Motorbike Tire Birthday Cake


My nephew is a hard core motorbike fan. I’m pretty sure this has been the theme of his birthday cakes for the last several years. I took the opportunity try my luck at making a cake shaped like a tire. I had to do some research to figure out the best way to do the treads. I ended up cutting out several small rectangles and attaching them to the crumb coated cake in the pattern I wanted. Then I covered it all with black fondant and used a modeling tool to go around each rectangle to get some definition. The center of the cake is covered with chocolate cake crumbles and a little “grass” piped with royal icing. The checkered flags and cake board were very time consuming, but so worth it for the finished product.

Around the rim of the tire I added 8 layered stars with holes in the center for the candles and embossed the birthday boy’s name with letter shaped cookie cutters (although this doesn’t show up very well in the picture).

I make my own fondant and this batch didn’t turn out the greatest. It was dry and kept cracking on me. Fortunately, since it was supposed to look like a rubber tire anyway, the little cracks and creases weren’t a big deal, but I’d love to give this one another try sometime.


Pink and Purple Princess

Pink and Purple Princess


I had so much fun making this pink and purple princess cake for my good friend’s twin girls. They were born a week after my son and every year I think about how quickly they’ve all grown. The days are long, but the years are so short!

Here’s the quick version of how I did it…

First, I covered the board she is sitting on with pink and white marbled fondant, then cut out the letters from fondant and coated them with white sugar sprinkles and attached them to the board. For the doll’s dress I baked 1 cake in a glass bowl and 2nd layer in an 8″round pan. I torted the white velvet cakes into 4 total layers, filled them with strawberry jam, then did some hand carving to get the shape I wanted. I frosted it nice and smooth with purple buttercream, then decorated it with little fondant flowers and some piped dots. I trimmed the dress with strips of white fondant coated with pastel sprinkles. There’s a sprinkle-coated fondant bow with ribbons trailing down the back of the dress, too, but for some reason it didn’t occur to me to take a picture of the back. I made the bodice of the dress out of purple fondant and a tiara out of gumpaste painted gold with mix of vodka and gold lustre dust.

Happy 5th Birthday Hannah and Clara! I’m so glad I got to make this special cake for you!

Black and White Dogwood

Black and White Dogwood

I did this cake for a small, low-key wedding over the weekend. It has buttercream frosting that I lightly textured on the sides. I decorated with black and white dogwoods made out of gumpaste, a few rolled roses and a fondant bow. I just LOVE the black and white look. It’s simple, but so striking. The inside is white velvet with raspberry filling. Delicious!

Skylanders Portal of Power

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I actually had to look this one up. I had never heard of Skylanders before, but now I know it’s actually a kid’s video game. To make the Portal of Power I embossed fondant with a cobblestone pattern and wrapped the cake. I added another strip of embossed fondant around the top edge and then eight vertical strips around the cake. The heiroglyphs were carved freehand with an exacto knife and then filled with white royal icing. The top of the cake is just buttercream with a swirl drawn in it with a toothpick. Fun, simple and a hit with Skylander fans!

Buttercream Ruffles and Flowers

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OK, I promise this will be the last ruffle cake for a while. I guess it’s only the second one I’ve posted, but I practiced so many times it feels like I’ve done 5 of them in the last couple weeks. This cake was made for the St. Joseph School Auction fundraiser. It was in the silent auction and sold so quick I almost didn’t even see it on the table when I showed up 15 minutes after the start. Luckily, the person who bought it was sitting at my table! It was a complete coincidence, but so great because they were nice enough to share 🙂  Thank you! I don’t often get to see my finished cakes cut and eaten so it was kind of fun.

This one was Orange Chiffon cake with Vanilla Buttercream. The Dahlia-type flowers are made of gumpaste and the rolled roses are made of fondant. I used a bigger petal tip to give it slightly bigger ruffles than the Buttercream Ruffles and Carnations cake. I’d love to know which one you like better.