Like now...all I have to share are photos of more cakes. Lately, I have been spending more and more time making them. I don't really know how I got to this point and how I will be able to keep up. As I've said many times before, I have not attended any course in both baking and cake decorating. It's hard. People seem to be expecting bigger and better things from me. It's like I have to outdo my last cake every time.
I try my best though. I think I am my worst critic. I don't get satisfied easily. And the only time I start feeling good is when I actually hear it from people that I did a good job and that the cake tasted delicious.
Bear with me then as I share with you my cake photos and a little story about each of them. Or you can skip reading altogether. It's perfectly ok.
|Lemon chiffon cake filled and frosted with Swiss Meringue Buttercream.|
I started off with just the helmet and then as I was having a bit of fun, added the other components one by one...the hose, then the axe, then the fire hydrant candle holder, then the water droplets. I had to stop only because it was already getting way too crowded. What touched the celebrant was that I even put the logo of his workplace on the helmet. Customizing cakes means putting such attention to details after all, isn't it? By the way, I used a leaf tip to pipe out the flames. I had red, yellow, and orange coloured buttercream in one piping bag to achieve that effect.
Princess Barbie cake
This cake was for a three-year old birthday girl for whom I had earlier sewn this jacket. I had to buy a new Barbie doll as I had already given away all of my daughter's old Barbies. Underneath the skirt were three layers of chocolate cake, 2 8" rounds and 1 dome-shaped which I baked on my KitchenAid mixing bowl.
The doll actually had a glittery bodice already painted on it but I covered it up with purple gumpaste anyway to add some colour. I used a ruffle tip #88 for the skirt.
I couldn't resist sewing up something else for this special girl so as an additional birthday present, I made her this wool coat based on this pattern. I think I may be spoiling her way too much...
|A big red velvet cake filled with cream cheese and frosted with Swiss Meringue Buttercream.|
I was shown a picture of the debutante with the dress she was going to wear on the night of her party so my girl figurine was based on that. (Well, it's a cartoony version of her anyway.) She wanted pink and purple flowers around her too and of course, the 18 candles. Plus I had to make 48 red velvet cupcakes to match the cake as well.
|Matching red velvet cupcakes.|
Buzz Lightyear cake
|Ube chiffon cake filled and frosted with creamy vanilla frosting.|
18th birthday cake
This cake was for a boy. There were no specific requests for the decorations so what else could I have done but put a few flowers?
|Chocolate chiffon with chocolate ganache filling. Frosted with Swiss Meringue buttercream.|
|Moulded from modelling chocolate. I know my roses aren't very realistic but that's how I actually like them.|