Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Switchfoot Themed Cake Balls - October 2013

These are cake balls I made for the band members of Switchfoot and their crew as part of the Switchfoot Baking Club.  I decorated them with various 'Switchfoot themed' items, and brought them to their Fading West movie viewing and concert back in October. 

Switchfoot Themed Cake Balls
 
[The little picture of the guitar to the side is a correction on one of the guitars that I had made that I delivered at a later date.  I got it wrong and it bugged me. ;) ]

More pictures and details to come... :)

[Right now I'm just trying to get everything on the blog, then I'll go back and fill in details; you can read a little longer explanation here if you want. BUT if you have any questions in the meantime, in general or about this cake, please feel free to email me by clicking on the 'Contact Me' tab at the top of the page and using the email address found there, and I will try to get back with you as soon as possible. Or you can always ask questions or leave a comment about this cake by clicking the comments link at the end of this post. :)]
Andrea - Animated Name(I created my animated name at this site.)

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Updated Post - Calvin and Hobbes Snowman Cake

Another previous post updated with details and more pictures.  You can click on the link below to go to the post and check it out.

Calvin and Hobbes Snowman Cake
Andrea - Animated Name










(I created my animated name at this site.)

Monday, January 20, 2014

Shabby Chic Baby Shower Pink Rose Cake and Teabag Cookies - September 2013

A friend asked me to make this pink rose cake and these teabag cookies for a shabby chic themed baby shower she was throwing for her sister.

Shabby Chic Pink Rose Cake and Teabag Cookies Together - Close-Up 1

Shabby Chic Baby Shower Pink Rose Cake 1

Shabby Chic Baby Shower Pink Rose Cake -Overhead View

Shabby Chic Baby Shower Pink Rose Cake - Close-Up View of Roses

Shabby Chic Baby Shower Pink Rose Cake 2

Shabby Chic Baby Shower Pink Rose Cake 3

Shabby Chic Baby Shower Pink Rose Cake - Close-Up Overhead View

Shabby Chic Baby Shower Pink Rose Cake 4

Shabby Chic Pink Rose Cake and Teabag Cookies Together 1
 
Once I gave her the cookies she was going to put string through the hole with a tag attached to it to finish them.

Shabby Chic Baby Shower Pink Teabag Cookies - Angled View

Shabby Chic Baby Shower Pink Teabag Cookies - Close-Up Overhead View

Shabby Chic Pink Rose Cake and Teabag Cookies Together - Close-Up 2

Shabby Chic Baby Shower Pink Teabag Cookies - Close-Ups of Two Cookies

My mom went to the shower and snapped a few pictures of the cookies (below) after my friend had added the strings and tags to them.  The tags had the baby's name and the due date written on them.

Shabby Chic Baby Shower Pink Teabag Cookies - Finished Cookies at Shower
 
Below is a picture of the table with the cake and cookies on it (along with pretty decorations and other yummy goodies) that my mom took at the shower.

Shabby Chic Baby Shower Pink Rose Cake and Teabag Cookies at Shower

Shabby Chic Pink Rose Cake and Teabag Cookies Together 2
 
Amanda, from i am baker, created these rose cakes and makes them so beautifully.  She has lots of great variations, not to mention tons of other great things to check out on her site.  One of the best things is that she has a step by step tutorial AND a video tutorial for this technique, which is great to be able to actually see it being done.  This technique is easy but it has beautiful and elegant results!
 
More details to come... :)







(I created my animated name at this site.)

Monday, January 13, 2014

The Black Pearl Pirate Ship Cake - July 2013

I made this pirate ship cake of The Black Pearl from Pirates of the Caribbean for my daughter, Cara, for her 14th birthday.
 
Pirate Ship Cake of The Black Pearl from Pirates of the Caribbean - Front Angle View 1

Pirate Ship Cake of The Black Pearl from Pirates of the Caribbean - Back Angle View

Pirate Ship Cake of The Black Pearl from Pirates of the Caribbean - Close-Up of Fondant Figurehead

Pirate Ship Cake of The Black Pearl from Pirates of the Caribbean - Close-Up of Fondant Ship's Wheel

Pirate Ship Cake of The Black Pearl from Pirates of the Caribbean - Side View 1

Pirate Ship Cake of The Black Pearl from Pirates of the Caribbean - Front Angle View 2

Pirate Ship Cake of The Black Pearl from Pirates of the Caribbean - Close-Up of Deck and Fondant Cannons and Cannonballs

Pirate Ship Cake of The Black Pearl from Pirates of the Caribbean - Close-Up of Fondant Pirate Flag

Pirate Ship Cake of The Black Pearl from Pirates of the Caribbean - Back View

Pirate Ship Cake of The Black Pearl from Pirates of the Caribbean - Front Angle View 3

Pirate Ship Cake of The Black Pearl from Pirates of the Caribbean - Close-Up of Fondant Sails

Pirate Ship Cake of The Black Pearl from Pirates of the Caribbean - Side View 2

Pirate Ship Cake of The Black Pearl from Pirates of the Caribbean - Front Angle View 4
More pictures and details to come... :)
 
[Right now I'm just trying to get everything on the blog, then I'll go back and fill in details; you can read a little longer explanation here if you want. BUT if you have any questions in the meantime, in general or about this cake, please feel free to email me by clicking on the 'Contact Me' tab at the top of the page and using the email address found there, and I will try to get back with you as soon as possible. Or you can always ask questions or leave a comment about this cake by clicking the comments link at the end of this post. :)]
Andrea - Animated Name
 





(I created my animated name at this site.)

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Updated Posts - Horse Cake & Dragon Cake

I've added details and more pictures to posts of two of the cakes that I get emailed about most.  You can click on the links below to go to the individual posts.

3D Horse Cake
 
Cake of Toothless from How to Train Your Dragon
 
Enjoy!  :)
(I created my animated name at this site.)

Friday, January 3, 2014

Golf Themed Cake (with a Surprise Inside) - June 2013

I made this golf themed cake for my brother-in-law, Josh, for his birthday.

Golf Themed Cake 1

And, SURPRISE, the cake was PLAID inside!  :)
Golf Themed Cake with Plaid Cake Inside

Golf Themed Cake - Close-Up View of Mini Golf Balls, Grass, and Argyle

For this cake I used a new recipe that is so good!  I had heard about it a long time ago, but had never tried it.  It is a white almond sour cream cake.  Here is a link to the recipe that I used, and here is a link to the same person's recipe, just written a little differently.  I highly recommend trying this recipe out.

Golf Themed Cake - Bowls with Different Colored Batter Separated for Plaid CakeSo, this is how I made the inside of the cake plaid.  After mixing my cake batter I separated it about in half and then took out a small portion from one of the bowls.  (Sorry, I don't have exact measurements that I used.)  In the bowl with the majority of the batter I added blue food coloring to make a light blue shade.  In the bowl with the small portion of batter I added blue food coloring to make a darker shade of blue.  I left the last bowl of batter white.  When pouring the batter into the pans I used my checkerboard cake pan set.  In two of the pans I poured the white batter in the center circle and the outer rings.  Then in the same pans I poured the light blue batter in the middle rings.  In the third pan I poured the light blue batter in the center circle and the outer ring, and then poured the dark blue batter in the middle ring of that pan.  This is how the batter looked in the pans ready to go into the oven.
Golf Themed Cake - Cake Pans with Batter Pattern for Plaid CakeAfter baking I flipped the cakes out of their pans after 15 minutes and let them finish cooling completely.  Then I leveled the tops of the cakes.
When stacking the cakes I put one of the white cakes on the bottom, the all blue cake next for the middle layer, and the other white cake went on top.  I used orange buttercream icing in between each cake layer.  (My brother-in-law is a Broncos fan, so I figured I'd incorporate those colors into his golf cake. :) )  Later when you cut into the cake you have plaid inside!  :)

Golf Themed Cake - Close-Up View of Plaid Cake Inside

Golf Themed Cake 2

I put a 1-1/2 inch strip of white fondant around the bottom of the cake.  Then I used a grass tip to cover the rest of the cake with green buttercream icing.  I made a diamond template that was 1 inch in diameter and about 1-1/2 inches tall.  I rolled out blue and orange fondant and cut out enough diamonds to go around the cake.  I attached the diamonds to the white strip at the bottom of the cake, and then drew on the dotted black diamonds with a black food coloring marker.  I made mini golf balls and placed them around the top edge of the cake. 

Golf Themed Cake - Close-Up View of Golf Tees and Golf Balls

The golf tees are lollipop sticks covered in fondant and shaped to look like a tee.  Originally I was going to make cake balls for the golf balls on top of the tees, but my golf ball candy mold was still packed from moving, and I didn't have time to find it.  So, I just made them out of fondant and painted the letters on with black food coloring.  I may have used my black food coloring marker for the letters, I don't remember now which it was.  :)  I stuck the golf tees into the cake and attached the golf balls to the tops of the tees.

Golf Themed Cake 3

Golf Themed Cake - Plaid Cake Inside and Slice of Cake
I really liked the look of this cake, and I was excited about the plaid inside!  :)  And everyone loved the new recipe that I used for the cake.  It was delicious.  :)

Afterwards I used the cake scraps that were leftover from leveling the cakes to make some cake balls.
Dark Brown and Light Brown Cake BallsChocolate Cake Balls with Blue Cake Inside
Andrea - Animated Name
(Created animated name at this site.)

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