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Almost Halloween!

Posted by on Oct 18, 2012 in 3D Cakes, Holiday, My Cakes

I like to do themed cakes for my husband’s monthly work cake when I can.  This month, of course, it means Halloween!  In the past I’ve done a pumpkin, ghost, or bucket of candy.  This month I went with an idea I saw from somewhere online for a casket ~ complete with creepy skull! 🙂  This cake was carved out of an 11×15 sheet cake (double layer).  It is covered in fondant and painted and marked to look like wood.  The chain is also fondant.  The skull is made from white chocolate candy melts using Wilton’s skull candy mold.

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Monster High Cookies!

Posted by on Mar 5, 2012 in Cookies, My Cakes

And finally we have some Monster High themed sugar cookies.  We used this in the goody bags that we sent home with her friends (and served the extras at her family party the next day).  These took a bit of time due the fact that there is no set of Monster High cookie cutters – so each cookie, fondant piece, and accent was cut by hand using a template.  Time consuming? yes but they looked so neat and she loved them!

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Monster High #2

Posted by on Mar 5, 2012 in Birthday, Gumpaste Figures & Flowers, Kid Themed, My Cakes

And onto Monster High cake number 2!  This cake was for her family party.  She found this one when searching for ideas online.  This cake is a 6″ and 8″ round tiered cake, iced in buttercream with fondant accents.  This is the same skull from her other monster high cake.

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Monster High #1

Posted by on Mar 5, 2012 in Birthday, Gumpaste Figures & Flowers, Kid Themed, My Cakes

This weekend was a busy one here as we celebrated my daughter’s 10th birthday with her friends and family.  This first cake was for her friend party.  She picked out the design and I just went with it 🙂  She loves Monster High so you will see a theme with this cake and the next 2 posts.

This cake is an 8″ round and the skull is done out of gumpaste, the wording is fondant.

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Pirate Luau Cupcakes

Posted by on Aug 16, 2011 in Cupcakes, Gumpaste Figures & Flowers, My Cakes

My sister and I have been hosting a Pirate-Luau themed summer party for 4 years now.  We just celebrated our 4th year last weekend.  It occurred to me as I prepped the treats for this year, that I hadn’t ever posted images from the past 2 yrs!  So this is a combined post of 3 years worth of cupcakes.

First I’ll start off with this year’s cupcakes.  I didn’t have a lot of time this year as we had 1 week to get ready for the party after my family was gone on a 2 week road trip.  So I didn’t do any fancy decorations this year…maybe next year 😉  I just went with some tasty flavors – I recreated some recent ones like the cappuccino cupcakes with coffee frosting, peanut cupcakes with peanut butter and chocolate icing, and then an old standby of pineapple cupcakes with coconut icing.

Last year I did chocolate cupcakes, a lime cupcake, and again the pineapple cupcake with coconut icing.  I made the decorations out of gumpaste:  flowers, a “coin” (painted with gold luster dust), and a pirate flag.  I know I’ll get questions about the pirate flag so the basics on it are as follows.  I found a rubber stamp with that image at a craft store.  I then took a black FOOD SAFE marker/pen and colored the stamp.  Then stamped it onto the cut out gumpaste white rectangle.  Obviously stamping onto soft gumpaste does require some care (don’t press too hard!), however since I wanted the “rippled” flag effect, I had to stamp before it dried.  You can stamp onto dried gumpaste as well.  To ripple the flag I just set it over a curved surface to harden and dry.

I also used that same skull stamp to stamp the  gold coins while they were still soft – though I did not use any ink – just the imprint of the stamp.

In 2009 I created the flower cupcakes as above, but I also made some plumeria (flowers of the lei), skulls & cross bones, treasure maps, and some pirate faces out of gumpaste.  The maps I let dry, then wrote on with food safe markers.  Same with the faces on the pirates.

And finally I wanted to share the photo of the cupcake stand my husband made for me.  This pic shows the palm leaves made of construction paper.  These worked fine…for one year.  The next year we re-cut them out of a green tarp.  These have held up wonderful now for 2 years and I’m sure they will be around for awhile.  He made the stand out of a plywood circle base, posts cut at an angle and covered in twine, and 2 more plywood circles on top.

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