This week I had the opportunity to make a really fun cake. A very special visitor was here in DFW and it was his 40th!
We surprised him with his birthday cake: steak, chips, and tomato sauce (ketchup) while having dinner at Campisi’s in Dallas. The staff there were fantastic helping me with the cake surprise.
The cake is chocolate mud cake covered in ganache and then fondant. Airbrushing to simulate grill marks and a fondant bone. As the big 4 0 was being celebrated in Texas, the steak has been branded with the state outline of Texas and a 40 inside it.
The handout chips are cookies, also airbrushed to help make them look like chips. Tomato sauce (ketchup) is red buttercream.
When I first saw Rachael Teufel’s (from Intricate Icings) geode cake I knew exactly who I wanted to try and make one for. Then, only a week or so later a PDF tutorial was available to purchase and I jumped at the chance. The tutorial has been sitting on my computer ready to use for months and this week it was finally the time!
This cake was surprisingly simple to make with the well laid out instructions from Rachel. She now has a Craftsy class available for this design as well which I am sure would be well worth the purchase.
The top cake tier was a lemon poppy seed cake and the other tiers were dark chocolate mud cake. The lemon poppy seed was a little too fragile for this design, next time I will use a sturdier cake as it did collapse a little under the weight.
This cake was for a very special client, my now 16 year old daughter.
As this was made from a purchased tutorial, I have not posted any progression pictures.
A quick cake with a twist! I really wanted to make a cake with a moving part, so I decided that my hubby’s b’day cake would be the one. That way if anything went wrong, it wouldn’t be such a disaster.
So I give you a beer mug with a rotating pretzel on top! I bought a hobby motor and gear kit online and gave it to my 13 year old son to put together for me. Thankfully he put it together with no problems.
Woo hoo!!!!! No problems
The motor and gears sit inside the top cake in the stack (there are 3 in total). A small hole through all the cakes allows the wires from the motor to pass through to the bottom. Luckily I remembered to put a hole in the cake board before I started. The battery pack is taped to the bottom of the board out of site.
The pretzel and mug handle are made with gum paste. The cake itself is a sweet potato, caramel mud cake with vanilla buttercream. The vanilla buttercream was also used to pipe the froth on top of the beer. Small dots of piping gel represent the condensation dripping down the cold beer mug.
The cake was served with homemade butterscotch sauce.
I’ve made a couple of fondant cowboy boots since living here in Texas (Aussie cowboy boot, flower cowboy boot). I love to make them and they make good keepsakes for the recipient.
This cake was for a lovely girl visiting from the UK, an English Rose. I was told her favourite colour is red so I incorporated it into the cake.
The entire cake is covered in homemade marshmallow fondant which I found very easy to work with. The recipe I used is LMF Marshmallow Fondant.
I love first birthdays! This week I was lucky enough to make a first birthday cake for a very special little guy. Just over a year ago I made his baby shower cake, how time flies.
I was pretty much given free reign with this cake. His mum sent me a picture of the outfit he is wearing to his party which is adorned with dinosaurs. To top it off he is wearing a red bow tie.
Arghhh, elephant skin fondant. Let’s just pretend it’s dinosaur skin 😂
I based the cake on one of the dinos on his top and added a red bow tie to match the birthday boy.
Inside is a vanilla cake layered with vanilla buttercream. Let’s just hope it holds up to our Texas heat!
I have never known someone so obsessed with all things Disney and Vans shoes! The Disney is all her (and her extensive knowledge has been extremely handy), the Vans are usually purchased for her boys. Put a pair of Vans in front of her and I can almost guarantee she has them for her boys, the best dressed feet in town!
When I asked my lovely friend who her favourite Disney character is, it was a definite Donald Duck. I did a bit of an internet search and found a pair of Donald Duck Vans to base my cake design on.
I took this opportunity to try out my Disney letter cutters, I think they look pretty good 😀
Inside is my very rich and decadent chocolate mud cake, layered and covered with chocolate ganache. Those of you who follow me on Facebook will have seen a quick video of the ganached cake ready to be covered in fondant.
It’s all about the details!
I’ve been a WOW (World of Warcraft) Widow since its release in 2004! This online game captured my husbands attention all those years ago and to add to my pain, my son has been playing for over 6 years now too!
I have no idea what it is all about, and to be honest, watching them play makes me feel queasy from all the running about.
This year my son requested a green shale spider for his birthday cake. I had no idea what he was talking about! After some explanations and a live demo in the game, I was ready to give it a try.
Apparently a shale spider is a tameable pet in the game that can help you battle your enemies by using his fangs!
He has 4 spider like legs and 7 jewel shaped glowing eyes. The green colour on the spider is a result of the glowing eyes. To achieve this glow I used Rolkem Stellar Green Lumo dust. In normal light the green is a bright neon, add a black light and it really glows. I mixed the dust with vodka to paint on the jewel eyes and used it dry to dust parts of the legs and around the head.
Inside the shale spider is yummy lime cake layered with lemon curd buttercream. The board is covered with a mixture of light brown sugar and raw sugar to represent the sand in the desert of Tanaris.