Sunday, October 16, 2011

Purse Cake

I work with the teenage girls' group in my church. Every Fall, we hold an event called Young Women in Excellence which celebrates the girls' goals and accomplishments that year. This year, our chosen theme was, "The PURSEuit of Excellence". The whole program was purse-themed - we played purse games, decorated with purses on the tables, gave the girls hand-made purses for favors, and ate purse cake!
I've seen so many amazing purse cakes online and have been wanting to make one for a while, so I was pretty excited to make this!

I started with a four-layer rectangular chocolate cake, filled with buttercream, and then carved it to the shape I wanted. After frosting with more buttercream, I covered the cake in pink fondant and added the "leather" details with chocolate fondant and "metal" details with tan fondant brushed with edible gold dust.

I originally made two upright handles, but as they dried, they cracked and completely fell apart. So I had to salvage the broken pieces to make one handle lying down handle instead. If I were to do this cake again, I would make the purse handles from gum paste rather than fondant and given them a few days to dry and harden before placing them on the cake.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Baby Girls are a HOOT!

I was so excited to make this owl cake for my sister's baby shower! I started with a 10" round chocolate cake, filled and frosted with buttercream and covered in white fondant. The cake side features fondant cherry bossom branches and a monogrammed fondant medallion.

The baby owl, inspired by the invitations, was made of Rice Crispies and covered with fondant.
Cherry blossom branch details.
O is for Okey! With matching (and delicious) cupcakes made by my mom.
Congrats, Sis! I can't wait to meet sweet baby Okey!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Ooh La La!

I made this fun birthday cake for super sweet Jordan, who loves all things French.
This was my first attempt at red velvet cake, as it has always been mysterious and a little intimidating to me before. I mean how do they make it so red?! Well, I discovered the secret - a little cocoa and LOTS of red food coloring! :)

The cake was covered in buttercream frosting and white fondant. The bow and heart cut-outs were made from pink fondant, and the Eiffel Tower and poodles were piped color flow royal icing.

Inspiration for this cake here.
Bon Anniversaire, Jordan!

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Monogrammed Sugar Cookies

I had the pleasure of making some monogrammed sugar cookies for a friend's wedding reception. I loved the colors - teal and orchid!
"R" for the bride's first initial...
...and "J" for the groom's first initial.
Heading off to the reception.
Congratulations, VanLieshouts!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Three, Two, One, Let it RIP!

Pegasus Beyblade cake for Logan's 6th birthday.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Kit Kat and M&Ms Cake

Andrew told me he was too old for a themed birthday cake this year, so I threw together this cake based on his love of M&Ms and Kit Kats. I layered two round 12" chocolate cakes with chocolate frosting, surrounded the cakes with Kit Kats, tied the curly ribbon around to hold them in place, and dumped a huge bag of M&M's on the top! Seriously the easiest cake I have ever made! I think the birthday boy liked it too!