Monday, May 25, 2009

My inspired 1920's hat cake

I had done this cake a little while ago, I wanted to practice carving a round top and I love the look of the 1920's. There are some things I would do differently the next time around, but for my first time making a hat, I was pretty pleased with myself. I'm really looking forward to doing more of these little hats, so much you can do with them!


Friday, May 22, 2009

I have been baking like crazy the last couple of weeks. I realized that once I decided to start a blog and start Sweet Tooth Confections, I didn't have very many pictures of sweets I have made. Obviously from a marketing point of view, I need pictures in order to establish myself, telling potential clients that I think I'm pretty talented, just isn't enough! I am horrible at remembering to take pictures and I don't have an eye for angles, lighting, etc. as you may notice in some of these pictures! There is a disticnt difference between the pictures I have attempted in taking and the ones Lindsey has taken for bare with me as I learn.

Graduation cupcakes for my brother who just graduated from Emory...way to go Ben!
He requested chocolate cupcakes with peanut butter filling and chocolate mousse buttercream. The graduation hats are made of chocolate dipped graham crackers, set on Trader Joe's peanut butter cups, and decorated with royal icing.

This was the cake I made for Mother's Day this year. I really wanted to try a banana cake with a peanut butter filling and chocolate mousse buttercream. This was a flavor combination I saw on an awesome blog that I came across and I knew I needed to try it out. It turned out delicious...definately a hit!!

Also, I love cakes with fresh flowers and I thought this flower went perfect with the deep chocolate color of the mousse buttercream.

One of my all-time favorite desserts....lemon bars! A classic; made with fresh meyer lemons from my mom's tree. I believe in using the freshest and best quality ingredients. It truly makes the world of difference in the texture, color, and most important taste.

The next few pictures are of a cake that I brought to Kayla's school for Teacher Appreciation week. Each day the Kindergarten parents were responsible in providing desserts for all the teachers. I decided to do a pie (see below the cake) and a cake to honor our school mascot, the Sutter Frogs. The frogs came out adorable, they were made out of fondant, and the teachers loved it!! I was so excited to bring this to the school.

The cake was an espresso chocolate cake with a rich espresso marscapone frosting, iced in buttercream and covered in fondant with fondant decorations and flowers.

Here is the pie I created for the teachers, it was a Caramel Crunch Apple Pie. I love making pies and don't get to do it very often aside from Thanksgiving and Christmas, so I was excited to make a pie in the middle of Spring.

The theme of the week was "You Rock!"

These last few pictures is of one recipe done two ways. I wanted to try out a new white cake recipe from Sweet Melissa's. White cake can be a little tricky and this recipe was great, it came out light and had a great flavor to it.

The cake I filled with a raspberry meringue buttercream and frosted it with a chocolate ganache.

The cupcakes are filled with a lemon curd and topped with a coconut creamcheese frosting.

Fortunately, once again, Lindsey from BellaLu Photography came to my rescue and I drove my treats over to her house to get some great pictures of them!

The cake that began it all.....

I first got the cake decorating bug just this past April when I decided to create a cake for my daughter's birthday party. The theme was a "Mad Hatter Tea Party" and after researching ideas I wanted to make a topsy-turvy cake. Unbeknown to me, this is a difficult cake to make, but if you know me, once I get my mind on something, well there is no stopping me.

The baking wasn't an issue...I've been doing that for years, but the carving and decorating with fondant brought me into a whole new world. Overall I was so happy with the final outcome, and most important, it tasted delicious!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Birthday Cakes

Here are several cakes that I made for 4 different birthday parties this past weekend. It was a crazy, very busy time, but each cake came out great and I was so happy with each one. They were all different and I had so much fun designing and creating them!

I have to first mention and thank my friend and talented photographer Lindsey from BellaLu Photography who was so sweet to come over and take a ton of pictures for me! Please check out her site....amazing!

This first cake was for a client's son who is really into Bakugan, a Japanese cartoon/game. I'm still not sure exactly what Bakugan is, but looked at the website and this is the design I came up with. I love it, clean, and the letters were fun!

The flavors were chocolate cake with chocolate mousse filling, covered in a dark fudge buttercream (dyed black) and decorated with fondant letters, flames, and stripes. From what I have been told, he loved the cake!

This was for a little girl who was turning 6 and she wanted a pool cake.
Once again, a chocolate cake with a chocolate mousse filling. The cake was iced in a vanilla buttercream and the pool and all the accessories were made with fondant. I ended up painting the diving board and slide orange, which made them stand out a little more.

I saw her a couple of days after her party and she runs to me and
says, " I Looooovvveeeddd my pool cake!" There is something very special about creating kids birthday cakes...the appreciation they show is unlike any other!

This next cake was so much fun to make and I love the way it came fact I will be doing this same cake (different colors) for my daughters dance team beach party next stay posted!

This was for a 1st birthday party, the family is Hawaiian and wanted a summer/beach cake.

This was a chocolate cake and a chocolate/vanilla marble cake with chocolate mousse filling. It was frosted in a bright pink buttercream and accented with fondant flowers and royal icing.

Sorry for the messy looking cake board....I had to add that at the last minute, the cake turned out heavier then we thought and I couldn't cover the cardboard.

This last cake was made for a very special man in my son who turned 5 this past week! Yes, I thought it would be a great idea to not only do 4 cakes in one weekend, but also host a birthday party!

He loves Star Wars and requested a R2D2 cake. We did a lot of research online and decided to do a standing R2D2 cake, but just the top half of him. The amount of cake needed was way to much to do the full body. Kyle did the majority of the carving, drawing, and cutting out the fondant details. When Landon woke up the morning of his party, the first thing he asked was, "Where's my cake?" He loved it!

The head was made of styrofoam and covered in fondant, the top half of his body is vanilla cake with lemon curd filling and the bottom half is chocolate cake with oreo cookie filling. We covered it in fondant and all the decorations are fondant. Delicious!

Friday, May 15, 2009

Our friends Nathan and Lindsey had a BBQ a few weeks ago and she asked me if I could bring dessert. Of course I was happy to....and despite the fact that we were having funky rainy weather, I created a couple of beach/summer fun cakes.

The large cake is a chocolate cake with white chocolate mousse filling and fresh strawberries. Iced in buttercream and covered with fondant. The surfboards are made of fondant, the sand is brown sugar, and my son was kind enough to let me borrow the palm trees from his dinosaur set.
The small cake is a white cake with a lemon curd filling and iced in buttercream and covered in fondant. All the beach pieces were made with fondant and the sand is again brown sugar.