I finally got the fondant right!!

Sunday evening my son’s football team had and end of the season party and I was asked to bring a football cake.  I dug out that Wilton football shaped pan that I’ve only used one other time (now I can officially say it was worth the investment) and baked those boys a cake (and two dozen cupcakes).  Drum roll please…..

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Woo hoo!  I was so excited about it that I took the picture before my excess glue even dried.  Sorry about that! 

This is a vanilla cake covered in American buttercream with marshmallow fondant.  This was a last minute kind of party and I didn’t have time to do any ingredient shopping so that’s why it’s covered in American BC.  I didn’t have enough eggs to make the cake and make IMBC.  Oh well everyone liked it anyway!

I also made two dozen red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese buttercream accented with black and red sprinkles.  Yummy!!

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October 26, 2009. cake, decorating, fondant, Uncategorized. 2 comments.

Halloween 30th Birthday Party

My friend Katie called the other day and wanted me to make her husband a cake for his 30th birthday.  She was having a Halloween themed party and wanted morbid.  Well, this is what she got.

100_3496It is a 12” round cake-1/2 white, 1/2 chocolate with chocolate Italian meringue buttercream.  The tombstone is made of a fondant/cellulose mix that I enhanced with black petal dust.  The rose is made of the same fondant mix and the dirt is made of crushed oreos. 

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My crowning achievement for this cake has got to be the spooky tree.  I wish I would have taken pictures throughout the process to show everyone.  I used a wooden dowel rod as the base that then went down into the cake too.  Then I wrapped aluminum foil around the the dowel rod and using more foil and some florist wire fashioned the branches.  Then all you do is paint chocolate over the foil.  This was the best way I could think of to get that gnarled, warped look for the tree.  The tree roots weren’t added until after decorating the next day.  For the hole with menacing eyes I just placed a little bit of fondant on the smoothest part of the tree and attached with a little bit of chocolate around the oval. 

Hope everyone liked it at the party.  It was a bit of a pain to travel with, but I think it got there o.k.

Happy Halloween!! 

October 24, 2009. Tags: . birthday, cake, decorating, fondant, fondant figures, frosting, Halloween, Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Halloween Birthday Bash

I also had lots of cake to make for a Halloween themed birthday party that took place yesterday.  This was probably my favorite cake project so far.  The main cake was a jack-o-lantern shaped cake with a cheeky little black cat sticking out of a bunch candy stuffed in the center. 

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I started out by making the cat about a week in advance for the usual drying/screw up and try again time.  I made it using fondant that I mixed with cellulose powder.  (Cellulose is the same thing as tylose.)  I have never done this before, but have been wanting to try it for a while.  The cellulose made the fondant dry just like gumpaste.  I was SO excited!  This makes it a bit cheaper than buying gumpaste.  I haven’t gotten the guts to make gumpaste yet. 

I made this adorable little kitty based on a tutorial I found on youtube and adapted him to fit my needs.  I think he turned out just perfect and could not be happier.  The sign is made of the same fondant cellulose mix with edible markers and a lollipop stick attached with royal icing.

To answer your question, no…I did not carve this cake.  It is two vanilla cakes baked in bundt pans and put together with Italian meringue buttercream.  This is my second cake to completely cover in marshmallow fondant and while not perfect, it is much better than the first go around.  I always roll it too thin-just can’t seem to leave the stuff thick enough!

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To go along with the jack-o-lantern cake I also made four mini ghost cakes.  Which were chocolate fudge cakes baked in the Wilton mini wonder mold pan covered in white chocolate ganache and MMF.  AND a dozen chocolate fudge cupcakes with orange creamsicle filling and buttercream frosting.  The filling was simply white chocolate ganache that I whipped and then added a dram of Lorann orange cream flavor oil and a few drops of orange candy color.

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Half of the cupcakes had these cute little “floating” ghosts.  And the other half had witch’s hats.

100_3481 Like I said before this has definitely been my favorite cake project.  I hope you get some great Halloween treat ideas from this.  Happy Caking!!

October 19, 2009. birthday, buttercream, cake, Cupcake, decorating, fondant, fondant figures, Halloween, Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Possum Cake-Yes, you heard me right!!

It’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve posted, but I have been busy, busy.  Last Thursday I made my first sculpted cake.  It was for a friend’s dinner that has an ongoing joke about road kill with some of his coworkers.  So here it is…

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Cute, but in a weird, gross way.  I know.  The base cake is a 12” round vanilla cake with chocolate Italian meringue buttercream.  The possum is red velvet cake made from a mix with a few changes and covered in cream cheese frosting:

1 box red velvet cake mix (I used Duncan Hines)

4 eggs

1/3 c oil

1 1/4 c buttermilk

1 box chocolate pudding mix

This made a very firm cake good for carving (or at least that’s what the experts on Cake Central say).  I made the red velvet cake a couple of days in advance in two loaf pans and then wrapped well and froze them.  The day of carving I took them out of the freezer and put them in the fridge so they would thaw slowly and stay cold.  This worked really well.  Now there wasn’t a huge amount of carving to do, but it was harder than I thought it would be.  Hats off to all you cake carving gurus.  You are fabulous!!  The head was actually made from the scraps.  I basically made a red velvet cake truffle filling and covered it in fondant.

October 19, 2009. buttercream, cake, decorating, fondant, frosting, Uncategorized. 2 comments.

Cake Mix Extender AKA Life Saver

This past week’s recipe was for a cake mix extender.  I hear a lot of people using them, but have never had the guts to try one.  Usually if I need another cup of cake batter I just make another batch and freeze the rest.  Well, I finally tried it and was pleasantly surprised.  I made a birthday cake for my friend’s aunt (actually her son-it was his first birthday) and she wanted a chocolate cake with a chocolate smash cake.  The cake itself needed an entire cake mix and for the smash cake I only needed about a cup of batter, so I decided to try this extender recipe:

3/4 c flour

1/4 c sugar

1 t baking soda

1/2 c water

1/4 c oil

1 egg

I use the Nikki’s Chocolate Fudge Cake recipe from Cake Central.  This recipe uses chocolate milk instead of water, so I subbed that and I also added an extra teaspoon of vanilla and 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder to try to prevent diminishing the chocolatey goodness of this wonderful recipe.  It was almost as good, but not quite.  Still very good though.  After this experience I have to say I’m a believer!

October 5, 2009. cake, Uncategorized. Leave a comment.