Planes, Trains and Automobiles

I don’t think you can go wrong with this birthday theme for a little boy. For some reason, they all seem fascinated by anything with wheels or an engine.  I imagine one day my kids will ask for something else, but for now all I see is trains and race cars in our future. The 2 year old recipient of these cupcakes is clearly no exception. Each individual decoration was hand made with fondant and a little royal icing. The cupcakes are red velvet and chocolate chip with cream cheese frosting under the fondant.


Under the Sea

One of the simpler cakes I’ve done, I still love this one for its color. This is a design you can just have fun with. I started with a basic idea of the things I wanted to include (treasure box, shark fins, octopus, fish, lots of seaweed and starfish) and then just had fun placing them on the cake as I went. I used the back of a spoon of create the waves on top. Except for the shark fins, this cake is decorated entirely with buttercream. It is chocolate chip cake and cookies and cream filling inside.


Autzen Stadium

Fall is my absolute favorite time of year. I love the weather and I’m always excited for the start of a new football season. What better way to celebrate opening week of the NFL than making a football stadium cake! In fact, I’m watching the games on t.v. as I type.

Not one, but two, hard-core Oregon Duck fans turned 30 this weekend and I was so happy to be asked to make this cake for them. This is my representation of Autzen Stadium, home of the Oregon Ducks. The cake itself is Freckled Mocha with Bailey’s Irish Cream filling. It is hand carved and wrapped in fondant, the inside of the stadium is frosted with buttercream and coated in sprinkles to represent a sell out crowd. Of course, the Ducks have won again, 30-0. It’s a little hard to tell in the pictures, but the fans are spelling out “Happy 30th Donny & Jeromy”.

Boy’s Baptism

This is a sweet cake design for a boy’s baptism or christening. It could be easily adapted for a girl with a different color combination. Or make if for any occassion by swapping out the cross in the circle for anything you like. I kept it simple using white buttercream icing, a white fondant covered cake board trimmed with white ribbon. The lettering and ball border are done with royal icing and, as always, the decorations are done with my homemade fondant. Inside is 4 layers of white with 3 layers of raspberry filling.

Black and White Anemone

I saw a picture of this cake in a library book once and just loved it. I had been saving it for quite a while when I finally got a request for a feminine 50th birthday cake with a black and white theme. Perfect! The flowers on this cake are called anemones. The centers on real anemones look a little bit different. I searched and searched but could not find the black stamens I needed. If I ever run across them I will make sure to buy lots to have on hand in case I ever get an opportunity to make this flower again. Of course, they’re still gorgeous just as they are.

I love the black and white theme. It’s such a classic look.  There are so many different ways to do it and you can almost never go wrong.