Pretty in Pink – Miss Jo’s Birthday

I’m adding this entry today on Miss Jo’s 91 1/2 birthday – (Miss Jo shares a birthday with my daughter, Erin, so I was reminded that today is Erin’s 11 1/2 birthday… for which I am making her 1/2 a cake! – pictures later! :) MissJo2This is a two-tiered, double layered cake covered in rolled fondant (Wilton). The fondant is hand-colored. The roses were made from buttercream icing with a Wilton petal tip and then frozen for easier handling.MissJo1

Erin’s 11-1/2 Birthday!

My daughter is 11 1/2 years old! She is learning to decorate cakes right along with me – and we’re having a great time together. Make time with your children and let them help you. It is these times they will remember always!

She wanted half a cake for her half-birthday, so half a cake it is! I used a 10 x 2″ Wilton Decorator Preferred round cake pan and cut the single layer in half after cooling. I find these pans give me the best and most even rising of any pan I’ve tried. I then stacked and frosted it using buttercream icing (Wilton recipe is best for frosting and piping.)

It is best to thin the icing with glycerin or light corn syrup for the initial frosting because you will have some crumbs on the cut side. Leave at original consistency for piping – especially the shells.  halfbirthday-1The edges were piped with a random pattern – something I used to doodle on my college notes when I got bored:)  The top of the cake featured a “half” of a balloon -at my daughter’s request.

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Erin was inspired to add her own touches to the cake board. By the time she was finished, it was quite intricate.

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I use precut Wilton cake boards for all my cakes. I’ve tried in the past to cut my own, but it’s time consuming, the results are less than professional, and the boards don’t hold up as well. I always have a supply of different sized and shaped boards on hand, and it’s so easy to grab the right one, wrap it and go.

The Tinderbox – Cast Party

This cake is a re-creation of the cover of the book “The Tinderbox” by Hans Christian Andersen. It was for the cast party for my daughter’s second grade class play.

I first “sketch” the image using a toothpick. Then it is hand painted using Wilton Gel-Flow which I have colored with gel coloring. It’s a bit tedious, but the results are usually quite good.

This is hand-painted directly on buttercream frosting. The result might very well be sharper if the painting was done on fondant instead. I do not usually use fondant on children’s cakes because they generally do not like the flavor. I may try it in the future, however…

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Cardinals Birthday

This cake was for a friend’s son. They are HUGE Cardinals fans and Cole had a Cardinals birthday party.

The cake was a single layer sheet cake with a baseball diamond drawn out on it. The paths were made of granulated brown sugar – my daughter’s idea. The baseball is a separate cake, piped with stars and “signed” with a replica of Cole’s favorite player’s signature. The “backfield fence” behind the large baseball was actually constructed to provide extra support for the ball itself.

The scoreboard is a sugar cookie and the Cardinals logo is made of hand-painted fondant. Sparkler candles were used to create a “fireworks” display.

The sides of the cake were piped with “outfield signs.”   Cole1

I think Cole liked his cake….
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Lemon Tree Cake

This is a lemon-lime cake, made with a basic vanilla cake recipe. I turned the layers out onto a cooling rack and poked them carefully with a fork. Then I drizzled them with a simple glaze of confectioner’s sugar mixed with key lime juice and a small amount of hot water to thin.

Once the layers cooled and the glaze dried, I stacked the layers, frosting with a buttercream icing flavored with key lime and lemon juice.

I decorated with a “limon” tree hand-molded and then carved from fondant and painted with Wilton paste food coloring, slightly thinned. The lemons, limes and leaves were made from fondant, colored with gel food coloring. My 11 year old daughter, Erin, made them herself, as she did the letters. The lemon and lime slices are real and were added at the end. It’s a good idea to cut them a bit ahead of time and let them dry out somewhat so the moisture won’t compromise the frosting or the cake.

The “stream” is made with Wilton Gel-Flow, colored blue with gel coloring. The rocks are hand rolled from fondant. The fish in the stream were Erin’s idea and creation. They really added a finished look to the cake.
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Sponge Bob Mania

Sponge Bob is a BIG thing at my house. These two cakes were created for two different birthday parties.

This one was a cake for a friend’s daughter. She’s a soccer player. I’m not above using pre-made decorations in a pinch. These royal icing soccer balls are from Wilton, as is the small plastic Sponge Bob on the side of the cake. The figures on the top are hand piped, except for the soccer ball in the jelly-fishing net.

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Water Aerobics

This cake was created for my water aerobic instructor’s birthday. The cake is iced in buttercream, but the details are cut from fondant and hand painted.

The “Happy Birthday” and “Janet” were created using dipping chocolate which was heated and then piped – quickly – before it cooled.

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Moody Radio – SHARE – Giving and Growing Together

Moody (91.7 FM in Nashville and 88.9 in Chattanooga) is my favorite radio station. This cake was made for their annual “SHARE” drive to raise operating funds. They are a not-for-profit, Christian radio station.

If you’d like to help out to make sure we have Moody Radio on the air in Middle TN, call in a pledge to 1-800-621-9629 or go to www.WFCM.org!

MOODY RADIO – WHERE YOU TURN FOR LIFE!ShareCake