It’s that time of year again!

Alright, time for a post… in fact, it’s long past time!!!!

So last year I participated in the Redditgifts.com Secret Santa exchange.
It was my very first of many exchanges on the site. It was not actually all that I hoped and dreamed it would be.

I was soooo crazy excited. I made my match this cake. I sent him that along with a bunch of other stuff. Some comics, some local candy, some star trek toys… I was so pleased that I had done such a good job putting together his gift.

I sent it out and I waited. And I waited. And… I waited.
Two weeks after I knew he received it… I finally got the email! My giftee confirmed receiving my gift! Usually people post photos and post glorious thank you notes. I’d been dreaming of this day! I open the page and staring back at me is just one sentence. Not even really a full sentence. “Got a box of cool stuff.”

*blink* F5… nope, still the same.

Sooo my giftee wasn’t as crazy appreciative as I had hoped. Ah well.
I signed up to rematch someone who’s gifter didn’t send them anything. And she was thrilled when I made her a Jaws pillow. So that was great! Since then, I think I’ve participated in about a dozen exchanges! Overall, my experiences have been wonderful.
I’ve given and received some really great stuff.

THAT SAID… this year my match was really cool! She loves colorful things and tie dye things and she even likes to bake! And she has a sweet tooth!

So, of course, I had to go for a round two on the cake!
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I knew right away I was going to make her a wonderful colorful striped cake. And I wanted to direct her to this blog so that she can see that I’m a cake decorator and not just some random crazy internet person who could be sending her some poisoned food lol.

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I knew right away I wanted to pick some wild colors. I went with blue, green, pink and orange. So much fun!!!

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Some photos of the layering. I used the zebra cake technique. Two table spoons of each color alternating in the center…

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I apologize for the sorry state of these photos. My phone cameras are pretty messed up right now and I plan on replacing them :p

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Home made buttercream… sooo yummy!

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Home made fondant. I wore rubber gloves to protect my lovely Star Trek manicure… but that’s a whole other story…

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Filled and covered with the delicious buttercream!

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All done!

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Packaged up to be shipped off to my lovely giftee!!!

I sent this off with a box packed full of some other things I made just for her and a few other trinkets. I hope she loves everything!

Golden Girls Cake: Take Two

On rare occasion, I’m asked to recreate a cake I’ve made in the past. This was one of those occasions. The last one I made was a huge hit.
When I was asked to make a second one, I was concerned a bit. Could I truly recreate something like that? It was one of my favorites and I felt like it really captured a moment in time.

I decided to make the cake, but make it a bit different. The buttercream transfer for this cake took me over two hours to pipe. I have to create the image one color at a time, using different icing tips for different line thickness, color fills etc. I create the outlines first and fill in the colors from there. It’s a very intricate process!
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The cake I covered in blue fondant and then applied the transfer.
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I added fondant lace to the bottom. I have a special tool I use to make my lace… I created it by breaking a valentines day cookie cutter haha.
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So, over all, I’d say it was worth making the cake again. It was fun to put a new twist on it and it’s ALWAYS a challenge to make such a large butttercream transfer!

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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Dinosaurs and Trains

This cake was pretty fun! Dinosaurs AND trains. For kids, I don’t know what’s much more fun than those two things. So, combining those things is a lot of fun for sure!
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My favorite part about this cake was piping the buttercream clouds. They just look so happy!
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I got to make Atreyu’s birthday cake last year as well! It’s crazy how fast time flies!

Adorable Baby Shower Happy Cloud Cake

I made this ADORABLE baby shower cake for a lovely lady who is undoubtedly going to have one of the cutest kids ever!

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I used a cool recipe for the icing that I’ve not used before… it’s called cloud icing, so I found that fitting.
Ingredients

1 3/4 cups sugar
1/2 cup water
4 egg whites, room temperature
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

In a saucepan, bring sugar and water to a boil. Boil for 3-4 minutes or until a candy thermometer reads 242 degrees F (firm-ball stage). Meanwhile, beat egg whites and cream of tartar in a mixing bowl until foamy. Slowly pour in hot sugar mixture; continue to beat on high for 7 minutes or until stiff peaks form. Add vanilla. Continue beating until frosting reaches desired consistency, about 2 minutes.

I added an extra tsp of vanilla just to give it a little more body. It turned out great! Yum!

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!
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It was a huge hit!
I was so excited to see that they’d picked up Ariel plates and cups as well!
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And… of COURSE… I had to make the inside count!
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“Flounder” blue and yellow zebra cake and strawberry! Yum!

Happy birthday my love!

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 ;)

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