Archive for fondant 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.

• 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.

• 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 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.

• 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. 
 

• 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.

• BABIES AND BLEEDING ARMADILLOS…

Posted in Cakes with tags , , , , , , , on August 16, 2008 by beverlydill

Cake # 1 – 08.16.08

So yet again, I booked two cakes for the same day. But all together I finished them both in 12 hours (baking/decorating).

The first cake was a baby shower cake. The mother-to-be had a cake picked out she wanted and went with a pink, black and white color scheme. It was a two tier cake with stripes on top and polka dots on bottom to feed 30 people. She wanted the letter “M” on top for the baby girl’s name McKenzie.  She also wanted unique flavors so we did the top tier chocolate cake with cocoa chocolate buttercream and the bottom tier was strawberry cake with white chocolate buttercream. I layer both tiers in marshmallow fondant.

I began the top tier with white fondant and placed vertical stripes around the cake. I then cut a round piece of fondant and made the letter indentions “McKenzie” around the front. I then made the “M” out of fondant and let it sit for hours to harden and placed on top.

I covered the bottom tier in light pink fondant and cut out white, dark pink and black circles of different sizes and placed around the cake. After the two cakes were stacked, with the help of my lovely mother, we rolled little balls of fondant to be places around the cake. And it was complete. I took off the top “M” because it must now it must sit tight take a ride to Erin (40 minutes away). So I have my fingers crossed for a pleasant delivery. Congrats Audrey!  Thanks so much for letting me take part in such a special time of your life. God Bless.


Cake # 2 – 08.16.08

A young lady and her mother visited me at work and booked a wedding cake and groom’s cake for October. In the meantime, they wanted a 21st birthday cake for Alex to feed 10 people. He loves the armadillo cake in the Steel Magnolia’s movie so they decided to surprise him with one. The cake was to be a red velvet so it would be a true Bleeding Armadillo when he cuts into it.

I began with a football shaped cake and added a layer of buttercream icing. I then made up some gray tinted fondant and draped it on top. I cut long strips of fondant and placed 9 rows on its back then, again with the help of my lovely mother, cut tiny circle to be placed on its back as a scale-like design. I then made his tail with a thick piece of fondant and overlayed scales to the end. I made his head out of cake and draped the fondant on top, with eyes made of black fondant and ears attached with toothpicks. Lastly, I made a template for the leg/foot shape and made all four with fondant and added white toenails as the finishing touch. I was really happy with this cake. It was sick but cute. So Happy Birthday Alex! Enjoy!