July 24, 2008

Cupcake, cupcake, & more cupcakes

Posted in baking at 8:39 pm by A Busy Bee Mom

Every month my company celebrates birthdays at the end of the month. My decorating mentor usually makes the cake for every month. So she came to me and asked me to make the cake. I was so flattered when she asked I immediately said yes. Then reality set in, “I have to live up to her cakes!!!” While driving me home from work, my brother and I chatted over what I should make. He said go for creativity and something different. That was a great idea. Went in to my creative bank and thought what could I do??

It hit me like lighting, I should break out my giant cupcake pan with matching cuppies. As I brainstormed I knew I wanted to use fondant in the giant cupcake. My idea was to fondant the bottom of the giant cupcake so it looked like a cupcake liner and then buttercream the top. Everything was executed, until I saw the top slide down. Fortunately the top was salvageable, but the bottom didn’t quite make it.

Baked the bottom over again this time though no time to cover in fondant, but there was no time to save it. In the end it turned quite good. Everyone’s reaction was whoa that’s a huge cupcake! The reviews were great too! Horray!

Before the fall

Cupcake and cuppies

Cupcake and cuppies

July 15, 2008

Finally Fondant

Posted in baking at 9:54 pm by A Busy Bee Mom

I have been waiting and waiting to take the fondant class. It intrigues me what you can do with the magic of fondant. Wanting to play with cutters and liking the cupcakes I did I went for a sunflower-esque design. I have lots of ideas for cakes now!! Love fondant!!!

Sunflower

Posted in baking at 9:50 pm by A Busy Bee Mom

A special surprise for the Director of JOD. I thought she could enjoy some cupcakes backstage! Her fave flowers are sunflowers!

Sunflowers in a box

Sunflowers in a box

July 13, 2008

Finding Nemo

Posted in Birthdays, Family at 9:42 pm by A Busy Bee Mom

For our nephew’s first birthday a Finding Nemo themed birthday. It was the same weekend as my dance recital so we weren’t in attendance. My cake was there to represent!

Wheres Nemo?

Where's Nemo?

Side View

Side View

Up Close

Up Close

Another side view

Another side view

Top

Top

About this cake: It was a chocolate cake with raspberry filling covered with a thin top layer of chocolate buttercream. This was to give it a crumb coat that tasted good. On to the decorations. The writing, coral and sea leafs where all buttercream frosting. The blue is Pastry Pride with Wilton blue coloring and the sides are sprayed with Wilton color mist. I wanted the effect of deep under the ocean. The pink and white seashells are made of chocolate. Melted and placed in a seashell mold the tough part was marbleizing the chocolates. It was my first time doing it and definitely took a test run before selecting a few I was happy with. The island is made of crushed graham crackers and some butter, molded it in saran warp and tossed in the freezer to firm. In case you can’t see the little palm tree is a candle! All in all I’m happy with this cake I wish I had more time to work on it…