Friday, March 23, 2012

WARNING: This post contains cake nudity!

A friend of mine wanted a bOObie cake for her son's 21st birthday about a cool mom!

The cake needed to feed about 50 people so she wanted the cake to extend to the waistline.
We went over a few options as far as the attire or lack there of and settled on a red corset and lace covering the bOObie so that the nipples were visible but not totally in your face.


I could take pictures of chocolate chips all day.

I smeared the Ganache all over the Marble Cake.

I used leftover cake carvings to form the bOObies.

I covered the carved cake with lots of Vanilla Swiss Meringue Buttercream.

Then, my boyfriend who suddenly became Mr. bOOb Expert informs me my bOObies look fake.
Ummm, they are fake - but I understood what he meant.

So I gave my cake a bOOb job.

Much better.
I hate it when my boyfriend is right.

I used some fondant to make the nipples and put them right on top of the buttercream so that when I layed the fondant over it, it was a little more realistic.

I covered the whole cake in marshmallow fondant and painted the nipples - Hee Hee.

I used heart shaped cookie cutters to make the bows after I failed 3 times in a row to make actual bows.


Last, I used a store bought black frosting to pipe on all the lace. 

I must say, this is one of my favorite cakes.
Hope the Birthday Boy loves it....I mean, them ; )



Monday, March 12, 2012

Mickey Mouse 2nd Birthday Cake

Last year it was Yo Gabba Gabba.
This year, Jaxon wanted Mickey Mouse.
You got it.

You know friend Charlotte's son.
I've only done like a million cakes/cupcakes for her.

Anyways, Jaxon is TWO!
Yesterday we celebrated with this cake:

Devils Food Cake with Fresh Strawberry Filling

Covered in lots of Vanilla Swiss Meringue Buttercream

Then decorated with Homemade Marshmallow Fondant

Topped off with some ears!

After we sang Happy Birthday, Jaxon took a bite right out of the cake!
How cute is that?

Happy Birthday Jaxon!
I hope you never get sick of me making you cakes!

Ni Hao Kai-lan WHO?

Thank You, Google for filling me in on the cartoons that are on TV these days.
Ethan is not old enough for TV so I am completely out of the loop.

Meet Ni Hao Kai-lan, she's quite the Nickjr star!

The Birthday girl loves Ni Hao Kai-lan so that's what she got.

The cake is Red Velvet with Vanilla Swiss Meringue Buttercream.

I was given this book by a friend and there are so many old school piping designs that I want to learn and use on my cakes.

This cake was the perfect opportunity to try something new, since it was an all buttercream cake.
I chose this design, simple but it adds a lot to the cake.

I wanted to do it in yellow but decided to be safe in case I failed miserably.
Next time : )

The sugar melt-in edible image topper was provided to me by the Birthday Girl's grandma.
Super easy.

Happy Birthday Edyn!

Monday, March 5, 2012

Hi Hat Cupcakes? More like...Regular Hat Cupcakes!

So, these bad boys have been on my Baking Bucket List for quite some time.
It's one of those recipes everyone is scared of, myself included...and now I know why.

Granted, I was successful in getting 2 Dozen cupcakes baked, frosted and dipped - it was not easy.

I made both Devils Food and Red Velvet cupcakes, per the request of the Birthday Girl : )

The first time - yes, I said the first time - I used this Martha Stewart recipe circa 2006 for the frosting. FAIL.
After standing over the bowl with a hand mixer for more than 15 minutes, I moved it over to my KitchenAid and it still came out grainy.


So, I scraped it off and started over.
Apparently, Martha updated her recipe in 2011 after everyone complained.
This time, the marshmallow-ey frosting was successful so I piped some Hi stacks of frosting.

What I SHOULD HAVE done next was put all the cupcakes in the FREEZER instead of just the refrigerator so that they were as solid as possible before dipping.

But, I didn't.
So after a few hours in the fridge, I melted the chocolate and started the search for the right cup for dipping. Not too tall, not too short, not too skinny but not too wide.

What I SHOULD HAVE done next was waited a few more minutes for the chocolate to cool even more.
I did give it a few minutes to cool but clearly, not long enough.
It's a good thing I made some extras that were able to be sacrificed to the learning process.

After dipping and sprinkling and drizzling all the cupcakes I realized the Hats weren't as Hi as I hoped they would be. The chocolate dipping made the frosting a bit soft and caused the Hats to sag a little - making them Regular Hat Cupcakes.

They still look cool, right?

They were yummy.

I'd like to try these again sometime...but a Peanut Butter version.
Until then, I will stick to dipping everything else in chocolate : )