My 1st Wedding Cake

Rachel's wedding cake 6-22-13

My sister’s friend Rachel was married recently and I was so excited to be asked to do a cake and 9 dozen cupcakes for her wedding reception. She decorated with a burlap and lace theme and used mint and silver as accent colors. Everything, including the table she had set up for the cake looked amazing! In keeping with this theme, I did a 3 tier cake with an upside-down buttercream ruffle, gumpaste peonies with the edges tinted mint and white rolled roses made out of modeling chocolate. The cupcakes were decorated simply with a coin made out of modeling chocolate and embossed with horizontal lines and an “H” monogram.

Rachel's wedding cupcakes 6-22-13

Rachel chose Orange Chiffon cake with Lemon Buttercream filling. I had never thought of using this combination before, but it was a a huge hit and definitely a combo I’ll recommend in the future. The cupcakes were also Orange Chiffon with Lemon Buttercream frosting.

I had such a great time creating this wedding cake and loved seeing everything finished and displayed on such a pretty table. Hopefully, I’ll get a chance to do another one soon!

Rachel's wedding dessert table 6-22-13

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UW Themed Birthday

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My brother-in-law is a long time Husky fan so a UW cake for his 15th birthday was a no brainer. The cake is vanilla with strawberry filling and vanilla buttercream frosting. All of the decorations are made out of fondant. The flags were made on green coffee stirrers and the letters were piped on with royal icing. I used a food color spray to get the gold color on the paw prints and inside of the “W”.

Cute As A Button

Olivia's 1st bday 6-1-13 (1)

My little neice Livi turned 1 this weekend and her parents threw her a great party to celebrate. My sister designed this cake using the theme “Cute as a Button”. She knew she wanted a topsy turvy cake with lots of bright colors, lots of buttons and decorations that looked “stitched” on. After a little brainstorming, this is what we came up with and I think it was a big hit.

Here’s a short description of what I did. After frosting the cakes in buttercream I wrote out “Olivia”on tracing paper the size I wanted. Then I held it up to the small cake and used a pin to poke holes in the frosting to mark the design. Using the holes as a guide, I went over it purple royal icing to make little stitches. (If I had tried to just eyeball it the letters would never come out spaced and sized right). I used templates to cut out the clouds with an exacto knife and two different sized cutters for the flowers and leaves. The buttons were all made ahead of time by cutting out small circles, flowers and stars and poking holes using the end of a watercolor brush. I overlayed the flowers and button centers on the counter and then attached them all to the cake.  Once the flowers were on I added the stems, leaves, clouds and all of the buttons.  Royal icing was piped on for the stitches. The candle is two ropes of fondant twisted around a wooden skewer with a little marbled yellow and white shaped into a flame and stuck on top. The cake itself is white velvet with raspberry filling.

With 5 nephews and 2 boys of my own it’s so fun to do a “girl”cake once in a while. My sister came up with such a great design and I had so much fun creating it for her. Hopefully,  this is the first of many birthday cakes I get to do for her little girl.