Monday, September 7, 2009

Planet Cake

"Welcome to Planet Mom" is our theme for MOPS this year. I was excited to try my hand at "carving" a cake. I wanted a big half circle earth cake with some sort of 3D element. For the 3D element I decided to go with cookies shaped like stars baked on lollypop sticks so that we would have even MORE to enjoy (who really "enjoys" eating fondant??). It turned out great!! I put the cake in the fridge so that it would be sure to support the cookies until they were eaten.



Thursday, August 27, 2009

Saturday, August 8, 2009

DINO-mite

I'm so excited! Here are the updated pictures of the cake. I made the cake from white cake and the volcano is rice krispy treats. I iced with chocolate and regular homemade royal icing. The dinosaurs and the trees are fake plastic. My original plan was to make them from modeling chocolate but I couldn't get the fine detail I wanted. The "rocks" are mini-marshmellows rolled in chocolate icing and coated in hot chocolate mix. Inside the volcano I wedged a shot glass and coated the rim with icing to hide it more. In the glass I put dry ice and water when it was time to light the cake. This made a HUGE amount of smoke and it looked like the cake was erupting. The shot glass kept the krispy treat fresh. It worked wonderfully! The icing was tinted with natural tints--clorophyll for the green, blueberry extract for the blue and carrot extract for the lava. My little one is allergic to food dyes so I have to use the natural ones. With a traditional client I would have used gel colors.

The impressed 3 year old crowd :)
The birthday boy enjoying his waterfall.

Erupting Lava!
Another View of the Lava



Here's the cake---pre-eruption
Here's a completely unrelated picture of the "Lava punch" I made with dry ice--it was a HUGE hit!




Thursday, August 6, 2009

Crocodiles!

I made these cupcakes for my little boy to take to VBS--the theme was Crocodile Dock. I made the heads out of modeling chocolate and put sprinkles underneath per his request.
He loved them as did the other 3 year olds.


Monday, August 3, 2009

Lovin' a Lobster!

My first adventrue with Modeling Chocolate!! I had a blast sculpting this lobster for my dad's birthday out of white modeling chocolate. It was so fun to work with. I think I would do much better with something a bit more cartoon-like, but I am very pleased with the results. The one thing I didn't like was the lobster's "paint job." Because my little one is allergic to food dyes I had to make the Lobster white and then paint it with water based fruit extract dyes. Chocoloate is so oily the water based stains kinda beaded up. If I were doing this for a non-allergic client then I would have kneaded the gel color into the white chocolate and the painted on the darker shading.





Sunday, April 26, 2009

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Ballet Cake

This cake was for a little girls dance recital. The mother did not want fondant anything and wanted the whole cake to be edible. I used twinkies for the slippers and fluffy homemade white icing for the ribbons and swirils. The only non-edible portion of the cake are the laces on the shoes which are actual ribbons.


Here's another version of the same cake fora two year old's birthday--She wanted roses on hers.





Saturday, April 11, 2009

Super Mario Cookie-Cake


Yep--I do cookies too!

Friday, March 27, 2009

Look out Duff!

Power tools . . . meet cake decorating!

This is my first really awesome 3D cake--I used wood screws, a honkin' dowel and made a 3D beanstalk. Hope Dylan likes his "Giant Cake!" Fe Fi Fo Fum buddy!


Saturday, January 17, 2009

Thomas Cake

(Close up of the engine)
(I added some "smoke" to the engine in the next shot)


This is actually "Gordon" who has a #4 instead of Thomas' #1. I thought it came out great! It is so cute!

Saturday, January 10, 2009