Saturday, June 9, 2012

Elmo Cake

 My little guy recently turned three!  He really loves Elmo so I decided to throw him an Elmo birthday party.  I was planning an elaborate cake, but was relieved when I got my hands on an Elmo cake pan (thanks Heather!) because it was perfect for the party, he loved it, super cute, and a TON less work then the two-tiered, fondant cake I was planning on!
This Elmo cake just required piping stars so not a whole lot of skill is needed.   I have a tri-star tip so that made decorating much faster. I did have to put my icing bag in the freezer from time to time because it would get too warm, thus runny icing.  Also I took a toothpick and smoothed out all the holes.   So that's it.  I plan on buying this cake pan for my boy because he loves it!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Pink and Orange Baby Shower Cake

  Sorry guys, it's been a LONG time!! Raising two kids uses up the time and energy I would normally reserve for making cute cakes!
This next cake I made awhile ago so it's about time I posted it!  This is a baby shower cake.  It's chocolate with vanilla frosting.  I made it a six-inch so I could use the leftover cake for cupcakes to make a cute little set-up.  This cake was your run-of-the-mill "cut-n-slap" cake.  As in, cut out fondant shapes, and slap 'em on the cake.  The bow was a bit tricky as I had to rig it up with toothpicks, but other than that, it's cute and just that:

P.S. not a SLICE of this cake got eaten at the shower! Only a couple cupcakes did (and I am counting the one I ate).  Meh.  Guess I should have made a Styrofoam centerpiece instead!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Damask Bridal Shower Cake

Sorry for the 4-month gap.  Haven't made any cakes in awhile (have I mentioned that I've lost weight?)

My friend asked me to make a cake for a Bridal Shower she was going, and here it is!! One of my first paid cakes!  

Monday, September 5, 2011

Toddler Cake

 Sorry guys.  I've been just too busy with two kids and no husband home, so I haven't made any cute cakes in a awhile. But I did let someone cute make a cake:

I did the sides and edges and helped my cute little guy hold the frosting bag and let him go to town! He sure thought it was fun. I think he did a great job, don't you?! Very Avant-garde. I especially like the poke marks.  He tried to lick the top of the cake afterward, but I thought that would have been overkill, not to mention unappetizing.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Father's Day Cake

So I didn't make my husband a cake for his birthday a few months ago.  He hasn't forgiven me for it (I thought he was sick of cake so I got him donuts instead, sheesh!) so I figured I had better make him a father's day cake before he divorces me. 
Seriously though, I had a ton of fun making this cake.  Unfortunately, I was in a rush (that happens way too often!) so I was a bit sloppy on the tie.  I also wish I would have made the shirt a different color.  It's just so....white.  It makes it hard to see the detail. 
I wasn't very original in doing this cake either---I just copied the design after some other cake I found while googling "father's day cakes" for ideas.  Since the cake was so white and the tie was so brightly colored and I was in a huge rush (had some friends over for dinner and I wanted to make sure we all had cake for dessert!), the tie stood out in a really bad way.  In order achieve some balance, I improvised and put some blue fondant on the sides, I guess it is supposed to be tissue paper or something.  If I had more time I would have thought of something better.  I think the cake turned out okay despite the glaring white-ness. 
I also tried out a new filling.  Pie filling, actually.  It was key lime and I liked it, but I think it may be a bit tart for the likes of most people, and a bit gloopy for the likes of cake decorators.  It was paired with white cake and white frosting.  Yum!

**Also, this cake commemorates my two year anniversary of Cake Decorating!!  Yay!**

Monday, May 23, 2011

Birthday Cake

 Here is a cake I did a few weeks ago for a friend's little girl Eva.  I was 9 months preggo so I didn't feel like doing anything too elaborate and drag out all my fondant supplies, so I just did the entire cake in buttercream. Eva's party theme was Easter so I thought it would be fun to use my oval cake pan for an "egg" on the top of the cake.  I tried to go for an Easter-basket look with the basket weave, flowers, and grass, not sure if I pulled it off entirely though.  I used the confetti cake mix, and everyone must have liked it because there was no cake to take home!     
 The birthday girl
All gone!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Frozen Buttercream Transfer Tutorial

This was my first frozen buttercream transfer and there are a ton of other great tutorials out there, but here's mine regardless, hope it helps!  They are really not too difficult, though slightly time consuming.

The first thing to do is find a picture you like.  Or draw it.  Whatever the case, if you're a beginner, you will want a picture that is fairly simple (not too much detail).  I just printed mine off the internet.
Tape the pic to a cookie sheet and tape (duct tape works best!) either parchment paper or wax paper (doesn't really matter) over it.

 Now the fun part: Do the outlines FIRST.  Simply take black icing (or whatever color you wish) with a tip 2 and trace over the outlines of the drawing.  I mixed black gel coloring with chocolate fudge frosting, it's much easier to get a nice black that way.

 So pretty!

 Put the buttercream transfer in the freezer and make all the colors that you will need for your transfer.  Unless you already have the colors made, this is the part that makes this project so time consuming.  I only have one #2 tips, so I just used disposable icing bags, the parchment paper ones.  With duct tape.  I like duct tape.  I cut a TINY hole at the tip of each bag for the icing to come out of.

 Now the "tricky" part.  Though not so tricky if you understand that now you will be filling in everything in the FOREGROUND FIRST.  For this picture, it was the eyes, basket, and the polka dots on the vest.

 Now you will be filling in the background and the rest.  There was red outline in the vest as well so I filled that in.  And the rest of the vest was yellow so I filled that it last.  So depending upon how detailed your picture is, you will basically be layering the colors and detail with icing--and remember foreground first!

 Fill in the rest of the colors.  Again, it will depend on your picture.  I filled in the rest of the bunny which was just white.  The nice thing about buttercream transfers is that you don't have to be perfectly neat about it, especially with the background stuff.  You don't need to stay inside the lines, at least within the picture.  Gently smooth the icing so that there are no open spaces (make sure the icing covers every inch of the drawing or you will have gaps which are ugly!)

 Your last step will be covering the entire transfer with icing the same color as your cake icing.  Try to get it as smooth and even as possible, but don't worry if it's not absolutely perfect.  Be firm, but gentle.  Now throw it in the freezer for AT LEAST on hour; overnight if possible. 

I forgot to mention to put your buttercream transfer in the freezer from time to time (in between steps definitely) so it holds its shape.

Next, CAREFULLY place your transfer where you want it on your cake.  Be careful  because any narrow part in your transfer will be a weak spot.  For mine it was the neck of the bunny.

 Now SLOWLY and carefully peel the paper away from the transfer. 

 And you're done! Except I went around with the black icing and re-did some of the outline-some of it seemed to come off with the paper.

Now you have a cool, professional looking picture.  And the best thing about frozen buttercream transfers is that you can use pretty much ANY picture you'd like! They make very personalized cakes.