Monday, May 26, 2008

Classic Car

Here is my first 3D car! With Ian's help (my DH) and a few late
nights this is what took shape. I learned a tremendous amount and also realised
how much work is involved. I made 4-11'x15' vanilla sponge cakes filled
with Swiss Merigue Buttercream (SMBC)
The car is then covered in fondant and all the accents are fondant too.

The spare wheel on the back was fondant and painted silver spokes.

Monday, May 19, 2008


Here is an Armadillo cake I made this weekend with red velvet cake and cream cheese icing.
Firstly I baked 3 (11'x15') cakes. Layered them with cream cheese icing. Now normally I would not use cream cheese icing when carving a cake but this icing was pretty stable.

Decorators Cream Cheese Icing

1 cup unsalted butter
1/2 vegetable shortening
2x 8oz cream cheese
3.5oz icing sugar
1 tsp clear vanilla
1/2 tsp salt
Cream butter, shortening and cream cheese till smooth. Add icing sugar, salt and vanilla extract.

Mix everything till smooth.

After carving an Armadillo shape, I crumb coated the entire cake with the buttercream and put it in thew fridge to harden.

Then once the icing had hardened up in the fridge, I covered it with fondant and finished off with strips of fondant on his back.

I used the back of a fork to create a scale like effect.

Next I took little balls of fondant and after flattening them attached them to the body with a little water.

After making the feet and creating the eye, I painted him with a mixture of browns, greens and black powdered color and lemon extract.

The ears were made with gumpaste and attached on hardened and painted once secure.

Friday, May 2, 2008

Confirmation Cupcake Display

Here is a cupcake display with a six inch cake with cross for a confirmation I made on Sunday. I got to use my new Hydrangea flower cutter and veiner set. Dusted the flowers lilac with green centres. I love how they looked and I also dusted them with Pearl dust for sparkle. I made my own fondant for the cake from Elisa Strauss's book "CONFETTI CAKES". I love her work and recipes in this book. The chocolate cupcakes have gumpaste daisies in pink and also dusted with pearl dust.