Sunday, August 30, 2009

Curious George cake and Cupcakes

A few weeks back we created a first birthday cake for a client who's little girl LOVES Curious George.

This cake was so much fun to create and see it all come together!

Everything on this cake is edible! Kyle hand painted all the furniture pieces on the bottom tier, hand painted the palm trees on the top tier, and hand-drew and painted Curious George and the balloons!! It came out just as we wanted, colorful, fun, and definately screamed George!

We took one of the scenes from the Curious George book where he paints the covered furniture in a room as animals and creates a whole jungle look.

We also created cupcakes for the guest to take home as favors and hand made each of the toppers that went with the cupcakes.

The cake was all Chocolate with our Chocolate Ganache, Oreos, and White Chocolate Mousse filling. We also created a small smash cake for the birthday girl!

The cupcakes were Chocolate with Buttercream and Red Velvet with Cream Cheese frosting.

Enjoy! I have to THANK Lindsey from BellaLu Photography again, she swung by and took some great pictures as we were in the middle of finishing the cake. Unforunately we were finishing this cake to the last minute, so she was unable to get some pictures of it completely finished, but our clients were kind enough to send us some pictures from the party.

We created some Yellow Hats, Bananas, and Curious George faces as toppers for the cupcake favors

Bunco! Dice Cake

A great friend of ours celebrated her birthday by throwing a BUNCO party. For those of you who don't know what BUNCO is...basically it's a dice game that you play with at least 12 people and when you roll a 3 of a kind and depending on what number you are on from 1-6, you yell BUNCO! It's a ton of fun and we had a great time.

So we thought what was more appropriate for her then to make 3 little dice cakes and her favorite colors are black and pink.

Each cake was a different flavor:

Chocolate with Pastry Cream and fresh bananas

Buttermilk Cake with Chocolate Ganache and Salted Caramel

Chocolate Cake with Espresso Kahlua Cream Cheese frosting

Mini Desserts

Creating a Mini Dessert bar is one of my favorite menus to come up with. I love mini desserts, one small bite of goodness and then you move on to the next little bite. You can create such a fun look, colors, textures, smells, taste, and satisfy all palates. Here are some pictures of a couple of mini desserts spreads that we created the last couple of weeks for our church.

The menu(s) had the following:

Mini Banana cupcakes with Coconut Cream Cheese frosting

Rice Krispy treats with M&Ms and Chocolate dipped

Buttermilk, Chocolate, and Red Velvet Cake Pops

Toffee Crunch Brownie Bites

Mini Lemon Bars

Sugar Cookies

Mini Key Lime Pies with Homemade Graham Cracker Crust

Oatmeal Toffee Crunch Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Mini Oreo Cupcakes

Caramel-Toffee Apple Bites

Here are some pictures

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Wedding Celebration ~ Cupcakes

~Cupcakes Galore~

A california bride who recently got married in Cape Town, came home for a wedding celebration with all her California family and friends. Since they had cupcakes at their wedding, she wanted to re-create that for the California reception.

The cupcake flavors were:

Red Velvet (the bride and grooms favorite) with White Chocolate Cream Cheese frosting

Chocolate with Coconut Cream Cheese frosting

Buttermilk cake with Chocolate Ganache frosting

We made some sugar flowers for the Buttermilk cupcakes and some sugar "W" to represent the couples new last name!

I also tried out a new recipe for this week.....delicious!

Buttermilk cupcake with Almond Buttercream, Salted Caramel and topped with toasted Almonds

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Bird of Paradise Cake with Green Tea....yum!

We had the honor of creating a fun colorful cake for a beautiful birthday girl! She loves the flower Bird of Paradise and Green Tea. So I got to try out a new recipe and was really happy with the way it turned out.

The cake was a vanilla cake with a Jasmine Green Tea wash and filled with Green Tea Cream Cheese frosting. It was sweet, light, and had a wonderful nutty Green Tea flavor with a hint of the Jasmine. I would recommend this flavor to anyone who is a Green Tea fan!

The cake itself turned out gorgeous, with fun bright colors and amazing depth!


The frosting....

Filled and ready for some carving, we wanted to make it a tall column shape, something a little different.

The finished cake...

Red Velvet and Mini Lemon Drops

It's so fun taking surprise sweets to people! I love the reactions and delight in their voices when they see a variety of desserts sitting and waiting to be devoured. I took some cupcakes and Mini Lemon Drops to more of the nurses and doctors at Kaiser last week and they were enjoyed by all!

Red Velvet Cupcakes with Coconut Cream Cheese frosting and a small fondant rose

Mini Lemon Drops with Lemon Whipped Cream.

I also did some Chocolate Cupcakes with Kahlua Espresso Cream Cheese frosting, but forgot to take pictures.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Disney Cake and Sandbox Cake

We had several fun cakes this weekend and one of our more challenging one was the Disney cake that we created for a little girl turning 2.

Each character was hand drawn and painted onto gumpaste and I thought they came out amazing! The cake was girly, fun, and simple since we wanted each of the characters to be the main focus on the cake.

The bottom tier was Chocolate cake filled with White/Dark Chocolate Ganache and oreos. The middle tier was Buttermilk cake with Raspberry Meringue Filling and the top tier was Chocolate cake filled with Kahlua Espresso Cream Cheese frosting.

Sorry for the poor pictures, we were down to the wire to get this cake it was pretty rushed.

The other cake was a blast to create and it came out great! This client wanted something fun and playful for her friend who was celebrating her birthday, so she asked for a sandbox cake.

The pail and shovel are made of gumpaste and I decorated the pail with some fun jewels to brighten it up. The sandcastle was created out of rice krispy and sprinkled with our edible sand (brown sugar, graham cracker crumbs, and raw sugar). The wood slats for the sandbox were created out of fondant and then hand painted to give a wood effect.

The cake was homemade Funfetti, Vanilla cake with sprinkles and filled with Chocolate Mousse Buttercream.