For those of you guys who don't know, I recently got engaged in late October and last weekend I had my engagement party!
He proposed by giving me a message in a bottle. With that being said I knew I wanted to incorporate that into my engagement party. So pictured below are the center pieces I made for the tables. These were based off of the message in a bottle he gave me. Each one had a different inspiring love letter in it.
I did my own invitations and without any thought ended up picking light blue and white. After Making my invitations I went to Party City to see what the heck I could find to go with my theme and my not-really-thought-out color scheme. I lucked out! I found this beautiful set which matched my colors perfectly and to top it off they were on sale!
Now that I had something to base the the party off of I went to the drawing board for my engagement cake. Yes, I did make my own cake. I had planned on doing something simple but after falling in love with my plates, I had to incorporate them some how.
Here is my engagement cake! 3 tiers of amazing vanilla cake with yummy raspberry filling. Ok, ok, 3 tiers is a lot of cake for a small engagement party of 60, so I cheated. The middle tier is a dummy. The stenciling on the cake was a first for me and was done 2 hours before the party started. I put it off until the end because I was intimidated by it and I knew if I messed up there would be no way of going back to fix it. Black on white is never forgiving!
Since I didn't make my cake fully 'cake,' I decided to do a mini dessert bar which was something I had been wanting to do.
I had brownie pops (first time making those) with and with out nuts.
I had coconut balls (first time making those as well).
I had a mini cupcake tower. White chocolate cupcakes with white chocolate cream cheese frosting adorned with black glitter.
And my boyfriend . . . um I mean fiancé made tiramisu cups.
Low and behold my mini dessert bar. I was missing some elements but for my first time I think I did an okay job.
To tell the truth this was hectic enough and I can only imagine how planning the wedding will go. Well, I better get started early then because time management will be my friend.
I did a safari themed baby shower cake and this one gave me a hard time. When I started it, nothing seemed to dry quick enough and everything just seemed to be going wrong. In the end it looked a lot better than originally anticipated and I have got to say this is my best work yet. I love the fondant animals. ^_^ I can't take all the credit though, my sister helped with the elephant and lion toppers. Congratulations again Mary & Christian!
Here is a cake to thank the people who helped move this lovely couple to their new home.
This was a vanilla cake with buttercream covered in fondant. The accessories and details were made out of fondant and gum paste. I did run into trouble with making the house. The one shown in the picture was my second house, because my first one ended up looking more like a dog house so I definately had to scrap that one and give it another go. This second one came out a lot better.
A co-worker asked me to do cupcakes and cake cones for her son's birthday. As you can guess he loves dinosaurs so I made these cute cupcake toppers for the cupcakes and made the cake cones into dinosaur eggs.
Here are my cake cone. I tried to make it represent a dinosaur egg.
What do you think? Success?
This is my second Barbie cake. I'm glad I got to do another one of these because there were some new techniques I wanted to try. I love the way this one came out! I did have trouble with the wings being so big. Since my barbie dress was big they prevented the wings from stick flush on the barbie. I had to do some cutting and trimming to the back of the dress to get the wings to fit perfectly. In the end I got it to work out and love the result! Bottom tier was buttercream with fondant details.
I did this cake for 2 lovely ladies (mother & daughter) celebrating their birthday together. They gave me full range on this cake since they had no idea what they wanted. I figured what better way to celebrate a birthday than with a slice of birthday cake. ^_^ The chocolate cake was vanilla with buttercream and the yellow cake was pineapple with buttercream. All edible including the cherries on top of the cake slices (excluding the cherry stem). What a wonderful colorful birthday cake. Happy birthday again ladies.
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! ^_^
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!