Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Cake Archive

Here are some cakes that I have done in the past. Some of the pictures are not the best quality. At the time, I was not taking them for my blog because it did not exist.
My birthday cake.  Yup. I make my own.  It gives me an excuse to make a pretty cake without feeling any kind of pressure. 
A Care Bear inspired cake for a baby shower. I learned a valuable lesson about Georgia heat and butter cream icing. They don't like each other, hence the "slouching."
Sorry the next two pictures are so small.

This cake was for my friend whose birthday is right before Halloween and loves everything spooky. The green says "Happy Birthday," if you can't tell due to the tiny-ness of the picture.

This was for a wedding shower. The fondant ribbon is dove-tailed and was inspired from the bride's dress. I don't do a lot of fondant work, but I'm not opposed to working with it - just opposed to eating it.

I did this cake for my little sister's high school graduation. The design was inspired by the quilt that I also made for her. I love drawing inspiration for cakes from other significant objects in people's lives.

As you can tell, I love using bright colors. This cake was for another one of my amazing nieces. We had a luau themed party in the park. The design for this cake was inspired by the festive plates and cups that had the same big flowers on them.
Here's the story on this cake and the next. I had committed to do my first wedding cake, but had never stacked 3 tiers of cake before. So, I needed to practice. I thought the perfect opportunity would be when my older sister's family and I were going to Columbus to have the annual Family Birthday Extravaganza for ALL the summer birthday's in our fam. (I think the total is 7, maybe 8.) So, I designed a cake basically if I were designing my birthday cake, even though my birthday was not one of the one's being celebrated. (Hm. Baker's privilege.) The first layer was a peanut butter with jelly filling, the middle layer was a white chocolate with strawberry filling, and the bottom layer was a cream cheese pound cake with a lemon filling. Well, then we got the news that my parents had whooping cough. That's right. That sickness that the CDC thought they had eradicated. Yeah, well, my parents got it - preventing my sister and her family, one of them being a 3 month old, to make the trip to the Family Birthday Extravaganza. So, the F.B.E. was postponed. Now I had a 3 tiered cake that I sure as heck wasn't going to eat by myself. So, I still went, but I did stay at my brother's house and not the germ-infested parents' house. And instead of the cake being a birthday cake for 8 birthday boys and girls, it was just for one birthday girl, my little sister, whose birthday was the next day. In the end, I was a determined baker who didn't let a little cough stop her from taking a cake to cake-needing people. Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor whooping cough...

But we still had to have our Birthday Extravaganza! It just happened 2 weeks later. Spirits dampened a bit, I managed to scrape together this measly 2 tier cake.

It was just my regular pound cake and no special fillings on the inside. Just my regular butter cream on the outside. The decorating wasn't quite as planned out, but it made for some whimsy! The top layer I just started doodling. (My favorite pastime!)

My sister-in-law was watching me doodle away and said "Betcha can't do paisley!" So, I did a little paisley. And then, I started drawing inspiration from the birthday honorees. Peace signs for one of the nieces...Music notes for mom...Georgia G for my bro-in-law (a dedicated fan)...the fish sign for my reverend dad...the duck for my brother who works for Aflac...and the money signs for my accountant sister. That's only 6. Not sure who got gypped out of their doodle. My bad.

If you can't tell, I love my family and I love making special edible art for them. They have all been extremely supportive in my baking endeavors (I think mainly because they get to eat my experiments) and I am immensely grateful!! I look forward to many more Family Birthday Extravaganzas, with over-sized, over-doodled cakes!

1 comment:

  1. That cake was fun! :) Thanks for the memories. (And I'm blaming the extra pants size on you...)