• BABY BELLY CAKE…

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on October 10, 2009 by beverlydill

Cake  – 10.10.09

Bethany contacted me awhile back about a pregnant belly baby shower cake.  I had done this particular cake design in the past so it was still pretty fresh on my mind.  The cake was to feed 20 and go with a blue/purple scheme for a baby boy.

I began by baking a soccer ball pans and two small ball pans.  Before I pushed the two small ball cakes together, I cut a straight line down the side of each one so they would press up against each other.  I cut into them again so they would follow the roundness of the belly and sit it place.

After all was cut, I covered the cakes in a thick layer of buttercream and covered with fondant. I left  quite a bit of fondant on the bottom to drape as the dress.  I colored and cut a triangle piece of flesh tone fondant and attached it to the top of the body for cleavage.  I cut strip of white fondant for the trim on the dress followed by the blue for the top ribbon trim and bow.  I used buttercream to pipe the lace on the bottom of the dress. To finish up the cake, I rolled out blue and purple fondant and cut out small flowers.  After placing them around the cake, I piped in the white dots in the center of each flower with buttercream.. After 4 hours, it was complete.

Congrats to the momma-to-be. Thanks, Bethany, for allowing me to create this cake for you guys.  Hope you enjoy.

• SOMETHING FISHY GOING ON…

Posted in Cakes with tags , , , , on September 12, 2009 by beverlydill

There was something fishy going on this week.  Monday I started off with a fishing logo, followed by two  fish cakes, one on Wednesday and one on Friday.  I will post the fishing logo at a later date as soon as the final design is chosen.

Cake #1 – 09.09.09

Logan, Ben’s little brother turned 10 on 9-9-09.  He loves fish so Trina wanted a fish cake for him.

We baked a chocolate sheet cake and Ben sculpted the cake into a fish.  I coated the cake with buttercream and a thin layer of mint green fondant.  I mixed up two more shades of green and began cutting small round scales to be added to the body.  After all the scales were attached we added the fins, lips and eyes.  The ridges in the fins and tail were created by a plastic template with waves. Ben added the bubbles as the finishing touch and after 3-4 hours, it was complete.

Hope you had a wonderful birthday, Logan! And thanks for sharing a piece with us!  Only kind of fish I’ll eat!  Love ya.

Cake #2 – 09.11.09

Mrs. Lynn, my first employer at Riverfront, sent me an email last week for a surprise birthday cake to feed four.  Her mother’s best friend’s daughter (I believe that’s correct) was having a birthday on 9.12.09.  They were celebrating her birthday out on the lake, so Mrs. Lynn wanted a cake in the shape of the TN-Arts fish that you see on Tennessee license plates.

I baked a chocolate sheet cake and sculpted the cake in the shape of the fish. I covered the cake with white buttercream and mixed up red, blue and darker blue to be added to the cake.  I began with piping the red on the body and lips and came back with the dark blue to outline the fins, tail, eyes, lips, teeth and face.  I also used the dark blue to pipe Tennessee on the top fin. I used the lighter blue to fill in the other areas.  I finished off the piping with the white in the eyes, teeth, spots on the body and bubbles on the cake board.

I made a silver fondant fish hook  hanging out of its mouth with fishing line that created the “Hope You Enjoy Your Birthday On The Lake”.  After four hours, it was complete.

Thank you, Mrs. Lynn for the opportunity to create this fun cake.  Miss you and love you lots.

• SCIENCE PROJECT – ANIMAL CELL CAKE

Posted in Cakes with tags , , , on September 12, 2009 by beverlydill

Cake  – 08.26.09

Tessa, Ben’s little sister, had a science project to create an animal cell.  There was also extra credit available for anyone that came up with an idea the teacher had never seen before. So Tessa came to me and asked if we could build it out of cake. Why sure we could, so off to the drawing table I went.

We baked a vanilla soccer ball cake, cut out a section of the ball to display the cell’s inside components and covered it with buttercream and fondant. I came back with another piece of pink fondant and draped on top of the white to create a thin wall.  We separated the rest of the white fondant and mixed up various colors.  Tessa chose which parts were to be which color and began forming the pieces and attaching to the cake.  She came back with edible marker and added the final touches to the inside.  We made indentions in the outside of the cake to replicate a cell and added little breathing holes with the end of a paintbrush.  After 3 hours, it was complete and ready to make it’s grand entrance in science class.  And to top it all, she got 110 on the project! ‘Twas fun, Tessa.  I’m sure there will be many more collaborated artistic cake pieces made in the future. Love you, sis.

• BABIES AND BIRTHDAYS…

Posted in Cakes with tags , , , , , , , , on August 23, 2009 by beverlydill

Cake #1 – 08.23.09

Lisa contacted me awhile back about doing her grandmother’s 86th Birthday Cake.  She wanted 45 cupcakes with red roses and yellow accents.

I decided to put the cupcakes on the new stand we did her daughter’s birthday cupcakes on.  I baked two 6″ round yellow cakes for the topper cake followed by 45 cupcakes to fill the two tiers below.  I covered the topper cake with buttercream, added a red satin ribbon and piped cornelli lace.  I created the topper with red roses and yellow flowers and yellow ribbon to accent.  I piped a buttercream swirl on top of each cupcake and places a royal icing rose on each one that I had made a few days earlier.  I placed the remaining royal icing roses on the topper cake.  After 4 hours, it was complete.

Happy Birthday, Mrs. Edna!  I wish you many more happy ones to come!


Cake #2 – 08.23.09

I was contacted awhile back about a baby shower cake for some friends expecting their second little girl.  I received the invitation in the mail to match the cake to.  It had three baby blocks so I decided to work the clocks into the design on the cake.

I baked 6 – 6″ square yellow cakes.  I stacked them two high for a total of 3 clocks.  I sat two at different agles on the cake board. I covered them in buttercream and piped on a heart with light pink buttercream in the middle of each side of every block.  I came back and piped the corners of each block eith the same color.  I used the white buttercream to pipe on the cornelli lace design surrounding the hearts.  Finally, I placed the third block on top of the bottom two and supported with dowel rods.  After four hours, it was complete.

Congrats, Jenny and Korey. We can’t wait to meet baby Allyson!

• DELICIOUS DACHSHUND…

Posted in Cakes with tags , , , , on August 23, 2009 by beverlydill

Cake – 08.16.09

Trina wanted a weenie dog cake for one of her employee’s birthdays.  She only need it to feed five or so.  We decided to go with a chocolate cake with buttercream icing.  Usually to do sculpted cakes, I go fondant, so we thought this would be quite the challange.

First, I baked a 10″ round cake.  Ben came in and used a toothpick to draw in the silhouette of the dog for me, then we pulled out the knives and began carving.  After forming the dog, we covered the cake with reddish-brown buttercream, added the eyes, nose and the collar, and it was complete!

Many thanks to Ben for sticking this one out with me.  Your help wasand always is  much appreciated!

• IT’S WEDDING TIME!

Posted in Cakes with tags , , , , , , , , on August 10, 2009 by beverlydill

Cake – 08.08.09

This cake has been talked about for awhile with the bride and groom.  But it has only been a few weeks since the final decision was made about their wedding cake, and boy was it a great idea on their part.  The couple  are very close friends and quite the mentor of art I must add.  I was probably more nervous about this cake, but yet honored at the same time to do it because the groom is such an amazing artist himself.

Brandt and Aurora were to wed on August 8, 2009.  They wanted a wedding cake that incorporated who they both were and what they liked.  They decided on a record player (music is Aurora’s passion) and a melting clock as the record (art is Brandt’s passion).  The clock idea came from the famous Salvadore Dali’s great mind.   He often drew melting clocks so I knew it had to be spot on.  They decided on vanilla on strawberry to feed 100, so the adventure began.

As I started planning for this cake, I knew I wanted to go above and beyond what I hoped they had in mind.  I wanted to either make the record/clock spin or the power light to light up.  Since the clock would be melted down the cake, I knew we had to conquer the electrical idea.  Ben and I sat up one stormy night making electricity from batteries,, wire and bulbs. Ironically we conquered our mission while the power was out and had us a nice light to get around the house.  So after this obstacle, it was cake time.

I baked four sheet cakes (two vanilla and two strawberry) and stacked them. I carved an outer edge or the record player and covered with buttercream.  I mixed up a tan colored batch of marshmallow fondant and draped over the cake. I painted the inner part of the box with a wood grain pattern.  From here, we had to get the light in place.   Ben found a red LED light and a 9V battery and hooked up the current by pulling the wires through a straw that went down into the cake.  We lifted up the edge of the cake and pulled the wires out and around the side to hook to the battery behind the board.  And we had our power button!  Next, I baked a 10″ for the record/clock’s platform.  I painted it black as ready for the clock.  I created a round circle of white fondant and began to stretch the sides as if it were melting.  I rolled back the edges to give it a lip and painted the rim gold with a vodka/gold luster dust mix.  I hand painted the numbers with black food coloring and came back with a black edible marker to clean up the edges,  We placed the hands on the clock to be 8:08 to symbolize their wedding date.  Finally, I added to top dial to the watch which is on every Dali clock.  After the clock was complete we attached the fondant speakers which were gridded and painted gold to the sides of the box  and the gold plated edges around the corners of the cake.  While I formed the knobs and record arm Ben created the gold edge around the bottom of the cake.  After 15 hours baking/decorating it was a piece of art!

We delivered the cake to Clarksville, attended the wedding and smiled as they smashed the cake into each others faces.  Ben and I wish the newlyweds nothing but happiness and success as you start this new adventure.  We’ll always be here for you guys and love you very much.  God Bless.

• UNDER THE SEA, UNDER THE SEA…

Posted in Cakes with tags , , , , , , on July 19, 2009 by beverlydill

Cake – 07.18.09

Cathy contacted me a few weeks back about a Little Mermaid birthday cake. I was really excited about this because it is my favorite Disney movie.  She  wanted a marble cake with buttercream to feed 30.  After giving her a few options on how we could do this cake, she decided on the Ariel Doll with the ocean scene instead of the usual sheet cake or character cake.

I began my journey by looking everywhere for this doll.  Note: Find what you’re looking for, before you say it’s doable! I’ve now realized if toy stores in the area don’t carry it, I better have a Plan B. My mother ended up having that plan I so desperately needed.  I had a doll pick (consists of the upper half of a doll with a sharp point ion the end used for cakes) tucked away for later use.  They only come in blond and brunette so my mother told me to soak her hair in red food coloring and let it stain, and it did just that.

I baked two 9″ round cakes and one half of a ball pan.  I stacked the two 9″ cakes and covered with blue buttercream.  AFter smoothing out the sides, I roughed up the top to look like waves. Next, I sculpted the ball pan into a rock shape, covered in gray buttercream and placed on top of the water with dowels supporting it. I came back with blue and white buttercream and made the waves splash against the rocks.

For the bottom of the cake I piped green buttercream leaves as seaweed and made coral from royal icing. I had originally made shells and starfish from royal icing, but my lovely aunt found seashell molds for me and dropped them by while working on the last pieces of the cake.  I melted white chocolate and swirled in brown coloring to give the shells a marbleized effect. After hardening, I added them to the caked. I crushed up vanilla wafers and sprinkled around to bottom to act as sand. Finally, I piped Ariel’s purple top and green waist and fins.  I decided at the last minute to add some blue cupcakes with almond bark vanilla seashells to match.  While decorating them, Ben found my Little Mermaid CD from way back and popped it in to give me the perfect inspirational music.  After 6 hours,the cake and cupcakes were complete.

Happy Birthday, Cami! Hope you have a wonderful day!  Thanks, Cathy for giving me this opportunity.

• SWEETS FOR A SWEETIE…

Posted in Cakes with tags , , , , , , on July 11, 2009 by beverlydill

Cake – 07.11.09

Lisa contacted me a few weeks ago about a cake for her daughter.  She picked out a few cakes I had done recently to go by and told me she liked jewelry boxes. She wanted little girl colors and for the vanilla cake to feed about 30.

After going through all of the info I decided to combine all the cakes she liked and add the jewelry box as the main focus.  I went with a 3 tier cupcakes stand with the bottom two tier being cupcakes and the top tier being the box.

I bakes 3-6″ Round pans for the box.  I stacked two of the three for a 4″ box and covered them in pink buttercream.and then put the 3rd 6″ round cake on a board and did the same.  I wrapped hot pink ribbon around the bottom of the round box and piped cornelli lace of the lid.  I placed 5 dowel rods in the bottom to lift the lid 1″ off the box as it it were open.  I placed pink necklaces and bracelets where they draped out onto the sides of the cake and filled in the open space with pink/white daisies.  I tied a bow in the hot pink ribbon and placed on top.  I then baked 24 vanilla cupcakes and piped with pink buttercream.  A few days earlier, I made the “A”‘s for Anniston out of royal icing so they could harden to add to the cupcakes and topper. After I placed them on tope, I added hot pink sprinkles.  After placing all the letters on top I placed little daisies around the stand tie the top and bottom tiers together.  After 5 hours baking/decorating it was complete.  Happy Birthday Anniston!  Hope you have a wonderful day!  Thanks, Lisa, for the opportunity to play a part in her spoecial day.

• THE TASTE OF SUCCESS…

Posted in Cakes with tags , , on June 30, 2009 by beverlydill

Cake – 06.30.09

Lisa contacted me a couple weeks  in regards to a cake for Jeff Knott who will be the new “Dover City Manager”. I was bookedfor the next few weekends, but since this was a weekday cake, I decided to add it in.  She wanted a cake in the shape of a Desk Name Plate to feed about 75 people.

So with this info, I took off.  To feed 75, the cake came to about three feet long.  I did half vanilla and half chocolate.  I started with 2 11×15 cakes, cut them in half, stacked, and carved the slope of the name plate  (thanks to Ben and his genius idea of creating side guides, this was a breeze).  I covered the sculpted cakes with buttercream and then with brown tinted fondant.  We hand-painted the wood grain and placed a black strip of fondant on the front.  A few days earlier, I made the gold letters out of royal icing so that they could harden and easily be added to the cake.  After all the wording was in place I rolled up gold fondant beads and placed them around the black face plate. After 8 hours baking/decorating, the cake was complete.  Congrats, Jeff!  And thank you, Lisa, for the fun cake challenge.


• A FAIRY TALE BIRTHDAY…

Posted in Cakes on June 20, 2009 by beverlydill

Cake – 06.20.09

Jennifer contacted me a few months back about doing Emmy’s second birthday cake. Last year we did the pain palette for her for the theme of “Paint Your World”. This year’s birthday theme was books with a fairy tale vibe. She went with all buttercream and a funfetti flavored cake to feed 30.

I began by preparing the boards for the cakes. I first wrapped a flat board with silver paper and then sized the book cover and folded in to the spine so that it would be lifted on the sides as if you were holding the book open to read it. I wrapped the bard in a maroon paper and placed two cardboard pieces under the sides to prop it open and hot-glued everything in place. I baked 2 rectangle sheet cakes. I placed the first on top of the opn book, filled with buttercream and then placed the second cake on top. I then card the cake into an open book shape. I mixed up buttercream so that it have blends of khaki and brown to match the antique style invitations she sent out. I piped small lines on the edges of the cake to resemble pages, a green border around the edges of the page and the lettering of “Once Upon A Time Emmy was 2” that matched the invitation as well. She wanted a fairy tale theme for the second page so Ben dre me out the outline of a castle and I piped it on the cake. I came back and piped leaves and flowers and then added sparkles to the cake. For the finishing touches, I added a silver bookmark ribbom to match the base board and sparkly wool batting to look as if the book was sitting on clouds. After 5 hours, it was complete.

Happy Birthday, Emmy! And thanks, Jennifer, once again for the opportunity. I always love to work with your creative themes. Emmy is one lucky little girl!

• A TOWER OF GOODIES…

Posted in Cakes with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 31, 2009 by beverlydill

Cake – 05.30.09

Beth contacted me quite awhile back about doing her wedding and grooms cake. She had picked out a cupcake wedding  and a sculpted trooper’s hat and badge for the groom. Her main color was green with white, pastel pink yellow, and orange flowers. The 75 cupcakes were to be  in vanilla with green buttercream and a fondant 6″ topper to match for the bride and groom to keep.  The groom’s cake was chocolate with buttercream and fondant. So with all the details in hand, off I went.

Cake #1 – Groom’s Cake

I baked an 11 x 15″ chocolate cake and sculped around the edges to form an oval badge. I covered it with buttercram followed by tan colored fondant and free-handed the golden and red details on top to make the state trooper patch. Next I baked a 6″ round cake and a ball shaped cake and stacked them together. I placed them on top of a 12″  cardboard circle to act as the brim of the hat. I scuplted the dips in the top of the hat and then covered with buttercream followed by green fondant that draped over the cakes and the 12″ board. I made up black fondant and wrapped around the hat as well as gold luster dust painted fondant as the cords. I placed on the final black and gold embellishments and it was complete. I leaned the hat upon the badge as soon as we got to the reception to keep from damaging during transport.

 

Cake #2 – Cupcakes!

My wonderful Aunt, whom I might add taught me all I know, decided to surprise me and bake all 75+ cupcakes while I was at work. This turned out to be such a blessing because they tunred out gorgeous and such a time-saver. I started with the 6″ topper cake by covering in buttercream, then green fondant. I came back with green buttercream and created leaves and vines. My mother and I rolled out white, pink, yellow and orange fondant and cut out flowers for each cupcake and the topper. After placing the flowers on the topper we rolled up little white balls and places them in the center of each flower.

Then, it was time for the cupcakes. I made up a huge batch of green buttercream and piped a large beehive-like swirl design on top of each cupake. I then came back and piped the leaves to match their topper. We then placed a flower on each cupcake, and they were  finished. After 9 Hours/Baking/Decorating I was complete at 1 AM Saturday morning. Ben and I delivered the cakes to the beautifully decorated recpetion hall and left the tower of goodies for the happy couple.

 

Congrats to you both! May God Bless you in the many years to come.

 

Specials thanks, again, to my wonderful Aunt, Parents and Ben for all their hard work and helpful hands. You’re all such troopers!

• A ZOMBIE WEDDING…

Posted in Cakes with tags , , , , , , , on May 25, 2009 by beverlydill

Cake – 05.23.09

Dan and Colleen asked me over a year ago to do their wedding cake. They already knew they wanted to incorporate zombies and themselves as the topper. So I’ve had a year to dream up this unusual but absolutely amazing idea of a cake for two of the most wonderful people in the world.

Over the past month we’ve worked out the major details for the cake and decided on the following: Green, three tiered round cake to feed 80, 2 zombies climbingup the cake, the happy couple huggingon top, purple flower accents, with alternating cake flavors of yellow with buttercream and triple fudge chocolate with chocolate hazelnut cream cheese frosting all covered in homemade marshmallow fondant. With all the details sorted out, I was ready for the challenge.

Ben and I started sculpting the zobmiesa week ago with clay, but after creating such realistic disturbing zombie faces, we decided they were just not right for the cake. So Monday and Tuesday, I pulled out photos of Dan and Colleen and created their faces along with the zombies. For Dan and Colleen’s faces, I rounded out flesh colored fondant and made indentions for the white eyes to sit in. I used a black edible marker to dot in their pupils so that they would be looking at each other when placed on the cake. I used the end of a straw to make the shape of their smiles and rounded up a small ball of fondant for their noses. I used a toothpick to press in the nostrils. For her rosey cheeks, I put pink luster dust on my hand and rubbed it around to get just a hint on my fingertip, and then applied it to her cheeks. For her eyelashes I used the black edible marker and drew a line over her eyes out to the eyelashes. For the zombies, I rolled up gray fondant for their faces. I made their eye sockets deeper and colored in a dark circle before putting their eyes in place. After attachingtheir noses, I used a tool to poke in their mouths so that they would look like they were open. And finally it was time for all their hair. I purchased an amazing tool about two weeks ago that creates things such as this. You mix up the color hair you want with fondant and add a bit of crisco. You add it to this pump-like tool and it creates small strands of fondant that push out the end. You then take and cut it to the length you want and place it. This seemed to take forever, but gave me the look I was definitely going for. After four hours, the four heads were complete.

For the cake, I made 2-6″ and 2-12″ Round Chocolate Cakes with Chocolate Hazelnut Cream Cheese for the top and bottom tiers. The middle tier was 2-9″ Round Cakes that were Yellow with Buttercream. After frosting each of the tiers, I mixed up green marshmallow fondant and covered each layer. I then stacked the tiers and was ready for the decorations. After Wrapping each tier with black satin ribbon (used to match the black around the waist of her dress) I used the hair tool to make the grass that went around the base of each tier. This took about 2 hours to create, but definitely worth the extra time. I then rolled out purple fondant and created the flowers followed by little white balls to fill the insides. After all the cake was put together, it was time for the bodies of the figures. This was the tricky part.

Ben created a wire frame for me and used aluminum foil to build up the stability of the bodies. I then took fondant and wrapped around the wire until they were fully covered and ready for clothes. We cut out white for the shirts and wrapped black pants with rips around the bottoms of the legs for the zombies. For Dan we used a photo of an army-style jacket Colleen had sent a picture of. We created his white button-up shirt with a collar underneath and placed the black jacket on top with all the pockets. For Colleen, she sent me a photo of her wedding dress that was a beautiful shade of green with a black band around the waist. I wrapped her upper half with flesh-tone fondant and wrapped the green fondant around her torso, followed by the black band.  We created Dan and Colleen in two separate pieces for easier transport. We attached the bottom halves of their bodies on top the cake and would place the top halves on when we set up the cake at the reception. Finally after staring at 1PM on Friday afternoon, we finished about 2AM Saturday Morning. So for a total of 20 hours Baking/Decorating, the Zombie Wedding Cake was complete. We packed up the car and headed to Nashville for the Wedding at the Belcourt Theater followed by the reception at the Cuisine of India. What a beautiful day filled with such an amazing amount of love. To the happy couple, I wish you all the best and cannot tell you enough how much you guys mean to us. Love you both!

Special thanks to Ben for spending so many hours planning and sculpting with me and to my parents for the extra help baking. You all mean so much to me. These cakes wouldn’t be possible without your artistic hands and helpful hearts. God Bless

• WEEKEND FULL OF WEDDINGS…

Posted in Cakes with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 17, 2009 by beverlydill

This same time last year I booked two wedding cakes and a grooms cake and swore I would never do it again, due to the strenuous work and deadline of the weddings.  But I did it again with two wedding cakes and a grooms cake that all fed the same amount as last year. I guess I felt like I was up for the challenge and I went to school with the ones getting married, so I was a bit excited to play a part. With the help of my wonderful parents helping me bake and my lovely Ben’s artistic eye for weenie dog cakes, the cakes were much easier to complete. So it all began…

Cake #1 – 05.16.09

Amanda booked her wedding cake with me awhile back. She had the cake picked out that she liked so it went rather smoothly and quickly. She decided on a four tier round cake with alternating yellow and chocolate cake flavors. It  had a wide ribbon with a smaller ribbon around the bottom, second and top tiers and had an elegant monogram design on the third tier. Her colors were light blue and black and the cake was to feed 150. So with all the info, I took off.

We baked 2-14″, 2-12″, 2-9″ &  2-6″ round cakes. The top and second tier were chocolate and the bottom and thir tier were yellow.  After covering the cakes with buttercream, I stacked the first three tiers. Since the cake would be so tall, we left off the top tier and would later take it to the reception hall to place it on top there. I placed a 1.5″ blue satin ribbon around the bottom two tiers and the top followed by a small black satin ribbon. I then placed a blue satin bow in the front of the three tiers. I mixed up some black buttercream and  freehanded the monogram design on the third tier. After piping the shell border, it was finished until we arrived at the reception hall. I placed the top tier on, piped the border and it was complete after 8 hours baking/decorating.

Congrats Mr. and Mrs. Justin Zellers! God Bless you both!

Cake #2 – 05.16.09

Brandy called last year to book her wedding cake and grooms cake. For the wedding cake she decided on a light pink square vanilla cake with darker pink accents to feed 100.

We baked 2-12″, 2-8″, 2-6″ square cakes. I covered the cakes with light pink buttercream and stacked the tiers. I piped the swag design on the bottom tier and the ribbon design on the top tier. For the middle tier I used a stencil and scraped dark pink buttercream over the openings to attach it to the cake. I then peeled off the stencil and was left with the elegant scroll design. I finished it with a dark pink shell border around it tier and moved the cake aside for the good ‘ole grooms cake…

Cake #3 – 05.16.09

Brandy decided on a weenie dog in the shape of a “G” for their last name. I was a little worried about this cake, but knew I was up for the challenge and repeated to myself, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” So after lots of praying and sketching possibilities, Ben joined me in on the fun. The cake was made from a 14″ round chocolate cake. He carved the general shape of the dog for me and handed over the knife so I could make a complete mess. After cutting here and carving there, we had us a weenie dog in the shape of a “G”. I then mixed up reddish-brown fondant and covered the dog. We shaped it’s ears paws and tail with the same color. We then made it’s nose, eyes and collar out of fondant. For the dog tag, we shaped a heart, painted with luster dust for a silver shine and carved a “G” in the middle. After 12 hours of baking/decorating, both cakes were complete.

Congrats Brandy and thanks so much for bringing on such a fun challenge.

As I’ve always been told, something bad will eventually happen to one of the cakes, and it just so happened that today was the day. After we delivered the pink wedding cake and weenie dog cake to on eof Brandy’s friends, she was to take the cakes to Murfreesboro, which is about 2+ hours from Dover. The cakes were in the back of her SUV. Even after using many dowel rods for support, lining the vehicle with padding and non-slick mats, the sun and heat were not so  easy to work with. The buttercream could not compete. Brandy contacted me after the cake arrived and said that it had shifted and the icing had cracked. Even with so much support, and air-conditioning, the direct sunlight can wreak havok through windows. They decided to serve the cake from the back and use a dummy cake for the wedding. I hate so bad this happened, but at least they still had the cake to serve.  Risks are involved in long distant transports and anything can happen. I just hate this happened to you guys. I hope you had a wonderful day and many more happy years to come. God Bless.

• WEAR YOUR CAKE AND EAT IT TOO!

Posted in Cakes with tags , , , , , on April 25, 2009 by beverlydill

Cake  – 04.25.09

Last year I started doing Jennifer’s children’s birthday cakes. She always has a nice theme picked out and again this year, she wanted a Clone Trooper Helmet for her son, Eli. She wanted a chocolate cake to feed at least 20. She sent his clone trooper helmet my way, and I’m telling you, this thing was large enough for me to wear, which gave me nice details to work with. After pondering over this cake for many days, I picked up the helmet and inspected it one more time to get a good idea of where I may need to start. unaware that this heap of plastic could speak, I unknowingly pushed a button on the side of its helmet and the mass spoke, “I’ve got a bad feeling about this, Sir” and I just froze. He knew exactly what I was thinking. This definitely gave my mother and I a good laugh, but I somehow came up with a plan.

I started with baking 2 – 9″ round pans that were 3″ thick. I then baked a Soccer Ball pan that would round out the top of the helmet. After stacking the cakes and placing a layer of buttercream in between each one, I was ready to sculpt. I started by shaping the ears and cheeks and continued by creating the slope of the face. After all was cut up and the kitchen was a complete mess, I was ready to cover the sculpture in buttercream. When sculpting cakes, plan on using a lot of buttercream if you do not plan on using fondant. Since it was chocolate and carved, small brown pieces of cake mixes in with the icing which must be covered up. I mixed up a batch of marshmallow fondant and covered the helmet. I came back with the white accents on the helmet such as the round pieces on the ears and buttons. I then tinted some fondant black and cut out the eyes and mouth piece followed by the black stripe around the top. Jennifer specifically wanted this blue to be above the black instead of the usual gray so after it was in place, I was ready for the top part of the helmet. I took what was left of the white fondant and shaped the long piece on top. I cam back with a fondant cutter and gently pressed it into the cake to created the creases. After 6 hours of baking/decorating, it was complete!

Happy Birthday, Eli! And thank you, Jennifer, for another fun challenge. Look forward to Emmy’s! God Bless you and your family.

• SCHS PROM 2009 – WINTER WONDERLAND

Posted in Cakes with tags , , , , , , , on April 18, 2009 by beverlydill

Cake  – 04.17.09

My high school art teacher called me awhile back and booked me again for the Prom Cake. After last year’s Paris, France theme, I was so excited to see what this year’s prom had in store. She told me it was a Winter Wonderland theme with all shades of blue with silver and purple. The gym was going to be decorated like a castle and the cake was to be places in the :dining room” of the castles with elegantly decorated tables. She left the design up to me as long as it fed 200, so I hit the drawing board immediately. I kept seeing a castle, snowflakes and sparkles. So off I went.

Days before I decorated the cake, I began the preliminary work such as preparing a castle and snowflakes. I found a wooden castle which my father so nicely painted white for me. I created snowflake designs on paper and then placed a piece of wax paper on top. I mixed up royal icing and piped over the design on paper. I created small, medium and large snowflakes that would dry for four days before the Prom.

Being that I have a new job and timing for cakes isn’t as easy, my wonderful mother and aunt baked cakes for me until I could get home. I went with a four tier design (16″-12″-9″-6″.) since it was to feed so many. I made up 10 pounds of ice blue colored buttercream and covered each tier. I stacked the bottom three tiers and placed the castle in between the third tier and the top tier for elevation and to work in the castle theme. My father drilled holes in the top and bottom of the castle for the dowel rod support system that ran through the entire cake. I then placed the silver ribbon on the bottom tier and the third tier. I piped white frost-like designs on the second and top tier, followed by darker blue cornelli lace and a bead border. I cam back with the ice blue buttercream and piped a shell border on each tier. For final touches I added the sparkle to each tier.

 As Friday came, my aunt, mother and I packed up the vehicle and headed to the High School to set up the cake. We placed blue shimmery fabric on my cake stand followed by silver sequin material. We set the cake on top and began placing the royal icing snowflakes here and there. We added the top tier and the dangling crystal topper and it was complete after 15 hours of baking and decorating.

Thank you so much, Mrs. Peacher, for the opportunity to participate in the SCHS Prom again. I love the creative themes and challenges. And many thanks to my mother, father and aunt for all their help. I couldn’t do it without you!

• SPRING SHOWER CAKE

Posted in Cakes on April 18, 2009 by beverlydill

Cake  – 04.17.09

I was contacted by one of my favorite cake lovers about a bridal shower cake for her sister for whom I will later be creating a wedding and groom’s cake for. She wanted a springy-looking cake with pinks, purples, yellows and sage green. She went with the usual vanilla cake with buttercream icing to feed 30 people.

Since she left the design up to me, I decided on a two tier basketweave cake with grass and gerber daisies.

I started with 2-6″ and 2-8″ cakes, which my lovely mother helped bake, and covered them with buttercream. After stacking them together, I piped the basketweave design on the edges of both tiers followed by the green grass. After creating the topper with pink, purple, yellow and white daisies, I placed it on top and it was complete in about 4 hours.

Congrats, Brandy! Can’t wait until the wedding and grooms cake! And thank you, Misty, for always keeping me in mind when it comes to the sweets!

• M-I-CROOKED LETTER CROOKED LETTER I-CING ON THE CAKE

Posted in Cakes with tags , , , , , , , on March 14, 2009 by beverlydill

Cake  – 03.14.09

April contacted me awhile back about doing her wedding cake and grooms cake. She wanted a chocolate Ole Miss football cake to feed 30 for Scott and a wedding cake to feed 175 decorated with hot pink, orange, red, yellow, and white gerber daisies. So off I went.

For the Grooms cake, I began by attaching the Ole Miss logo to the board.  I baked two football cakes and stacked them on top of each other. I covered them with brown tinted buttercream and piped the white on top. I came back with green icing to create grass under the football, and it was complete.

For the wedding cake, I decided on a three tier square cake since she left the design up to me. My lovely mother helped me bake 2-16″ square strawberry cakes, 2-10″ french vanilla cakes, and 2-6″ strawberry cakes.  I iced the cakes with buttercream and placed the dowel rod supports before stacking. After the cake was put together I wrapped a hot pink ribbon around the center of each tier followed by a white ribbon. I placed the colorful gerber daisies on each tier and created a topper bouquet of the same flowers.

After 11 hours, baking/decorating the cake, it was all complete. Congrats Mr. and Mrs. Wallace! I wish you nothing but love throughout the years to come. God bless you both.

• AN EYE FOR DESIGN…

Posted in Uncategorized on February 10, 2009 by beverlydill

Graphic Design – 02.10.09

I was contacted by our local and my favorite optometrist about a new logo for his business. I was told to just run with it and create anything, given no colors or theme. Being that it is the Dover Eye Clinic, I based my designs around the shape of the eye.
After sending him 6 or 7 logos, he picked his favorite, we tweaked the font, and it was complete. Thank you so much, Dr. Maria for the opportunity and being such a blessing to this community. God Bless.

DoverEyeClinicWhite.jpg picture by beverlydill

• A CAKE TO MATCH THE DRESS…

Posted in Cakes with tags , , , , , on January 14, 2009 by beverlydill

Cake  – 01.03.08

A great friend ‘s sister asked me earlier last year to do her wedding cake. The reception was originally planned for The Riverfront Plantation in Dover, but due to a terrible fire, the historic building was destroyed just a month before the wedding. She moved her reception to Rose Ella in Dover and went with a golden theme. She wanted a vanilla cake with buttercream to feed 30. She went with a square shaped cake with the design of her dress decorating the sides. She provided the top monogram and off I went.

I began with  2-10″ and 2-6″ square cakes. After icing them in buttercream and stacking the cakes I free-handed the gold luster dust tinted buttercream on the sides of both tiers matching the design on her dress.

After 5 hours baking/decorating it was complete. After we delivered the cake we placed the monogram topper and piped the gold beads as accent on the letters.

After attending the beautiful wedding at our church, my mother and I headed back over to the reception to dine with the family and cut/serve the cake. It was such a beautiful evening and such a pleasure to be a part of. Special thanks to Mrs. Gail Morgan for the wonderful dinner, Mr. and Mrs. Elliott for the wonderful company, my mother for the help  and to the Bride and Groom for allowing me to play a part in such a special day. God Bless you both.

• BUSINESS IDENTITY PROJECT…

Posted in Design on December 24, 2008 by beverlydill

Graphic Design – 12.23.08

I received a call from Jonathan Anglin about a logo package for his new business. I did a logo package for his Landscape/Concrete business in the past so I was looking forward to working with him again.

The business was titled Middle Tennessee Inventory. They work with home inventory in case of disasters for insurance purposes. With this information, I ran with what ideas I had to visually portay this business through a logo. After tweaking the design just a bit, he decided on the logo below as well as the business card and letterhead to match. Congrats and good luck on your new business, Jonathan!

MTILogo4SM.jpg picture by beverlydill

MTIbusinesscard3SMweb.jpg picture by beverlydill

MTIletterheadSMweb.jpg picture by beverlydill

• TASTES LIKE TEAM SPIRIT…

Posted in Cakes with tags , , , , , , , on December 21, 2008 by beverlydill

Cake  – 12.20.08

I received a call from Cyndi for her wedding cake. She was marrying the football coach for the Stewart County High  School Rebels and wanted a Black and Gold themed cake based on the school colors and a football cake for the groom’s cake. She went with a vanilla wedding cake with buttercream to feed 150. For the groom’s cake, she went for chocolate with buttercream to feed 30. 
 Cake #1
I began with the groom’s cake. I prepared a gold covered board and baked two football shaped cakes and stacked them together with buttercream in between the layers. I then covered the entire cake with brown tinted buttercream. After smoothing the icing, I piped the white on top of the football followed by the green grass around the bottom. Finally I sat the cake and board on top of a stand covered with black material to match the wedding cake.

 

Cake #2
Next came the wedding cake. She went with a designer’s choice cake and let me run with any ideas I had that went along with the Black and Gold. I went with a 16″ – 12″ – 8″ tiered cake – bottom two tiers stacked with a 4″ tall separator decor followed by the 8″ top cake and black and gold rose topper.

I began by placing black satin material over the base followed by the clear cake plate. I placed the 16″ on bottom and iced the cake with buttercream. I repeated the steps on the next two tier and kept them all separate in the beginning stages. After all the cakes were covered with buttercream, I created a border stencil that would have 1.5″ from the top edge of all the cakes. Next, I placed the 12″ cake on top of the 16″ and began to pipe the black bead border on the stenciled line followed by black cornelli lace. I placed the separator plates and columns. I draped black satin over the plate to match the base of the cake. Finally, I added the top tier and the rose topper. I came back with gold ribbon and wrapped around the base of each tier and then added a see-through black ribbon and placed in the middle of the gold. Lastly, I added the black buttercream bead border and it was complete.

After 12 hours baking/decorating, the two cakes were finished. Saturday afternoon came and I attended the wedding and cut and served the cake at the reception. I’ve realized that there’s nothing better than to create one of the most memorable desserts that there will ever be in a couple’s life which makes cutting into it feel absolutely wonderful. Congrats Mr. and Mrs. Holliday. Thank you so much for asking me to play a part in such a beautiful day. I wish you all the best. God Bless.

• POLKA DOT BIRTHDAY…

Posted in Cakes with tags , , , on December 12, 2008 by beverlydill

Cake  – 12.12.08

Ben’s little sister, Tessa, turned 12 this past Monday. Tomorrow she is having a skating party and wanted a green and navy blue french vanilla cake. She picked out the cake I did for prom and wanted a smaller version to feed around 30. So off to the kitchen I went.

I baked 2 – 8″ Square cakes and 2 – 6″ square cakes. I frosted them with buttercream and layed the quilt pattern stencil on all sides. I placed green ribbon on both tiers, came back with a small navy blue ribbon in the center and piped the green buttercream dots. Finally, I drew a 12 on cardboard, cut it out, wrapped with aluminum foil, and piped navy blue and green on top, and placed it in the center of the cake. After 4 hours it was complete.

Love you lots, Tessa. I hope you have a great day and enjoy the cake!

• MIGHTY MORPHIN BIRTHDAY CAKE…

Posted in Cakes with tags , , , , , on November 11, 2008 by beverlydill

Cake  – 11.11.08

I received a call from Misty for a Red Power Ranger Birthday Cake. She wanted a vanilla with buttercream ranger helmet to feed around 30. I started researching the design of the helmet and found there to be so many different red rangers throughout the last 15 years so I went with an original helmet.

I began by baking a 11×15 sheet cake and carving the silhouette of the helmet. I used a knife to round out the edges and then applied a layer of buttercream. I drew out the outlines for the eye area and mouth and covered them with a smooth layer of buttercream in the needed colors. I piped the lips and came back with an outline to clean up the edges for both sections. I tinted the rest of the buttercream red and piped little tiny stars all over the cake. After 4 hours baking/decorating it was complete.

Thanks, Misty, for allowing me to take part in another special birthday. I hope Rye has a wonderful day and enjoys his sweet treat! God Bless.

• A GOLDEN TOWER AND A CHOCOLATE DELIGHT…

Posted in Cakes with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 9, 2008 by beverlydill

Cake  – 11.08.08

I met with a couple earlier in the Spring about a November wedding. She had many ideas for the cake so we sat and went through designs and photos until she came up with the perfect cake. We met one more time to decide on sizes and grooms cake design and finally we were all set. Since her wedding colors are red, gold & ivory, she went for an ivory four tier wedding cake with roses between each tier and gold detailing. The grooms cake was to be a Chocolate lovers dream, two tiers of chocolate cake with chocolate ganache poured over top dripping down the sides with a monogram design on the top that was used in their invitations. Both cakes were to feed 296 People.

Cake #1
I began with the Grooms cake. Because the top monogram design was to be made of royal icing, I made it up a couple nights in advance. I piped the design with icing and let it sit 24 hours to harden. I then covered it with gold luster dust and it was complete.

The Grooms Cake was to feed 62 people, being two tiers (8″ & 10″).
8″ – Chocolate Fudge Cake with Hazelnut Filling
10″ – Chocolate Fudge Cake with Hot Fudge Chocolate Buttercream

After frosting both cakes with brown tinted buttercream, I made up the chocolate ganache. I poured the ganache on the 10″ and let it drip down the sides. Next, I placed the dowels in the bottom tier and one long one to go through the middle of both tiers. I lowered the top tier onto the bottom and then poured the remaining ganache on top. As the ganache hardened, I piped a buttercream bead border around the cake. Finally I placed the royal icing monogram design on top and the Grooms Cake as Complete.

 


Cake #2
The wedding cake was to feed 234 people and be 4 tiers, including many different flavors:
10” : Apple Spice Cake with Cream Cheese Filling (saved for anniversary cake)
12” : French Vanilla Cake with Vanilla Buttercream Filling
14” : Yellow Cake with Chocolate Fudge Buttercream Filling
16” : Apple Spice Cake with Cream Cheese Filling

I began by piping a “dam” of icing around the center layers of the the cakes. This was to keep the different fillings from flowing out into the outer icing. After all the filling were included, each cake layer was put together and iced with ivory buttercream. I then placed a different stencil to each tier and piped gold buttercream detailing. After all the accents were finished, I placed quite a few dowels in the bottom three tier cakes for support since they would have 3″  between each tier and so much weight to hold. The separator plates and columns were then added to the top of the bottom three tiers. Finally, I piped a golden border to the base cake. After 16 Hours Baking/Decorating the cake was complete and ready for transport.

We lined the car floor with a non-slip runner and a large foam mat. We placed three wedding cake tiers on the foam and held the grooms cake since it was two tiers and the wedding cake topper. As we arrived in Clarksville at the Riverview Inn, we set up the Grooms Cake on its desired table and began stacking the wedding cake tiers on its own table. After the four tiered cake was put together, I piped the gold border on the top three tiers and began placing the red roses between the tiers on the separator plates as if each tier was floating on a bed of roses. After placing the roses on the top tier it was complete. Special thanks to Tim for helping us with the roses. You’re awesome. Also, major thanks to my mother and father and Ben for helping with the cake, delivering and setting up.

Congrats, Mr. and Mrs. Hopson! It was such a pleasure meeting you and working with you on such a special cake. I pray the Lord Bless you both with an incredible marriage and many happy years to come.