I love getting requests for theme cakes I have never done. When I first started making cakes many years ago, topsy turvy cakes were all the rage. They were so trendy that I started hating them. Now they are requested, but a lot less often. I haven’t actually made one in so long that I don’t even have a post about it! I’m not even sure I have a photo! When I got an order for an Alice in Wonderland cake, you better believe this was going to be a topsy turvy cake. Abby’s sister asked for a Mickey Mouse Clubhouse cake for her 2nd birthday, and a Frozen cake for her 3rd. I love that the two sisters have such different interests and personalities!
I started making this cake by decorating the cake board. I cut squares of black and white fondant and glued them to a cake board in a checkered pattern. I love how the black and white graphic makes the whole cake pop out of the cake board.
The Cheshire Cat was a really important part of the cake. I cut all the pieces out of fondant and pieced them together. I used a black food coloring marker to add the outlines and black details. Once I added the face to the cake, something was missing, so I added some paws and immediately, the cat was done!
For the top tier I used a mint green fondant and then lightened it up to create the harlequin pattern. I cut all the diamonds by hand and placed them one by one on the cake. Then I attached heart shaped candies to all the corners.
No Alice in Wonderland cake would be complete without a tea cup! I took one of my own tea cups and shaped a piece of fondant inside. I let it dry for a few days so it would hold the shape. I formed the handle, base, and saucer separately and assembled after each piece was dry. I painted the tea cup details with gold luster dust mixed with vodka and a fine paintbrush. Since Abby is celebrating her 2nd birthday, I put a number 2 on a playing card with hearts, reminiscent of the Queen of Hearts. The cake was still missing some whimsy so I added these ribbon roses and hearts on swirled cloth covered wire. Happy Birthday Abby! Hope it was wonderful!
Some families have the custom of waiting to cut a little boy’s hair until he is 3 years old. When my nephew turned 3, we celebrated his birthday with a party and a hair cutting ceremony. He needed the perfect cake for the celebration! I love this new look of making a shorter bottom tier, then a super tall center tier, and a small top tier. I have been doing it a lot lately, and I’m not sick of it yet!
On the bottom tier I draped some fondant tzitzit, traditional garb for a boy starting at 3 years old. To make the strings I used my clay extruder and some white fondant. It’s definitely one of my favorite non cake tools!
For the center tier I used a fish scale pattern cutter and placed these fondant cutouts in a randomized pattern. Then I added a pair of gum paste hair scissors. One of the kids at the party thought they were real! That was a huge compliment.
The cake was topped off with a fondant yarmulke and 3 fondant candles. Happy 3rd Birthday Aryeh!
Sometimes simple cakes are harder than more detailed designs. This cake was really fun to design. It was made for a small celebration, so the family didn’t want anything too big. Just because the cake needed to be small; this is a 6″ round cake that measures 6″ tall as well; doesn’t mean it needs to be boring! I covered the cake and the cake board in gray fondant. I had to do a good job of covering the cake since there were not many decorations to cover mistakes! I really wanted to wrap the cake in a NYC skyline so I designed a really cool fondant cutter for my husband to print for me. We ran into all sorts of problems, it would have been quicker for me to cut it by hand, but we were determined to get it right! After applying the black skyline, it looked a little flat and dark, so I added some yellow squares for windows. I also added some silver stars in the sky.
I made the cake topper a few days in advance to allow it to dry and harden. I hand cut the batman symbol out of black fondant and attached it to a thin yellow piece of gum paste. Once it was dry, I attached it to a lollipop stick using stiff royal icing and placed it into the cake. I added another tapered piece of yellow gum paste down the top and side of the cake to make it look like it was shining into the sky. Happy 3rd Birthday Alex!
Okay, first of all, I can’t believe it has been a year since I made Harry his Pirate Birthday Cake. These days, I guess I measure my time in cake. This years sports themed cake was really fun to make! Lately, I am obsessed with cake toppers. Since they didn’t request any specific sports teams to be represented, I was a little unsure what I was going to create. I thought, maybe I would make a baseball hat, but then I would have to choose colors, and that would get complicated. Then the idea hit me, and I created a gum paste trophy!
I colored my gum paste a bright shade of yellow and used a tutorial to create this fun topper. I handmade all of the pieces a few days in advance and allowed them to dry. I made sure to poke a hole in the center of each piece so I could use a skewer to keep the whole thing standing for delivery. My greatest fear is creating an amazing cake only to have it collapse during travel. So I always make sure to construct my cakes with lots of support. When it was time to assemble, I glued all the pieces together using sugar glue and royal icing (for the handles) and then airbrushed the trophy in shiny gold.
I covered the top tier in sky blue fondant and hand painted fluffy white clouds using white gel food coloring. My white gel color is very thin to begin with so I didn’t need to thin it out with vodka or lemon extract.
The bottom tier was covered in a really pretty shade of green and made to look like a football field. I love the grass on this cake, it’s one of my favorite features to add to cakes. The grass was rolled out of two different shades of green fondant using a textured rolling pin and then hand cut. I only glued the bottom of the strips of grass and bent the tops of the blades out and down to create movement.
I covered the cake board in white fondant and then used different sized star cutters to create this fun look. I really love that extra touch on this cake! Happy Birthday Harry!
I love trying new techniques and I love using patterns on my cakes. I have seen this mosaic tile look on cakes and I was ready to try it out. And since I’m obsessed with chevron right now (check out this and this cake) I knew this cake was going to incorporate that pattern. Lucky for me, the friends that I made the cake for are also loving chevron right now. It’s probably a Pinterest thing. The party was to celebrate birth of their daughter, Julia and I was given the freedom to make a cake in any style I wanted.
I had purchased a peony cutter set a while ago and finally got the chance to make gum paste peonies! Nobody at the party believed they were made of sugar until the kids started eating them.
This was a really fun and elegant cake for a newborn! I loved playing with the mosaic fondant tile look and cant wait to use this technique again!
There is a growing trend with expectant moms and dads to find out the baby’s gender with a party. The parents receive news of the baby’s gender in a sealed envelope and then use creative ways to share the surprise. My favorite way is using cake of course! But I haven’t had the chance to make a gender reveal cake until recently.
In this case, the expectant dad couldn’t make it to the doctors appointment to find out the gender of his baby. The mom wanted to share in the surprise so she had me bake a cake in the revealing color (pink or blue). The family cut into the cake together and was able to share in the surprise…
It’s a girl! I baked a vanilla cake and colored it pink. Then I covered the entire cake in white buttercream roses. I tried so hard to make sure no crumbs were peeking out, that would have ruined the surprise! I added a pink and blue fondant bunting to the top of the cake to add to the suspense. This was so much fun to be a part of, and I’m so glad I was sent this picture after the cake was cut!
I had so much fun making this cake, it is just so darn cute! I was asked to make Aroni a minion birthday cake. He wanted the minion to be playing hockey. His mom thought it might look a little silly since minions don’t really play hockey, but I made it totally work! Since this was my first minion cake, I just had to wing it. I stacked a bunch of 6 inch cakes (maybe 5) and one rounded cake for the top. The rounded cake was baked in a small glass bowl that I greased and floured well. The shape is very simple, all the details really bring the cake to life!
I decided to go with the minion with one eye to give the cake more impact. My set of round cutters really helped me out here. I cut out the white part of the eyeball then cut two tiny rounded strips of yellow for the top and bottom edges for interest. I cut out a little piece of brown for the iris, colored it with black lines using a food coloring marker. I added a black dot of fondant in the center and a tiny white dot as the eye glimmer that bring all cartoon characters to life. The goggle was made with gray fondant that I painted with silver luster dust. I made the buttons on the overalls using a fondant button mold, and the stitches in the overalls using my stitching roller tool.
To make the hair, I wrapped half of a toothpick in black fondant and curved the edge. I made a bunch of strands of hair in different heights. Then I let it dry to keep the proper shape. Once the fondant was dry, I pushed the toothpicks into the cake wherever I thought they should be. Happy Birthday Aroni!