Here's my latest cake--done for a baby shower. A friend of mine, due in less than a week, is going to be surprised with the gender so we went with a brown zebra to match her crib bedding!
This was my first attempt at doing the zebra stripes. Wasn't too hard, but the brown fondant was not easy to work with and dried out incredibly fast. This was my first time buying pre-colored fondant, so I am wondering if that was why.
This one took ALL day, but like the rest of them, I learned a lot and had a great time with it!
Adorable right? Wish I could take credit for the cute Dr. Seuss cupcake toppers, but I can't. The host of the baby shower made those. It was an adorable shower with lots of red and blue! Of course to match the color scheme, I made red velvet cupcakes with a tourqoise butter cream frosting!
And what do you think of my new cupcake stand? I made some cupcakes for a friend and this was her thank you to me! Seriously, so thoughtful and a great addition to my little collection of cake/cupcake stands! Congrats to Cindy and Tim who are welcoming their first baby boy in just a few weeks!
Have you ever played BUNCO before? I never had...until last night! It was a blast--seriously, my mouth hurt from smiling and laughing so hard! Pink and black everywhere--the decor, the food, and the prizes not to mention we all wore pink as well!! Adorable.
And...of course, some cupcakes to add to the pink and black evening! I had such a great time making these--the colors worked and these cupcakes were quite simple to make. My son took a three hour nap so I was able to really take my time and get some things done ahead of time--my favorite! I love it when I can assemble all the toppers ahead of time and then just plop them on the cupcakes once I have them frosted.
I had a great time making this one for my niece's baptism celebration this past weekend!
I think it was due to the fact that I did a lot of the work ahead of time so it didn't seem to take nearly as long as usual! I also loved the colors we chose for this one--a nice pink and a turquoise/blueish color. I loved the ribbon and the flower and everything else about it.
I got my inspiration for this cake from this one--so adorable right?
Maybe one day I'll find the patience to create this entire thing! Until then, I just get ideas from it, or should I say copy it exactly. I am not gonna lie, I am a huge copy cat! (Wish I knew where I even found this one in the first place so I could give credit to the person who created it.)
Lessons learned from this one: start a day ahead of time--makes life so much easier and makes it seem like it takes a lot less time and clean up!
Questions I have from this one: How to get such a sharp edge on the rim of the cake, rather than a rounded edge...Hmmmm....anyone know any tricks?
A few weeks ago some friends of ours invited us to a cupcake party!! It was a blast! The goal was to make your tastiest and best looking cupcake and all the guests at the party would then vote. We had a great time! Oh and these babies got me first place for looks!
Thanks to my newest cake decorating tool, this handy daisy cutter, I was able to bust these babies out quite fast. It was the baking of the cupcakes, the making of the frosting, all the clean up that makes the whole process quite long!
Since these are the cupcakes I am making for my niece's baptism in a couple of weeks, I thought it would be perfect to get a little practice in!
Then a couple days later, a girl who was in attendance at the cupcake party asked if I would make these for an activity our church was having! I of course couldn't decline and took the opportunity to get some more practice in! Let me tell you, I am getting good at cuttin' those little flowers out!
I was so mad I forgot to get a picture with them all displayed on the cake stand. Grrrrr....I will definitely remember to do that next time I make them!
Still lovin' this! People are now asking me if I am going to start up a business. Hmmmmm...still very unsure if I want to take that route with my new found hobby, but the thought is definitely there.
My Sister in Law has some friends who are moving to Colorado and she wanted a little cake made for them as a little goodbye. My mind started thinking Colorado--mile high city, trees, snow, sun, skiing, Columbine State Flower--(yeah making that out of fondant definitely wasn't going to happen). I decided to go with a blue background to represent the blue skies, a little snow hill, and some snow capped trees with snow falling in between. I also wanted to try out my new alphabet fondant cutters--they were the biggest pain in the world to get out of the cutters--but I am glad to have those now for future cakes. My little cake supply collection is really starting to grow. The more stuff I get the faster and more convenient this cake decorating stuff goes! This time I started working on things the day before--had all the fondant colored and cut out the day before! Definitely a smart idea!
Still loving fondant cake decorating and I'm getting faster with each cake I do, smarter with each cake I do, and much more confident for sure!!
A little Easter fun in the form of cupcakes! The kids loved them and I had a blast doing them. But man, does it take a steady hand to place each of those little eyes and those little pink noses. Had a blast making these little guys, though this was no quick little project!
Wish I would have captured his face in this picture. He was so excited and had been waiting all day to finally eat one!
Zach thoroughly enjoyed eating Mr. Bunny. He ate the entire thing and ate some of the cupcake too!
The newest additions to my cake decorating collection. I am pretty darn excited about both of them. Never again do I have to place all the cupcakes in every large container I can find and hope they don't slip, slide, or flip! Can't wait to use it. Less than $40 for all of that. I love COSTCO!
Okay--first a little background. A friend from my ward was adopting a baby boy and soon after she found out she was pregnant with a baby girl! Isn't that always the way it happens? So, she was practically going to have twins--they will be just a few months apart. So, what better shower theme to go with than a little bird shower! This one was actually planned by me and another girl, so not only did we have the whole shower to plan and set up, but we were doing a cake and tons of cupcakes too! It was busy but it all turned out beautifully. There are a few things I would have changed, of course, but overall I was pleased with the result.
Just whipped up some basic butter creamfrosting for these babies, colored in purple for Sofia and blue for Zach and piped spirals on em and then threw some sprinkles on them. Done in 15 minutes! Easy, cute and very inexpensive.
Of all people, you'd think I'd would have done something more exciting for my own son's birthday party. Well, I had it all planned out but then realized there just wasn't enough time and I was too exhausted. I had just gotten home the night before his party from a 10 day trip to visit my parents in Colorado. Coming right home and making a cake all day did not sound pleasant. So, next year I'll do what I had in mind for him. Next year I am certain he'd enjoy it a lot more too.
Blue and brown were the colors for this adorable shower put on by a friend of mine, so doing a blue and brown polka dot cake just seemed perfect. I loved this cake. Might be one of my new faves! Maybe it's because of the trouble it caused me to get it done. Seriously the harder I work on these the more I love them. Ughhhh....let's just say I learned something KEY while doing this one. I am not sure why it took me so long to learn this. I made the entire top two- layered cake (only 6 inch round thankfully), very heavily frosted it with regular frosting, then covered it with the fondant that I so carefully died the right color and rolled out perfectly. I ever so gently laid it on the heavily frosted cake and within seconds I knew I was in trouble. The fondant got a huge crack in it and was just NOT working. I looked at my watch, realized I still had a good three hours before the shower, and threw it all in the garbage. I had to start from scratch. Oh man--what a waste of cake, fondant and most importantly time. Luckily I had a friend babysitting for me so I didn't neglect my son the entire day!
So what went wrong? I finally learned...I PUT WAY TOO MUCH FROSTING ON THE CAKE. It is called a crumb coat--not a "smother the cake with frosting" coat. So I now know, all you need is a very thin layer of frosting--who cares if it is completely covered--it's going to get covered up with fondant anyway. Duh. I guess I just always thought it would make the cake taste better since fondant isn't that great tasting. I guess with fondant it's all about the look, not how it tastes.
Well, yet another huge lesson. Since that day, covering cakes with fondant has been much easier! The end result was pretty close to perfect and thank heavens for those little brown circles that I get to use to cover up the few blemishes there were. You'd never know!
Have I mentioned I love making cakes!
Cutest decorations for the shower done by Audrey.
Don't you just love the cute pregnant Rebecca in the background? She looked amazing--skinnier than a bean pole with this basketball inside her. Seriously? Is it okay to say I hate people like her?!
Another fun cake--my first ever tiered cake. Did I ever learn a thing or two on this one though! Definitely made lots of mistakes and actually don't really enjoy looking at this one all that much. I do have to say though, that making those stripes and all those dots was really fun and seriously cute! That is my favorite part of fondant--that creative decorating part. Covering the cakes with the fondant is the dreadful part, but I am getting better with each cake I make!
I ran out of time before his birthday party so some things I had to do without (like a base covering under the soccer ball) and attaching the soccer ball onto the cake permanently (it was just stuck into the cake with a wooden dowel. The kids at the party loved that it could spin in a circle so maybe that was a good mistake! By the way, a little secret...that soccer ball was made out of styrofoam! Genius I might say. I do not think I would be very good at cutting cake into a ball like that. Oh just the thought stresses me out.
Okay this one I cannot take all the credit for--, but it was so darn cute I just have to add this one on here. My friend Kim and I did this together--she taught me a lot about coloring fondant and cutting out shapes--she is amazingly creative and just one of those people that are good at whatever they do even if they've never done it before. A friend wanted us to replicate this adorable owl cake as best we could. Isn't that darling as all get out!
So we came up with this one instead. The actual cake was not fondant (doesn't make for a very entertaining one year old getting into her cake). Those little owls took FOREVER to do--they were so detailed and each cut out free hand (using a little stencil owl).
Turned out to be the most adorable cake and still my favororite to this day.
A friend (Jocelyn Qualls) from my days of living in downtown Dallas, moved with her husband and little boy to New york for her husband to attend law school. I committed to bake something for her going away party, but had no idea at the time that I was going to attempt fondant--and black fondant at that. Little did I know that black was THE hardest color to get with fondant. Oh the innocence back then! The cake wasn't that great in my opinion, but it definitely got a lot of attention. There were so many blemishes and imperfections but overall, I think it turned out alright considering it was my first one EVER. I remember telling Todd how horrible it was and how embarrased I was to take it to a party. I was so close to throwing it out and just running to the store (even though the party was on a Sunday). I was so stressed and frustrated. It's a miracle that experience didn't ruin it for me. I guess it was the end result that was the most rewarding. Seriously, I think the things that are the hardest, that require the most time, lots of effort, frustration, and almost tears, are the things we cherish the most.