Beyblade Arena Cake

I got a call from someone my mother referred to my site. She was wondering if I could make her grandson a cake. She asked if I could make a Beyblade Arena cake. I had literally no idea what that meant or what she was talking about, but I promised to google it and call her. I didn’t know what Yo-Gabba-Gabba was either, but we know I was able to make some cool Yo Gabba cakes!

I googled it and found this thing:
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Someone likened it to Crossfire from when I was a kid. I don’t remember if my brother had a Crossfire, but I do totally remember the commercials.

Now, I don’t really think this thing is as awesome looking as Crossfire, but a.)What do I know? and b.)Unless they have an AWESOME commercial like that, I don’t think anything could look as cool as Crossfire.

In any case, all that aside, I decided I would gladly make the cake. I knew I couldn’t make the arena super deep like that because they wouldn’t have any cake to eat! So I made it pretty shallow. I covered the cake with white fondant and then airbrushed the red on. Let me just say HOLY CRAP. That made my life so much easier. Making red fondant is SUCH a hassle and it always wants to turn pink. It takes up a ton of color and then ends up practically inedible and gives it a crap texture. No thank you. Because of that, I’ve been weary of making cakes with large amounts of red, but never again!!
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It’s SO RED. So happy about that.

I made a couple little disc things. No idea what their technical term is. I mean… they’re not cars. They’re like… disc things. So yeah. I didn’t stick them onto the cake so the kid could pick them up and move them around and stuff lol.
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Yup. So.. that’s Beyblade. Lot’s of red, not quite crossfire, possibly something to do with anime??? Just not sure haha. But I sure made it out of cake.

I’m getting started on a killer wedding cake tonight. I can’t wait to show you guys. This will be the second wedding cake I’ve ever made and it’s for two special people who I adore. So I have to make this cake super adorable just like they are! The colors are white, purple and black. It’s going to be very unique and I can’t wait!

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Tutorial Tuesday: is… a bust??

Alright… soooo…. yeah. Hmm… Hey- what’s that, over there!?!? Behind you! No? Not falling for that? Hm okay. Welllll…

That’s fair. So let me explain why I have nothing to show for you today. I have had a crazy week. I mean, it’s ALWAYS crazy, but this week has been more crazy than most!

Here’s a list of things I did while I should have been working on a tutorial for my blog:
Extremely last minute, I went to go see Jimmy Eat World. They are my favorite band ever.
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Got the ol’ bike crew back together… it was a fantastic weekend here in Ohio with temps in the 60s! (Now it’s practically snowing again…)
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I got a new bike! Now I have a pink one and a green one! :D
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I’ve been at the gym like every evening, workin’ on my fitness.
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Hello, skinnier, healthier me!

I upgraded to the iphone. (It completes me<3)
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And I think the BEST part is that I even MADE A CAKE which, I was going to make a tutorial for, but I was so busy rushing around to get it done, I completely forgot to do the tutorial!!!

Well, I feel like a total schmuck.
Here’s a couple of cakes I made over the past couple of weeks that I had no time to post!

Both were sort of sports related and I really don’t know much about sports lol. So I had to do a little research! One was a football helmet!

Chicago Bears, evidently! The thing that stuck out to me the most was that the C is like the Cincinnati Red’s C. haha
The inside of the cake was layered orange and blue!

Then the wrestling cake for a very special girl. My friend Bill at work had me make it for it for his sister in law who has down syndrome. She loves wrestling.
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So, listen! I’ve been super busy and I apologize for not posting a tutorial today!!!!
How about next week, I do something super rad? Two tutorials or one super mega awesome one… or something! We’ll see what happens.

Love you guys! I know at least one of you was paying attention and realized I hadn’t posted one. lol (Jodee!!! lol)

Tutorial Tuesday: A Tale of Two Birthday Cakes

(and three birthdays… actually…)

Alright, so on January 23rd, I turned 27 years old. I spent the night of the 22nd (well into the morning of the 23rd) running around bars with my friends like a drunken 21 year old… (don’t worry, I paid for it like a 27 year old the next day with a brutal hangover lol)

But the best part about January is that my niece Tori and my niece Lauren also have birthdays in January! It used to be just Tori and I, but little Lauren has been with us for two years now :)

Tori turned 14 on the 18th and Lauren is turning 2 on the 30th. So we got together on my birthday and celebrated with the family for a lovely triple birthday!

Since, technically, I was having two parties, I decided to make two cakes! Everyone was already making fun of me asking if I was making my own cake… which… well… duh lol I know what I like!
My wonderful artist friend Crystal came over to assist on the cake for my party with our friends. She knows I LOVE zombies and since I let her decide on a concept, she wanted to do a zombie cake.
Who doesn’t love zombies? I mean… seriously. Check out this, awesome zombie math blog my friend Jodee just wrote!

So we made this awesome zombie cake!
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Crystal also made me this awesome picture and another friend gave me this Scooby Doo Zombie Island dvd lol
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And yeah… that’s me as a zombie:
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Pretty awesome… jussayin’…

So! The other cake was much less… eh… gory lol
I decided to do three tiers- one for each of us! I made it so that we could lift off the top two tiers and the girls could take them home and we could eat the bottom tier at the party.
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I was asked quite a few times how I did the buttons… and it’s so simple, you’ll want to put buttons on everything!
So here’s a quick, easy tutorial on how to make the buttons!

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You’ll need a few circular things. I used a large piping tip, a small circle cutter and a number 2 piping tip. A bit of fondant and some powdered sugar to keep everything from sticking.

(How to make fondant for less than $3)

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Roll out your fondant and use your large circular object to cut out some circles.
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Next, you’ll take your slightly smaller circle and lightly press down in the center, not cutting all the way through, just creating an indent.
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Now you just need to take the piping tip and lightly poke in your button holes. Again, not all the way though.
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I brush all of my fondant pieces with vodka when they’re done and let them sit overnight to dry. It melts any leftover powdered sugar and evaporates quickly not leaving behind a sticky mess like water would.
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Happy button making!
Next week, I’ll be showing you how to make some lovely sweets for your sweet! Annnnnnd my first ever giveaway! I’ll be showing you how to make some delicious cake truffles and I’ll be sending one lucky reader one of these boxes full of them!

Stay tuned for details!

I love it when this happens…

Some times when I make a cake cool inside, I never get to see what it looks like when it gets sliced. If it’s a cake I’m giving some one as a gift or a cake a friend had me make for one of their family members etc.
I mean… I know, in theory, how the cake SHOULD look when you cut into it, but there are so many things involved and little things can go wrong or whatever. When you’re trying to create art with the cake batter, you can never be 100% sure how things are going to turn out.

I was so glad I got the chance to get a photo of the inside of the tie dye cake!

Sure, it’s just a phone photo, but you can still see that it turned out pretty darn well! I’d totally eat a slice of tie dye cake!

Well, coming up after this weekend, I’ll be eating not just one, but two of my own birthday cakes :)
I turn TWENTY SEVEN this weekend!!! How did this happen!?!?
In any case, my good friend Crystal is an artist and she came over to help my make my cake for Saturday! It’s pretty much done and the theme is awesome and so me.

Sunday, we’ll be with my husband’s family celebrating a triple birthday! My niece Tori turned 14 yesterday, I turn 27 Sunday and my niece Lauren turns 2 on the 30th. Soooo of course, since we’re having a triple birthday party, I decided to make a big ol’ 3 tier cake with a tier for each of us! I think I won’t pipe a boarder around the bottoms so that I can unstack them and send the girls home with their tiers in boxes and we can just eat from the large bottom tier with my name on it at the party. I’m going to have cake coming out my ears.

Can’t wait to show you guys the cakes!

Also, I was given news that when Crescendo got his snare drum cake, he wouldn’t let anyone eat any of it at the store because he wanted his wife to see it whole haha. WIN.

Cakes next week

I have several cakes coming up next week!
I will be working on a cake for a special little girl’s birthday. I plan on making it very fun and girly. Lots of colors, shapes and all fondant. I want to make it two tier with stars and polka dots and zebra print… something like they made on the food network challenge for Miley Cyrus.

I also possibly have a cake for my old friend Charlie’s sister’s birthday.
She asked for speakers for her car… so he wants me to make a cake that looks like a box with two subs in it! haha… I’m totally down. We just have to work out the logistics. I think he said it was next Friday, but if it’s this Friday, it’s a no go… I have no time this week for cake, sadly.

I also have to make one or two cakes for mother’s day. I think we’ll have both of our moms over at the house for dinner and I’ll just make one cake so everyone can have some.

We’re having company this Sunday for dinner, but I might make cup cakes. I can bring some to the bar if they don’t get eaten!

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