Hello Kitty!

A Hello Kitty! birthday cake for my daughter’s friend!HelloKitty1

The cake is a total of 8 layers (4 layers each tier) and is vanilla and chocolate marbled with vanilla buttercream filling. Covered in fondant, with fondant ribbons and flowers and a gum paste Hello Kitty! figure on top.HelloKittyClose

The gum paste Hello Kitty! on top was fashioned by my daughter, Erin, who seems to have the knack for these things. She is my official figure maker from now on!

The flowers were covering all surfaces of the cake in sprays. The flowers covered the seams in the fondant ribbons and kept the back of the cake from being boring and plain.

Piano Recital

My daughter’s piano recital…. I can’t just bring a plain cake, right? Here’s what I came up with…recital09-2 Erin, my fantastic assistant and resident piano player, made the piano bench, the keyboard, and piped the Steinway logo. The recital was held at the Steinway Piano Gallery.recital09-1

I was concerned about holding up the top, but my husband, Ruel, came up with a great idea using hidden supports (and a couple of visible ones) and it worked great. Thanks! And thanks to Chelsea Payne, Erin’s amazing piano teacher!

The “cake” is actually a brownie. Both the base and the piano itself (and the bench) are fashioned out of brownies. Big ones! Two layers with buttercream filling.

Porsche Cake

All I want for my birthday is a Porsche 911… well ok, here it is!
Porsche2 The Porsche is a chocolate fudge cake, 4 layers, hand carved and fondant covered. The “showroom floor” is a double layered fudge brownie filled with white chocolate ganache. Porsche1

The Porsche logo is made from gum paste and hand painted.

Erin Wins Grand Champion!

Erin designed and created this cake all on her own. She entered it in a children’s baking contest and won grand champion!

Notice the detail in the creation of a miniature bag of marshmallows. Each marshmallow is made from gum paste. The bag was hand-painted.

Bonfire2She wired up a few LEDs and placed them with a battery pack in the center of the “fire” to make it look lit up.

Erin kneading the fondant before coloring it.Bonfire

Posing with the final product… and her new kitty, Frita!


Green Pastures Birthday

This cake started out to be completely different, but it took on a life of it’s own in the making.

It’s a two-tiered (4-layers each tier) chocolate fudge cake with buttercream filling.  It is covered in fondant that I striated with powdered blue food colored to resemble the sky. The stream is made with Gel-Flow and the rocks are made from hand-colored fondant. They are adhered to the cake with buttercream icing.

The trees are hand-sculpted from white fondant and “painted” with powdered brown food coloring mixed with Vodka. I use the vodka as a solvent for the fry food coloring. It works better than water because it evaporates quickly and doesn’t soften the fondant.

The cake was topped with a white banner with a birthday wish on it being “carried” by two doves.

The grass and pine trees were hand-painted directly on the fondant as a backdrop.

Kung Fu Panda

Cole has gone Kung Fu crazy! He had a Kung Fu Panda cake and an outdoor movie showing Kung Fu panda in wonderful surround sound courtesy of Peter Vaque and Springtree Media Group.

The cake was my Vanilla Dream cake with vanilla buttercream filling and then covered in fondant which I had striated with green dry food coloring. All decorations were fashioned from fondant, with the exception of the KungFu Panda logo, which is made from pastiage.

The pagoda roof was constructed by taking a plastic Wilton cake separator plate (6 inch square) and covering it with white fondant. I then built a pyramid out of card stock that slipped over the up-side-down cake plate. The “roof” was shingled using small circles of red fondant held in place with buttercream icing. The roof was transported separately to the birthday party and then placed on top of 4 fondant covered dowel rods. I carved and painted the fondant coverings to resemble bamboo. All roofing was done by my daughter and first class assistant, Erin.

The viper (also made by Erin) was coiled around one of the support poles and then rested on a replica of the staff that master Shifu carried.

CC Wedding Shower

This cake was created for a wedding shower. The bride’s colors were black and white. The hostesses of the shower decided on a polka dot theme.


The cake is three tiers, and each tier is 4 layers of my Vanilla Dream cake with homemade vanilla buttercream filling. After icing, each tier was covered with white fondant and rimmed with a black fondant ribbon. Black and white fondant dot cut outs were affixed with buttercream icing as accents.


The bride and grooms names both start with a “C” – so I used a take-off of the Chanel logo as a topper. Great idea from the party hostess!

The third tier was separated by Wilton’s new fillable towers, filled with black and white M&Ms. I had the top tier on a Wilton plastic 8″ separator plate. I made a white fondant “tablecloth” to drape over the plate to hide the plastic and give it a bit of elegance.


The bottom two tiers were delivered already assembled and the pillars and top tier were assembled onsite.

Chowder! My son’s 21st Birthday Cake

Today is my son’s 21st birthday and also my father’s 90th. My father is in Chicago, so I couldn’t be with him for this one, but my son is here, and requested a “Chowder” cake – from his favorite Cartoon Network character.

For reference, here’s the cartoon character:


Cute little fellow, isn’t he?
I made Chowder out of fondant and painted him with mixed dry food coloring. Same for the logo.


My daughter wanted him to be eating the cake, so we dug a hole and he has some cake in each hand, and some in his mouth. You’ll notice that the cake is purple… and also flavored GRAPE. This is not for the faint at heart… :)

Now, we go eat the cake! Enjoy!