How cute are first birthday cakes?! This cake was a combination of a few cakes I have made before. The blocks were taken from this silhouette first birthday cake. The font was inspired by the actual Disney font and was used on this cake. The actual cake was inspired by this first birthday cake from a few years ago.
Here is a look at the top tier with the Minnie Mouse ears. The Minnie head is actually made out of cake that I bake in a bowl giving me the perfect shape and is a lot easier than making rice crispy treats. The ears are made in advance so they can harden as they dry. I made the ears out of black fondant that had some tylose powder added. The bow topper was also made in advance and allowed to dry. This top tier and Minnie hat would make it’s own cute cake on it’s own! The font really brings the cake to life. I used my 3D printer to make some font cutters so I wouldn’t have to cut each letter out (like I have done in the past).
The baby blocks were made out of gum paste. I cut 6 squares of gum paste for each block and allowed them to harden overnight. Once dry, I built the boxes using stiff royal icing. Once the royal icing was dry and the boxes were strong, I added the cute lettering to each box. Happy first birthday Celia!
This cake was so much fun to design. I love that it is girly yet colorful and fun. After covering the cakes in white fondant, I used my airbrush to color the tiers this pretty teal and blue-green underwater color. I made the figures out of gum paste because it dries harder and more quickly than fondant. Once they were dry, I attached them to the cake using royal icing. I used the same royal icing to pipe tiny bubbles around the cake.
I added the number 4 to a cute starfish I made using a silicone mold. The seashells were also made using silicone molds. I think they were one of the first molds I ever bought and they always come in handy! I cut the purple seaweed freehand out of thin fondant and just twisted them a bit. They give the cake some life, movement, and texture. They also make the cake look super cute! Happy 4th Birthday Libby!
I love making first birthday cakes. The themes always change and are always super cute! This cake was made to match the birthday invitations which featured the cute dump truck. I made the same dump truck but made it all edible! The cake needed some more detail so I added in some simple orange construction cones that I cut out freehand.
For the sides of the cake I applied a black and yellow stripe pattern to look like construction caution tape. I love the graphic look this gave the cake! I added the birthday message “Happy Birthday Hayden” in a nice large clean font.
Now this is definitely the best part of the whole order! Hayden’s parents wanted a small cute smash cake for the party. I surprised them with this cute orange construction cone cake. It was about 4 inches wide and 6 inches tall. It was so super cute and tiny! I wish I had some pictures of little Hayden digging into it. Happy First Birthday Hayden!
I am finally over my fear of car cakes! I have made a few in the past, but each one gets better and better. This one got me nervous because the truck needed to be driving up a pile of dirt. I usually decorate cakes as I go along, I don’t often do a lot of planning, but car cakes need to be planned out. I designed a template for the shape of the truck and used that to carve out the whole cake. I have carved cakes by eye in the past and they never come out realistic enough. They looked cute, but not to scale.
This cake was made for the boss of a company so the license plate read “Boss” which I love. I made the whole truck and then built a styrofoam ramp to prop the cake up. I added the wheels once the truck was propped up on the ramp.
The wheels were always the toughest part, so a few years ago I invested in a silicone mold set of wheels to have on hand. I’m so happy that I did! The wheels look round, detailed and were easy to make! I made the wheels out of black fondant and then added a circle of white fondant to the center and then painted that silver. The car handles and bumpers were also painted silver. The only thing that could have made this cake better would be working lights! Maybe next time.
I love when people get creative with their birthday parties! This party theme was “Preschool of Rock”; how cute! All the desserts were made to match the party invitation. The birthday boy loves music and loves to drum, so the cake was made to look like one. I’ve done a toy drum cake before, but this one was completely different! This design was super simple, so I used color and texture to add interest.
I made the drumsticks a few days before so they would have time to dry and keep their shape. I used some stencils to emboss stars on the stars and a herringbone pattern on the number one.
The cake pops were red velvet cake to match the color scheme. I dipped the pops in blue candy melts and then allowed them to dry before piping the musical notes on. I used paper straws instead of the usual lollipop sticks to keep these even more fun. I’ve done a similar cake pop before, but I always like to change it up.
I was asked to make guitar cookies, but I wanted to make a completely different design than I’ve done before so I designed myself an electric guitar cookie cutter (you can purchase it here) and made these! I really love this color scheme, it’s perfect for a first birthday party.
Happy first birthday Jack! For Jack’s first birthday, his party theme was “Jack In The Box”-so cute! I was tasked with making the cake. I had a few parameters, it needed to be square and it needed to be colorful. I wanted to keep the cake elegant but still appropriate for a kids party. I think I achieved that goal! I kept the cake simple, clean, cheerful and fun.
I covered the cake board with tons of colored wedges of fondant and let that dry overnight. I rolled out different colors of fondant and used different textured mats to create some interest on the triangle bunting pieces. After adding the texture I cut out lots of triangles. I used a clay extruder to create the twisted rope and attached it to the cake with some sugar glue. I used a shell border fondant mold to make the borders all around the cake. I think it gives the cake a really authentic, childlike, old fashioned cake look.
I added some texture to the “number one” before cutting it out of blue fondant. The Jack In The Box was really fun to design. I just made him up as I went, trying to keep him cute and playful. I made his collar from 2 blue fondant star shapes. I used a clay extruder to make the hair, but I twisted each piece before attaching it to his head. Happy first birthday Jack!
My niece told me that she wanted a Frozen (as in Disney’s Frozen) birthday cake for at least 6 months. The movie came out just around her 4th birthday so there wasn’t enough time for the obsession to begin. Last year she asked for a Pirate and Princess Cake, and the year before that I can’t remember what I made her. For her 2 year old party she was too tiny to decide so her mom requested a Dora and Diego Cake for her to share with her cousin.
Now I did use a shortcut on this cake just like the last Frozen Cake I made. I bought figures, little toys, made by Disney to attach to the cake. This saved me tons of time and the kids get to keep the toys after the party is all over. I see it as a win-win!
I drew the letters of “Abby” on a piece of paper in a Frozen-esque fashion and then attached crystal sugar to the letters. I used tylose glue (tylose poweder mixed with water) painted on each letter and then dumped a whole bunch of sugar on the letters before attaching them to the cake.
Here’s an obligatory close up of Olaf, since I know he is everybody’s favorite!
I put Anna and Elsa as the cake toppers. They are surrounded by gum paste snowflakes that I glittered with some crystal sugar. I added a big number “5” beside them that was also glittered with crystal sugar. Abby couldn’t wait to snatch them off the cake, but we made her wait to blow out her candles first.
Can I just talk about these fondant icicles for a minute? I am obsessed with them! I had the idea of an icicle cake and found one with a tutorial on cake central. But I kind of made up my own method anyway. I rolled each icicle by hand and attached them to the cake, one-by-one. The icicles were able to hang down off the bottom tier because I placed a smaller and short cake as the base cake layer. The bottom tier is a 7 inch cake covered in white fondant and sugar crystals. Then I placed an 8 inch tall tier to that base and covered it in ice blue fondant. I love this effect; it gives the cake an illusion of lightness.
Here is another look at the hanging fondant icicles, just because I’m basically obsessed with them! Happy 5th Birthday Abby!
This is actually my second lab coat cake I’ve made. The first one was a last minute order and I made it in one day. It came out great, but with a little bit of planning, was able to make one I loved even more!
In this version I made a striped neck tie and left off the buttons. I also added scissors to the top pocket instead of a prescription pad. I made the collar a few days in advance so it would keep a nice standing shape.
Here is a better look at the neck tie. I used my linguini pasta cutter attachment for my kitchen-aid to make the stripes. The tie itself was just a long strip of fondant that got folded under on each side. The “knot” was just another strip of fondant folded over the top of the tie. I made the bottom skinnier than the top to form a triangle shape. The only difficult part was remembering to place the stripes on the “knot” at another angle than the rest of the tie.
Here you can see all the stitching detail I added around the collar and the pocket. I used a roller stitching tool that was originally designed as a sewing tool!
This was a 30th birthday cake so I added a number 30 to the bottom of the pocket. Happy birthday Jonathan!
This cake was made to celebrate a 40th wedding anniversary. The lucky couple had a party thrown for them by their children. Their oldest daughter was taking charge of the cake design. She had tons of great ideas and was really fun to work with. Often times customers will give me a general idea of the design they want, or they will send me inspiration pictures. For this cake, my customer knew what she wanted. She wanted an ombre rose cake. Easy enough, I’ve done those! She also wanted a silhouette of her parents and she wanted ruby red on the cake since the 40th anniversary is ruby. The most difficult request was that she wanted the roses to be fondant, not buttercream. Now is where I needed to get creative! I had some ideas, but had a tough time explaining them, so I sketched the design up on my Ipad and sent them over.
Here is the sketch of the design that she chose! You can see how it turned from a design into a cake! She wanted the bow to be fancier than the one I sketched which was not a problem.
I added tylose powder to red Satin Ice fondant and made all the parts of the bow. I let all the pieces dry for a few days to keep their shape, then arranged them on the cake. I added little red rosettes to the center of the bow to match the cake design.
Here is how I made the roses. I started with stiff royal icing and used a Wilton 1M tip to pipe some roses on parchement paper. I let those roses dry for a few days to get hard. Then I used food safe silicone plastique (a silicone mold kit) to cast the roses in the silicone. Once the silicone was cured, I had a rose mold! I actually made three different ones so I would have options and variations on the cake. Then I used the mold and gray fondant to make all the roses. It took a long time, which I didn’t mind. But it also took a whole lot more fondant than I realized! The cake ended up being so so so heavy and much wider than I expected. It still came out gorgeous, but a bit different than expected.
The heart cake topper had a silhouette of a man and woman and the number 40 to celebrate the cute couple. But the daughter wanted all their kids to be represented on the cake, so I added their 4 kids and their spouses and kiddies to the top of the cake. You can see this part unless you are looking straight down from a birds eye view. I like that this family tree is a bit hidden and a special surprise. Happy Anniversary! You can find all these silhouette cutters in my shop!
I’ve gotten some pretty specific cake requests in the past, but this one was the cutest! This little 3 year old birthday boy loves trains. He gets a train cake for his birthday each year, but this year he needed a very specific train. He is obsessed with the Acela Express Train. He goes to the train yard and watches this specific train so the cake had to be right. His mom wanted the cake to look authentic, not too cartoon like.
I was nervous about making this cake because the train is so simple and clean, I really couldn’t make any mistakes! I baked a rectangle cake for the base and covered it in green fondant. This gives the cake a larger look and adding servings to the cake without having to make the train unbelievably large. The train itself was about 4″ wide and 10″ long. I stacked the train out of a few sheet cakes and carved it down to the proper shape. I covered the train in gray fondant and then airbrushed it with silver color to make it look shiny and metallic. Then I added all the other details.
I cut the Acela logo out of thin blue fondant and a paper template I printed. The little fondant trees were really fun to make. I shaped some green fondant into a cone shape and then used a tiny scissor to snip into the fondant in an uneven pattern. These never actually dried out so I was able to insert a paper lollipop stick inside to help them stay in place on the cake.
I made gravel to surround the train out of different shades of gray fondant. I just cut the fondant into tiny pebbles and let them dry. Then I glued them to the cake with royal icing. You really can’t tell that there are 3 or 4 colors of gray here but it makes all the difference. If I had used all the same color, it would have looked a bit flat. The railroad signs were made out of fondant and attached to lollipop sticks. The sticks start out white so I just colored them black using an edible food coloring pen. The last detail the cake needed was the mountains for a backdrop. I cut mountains out of fondant or gum paste and let them dry. Then I attached them to lollipop sticks and placed them behind the train to really set the scene. Happy 3rd birthday!