The Gigantic Wedding Cake that almost didn’t make it.

First of all, I apologize for the lack of posts. With everything going on in my life, sometimes I just can’t find the time. I was able to make a lovely wedding cake for two friends this year and it was quite an amazing challenge!

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We started with the wedding colors and a sketch.
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I wanted to do something different with this cake. I wanted to cover it in chocolate ganache rather than buttercream before I put on the fondant.
There was so.much.chocolate involved in this process.
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There was a lot of baking involved…
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Followed by lots of fillings and lots of ganache!
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I had no sooner gotten all the cakes covered in ganache when my phone rang. Disaster. My husband had been hit by a car. He works at a bike shop and was testing a customer’s bike in the parking lot when a driver, who wasn’t looking ahead of their vehicle ran into him.
I rushed to the hospital. Cake be damned.
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Thankfully, things were better than they looked. Nothing broken, just some scrapes and bruises. I brought him home and got back to work.

Fondant was next. I had made tons of it. I forget how much, it was either 8 or 10 pounds.
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I made all of the dots for the cake from gum paste.
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Once each cake was covered, I made a test stack.
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That went pretty well.

The dots were added and I called it a night.
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The next day I loaded the cake into my car. I had no assistance as Brian was injured. I stacked the bottom two tiers and placed the top two in boxes.
I set the stacked two tiers on the back seat and the top two tiers on the floor of the vehicle.
I got moving and was nearing the venue. There was some construction. At some point, the guy in front of me slammed on his brakes. I had no choice and no where to go.

I felt the two bottom tiers hit the back of my seat.

I’ll give you a moment to process that.

I pulled over and examined the damage. Wow. The cakes had fallen off the seat and were sideways.
I have NEVER EVER been in a situation like that before. I was having a full on panic attack. I picked the cakes up and tried to sort of press them back into shape with my hands. (Let me also say it was about 95 degrees F out…)
I texted my friend who was performing the ceremony and basically told him what happened and to talk me out of driving off a bridge to save myself the humiliation. He told me to just get there and we’d take care of it.

This ended up being the back of the cake.
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I had brought icing to do some border work and guess what?!
I didn’t have enough. On top of everything. At this point the bartender made me a drink to calm my nerves. I mean, hey, the front of the cake looked fine, I was surrounded by friends and I KNEW the cake would taste good.
My friends walked down the isle cute as could be.
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Do you want to know the sad part? After everything? I never even got a good photo of the cake.
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It just seemed like there were forces working against me the entire time I was working on this cake, but dammit, I got it done and once it was cut and I’d had a few rum and cokes in me, I was feeling much better about the entire thing.
Everyone said it tasted great. Thank god. haha. At least I could count on that!

Oh hey, he’s me with Eddy, love of my life:
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and my new kitten- Venus!
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Pirate Ship Cake!

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My friend’s son needs to stop growing up. It’s making me feel pretty old. Every time he has a birthday I start to panic that it’s impossible another year has passed!!

Addison is five this year. I’m still not sure I believe it.
He had a pirate theme party and it was pretty darn adorable. His mom put a lot of work into getting a lot of fun pirate stuff together for him!

I did this giant pirate ship cake with pretzel stick railings and Hand distressed sails! The whole thing was chocolate!

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I bet next week she’ll be telling me he’s about to turn six! I think I’ll faint.

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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Chococlate Crunch Bar overload!

This was a very fun cake to make!
I started with two rich chocolate 1/4 sheet cakes and filled them with chocolate buttercream whipped full of smashed up crunch bars! Then I coated the cake with more chocolate buttercream.
First I put a strip of grey fondant on one end, folded the edges in for the wrapped and brushed it with sparkley silver food coloring. Next I cut out the C and the R from thick chocolate fondant and placed it on the cake. Next, I placed a layer of chocolate fondant over that and smoothed it over the letters to give it the embossed look.
Next I added the blue strip for the wrapper and cut out white fondant for the logo. I had piped the rest of the letters onto the wrapper.
I was pretty darn excited with how it turned out!
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This was a Valentine’s cake for someone’s sweetie and I hope they loved it!

Good News Everyone!

Well, it’s my very own birthday on Monday. I’ll be… twenty- eight. Woo. I had a brief moment of panic lying in bed last night thinking about how tragically old I am and how I’m going to be ancient and dead any time now.
Then I realized I’m not even 30 yet and I’m making myself a cartoon birthday cake and I’m going to drink like a 21 year old tonight. Then I felt a little better.

Anyhow, on to the cake!
My favorite show of all time is Futurama. And my favorite character on that show is Bender Bending Rodriguez!
So, first of all, this is my birthday, and I’m the cake chick… so my cake has to be awesome. I started with 6 layers of cake. Chocolate, strawberry and vanilla!
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I leveled them and stacked them.
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This thing is like a foot tall and weighs a ton. I stuck it in the freezer for a bit before carving it.
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This was not an icing job for the faint of heart. That’s for sure. All that exposed cake is hard to frost without tearing if you aren’t experienced and using the proper tools. I had to keep heating my spatula in hot water, it turned out well though.
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I set it in the fridge to cool a bit while I rolled out the fondant.
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My fondant ended up with a weird line in it from when I rolled it onto the rolling pin, but it’s ok, his eyes will cover that.
I mixed up some of my edible silver and painted the whole thing.
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Then I added a mouth, which I drew on with food color markers.
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Starting to look Bendery! Also, I added his antenna which is part of the dowel I pushed into the cake to keep it from sliding around. It’s just a wooden rod I covered with fondant on top.

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I’d LOVE to show you my process of making the eyes, but it was a mess lol. First, I cast eyes out of white chocolate, but they turned out to be too small… so I went with these. It was okay, but the visor was really hard. I ended up sort of stacking two fondant ropes around the eyes. It’s not perfect, but it worked. I also made a cigar, of course.

“Happy Birthday meat bag!”
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Happy birthday to me! I planned on cutting it into pieces of each flavor, but who knows, maybe I’ll take the first slice and get a bit of each ;)

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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Reddit Secret Santa!

Hey all! Hope your holiday season is going well! I have been a busy, busy bee!
One thing I participated in this year was Reddit.com’s secret Santa gift exchange. I knew what I wanted to make my match!
I whipped up a triple chocolate cherry cake! Chocolate cake with chocolate chips, chocolate frosting and filled with cherries. Nom.
Then I decorated it for the theme!
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Entirely edible, mind you, I used my food color markers to add some outline detail :)
I wrapped the cake in wax paper and plastic and placed it in this tin for, hopefully, safe shipping :)
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You know me, I always have to make something fun and unique haha.
I sent this along with some other various sweets, some comics and a Star Trek key chain!
I hope this redditor enjoys the cake! I sort of wanted to take a bite out of it myself!

As for the rest of my weekend, I’ve been crazy busy!
We shopped all weekend with my in laws and I wrapped like a crazy person.
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If my nieces could stop being so cute, I could stop buying them so much stuff! lol

We also got our tree FINALLY this weekend. Brian wouldn’t let me get one as colossal as the one I got last year haha. I like the one we picked.
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So! Happy holidays to you and yours. I hope your holidays crafting and baking is going well and that everyone is happy and keeping warm. Even little Eddy in his Christmas sweater!
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