Monthly Archives: July 2013

Baby Shower Cake

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Baby Boy

This was a Baby Shower cake that I did for a friend who was having a boy. I looked online for buttercream decorated cakes for ideas and I came across a cake I liked and wanted to do it, but then I added my own little details to it to make it unique for her.

I made my own bit of fondant and used it to make a couple hearts. Since she knew she was having a boy and knew the name, I added that into the decor.
I was please with how it turned out.

New York Cheesecake with Raspberry Drizzle

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New York Cheesecake with Chocolate Ganache and Homemade Raspberry Drizzle

New York Cheesecake with Chocolate Ganache topped with homemade Raspberry Drizzle.
I used a Turtle Cheesecake recipe but rather then caramel for the top, I add added my own homemade chocolate ganache for on top instead, and drizzled raspberry sauce for garnishing this creamy cheesecake for my Lady guests.

Also as soon as my cheesecake was removed from the oven, I used a knife to go around the edge of my springform pan to separate it from the sides so again it would be less likely to show cracks.

My homemade ganache worked out perfectly for the top.

Cut with a clean hot knife for every piece, and then drizzled with raspberry sauce

Granddad’s Cake “83”

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As my Mom was planning a large potluck Birthday party for my Granddad, I wanted to do the cake. Since I knew there would be a significant amount of people there, I knew I needed to have enough to feed everyone for dessert as well as make it special for him.

How I did it – cake
The bottom layer of this cake are 2 rectangle cakes placed side by side touching. These two cakes were made for the base. I iced the two base cakes in white icing. I then made two more rectangle cakes, but then marked out the numbers that I wanted. After marking where I wanted to cut, I refrigerated the two top rectangle cakes for the numbers.

How I did it – Decorating
I used my food colouring to colour my white icing to until I got the desired blue, and made sure to get all the inner walls of the numbers too. The next step I did was the orange trim work.

Next came my fondant stars. I made my own marshmallow fondant using this recipe.

I added blue food colouring to make a nice light blue and then rolled it out and using my star shaped cookie cutter, I made stars to place scattered all over the numbers. On each star I had one aspect of who Granddad is. With Husband, Dad, Granddad, Great- Granddad, Brother, Son, Uncle, Friend, Boss.

Next came the whole vision of the cake for me when I attempted to create a life like figurine of my Granddad. Using Gum paste to create him.

I was able to create a life-like miniature version of Granddad complete with suspenders and a pen in the pocket! It was this figurine that finished off this cake with Oooh’s and Aaahh’s 🙂

Giraffe Cake

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Giraff Cake

This cake was really fun to attempt. I never did a cake quite this big before so I was unsure with how it would all turn out. This was for my second sons first Birthday, and I wanted him to have a special cake. With the Birthday’s we’ve had so far, we’ve had little themes and so I looked online to see if I could find a cute little Baby’s First Birthday Cake using a little Animal. My sister’s boyfriend helped me think of a cute little Giraff. So I went searching online to see the one I felt I wanted to attempt. After viewing hundreds of Giraffs, I found the perfect one I wanted to try!

Seeing as I only had a couple little pictures to go by, I had to be creative and figure out how it would all work and how it would all fit together. This was the most difficult cake so far in terms of hours spent and level of difficulty.

How I did it – Cake
Body – For the base or body of the Giraff, I baked With the top layer of the two, I rounded off the corners by shaving the cake in a little just enough to take away the top corner edge so it would appear like a rounded body.

Head – For the Head, I created a sphere shape cake.

Limbs – For the front and hind legs, I just baked one 9 Inch round cake and cut out two small round cylinder shapes for the two front legs, and the rest of that cake aloud me to make the shapes for the hind legs. I made some flater, curved looking shapes so to seem like bent legs. Then I did the same thin layer of icing to act as a sticking agent to the rest of the icing.

How I did it – Decorating
The first thing I did was to map out the areas I didn’t want the giraff spots, like the tummy area. I used my yellow icing first and lined the tummy area, and around the eyes. Then I used my white and filled in those two areas. Then came time for my brown spots. This was the most tedious part. I changed to my chocolate icing and filled in the spots of the Giraff all over the head, body and limbs.

For the finishing touches, I added grass all around the bottom of the Giraff using my grass tip and green icing. I added a star to highlight his candle and in green I wrote Happy Birthday Levi on the front of his front legs. It turned out better then I had planned 😀

Construction Cake

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Construction cake

For my Construction obsessed three year old, I wanted to create something unique for his cake. I looked for ideas online and took three cakes with certain elements I liked and put them together to make this. Obviously I bought a construction set of four vehicles for the decorations on the top.

How I did it – Cake
First i Baked just a single layer rectangle cake. Then I baked two 9 inch round cakes for the circular part. With one of the round cakes. With a 1/4 piece of cake I used that to make a ramp up to the main cake to be a starting point for the road.

How I did it – Decorating
After each cake piece was in place where I wanted them, and on the tray I was going to present it on. I covered each cake in chocolate icing. While thinking about where my road was going to go.

I then mapped out and marked/scraped off where I wanted the number three shaped road to go Everything else played off that.

I then geared up with my yellow icing and my writing tip and drew the lines in the road knowing where the name was to start and centre it and wrote CAUTION where I wanted it. I trimmed the whole cake with my yellow.

Then out came the green for shrubbery. This part was fun because I was able to really fill up where I wanted my greenery to be. I also filled in some small trees up the sides over my yellow trim. I used chocolate cookie crumbs for a part of the dirt road and then placed my little construction vehicles around my cake and the front loader on top digging up a dirt pile.

The finishing touch was putting chocolate chips around the front loader and in the bucket. 😛 I was thrilled at how it turned out. My son Loved it and still talks about it.