I have a very good friend who has a sweet and sassy granddaughter! I made Peyton’s Tinkerbell birthday cake last year…click here to see it. This year, they were having her birthday at an aquarium! How cool is that!?? So “Under the Sea” theme it is! This cake was really fun to do! I researched salt water fish, and made a bunch of cool looking fish, they were hand made from gumpaste. The shells and starfish are all made of candy. For some reason, WordPress will not let me turn the images so you can see them right side up, so this will have to do. 😦
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Not too long ago, my boss achieved a great goal. She went from Ms. Swanson, to Dr. Swanson. I thought that this would be a great excuse for cake! (who wouldn’t??!??) So my co-workers and I put together a little lunch for Kristen, and this cake was born! Chocolate cake, filled with cream cheese icing, iced with chocolate ganache. Topped with chocolate leaves, decorated with cranberries.
Funny story about this cake. In order to make the leaves, I had to collect leaves, and paint the chocolate on the backs of them. I had my collection, and had come home for lunch. While I was home, I decided to quickly paint them and let them dry while I was in work. So, I left with them on a baking sheet drying. I passed hubby on my way back in. He was on his way home to eat lunch. A few minutes later I get a text, ” You could have told me the chocolate leaves had the real leaves under them…ewwww”
Haha, I thought he was joking! Here hubby actually tried a leaf! He just saw chocolate and decided to get the munchies! I love my hubby and his love for chocolate!
Congratulations Kristen! I mean, Dr. Swanson!
I had a friend ask me to make her son a graduation cake… but this is NOT your ordinary graduation cake. She wanted to make it personal, and her son keeps Madagascar hissing cockroaches as pets. So a hissing cockroach it was. Mom then asked me to make it with red velvet, you know, to make it more realistic. He also went to the local technical school for plumbing, so, a plunger appeared next to the cockroach 😉
Everyone loved it! He brought out his one of his cockroaches out to compare…they looked identical!
This one was for a co-worker of mine. Her sister is expecting a baby boy in a few months. The bedding was my inspiration!
Congratulations Kunze Family!
Up until this point, my cakes have been “gifts”. Which for family members, I do not mind doing this. But I am getting more and more people asking me to make cakes for them. But I absolutely hate bringing up the subject of money (I need to work on this!) and I didn’t realize as I’m sure the “normal” public doesn’t realize how much fondant cakes cost. I looked this up the other day out of curiosity, and on the insistence of my son, Joel. Here’s what I learned. For a cake iced with Buttercream, depending on the design, they can go for $2.50 – $4.50 per serving (an example of this type of cake would be the christening cake that’s on here.) For a cake covered in Fondant, again depending on design, they can go for $3.50 – $5.50 a serving. That would be pretty much every other cake on my blog. Now here’s where reality kicks in. The wedding cake I did was to feed approximately 200. Considering the candy shells that were all hand made, I would have to go to the top of the scale with this. So, technically, this cake would have cost $1,100. Let me give you more realistic examples. The baby shower cakes, both had fondant booties, and fondant decorations, these would have been $90 each. The christening cake was done in buttercream, this would have been approximately $80.
I love to do this, I love to give them to people, I love to see the look on people’s faces when they first see it, first take a bite. If people are anything like me, I’m cheap, and I would NEVER pay this much for a cake. That is exactly why I started making these cakes. Now you see my dilemma. I hate talking money to anyone, but the more and more I make cakes, I think I need to “grow a pair” and start giving out quotes, and if it is going to cost me from making a cake, then I guess, I just won’t make that cake.
Here’s to me learning how to speak up, and charge people for my cakes. Wish me luck!
I am 2 days out from delivering a wedding cake that’s to feed 150, and I am exhausted. I’ve been baking and making fillings all day long. The cake will be a total of 3 cakes that are 2 tiers each. Each cake will be a different flavor! One will be chocolate with a buttercream filling, another cake will be vanilla with a lemon mousse filling, then the third cake will be white chocolate with a raspberry buttercream filling.
One day before wedding:
The wedding is going to be in Avon-by-the-Sea, NJ, therefore it couldn’t be more appropriate that it has a beach theme! All of the cakes are covered in fondant. I did a mixture of homemade marshmallow and Satin Ice. Only because the marshmallow (in my opinion) holds up better, because it’s thicker. I then rolled out strips of burgundy fondant, and ringed the bottom of the cakes. Today I decorated 2 of the cakes…I used brown sugar as sand, and “glued” on shells, sand dollars, starfish, and seahorses. I made these last week out of candy melts. This was my first time using candy melts, so it was fun experimenting with them, and of course eating them!
Tomorrow I will decorate the last cake, and off we go to Avon-by-the-Sea!
Decorating the last cake didn’t take too long. I packed up my repair kit, and the cakes, and off went. The drives are strenuous on both me and my hubby when we’re transporting cakes. I yell at him about his driving, telling him to drive like a granny, and he has to put up with me. He says he’s going to get a sign made for my car, “Cakes on Board”!
We made it there in record time. One and a half hours. We were able to put the cakes in the restaurant’s fridge while we got a quick bite to eat. Right before the wedding started, we put the cakes out on the stand, it looked great! After the beautiful bride and groom were married (in a pavilion on the beach!) We made our way back to the restaurant and the cake was a hit! The bride and groom gently fed each other, and we danced all night long.
Congratulations to Sara and Joe! May you have the happiness you deserve!