I truly love working on cakes for Icing Smiles more than any others - nothing beats the smile you help put on that child's face - at a time when they truly need it most! This cake was for sweet little Collier, celebrating his 1st Birthday. He loves watching the videos of the brightly colored tropical fish and sea turtles in his room, so that's the inspiration for his party decor and cake! Two tiers of fresh orange cake with whipped orange buttercream filling and one of chocolate cake with mocha filling - Collier got his own little smash cake made of vanilla cake and vanilla buttercream :)
Tuesday, July 7, 2015
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Monday, April 27, 2015
Fun Super Mario Bros themed cupcakes for a little guy's birthday! Flavors were chocolate with whipped chocolate buttercream and strawberry with whipped vanilla buttercream. All fondant toppers.
Sunday, April 26, 2015
Fun Duke University/Duke Basketball themed cupcakes for a dinner party! Flavors were vanilla bean with whipped vanilla buttercream, chocolate with strawberry swiss meringue buttercream and chocolate with whipped chocolate buttercream. Hand crafted fondant cupcake toppers.
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Loved crafting this all-ivory fondant graduation cake for a Duke Divinity School graduate! I re-created the Divinity School logo using ivory fondant and tried to mimic the look of the gorgeous windows that can be found at the school on the sides of the cake.
Monday, March 23, 2015
Friday, March 20, 2015
Thursday, March 19, 2015
So here I am, yet again - posting work I did long ago (back in December to be exact!) This was a lovely, lovely wedding I provided cupcakes and a cutting cake for, held at The King's Daughters Inn in Durham, NC. Everything was decorated so beautifully and they were truly a joy to work with. The cupcake flavors were red velvet with vanilla swiss meringue and vanilla bean with vanilla swiss meringue. We accented some of the cupcakes with glittering gold heart picks and others simply with gold sprinkles. I hand made a golden gum paste topper for the couples' small cutting cake at the top of the stand.
Monday, March 16, 2015
Fun cupcakes to celebrate two little guys' birthdays! One loves Batman, the other Superman, so we made a mixture of fondant toppers for them. These were chocolate cupcakes with toasted marshmallow filling and fluffy chocolate buttercream, with fondant toppers.
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
I actually did this cake a little while back, but it had slipped my mind to post it! A cake to celebrate a high school grad lacrosse player heading to Methodist University! (We decided to decorate the cake using his High School colors).
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
I had the pleasure of making this young man's Birthday cake a couple years' back through Icing Smiles and was so very excited to make his Birthday cake this year! His fellow team mates went together to buy him a new pair of basketball shoes, so we decided to model his cake after his new shoes! It was exciting to see this cake go from sketch, to crumb-coated shape, to final product! Not too bad for my first shoe cake!
Monday, March 2, 2015
Fun little Lego Wolverine cupcakes for a special little guy turning 5! A mixture of vanilla and chocolate cupcakes with hand made fondant toppers. Felt kind of bad making Wolfy so cute ;)
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Super cute and fun, classic comic book superhero themed cake and cupcakes! Chocolate cake with vanilla buttercream filling, covered with fondant and fondant details. Cupcakes were a mix of chocolate and vanilla with vanilla buttercream and fondant toppers.
Monday, February 23, 2015
Fun little Dora & Diego cake for a special little girl's birthday! Chocolate cake, vanilla buttercream filling and frosting, all fondant details (with the exception of Dora and Diego - those were toy figures). I loved making the rainbow - as fun as I thought it'd be!
Thursday, February 19, 2015
Can't say enough how much I enjoyed working on this lovely Valentine's Day wedding cake - my first ever! I'll admit to being nervous when working on square cakes (hello, edges!!) but was quite pleased with how this one turned out. Vanilla cake, strawberry swiss meingue buttercream filling, covered with fondant and hand painted zebra stripes. Silk roses and black grosgrain ribbon put the finishing touches on this beauty!
Saturday, November 22, 2014
Loved, loved, loved working on this sweet couple's wedding cake & cupcakes! Wedding cake flavors were: chocolate with oreo buttercream, red velvet with vanilla cream cheese, pumpkin spice with cinnamon cream cheese and vanilla with vanilla bean buttercream. Cupcakes were mocha with caramel buttercream and vanilla bean caramel drizzle, sprinkled with sea salt.
So it finally happened - I just now had my first request for a "Frozen" themed birthday cake! These fun trio of cakes were for a special little girl who even had princesses coming to her party! Chocolate and vanilla buttermilk cakes, with buttercream frosting and fondant details.
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Sunday, November 2, 2014
So I finally had a request for a Disney "Planes" birthday cake! Yay! What a fun theme to work with! Vanilla buttermilk cake with vanilla buttercream filling and carrot cake with cream cheese filling, covered in fondant with fondant details.
Thursday, October 16, 2014
I always struggle SO much with deciding on a design to attempt for my State Fair cake - I like to use my competition cake as a way of pushing myself and trying new things and I just always have so many techniques or things on my "cake decorating bucket list" that it's just so hard to choose! Thankfully this idea wasn't too hard to settle on! I've slowly been working my way through learning various sugar flowers and thought it would be fun to really create a lot of them to go on a cake - certainly more than I've ever attempted to make & place before! I also wanted to attempt some wood grain and can't even begin to say how excited I am with the outcome there - most folks don't realize the bottom tier is fondant as well until I tell them, so taking that as a good sign. It's hard to see in my photos, but I also made one of the white tiers slightly different - when kneading my fondant, I mixed in some pumpkin pie spice to give it little "flecks" that almost resemble linen! My family will be visiting the Fair on Monday, so we'll see if my attempts garnered a ribbon then :)
Monday, October 13, 2014
Ah, Fall baking! A pretty big part of why I love Fall so much! :) Give these a try if you dare...you won't be able to stop eating them!
Sweet Potato Cupcakes with Maple Cinnamon Swiss Meringue & Sugared Pecans
1 cup chopped pecans
¼ cup packed light brown sugar
2 tbsp heavy cream
-Preheat oven to 350 F. In a small bowl, combine pecans, brown sugar and heavy cream. Mix thoroughly. Spread into a baking pan, sprayed with cooking spray. Bake in the preheated oven for about 20 minutes, or until coating is dry and slightly crystalized, stirring once. Remove from oven to cool and stir once more.
1&1/4 cups all-purpose flour
½ tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp allspice
1 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
¾ cup sugar
6 tbsp butter, at room temperature
6 ounces (or one small) sweet potatoes, peeled & diced
1/3 cup buttermilk
2 tsp vanilla
-Heat the oven to 350 F and line a 12 cup cupcake pan with paper liners. Steam the sweet potatoes until fork tender, about ten minutes. Set aside to cool slightly then mash with a fork until smooth. In a medium bowl cream together the butter and sugar until light in color, about three minutes. Add the egg, sweet potato, buttermilk and vanilla. Mix until well combined. In a large bowl sift the flour, spices, baking powder, baking soda and salt together. Pour the wet mixture into the dry and whisk until no large lumps remain. Do not over mix. Divide the batter evenly between the baking cups. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until the cakes are golden brown and spring back when lightly pressed in the center. Cool for three minutes in the pan then remove the cupcakes to a wire rack to cool completely.
2-3 large egg whites (75 grams)
½ cup plus 2 tbsp light brown sugar
1 cup unsalted butter, softened and cut into cubes
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp maple flavoring
Pinch of salt
Pinch of cinnamon
-Add egg whites, brown sugar and salt to mixing bowl and simmer over a pot of water (not boiling), whisking constantly but gently, until temperature reaches 160 F. With whisk attachment of mixer, begin to whip until the meringue is thick, glossy and the bottom of the bowl feels neutral to the touch (This can take up to 10 minutes or so). Switch over to paddle attachment and, with mixer on low speed, add softened butter in chunks until incorporated, and mix until it has reached a silky smooth texture. Add vanilla, maple flavoring and cinnamon, continuing to beat on low speed until well combined.
Pipe buttercream on top of cooled cupcakes and top with sugared pecans, if so desired. Enjoy!
*Makes 12 cupcakes
Monday, October 6, 2014
I had the pleasure of not only making this lovely bride's wedding cake, but also attending her wedding - set at Willow Oaks Plantation in Eden, NC. And let me just say...the drive was worth it! With the sun setting just as the couple completed their vows - it was truly magical! The couple selected several flavors, their favorite being quite a popular choice this time of year, pumpkin spice with cinnamon cream cheese filling. They also chose chocolate with caramel swiss meringue, vanilla with vanilla swiss meringue and red velvet with vanilla cream cheese. The cake was covered in fondant with piped scrollwork and a ribbon at the base of each tier. I created coral pink peonies from gum paste to top everything off - loved working on those!
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
I've had quite a few requests for Batman cakes, but finally a Spiderman cake! Had so much fun with this one! Vanilla and Chocolate cake with vanilla buttercream filling, covered in fondant with fondant details.
Friday, September 12, 2014
Monday, September 8, 2014
So this little mini-cake (only a 4" round) and matching cupcakes was made for a bridal shower - loved, loved, LOVED the theme! Unfortunately the flavor isn't watermelon - could not find a SINGLE watermelon when I went shopping for the ingredients! (I know - really?!) Instead, I used gel coloring to tint the vanilla cake pinkish-red, mixed in mini chooclate chips for "seeds" and then paired that with green buttercream - watermelon flavor, no - but still cute and tasty!
Saturday, July 26, 2014
What do you do when the birthday girl loves Doc McStuffins -and- Minnie Mouse? You give her both on her cake, of course! Marble cake, vanilla buttercream filling, covered in fondant with fondant details and a toy Doc topper. So much fun to design and bring to life!
Thursday, July 17, 2014
I'm actually quite surprised that I haven't had a request for a Ninjago cake before now (especially that I haven't had a request from my son being the Lego nut he is!) Really had fun with this design! Chocolate cake, vanilla buttercream filling, covered in fondant with fondant details and vanilla cupcakes with vanilla buttercream and fondant toppers.
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
I get so excited when I receive a "call to action" from Icing Smiles, Inc.! I do believe this was cake #4 that I've been blessed to work on for them - the birthday girl was a BIG One Direction fan! The cake was vanilla and chocolate with vanilla buttercream, covered in fondant with fondant details and I'm told it was a hit with the birthday girl!
Friday, July 4, 2014
I am so excited to share my picture with you today! My very first open sugar peony - I have been wanting to tackle one of these for FOREVER!! Finally did with the help of a great class available on Craftsy - have you had a chance to check their offerings out yet? If not, I highly recommend it! They do have a number of free classes and tutorials available, but this one was SO worth the $! And compared to live classes, extremely affordable at only $20! (I did snag it when it was 1/2 off!) The class I just finished is "Cakes in Full Bloom" by Erin Gardner - again, she show some beautiful techniques and how-to's on sugar flowers - a really fun and well-done class! (And no, I haven't been paid a dime to review this class - just wanted to share!) My peony still has a way to go before I'm completely happy with it...but so excited to finally attempt one - always a work in progress! :)
Thursday, July 3, 2014
This fun little cake was designed based on the Birthday girl's party invitation - it featured the same bold stripes and colorful flowers that adorn the cake - I just fell in love with them! This was a vanilla cake with lemon swiss meringue filling, covered in fondant with fondant details.
Monday, June 23, 2014
So, a few weeks ago I had the ultimate privilege of making a cake for one of my very favorite high school teachers, who just retired. I will never, EVER forget how he took his own personal time after school to help me when I was struggling with Algebra - ended up becoming one of my favorite subjects in school! My class as a whole was probably quite the "challenge" for my math teacher - but he was there every day with a smile (and usually a corny joke or two!) I hope he enjoys his new "job" - enjoying time with his family and grandkids! :) I found complete inspiration for this cake design from the fabulous "Icing on the Cake"! The cake was vanilla with vanilla swiss meringue and chocolate with vanilla swiss meringue, covered in fondant with all fondant/gum paste details.