Archive for July, 2009

• 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 I had originally made shells and starfish from royal icing, but my lovely aunt found seashell molds for me and dropped them by while working on the last pieces of the cake.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.