Wednesday, September 19, 2012

It's a mad,mad world

Hold on to your hats folks, this is going to be a long post. I say that because I actually remembered to take pictures as I constructed the cake. Yes, thank you, I was proud of myself too. The cake I am showing you today was for my daughter Samantha's birthday party, and it was my first ever tospy turvy cake, aka a Madhatter cake. I have been wanting to make one of these for a while, but never had a reason, or found a photo tutorial online (many video ones, but I wanted pictures) that I felt comfortable with explaining it to me. Well, I finally found one, did what they said, and I'm happy to report it worked! Now I have basically recreated the tutorial for you here so you too can try to make your own tospy turvy cake. (it's easier than you might think)
First you will need at least three layers of cake for each tier. I myself used four. Slice one layer on an angle like pictured above.

Now flip the one piece upside down onto the other piece.

Layer your cake like you normally would, making your angled layer the top.
Do a crumb coating (or a thin layer of frosting) on your cake.  Refrigerate to set the buttercream.
Cut a piece of wax paper in a circle the same size as your next tier.  Place it on the cake and cut out the shape with a sharp knife.
Score the circle into four sections to make it easier to remove the cake.
Now simply remove the sections, creating a crater for the next tier to sit in.
Frost your cake again, then refrigerate it to prepare for your fondant.
Cover your tier in fondant, making sure to smooth the fondant into the crater.  Also, as for all tiered cakes, you need to place dowels or cut straws to help support the weight.  Follow these steps for all you tiers, except of course your top layer.  When placing the next tier on, put a little buttercream in the crater to help adhere the cake.  Also you will want to put the slant of the next tier the opposite direction as the layer below it.
Follow the steps above, decorate as you see fit, and you will have a final product like what you see above.  This year, my daughter had a rollerskating party and our theme was Rock and Rollerskating.
Samantha informed me that the cake needed a pair of roller skates on it because of the theme.  So here's my cake topper.
I hand cut a guitar and peace signs, and used cookie cutters for my stars, flowers and heart with wings.  All these items were on the napkins and plates we had for the party, so it was only fitting they make it on the cake.
I originally wanted to have swirls airbrushed on the fondant like a background for the other decorations. Sadly, I do not own a airbrush (yet) and the can of spray food coloring didn't give me enough control or a fine enough line to get the look I wanted.  Instead I used a stencil and some pearl disco dust to create a background of stars.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Grab your Purse

The begining of this September gave me an oppurtunity to have fun, and experiment with decorating a cake. September 2nd is the birthday of our neighbor across the street. Since we have become very good friends, I sent a text to her husband to see if it would be ok for me to make something for her. He enthusiastically said yes, and a cake was born.
I have been wanting to make a purse cake, so I thought this would be the perfect chance to try.  Looked at a couple of pictures and then came up with the pink purse in the middle of this photo.

And what's a purse without a string of pearls? The pearl earrings were my daughter Samantha's idea. I like how they added to the whole appearence.

To let the birthday girl know the cake was her's, a golden key with a monogram key ring. She loved it all, and told me it took her a while before she could actually cut into it to eat the cake.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Lala lala, lala lala...

Elmo's world  :) Come on sing sing along.  Lala lala, lala lala...

Yep, that's a cake pop I made for my friend's little girl's second birthday party. To get the fur effect, I dipped the pop in red candy melts, placed the eyes, nose and mouth, which I had made out of fondant. After that was dried in place, I took a toothpick and added more melted candy melt to the cake pop, and viola, Elmo has fur.