks ago:
It’s Monday…you’re back at work…and possibly searching for something to look at to kill a little time…am I right?
You know, my blog is most often visited during normal business hours on weekdays? I imagine you read your email, check in on Facebook, read a few blog posts, and then eventually get down to what you’re actually paid for. And this probably doesn’t happen just once each day – you probably repeat this cycle multiple times, hmmmm? Don’t worry, I won’t tell the boss. *wink*
Well, I’ve got just the thing for you today. A very…um, interesting groom’s cake.
They specifically wanted Hogwarts castle made out of cake. No problem! Except the hand-sculpted exact replica of the castle wasn’t in their wedding budget. So, instead, we used Wilton’s Romantic Castle Cake Set to create a cake that somewhat resembles Hogwarts.
Front and center, you see the ring from Lord of the Rings.
It’s not uncommon for someone to order an anniversary cake that resembles their wedding cake. In fact, we just got an order like that a couple of weeks ago. What IS uncommon is that the groom that’s ordering the cake as a surprise for his wife is a cake decorator himself!
It’s a little nerve racking to make a cake for a cake decorator! I just kept thinking…”He’s going to tear the cake apart and find all the flaws I’ve worked so hard to hide. He’s going to think he can make the gum paste flowers better than I can. He’s going to hate it!”
But I was wrong, so wrong. When Jerry saw the cake, he almost cried! I just hope his wife was equally impressed and reminded of their wedding day.
The cake was iced in buttercream and piped with a buttercream swirl pattern. And a royal blue ribbon was wrapped around the base of each tier.
This week, one of my favorite cakes was one we created for a 4-year-old’s birthday. I actually used to work with her Mommy when I was still at the University of Florida so it was fun to create a cake for someone I know.
The bottom tier was iced in pink buttercream. The paisley pattern was hand-piped with white and black buttercream, and the rope border was made out of chocolate fondant.
The top tier was iced in white buttercream. The stars, “leather” tassles, and rope garland were all made out of fondant.
And the boot on top was hand-crafted out of gum paste and fondant!
Happy Birthday, Gracie!
I guess we’ve got trucks out of our system for a while…the theme this week was butterflies! We had 2 very different butterfly cakes, but I loved the colors on both!
The first one was for a baby shower. The shower was going to be decorated with bright colors, frogs, butterflies, ladybugs, and dragonflies.
The butterflies and flowers had all been made earlier in the week (out of gum paste) so they could dry. So when it came time to decorate the cake, it was a simple as “gluing” the bugs on with a little buttercream.
The first is fun, colorful, and very sun shine-y! The second is mature, feminine, and calming. I just don’t know…
Do you have a favorite?
I leave tomorrow for the ICES Convention in St. Charles, IL! Like always, I’m going to try to participate in the convention in every possible way – go to as many demos as time allows, take hands-on classes, take TONS of photos of the cake gallery, volunteer, and bring a sugar display! Because I’m flying to the convention this year, it’s much more difficult to bring a dummy cake. Instead, I made a bridal bouquet made of sugar! I’ve packed it up as tightly as I can so hopefully (a) they’ll let me carry it on the plane and (b) it survives the trip!
I’ve been working from home on my dissertation a lot lately. During the day, I write…and at night, I work on cake stuff! I usually move the dining room table into the living room so I can take TV breaks occasionally. Anyway, during the day, Nani constantly wants to sleep in my lap. One night last week, Nani jumped on this chair all by herself…she KNOWS she’s not allowed up there, but she did it anyway. It was like she felt like she was entitled to it since it was empty. Please excuse the condition of the living room. If you were ever wondering what it looked like while I worked, now you know! The flowers in the background are the ones I used in the bouquet above.
The best part, though, was when Nani stood on the chair and leaned over to the banister. Check out this photo Adam caught (yes, her open eye is scary…they always turn out like that in photos…oh well!):