Colorful Cake Fun!

Sometimes I get projects that are awesome. That I can’t wait to do. Sometimes people ask me to do things and I think, “Not only do I love this idea, it’s something I would have come up with on my own!”

This was one of those moments. Some one went to a party where I had made the cake. It was actually the Star Cake. She loved it and wanted to know if I could make a cake and some cupcakes for a birthday party coming up. I agreed and was thrilled with the concept. I showed you guys how I assembled the tower here. So this was my finished tower:
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I must admit… initially, I wasn’t completely in love with it. I hand painted it and added the ribbon and I just kept thinking I wasn’t 100% sure I loved it…

Until I got everything put on it…
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Can you say perfection?
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Okay, so I was totally 100% in love with it. completely. It was like… the cutest thing ever. I swear. I was so happy.

You’ll notice, (possibly angrily?), that I haven’t posted a tutorial in a while. I’m sort of taking a hiatus from it. It sort of started grating on me having the deadline looming over me and what not. It was kind of not much fun for me for the moment. I have a lot going on in my life and it’s hard enough to update this blog on the regular, along with my other personal blog, which I have been writing since 2001. lol

The point is, I’m still here and I’m still going to educate you guys again at some point, but for now you’ll just have to put up with only looking at my snazzy cakes! Hope you guys understand!

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The Star Cake

I always love doing repeat business! To me, it’s a huge compliment and I feel super lucky to make cakes for the same great people I’ve made cakes for in the past.

I had already done a bulldozer cake for little Atreyu’s 2nd birthday and now it was time for his sister’s 1st birthday!

I even got to add a new pan to my cake arsenal for this one!
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I wasn’t sure exactly how to level this thing haha, but I worked it out.
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It was a great zebra cake inside. I was pretty stoked on how bright the colors came out.
The exterior was awesome as well. :) I tried a new technique with this since I wasn’t sure exactly how to cover the star with one sheet of fondant, plus, we wanted the panels to be different colors. So I cut panels of fondant to attach at each corner.
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Perfect!
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Super happy with how it all turned out! Can’t wait to make another star cake!

Also, I love that this cake included two of my favorite things to do with a cake… zebra cake and zebra stripes!

First Tutorial: Zebra Cake!

Zebra cake is probably one of my signature styles. I saw it once online and the second I saw it, I knew I had to try to recreate it. I am a big fan of creating my cakes from the inside out. Anyone can dump batter in a pan and toss it in the oven, but not everyone can create something special with that batter. I suppose it is a skill that can be perfected. Whenever I cut one of these cakes open, people always ask, “How did you DO that??” I’ve even had professional bakers who work in fancy bakeries comment on my flickr photos asking how the heck I created these cakes. There are a lot of factors involved ranging from the consistency of the batter to the pan you use.

I have found that zebra cake works best with a round pan. I’ve attempted it with other shapes, but the nature of the design just doesn’t work so well unless it can flatten out evenly until a circular shape.

You’ll need at least two colors of batter. You can do this by dying batter different colors with food coloring or using different flavors. I’ve done chocolate/strawberry and things like that. This cake is for a Yo Gabba Gabba themed birthday party and one of the monsters is striped two shades of green. I thought this would translate perfectly.

When I mix my batter, I usually follow my recipe up until the liquids. I add about an extra teaspoon of oil and I usually spare a bit of the water. It’s hard to say how much, but I can tell you that you want your batter to be able to hold it’s own. No runny liquidy batter. I add water a bit at a time until it has a pudding consistency.

Separate your batter accordingly and grease your pan well! When I use a springform pan, I cover the bottom in wax paper… if I don’t I inevitably destroy my cake because I’m impatient and can’t wait until it’s cool enough to pop out.

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Find two spoons the same size and start building from the center. Three tablespoons of the first color and then to the center of that, three tablespoons of the next color etc. Keep building, always from the center. Never try to smooth the batter with the spoon or shake the pan or try to settle the batter by hitting the pan on the counter. Gravity needs to do this work for you!

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As your batter spreads, it’s going to look like a bulls eye. This is perfect.

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Once all your batter is in and gravity has drug all the batter to the edges, I give you permission to give it one tiny wiggle, just to even it out. The normal bake time and temp for your recipe should be the same, though you’ll want to check up on it, as with any new experiment!

Extra batter? That’s a snack for you! Duh.

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When your cake comes out, if it was a success, you should still have the bulls eye on top! Crispy browned… but when you level off your top, you’ll see the magic!

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There, now that wasn’t so hard, was it? Sit back and marvel in your awesomeness. Enjoy your snack.

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I wish I could cut this cake to show you the results, but you’ll just have to trust that this came out perfectly!

Here’s a photo of a chocolate/strawberry zebra cake I made:

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Well, I hope I did okay for my first tutorial! Please try this out and tell me how it went for you! Ask any questions you may have and let me know if you think I could have done something better!

And guess what… if you mess it up! Marble it! All is never lost when it comes to cake. It’s still going to taste great and your friends and family will still love you just as much!

Teirs of Joy

I love making tiered cakes!

This was for a bridal shower:
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Not the best photo lol. All completely edible! The roses and petals were done with fondant. The inside is strawberry/vanilla zebra cake!

This was for a 21st birthday! The cake was being driven about 2 hours away! Glad I was able to make this. I hope the birthday girl loved it!
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All fondant except the boarder. The 21 was candy melt. The tiara lit up!

I love everything about this cake. The colors, the fondant, the zebra.
Also, the inside is all chocolate/vanilla zebra cake!

It’s a Zoo in Here!

I made this lovely cake for a slumber Party I went to last weekend with some of my best friends! And no, 25 is NOT too old for a slumber party!
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What a hit! Everyone loved it. I feel like I’m really learning what the heck I’m doing!

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I worked on this cake all day! This is basically the first time I’ve sat down in hours. My feet hurt like they hurt after I work at the bar lol.

Today I made this birthday cake. It’s f
or the little girl who’s parents needed some help. I’m donating this cake to them free of charge. I had to make it a couple of days early, but you’d be surprised how long all that frosting and fondant keeps cake fresh lol. 
The bottom tier is one big round yellow cake. The top tier is a two layer chocolate cake. I covered the top layer in purple fondant and the bottom layer is covered in buttercream. I cut zebra stripes out of fondant for the 
bottom tieras, well as the polka dots for the top tier.
I went with yellow buttercream for the piping work because I thought it w
ould really make the zebra print pop. It really turned out well.
I think the coolest part was I drew a picture of what I wanted this to look like and it came out even better than my sketch.
I thought the zebra print would be hard, but it turned out to be pretty simple all in all. 
I covered my cake board in a girly pink wall paper sample for some added pizzaz. I hope little Courtney loves it. It’s probably the best cake I’ve made so far.
Today I also worked on an experiment for a crazy layer cake.

More on that later hahaha… I was trying to accomplish something but I was so damn tired after making the birthday cake that I ran out of any energy to come back to this. 

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