Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Rock Candy Baby Shower Cake - March 2014

I made this cake for my sister Valerie and her husband Josh for a baby shower in honor of their 2nd baby.  I also made some gluten free cupcakes (regular and mini) that matched the cake for some of her friends who have a gluten allergy.

Rock Candy Baby Shower Cake

My sister had seen the basic rock candy cake design in a picture.  She wanted to change the colors of the candy to go with their baby theme colors and wanted to add a personalized fondant topper to announce the baby's name.  I ended up making homemade rock candy for the cake.

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.  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.  :)]
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Friday, June 17, 2016

Music Themed Cake Balls - March 2014

My son's band was having a cake ball sale; so I made these music themed cake balls to donate to it.

Music Themed Cake Balls - Notes, Treble Clef, Bass Clef
More pictures to come... :)

I used white candy melts to pipe the music notes, treble clefs, and bass clefs out onto parchment paper.  I let them harden and they were ready for when I needed them to decorate the cake balls.

To make the basic cake balls I followed Bakerella's instructions.  You can find them here.

Right after dipping the cake balls I topped them with some yellow nonpareil sprinkles and one of the white music themed candy decorations.  You have to be ready and work quickly so the chocolate doesn't harden before you get everything on it.





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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Chocolate Raspberry Cupcakes - March 2014

These are chocolate raspberry cupcakes.  After I made the Switchfoot themed cupcakes (you can see the post here) I had extra chocolate ganache and raspberry sauce leftover.  So, a few days later I made another batch of chocolate cupcakes so my family and friends could have some to enjoy.

I made mini cupcakes and regular cupcakes.

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 these cupcakes, please feel free to email me by clinking 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 these cupcakes by clinking the comments link at the end of this post. :)] 





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Switchfoot Themed Cupcakes - March 2014

These are cupcakes that I made for the band members of Switchfoot and their crew as part of the Switchfoot Baking Club.  I brought them to a concert that my friend and I went to in March.  

Switchfoot Themed Cupcakes - Logos & Lyrics - Fading West

For the top set I made chocolate toppers of their 'logo', some music notes, and SF for Switchfoot. The bottom set have fondant toppers with the songs from their Fading West album (the new one at the time) written across them.  In the 'background' of each topper I wrote lyrics from that particular song.

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. :)]
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(I created my animated name at this site.)

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Pink Heart Cake Balls - February 2014

I made these cake balls for a good friend whose grandfather had passed away.

Pink Heart Cake Balls - One Heart Filled

To make the basic cake balls I followed Bakerella's instructions.  You can find them here.

Pink Heart Cake Balls 1

Pink Heart Cake Balls - Individual Cake Ball Close-Up

I used a #3 round tip to pipe pink candy melts onto parchment paper in heart shapes.  I filled a few of them in, but most were just the outline.  I let them harden and set so they were ready when I started dipping the cake balls.  

Pink Heart Cake Balls - Prepped & Ready to DipReady to dip!

Pink Heart Cake Balls - Angled Group View

Pink Heart Cake Balls - Three Hearts Filled

Right after dipping the cake ball I placed a pink heart on top.  If it starts to slide a little just hold it in place for a second.  Have your decorations ready and be quick so you get them placed before the chocolate hardens; it looks nicer that way.  If you don't get it on in time though you can dot a little chocolate on top the cake ball and attach it that way.

Pink Heart Cake Balls - Close-Up

Pink Heart Cake Balls - Set with Hearts Standing Up & Differently Decorated
Here are a few extras that I decorated differently.

For the cake balls in the picture above I had to hold the hearts in place until the chocolate hardened enough to hold them upright on their own.

Pink Heart Cake Balls 2
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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Cake Assist: 'Nerdy 30' Cake - February 2014

My sister Casandra asked me if I could make the decorations for this cake.  Her husband, Joe, baked and iced the cake (both which he made from scratch).  Casandra was turning 30, and she wanted a 'Nerdy Thirty' themed cake.  She told me some things that she'd like to have represented, and then told me to make whatever else I thought would fit the theme.

Nerdy Thirty Cake 1

Nerdy Thirty Cake - Fondant Decorations Only

Nerdy Thirty Cake - Fondant 'NErDy CaKEs' Periodic Elements Tiles

Nerdy Thirty Cake - Fondant Rubik's Cube Decoration next to Real Rubik's Cube
Daddy Rubik's Cube and Baby Rubik's Cube :)

Nerdy Thirty Cake - Different Sides of Fondant Rubik's Cube Collage

Nerdy Thirty Cake - Fondant Pac-Man Style 'HAPPY BIRTHDAY' & Character Decorations

Nerdy Thirty Cake - Fondant Ghosts & Pac-Man Decorations Collage

Nerdy Thirty Cake - Fondant Mario Mushroom Decoration

Nerdy Thirty Cake - Fondant Mario Hat Decoration

Nerdy Thirty Cake - Fondant Kirby Decoration

Nerdy Thirty Cake - Angled View

Nerdy Thirty Cake - Fondant 10-Sided Dice Decoration

Nerdy Thirty Cake - Fondant Star Trek Spock Hand Decoration - 'Live Long & Prosper'
Live Long & Eat Cake :)

Nerdy Thirty Cake - Fondant LEGO Batman Decoration
"I'm Batman"

Nerdy Thirty Cake - Star Wars Red & Green Fondant Lightsaber Decorations

Nerdy Thirty Cake - Fondant Nerdy Glasses & 'The Hobbit' Book Decorations

Nerdy Thirty Cake - The Lord of the Rings 'The One Ring' Fondant Decoration 1

Nerdy Thirty Cake - The Lord of the Rings 'The One Ring' Fondant Decoration 2

Nerdy Thirty Cake 2

All of the decorations were made out of fondant.  Details were added with fondant or painted on with food coloring or a food coloring marker.  I had figured out how to make the letters of her name out of fondant Tetris blocks, but unfortunately I didn't have enough time to make them.

She loved the cake & the party was lots of fun!
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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Fire Truck Cake - January 2014

I made this fire truck cake for my nephew Gavin's 3rd birthday.  The headlights and two lights on top the fire truck really lit up and flashed.  :)

3D Fire Truck Cake 1

3D Fire Truck Cake - Close Up - Lights On

3D Fire Truck Cake - Side View

3D Fire Truck Cake - Front Angle View

3D Fire Truck Cake - Back Angle View

3D Fire Truck Cake 2

More pictures and details coming soon... :)

[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. :)]
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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Music Note Cake Balls - January 2014

My son's band was having a cake ball sale; so I made these music themed cake balls to donate to it.

Music Note Cake Balls - Close Up 1

Music Note Cake Balls 1

Music Note Cake Balls - Single Close Up

Music Note Cake Balls 2

Music Note Cake Balls - Close Up 2

I used black candy melts to pipe the music notes out on to parchment paper.  I let them harden and they were ready when I needed them to decorate the cake balls.

To make the basic cake balls I followed Bakerella's instructions.  You can find them here.

Right after dipping the cake balls I sprinkled some yellow sanding sugar sprinkles on top, and then placed a music note on top standing straight up.  You have to be ready and work quickly so the chocolate doesn't harden before you get everything on it.  I had to hold the music note in place until the chocolate hardened enough to hold it upright on its own (a couple ended up a little crooked :/).  I had to be careful when handling the music notes as the stems were a bit fragile.  I had a couple snap, but thankfully I was able to repair them or replace them with extras I had made.

I thought the cake balls turned out very nicely, and the bake sale was a success!  Yay!  :)
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