Archive for Birthday Cake

• 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.

• 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!

• 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.

• 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.

• 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.

• GOOD TASTE IN MUSIC…

Posted in Cakes with tags , , , , , on October 5, 2008 by beverlydill

Cake – 10.05.08

I received a call from one of my favorite cake lovers. She wanted a Hannah Montana Cake to feed 15 people for her daughter, Sydney, who was turning 9. After researching Hannah Montana, I decided on sculpting a cake in the shape of Hannah Montana’s guitar.

I began with a 11×15 sheet cake. I used a light purple board and cut out her name and age and placed them under the cellophane before placing the cake on top. I cut out the shape of the guitar and covered with purple buttercream. I rolled out different colors of fondant to add the guitar parts onto the cake to have a realistic look. After creating the wooden neck, buttons, screws, frets, and plates, I used spaghetti noodles as the guitar strings. I piped on curls and swirls with a lighter shade of purple buttercream and came back with white and piped the stars. Finally, I piped the star border, and it was complete after 4 hours baking/decorating. Happy Birthday, Sydney! I hope you enjoy. Thanks, Misty, for the fun cake challenges. I look forward to the upcoming dinosaur!

• PINK TIERS AND BASEBALL BATS…

Posted in Cakes with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 20, 2008 by beverlydill

Cake #1 – 09.20.08

I double-booked myself this weekend, but I was really excited about both cakes. One I had done something similar before, and the other was a very new idea, but challenging and fun.

I received a phone call for a thirteenth birthday cake. She liked the cake I did before with polka dots and stripes, so we went along the same lines with a 13 on top for her daughter. We went with a cherry cake with buttercream icing layered in marshmallow fondant.
I covered the bottom tier in light pink fondant and cut out white and black circles and placed around the cake. After the two cakes were stacked, we rolled little balls of fondant to be placed around the cake. I cut small and medium size pink flowers and bent them around my finger so they would pop off of the cake instead of being flat. I placed the small flowers between the stripes and the larger flowers on the very top of the cake and on the bottom tier. The 13 on top was cut from white sparkly paper and inserted into the middle of the cake. After 6 hours baking/decorating, the cake was complete. Thank you so much, Pam, for the opportunity and wonderful words we shared, and I hope McKenzie has an amazing 13th birthday. God Bless.

Cake #2 – 09.20.08

The second cake was for my dentist’s son, which so happens to be the grandson of my Murray cake lover I’ve mentioned before. They are very faithful in cake ordering and I appreciate all the ideas and fun projects they have me do. Anyway, he was having a baseball themed part for his first birthday. The wanted a baseball smash cake for Jackson and another cake to feed around 50 for the guests. So we went with two dozen baseball cupcakes and a bat to feed 25-30 people.

I began with the smash cake. It was chocolate with buttercream. I baked the cake in two small round bowls. After layer buttercream in between the layers, I covered the entire ball in buttercream and added the red stitches. I piped grass around the ball, and it was complete.

Next was the cupcakes. I baked two dozen french vanilla cupcakes and piped them all with grass. My mother and I rolled up little white balls of fondant and placed them on top of the grass. I came back with red buttercream and piped the stitching.

Finally, it was time for the bat. I began by baking a 11×15 chocolate sheet cake. I cut the cake in two giving me 2 – 5.5″x15 pieces. I placed one piece in from of the other to replicate a 30″ bat. I placed the outline of the bat on top and used a sererrated knife to cut away the excess cake. I then angled the bat to be thicker at the end of the bat and thinner at the handle. I went along the sides and carved away the sharp edges to give them a nice smooth rounded appearance. Finally, I layered hot fudge chocolate buttercream on top and was ready for fondant. I mixed brown coloring in with the white fondant, but didn’t mix it completely so that when I rolled it out, it would have a marbelized look for wood grain. I draped it over the cake and added white strips of fondant to the handle for the look of tape. I then rolled up a large piece of fondant, piped stitches and placed it by the bat. I came back with grass and piped all the way around the bat and ball. Finally, I piped his name in black buttercream on top of the bat. After 8 hours of baking/decorating the smash cake, cupcakes, and baseball bat cake were complete.  Thank you so much for the opportunity, Robbie and Mary. I hope Jackson loves his ball and has a wonderful first birthday. God Bless you all. 
 

• TWO DOLL CAKES FOR DOUBLE THE FUN…

Posted in Cakes with tags , , , , , , on September 13, 2008 by beverlydill

Cake – 09.13.08

Ben’s mom called me to book a cake for a lady she works with. The cake was for her twin girls and needed to feed about 15-20 people.  She wanted a chocolate cake with buttercream icing and just wanted the cake to be girly such as pink, glittery, and Barbie. With the given information, I decided to go with two Doll Cakes.

I went with a pink and white color scheme, each cake being opposite of the other. The cake bases were pink and white sparkly paper, which I would later cut their names and age from to add to the cake.

I baked two chocolate cakes in the skirt shaped pans and divided them in half to add a layer of buttercream.  I then applied the base coat of buttercream icing to each. I added a ruffle around the bottom and cornelli lace to match the same color of the icing used as the base followed by a shell border of the opposing color between the ruffles and the lace. I piped flowers around the waist, placed the doll and piped on her top. Finally I added little bows above the ruffles, and the cake was complete.

I then went to the computer and typed out the girls names and adjusted the kerning so that when I cut them out, the letters would all be attached. I printed the names and number 7 as reversed images. I cut them out and traced them onto the back of the sparkly paper. I then cut them from the card stock paper and placed the names in the dolls arms and the number to their sides. After 5 hours of baking/decorating/paper craft fun the cake was complete. Happy Birthday Britni and Kaci! I hope you enjoy. God bless.

• A BIRDHOUSE BIRTHDAY…

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

Cake – 09.11.08

Even though today holds the memory of a tragic event in history, it’s still a day to celebrate. Today is Ben’s mother’s birthday which might as well be called my mother-in-law. Each year I try to make her a cake that tops the last, which I guess is my goal in each cake. So I looked around the house and noticed she has a nice collection of birdhouses, and being that her favorite color is purple, I settled on a purple birdhouse.

I started with a 10″ square French Vanilla cake. I cut the cake in four equal squares and stacked them on top of each other. I cut an angle for the roof and then separated the layers again for filling. I layered raspberry filling and buttercream between the four layers as I stacked them back up to the roof peak. I then covered the entire constructed birdhouse with buttercream. I cut strips of fondant and placed them on each wall of the house to give it a sharp corner look instead of covering the entire cake with one piece of fondant which would give it more of a rounded corner finish. After giving the house the outer shell, I added the roof by cutting circles out of dark purple fondant and layering them like shingles. After the roof was complete, I mixed Vodka and icing coloring and painted the sides of the birdhouse with a light purple and pink wash for a country/antique look. I added a black circle of fondant for the opening, piped the vines, leaves and flowers with buttercream, and inserted a dowel rod for a bird perch.

After 5 hours of baking/decorating and the lovely assistance of my mother, we had us a birdhouse. We drove all over Dover this morning in search of the perfect birds to place on the roof and the perch. Luckily, a flower shop truck arrived at a local florist for a delivery just as we showed up in the middle of our scavenger hunt, and they had a box full of the perfect little birds. So we bought us two and Voila!

Happy Birthday, Ms. Terri! I love you very much and am so happy to have you and your son in my life. God Bless you both.

• BUMBLE BEE BIRTHDAY…

Posted in Cakes with tags , , , on August 30, 2008 by beverlydill

Cake – 08.31.08

Our great friend, Garrett, called and wanted a birthday cake in the shape of a bee for his son’s second birthday since he is a big fan of the Bee Movie. He wanted a marble cake to feed around 20.

I began with sketches of the shapes and sizes that would build the perfect bee and serve the needed amount. I layered yellow paper on the cake board and drew on the text and bee pattern followed by cellophane. I used a football shaped pan for the body and half of a ball pan for the head. I carved away the same angle as the head from the body so they would fit together smoothly. I then iced the cake with buttercream. I mixed up yellow and black buttercream and began with the stripes on the bee’s back. To replicate a bee’s appearance, I used a decorating tip that is usually used for grass to give it a furry look. After the body was complete, I made marshmallow fondant and tinted it yellow to drape over the bee’s head for a smooth finish. I used the black buttercream to add the hair on the bee’s head and used fondant for the eyes, eyebrows and mouth. I used two spaghetti noodles dyed with black edible airbrush coloring and rolled up two fondant balls for the antennas. I then cut out wings from white fondant and attached them to the back. After pressing down the middle of the wings into the cake, I added black and yellow buttercream to the top to finish out the stripes as if the wings were coming out of the body. For the finishing touch, I added a black fondant stinger to the end. After about 5 hours of baking and decorating it was finished. And off to Erin I go to deliver. Hope you have a wonderful Bee Day, Aiden! We love you, Garrett and Heather. Thanks for allowing me to be a part of such a special day.

• MICKEY MOUSE CAKE…

Posted in Cakes with tags , , on July 22, 2008 by beverlydill

Cake – 07.22.08

I received a call last week about a Mickey Mouse Birthday Cake. This was awesome to hear because I rarely receive a cake order based on a character I really know, or should we say, know from my childhood. I was booked with a baby shower, wedding and grooms cake this week, but I’m always happy to do a cake for someone new, especially when the cake is a new adventure and a challenge. So she decided she wanted a large Mickey head to feed around 50. We went with a Vanilla cake with buttercream icing and marshmallow fondant.

I began by baking three round cakes. I first carved the face and then carved the ears to fit into place. I put a layer of buttercream on all three sections and then made up the fondant. I dyed all the colors needed and began by putting the base color on each cake. I then cut out the black to be placed on top of the flesh color fondant followed by the eyes and mouth. I then rolled up a large oval nose and placed it on top. I mixed up some black buttercream icing, added small details to the facial features and then added a black bead border around the cake. After six and a half hours of baking and decorating, I finally completed the classic character. So thank you Brandy for the opportunity and Happy Second Birthday, Charlie!