It’s throwback time…yes! What a year 2013 was at least for me cakewise. Looking back, I still cannot believe I made these cakes last year. Warning, this is going to be lengthy. Please note also that you will read a lot of first time with regards to cake on this post, so just bear with me.
This is a Wedding Cake that I made for my friends Joey and Fatima’s wedding. Actually, my first wedding cake. It was also first for me to make gumpaste roses. I watched Edna dela Cruz tutorial for these roses, numerous times. I can still hear her saying Tata in my mind. I actually met her at the National Capital Area Cake show and she was kind enough to pose for a picture with us. It’s funny how my son knew her too.
I made Calla Lilies as topper for this cake, for the mold I used the Wilton brand. To create border around the cake, I used the Perfect Pearls silicone mold by First Impressions.
I made cake pops too to go with this cake. Cake Pops were chocolate, butterscotch and vanilla flavored.
This is a baby shower cake I made for our friend Ailyn. There was really no theme for the party except anything blue for the baby boy. For the inspiration, I used Sharon Wee’s Bears and Baby Block Cake tutorial. It matched that my friend’s name starts with A so I kept the letter on the design.
It was my first to make a square cake, it was hard but it was fun! But I think I will stick to making round cakes for awhile. The cake got really heavy too.
I also made some Cake Pops here. The Cake Pops were published on Cake Central, of course I was over the moon when it did!!!
This was our Anniversary Cake. I love doing flowers, what fun way to make these flowers and put them on a cake. It was also springtime then so it really was season to make these beauties. They were inspired from Jacqueline Butler flower tutorials. I actually purchased her tutorial from Craftsy. Later on, I learned that she had the hydrangea tutorial and her spring flower tutorial on her blog The Petal Sweet Blog.
I have been covering my cakes with fondant and this time around I mean with this cake I covered it with buttercream. And because I already love how the flowers sit on my cake I don’t want to add other decorations except for the words you & me to give it that anniversary feel.
Up next…these cuties! yes, it’s the same cake, I just used two different toppers. Still trying to jog my memory who to credit for the tutorials. I remembered searching them on Youtube before, you can always tell me here if you happen to know, thanks! It was first time for me to make frills and ombre effect and it is on the same cake.
To celebrate Organ Transplant Week, here is the cake! Oh yes, transplant nurses hate rejection! Need we say more. My colleagues thought I took these medications and put them on the cake. If you work on a transplant unit or if you are a patient yourself, certainly you knew these medications. These are use to prevent organ rejection.
The cake design was inspired from Sarah Jones from the Chocolate Factory, I asked for her permission to use her Heart Cake design and thankfully she agreed.
Oh and who wouldn’t know this game, I got so addicted to it and could not stop myself playing it at that time. One day, I just made a cake inspired by the game, Candy Crush Saga Cake. I had fun doing the cake toppers, they were easy too. I wished I have taken pictures by then so I can put a tutorial for it. My favorite was doing the Color Bomb, the chocolate ball with sprinkles. I made it from chocolate colored/flavored fondant and cover it with chocolate candies.
Then, it was my boy’s turn to have a cake for himself. He liked Spider Man, thus I made him one. Forgive the photos and the cake not really at my best here. The towers are made from gumpaste, you see they were two colors to represent night and day. This cake actually rotate and I added some lights too to create those flashing effects. My little man was happy of course. Inside was chocolate cake frosted with Swiss Meringue Buttercream covered in fondant. I also use Spider Man cake transfer, it stick to the fondant easily.
My colleague requested this train cake for his boy Michael turning one year old. The inspiration for this cake was the boy’s favorite book. It is vanilla cake inside frosted with Swiss Meringue Buttercream covered in marshmallow fondant. I just added the number 1 and put it on the train as a design for him turning one. Then the cake was done, but I was not fully satisfied with it, so I added the last minute design of train rails that goes around the cake. How cool was that! I was glad everyone liked it.
This was Little Pony cake. My friend Carol prepared a Little Pony themed birthday party for her pretty Giselle. I told her I will make the cake and she just need to provide the cake topper. My surprise for them was that I made a rainbow cake inside. We forgot to bring a knife to cut the cake at the party, we didn’t do any justice to the cake, bad me! This rainbow cake was frosted with Swiss meringue Buttercream and covered with marshmallow fondant. Everything homemade. I also made a two dimensional Pinkie Pie gumpaste topper.
Then there was Jake and the Never Land Pirates Cake, with three dimensional Jake as the topper and two dimensional Izzy and Cubby stuck on the side of the cake. This was for Tanner’s 3rd birthday. It was vanilla cake frosted with Swiss Meringue Buttercream covered in fondant. For me the highlight of this cake was the treasure chest. I made it from rice krispy treats and mold it to resemble the treasure chest then covered it with reddish brown fondant. The other designs were all hand cut (trees, clouds, Izzy, Cubby).
This Peony Cake was for a friend’s mom surprise 60th birthday. Her mom loves gardening so she requested a cake with a flower design. In my mind I already have an idea on what to make because I have been itching to make the peony flower cake topper. I really love peonies so when she asked me to do this cake, I said yes right away. This peony was inspired by none other than Nicholas Lodge, I have watched his tutorial too over and over again. I also met him at the NCACS, a very humble person, did you know he made cakes for the House of Windsor?
Summer equals mango, and so I made a mango cake for my friend’s birthday. This was my first time as well in making mango cake. This cake was inspired from Heart of Mary Mango and Cream Cake. It is a chiffon cake with mango whipped cream frosting. I love chiffon cake because they are very light and moist. It does not dry out or hardened as compared to other cakes. It is best serve when it is cold. I used the melon baller to scoop out spherical mango and put it as garnish for this cake. I piped the borders too with buttercream icing.
This one is a Basketball Themed Birthday Cake, I initially planned on just doing a basketball but I did a last minute addition. I think it turned out okay with the boy figure sitting on top of the basketball. The ball was made of rice krispy treats covered in fondant. The impressions on the ball was made by lightly tapping the piping tip on the fondant. This was made for Dylan for his 7th birthday. I also have a basketball themed cake pops to with this cake, photo not available here (to be post next time).
This Fashionista Cake is simple but I like all the details, it matches her name very GIRLIE indeed. I know she likes to shop just like me like most girls do! And again, this is a chocolate cake frosted with Swiss Meringue Buttercream covered in fondant. I used the Fashion Girl Cutter Set to create the girl and the Shoes and Bag Cutter Set to do all her accessories. The birthday girl liked it and we celebrated her birthday at home with home made foods.
Then, my husband’s cake of course. His Blue Birthday Cake was alternating mocha and chocolate cake frosted with blue Swiss Meringue Buttercream as you can see from the photo. This cake was decorated with candy sprinkles, I actually love the texture these tiny candy sprinkle gave to the cake. The SMB frosting was smooth, with a melt in the mouth consistency and oh so buttery flavor combined with the sprinkles it give you that crunch every time you chew.
Then what other way to celebrate our wedding anniversary…of course with a cake again!!! This cake actually matches the color motif we had for our wedding. The cake inspiration for this Purple Anniversary Cake was from La Cupella. I asked permission from Ella to make this cake design. The first time I saw her cake, I immediately fell in love with it specifically with the color. So, this cake is all frosted with Swiss Meringue Buttercream. The gumpaste hydrangeas were colored in pink and purple. My hydrangeas here were also inspired from Petal Sweet Blog’s hydrangea tutorial.
For my goddaughter’s birthday, my dear friend Jacqy requested Izzy Cake for Lucy! Love this little girl. Since I found how the candy sprinkles add texture to Swiss Meringue Buttercream, it has become a go to cake decoration for me. Izzy was also Lucy’s costume that Halloween. This two dimensional Izzy figure was hand cut piece by piece. I piped the borders with an open star decorating tip. The kids had fun trick or treating then we celebrated her birthday after with her cake.
November came, it’s time for me me me! My own birthday cake, made special by using Lemon French macarons as toppings. The inspiration for this cake was the Pastel Swirl Cake from Sweetapolita. Again, this cake is covered in Swiss Meringue Buttercream, what else, right? By now you know that it is my favorite frosting. I love it because it is not too sweet and I lobe the butter flavor.
So, we went to celebrate my birthday at a friend’s house and what a surprise when they gave me the flowers, it matches the color of the cake. I was one happy person indeed!
And I rather we, together with our friends ended the year 2013, with this KitKat Cake to celebrate New Year’s eve. I remember growing up that we need to put round fruits on the table for New Year’s Eve to bring good luck for the coming year. Well this cake suits the occasion, round cake with round M&Ms candies in holiday festive colors (red & green).
I hope you were able to finish reading this post to the end, I hope you have learned some ideas or inspiration for your next cake endeavor. Until next time. Sending you sugar hugs.