Thursday, May 19, 2011

Another Day, Another Dollar

This was originally supposed to be a 2 tiered cake but the price changed their minds.  Instead of a zebra tier and a polka dot tier, I think their design collaboration was a success.

I am so glad to be able to practice Spongebob at the bakery!  My daughter wants a Spongebob birthday party.  My design will be Spongbob sitting up in actual 3D and a Crabby Patty for her smash cake.  It will be a big challenge but I think I am ready for it.  The hardest part would be deciding how to keep Songebob from sagging.  My theory will be to use a Styrofoam dummy for the bottom half and a pound cake for the top.  We'll see what happens.

For a graduation/anniversary party, a family asked for an 80's themed cake since that is the only thing everyone could agree on.  It was lots of fun researching the terms and the styles...kind of like reliving my youth.

My Latest and Greatest

My cousin needed a cake for her grandmother and sent me a picture of what she wanted.  The cake is pretty much a duplicate except for the colors used and the basket weave.  I also added a fondant ribbon and bow since buttercream bows are NOT my forte.

Aside from the monotony of doing so many zebra cakes at the bakery, I do love it when the order calls for zebra print details.  An example being the "2" on the shirt.  I roll out a thin pin of white fondant, press tiny pieces pinched from the black fondant, and then roll the all together.  I think this gives it a more natural effect because both colors become one piece of fondant to use cutters on. 

This order was for an anniversary and it called for gold roses.  I wish there was a way to make actual gold roses from buttercream instead of just yellow roses.

This was the very FIRST time I ever used an edible image.  I think it turned out nicely.  Not really a big fan when the edible images are over used.  They make a cake look cluttered.

This has a funny story behind it...

As I'm checking out my orders for the day, I notice another order for a Mario cake.  They even attached a picture of what they wanted. (I love having a reference photo!)  As I inspect the picture, I think to myself, "WOW!  This cake looks awesome!  How did they get such detail?  Have I "googled" that cake in the past?"  Then, a moment of clarity hits me like a ton of bricks...I MADE the cake that picture!  That's where I've seen is before.  The only difference was that the little figures are plastic on this cake but they give just the right touch.