Tuesday, May 25, 2010

A Fantastic Wedding Cake Tasting!

I recently had a fantastic wedding cake tasting! The bride brought a picture of a cake that she loved. She and I looked at it and thought the exact same thing: simple and elegant yet bold and graphic at the same time! This style of cake is a a perfect match with my background in drawing and painting and I can't wait to get started on it! But, I'll have to wait until July!!!

Here is the cake selection that the bride and groom tasted: Buttermilk Lemon Cake with Lemon Curd Filling and Lemon Buttercream Frosting topped with Vanilla Rolled Fondant:

Chocolate and Vanilla Marble Cake with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting:

Red Velvet Cake with White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting (and some of the lemon cake with lemon buttercream without the lemon curd):

Mermaid Cake II

Mermaid Cake II, originally uploaded by bakers-cakes.

Well, it's been a couple of weeks since I posted any cakes. No, I'm not just recycling the Mermaid Cake of a couple of weeks ago! Sometimes this is just the way orders play out! So, I took the opportunity to work out some of the kinks that came up in the last mermaid cake.

While I liked the painterly quality of the rocks that the last mermaid sat on, I really wanted a cleaner crisp look on this cake, so I went with a overall purple layer of fondant on the cake. I also softened the waves in shape and color by going with a blue that was tonally very similar to the purple. The clients provided me with the Ariel Doll and a dolphin, so I created a sugar paste dolphin to accompany Ariel on the cake.

This cake was a delicious combination of Buttermilk Vanilla Cake and Fresh Strawberry Buttercream, topped with vanilla rolled fondant!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Mermaid Cake

Mermaid Cake, originally uploaded by bakers-cakes.

This cake is based on the Barbie Doll Cake design. However, given that Ariel has a tail, the doll's legs are inside the cake and the tail is designed into the cake. It was so much fun to create her scaly shiny mermaid tail. I drew each scale with an exacto knife and then painted them with luster dust! While she is sitting on rocks, I didn't want the majority of the cake to be grey and brown, so I painted swirls of blue, green, and turquoise for the rocks to keep with the colors my client requested. The water swirl details add a whimsical touch to this sweet cake for a sweet five year old girl!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

ECU Topsy Turvy Graduation Cake!

It's a crazy week for Bakers everywhere! This weekend marks the beginning of college graduation season, Mother's Day on Sunday, birthdays, you name- it's happening this weekend (throw in a couple legs of a Half Iron Man and I might lose it entirely)!

At any rate, this cake proves that Mothers are the best! A mother ordered it for her daughter's graduation from East Carolina University! It is a Chocolate and Vanilla Marble Cake with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting, topped with rolled fondant. The pirate is the recognizable ECU mascot and of course, the purple and black school colors. I admit I am now addicted to my gerbera daisy cutters, but they added a sweet feminine touch to this cake!

Monday, May 3, 2010

Karate Birthday Cake!

Karate Birthday Cake!, originally uploaded by bakers-cakes.

Last month I made this cool Tae Kwon Do Cake and more recently I created this Karate Cake! Based on that, I'm assuming that martial arts birthday parties are popular with the seven year old boy crowd! I guess we know who is going to be heading to see the remake of The Karate Kid when it comes out this summer!

This cake is Baker's Cakes Signature Chocolate Cake with Double Chocolate Cream Cheese Buttercream Frosting, it is covered in rolled fondant, and the figure is hand sculpted out of sugar paste. This is the first time that I used a full wire armature inside the figure and that made it possible to really capture the movement in the pose!