Saturday, October 22, 2011
Sunday, July 31, 2011
Friday, May 13, 2011
Today, we'll look at Year 2. If I had to identify a first love of Trace's beyond Mom & Dad, I'd have to say animals. Since he was a baby, he's always been drawn to them and so it became a no-brainer deciding on his 2nd birthday theme..."On The Farm". Here's a pic of the cake table:
I got the idea to do a barn when I found a "house" cake pan from Wilton. I baked 2 funfetti house cakes, placed them standing up side by side, and "glued" them together with chocolate icing. (Trace's 3rd love could easily be identified as "trocolate" as he used to say when he was 2.) :) Then I used a flat side of the basketweave tip to give it the look of wooden boards and used the same tip in white for the trim & doors. For the hay, I added brown to the red icing I had left over and piped it with a shell tip. Then I took a break from piping cause my wrist was killing me and began to work on the cupcakes. ;)
Here's Farmer Trace enjoying his 2nd Birthday celebration!
Stay tuned for Year 3...coming soon! :)
Friday, April 22, 2011
I was pleased that it came out level and how well the pattern & transfer came out. I was, however, a bit disappointed that I scraped a little too much icing off the middle tier when smoothing it out and you can see the cake peeking through. :( Also, in our communication about which green to get for the trim, I may have a leaned a little close to "emerald" rather than "clover". Oops. But I do learn something new with every cake that I make and this one was no exception. I previously had trouble adding ribbon to cakes because the icing would always bleed through. However, on this one, I placed strips of wax paper behind the ribbon with double stick tape and it worked out great! Overall, I was pleased knowing that I did the best that I could in the time that I had and the bride and groom seemed happy. That works for me! :)
Monday, April 4, 2011
Sunday, March 20, 2011
Nice & neat at first...
This stuff is awesome! More, please!!!
Mommy's gonna be scrubbing this high chair for days! hehe
For the cake this year, I decided to keep it simple. I wanted to do a red sheet cake and make it a wagon by adding Oreo Cakester wheels (sidenote - if you're wondering what a "Cakester" is, you're missing out on one of the greatest things in life since...well, the Oreo. Check 'em out. Seriously. Stop reading, go to the store, get some, eat some, then tell me they're not one of the best cookies you've ever eaten.) I digress...and an Oreo Funstix for the handle (these are not near as good, but they did serve as a good handle with the help of a skewer). I had also purchased a bottle of this stuff in red:
...thinking I could take a shortcut & avoid having to make the dreaded red icing that I dispise cause 1) I hate the flavor or red icing. It's just too bitter for my taste. & 2) It never seems as bold or as brilliant as some of the other icing colors. & 3) It's a pain to make. I never used this "color mist" before, so I thought I'd try it on a cupcake before I ruined an entire cake with this stuff. Boy, am I glad I did. Warning! - this stuff tastes like chemicals and it runs and smears just like spray paint. Boo Wilton. I had high expectations and this stuff was a major disappointment. Plus, the "red" looked more like maroon. So, I caved and made my own red and at first glance it looked too pink, but once it dried overnight; I think it was much closer to the red I was going for. Here's a look at the cake table:
Here's the cake, plain & simple. I wrote "Happy Birthday Fisher" in white with tip #7, then outlined in blue with tip #2. The "1" was inspired by the "1" on his shirt, only the circles were 2 shades of white on the shirt and I wanted them to stand out more on the cake, so I chose blue.
I also added a little licence plate on the backside that says "FISHER1".
This was my first time using the grass tip #233. It was pretty easy to use. I'm sure you'll be seeing more grass on my cakes in the near future. ;)
We also had cupcakes. This little wagon was supposed to be my cake topper until it came in and I realized how small it was!
And more cupcakes. Bonus points to anyone who can identify what they're supposed to be? A few people that I asked didn't "get" them. :( The winner will receive a free bottle of red Wilton Color Mist icing spray! ;)