TMNT is back!

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Everywhere I look Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are making a comeback. Gives me a little feeling of nostalgia every time I see them. But like so many cartoons I grew up with that are being remade for a new generation, it just doesn’t stand up to the original. Of course, little kids are seeing these characters for the first time and seem to love them as much as I did the first time around.

My little nephew is definitely on the Turtle train. So when his 4th birthday rolled around and he wanted Turtles, that’s just what he got. Turtle plates, Turtle treat bags, Turtle napkins and of course, a totally radical Turtle cake. I wrapped the cake in fondant embossed with a brick pattern, made the 4 little dudes out of fondant and covered a cardboard round with fondant to make a sewer cover. I put the cake on a leftover pizza box….because that just makes sense!

Hawaiian Flamingo Birthday

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I can now add flamingo to the short list of fondant/gumpaste animals I’ve tried out. I was so intimidated by this one at first. The long skinny neck and wire thin legs had me a little stumped in the beginning. However, as usual, a little internet research solved that. The neck just had to be handled delicately and a couple toothpicks painted pink worked as legs as well as a sturdy way to hold the flamingo in the cake.

I used peony cutters for the petals and cut out the centers free hand to make them more reminiscent of hibiscus flowers.
A fun, quick project for a little girl’s birthday!

Wyatt’s 1st Birthday

Wyatt's 1st Birthday 8-3-13
This 8″-6″-4″ tiered cake was done for my friend’s little boy, Wyatt, who turned 1 this past week. Some cakes are such a challenge for me to design. I spend a lot of time searching around for inspiration and sketching multiple drafts until I come up with a layout and color scheme I’m happy with. And then there are cakes, like this one, that I have almost completely designed in my head even before I hang up the phone with the client. Wyatt’s mom knew she wanted cars, light blue, white and red colors, and that she was not opposed to polka dots and stripes. As soon as we got off the phone I drew this cake. No single cake I’ve ever done has turned out exactly like I planned it out. Design changes are constantly made on the fly for one reason or another. I had to make small adjustments to this one as well, but not many. I LOVE when an idea comes so fast and I’m able to execute it just like I had pictured in my mind. That’s a small victory for me, and I hope that with time, it’s something that happenes more often.

This cake is vanilla with cookies and cream filling. It has buttercream frosting and a combination of fondant and modeling chocolate decorations. The “1” topper is made out of gumpaste. The 4″ tier on top was used as Wyatt’s smash cake. I can’t wait to see pictures of him enjoying his first birthday cake 🙂