Posts filed under ‘Cakes’

Carriage (Buggy) Baby Shower Cake

June 26, 2010 at 11:08 pm 3 comments

Royal Icing Drop Flowers and Basketweave Design

This is a charming cake apt for the person I made it for.  I made this cake for the birthday of a lady who is such a kind, generous and thoughtful soul.  I work with her and I very much appreciate what she does for me and for the people around her.  She is a gem!

The drop flowers are made with royal icing, the cake is covered with buttercream and the basketweave on top of the cake is also buttercream icing.  I thought the basketweave would be a nice backdrop for the drop flowers.

Aside from white, I used 2 Wilton colors (violet and rose) but added two more shades — violet with a touch of rose and rose with a tinge of violet.

March 20, 2010 at 10:57 am 1 comment

Convertible Car with a Flat Tire and Traffic Police

Somehow, between attending meetings and meeting deadlines last week, I agreed to make a birthday cake for a surprise party for one of my officemates.  Even now, it is still a blur and I’m still not quite sure why I agreed to (1) make a cake during a weekday (2) make a cake with only 2 days notice knowing I will be working those 2 whole days and I will be attending a private launch party for Crate and Barrel the night before the birthday party.

I did not have much time to do the cake so I just planned for a simple one.  The other thing was the fact that it was a de-celebration and not a celebration.  The ideas were to make a kiddie cake to signify his mental age (yes, people can be mean!), basketball cupcakes with the words “You Suck” (the birthday celebrator plays basketball) and maybe something relating to the birthday celebrator’s blue Porsche but do something with it (smoke coming out?  flat time?).  The end result was this cake — blue convertible with a flat tire and a traffic policeman issuing a ticket, which I managed to do in the amount of time I had.

March 19, 2010 at 10:14 pm 1 comment

Thomas The Tank Engine 3D Cake

Thomas was a tank engine who lived at a Big Station. He had six small wheels, a short stumpy funnel, a short stumpy boiler and a short stumpy dome.  He was a fussy little engine, always pulling coaches about. […] He was a cheeky little engine, too. — from the story “Thomas & Gordon”.

Thomas the Tank Engine was a specific request of our friend’s son who was turning 3 last January.  As a famous children’s character, I wanted to make a Thomas cake with a difference and thought of making a 3D cake.  My biggest worry was making a cake that the kids at the party would not recognize.  Can you imagine slaving over a cake for hours and when you get to the party the kids ask “Who is That?”.  Just the thought of it gives me shivers…

Thankfully, one of my friends gave me the link to a “Tank Engine Cake Tutorial” and lent me her son’s Thomas the Tank Engine toy.  The tutorial was my reference in making the cake, although I had to make a few modifications either to make a closer copy of the toy I had or adhere to my personal preference or style of decorating.

The kids at the party had a blast and thankfully the kids recognized the cake as Thomas as soon as I entered the party venue (right before they started poking the cake with their tiny little fingers!!).

February 28, 2010 at 11:40 pm Leave a comment

M&M’s Christmas Tree Cake

I had already sketched a design for a Snowman Christmas Cake to take to a a Christmas lunch we were attending, unfortunately, something came up on Christmas Eve and I had to scramble on Christmas morning to decorate the cake.  I realized I had Christmas M&Ms in the pantry and some Wilton Christmas sprinkles and ended up with an M&Ms Christmas Tree cake instead.  Not exactly what I planned but I guess  it still looked very “Christmassy”.  Also had great fun putting the candy and the sprinkles together!!

Quick Bits:  M&M’s

M&M’s have been around since 1941.  They are produced by Mars Incorporated and originated from the USA but are now sold all over the globe.  They are round/button-shaped candy shells with an M printed on one side and have a variety of fillings such as milk chocolate (the most common), dark chocolate, peanut, almond (my favorite), among others. They come in a lot of bright colors and during the Christmas season, I always look forward to the Christmas edition where they come in red, green & dark green. They also have white M&M’s during Christmas printed with holiday greetings on one side.

January 2, 2010 at 10:57 am Leave a comment

Christmas Black Forest Cake


A Christmas version of the Black Forest Cake.  I used Christmas jimmies to decorate the cake instead of chocolate curls.

This is a standard Black Forest Cake recipe which I am still tweaking.  Not a dessert for the kids though due to the alcohol content, so had to watch that those little fingers didn’t swipe the whipped cream frosting.

Quick Bits:  Origin of the Black Forest Cake

The Black Forest Cake is the english name for the German Dessert Schwarzwälderkirschtorte.  It is a cake made up of layers of chocolate cake with Kirsch or Kirschwasser  with whipped cream and cherries in between.  It is frosted in whipped cream with shaved chocolate on top.  The origin of this cake is unknown.  Some say it dates back to the 16th century while others claimed to have invented the cake in the 1900’s.  What is common though is that the cake is believed to have originated from Black Forest Region (Der Schwarzwald in German).  This region is well known for its cherries and Kirschwasser.  Kirschwasser is a distilled clear brandy made most commonly from Morello cherries.

Sources:  What’s Cooking America?, GermanFoods.org

January 2, 2010 at 10:57 am Leave a comment

Fondant Circles & Letters

I made this cake a couple of months ago but never got the chance to post a blog about it.  I underestimated the time it took me to decorate the cake and ended up not getting a picture of the cake in my rush to get to our friend’s birthday party.

I saw this type of fondant letters covered in colored sugars in a magazine and wanted to test if the letters will really hold.  I added Gum-Tex to the fondant to make it harden faster/quicker.  To attach the sugars, I brushed the fondant with piping gel before sprinkling the sugars over the letters.

Be sure to make the letters in advance to ensure that the fondant hardens.

December 26, 2009 at 9:17 pm Leave a comment

Christmas 3D Cuddly Bear

This is my first attempt at a 3-Dimensional cake.  The baking pan is the Wilton Stand-Up Cuddly Bear Pan Set.  You need to use a firm cake recipe and follow the cooling instructions included in the pan set to ensure that the cake or the form of the cake holds.  I used a Wedding Cake recipe for this cake.

It’s a bit early for a Christmas themed cake but my friend was hosting a Ginger Bread House Making party before all our other friends left for the various holidays so this cake fitted the occasion.

November 22, 2009 at 11:04 am Leave a comment

Fairy (Tinkerbell) Cake and Cupcakes

I made this cake and cupcake set for the first birthday of my friend’s daughter.  She is a lovely little girl!

The cake is frosted with buttercream icing sprayed with blue and violet food color to get an uneven effect.  The flowers are made with royal icing which you should do in advance to ensure that they are dry by the time you use them.  The leaves are made with buttercream icing.  The Tinkerbell topper is something you can get from Wilton easily.  The stars on the wires are also made from royal icing.

I am still on my quest for the ultimate vanilla cupcake recipe so for the cupcakes I decided to try Billy’s Vanilla Vanilla Cupcake recipe. Billy’s Vanilla Vanilla Cupcake recipe is a recipe from Billy Reece, owner of Billy’s Bakery in New York City. Billy was invited to appear in Martha Stewart’s show following great reviews for his cupcakes by Martha’s staff who were tasked to taste test cupcakes around the city. The video of the episode is available in Martha’s website. In the Martha Stewart Newsletter article “New York’s Best Cupcakes”, the top 4 cupcakes are from (1) Billy’s Bakery (2) Magnolia Bakery (3) BabyCakes (4) Cupcake Cafe.

November 7, 2009 at 6:14 pm Leave a comment

Layered Chocolate Almond Cake with Fondant Letters

Chocolate?  Good!!  Almonds?  Good!!  So why not put them together in a single cake?

This is my “go to” cake (although not in multiple layers).  When I don’t have much time to put together a cake, I usually end up doing this one.  I started covering the cake with almonds during my early attempts at baking and decorating.  I was not happy with the way I frosted my chocolate cake and in desperation, tried to find whatever I could in the pantry for something to hide my mediocre frosting skills.  I found some almonds in the pantry… and, voila!  My go-to cake was born.

As it so happens, this  is the favorite cake of one of the most charming ladies I have the pleasure of working with and her name is — you guessed it right, Suha!  We were planning a surprise party for her in the office and with the number of invitees coming, I realised that one layer was not enough.  I could have gone with making several single layer cakes but I also wanted to do fondant letters which would look good on a tall cake (either a single layer 4-inch high cake or a tiered cake).  I decided to go with a tiered cake.

The cake is your normal chocolate cake, covered in Nigella Lawson’s chocolate frosting and decorated with sliced almonds.  I added buttercream bead borders in ivory around the edges for a finished look.

The letters are made of fondant (with Gum-Tex) with a sprinkling of pearlised sugars attached by brushing the face of the letters with piping gel.

October 26, 2009 at 8:39 pm 2 comments

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