Thursday, June 10, 2010

Maggie's Elephants

To my readers, if you have been following me for awhile now (thank you!), I made a toy box cake for Mia awhile back. Mia Gabrielle, whose nickname is Maggie, turned 1 and with delight, I was asked to make her first birthday cake.

The theme of the party was elephants and balloons. I had free reign of what I wanted to do with the cake as long as it had elephants, balloons and simple. I decided to do tiers of the same size stacked randomly. I did have a little trouble with the fondant this time since I used a different brand of fondant which had some dried clumps! Ugh! But overall, the cake looked the way I hope it would.

Photo of the beautiful family with the celebrant

Enjoy your toddler years Maggie! See you soon!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Ria's Leotards

This cake is for Ria who is a great rhythmic gymnast. She is actually getting this as an advance birthday present since she is going to compete in Prague. Her mom gave me a photo of one of the leotards she uses in competitions to replicate in cake. In reality her dress is filled with gems and rhinestones but for cake and budget, I had to hand painting the details and painting the yellow parts with gold dust for shine.

Side view of the cake

I truly enjoyed making this cake. It gave the chance to paint and pipe, 2 things I don't get to do much these days. I hope to do more cakes that involve a variety of techniques vs just figure modelling.


My grand aunt came to visit us just this week and the day before she arrived was her birthday. We decided to throw her a small birthday party at a local restaurant and of course have cake.

There are only 2 things that my grand aunt loves: shopping and mahjong. I went for the mahjong since it's simple for the time I had to work on it and I know she'd love it over shopping. I am not a mahjong player though so I had to do a little bit of research. I was so glad I went for this. She was truly happy and so were the guests. This time the chocolate cake was filled with raspberry preserves and Chambord ganache.