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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Hunger Games Cake

This was (I believe!) my 3rd cake I've had the utmost pleasure of working on for Icing Smiles, Inc.! I was contacted about working on a cake for a very special young lady celebrating her 17th birthday -and- it just so happened she was a HUGE Hunger Games fan! (Um, can you say - match made in Heaven?!) Knowing the AMAZING team over at Duke Children's Hospital goes ALL OUT decorating & planning for these kids - I knew the cake needed to be just as fun! I made Miss Hannah a chocolate cake, with chocolate vanilla buttercream filling, covered in fondant with fondant & gum paste details. Really loved how well the Mockingjay topper turned out - I cut out the circle using some of my cutters, then just formed the mockingjay itself by hand - started with a lump of gum paste! (Really glad it came out looking like a bird lol!)

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Double Minion Birthday Cake

As one of my "standing" yearly requests - I always enjoy finding out what theme this little guy is going with for his birthday! This year's was a "minion" theme, from Despicable Me and I couldn't have been more excited - especially since the overall design was completely left up to me! I wanted to attempt a cake using not only the familiar yellow minions we've all become so accustomed to, but also the crazy-haired purple minions as well, and I was so pleased with how these party animals turned out! The cake consisted of one tier of chocolate cake with vanilla buttercream filling and one of vanilla buttermilk cake with vanilla buttercream filling, covered in fondant with fondant details. Have to admit, I was kind of sad to have to let these guys go! ;)

Friday, May 23, 2014

Buttercream Minnie Mouse Cake

I love making pretty, girly cakes - what can I say? I SO enjoyed making this little Minnie Mouse themed cake for my Nephew's little girl, who turned two years old - she's such a cutie! I wanted to decorate this cake with mainly buttercream - I love covering cakes in fondant, and tend to do mainly that - but really wanted to practice my buttercream. Still need SO much practice there! This was a chocolate and strawberry cake, with vanilla swiss meringue buttercream filling and frosting and fondant accents. I used one of my lovely cutters from Not Just Cakes by Annie to cut the name plaque from some white fondant, pulled up a picture of "Disney Font" on my iphone, and used that as a guide to freehand the birthday girl's name (using an edible food-color marker) - have to admit, I was pretty pleased with how well it turned out!