Buzz Lightyear in Space

This Buzz Lightyear cake was done for my son’s 6th birthday. We seem to finally be breaking out of the car and train rut we’ve been in for so many years. It’s such a nice change! I always let my kids pick their  birthday theme and make them a special cake to match, but I almost never post them. The reason is that I’m usually so busy with all of the other party preparations that I don’t have the time to obsess over getting all the details perfect like I would with other cakes. In the end, the kids love them and don’t notice  all the flaws, but they just never seem worthy of posting for everyone to see. This cake has it’s own little imperfections, but I thought it turned out well enough to share with you. Buzz is made entirely out of gumpaste with some of the finer details drawn on with a food safe marker. The moon is Rice Krispy Treats covered in fondant. The sides of the cake that are not shown have planets, constellations and a U.F.O just for fun. Can’t wait to see what he picks next time!

Black Clamshell and Daisies

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Every year my kid’s school hosts a dinner and auction fundraiser. They always include a dessert auction with dozens of different delicious items up for bid. This cake was my contribution to this year’s event. It is a maple cake with maple buttercream filling covered in homemade vanilla fondant and decorated with white chocolate daisies. As always, with a cake project that I donate or do for my own family, I tried out a new skill. This time it was stenciling. I chose this very small clamshell design and first attempted to “paint”on royal icing just like you would when using regular paint with a stencil. The result was very messy and unevenly distributed icing. In the end, I used the stencil and a pin to mark the pattern on the fondant and then piped over it free-hand with the royal icing. It was not the skill I was hoping to master, but I did get some good piping practice and the finished look was much better.