Friday, January 2, 2009
For Chloe's 2nd Birthday we did a Backyardigans theme. She is obsessed with that show! Her streamers, plates, cups, napkins, goody bags, decorations, table cloth, you name it, was backyardigans!!! So in keeping with the theme, I made her a cake with the characters on it. I piped them out of royal icing and let them dry. Then transferred them onto the cake. She was in Backyardigans heaven!
My beautiful friend Holly asked me to make a cake for her Grandpa's 80th Birthday. She wanted a beach theme and for me to somehow incorporate this huge boulder that is a family sentiment. I didn't know how pretty I could make a giant rock look but I was up to the challenge! This cake is probably my best one yet because it took the most skill and it turned out beautifully. I made a Vanilla Sponge cake and layered as well as covered it in Maple Italian Buttercream. Everything on this cake was edible! I made the rock and the driftwood out of rice krispie squares, covered in fondant and then painted with food coloring and vodka. All the shells, sand dollars, starfish, etc. were made out of white chocolate that I marbelized milk chocolate into and then painted with food colorings and edible shimmer dusts. For the sand I used Graham crumbs and even the little pebbles were chocolate! I absolutely loved this cake and to be honest, was sad to let it go! Her Grandpa loved the cake and one of the relatives even saved the rock off of it!!
Now, for those of you that don't know my sister in-law, she makes sure Niayah only eats the best food. And it's worked to their advantage because Niayah will choose water over juice and veggies and fruits over the typical snacks we tend to throw at our kids to keep them quiet (I'm just as guilty!) She likes the strangest foods for such a little girl! Most kids won't go near the stuff she eats! She eats salmon, olive bread and aged cheddar cheese just to name a few! They try to feed her as much organic as possible and limit the sugar as well so a chocolate birthday cake was kind of out of the question! Being the accommodating Aunty that I am, I made just for her, angel food cupcakes with a fresh strawberry cream cheese frosting and then piped little scroll "N's" out of chocolate to top them off! They were really good and she didn't have to miss out on cake!
My Niece, Niayah was turning 1 and naturally, I just had to make her cake! Every one year old has a two-tiered cake for their first birthday, right?!! MY daughter didn't even have a tiered cake for her birthday! I made a chocolate fudge cake for the base and layered it with Bavarian cream and covered it in chocolate fondant. The top tier is a vanilla pound cake also layered with Bavarian Cream and covered in Vanilla fondant. The shooting stars are just cut out fondant and dusted with edible shimmer dust. This was such a Niayah cake. She has a lot of clothes and bedding etc. that are in those colours so it suited her very well.
This cake was beyond a challenge. I can't even begin to list all the things that went wrong with it! The final product was pretty good though and the clients never suspected that their cake was the reason for me pulling my hair out all day! It was for a 50th wedding anniversary. They requested a lemon cake so I made a lemon pound cake and layered it with lemon mousseline filling, a thin layer of Italian Buttercream on the outside and then covered it in Fondant. I made royal icing flowers and painted the edges of the petals with edible gold shimmer dust to finish. It turned out to be a beautiful cake in the end but I will always remember it as the cake that kicked my ass!