Legend of Zelda Cake

Some times I get to make super fun cakes! I jump at the chance to do any cool nerdy/geeky cakes. They’re always my favorite. When I was asked to make a Zelda cake with a little Link figure, I was stoked.

I’m going to call this cake the hella chocolate cake. Because it’s PACKED full of chocolate. I made dark chocolate cake full of chocolate chips, then I filled the layer between the two cakes with more chocolate chips and thick, rich chocolate buttercream. Next, I iced the whole cake in homemade chocolate buttercream and then covered it in home made chocolate fondant. I might be calling it hella chocolate, but this thing smelled like heaven. Let’s be honest. I wanted to take a bite.
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The Fish Cake

Whenever I get a project, I usually give it a nickname so that when I’m working on it, I can remember which cake I’m getting things for or baking for, need which pans for etc. Some times it’s something elaborate, but most of the time it’s pretty straight forward. This was simply… the fish cake.
A while back, at least a year ago, but probably more like two, I saw this fish cake pan somewhere at a yard sale or a thrift store or something for like a dollar. I knew I had to have it.
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It sat in my cabinet forever, but I knew one day, it would get it’s chance to be filled with batter and baked to perfect fish perfect.
So when my old friend Katie from high school contacted me asking if I’d ever done a fish cake, I sprung at the chance to say, “Nope, but I have JUST the pan!”

I made the fish strawberry as sort of a gross gesture to fish guts. I mean, it was a little boy’s birthday cake. They’re into that kind of thing… anyhow, I made a 1/4 sheet cake and dressed it up all boggy with crushed oreos, a pool of blue frosting, gummy worms and buttercream grass…
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I iced the fish and then proceeded to cover it in scales… one scale at a time. I used an icing tip as a cutter and cut out what felt like a million little circles and laid them one at a time.
One they were all laid, I added the other details and hand painted the entire thing with some diluted food coloring gels.
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It was so great to get to see my friend again when she came to pick up the cake. We got to catch up on things for a while before she headed out, delicious cake in hand.

Seems it was a big hit. I mean, what kid doesn’t like cake covered in oreos and candy?
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I guess you cut the heads off of fish before serving.
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By the time I was finished looking at photos of fish and painting this thing, I’d decided fish were hideous aquatic troll creatures. I would probably still have taken a bite of this one though.
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Are you ready for some football… cake?

Okay, so most of you know I don’t know much about sports. I usually have to do more googling when something involves sports, vehicles or gaming. Thankfully, I know what a football looks like… I might not be able to tell you how football is played or basically anything else about it, but I can properly identify a football in a line up. So that was a good start.

Lori found me online, which is awesome. Since this is a side hobby for me, I just sort of rely on word of mouth and friends to spread the word about my cakes. So when google did me a solid and brought my page up for Lori, the stars sort of aligned for us and we started emailing back and forth about this cake.

She pretty much gave me free artistic reign on this one, which was awesome of her because I got to figure out what I was going to do. I did a few sketches and set to work. I baked two 8″ rounds for the bottom tier and then two 6″ rounds and a 4″ round for the top tier. I stacked the 6″s and and the 4″ and started carving. All I knew was that I needed it to look like a football!
When it came time to cover the football, I tried cutting triangular strips of fondant to lay on the shape one at a time. It soon became evident this wasn’t the key here… I had to strip the cake down and try something else haha. The pieces needed to be triangular at the top, but flare out in a rounded way in the center and bottom. Once I figured that out, I was golden. I added the stars because, after all, this was for a 6 year old. I didn’t want it to be too serious!

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Lori said Lucas loved the cake! And I love this candle arrangement! Happy Birthday Lucas!

Don’t forget my own birthday is coming up next week! And I have a very fun Futurama theme planned! Just you wait!!

Also, here’s a shameless self promotion for you to check out my personal blog for a very dear to my heart story about my husband!
He’s lost 125lbs in the past 365 days!
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Giving Thanks

I would like to start with an apology. My last update was September 23rd. Almost 2 months ago today.

I have been very busy and I was burnt out. I was just tired of all the writing and trying to meet deadlines. I even fell off from my personal blog and that’s saying a lot.

I’ll schedule some posts and whip up some nice holiday treats for you guys <3

In the mean time, Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Like… in two days!

Here's a lovely Thanksgiving fall theme cake I made for a friend!
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Every little twig, berry, pumpkin, acorn and vine were hand sculpted. The leaves were cut with ADORABLE little leaf cutters I got over the weekend and the veins were sculpted into them with my fondant tools. I placed the leaves in a way that made them look as if they just sort of floated down from a tree and fell where they may.

It’s one of my favorite cakes to date!

I’m thankful that even though I haven’t blogged in two months, I’m still receiving a steady 100 or so views a day. I’m ready to give you guys new content <3

What are you thankful for?

At my house, I host an early Thanksgiving feast for my close family. My mother and father in law, my brother and sister in law and their children and of course, my husband and I. Every year I go all out.
Here's a little look into what goes into my Thanksgiving:
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Fresh, home made apple pie…

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Fresh, home made cranberry sauce…

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Turkey stuffed with apples and oranges and fall spices…

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A well set table and good food…

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And a happy family <3

I hope you all have a lovely Thanksgiving. Thanks for waiting me out on this hiatus.

Tiki Cake

So, last year I made cakes for my friends Karen and Justin on their birthdays. I did a cake of Karen’s bicycle for her birthday. I also did a cake that looked like a giant beard for Justin’s birthday.
Some friends of theirs were at both parties and loved the cakes. Their friend Cheryl got a hold of me and asked if I could make her husband’s 30th birthday cake. When she showed me the design, I was a bit overwhelmed, but told her I could do it. I was a little concerned.

This was the file she sent me:
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It was designed by the recipient’s tattoo artist. It was kind of a big deal that I did it justice.
I printed the picture out to the size I wanted to make the cake and started cutting it into sections. I created each piece separately from fondant and started layering them on the cake, which I first covered with with a layer of brown fondant.
Once it was done, I hit it up with my airbrush to add some darker brown shading to some portions of it.

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I even made the tiki torch out of cake, weaving fondant on the lantern portion.

I used some of my fondant tool to add some texture and distressed look to some of the pieces.
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Honestly, this has turned out to be one of my favorite cakes I’ve ever done! Everyone at the party loved it and I’m told the birthday boy was blown away.

Well, don’t forget to check in on Tuesday for my tutorial on how to make some sweets for your sweets! Annnnd my first ever blog give away will also be taking place! See you guys there!

Look Whooo’s Having a Baby!

I got a call from my friend Crystal. She told me that her sister was going to have a baby and that she was going to need a cake for the shower. She sent me a text saying the cake theme was going to be aquatic. All sorts of fish, turtles, squid, octopus, corral etc.
I was stoked… I mean… I LOVE aquatic things!
I have a full sleeve dedicated to sea turtles!
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I went over to discuss the cake with the rest of the family and how surprised was I to learn the theme was not in fact going to be sea life… it was going to be OWLS.

I was actually totally stoked on this. Who doesn’t like owls?? They’re so cute and so hip right now. I love that retro is so in right now. I’ve actually been wanting to do an owl cake for a while, so this was just great.

I was asked to use green, brown, blue and orange as the colors for the cake. She’s having a boy, so I made the little owl blue and green.

One of the sisters asked if I could make cupcakes. I told her that I don’t really make cupcakes… they’re just not my thing. They’re tiny and time consuming. I like making BIG things lol.
But when she told me she was hoping for a dozen cupcakes with tiny green owls, I couldn’t resist.

I set to work on the owls first thing.
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Once I put the eyes on these owls… my heart just melted. They were SO cute.

For the cake, I pushed together two quarter sheet cakes so they could have two flavors. I covered everything in a thick coat of buttercream and then rolled out blue fondant to cover it. I cut the shape of a tree branch out of fondant and laid it on top of the cake. I used a food color marker to draw the wood grain on. I thought it would pop well with all the bold details.

As soon as the owls were on, I was totally thrilled. It could be my cutest creation ever.

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I put the cupcakes in one of my little brown bakery boxes and decided there needed to be one more. I iced up one of the extras and made some little leaves to put on it. It all turned out just adorable.
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One of the best parts was when I showed up with the cake and the blue on the cake matched EXACTLY to the cups, plates and napkins that I hadn’t even seen yet!
The mom-to-be was super thrilled and I got lots of hugs.

And all this owl talk got me excited, so here’s some great owl stuff I found on ETSY!

Like this adorable owl case by seller OhMyCake!

Owl iPhone / iTouch / iPod / Card Case

I’m also swoony in love with these wall decals by seller surfaceinspired.

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And who wouldn’t squee over this pillow by karensagez???? There are little owls ON THE OWL!

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Birthday City!

Last week was my best friend Chelsea’s birthday!
We like to joke that she’s a crazy cat lady, even just with the one cat…
but either way, I wanted it to be all cute and cuddly.

I made her this little guy.
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It was really cute. She mounted the head on her stove. Yeah, I know. We’re odd.

I also made these truffles for my friend Kelly’s mom’s birthday!
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I built the tower using foam board and a wrapping paper tube haha.

More cool cakes coming soon! I have a lot I’m working on this week!

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