Inside Out Surprise Cake

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I made this fun Inside Out Surprise cake for my Daughter’s 6th birthday in November of 2017.  It was simply decorated in purple buttercream (her favorite color) with gumball “memories”.

Again, I used some fun figurines and the “console” that my Daughter could keep afterwards.

The surprise inside was more gumballs. I used the cut outs to stack and cover another small cake in ganache for just on the side, but I realized a few days after making the cake that I should have stacked that and used it for some additional height for the characters.

Anyway, my daughter loved it and we have lots of fun cutting into it and watching the “surprises” come tumbling out.

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25th Anniversary Cake

26024265_1368824886559486_5543464049141817798_oIn March of 2017, my Mom and Step-Dad celebrated 25 years of marriage.  We threw them a surprise party and I dove head first into my first full fondant cake. I started with a small test cake a few weeks before hand and pawned it off on my co-workers to eat.

My Sister made this awesome cake topper, and I made a chocolate cake with a homemade raspberry filling.

The quilting on the bottom tier turned out quite nicely. I used a clear plastic pattern sheet with the quilt squares on it to press into the fondant, and then went back and pushed in on the squares with the tip of a spoon at the intersections to give it more dimension before painting in a bit of the grey for shading with vodka and silver pearl dust and adding the silver candy spheres.

The piping on the top could have been better.  I used buttercream, but looking back, I should have used a thick white chocolate fondant and then gone back and painted it with the pearl dust after it set. I’d also have done much smaller scroll work.  Maybe another time.  I also decorated it prior to stacking. Actually, I only stacked it after arriving at the venue and didn’t have any supports in it.  It worked fine for this case, but if I had it to do again, I’d have stacked it with supports, and then decorated the top tier before delivering.

Regardless, they loved it and we had a great party to celebrate.

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Monster Birthday Cakes

23755020_10203999136374273_5093886530965099058_nIn February of 2017, my youngest son turned one.  I made this monster cake and crash cake for his birthday party.  Again,  I don’t remember what flavors I used, but I tediously piped monster hair all over these things with a grass tip.

The smile on the large cake is just a roll of fondant.  The eyes on both are also fondant.

For the hovering eyes, I used Styrofoam spheres and covered them with white fondant before adding the irises and pupils. I used florist wire bent at slightly different heights to give a sense of expression to the hovering eyes, and when I actually inserted them into the cake I started giggling at how cute it was.  It makes me think of a Muppet for some reason.

When the birthday boy was done with the crash cake, he looked like he’d devoured a smurf!

Paw Patrol Bone Cake

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In December 2016 I made this fun cake for my oldest Son’s third birthday. I don’t remember the flavor on this one either. I think some was white and some was chocolate. And it was decorated with Crisco buttercream.  I ordered the sugar sheet logo on Amazon I think, and it was too big for the cake, even trimmed down!  Regardless, he loved it and was happy.

I like using little figurines like this  on cakes because the kids love having something left from the cake to play with.

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Frozen Snow Globe Cake

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After making my Son’s Minion cake, I found and planned making this cake all year for my Daughter’s fifth birthday in November, 2016. The bottom tier is a simple white cake with a white Crisco buttercream frosting.  I added sugar crystals to make it look like snow.

I made the snow globe following this tutorial by My Cupcake Addition on YouTube.

The base is made by  coating the inside of a giant cupcake silicone mold with candy melts before layering cake inside.  The glass is actually just a fishbowl from a thrift store. the snowflakes are fondant cut out with plunge cutters.  You can’t see it very well in this picture, but there are details on them from the press.

The snow in and on top of the globe are just thick circles of fondant.  I was so proud of this cake and it took me a lot of work at the time.  If I did it now it would probably feel fairly simple for me to do.