Saturday, April 16, 2011

Police Man Cake

This cake I made for two adorable little brothers, Blake & Luke, who have birthdays that are very close together. Their mama Lindsey did an amazing job with all of the decor, including a cardboard box jail, and a donut and coffee (chocolate milk) station. Too cute!

The cake is covered with fondant and all accents were made out of fondant.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Easter Egg Cake Pops

I did a test run of some Easter cake pops. These ones are vanilla and buttercream frosting.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Cupcake Cake Pops

My first cupcake cake pops were a disaster, but after a little practice, the 2nd ones were a little better. I had a fellow cake friend recently tell me about a place in Temecula that sells cake pops. When I looked at their pictures, it was clear that they used a mold to create the "wrapper" for the cupcakes. I did some research and found two molds that I liked. I went with my least favorite first, and will hopefully try out the one I really like very soon. Using the mold was so much easier than trying to shape the "wrapper" part with a cutter. It also made it much cleaner-looking after it was dipped. I also found some round red candies that I like much better for the "cherry" than the red M&Ms I was using.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Learning as I Go

Lately I've been getting a lot of fb messages and texts asking about how I do some of my cake pops or other things. People have asked how I get my cake pops so round. Quite honestly, I don't know what the heck I'm doing. I learn by doing and practicing, practicing, practicing. Often, when people ask me to make something for them, I will usually do a test run before I will tell them yes. One example of a cake pop I wasn't sure I would be able to pull off are the Blue's Clues cake pops. The test run worked beautifully the first time, except for the fact that the paws were dipped in red candy coating instead of blue (I did the test run the same day I made the mushrooms for Sawyer's cupcakes, so red is what I used!) For cake pops in general, I get a lot of information from Bakerella's website. Then from there, I practice to see what works best for me. My cake pops were NOT so round in the beginning, but with practice they get better. I don't usually post the pictures of my practice work, just because it is very embarrassing to somebody like me who is super self-conscious as it is. But I decided that maybe I should start posting some of my practice pictures.

I got an email from a friend who first asked if I would do her wedding cake. After I told her no (I've had to turn so many brides down, I just don't think I'm ready for a wedding cake) she suggested that I make some cake pops instead. After giving her a list of ideas I had, I was very confident I could do all of the ideas except for one. So I did a test run, and it was a disaster!

The idea was to make little wedding cakes. The cutters that I used to mold the pops were clearly the wrong sizes and I didn't refrigerate the cake long enough so that my edges stayed sharp. More practice very soon!

Frosting Bombs Instead of Cake Pops?

Uhmmm, yeah, these bad boys could definitely get me in trouble. Just came across these frosting bombs, which are the same concept as cake pops, minus the cake. As a corner-piece grabbing frosting lover, I think I will have to try making these sometime.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Braysen's Pirate Party

Because I have SO MANY pictures from Braysen's 1st birthday party, I decided to put the goodies on my cake blog. More pictures from the party can be found here, and there are many more on facebook.

A ton of stuff, right? I know! I have a serious problem when it comes to ideas for goodies. I get so many ideas and want to all of them. I really have a hard time eliminating things, so I just went with it!

All of the decorations on these cupcakes were edible. I used raw sugar for the "sand" on the cupcakes.

The treasure chests were made out of fondant. The treasure is sprinkles and hand-made coins.

Fondant X-marks the spot

The coins I used fondant to create. I punched them out with a circle cutter and searched everywhere around my house for something that I could stamp with in order to make them look like coins. I ended up using the top of a tequila bottle. :) I then brushed the coins with gold and silver lusterdust.

Fondant sword, also brushed with silver lusterdust.
 Braysen's smash cake. This cake was the first time I used what is called a buttercream transfer. I'm not completely happy with how some of the edges turned out. I don't think I piped the icing thick enough. I'll know better for next time!

Marshmallow pops.
In many of these pictures you will see these little tags that were originally supposed to be cupcake toppers. They were designed by Rhiannon at Doodlebug & Dimples. I used them on some of the sticks for the goodies, on table centerpieces, and sprinkled on the tables.

Cannonballs (red velvet cake balls)
In the background ar more marshmallow pops and skull-shaped vanilla cake pops.

One thing I don't have a closeup of the chocolate pretzel rods, but you can kind of see them in the bottom of this picture.

 I called these cupcake sandwiches simply because I couldn't think of a clever way to word whoopie pies, but they are really just whoopie pies!