Cake Purse and Polka Dots Galore

So my once a week posting is not happening lately, so I’ll just go ahead and say it, “I will be posting as often as I can” from now on.  Now that’s not to say that I’m not trying new recipes and techniques, but I’ve just had so much going on lately I haven’t had time to blog.  First up…purse cake.  I wanted to make my mom a purse cake for her birthday, but I had no idea where to start.  When you do a google search for “purse cake” or something similar you mostly get designer purse impersonations which I didn’t want.  Then I stumbled on this cake from My Sweet & Saucy.  I love her style anyway and she inspired my first carved purse cake (only my second carved cake ever).  Now my purse looks nothing like hers, but it made me realize that it doesn’t have to be a stuffy structured Louis Vuitton or Coach purse.  Plus I didn’t want to get in over my head on my first try.  Boy, am I glad I went that route.  My hat goes off to all you 3-D cake carvers out there!!  I wanted something kind of laid back with a little boho chic vibe and I think I accomplished that.  The cake is classic white cake with Italian meringue buttercream and chocolate marshmallow fondant that I textured using a stamp.  The flower is made of gumpaste.

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I also finished probably my favorite cake yesterday.  It was for my niece, Morgan’s, sweet 16.  The top tier is a 6” dummy cake on top of an 8” double drum-classic white and chocolate fudge with chocolate ganache filling.  It is all frosted in classic buttercream with fondant polka dots and a gumpaste flower.  All of the pink elements were also dry brushed with luster dust.

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I’ve also been doing some other things and we’ve got a website up for Double D’s Catering and Custom Cakes.  Take a look when you have time.  I still have some work to do to the site, but this is the basic layout we’re going to have.  Hope you like it!!

Happy Caking!!!

February 20, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , . birthday, buttercream, cake, decorating, fondant, frosting, gumpaste, Uncategorized. 2 comments.

Spooky Halloween Cupcakes

In addition to the twins’ birthday party this weekend I also made some cupcakes for my son’s school’s fall festival.  They have a cake walk and the parents donate baked goods that they have either purchased or made.  Last year I made a chocolate chip cake that looked like a jack-o-lantern and a carrot cake with a fall/leaf motif.  By last year’s standards I am skimping a bit, but I am also donating two bags of AVON products for their silent auction.  I sell AVON as a means to actually (try) make money.

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I made Black Forest Stuffed Cupcakes (don’t they look great) from allrecipes.com and Oreo Surprise Cupcakes.  Oreo surprise cupcakes are just your favorite chocolate cupcakes with an Oreo cookie in the middle.  I put 1-2 tablespoons of batter in the cupcake liner then the Oreo push down just slightly and top off with more chocolate cake batter.  Kids love them!!  Both kinds of cupcakes are topped with Italian meringue buttercream and Halloween themed sprinkles-bones, eyeballs, spiders, and bats.

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All are packaged in these adorable treat boxes with Halloween themed sprinkles that I found at Target.  I think they are going to be a big hit!!

September 25, 2009. Tags: , , , , , . buttercream, Cupcake, Halloween, Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Dad’s 50th Corset Cake

corsetMy dad’s 50th birthday party is tonight and my step-mom asked me to make him a “boob” cake.  Let’s just say I had a few reservations!  I have made one before and it was very adult in nature, so needless to say I didn’t really want to think of my dad and nipples in the same thought-EVER!  I decided to do a corset instead-still a little racy, but not XXX.  The body is chocolate fudge cake with mint chocolate chip filling and chocolate Italian meringue buttercream-the breasts are lemon with lemon curd filling (yes, I went there!) and vanilla Italian meringue buttercream.   All is covered in vanilla fondant.  Here’s the recipe for the mint chocolate chip filling-delicious!!

1 c heavy cream

3 T confectioners sugar

1 t Lorann mint chocolate chip oil

green food coloring

chocolate shavings (optional)

Whip the heavy cream, confectioners sugar, flavor oil, and food coloring until light and fluffy.  Add chocolate shavings.  I shave mine with a microplane so they are very small flecks of chocolate.  They are more for looks than taste.corset2

As you can see from the pictures I had a few problems.  On the bra part I had some cracking issues.  I was using a new fondant recipe I’ve been wanting to try and I think I must have done something wrong with it.  Overall it still turned out o.k. and I think he will really like it.

September 19, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , . cake, fondant, Uncategorized. Leave a comment.