Archive for polka dot cake

• 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!

• THREE TIERS OF JOY…

Posted in Cakes with tags , , , , , , on October 26, 2008 by beverlydill

Cake  – 10.26.08

So the time has come for Jamie’s baby shower. I spoke with her last Sunday at church and she wanted a Designer’s Choice Cake. So to the drawing board I went. The cake was to feed 75. The invitations I made earlier for her was my inpiration for the cake. I went with 3 tier buttercream cake with fondant accents. The top and bottom tier were strawberry and the middle tier was french vanilla.

I began by baking 2-6″, 2-8″ & 2-10″ cakes. I covered each in yellow tinted buttercream. Next came the stacking. I inserted 8 dowels in the bottom to tiers as well as one long dowel rod that went through all three tiers. After they were stacked, I mixed up fondant in the needed colors. I used various size circle cutters and placed polka dots around the cake on the top and bottom tiers. I then cut out small flowers from pink fondant, shaped the petals and placed them around the cake. I came back with yellow buttercream and piped three dots in the middle of each flower. I left the center tier yellow with no polka dots. I wrapped it in a pink satin ribbon and attached a bow to the front. Finally, I piped the pink pearl border with buttercream. For the topper, I layered strawberry cake in the shape of baby booties, covered with pink buttercream and piped yellow laces. I placed a small pink and yellow rocking horse by the bottom tier as the finishing piece. After 7 hours baking/decorating, it was complete.

Congrats again, Jamie! Not too much longer! God Bless you and yours.

• 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. 
 

• 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!


• 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!