Mermaid Cake

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I love the cute little mermaids on this cake.  My daughter wanted a mermaid cake and I wanted to do something different than Ariel.  I was inspired by a really similar cake by Hello Naomi.  She’s my cake idol, she’s amazing.  I made the mermaids out of fondant, and the star fish I shaped out of gum paste.  The mermaids were a little heavier than I thought they’d be so they pulled on the buttercream a little bit, you can see the cracking on the bottom one….oh well.  Sorry about the bad pictures….the food processor and the outlet make a great backdrop!

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Lego Star Wars Cake

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I made this cake for my son and my nephew.  I love how it turned out but the death start took me FOREVER.  It was the laser (I used a straw)….I saw one like it on another cake and thought it wouldn’t be too hard, but tucking the little parts under the fondant and getting it to stay was extremely difficult.  If you’re going to try and copy this design, find another way to do that part!!  Because of how long that took me I ended up just using real legos instead of making gum paste ones.  I used the Star Wars cookie cutters from Pottery Barn Kids to make the ships.  I don’t think they sell those particular ones anymore but I bet you could find them on ebay.  My favorite part about this cake is that I didn’t actually have a Darth Vader, I only had a magnet one, so I pulled the head off of it and put it on the body of a pilot.  That’s why Darth looks like he’s wearing a suit 🙂

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Yo Gabba Gabba Cake

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This cake was so special.  I had the privilege of making this cake for a much deserving little boy through the Icing Smiles program (www.icingsmiles.org).  This is an amazing charity that provides cakes to families impacted by critically ill children.  If you bake/decorate cakes and would like to know more about volunteering I would encourage you to check out their website, it’s an awesome cause!!  I have to admit, even though I have little kids I had never seen an episode of Yo Gabba Gabba so I had to do a little research before I made this one…..I was really happy with the result though.  Everything on the cake is edible, the eyes are made of marshmallow fondant and the red spikes and the robot ears are made of gum paste.  This was the first time I had ever used pearl dust to make a metallic finish on anything.  I formed the robot ears out of gum paste that I had dyed grey, and then I mixed the silver pearl dust with some clear vanilla extract to form a paint and just used a small paintbrush to apply it.  You can get some great little cake decorating brushes at Michael’s…..that’s typically where I get all of my cake supplies.  Sorry I didn’t get a closer picture of the ears so you could see it but it really is cute and worth doing!

Gender Reveal Cake

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This cake was SO fun to make!!  It was so exciting to be a part of such a special occasion.  The colored icing between the two layers was what gave away the secret, so I spent a long time putting a nice thick layer of white icing all around…I was so nervous that part of the color was going to show through!  Everything turned out great though and I especially liked the beaded border at the bottom.  Oh, and of course the little pink and blue booties! 🙂  You can easily make baby booties yourself by just making a blob of icing using tip 12, just start in the front and then move back and up while squeezing the icing bag.  Then with tip 1 squeeze really hard around the top and the icing will come out all squiggly like that.  I used tip 1 to do the bows as well.

Hungry Caterpillar Birthday

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This was a rice krispie treat cake I made for a friend’s daughter’s 1st birthday.  I love how fun and colorful this one is.  Complete with a smash cake and some extra bars just incase.  All of the decorations on this one were made of marshmallow fondant except the sun’s rays and the “gum balls”, which were made of gum paste.  My arms got a workout on this one dying the fondant and gum paste so many different colors!

Girl’s 1st Birthday Cake

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This cake was for a girl’s 1st birthday….I love the colors and the simplicity of stripes and polka dots.  All of the decorations for this cake were made of fondant except the flowers and the number 1’s….those were gum paste.  If you enjoy cake making and you’ve never worked with gum paste you’ve got to try it!  It’s a lot like fondant but it hardens so you can make a number or something, stick some toothpicks into the bottom of it and put it right on top of your cake, so cute! You can find it ready made or as a powder that you just add water and powdered sugar to (that’s how I get it).  You can find it at your local craft store.

I also just love the little tutu smash cake….it’s super easy to make your own tutu for something like that.  I think I just found a tutorial on Pinterest or Youtube on how to do it.

Rustic Wedding Cake with Modern Flowers

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I’m finally getting another cake up on the blog! Goodness, time goes by so fast.  I made this cake in June for my cousin’s wedding.  We came up with the idea by combining a few different ones we liked.  I think my favorite thing about this cake is the alternating single/double layers.  I also really like the borders….those took a little longer than I expected but I really like the way they turned out.

Space Shuttle Birthday Cake

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I made this cake for my son’s 5th birthday…….it took him a VERY long time to narrow down what he wanted and this was what I eventually came up with.  I loved the way the fondant came out on the bottom cake, it really looked like outer space!  I made the space shuttle and the moon out of rice krispie treats and covered them in fondant.  He was pretty excited about it as you can tell in the picture 🙂  The only thing the space shuttle was lacking (according to him)…..was landing gear and a robotic arm.  Oh well, sometimes you just can’t win :))

Cherry Blossom Wedding/TOM’S Groom’s cake

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My sister’s wedding cake.  I looked at about a million pictures of cherry blossom tree cakes and just loved one that I found with the branches painted on instead of using fondant (thankfully that was the one my sister loved too).  It was quite difficult to “paint” on buttercream, but I just love the way it turned out.  The other hard part was forming each and every flower out of gum paste…..I had never even worked with gum paste before this cake so it took me a while.  This was by far the hardest cake I’ve done to date, but definitely my favorite 🙂  Thanks for trusting me to make your cake Kels 🙂

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The groom’s cake.  My sister’s husband is a huge TOM’S fan, so we had to do it.  I was so relieved when they turned out good!!