Thursday, December 30, 2010

Piano, Books, and Christmas Ornament Cake!

When I got the order for this cake I was very excited, the concept was so original and personalized. Cakes that can only ever made for one person in the whole world are the ones that I enjoy making the most. For this cake, a husband ordered it for his wife who was graduating from grad school and had written her thesis on Flannery O'Connor. She is also and avid piano player and they were celebrating by throwing a holiday/graduation party, hence the fancy chrstmas ornaments.

This cake was Baker's Cakes Signature Chocolate with Double Chocolate Cream Cheese Butterecream Frosting and it was topped with Homemade Chocolate Marshmallow Rolled Fondant!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Disco Ball Cake!

Disco Ball Cake!, originally uploaded by bakers-cakes.

I loved this cake! However, this cake is a little engineering lesson to me all wrapped up in fondant! I baked a ball cake and covered it in hundreds of fondant squares that I individually painted. I made the disco ball stand out of crispy rice cereal treats and covered that in fondant. I baked the Saturday Night Fever-esque dance floor base and covered it in fondant squares.

And here is where things began to go dramatically wrong. I placed the disco ball on the rice cereal base assuming the squashed together crispy treats would be a nice strong base for the ball. The base was on cardboard and there were dowels in the dance floor, but not in the disco ball base. Off went my groovy disco ball cake. I later received a text that the disco ball base was smooshing! Boo. (The cake was salvaged at the party by popping it into the fridge and propping up the ball.) One cardboard under the ball and one dowel through the crispy treats could have prevented that! The lesson here is that crispy rice cereal is not as structurally sound as I thought! Lesson learned! Sometimes I just need to run my artistic vision by a structural engineer!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Flowers and Bugs Cake

Pink Flowers and Bugs Cake, originally uploaded by bakers-cakes.

This sweet cake was for an equally sweet four year old birthday girl. She dreamed of a pink cake with bees, ladybugs, and butterflies! I added a few flowers and leaves and voila, an adorable birthday cake!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

'Tis the Season...

...for giving! And here are two cakes that Baker's Cakes recently donated to a couple of our favorite charities! A cake for an Orange County Rape Crisis Center fundraiser and cake auction:

And a cake for the Girls on the Run of the Triangle 10th Birthday Party:

Happy Holidays to all!!!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Harley Davidson Cake

Harley Davidson Cake, originally uploaded by bakers-cakes.

It's been a long time since I made a Motorcycle Cake. This cake was to celebrate a 50th birthday. The recipient really wanted this bike, but his wife threw him an awesome biker party and got him this cake instead!

The trickiest part about creating a cake for a large group of people to eat is that a motorcycle is basically about an economy of parts, two wheels, not four, no roof, etc. So how do you make a cake that has enough substance to meet serving requirement? I expanded the engine a bit and filled all the spaces between bike bits with cake. Here is an older Motorcycle Cake that I made a few years ago:

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Poinsettia Cupcakes

Poinsettia Cupcakes, originally uploaded by bakers-cakes.

The Poinsettia Cupcake is the December installment of the PTA Appreciation Cupcake! There are many more cakes coming soon, check back Thursday!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Pearl Handbag Cake

Pearl Handbag Cake, originally uploaded by bakers-cakes.

Earlier this year I made this Louis Vuitton Handbag Cake. Shortly after, the recipient of that cake contacted me to make a Pearl Handbag Cake for her aunt's birthday. We searched the internet for pearl handbag's to use as inspiration and decided on this abstract swirl patterned clutch.

I really do enjoy making these handbag cakes! Although, at times, I felt like my fingers were just too big and clumsy as I individually placed each tiny bead! Frequently they would fly out from between my fingers, resulting in the floor looking like this: