Sunday, January 22, 2012

Hello Kitty Cake!

My friend, Nina, asked me to make this cake for her 32nd birthday. If any 32 yr old can rock a Hello Kitty cake, it's Nina!

On a side note, this cake should have been really least it was in my head before I started. I used this template to help with the carving. It was really helpful and I just used the zoom button in my photo shop program to get it the size I needed.

Here's where I went wrong: I had two options on what size to bake this cake, my sheet cake pan and a 12 in round. I realized the sheet cake pan meant I would be able to carve Kitty out in one piece, but I would have GOBS of cake scraps leftover. If I used the 12 in. pan, I would have to carve Kitty's face and then carve and attach her ear's separately.

I opted for the 12 in pan because I thought it would save me lots of materials cost and carving the ears couldn't be that difficult, right?

I couldn't have been more wrong. Those little ears got the better part of at least 2 hours. And carving Kitty's face "just right" was at least another 2 hrs because my 12 inch cake pan was just a little on the small size.

Well, lesson learned! Don't ever try to cut costs with materials b/c it will just cost you in the long run with your time....which is far more valuable than materials most for the most part!

Oh, but isn't she just so cute!!!

And since Nina and I go back more than 20 years, I wanted to do something a little extra for her, so I made these super cute Hello Kitty cookies!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Superhero Cake! Spiderman, Batman and The Hulk!

Somehow this cake didn't make it to the blog until just now. Not sure how I overlooked it, but I did. Busy = Careless? Probably.

This was Asher's 4th birthday cake. Did I slave for hours over it? Not really. Those little plastic super hero figures did most of the work for me! But, I would've put in double duty for my best boy if I needed to!

The only tricky part was getting my red really red. I actually had to use some spray color on was the perfect, quick fix.

The best picture of all? My birthday boy with his cake!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Toy Story Cake -To Infinty and Beyond!

This is another cake that I made weeks ago and am just getting around the posting it. I had this cake on the books the same week I made
Maryclaire's 3 tier 1st birthday cake and 3 dozen pretty tree cookies. In hindsight, I guess it was an easy week compared with 45 dozen decorated sugar cookies. But, it was my first time undertaking two cakes in one week, which is my goal for this year (2 baking projects a week).

I would have LOVED to have the time to sculpt
these little figures out of fondant, but I just didn't have the time! All in all, I thought it turned out pretty cute.

I found the the little figures at Party City. They were being
clearanced out so I stocked up on them just in case I have another order for a Toy Story themed cake.

What's inside? White cake with strawberry
buttercream and fresh strawberries.

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