Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Just for Fun - Snowman Cake Pops

I've seen cake pops around as I do my research for design ideas and inspiration, but I had not yet found a reason to make them...until this Christmas.  My family had decided to have a "Kabob Kristmas" and make only food on sticks for our Christmas Eve gathering.  A requirement for the 'kabob' theme meant that the skewer or stick had to have at least 3 items on it.  I thought cake pops would be the perfect kabob item, but needed to find a way to get 3 pieces.  Then it hit me - of course, a snowman.  After a ton of research I found very few, and very poor examples of 3 sectioned snowman cake pops.  If you know me, you know this was my challenge and nothing was going to stop me.  They were surprisingly easy...and so stinking cute when I was done.

They are made with white cake and vanilla frosting, then dipped into white chocolate.  I piped on the eyes, nose and strap of the ear muffs.  The scarf is a fruit roll up and the ear covers are M&Ms.  I'm so glad I accepted this challenge and conquered it!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

8th Birthday - Winter/Skating Theme

A friend from work asked if I could make a cake for her daughter's 8th birthday.  For her party they were going ice skating.  I had originally planned on putting an ice skate on the top, but changed my mind and went with just a cool, geometric winter theme.

Monday, October 24, 2011

1st Birthday - Fall Theme

Fall is one of my favorite seasons, and why I loved designing and decorating this cake so much.  The cake was for a 1st birthday in October.  It was decorated with fondant stripes, dots, pumpkins and leaves all in fall colors.  I loved making the pumpkins the most.

7th Birthday Mermaid

Seven year olds must love mermaids...because this was the second request for a mermaid cake for a 7th birthday.  This cake is 2 tiers...the bottom is an underwater scene with chocolate rocks and tootsie roll seaweed, starfish and goldfish. The top tier is a beach with graham cracker sand and a frosting mermaid.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

3rd Birthday Baseball

At the beginning of the summer, my family went to a local baseball game.  It was a first for the kids.  We had a blast... a nice older couple gave us free tickets on our way in and we were amazed to discover they were 4th row behind 1st base at the end of the home team's dugout.  During the game someone from the dugout gave my then 2 year old son a ball from the game and later he had it signed by the team mascot.  We enjoyed hamburgers, hot dogs, fries, Dippin' Dots, and after it was all over we stayed for an incredible fireworks show.  It was truly a memorable and amazing night for our family.  My favorite part was at 11pm on our way to the car.  The kids were exhausted and my husband was carrying our son.  He was so happy in his dad's arms holding his baseball.  The whole way to the car he kept saying (in his cute kid accent making one word become two long words), "Base-ball. Base-ball. Base-ball."  It stands as one of the most wonderful moments in my life.  As his birthday approached we all agreed that a baseball theme was the way to go.  And here is the cake inspired by that magical night...

Lighthouse Anniversary Cake

A wonderful friend asked me if I would make a 17th wedding anniversary cake as a surprise for her husband.  They have wonderful memories and stories from their marriage that takes them from the coast of California to the coast of New York...and along the way they enjoyed some fabulous wines, visited some amazing lighthouses and created a beautiful family.  This cake was designed based on these memories and experiences. 

Cake board is a map of the United States

Chocolate rock path leads from coast of California up to the lighthouse

On the opposite side another chocolate rock path leads to the New York coastline

Waves, beach, grass, rock path serve as base for the lighthouse

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Ladybug 1st Birthday

This 1st birthday cake request had a ladybug theme.  I created a three tiered cake with ladybugs, daisies, leaves, and grass.  The client wanted a smash cake for the birthday girl, so I made a removable ladybug for the top of the cake.  The cake is chocolate with vanilla frosting and the ladybug is yellow cake with vanilla frosting.  I also made yellow cupcakes with chocolate frosting.  The cupcakes were decorated with ladybugs and leaves.  All of the decorations are made with sugar paste.

Set up at party