In honor of my little girl's upcoming birthday...here's her cake from last year! She LOVES watching Star Vs. the Forces of Evil - totally her favorite cartoon, so I knew I wanted to do this cake theme for her! But how?! Really didn't want to do an edible image, or attempt what would surely be a sadly modeled version of Star Butterfly out of fondant or gum paste! When searching for inspiration, I came across a screen shot taken from the episode where this particular cake was made for Star - now THAT I could do! :)
I baked the cake (funfetti of course), covered it in white fondant, then hand modeled the fondant "icing" around the sides and top edge of the cake. Then, I used a combination of edible food color markers and thinned gel coloring to paint & draw the image on top of the cake! Not too shabby and the Birthday girl was thrilled with the end result :)
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Monday, November 7, 2016
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Friday, October 21, 2016
Friday, October 14, 2016
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Last weekend was a busy one!
Lovely Fall Birthday cake frosted in chocolate buttercream with fondant leaves -
Then there was a Fireman's Helmet Birthday cake -
And finally a lovely golden dripped, pink peony Birthday cake -
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Fun little Avengers themed cake for twin brothers turning 5! Cake was strawberry with vanilla buttercream filling and chocolate with toasted marshmallow buttercream filling, covered in fondant with fondant details.
Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Well, here I am again after a long hiatus! (Sorry about that!) I just realized that I never posted my entry for the 2015 NC State Fair, so thought I'd remedy that. As I think I've mentioned before, I always enjoy using my state fair entry as a way to try something new and really have fun! When I decided to focus on orchids, I didn't want to just have the orchids displayed on a normal shaped multi-tiered cake - I wanted something different, a little more realistic. So, I decided to attempt a potted orchid plant! Overall, I'm still very happy with the outcome even if it didn't result in a blue ribbon. And I discovered that I enjoyed making sugar orchids, even with all their minuscule parts!
Monday, November 23, 2015
Monday, October 26, 2015
My latest cake for Icing Smiles, Inc. - a sweet little Fall/Pumpkin themed cake for Delaney's 1st Birthday! Vanilla cake, vanilla buttercream filling, covered with fondant and fondant details. So blessed to be able to provide a cake for a sweet little patient!
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Monday, September 28, 2015
Tuesday, July 7, 2015
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, 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 :)