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!!!

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

First Birthday Butterfly

Let me start by saying that next weekend our friends are having their twins’, Ethan and Chloe, first birthday party.  I am making their cakes and decided it would be cute to do two cupcake towers with their smash cakes on top of each and coordinating cupcakes.  Why do I always make things harder than they really have to be?  Oh well, I love the design I’ve come up with and I’m stickin’ to it! 

I started on some of the fondant/gumpaste elements today for obviuos reasons…1) Drying time, 2) screw up and try again time, 3) don’t like it and try again time.  For Miss Chloe I’ve decided her smash cake is going to be a small half round cake with fondant/gumpaste flower petals surrounding it so it looks like one big flower with a small butterfly.  The butterfly’s body is a “1”.  All is assembled with the butterfly now it just has to dry.  I am hoping that it will actually stay together because it is adorable!!!

I am going to try to start on Ethan’s later this week.  I also have to make my dad’s birthday cake for this weekend.  It’s his surprise 50th!  So I am going to be a busy little bee the next couple of weeks.

September 14, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , . cake, fondant, fondant figures, Uncategorized. Leave a comment.