Saturday, December 19, 2009

Gymnastics Cake!

Gymnastics Cake!, originally uploaded by bakers-cakes.

I loved making this adorable pink cake! The cake design is based on an invitation from Swoozies, a fantastic stationary store. The cake is Fresh Strawberry Buttermilk Cake with pink Vanilla Buttercream and is topped with pink vanilla rolled fondant. The gymnast on the cake is illustrated with edible marker on white fondant and drawn to resemble the birthday girl!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Clone Trooper Cake

The inspiration:

The cake:

Happy Birthday Cooper! May the force be with you!!!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Cake Pop Cuteness!

It's turning out to be a busier week than I expected, but I just want to share some adorable cake pops! Baby Girl Baby Shower:

Winter Wonderland in Carolina Blue:

Time to get back to work!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Bowling Cake

Bowling Cake, originally uploaded by bakers-cakes.

A cute girly bowling cake? It can be done! I loved making the little retro bowling shirt and pink and purple bowling shoes!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Viola Cake

Viola Cake, originally uploaded by bakers-cakes.

It's must be fate that brought this Viola Cake order to me this week. As a middle school (and elementary and high school orchestra alum) I was able to channel my own middle school orchestra concert experience into creating this Viola Cake! I envisioned the hours spent in the orchestra room that had the vague smell of spit, (I think the trombone guys emptied their excess drool onto the floor) and our sometimes off key and tempo attempts at the classical masterpieces. Yup, I was a dork. Still am.

The cake is Vanilla Buttermilk with Double Chocolate Cream Cheese Buttercream Frosting, topped with Light Chocolate Rolled Fondant.

Purple, Birds, and Stars: An Update

Sometimes you deliver a cake, freak out about the traffic en route, curse your GPS, get to your destination, fix afore mentioned damaged cake, and forget about it. 

And then you receive gorgeous pictures like this from a client: 

...and it makes it all worth while! I love the flowers around the cake and on the table! It's just gorgeous!!!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Red Carpet Premier Birthday!

I had the most amazingly fantastic cake orders this week! It started with the Harry Potter Cake and ended with this enormous Topsy Turvy Cake! Imagine you and your best friend are celebrating your 16th birthdays, how do you do it in style? With a Red Carpet Premier themed party and this cake for you and your 60 closest friends!!!

This cake is SEVEN layers of Vanilla and Chocolate Marbled Cake, with Vanilla Buttercream, and covered in Rolled Fondant. The birthday girls are sculpted out of sugar paste and fondant.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Purple, Birds, and Stars

Purple, Birds, and Stars, originally uploaded by bakers-cakes.

The name of this cake pretty well describes the pieces of this cake design puzzle! An elegant cake for a 40th birthday! This cake story really begins with an adventurous delivery to Raleigh. While, I love my GPS, I questioned it's route today! I also cursed lots when the cars in front of me stopped short behind a car turning left off of Wade Ave. Disaster was narrowly averted and the cake survived with a minimal dent. Argh.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Tokidoki Cupcakes

Tokidoki Cupcakes, originally uploaded by bakers-cakes.

I admit I'm somewhat out of touch with pop culture, so when I got a request for these Tokidoki Cupcakes, I needed a little direction! A customer ordered these for her roommate who is turning 21! To put it in terms I could understand she wrote, "They're kinda like Hello Kitty characters."

For this vanilla and strawberry fan, I whipped up some Buttermilk Vanilla Cupcakes and Strawberry Buttermilk Cupcakes and then topped them with Vanilla Buttercream and Fresh Strawberry Buttercream Frosting! The Tokidoki birds are individually hand crafted using rolled fondant and then individually colored with edible markers!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Harry Potter Cake

Harry Potter Cake, originally uploaded by bakers-cakes.

I loved making this cake! After some, well, years of protest, I finished the Harry Potter series this fall. And I'm glad I did. It was the perfect inspiration for this cake!

The cake is five layers of Baker's Cakes Signature Chocolate Cake, Vanilla Buttercream Frosting, and topped with rolled fondant. Harry's wand and glasses are sculpted out of sugar paste and the Gryffindor scarf is made out of fondant. We hope this Harry Potter fan has a magical birthday!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Duke Blue Devil Cake

Duke Blue Devil Cake, originally uploaded by bakers-cakes.

This cake was created for a Duke alum and inspired by a 1981 Duke/UNC football game poster. It is an Almond Cake with Almond Buttercream Frosting, and topped with rolled fondant. Let the hate mail begin.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Girls on the Run

Last week I created a cake and cupcakes for a local Girls on the Run event:

From the Girls on the Run website:
Girls on the Run® is a non-profit prevention program that encourages preteen girls to develop self-respect and healthy lifestyles through running. Our curricula address all aspects of girls' development - their physical, emotional, mental, social and spiritual well-being.

Girls on the Run International (GOTRI) is the parent organization of more than 150 Girls on the Run councils across the United States and Canada. GOTRI establishes, trains and supports a network of community-level councils with local volunteers. The volunteers serve as role models to the girls through coaching the 12-week, 24 lesson curricula. The curriculum is delivered in these areas through after-school programs, recreation centers and other non-profit settings. 

Monday, November 23, 2009

21st Birthday Cake!

21st Birthday Cake!, originally uploaded by bakers-cakes.

What happens when a Carolina Girl turn 21? She needs an adorable Cupcake Cake in Pink and Carolina Blue! A client ordered this cake for her sister who was celebrating her 21st Birthday! She chose a Red Velvet Cupcake Cake topped with White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting on top of a three layer Buttermilk Vanilla Cake frosted with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting. She asked to keep the fondant minimal so the dots, sprinkles, 21, and inscription are the only fondant elements. This giant cupcakes was also accompanied by 21 Cupcakes Pops in matching Carolina Blue, shades of pink, and green!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Hello Kitty Cake

Hello Kitty Cake, originally uploaded by bakers-cakes.

This cake is for a little Hello Kitty fanatic!!! Her cake needed to be pink, of course! We made a giant Buttermilk Strawberry Cupcake Cake with Fresh Strawberry Buttercream Frosting. Hello Kitty is dancing on a bed of fondant flowers! The stripes are vanilla fondant and the ballerina Hello Kitty is sculpted out of sugar paste!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Pirate Ship Cake

Pirate Ship Cake, originally uploaded by bakers-cakes.

Arrrr Matey! A Buttermilk Vanilla Cake with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting, topped with Light Chocolate Rolled Fondant! The details are sculpted out of Sugar Paste. This cake was actually won at a raffle at my daughter's school! The winner of this Baker's Cakes Cake got their very own custom designed cake! Within days, maybe even moments of winning this cake, I received a phone call booking this pirate cake! This cake was so much fun to make! My personal favorite detail... the pirate's tattoo! I hope this cake brings lots of joy and treasure to the Birthday Boy and his family (and no scurvy or mutiny)!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Hello Kitty Cupcakes

Hello Kitty Cupcakes, originally uploaded by bakers-cakes.

We're celebrating a very special birthday this week at Baker's Cakes! Our pinkest Hello Kitty fan is turning three! Of course, she needed pink cupcakes! These Hello Kitty and Friends Cupcakes are Strawberry Buttermilk with Fresh Strawberry Buttercream Frosting. The cupcake toppers are rolled fondant. It's hard to believe my baby will be three Sunday!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Thomas the Tank Engine Cake

Thomas the Tank Engine Cake, originally uploaded by bakers-cakes.

This cake was a blast to make! The cakes are Baker's Cakes Signature Chocolate, crumb coated with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting, and topped with rolled fondant. I loved sculpting Thomas' cheerful face out of sugar paste.

 The first train car carries colorful rock candy "coal". The second train car pulls a cute sugar paste elephant, monkey, and giraffe.

The third train car carries tootsie roll and chocolate fondant logs. They are all rolling along on Oreo wheels. This is the perfect cake to accompany the celebration of the birthday of a two year old Thomas fan!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Duke Medicine Logo Cake

Duke Medicine Logo Cake, originally uploaded by bakers-cakes.

The Liver Transplant Program at Duke is celebrating it's 25th Anniversary and requested this cake. The cake is a Buttermilk Vanilla two layer sheet cake with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting. The Liver folks really wanted a liver on their cake. With some guidance we steered away from a liver topped cake, so it wouldn't end up here.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Fancy Cupcakes!

Fancy Cupcakes!, originally uploaded by bakers-cakes.

Wowzahs! To say it has been a busy past couple of weeks would be an understatement! These Buttermilk Vanilla Cupcakes frosted with Vanilla Buttercream and topped with fondant and royal icing swirls, wrap up a crazy week! Now, the Baker's Cakes Triathlon Team heads to Wilmington, NC to race in the Beach 2 Battleship 1/2 Ironman! If there was a baking triathlon, I'd be ready for it! Bake, frost, decorate, I'm all over it! Swim, bike, run... Not so ready! Go Cupcake Girls!!! (And Guys!)

Snow White Cake

Snow White Cake, originally uploaded by bakers-cakes.

Snow White is crafted out of Baker's Cakes Signature Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting and topped with rolled fondant. I have to admit, I really like this sweet princess cake!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

A Cake for a Cause

Cake for a Cause, originally uploaded by bakers-cakes.

This Pumpkin Cake with White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting covered in fondant, is being donated to the Orange County Rape Crisis Center Holiday Auction! Guests attending the event will have the opportunity to bid on cakes made by local bakers. "The way the cake auction works is after dinner everyone at the table (10 people) bid for the table, so if everyone pledges $25, that tables bid would be $250 people. The highest bidding table gets first choice of cakes to eat for dessert, the 2nd highest bid gets to pick a cake for their table next, and so on." Yum! What a fantastic fantastic event for a fabulous cause!!!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Pond Life Cupcakes and Mini Cake

Ducky, frog, and lily pad cupcake toppers make a sweet compliment to a ducky mini cake!

This was one sweet party, based on the love of a little boy for his ducky!

There were so many great activities for the guests! They fed the ducks:

Played pin the feather on the duck:

Went on a rubber Ducky scavenger hunt:

And finished the fun time with some delicious Baker's Cakes Signature Chocolate Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting!

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Baby Shower Cake

Baby Shower Cake, originally uploaded by bakers-cakes.

The chocolate triple threat! Baker's Cakes Signature Chocolate cake with Double Chocolate Cream Cheese Buttercream Frosting, topped with Rolled Chocolate Fondant! The Ducky, Bottle, and Bear are made out of crispy rice cereal covered with sugar paste and fondant!

Friday, October 30, 2009

Happy Halloween!

Halloween Mini Cupcakes!, originally uploaded by bakers-cakes.

These Vanilla, Chocolate, and Red Velvet Mini Cupcakes are all dressed up for Halloween! Each mini cupcake donned it's monster, mummy, skeleton, or vampire costume for this treat filled celebration!

I may have gone heavy on the vampires, but I did just read the Twilight series this summer! 

 Happy Halloween!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Cupcake Tasting

Cupcake Tasting, originally uploaded by bakers-cakes.

A cupcake tasting! Yum! Starting in the back row: Sour Cream Almond Cupcakes with White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting. Clockwise to the right: Buttermilk Vanilla Cupcakes with Fluffy Vanilla Frosting. In the front row: Buttermilk Vanilla Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting. Finally, Sour Cream Almond Cupcakes with Almond Buttercream Frosting and Marzipan Flowers!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Lego Bionicle Birthday Cake

Are you familiar with the saying, "the cobbler's children never have any shoes?" (Or something to that effect, I always botch up axioms). Well such was nearly the case this weekend at our house, but not with shoes, because my mother-in-law is here and she keeps my kids well shoed. My son turned seven yesterday and after a long week, I was just about caked out! But, guilt (and my husband) prodded me to finish his cake!

One of the unexpected side effects of being a cake maker, is that your children witness a seemingly endless parade of cakes march out of the kitchen. So when I asked my son what kind of cake he wanted for his birthday, he knew exactly! A Bionicle cake with so and so's mask, and he handed me a picture. Ok, not much creative wiggle room there!

I wanted to keep the fondant to a minimum, so I blended the frosting in the background to resemble the dvd cover. But to get the detail in the mask I needed to use fondant and an edible black marker. I then did thin washes of food coloring to achieve the shaded portions of the mask! And in the end, the Birthday Boy loved it! It's hard to believe my baby is seven already! 

Friday, October 16, 2009

Chevy Camaro Cake

Chevy Camaro Cake, originally uploaded by bakers-cakes.

This yellow Camaro Cake, with racing stripes, was created for a Transformers fan celebrating his 5th Birthday! Inspired by the Autobot, Bumblebee it was three layers of Vanilla Buttermilk Cake and Vanilla Buttercream Frosting, topped with fondant. We hope this cake makes his birthday a little sweeter!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Lego Cupcakes

Lego Cupcakes, originally uploaded by bakers-cakes.

These Baker's Cakes Signature Chocolate Cupcakes (with additional chocolate chips, in case they weren't chocolatey enough), with Blue Vanilla Buttercream, will surely satisfy any Lego Maniac! The candy Lego pieces remind me a bit of sweet tarts! Yum!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Look Away Pats Fans...

Despite the fact that my husband and son cringed every time they saw these Pittsburgh Steelers inspired Vanilla Buttermilk Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting, they were a hit with the Steelers fan who enjoyed them for his birthday!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Susie Cupcake!

It's our friend Susan's birthday, so I created the Susie Cupcake out of her favorite Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies and Chocolate Cupcakes:



Happy "29th" Birthday Susie Cupcake!!!