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 I had originally made shells and starfish from royal icing, but my lovely aunt found seashell molds for me and dropped them by while working on the last pieces of the cake.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

• LUAUS AND POLKA DOTS…

Posted in Cakes with tags , , , , , , on June 23, 2008 by beverlydill

Cake # 1 – 06.21.08

I booked two cakes this weekend which seemed to be a lot less hectic than the last few weekends, but I still ended with a total of 14 hours of baking/decorating.

The first cake was for Bailey’s First Birthday with the theme of a Luau. She wanted to feed around 25-30 people. We decided on a vanilla cake with buttercream icing overlaid with marshmallow fondant. I made a two tier cake and a small smash cake just for Bailey. I tinted the fondant a sandy golden yellow and mixed in gold luster dust so it would shimmer. I piped a grass skirt with a lai border and “Happy First Birthday Bailey”. The second tier was to alternate palm trees and flip flops.
I cut all of the designs from fondant and placed around the cake. I topped with leaves and flowers with a 1 in the center made of royal icing. I crushed up Graham Crackers and placed around the bottom of each tier to look like sand. I then tinted buttercream the same color as the fondant and iced the baby cake, placing two larger flip flops on top. I piped a B for Bailey on one and 1 on the other for her age. I sprinkled Graham Crackers on top and placed the candle in a flower. We delivered it to the bank and Hillary seemed very happy with it. So Happy Birthday to you, Bailey!

Cake # 2 – 06.21.08

The second cake was for a Baby Shower. Bre is expecting a little girl in August so we went with the theme of the baby’s bedroom – Chocolate with pink polka dots. She wanted a cake to feed 30 and 20 cupcakes to match the cake. We went for a Red Velvet Cake with buttercream icing and marshmallow fondant. I tinted the fondant a chocolate color and cut out little pink and white circles. I placed little polka dots on the cake and used the large circles to form a flower shape. I then piped royal icing as stitches around the flowers. The cake was topped with the Letter A for Amelia and placed a pink bow to match the ribbon around the bottom of each tier.

The cupcakes were Red Velvet with buttercream icing. I cut out pink circle and indented the letter A into each one and placed on top. We placed the cupcakes on two white boards with brown and pink polka dots.

The beautiful mother-to-be seemed to love the cakes. Congrats to you, Bre! We can’t wait to meet Amelia!