I rarely work with buttercream cakes, I much prefer working with fondant. But the couple getting married was having a rustic backyard wedding and dreamed of having a simple yet elegant cake to match. Making the buttercream look rustic and perfectly imperfect is so much harder than it sounds! Luckily I was able to achieve the look I wanted without too much trouble.
The top of the cake was to have a few simple flowers. Here I made three sugar peony flowers from white gum paste. I don’t make my peonies with actual instructions, I just add petals until I like the look of them. I attached the flowers to a round disk of gum paste and placed that on top of the cake. Green gum paste leaves were added in between the flowers.
The final touch was some shimmery green petal dust that I added to the centers of the flowers. It gave the flowers a bit more dimension. I love how this cake turned out, I can’t believe I was so nervous to pull this off.
I love making this cake! I have made one just like this before for another teacher retiring. I didn’t make it exactly the same as the last one, I had to change the design up just a bit but a few elements definitely needed to stay. Book cakes are fun to make and work for a variety of occasions. Here’s one to celebrate a graduation and another to celebrate a big birthday!
I had to include the edible lined paper cake topper. I cut these pieces out of thinned out gum paste. I cut them into two different sizes and added holes down one side using a round piping tip. I cut the bottoms of the pages at an angle so they would look staggered on top of the cake instead of straight across. I used a blue and red edible marker and a ruler to make the lines on the page. I made some pink rubber erasers out of pink fondant that I molded by hand. The pencils were made in advance so they would be firm enough to pop out of the cake. I know that pencils wouldn’t actually be sticking out of books, but I love how this looks! It gives great height and dimension.
The middle book cake is my favorite one because I sponge painted it to look like a black and white marble notebook. Remember those?! So classic. I also included some chalk and an eraser. The chalk was made by rolling some fondant or gum paste in a long even rope and cutting it in different lengths to give some interest. The eraser is made from black fondant that I shaped by hand. I used a corn starch duster to tap some corn starch onto the eraser to look just like chalk dust.
The cake board brings the whole cake together. I used some black royal icing and spread it all over the cake board. I used a thicker consistency royal icing for some additional texture. I used white gel food coloring and a food-safe paintbrush to paint on the message. The additional chalk dust was dusted on with more corn starch.
This cake has become pretty popular since I made it, yet I have not gotten around to posting it here until now. Better late than never though! I wish I had shared it here earlier because now I cna’t remember exactly how I constructed it. I definitely made a paper template to carve the cake because I still have it, but I don’t exactly remember which size cakes I baked. Oops sorry!
I covered the whole cake in this pretty light green fondant. I think I used mint green and a touch of sky blue gel color to create this color. I love making these edible fondant stethoscopes. I’ve made a few doctor cakes (you can see them here and here) and I always include them. I start with gray fondant for the metal parts. Then after shaping and placing on the cake I paint them with silver luster dust to give them some sparkle. The black parts are just black fondant that I buy pre-colored. I also added a little name tag that I cut out of fondant. I piped the lettering on with some black royal icing.
At the bottom of the cake I added two pockets. To make the pockets I cut a rectangle out of the same green fondant. Then I folded part of the rectangle down and used a quilting tool to add some stitching detail. I added that same detail on the sleeves. I couldn’t leave the pockets empty so I made a scissor pop out of one side and a blister pack or medication on the other. The scissors are just two “P” shaped thin logs of fondant. The medication was also simple to make. I rolled out a thin piece of gray fondant and cut it into a rectangle, slightly rounding the corners.. Then I used the same quilting tool and detailed around the edge. I also made two straight lines down and a few across to create a grid. Then I cut the pills out of red fondant using the end of a straight piping tip. I glued them on with a little sugar glue. That’s pretty much it-simple yet fun!
I am a bit behind on sharing my cakes with you, but I like to put time and effort into everything I share. I also get distracted very easily and often come up with a string of recipes to share. This cake is from May and I made it for my daughters first birthday. Since she is too young to ask for a specific theme, I get to experiment. The cake still needs to be fabulous because my family is expecting something great! I was inspired by this cake by Allison Kelleher of AK Cake Design. It was a total experiment since I have never done anything like this before and although I like how it came out, I have a few changes that I would make next time. I originally covered each tier in fondant and then added the ribbon stripes by wrapping them around the cake. Next time I would wrap the fondant directly on the buttercream kind of like paneling the cake. That would give me a sharper edge and less bulk. It would also save on fondant which is $$.
I had this idea of adding 3D hearts all around the bottom tier to cover up the stripes a bit and add a peekaboo effect. I rolled out some fondant pretty thin and cut strips out. Then I formed some fun and funky heart shapes and allowed them to firm up a bit on a sheet pan. Then I attached them to the cake with some royal icing, but I think next time I would use piping gel or sugar glue. Another change I would make would be making even thinner hearts, these seem a bit too chunky for me-I like light and dainty designs. After attaching all the hearts in a random fashion, I painted some of the edges in silver just to tie in the gum paste tiara cake topper.
Making the stripes is not too difficult, but I did end up with tons of multi color scraps. So I kneaded them all together and created this marbled cake board. Overall I am happy with this cake, but I would love to try it again! Maybe even with some different colors. My little Alexa was happy with it too!
Happy First Birthday!
I guess you can say that this is my most popular cake right now. It totally makes sense though, look how cute it is! Kids love it because of all the transportation included; moms love it because it’s sweet and young and whimsical. Win-win! So this is my second version of this cake. The original had larger cars and trains. I made them smaller to fit more around the cake. I also designed some cloud cutters, car cutters, and a train cutter to speed up the decorating process. You can also purchase the cutters to make this airplane topper. Once you have the cutters, check out my tutorial for putting it all together. Stay tuned for my two tier version of this cake!
This cake was really exciting to make. It’s based on the original doctor lab coat cake and second version I’ve made in the past. The cake was for an NYPD police officer who had recently been promoted to lieutenant. His mother had seen my doctor cake and thought it would look great as the NYPD uniform and she couldn’t have been more spot on!
The uniform is very classic, white shirt, navy jacket, navy tie. So to spice it up I gave the tie some texture and I really like how it worked. Here you can also see the stitched detailing.
I used a bit of artistic license with the badge and just simplified the design, but the shape is very reminiscent of the actual badge. The handcuffs were also a bit simplified, but they look perfect draped off the side.
Here’s a bit of a closeup on the details. I love the gold buttons, they look so regal! This cake was the perfect way to celebrate a great promotion, congrats!
This was my first ever first communion cake. It was also my first time trying to apply some sort of lace pattern to a cake. I got a request for a lace design and although I have never done it before, I never turn down a challenge! I wasn’t sure exactly how I was going to pull this off, so I bought a few lace molds and messed around with them until I figured out exactly which one was going to work best. This one is the Cinderella Lace Mold by RVO and I used it twice to make the wide band. I believe I used gum paste in the mold since it’s firmer than fondant and I didn’t have the recommended mexican paste. The cross is made of gum paste that I covered in edible sugar pearls. The flowers are handmade peonies that I edged in gold to match the border of the cake. This was a cute cake and I can’t wait to work with more sugar lace!
I had this cake sitting in the archives for quite some time now. I’m a bit behind on posting my cakes, but now is the perfect time to share this one! Since Amazon Prime Day was such a bust, I thought this cake could cheer everyone up. This cake was made for a mom and grandma and was filled with items that are personal to her. I basically got a list of things and figured out a way to turn them into a cute birthday cake. The Amazon shipping box is my favorite part so let me start with that. I baked a square cake and made sure it was nice and tall. After applying the buttercream, I paneled the brown fondant to the cake. What this means is I cut out a rectangle that was measured to fit each side and attached it to each side of the cake. The I cut a square for the top. This method takes more time than covering the whole cake in one shot, but the edges are just so perfectly sharp and squared that it’s my favorite way to finish a square cake. After adding the brown fondant, I used my airbrush filled with dark brown fondant to darken the edges. Then I had cut the Amazon logo out of thin black fondant.
The water bottle was made out of gum paste. I took an actual water bottle and shaped the gum paste around it. I used a real label to bring the bottle to life. That is the only part of the cake that isn’t edible-it was a bit of a cheat, but I didn’t think that hand painting would do it justice and I don’t have a working edible food printer. The Ebates card was made of gum paste. I cut the logo from black and yellow fondant. It took some time but really looks fantastic.
The Barneys shopping bag was made out of fondant with added tylose powder to help harden it quicker. I cut two rectangles and allowed them to dry. I made two skinny curved panels to fill in the sides and then assembled all the panels on top of the cake. I rolled out thin white gum paste and cut random rectangles to look like tissue paper. I piped the logo on with royal icing. The handle was just made out of black fondant that I twisted a bit. The mask was made out of white gum paste and then airbrushed gold. I used black royal icing to decorate the mask.
The coffee mug was made out of white gum paste. I cut a long rectangle and then shaped it around an empty glass. I shaped a handle out of gum paste as well and allowed both pieces to harden and dry. After a few days, I attached the handle with royal icing. Then I airbrushed the whole thing in blue and piped the logo on with royal icing.
Here is a top view of the cake with a cute edible Ipad. The Ipad reads “Happy Birthday Mommy, We Love You And Your Mishugas” (Yiddish for craziness). Love this cake and it’s sharp edges!
How pretty is this cake?! I was given basic guidelines for this cake-make it girly, pink and white. I’ve been dreaming of trying my hand at ruffle roses and this was my chance! I kept the top tier simple with an over-sized bow because the bottom tier was so busy and full of gorgeous texture.
Here is a closer look at the ruffle roses. I cut thin strips of hot pink fondant and ruffled one edge with a ball tool. Then I glued the strips to the cake in a circle pattern starting from the outside in. After the round roses were all attached to the cake I filled in the gaps with extra ruffles. This technique definitely took some time to do but it was well worth the effort. This cake is girly and elegant.
The bow on top was made from gum paste, not fondant, because it rolls thinner and dries harder and faster. The pink stripes are fondant, the same color I used for the ruffle roses. The bow was made a few days in advance so they would dry nicely. The ends of the bow were made when I was ready to attach the center bow to the cake so that I could drape them perfectly into place. The simple pearl border finishes this cake beautifully!
I am never out of ideas when it comes to pretty cakes. This cake was made for a Great Gatsby/art deco themed wedding party. I was asked to add feathers and pearls as well as make it pink, ivory, and gold. This cake turned out even prettier than I had in mind!
Here is a better look at the bottom tier. I used a fish scale cutter to make the imprint in the fondant. I pressed the cutter in all the way around the cake. Then I used a ball tool to make the pattern deeper and more pronounced. I draped fondant pearls around the cake and painted them with an ivory shimmer color. Around the base of the cake I made ruffles out of circles of fondant. Once those were dry, I painted the edges with gold shimmer color.
The feathers are my favorite part of this cake. I used my feather cutters (purchase them here) to cut out gum paste in different sizes. Then I used a toothpick or something thin and sharp to etch lines in the gum paste. I allowed the feathers to dry on a piece of crumpled tin foil to give the feathers movement. Once the feathers were dry, I airbrushed them in gold. The hardest part was arranging them on the cake without breaking them. It’s good that I always make extras because I dropped and broke a few while figuring out the placement. I love how elegant this cake turned out and I would love to make it again!