Archive for Sculpted Cake

• BABY BELLY CAKE…

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on October 10, 2009 by beverlydill

Cake  – 10.10.09

Bethany contacted me awhile back about a pregnant belly baby shower cake.  I had done this particular cake design in the past so it was still pretty fresh on my mind.  The cake was to feed 20 and go with a blue/purple scheme for a baby boy.

I began by baking a soccer ball pans and two small ball pans.  Before I pushed the two small ball cakes together, I cut a straight line down the side of each one so they would press up against each other.  I cut into them again so they would follow the roundness of the belly and sit it place.

After all was cut, I covered the cakes in a thick layer of buttercream and covered with fondant. I left  quite a bit of fondant on the bottom to drape as the dress.  I colored and cut a triangle piece of flesh tone fondant and attached it to the top of the body for cleavage.  I cut strip of white fondant for the trim on the dress followed by the blue for the top ribbon trim and bow.  I used buttercream to pipe the lace on the bottom of the dress. To finish up the cake, I rolled out blue and purple fondant and cut out small flowers.  After placing them around the cake, I piped in the white dots in the center of each flower with buttercream.. After 4 hours, it was complete.

Congrats to the momma-to-be. Thanks, Bethany, for allowing me to create this cake for you guys.  Hope you enjoy.

• 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.

• DELICIOUS DACHSHUND…

Posted in Cakes with tags , , , , on August 23, 2009 by beverlydill

Cake – 08.16.09

Trina wanted a weenie dog cake for one of her employee’s birthdays.  She only need it to feed five or so.  We decided to go with a chocolate cake with buttercream icing.  Usually to do sculpted cakes, I go fondant, so we thought this would be quite the challange.

First, I baked a 10″ round cake.  Ben came in and used a toothpick to draw in the silhouette of the dog for me, then we pulled out the knives and began carving.  After forming the dog, we covered the cake with reddish-brown buttercream, added the eyes, nose and the collar, and it was complete!

Many thanks to Ben for sticking this one out with me.  Your help wasand always is  much appreciated!

• IT’S WEDDING TIME!

Posted in Cakes with tags , , , , , , , , on August 10, 2009 by beverlydill

Cake – 08.08.09

This cake has been talked about for awhile with the bride and groom.  But it has only been a few weeks since the final decision was made about their wedding cake, and boy was it a great idea on their part.  The couple  are very close friends and quite the mentor of art I must add.  I was probably more nervous about this cake, but yet honored at the same time to do it because the groom is such an amazing artist himself.

Brandt and Aurora were to wed on August 8, 2009.  They wanted a wedding cake that incorporated who they both were and what they liked.  They decided on a record player (music is Aurora’s passion) and a melting clock as the record (art is Brandt’s passion).  The clock idea came from the famous Salvadore Dali’s great mind.   He often drew melting clocks so I knew it had to be spot on.  They decided on vanilla on strawberry to feed 100, so the adventure began.

As I started planning for this cake, I knew I wanted to go above and beyond what I hoped they had in mind.  I wanted to either make the record/clock spin or the power light to light up.  Since the clock would be melted down the cake, I knew we had to conquer the electrical idea.  Ben and I sat up one stormy night making electricity from batteries,, wire and bulbs. Ironically we conquered our mission while the power was out and had us a nice light to get around the house.  So after this obstacle, it was cake time.

I baked four sheet cakes (two vanilla and two strawberry) and stacked them. I carved an outer edge or the record player and covered with buttercream.  I mixed up a tan colored batch of marshmallow fondant and draped over the cake. I painted the inner part of the box with a wood grain pattern.  From here, we had to get the light in place.   Ben found a red LED light and a 9V battery and hooked up the current by pulling the wires through a straw that went down into the cake.  We lifted up the edge of the cake and pulled the wires out and around the side to hook to the battery behind the board.  And we had our power button!  Next, I baked a 10″ for the record/clock’s platform.  I painted it black as ready for the clock.  I created a round circle of white fondant and began to stretch the sides as if it were melting.  I rolled back the edges to give it a lip and painted the rim gold with a vodka/gold luster dust mix.  I hand painted the numbers with black food coloring and came back with a black edible marker to clean up the edges,  We placed the hands on the clock to be 8:08 to symbolize their wedding date.  Finally, I added to top dial to the watch which is on every Dali clock.  After the clock was complete we attached the fondant speakers which were gridded and painted gold to the sides of the box  and the gold plated edges around the corners of the cake.  While I formed the knobs and record arm Ben created the gold edge around the bottom of the cake.  After 15 hours baking/decorating it was a piece of art!

We delivered the cake to Clarksville, attended the wedding and smiled as they smashed the cake into each others faces.  Ben and I wish the newlyweds nothing but happiness and success as you start this new adventure.  We’ll always be here for you guys and love you very much.  God Bless.

• 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

• 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.

• CLONE TROOPERS & GOLF BAGS…

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

Cake #1 – 10.11.08

The first of two cakes this weekend was for a friend’s son. I recently did the Halloween invitations for her and now it was time for the cake. She wanted a marble cake to feed around 30. Her son, Hayden, wanted a cake in the shape of a head of a Clone Trooper from Star Wars, as shown below, so a Clone Trooper he got.

I began with a 11×15 sheet cake and carved out the silhouette of the head. I then carved into the cake around the cheek regions so that it had a 3D appearance. I applied a thick layer of buttercream and began to smooth out the surface. I was then able to press the buttercream into the carved pieces and form smooth angles. I mixed up some black and gray buttercream and piped in the design on the helmet. Lastly I wrote his name and his age of “6” to personalize the Clone Trooper Helmet. After 5 hours baking/decorating, it was complete.

To match her invitations and decorations she had for the party, I made up a dozen strawberry cupcakes tinted orange to surprise her with. Thanks, Rebecca for the opportunity to use multiple creative skills on the invitations and cake. I hope Hayden has a wonderful birthday! God Bless.

 

Cake #2 – 10.11.08

I received a phone call from one of my long lost best friends. She was throwing a bridal shower for a friend that she attends church with. She wanted the cake to feed around 20 and gave me the following things to go on: feminine, golf, pink, beige/brown, beach. This young lady is said to be an amazing golfer. She is getting married on a beach with the color scheme of the wedding being beige and brown. We thought we’d work some pink into the design to give it a feminine appearance. I did a strawberry cake to add to the feminine touch and because it taste just like candy.

I began with a 11×15 sheet cake. I carved out the shape of a golf bag with two side pockets. I then baked a 8″ round cake and cut it in half, using each piece as a front pocket of the bag. I covered the cake with a layer of buttercream and placed the two front pockets on top and finished with another layer of buttercream to attach the pieces. I then made up a batch of homemade marshmallow fondant and tinted half of it beige to drape over the bag. I then mixed up some pink, pressed a quilted pattern into the fondant and placed as a accent on the pockets. I used what was left of the beige fondant and tinted it brown. I attached a strip on top and bottom of the bag, along with all of the trim down the front.

I was then ready for golf tees, golf balls, towel, flowers and golf clubs. I began with pink and white fondant to sculpt the golf tees. I then cut out little flowers using the same pink. After curling them in the palm of my hand, I let them dry while I began on the golf balls. I rolled up a ball of white fondant and used the end of a paintbrush to press the little holes into the sides. I used a rectangular piece of white fondant and draped it over the golf bag as a towel hanging out of the top. Finally, I hand sculpted the golf clubs and painted with vodka and silver luster dust. And it was ready to be put together. I began by piping little white pearls on the corners of the quilted pattern of the pink pockets. I came back with the little pink flowers and placed them around the bag with a small buttercream pearl in the middle of each. I then crushed up Graham Crackers to be used as sand for her beach theme or as a sand trap and spread it around the bag. I used white buttercream to pipe “Congrats Lindsey” and green buttercream to pipe grass around the edges and finally placed the golf balls, tees and clubs. It was complete after 6 hours baking/decorating.

 

Thanks, Meagan, for this cake challenge. I love you to death and am so happy to help in anyway I can. God Bless You in all you do.

• 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!