Archive | August, 2010

Best Beach Cupcakes

12 Aug

Making these cupcakes was the most fun I’ve had in cake decorating.

Beach Cupcakes

It was also the most challenging. It took me one whole day to make the gum paste cake toppers and half a day to decorate the cupcakes. It wasn’t really hard to make the toppers. You just need patience, steady hands and a lot of imagination. I guess it was the perfectionist in me that made it taxing.

Perfect slippers
Perfect Sandcastle & Perfect Goggles
I wanted perfect goggles, perfect sunglasses, perfect slippers, the perfect sandcastle …everything perfect. When I finished with the cake toppers, it was effortless decorating the cupcakes. The first set of cupcakes had green buttercream icing with a grass effect to have the look of a garden. The second set had nude colored buttercream icing with muscovado sugar on top to resemble the sandy beach. And the last set was made of aqua blue buttercream icing with silver edible decorating balls to make it look like the glistening sea.
The glistening sea

When I was done decorating, I just arranged them side by side in a wooden tray to make it look like one big rectangular cake.

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Easy Dinosaur Cake

12 Aug

This dinosaur cake was one of the easiest cakes I’ve made. It may look tedious and complicated but it actually is very simple and easy to make. I started by baking chocolate pound cake using a 3D lamb cake pan. When the cake is cool enough to touch, I carved it out to make it look like a dinosaur. And since a lamb doesn’t really have a long tail, I had to improvise and make my own. I baked the remaining cake batter in a small loaf pan. And in the same manner when it was cool to touch, I shaped it into a dinosaur’s tail. I attached it to the body by spreading buttercream icing in between the two shapes. I, then, covered the dinosaur cake with green fondant. I used my hands to smooth the edges out to make the fondant hug the curves and arches of the dinosaur’s body and tail.

Dinosaur Cake
To make it look like a real dinosaur, I added the eyes, mouth, hands, feet, the spikes and spots on his back using fondant too. I made 2 small indentations for the nose.  I decorated the cake board by putting grass using green buttercream icing. For the final touches, I added the royal icing Happy Birthday sign, the plastic balloons and the party hat, which I just made using gift wrapping paper. Voila! A 3D dinosaur cake.
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The Sailor, Miss Kitty and The Jungle

8 Aug
What I thought would be a pretty normal weekend with 3 parties turned out to be the busiest week I have ever had. I got orders to make a sailboat cake, Hello Kitty cupcakes, and a jungle cake with matching mini-cupcakes all for one weekend. Remember, no one helps me bake or decorate. It is all me. These 3 cakes together was my biggest challenge, so far.
It started with a 10″ chocolate cake covered with cerulean fondant icing. I made a sailboat using navy blue, white and red gum paste. I decorated it with an anchor, a lifesave and real shells. I used sea blue buttercream icing to make waves under the boat and a shell border around the edge of the cake. I added a happy birthday banner at the back.
The Sailor