Here are some vanilla cupcakes with vanilla buttercream topped with fondant designs.
The vibrant colored designs were created for a co-worker's 26th birthday.
I got asked to do a mexican themed birthday cake with a skull. I was super excited in an odd way for this one. A couple of months back I discovered sugar skulls and wanted to try them out but of course knowing me I waited till I got asked to do a skull for a cake. It was surprisingly easy but it did test my patience during the drying process. I have no patience for drying whether it be sugar, fondant or gum paste. To my surprise it was quite heavy and I did have to hollow it out 1) so it could dry quicker and 2) so it wouldn't be quite so heavy. I made the sombrero and flowers out of fondant which had to dry for 2 days. (Patience was running low at this point.) The design was drawn out for me so I followed the design given to me. I added the 2 skeleton toppers just for that extra flair.
This cake got me excited for Dia De Los Muertos! ^_^
Quick view of some vanilla cupcakes with a hint of mango in the batter. Icing was mango cream cheese, topped with mango coulis.
I got asked to do a Disney's Lightning McQueen cake and was super excited. I have been wanting to try this out but I must admit I was a bit worried that it wouldn't look like in the movie but in the end I surprised myself.
This was after I had carved the cake and crumb coated it. The carving wasn't to hard but I wasn't to sure it it looked like my mini example. The cake was vanilla with vanilla buttercream.
Okay I might be getting closer. It does look like a car and it is red so I can say I am on the right track! ^_^
Much better! All I needed were the final touches to make it look like Disney's Lightning McQueen. I did replace the #95 with the #1 since the birthday boy was turning 1 plus they asked me too.
In the famous words of Lightning McQueen himself, Ka-chow!
My cousin requested a TCU cake and this is by far the hardest cake I have done! This cake not only had me pulling my hair out but I called it quits twice. I mean first I had to find out exactly how a TCU horned frog looked then replicate it. Of course in the end it got finished and I was satisfied and very relieved it was out of my hands!
I stumbled upon Sugarbloom's Tall Cupcake Tutorial and was so amazed with the new take on the classic cupcake. I had to give it a try! Such a sweet find shouldn't be kept a secret and everyone should go check it out and give it a try. I love this especially because they are filled in frosting. :)
I did one of my hardest but very fun cakes by far this weekend. It was for my cousin's daughter's 4th birthday. Her request, a tangled cake. My only regret is that I wish I had taken step by step pictures to show you how this cake came together. Oh well, maybe next time I can get someone to just take pictures of the process for me.
A brief explanation on how I did the cake. I got a 12 inch board which was going to be my base. I then got a 1 1/2 inch pvc pipe cut down to my desired length of the tower. I then attached a flange to the board, that way it was easy to attach my pvc pipe to it. I baked a 10 inch vanilla cake and made a hole where the pvc pipe would go. I frosted and covered it in green fondant and placed it on my base. I then covered the pvc pipe with rice krispies adding more to the top and bottom to give the pipe that tower look. I covered the middle of the pipe in fondant airbrushed to look like brick then placed the pipe between the cake (connected to the flange). When the pipe was connected to the bottom flange I covered the whole pipe in fondant then made tears where I wanted the brick colored fondant to show. Since this cake would be traveling 3 hours to get to its final destination I decided for stability reasons to make the top tower out of rice krispies and not cake. On top of a 6 inch board I made the tower out of rice krispies and the top of of an icecream cone with added fondant to give the the final shape. I covered it all in fondant. I made little fondant squares for the shingles to go on the top of the tower. Just putting on the shingles took about an hour. I then colored the fondant black where my windows were going to be. I then began to add all the buttercream detail like the brown around the tower and the green leaves scattered in groups. I had tiny fondant flowers from a previous cake and added those on to the cake. The trees were out of fondant but I didn't like the way they looked so went over it with buttercream and a leaf tip. Pascal was made out of fondant by my sister then the happy birthday message was added. Now for the last bit to make it an actual tangled cake, I printed out the image of Rapunzel and Flynn out of edible image paper and placed them on the main window. I placed the 6 inch board holding the top of the tower on the pvc pipe and tada it was done.
Without further ado I present to you the tangled tower cake.
This giant cupcake was done for my cousin's daughter's birthday. The cake had to travel 6 hours but I am glad to say it made it. The cake is red velvet and the cupcake liner was made out of chocolate.
The fondant cherry covered in disco dust was just the extra flare the cake needed. ^_^
Okay I know I have been out of the loop for a while but I am back on track.
This was my sister's birthday cake. The shoe box was double chocolate with cookies and cream filling and the purse was a vanilla cake with raspberry filling. The shoe was made out of gum paste. I wish I could've had more time to add more but oh well, there's always next time.
Happy Birthday Missy!
Mini strawberry cupcakes covered in white chocolate. It was hard not to eat these, they are super good out of the fridge on a hot Texas summer day.