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1  COOKING / Dessert / Barney Cake on: August 04, 2009 08:53:51 AM
This is a cake I made for my niece, Mercy. I made 2 sheetcakes and iced them together then cut off the corners and added them to the side of the cake to make the "cheeks". Then I iced him purple and iced in the teeth and eyes. Then I piped what seemed like a million stars all over his face. This is the first time I used this technique. So it wasn't as clean as I've seen done before. I then piped on his face in black and for the eyelids I piped a little more purple and smoothed it out with a toothpick.





enjoy!
2  COOKING / Dessert / Red Hat Cake on: August 04, 2009 08:49:41 AM
My mom is in the Red Hat Society. Her birthday was on Easter day this year so I decided to make her a Red Hat Easter Bonnet Cake. It is a red velvet cake with cream cheese icing. I cut the top layer's edges so it was more rounded. I covered it with fondant that I colored red. I left the excess fondant on the cake and placed crumpled aluminum foil under random pieces so it would look like a wavy brim. I let it set like that and when I removed the aluminum foil it stayed. I made the flowers out of fondant too and let them dry before attaching them to the cake with icing. The ribbon is just a wired satin ribbon and it is pinned in place with straight pins. I was the one to cut the cake so I made sure to remove these first.



enjoy!
3  COOKING / Dessert / American Flag Memorial Cake on: August 04, 2009 08:44:32 AM
Here is the cake in my first cake competition. It was for our local paper and had to be patriotic theme.



When I think patriotic I think of the military and their sacrifices so I decided to make a memorial american flag case.




Those are the 2 layers, I used a sheet cake and cut them down and froze the remaining pieces for a cake later. I poured all of the batter into the cake pan except about a cup. I then added coloring to that cup and poured it over the top of the cake and swirled it with a butter knife then baked it.



This is my test cake I made at home. I had to ice the competition cake and decorate it totally at the contest site. I iced the layers with butter cream and then covered it with white fondant. I cut out a small piece of white fondant and painted it with silver pearl dust and vodka mixed. I piped on "In Memory of Our Fallen Soldiers" and set it aside to dry while I decorated the rest of the cake. I painted the blue on with Wilton's Gel coloring mixed with Vodka (the alcohol evaporates) I cut out strips on top of the cake for the "wood" strips and stars for the flag. Then I painted the "wood" also with Wilton's brown Gel coloring mixed with Vodka. It gave it a nice "wood" effect.



I won first place!!! This is only like the 6th cake I have ever decorated.
4  COOKING / Dessert / Monster Truck Cake on: August 04, 2009 08:31:27 AM


I built this cake for my son's 3rd birthday. He loves monster trucks and I was inspired by all of his monster truck toys. It is all edible except the support structure under the truck which you can't see and the orange car the monster truck is running over.



The bottom cake is chocolate that I cut up and made hills and valleys and then smeared with chocolate butter cream. The tires are donuts with butter cream icing and the truck body is yellow cake made in the Wilton Car pan and cut down into a truck. I covered it in fondant and painted the flames on then I cut out details in fondant and glued them on using water as glue. I placed plastic cake columns under the truck where the 4 "tires" would cover them and iced them with the brown icing to hide them. The tires are attached with wooden skewers all the way through the truck cake which was supported by the columns on a cake board cut the same size as the truck.

For the finishing touch, I smeared brown icing all over the truck so it would look as though it had been playing in the mud before running over the car. This also allowed me to cover all the minor flaws.

enjoy!
5  COOKING / Dessert / Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cake on: August 04, 2009 08:29:14 AM
Here is a cake I made for my husband's birthday.




The cake is a yellow cake mix that I divided into 3 layers. The filling between each layer and on top is fresh strawberries chopped up and the icing is a chocolate hazelnut cream icing made with Nutella. I tried a recipe for the icing on line but it called for fresh cream and not ultra-pasteurized. I could not find this anywhere in my town so I decided to mix a large tub of whipped cream (not the lite version) and 2 jars of Nutella. I beat it with a mixer. It was not stiff like butter cream but held its shape enough to pipe the stars. It was very yummy and not as rich as straight Nutella.



This is the cake cut.
6  COOKING / Dessert / Hot Wheels Cake on: August 04, 2009 07:14:27 AM
This was my first attempt at fondant. I didn't do the best of jobs.




I made it for my son's second birthday.

7  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 41 ENTRIES / Monster Truck Cake on: August 04, 2009 05:29:59 AM
I know this isn't considered a craft. Unless you consider monster truck model building or painting a craft Smiley

I just joined craftster.org and figured I would try a competition.



I built this cake for my son's 3rd birthday. He loves monster trucks and I was inspired by all of his monster truck toys. It is all edible except the support structure under the truck which you can't see and the orange car the monster truck is running over.



The bottom cake is chocolate that I cut up and made hills and valleys and then smeared with chocolate butter cream. The tires are donuts with butter cream icing and the truck body is yellow cake made in the Wilton Car pan and cut down into a truck. I covered it in fondant and painted the flames on then I cut out details in fondant and glued them on using water as glue. I placed plastic cake columns under the truck where the 4 "tires" would cover them and iced them with the brown icing to hide them. The tires are attached with wooden skewers all the way through the truck cake which was supported by the columns on a cake board cut the same size as the truck.

For the finishing touch, I smeared brown icing all over the truck so it would look as though it had been playing in the mud before running over the car.


Thanks,
Christin
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