Saturday, July 21, 2012

Fondant Popcorn

I know I have been somewhat lax in posting.  Summer projects have taken over my life.  I have spent a week working on the same project from sun up to sun down.  I think I need a break!  That is why I have gotten up early this morning to talk about cake.

Give me a holler if you're a big movie fanatic!  No really, give me a holler.  I'd love to hear from you.  (I'm stuck in a summer project hole and need to know that there are other people out there somewhere!)  I made a cake recently for someone who was big into movies and movie stars.  A big bucket of popcorn seamed like a natural thing to include on the cake.  Popcorn would be great on a circus cake too. 

Monday, July 16, 2012

Cake Central Magazine

This is a post that I never saw coming.  About a month ago I received an email from the editors of Cake Central Magazine asking for pictures of Sweet 16 cakes.  I thought, "I don't know why they contacted me, but what the heck?"  So I made a cake and had a young photographer friend of a friend, Aaron Whitman, take some shots and sent them in.  I really did not expect to ever hear anything about it again.  I'm happy to say that I was wrong!
Cake Central Magazine published my cake in Volume 3 Issue 4!  Would you like to see the cake?  These are images that they did not publish.  For that picture you'll have to get the magazine!

Friday, July 13, 2012


Do you ever wonder just how to decorate a man's cake?  The standard flowers just won't do.  Here's a quick idea for decorating the side of the cake.

Just cut some squares of fondant and place them on the side of the cake on point.  Then pipe the stitching with a  contrasting color.

That's it!  I told you this would be quick.


Monday, July 9, 2012

Soccer Cupcakes for the Blazers

I admit it.  I'm a hard core soccer mom.  With two boys in soccer, I'm always looking for new ways to make soccer treats for the teams.  I've made many variations of cookies.  Just search the blog for soccer cookies and you'll find quite a few.  This season, however, I decided to make some cupcakes. 

These cupcakes were not difficult to make, but were oozing with team spirit.  The soccer balls were fondant cutouts that were hand painted, set in buttercream grass.  The red letter B, for Blazers, is also a fondant cutout.  See what I mean...EASY!  I made the soccer balls and "B"s ahead of time to dry. 

Congratulations to the Blazers for a great season!


Monday, July 2, 2012

Ask Alice

"Ask Alice, when she's ten feet tall.  Ask Alice.  Ask Alice"   Can you hear it?  The entire time I was making this cake I had Jefferson Airplane stuck in my head. (If you don't know what I'm talking about, click here)  It's kind of crazy what we store in our mental hard drive.  Anyway...on with the post.

Have you ever needed an icing image, but didn't want the cake to look so sterile?  Sure I could have had an icing image printed for Alice and the other characters on this cake, but I wanted it to look more hand made.  The trick was to give it that hand drawn quality and still capture the essence of the character.  Some cake artists could just eyeball the characters, I'm sure.  I, however, need a little assistance.  I might not be able to draw these characters free hand, but I am good at tracing.  Let's get started.  Here's what you'll need.

  1. Some images of the characters, sized properly for your cake.  I used the computer to enlarge or shrink the images to the desired size.
  2. A piece of clear glass or acrylic that is the size of your image or larger.
  3. White fondant, rolled out very thin.  (Use plenty of corn starch when rolling out the fondant and make sure that the fondant is not stuck to the parchment before you start painting.  If it is stuck to the parchment, you'll be very sad when the image you carefully painted gets stretched out of shape when you try to remove it.  Trust me on this one.)
  4. A flat, bar shaped light.  (mine was an under-cabinet light)
  5. Food color paint and brushes.  (More info on food color paint can be found here)