Up where they walk, up where they run, up where they stay all day in the sun…

My niece turned 3 this year and wow… she is just cute as a button!
She wanted a Little Mermaid cake which I thought was super awesome. I mean hey… that’s the kind of cake I would have wanted when I was a kid!

I wanted it to have a cool “under the sea” feeling to it, so I piped coral and sea weed onto wax paper using candy melt. Then when it cooled, I attached it to the side of the cake. I iced the cake with yummy blue buttercream and topped it with the perfect cake topper candle!

It was a huge hit!
I was so excited to see that they’d picked up Ariel plates and cups as well!


And… of COURSE… I had to make the inside count!
“Flounder” blue and yellow zebra cake and strawberry! Yum!

Happy birthday my love!

Transformers Cake… take… what now? Three?

I believe this is the 3rd Transformers cake I’ve made. Possibly the 4th. I forget. It’s for sure, one of the coolest.

I decided I wanted to make “metal” panels for the sides of this cake. I cut the panels from grey fondant and then added “screws” to the corners by cutting little circles and scoring them.
I lined the cake with the panels and then painted them with edible silver shimmer. A few “rusty” accents and I was loving how it was shaping up.
Finally, I decided to add some “patches” here and there for a more worn look. I was really happy with the results!


Funny enough, when I went to cut out the logo, I planned to print it out, lay it over my fondant and cut from there. Well, my printer had other plans and refused to print! I was furious, but I calmed myself down and cut the design out free hand, using a photo on my phone as reference. Not bad if I do say so myself.

I love this cake!

Also, wish me luck… I’m fighting the mobs to go Christmas shopping today lol.

Birthday Under the Sea

One of my best friends just had a birthday and I knew right away what had to be done. She LOVES the Little Mermaid. Don’t tell me we’re too old for that ;)
I did a buttercream transfer of Ariel for this cake. I was so scared it wouldn’t turn out! I knew it had to be perfect. I mean, she’s a super recognizable character. You just can’t mess her up. When I was checking flickr for inspiration I saw some pretty jacked up Ariel cakes lol.

She loved the cake!

Everyone kept asking what kind of cake it was inside and I kept telling them it was a surprise!
I made the inside striped like Flounder!
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Then we took the best bathroom photo of all time!

And we all lived happily ever after!

Mystery Machine Birthday Cake!

My niece Sophia turned four this year! So crazy how fast the time flies.
Last year I made her this cake:

This year she’s obsessed with Scooby Doo. Some one suggested I make the Mystery Machine and as much as it stresses me out to make vehicles, I decided I could make this happen lol…
I baked the cake for the van in a bread loaf pan sort of like this one:
Then I stuck it in the freezer for a while to let it get hard so that I could trim it down a bit without it falling apart on me. The cake itself was a hilarious idea that I had to add half a package of strawberry jello and a few handfuls of fresh diced strawberries into my cake mix! (IT WAS DELICIOUS)
The bottom cake was tiedye zebra cake :) (See how to make this type of cake here!)



That cake was gone in like… a split second haha. It was eaten about as fast as I could cut it! I think I cut almost 30 slices out of it all and there were only two left over! I call that sweet success! ;)

ps… someone send me a google+ invite!! plasticshakeupsnow@gmail.com

A Nightmare Before Christmas Birthday

You’ll have to excuse the lack of tutorials maybe for a week or two. I’m still trying to piece my life back together.

This is one of the coolest cakes I’ve ever put together. I was super proud of it. My friend’s son was turning 4 (which is INSANE) and wanted a Nightmare Before Christmas theme.
I think I did them proud…

Jacks’ face was hand drawn with edible markers and the skulls were cast in white chocolate! Yum!
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Everyone loved it and the birthday boy was happy… success!

Yaaaay featured on musthavecute.com!!

Dear Internet

Okay internet, so I have a confession to make… *deep inhale*

I, Tiffany Whitten, have never seen a Harry Potter movie, read a Harry Potter book or even have any solid knowledge about Harry Potter. That being said, my mom and brother love Harry Potter. They’ve seen all the movies, including the latest. Which I hear is part one of two. Which… well… confuses me further… because I thought it was like part 76 or something, but what do I know.

In any case, I did some googling and came up with some pretty common themes.
The Sorting Hat.
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I assumed this thing was something evil… I mean… come on! It looks evil, but evidently it tells you what house you’re going to be in. (Whatever that means lol)

The magic wand.
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I can get down on that. I know what a magic wand is for haha.

And of course, the signature Harry glasses and a spell book.
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I also tried my best to replicate the colors on those scarves I see everyone with lol. Believe it or not, between the 4 people in my house when I was making this cake, none of us had seen the movies and could decide if the colors I was mixing for the buttercream were right, so we had to google it. Hah.

In the end, I was really happy with how it all turned out.
Harry Potter Cake for My Mom

Please excuse the glare on my fondant pieces. I had just finished them and they’d just been brushed down with alcohol to remove the excess powdered sugar. :)

Now… before I show you the inside of the cake… I feel need for a disclaimer lol. I wasn’t sure how I was going to decorate the outside when I first started this cake. I knew I wanted to do a zebra cake… so I just grabbed the first two colors in my color box. It’s a real tragedy that I didn’t come up with the HP idea sooner because I totally could have done a brilliant maroon and yellow stripe inside. Instead… I ended up with this:
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Zebra cake tutorial here.

All night my husband called it the Monster’s Inc cake hahaha. Oh well! I say that I like the inside to be a surprise! So there it was… surprise!

We took my mom out for Peking Duck at China Cottage and it was fabulous. then the awesome waitress even brought us little plates, new forks and a knife so that we could enjoy our cake after dinner. It was a lovely evening.

I hope you all enjoy your Thanksgiving weekend! I’ll be in Wisconsin Saturday and Sunday with my great friend and fellow blogger Liz! There will be cake… and therefore photos! So stay posted! Also, check out her brand new blog! Black Heart Knits & Crafts! It’s just a lil baby blog in it’s first couple days of existence.

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