Monday, May 25, 2009

Birthday, Birthday, Birthday

My last two cakes were done almost 2 weeks ago but I never did get to post because we left that Monday for the beach, Hilton Head, SC!! We go every year with my folks but this year it rained and rained and rained and when we got home to Charlotte, it was still raining and hasn't stopped yet! But we made the best out of our trip and enjoyed what we could with the kids stuck in a town home for 4 1/2 days, we even decided to leave early because the weather was so bad.

BUT enough about me and the beach, let's move onto cakes! Yes, I did two cakes for two different birthdays. First was for a young boy who plays Chess and wanted a chess board. His mom found these neat chocolate chess molds online and I created the pieces and put them together on the cake. The board is chocolate, the cake is chocolate, and the icing is chocolate, talk about being in chocolate heaven! However when I took the picture you'll see I'm missing the White King, well just as I was popping out the last of the chocolate pieces before taking a picture the White King fell a little to quickly out of his shell and the top part broke off. No worries, just re-melt chocolate and start again. So the picture is lacking a piece, but the Birthday Boy got all 32 pieces the next day.

The next cake was an interesting adventure. This young girl wanted to have a Madeline theme birthday. Her sister had had one when she was younger and now it was her turn. I was given the birthday plate and asked to recreate it. I wanted to create the picture on the cake as close as possible.
I had heard about a using powdered sugar glaze, sounded like powdered sugar watered down with probably some corn syrup (and choice of color) to turn it into a "pourable" liquid to "fill in" the traced picture to create a smooth glass top look. Well for some reason I knew what to do, but I thinned down the buttercream icing instead! Silly me! So the decoration looks just like the plate, but not as smooth and shiny as I had hope! Well when I realized my mistake I had to keep going, no turning back. It turned out ok and my husband was impressed and I believe the Birthday girl was too! Also missing in this picture is one of Madeline's school friends hair had not been colored. No problem I melted some chocolate and filled in her brown hair. Turned out pretty good!

Next on the schedule is a baby shower cake this weekend and a BIG wedding cake for next weekend along with a grooms cake and another baby shower cake!! More to follow later...

Monday, May 11, 2009

Busy, Busy, Busy..

Hello all! I have been quite busy the last few weeks since my last post and I have finally had the time to sit and post some pictures of what I've been up to!

Here is the First cake that started out my cake week. I had a wedding shower cake to do for a wedding I am in, in July. I was unable to attend the shower, but managed to create this cake for the shower the same weekend I was out of town at a bachelorette party!

This is a White Almond Sour Cream cake with the Bridal Dress design
On to my FIRST Wedding Cake!! Whoo hoo!! This is the design picked out by the bride. She had a very modern wedding. She only invited immediate family, had her ceremony at the Dunhill Inn in uptown Charlotte, followed by a reception at the Capitol Grill.
This was a 3 tiered cake with a Chocolate 12 inch, a lemon 9 inch, and a vanilla 6 inch. Covered in buttercream icing and accented with marshmallow fondant.
Here is the Groom's Cake, he's a NY Yankee fan. This was a 6 inch Chocolate cake to look like a baseball. However, when I handed the cake in the cakebox to the hostess in the restaurant, she grabbed the box and placed her hand on top and smooshed the Y in the NY logo.
Sorry Beth, it was perfect when I got there, promise!
I no sooner got home but had to decorate another cake for a Birthday girl. She LOVES Ladybugs and had me create a 10 inch stacked Chocolate cake with raspberry filling.

On to the MOST important cake of the weekend.
A Birthday Cake for my daughter who turned 3!
She wanted an Ariel theme party and I went with an Under the Sea theme cake, plus it gave me more of an excuse to practice stacking cakes!
The bottom layer was a 9 inch Raspberry Cake with Raspberry icing with a 6 inch Vanilla cake with the same icing as the bottom.
Here you can see my attempt at creating Sebastian on the back of the cake!

Here is the Birthday girl with her plate, napkin and cup in hand ready for her slice of cake!
Happy 3rd Birthday Olivia!
As soon as her birthday was over I was back at it again with another birthday cake. This cake was for a Birthday boy who was turning 4 on Tuesday the 5th of May. His family won a gift certificate through Olivia's preschool family fun night. The little boy had a delicious yellow cake themed with his very own #4 Fire Truck.
(missing is the #4 that I put on the cake later!)

But wait...Olivia still had to have cupcakes for her preschool class, so I went at it again, this time with a blueberry flavor. Quite yummy!!
And on her actual birthday, Olivia a bigger blueberry size cake with shrinky dinks to help decorate the cake!
Happy Birthday Olivia!

So there you have it, I was a busy, busy, person the last 2 weeks.
April 24 Wedding shower cake
April 24-26 I was out of town in Charleston, SC
May 1 Wedding Cake
May 2 Lady Bug Birthday Cake
May 3 Olivia's Birthday Cake
May 5 Parker's Birthday Cake
May 6 Olivia's Cupcakes for preschool
May 7th Olivia's official birthday with more cake!
May 8/9 I was in a wedding, so I was swamped with wedding stuff!

Up ahead
May 16 Two birthday cakes - A chess Board for a birthday boy and a Madeline theme birthday cake for a little girl. Check back in a week to see pictures of those cakes!

Thanks again!!
Love ya


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