Easter cake from this year 2009. German chocolate cake made from 3, 6 inch round layers. Crushed oreo cookies made the "dirt" in the top of the pot. The calla lilies are made from fondant and formed on dowel rods which are also supporting the cake so it doesn't collapse.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
There are a couple of little tips that I have discovered through trial and error. 1st, if you are making a tall cake, always use pound cake, at least for the bottom layer or 2 depending on how many layers you are putting together. The density of pound cake will support the upper layers and make your cake less likely to collapse. Also, bamboo skewers are perfect for holding layers together, they are alot stronger than toothpicks and a lot less trouble than dowel rods because you don't have to cut them, just break them off at whatever length you need. Another plus, they are super cheap, about $1.97 for 100. One last thing, parchment triangles!! I had always used regular decorating bags but they were such a mess to clean, so then I switched to disposables, much easier to clean but they can get costly, then I tried parchment triangles and was sold on them. They are suprisingly easy to use, it worked for me the very first time, I had no problems with them coming unfolded or with icing squirting out the sides or anything. Also, $5.97 per 100 instead of $3.97 per 12 for the disposable bags. In case you didn't notice a pattern, I am thrifty, my kids call me cheap!!! Hope someone may find these tips helpful.
High School Musical cake for my other daughters birthday last year. I brushed chocolate over a pattern placed under wax paper for the music notes and the yellow stars are candy melts formed in star cookie pans.
My daughters Under the Sea Birthday cake. At 20 she is still a Little Mermaid fan! This was an interesting cake. The bottom layer is a big chocolate chip cookie, the middle is confetti cake and the top is angel food. All of the characters and sea life are made of fondant.
Monday, April 13, 2009
My favorite cake so far, two baby opossum for my twin great nephew's 1 st birthday. The main cake is chocolate sheet cake and the opossum cakes are red velvet. When I was first asked to do opossums I thought "yuck" but, baby opossum are much cuter than their adult counterparts as you can see.
These are some pictures of the Dragon Eye cake that my son wanted for his 13th birthday. The cake is covered in fondant and the eye is actually half of a plastic Easter egg covered with fondant and painted with paste color. He was very happy with the results.
Couldn't resist the relighting candles!
The Eye Of The Dragon!