I can honestly say I never imagined I’d be asked for a purple and yellow Minnesota Vikings themed wedding cake. Especially living here deep in the heart of Seahawks country. But after decorating cakes for about 5 years now, I’ve learned that there’s no such thing as “traditional” anymore and weddings can be as unpredictable as birthdays when it comes to cake design and theme. Having said all that, I was given a lot of freedom from the bride in how I incorporated these colors, and so I was really excited to try out a buttercream ombre technique that I’ve been admiring for quite a while now. It took a couple trial runs to get the look I wanted (thank you family for being my guinea pigs), but I was happy with the end result. It’s really an astonishingly simple technique that gives a very cool look and I’m looking forward to trying out some different variations of this in the future. Congrats to the bride and groom, and thank you for letting me be part of your special day!
My sister’s boyfriend and his friend both celebrated their big 30th birthdays this month. Since they play softball together, a baseball themed cake was kind of a no-brainer. We went with a fondant covered “base”cake with gumpaste hats featuring the birthday boys’ first initials on the front and jersey numbers on the back.
To keep the cake from just looking like a white square with some lines on top. I carved out the top a little bit to give it some depth. I embossed the lines into the fondant and then brushed it with brown dust to make it look a little dirty.
As good as the base and hats turned out, it wouldn’t be complete without the board it’s sitting on. To make the “field”, I covered a large cake board with fondant, brushed it with piping gel and covered it with crushed graham crackers for the dirt. I used two wide rulers to mark out a “base line” and then sprinkled powdered sugar in the opening. Whenever I include a message on a cake, I try really hard to find a way to make it work with the overall design. I was really stumped on how to incorporate a “happy birthday” message on this one until the very last minute. I had pretty much decided to do without a message when I got the idea to stencil it on using powdered sugar like I did with the base line. To make the stencil, I printed the message in the size I wanted, then used an exacto knife to cut out the letters and numbers. I think it turned out awesome, and I’ll definitely use that idea again.
This weekend’s project was a 3rd birthday cake for my friend’s son. The party theme was monster trucks so she sent me a picture of a cake similar to this one that she found online. After a few little changes, we ended up with this super fun design. Yes, I know that’s not a monster truck on top of the cake. My friend was providing the truck, so for the sake of the photo I found the closest thing I could lying around the house. This is chocolate cake with cookies and cream filling. All the decorations are done with my homemade fondant.
The thing I love most about doing cakes for family is that I can experiment a little bit without worrying too much about things back-firing on me. Yes, I want to make a cake that is just as beautiful and delicious as one I would make for any client. But, I know they will be more forgiving and still order cakes from me if something doesn’t come out perfectly. Luckily, my experiment with this cake worked out and I’m so excited about the options it opens up for me.
My mother-in-law ordered this cake for a party that was less than 24 hrs after I got back from a 5 day vacation. Now, I typically bake my cakes ahead of time and freeze them, then thaw them out a couple days before they’re due to fill, frost and decorate. However, I knew that timeline wouldn’t work in this case. So after a little internet research I decided to try completely assembling and frosting the cake and THEN freeze it. So when I got back from vacation I only had to thaw it out and decorate. Completely do-able in half a day. I’m happy to say it came out great! It tasted just as fresh as any other cake and nobody could tell I had done anything different. So if you’d like to make a special cake for a party, but don’t have the whole 2 days before to spend on it, give this a try! You can do most of the work in advance and only have to add your decorations at the end!
I will still stick to my normal method of freezing only the cake in advance. But it’s so nice to have this option in my back pocket if I know I’m going to be strapped for time on a particular order.
This was my first attempt at a sphere shaped cake and I spent a lot of time trying to figure out the best way to go about it. I ended up baking two cakes in glass bowls and one in an 8″round pan, then stacked them all together and tiered it in the middle to support the weight. I covered the whole thing in fondant and added the black lines and logo (in this case for the birthday boy’s favorite basketball). I used a gold glaze to outline the logo. Then I cut up a real basketball and pressed it into the fondant to get the right texture.
The cakeboard is covered in fondant and painted to look like the wood floor of a basketball court. This is such an easy technique. Try it yourself by following Elisa Strauss’s video tutorial here!
Overall, I’m pretty happy with how this one turned out, and I have a whole list of ways I can make it better next time!
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”.
This weekend we celebrated my brother’s 30th birthday. I’ve had this project in mind for quite a while and figured this would be a great opportunity to try it out. The idea is from Elisa Strauss’s book “The Confetti Cakes Cookbook”. I baked 3 8″round cake layers and then carved them into the shape of a hat. I took out some divots in the sides so the fondant would lay more like fabric on top. The bill is made out of a 50/50 fondant – gumpaste mix. I used a stitching tool for the detail on the bill and cap. The dimensions were a little off on this first attempt, but I know how to correct that now. Overall, a relatively quick, fun project that I’d love to do again.
Happy Birthday little brother!
This birthday cake was made for a monster truck fan turning 3 years old this month. It is frosted with buttercream and the decorations are made from fondant. I used chocolate frosting and chocolate cake crumbles to make the “dirt”. I was so excited to try out the flames on the bottom tier. Of course, as soon as I put them on the cake I thought of at least 2 ways I could have done them better, but they still turned out pretty good for a first attempt. To apply the flames, I used the wax paper transfer technique taught by Jessica Harris in her Craftsy class and on her blog, jessicakesblog.blogspot.com. It worked perfectly and I already have plans to use it for a different design on my next cake.
Happy Birthday Easton!
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.
Of all the sports themed cakes I’ve done, it surprises me that none of them have been local teams.Doesn’t anybody around here like our home teams? I do enjoy the variety, though, and I like the challenge of creating the different team logos. This cake is a fairly simple design, so I really tried to concentrate on scale. I’ve done a football field cake before, but this time I included all the hash marks and yard lines and did the endzones, goal posts and mid-field logo as close to scale as possible. The cake is chocolate with chocolate buttercream filling.