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Unicorn Cake

4 Sep
Unicorn Cake 1

Unicorn Cake 1

My daughter  Sophia was only about a bit over two years old, and she saw me making so many cakes, so she kept asking: When will it be my cake? When will it be my birthday??? So we started to talk about her cake a long time before her birthday. And when I asked her what kind of cake theme she`d like she told me her idea:   a unicorn, a princess, a pond, trees and lots of flowers!!! 

What a challenge! 

That’s how this project got started. Since my daughter loves chocolate, of course I made a chocolate cake. I baked 5 layers for the single tier, and put vanilla buttercream icing between them. The pond was gelatin, prepared in advance and placed just hours before serving. I made the sand around the pond out of brown sugar. Sophia, my friend Maria, and I made over 150 flowers out of fondant for the side,. 

The trees and the rose bush were made out of gum paste, with each leaf and each piece of fruti hand cut and attached separately. I used an edible paint to get the bark effect on the tree trunks.   

I made the princess and unicorn out of gum paste, and well in advance. The unicorn had a blue tail and mane, a gold horn, and pink hooves. The princess’ dress was actually made separately and I arranged the skirt around her legs where she sits. I made the book last, and used edible paint to put writing onto each of the 4 pages. Then I dusted them both with edible pearl dust. 

unicorn detail

unicorn detail

The night before the party it was finally time to put everything together! The fondant placed smoothly, and the flowers looked great. The trees and rose bush went in well, and the pond fit perfectly in the “sandy” semi-circle I had left on top. Last, the princess and unicorn took their places, and the cake was ready. Then , it was 3 am, and I could  actually go to sleep and relax before the party… 

By the end of the party, we had only one little piece left, which we saved for some friends who couldn’t come. 

 As always, I enjoyed this project and can’t wait for the next one…  

Unicorn Cake 11

Unicorn Cake 11

Unicorn Cake 13

Unicorn Cake 13

Unicorn Cake 12
Unicorn Cake 12
Unicorn Cake 2

Unicorn Cake 2

Unicorn Cake 3

Unicorn Cake 3

Unicorn Cake 4

Unicorn Cake 4

Unicorn Cake 5

Unicorn Cake 5

Unicorn Cake 6

Unicorn Cake 6

Silk and Flowers Cake

17 Aug
Silk and Flowers Cake 2

Silk and Flowers Cake 2

This was the first cake I ever made. My daughter’s first birthday was coming up, and I wanted to do something special and something more than a plain cake from the local bakeries. I’d met a professional cake decorator who gave me lots of tips on how to make the cake I wanted to do. Since I made this cake, I knew I would make more and more. I totally fell in love with this kind of creative work.

It’s three tiers of vanilla cake (2 layers in each tier). Between each of the layers, there is vanilla icing. I rolled gumpaste out like fondant, but much thinner, and draped it over the entire cake like fabric. Then I hand pressed all of the flowers out of gumpaste. I placed some of them around the base, and put the others all around as if they had fallen there.

Silk and Flowers Cake 1

Silk and Flowers Cake 1

Valentine Cake

17 Aug
valentine cake

valentine cake

It doesn’t get much simpler than this! Three layers of red velvet cake with cream cheese icing between each one. A nice coating of icing all around. Then a smooth covering of white fondant. All of it got covered with 30 red hearts cut out of gumpaste. Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

Birthday Fishes Cake

10 Aug
Birthday Fishes Cake 2

Birthday Fishes Cake 2

Here’s a single-tier, 3-layer vanilla cake for a person who enjoys fishing. The layers were separated by cream cheese icing, and the cake was covered with blue fondant.

All along the sides, I attached goldfish and painted seaweed with edible paint. The fish even have little gum paste bubbles coming out of their mouths.

On the top, there are more bubbles on the surface of the water. The fisherman’s boat (sculpted out of gum paste) is hidden in the cat-tails (also gum paste), and he has cast his line out to where he knows the fish are hiding. The fishing line was actual fishing line, and the cat-tails were on wooden skewers, but everything else was edible.

Tea Party Cake

10 Aug
Tea Party Cake 1

Tea Party Cake 1

How do you take your tea? I like mine served with a 3-tiered cake. For Eve’s 5th birthday, I designed this cake with a tea pot on top. The cake was vanilla, and each of the bottom two tiers was made up of 3 layers with vanilla icing in between.

For the decoration, I first covered each tier with white fondant, and then added colored fondant stripes and flowers and dots. The colored balls were gum paste.

The tea pot was a 3rd tier of cake sculpted to a sphere. I cut off the top of the sphere for the tea pot lid. I covered the pot with white fondant and added the gum paste handle and spout. The lid was covered with white fondant separately and placed on top.

This was an interesting experiment. The idea of a cake with a tea pot is really simple, but I wanted to explore how I could make it fun too.

Tea Party Cake 2

Tea Party Cake 2

 

Tea Party Cake 4

Tea Party Cake 4

Cinderella Cake

9 Aug
Cinderella Cake 1

Cinderella Cake 1

Emma is truly a princess, and she deserved a princess cake for her 4th birthday party. It was great to see how much she loved this cake.

The idea is that the clock has already started striking midnight. Cinderella made it back into her carriage and has driven away. The carriage hasn’t turned back into a pumpkin yet, but the horses are gone, and there are only mice sitting in front.

The carriage was made out of 6 layers of vanilla cake, with chocolate icing between. I carved the layers into nearly a sphere, and covered it with pink fondant. The base was two more layers of vanilla cake with more chocolate icing between, covered in white fondant.

I put some windows on the sides of the carriage and decorated the back. The “wheels” were created separately, and then attached when they were almost fully dried. The little mice were fun. I sculpted them out of gum paste and painted them with edible paints.

Cinderella Cake 2

Cinderella Cake 2

 

Cinderella Cake 3

Cinderella Cake 3

Wonderpets Cake

9 Aug
Wonderpets Cake 1

Wonderpets Cake 1

That one was a challenge!

I totally loved the idea to create gumpaste characters, so it was really fun project! It was a vanila cake with vanilla icing, covered in fondant and decorations were gumpaste. All handcrafted. All I wanted to make people happy by having a good addition to their celebration.

The cake shows the Wonderpets (a show on Nick Jr., if you don’t have toddlers) in their flying vehicle on top of two layers. The middle layer shows different cities they’ve been to (New York, Paris), and the bottom layer was hills and flowers.

The entire cake was completely edible (just some thin dowels in a few places), including the characters. The birthday girl’s name was done in fondant, with each letter hand rolled and added to the cake.

It was really fun working with these parents. We spent a good amount of time talking about different ideas and finally decided on this one. The whole process was very collaborative. Goooo Wonderpets!

Wonderpets Cake 2

Wonderpets Cake 2

Wonderpets Cake 3

Wonderpets Cake 3

Wonderpets Cake 4

Wonderpets Cake 4

Nurse Cake

9 Aug
Nurse Cake 1

Nurse Cake 1

Lisa was finishing up Nursing School and her birthday was coming up, so this order was for a cake to integrate the two. The cake itself is chocolate ganache, with icing decorations and gum paste sculptures.

I had a good time with this one. Making the stethoscope was an interesting exercise, but figuring out the nurse’s hat took some real time. Once I had made one out of paper that I liked, I was able to cut out a pattern in gum paste. I used edible paint for the red cross on the hat and the message on the clip board.

Nurse Cake 2

Nurse Cake 2

 

Nurse Cake 3

Nurse Cake 3

 

Nurse Cake 4

Nurse Cake 4

Field of Flowers Cake

9 Aug
Field of Flowers Cake 1

Field of Flowers Cake 1

This was a fun experiment. I wanted to see what I could do with the idea of a field of flowers. Each blade of grass was hand rolled out of gum paste. Each flower was first hand pressed, and then I added the center piece to each flower.

Field of Flowers Cake 2

Field of Flowers Cake 2

 

Field of Flowers Cake 3

Field of Flowers Cake 3

 

Field of Flowers Cake 4

Field of Flowers Cake 4

Hawaiian Luau Cake

9 Aug
Hawaiian Luau Cake 1

Hawaiian Luau Cake 1

Our friends’ daughter was turning 3, and it was the summer. They wanted something that would be fun and different from the standard princesses. We settled on the idea of an island with a girl standing next to a hut. There would be lots of sea creatures in the water and a palm tree and sand.

As always, the sculpture is done in gum paste. The sand is brown sugar, and the “wooden” supports around the island are wafer desert sticks that I broke into different lengths. All of the animals are hand made, as is the girl and her skirt and necklace.

As the party went on, kids kept coming up to look at the cake. I didn’t notice at first, but many of them took a starfish or seashell to tide them over until actual cake time. It was cute to see that the cake was so popular, that the kids couldn’t keep their hands to themselves.

Hawaiian Luau Cake 2

Hawaiian Luau Cake 2

Hawaiian Luau Cake 3

Hawaiian Luau Cake 3

Hawaiian Luau Cake 4

Hawaiian Luau Cake 4

Hawaiian Luau Cake 5

Hawaiian Luau Cake 5

Hawaiian Luau Cake 6

Hawaiian Luau Cake 6

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