* * *Bridal Shower Flower Cake
This was a red velvet cake underneath the lavender fondant. I made brush embroidery flowers with royal icing and fondant ribbon roses on top. I had to put pearls on because they go with the roses. It has a really vintage feel to it. The client had it made for her VP; hopefully, it was shared at the office, but the intention was for the VP to take it home to enjoy it with her husband-to-be.
Congrats, Catherine & Lincoln!
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William is going into kindergarten this fall (where did my baby go?). I made a donation last year for their auction (cookies), but this year I changed it to cupcakes. In addition, I was also able to sell mini vanilla and chocolate cupcakes with vanilla Swiss meringue buttercream. 100% of the proceeds were donated to the school. I brought 48 of these minis... and sold them all in an hour, with the help of my neighbour's daughter who goes to the school (a familiar face to help rake in the sales). Awesome. :)
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This was secretly a black forest cake! It was my first order for this type of cake... and I used real cherry brandy - kirsch. The cherries were marinated in the stuff and I even used the leftovers to douse the bottom cake layer... it smelled so boozy! Since the theme was tropical, colourful hibiscus fondant/gumpaste flowers trailed off the cake on top of whipped cream and tan coloured whipped cream were piped along the sides to resemble a straw grass skirt.
I also made a cupcake bouquet. Green vanilla buttercream-topped chocolate cake with teal and fuchsia hibiscus flowers. I dipped one end of a lollipop stick into melted chocolate before inserting it into the cupcake. It worked out great... but I don't think it survived in the vase during transport :(... I'm guessing because there wasn't much stability for the sticks not to move around (the white stuff was vase filler) even though I put a blob of fondant into the vase before filling it.
Happy Sweet Sixteen!
* * *Baby Shower Cake and Cupcakes
This chocolate cake was simply adorned with fondant/gumpaste blossoms with sugar pearl centres, buttercream ruffles, and a fondant top. It was filled with vanilla Swiss meringue buttercream.
The cake was paired up with mini cupcake favours (chocolate with pink vanilla Swiss meringue buttercream and red velvet with yellow cream cheese icing). I had to figure out how the guests would take them home. Initially, I wanted to use a cupcake wrapper and a handle, but I thought it would be too flimsy. So, I happened upon espresso cups at the dollar store, which were the perfect size (no handles needed!). I wrapped the cups in pink scrapbook paper. I wanted to put the cups into individual plastic packaging, but my cookie bags didn't have a flat bottom, so the cup refused to stay upright. I just put the cups into a 12"x12" box, as is. I'm sure most people would consume these bites before arriving home, anyway.
Congratulations to the parents-to-be!
* * *iPad Birthday Cake
My most favourite cake this month... this iPad cake (chocolate cake with vanilla Swiss meringue buttercream) was so fun to make! The toughest things to do were the letters, but I think my X-acto knife cuts were decent. I wish I had an iPad myself for a model, but I only had online images to work with. I heard the the cake was well-received, which made my efforts even more worthwhile. Everything was decorated with fondant/gumpaste, with royal icing text, and the cake was covered in fondant.
Happy Birthday, Rex!