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.

What a dummy!!!

So this past week I decided to decorate my first dummy cake.  Let’s just say it sounds easier than it is.  I decided I needed a dummy cake to set up with our Valentine’s Day specials at DD’s.  I watched a tutorial on YouTube and have read many posts on Cake Central on the matter so I thought I was ready.  I couldn’t find any sand paper to sand down the edges of the dummy, but I tried to knock them down a little.  Definitely.  Need.  Sandpaper.  Every time I thought I was making some headway the top edge of the fondant would rip.  I finally got it done-with a ribbon around the top edge to hide the mistakes, but it turned out pretty cute anyway!  Note to self:  practice, practice, practice.

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January 25, 2010. Tags: , , . decorating, fondant, Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Pink Anemone

This week’s adventure is with fondant/gumpaste flowers.  I love anemones-they are one of my favorite flowers.  They are just so light and airy and beautiful.  It’s a good thing this was just for practice because I cracked a couple of the petals when I moved it this morning to take the picture.

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November 3, 2009. Tags: , , , . decorating, fondant, gumpaste, 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.

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.

Hooray for Burnt Butter Frosting!!

So, Will and I finished our cupcakes this morning.  We made burnt butter frosting to go with our peanut butter cupcakes.  This is seriously the pb cupcakesbest stuff I have ever tasted.  Not even joking!!  I got the recipe from allrecipes.com.  Click on the word recipe to go directly to it. 

I also took the time to play with a little bit of fondant to make some pretty flowers and I tried my hand at poured fondant.  Since I am the only girl in a house full of boys I have to get the pretty pink and purple stuff in somehow so when I am playing/experimenting that’s just what I do.

  The poured fondant wasn’t nearly as hard as I thought it would be.  After I’ve done it a few times I’ll post a tutorial.  Will got out the gumpaste tools and tried his hand at fondant modeling.  Too cute!  You can see my new cupcake pics in the Cupcake Gallery.

What a great day!!

September 9, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , . cake, Cupcake, frosting, Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

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