Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Fondant Pig Cake Toppers

This little piggy went a birthday...!

Fondant cake toppers are good fun and a nice way to decorate without having to fondant and detail an entire cake. A simply iced cake and toppers set 'just so' can look just as nice!   This little piggy was made for a very special little girl who adores these little mud bathers.  Fondant balloons and little pig bums were additional toppers for the cake.  In addition to the dressy little pig were her little piglet friends, made to look like they were diving head-first into mud, with just their little bottoms and hooves sticking out..! The idea for the little pig bottoms was inspired by another cake seen on the internet.  If I find it again, I will include the link or the name of the creator!

Monday, August 27, 2012

Cookie Jar Cake

Cookie Jar Cake...

My daughter wanted something with cookies for her birthday...This is 4 layers of chocolate cake, with oreo cookie whipped filling between each layer.  The fondant is airbrushed with a blue sheen to give the cookie jar a ceramic look, but for some reason the sparkle and sheen didn't come through in the photos...YOu'll have to use your imagination here!   The lid is also 2 layers of cake, and the cookies are real!

Map of Australia Cake

Sweet Adelaide...

My sister was moving from Canada to Adelaide, Australia earlier this year.  A goodbye send off with family and friends made the chance of any type of elaborate cake impossible!  However I could not send her off without SOME form of delicious cake to remember me by, so I quickly put together a chocolate cake with oreo cookie whipped cream filling, and chocolate ganache topping.  Royal icing outlines Australia, with a little red fondant dot marking Adelaide...!

Cottage Cake

 Cottage by the Sea...

This is a 65th wedding anniversary cake for the parents of a friend. Can you imagine...65 years and still in love!? Amazing!  

Friday, May 11, 2012

Spaghetti and Meatballs Cake

Spaghetti and Meatballs with a side of garlic bread...

This mile high plate of spaghetti could satisfy even the largest of appetites!  But of course it's not REALLY is chocolate cake with raspberry mousse filling, DISGUISED as spaghetti.   I had a great time figuring out what delicious and edible foods I could use to create each topping.   The noodles are piped white chocolate buttercream.  Spaghetti sauce is a mixture of fresh raspberries, strawberry jam, and white chocolate buttercream.  The oregano is mint (side note:  I discovered, quite accidentally, that if you chop the mint up the night before, it dries quite nicely and looks exactly like dried oregano...however this is still in the 'fresh' looking stage...).   Meatballs are Ferrero Roche that I dipped in more chocolate so you wouldn't see the light colour of the hazelnuts poking through.  In hindsight...I could have used remnants of the chocolate cake and shaped cake balls for meatballs;  however, I absolutely love Ferrero Roche and when I decided to make this cake, they were the first thing to pop into my head!  The parmesean is shaved white chocolate.  Garlic bread is angel food cake, broiled in the oven briefly and then 'buttered' with white chocolate buttercream while still hot.   I must say, hot, crispy angel food cake with melted butter cream is quite delicious!!  I made extra as a treat for my kids!
This cake was made for my friend's husband Barry (which is why you see the little menu card in the background entitled "Barry's Trattoria").   The tongue-in-cheek dinner special is  "Spaghetti con Ferrero" ;-)  ...the price was 5.70 euros as a) Barry was turning 57, and b)  euros seemed more an appropriate choice than dollars because hey, it's Italian!  And THAT'S Amore!


Friday, April 27, 2012

Reese Peanut Butter Cup Cake

Reeses Peanut Butter Cups...Cake

Whoever came up with the idea of combining chocolate and peanut butter is brilliant.  While I love the flavours in a peanut butter cup, I wasn't so sure how the flavours would compliment each other in a cake...I decided to go with a light peanut butter mousse rather than a butter cream, and I think it was a good choice!   These are two roughly 6" cakes, filled with peanut butter mousse and covered in chocolate ganache...which I painstaking smoothed for longer than I care to remember!  The 'wrapper', of course, is fondant...

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Wrapped Chocolate Cake

Drizzled Chocolate Wrap...

A new idea made for a friend's birthday!   I've designed cakes wrapped in chocolate previously as you can see in previous blog entries...However, this time I thought I'd try doing more of a lattice/drizzle than a solid piece. This is a chocolate cake with oreo cookie & cream filling, smothered in chocolate ganache.  Topped with white and dark chocolate shavings and gently wrapped in white and dark chocolate lattice!

Top view

Back of cake

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Star Wars Lego Landspeeder Cake

May the Fondant Be With You...

Modelled after a Lego Landspeeder as shown here...

I have come to realize that lego cakes are extremely time-consuming.  Lots of fun, mind you, it is just that I always seem to forget about the massive amount of  tiny little circles required to make the lego bricks look like lego bricks.  I believe I cut out and attached approx 134 of them!  Not difficult, just tedious, time-consuming work!

Luke and Obi Wan are hand-sculpted from fondant and painted with food colouring.   The larger lego bricks on the cake board are molded chocolate.   The "wind shield" on the landspeeder is made from Isomalt (edible sugar product) to look like glass.  Jets/engine are sculpted cereal treats, covered in fondant and secured to the sides of the ship.   I was completely exhausted after making this one, however it was very rewarding to complete, and a pleasure to make for such a sweet birthday boy!

Luke and Obi Wan Kenobi

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Cookie Monster, Abby Cadabby, and Elmo!

C is for.....COOKIE!

Or, as more often is the case for me...C is for... CAKE!   Although, I do not actually have any cake photos to go with these little guys...!  These cake toppers were made for a friend to put on her own cake.  Which, I have to say, turned out amazing - I wish I could take credit for all her hard work!  However I can only take credit for these little guys.  All 3 figures are made out of fondant -  Abby (centre) has pearl sheen added to her dress to give it some shimmer!

Friday, March 9, 2012

Ice Cream Sundae Cake

Ice Cream Sundae - Yum!

This was actually the first cake I posted on my blog, however I get many questions and comments on it so I figured it deserves a 2nd chance in the spotlight! :-)

This cake was made for my daughter Olivia.   It proved to be the perfect cake for a bunch of giggly, sweet-toothed,  9 year-old girls!  It's always a great compliment when they do not believe it is actually cake! 
How to make an Ice Cream Sundae Cake:   The "waffle bowl" is 2 layers of chocolate cake, with a raspberry buttercream filling, covered ganache and then wrapped in fondant.    I scored the fondant, curled the edges and then hand-painted with a bit of brown food colouring to give it a waffle bowl feel.  The "Ice cream" is 2 layers of french vanilla cake, also with a raspberry buttercream filling, covered in french vanilla buttercream.  Real chocolate ganache drizzled over top, marked with swirls of real whipped cream.  And what sundae would be complete without a cherry on top!?  The bananas are fondant, as are the spoons - with each party-goers name on them.

Ice Cream Sundae Cake

Friday, February 17, 2012

Valentine's Cake

Chocolate Bliss

Requested by a very thoughtful man for the lovely ladies in his office on Valentine's Day...Chocolate cake with vanilla buttercream, covered generously in rich chocolate ganache.  Hand-made white chocolate panels, with pink and white (hand-made) chocolate hearts placed atop the cake,  hugged lovingly with a delicate satin bow!  

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Man's Torso Cake

Dude with a 6-pack

I was delighted to have the opportunity to create an anatomy cake - this is a first for me.  While it proved challenging, it was great fun attempting impressive pecs, abs, and well...various other outstanding features!!  Thanks to Corrinne for asking for this cake - and Happy 40th Birthday to Mary!

And yes, for those of you who are curious (you know who you are), I have included a photo of this somewhat anatomically correct man 'sans briefs' below...

Warning, you should be 18 years or older to view the next photo...  ;-)

The Hunger Games cake

The Hunger Games

Many people have a hunger for good books...and a hunger for good cake goes without saying!  My son is an avid book reader and The Hunger Games series is high on his list of favorites at the moment.  I must admit, I haven't had a chance to read the series yet, and had to rely on my son's input on relevant symbolism that might be interesting to include on the cake.  He was a great help!   I felt huge relief, when one of the party-goers at my son's birthday ran over to the cake and exclaimed excitedly "Look! There are the backpacks at the Cornucopia!"   (I was a bit concerned they looked like double-handled coffee mugs).    For those of you hunger games fans, I hope you recognize my version of weaponry, the cornucopia, "nightlock berries", a loaf of french bread...and...the Mocking Jay!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Yo Gabba Gabba Cake!

 A Piece of Cake!

For my own little guy, who, while playing quietly, will often very randomly - with overflowing enthusiasm - yell "Yo Gabba Gabba!!!"  Knowing how much he loves this kids' TV show, and how adorable he sounds saying it...deciding what to make this year, for his 2nd birthday, truly was a piece of cake!

These cute little guys are hand sculpted from fondant, as is the number "2".  Both tiers of cake are chocolate.

And for those of you who aren't familiar with the Yo Gabba Gabba are some of the characters sitting on what is left of the bottom tier of the cake, with a Yo Gabba Gabba book in the background...

Fondant characters with Yo Gabba Gabba book in background

Purple Flower Cake

Pretty in Purple

A simple, elegant cake for a lady who loves the colour purple!