Monthly Archives: September 2012

Garsh! it’s Lex’s Birthday!

Our good friend Lex, known by many of Straight Line Stitch, had a birthday earlier this month but was away on tour making it impossible to create a surprise cake for her.  Momma, Lex’s mom, called and told us when she would be home and had the same idea to surprise her with a Goofy cake. She came home today in which we surprised her with a strawberry Goofy cake.

We baked a 9″ x 13″ sheet cake and covered in buttercream.  We then traced the outline of Goofy onto the top of the cake and piped in the colored areas, finishing with Happy Birthday Lex on the sides and a green border.

Lex, we love you and are so proud of you!  Happy to have you home with us for a bit before your next exciting journey!  We hope you had an amazing birthday on the road and enjoy your cake!

 

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Buttercream Roses for Mom!

Mom #2 (Ben’s Mom) celebrated her birthday on September 11th as well.  Since she is in love with our buttercream, we decided to do her a cake that used tons of it (we’ve been wanting to try our hand at this cake for a while now).

We baked 2 6″ round chocolate fudge cakes and covered in a layer of buttercream.  We then used the 1M enormous tip and created roses all over the cake.  This took us about 2 lbs of buttercream for this small cake.  To finish it off, we added sugar flakes all over the cake to make it sparkle.

Happy Birthday, Momma Terri!  We love you!

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Purple Lace

Our dearest friend, Holly (whom we love more than cake) celebrated her 29th birthday September 11th.  We tossed around some ideas for the theme of her birthday cake, but decided upon a feminine, dainty design.  We went with a chocolate fudge cake covered in buttercream and purple fondant and decorated with lace/floral buttercream piping.

W baked two 6″ round cakes and covered them in buttercream.  We then colored some homemade marshmallow fondant purple (her favorite) and draped it over the cake.  We used white buttercream to freehand the lace/floral design around the cake.  We finished it up by added a bead border to the base.

We love you, Hols, more than anything!  Hope you had a perfect day!

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Burlap and Buttercream

Patty, my co-worker and friend, is now a beautiful bride! She has talked to me for the past few weeks about her decor/colors/style of the wedding to match her cake.

She wanted a vanilla tier covered in ivory buttercream that set off to the side from the cake that was to be served. On the main cake, she wanted a vanilla cake covered in chocolate buttercream to feed 50.

Since she had the shabby chic design with neutral colors, burlap fabric and brooches, I passed on some cake design ideas to her and decided upon the following cake.

For the top tier that set to the side, Patty found a beautiful vintage stand that fit the 6″ round cake perfectly. We stacked the two layers and covered with ivory buttercream. We then cut a 2″ wide strip of burlap (double layered) and iron the crease to create a nice thick ribbon border. After wrapping it around the tier we added a 1/2″ dark brown ribbon to the center. We then piped a small ivory bead border around the bottom of the cake and piped cornelli lace on the top portion. Since she had a bride/groom topper picked out, we piped a small bead border on top to help leave the center flat for the topper. We then piped chocolate buttercream flowers to add a touch of color to match the bottom tier.

For the main tier that will be served, she wanted a basic 9″x13″ sheet cake double stacked. We created the cake base from 2″ thick styrofoam wrapped in burlap and cellophane. After stacking the two layers of cake, we covered it in chocolate buttercream. We repeated the burlap & brown ribbon steps to the bottom tier and piped an ivory bead border. She made an initial topper for this tier so we left the top open for placement. We then piped chocolate cornelli lace and added ivory buttercream flowers.

We created two burlap bows to adorn each tier and placed a beautiful brooch in the center.

After 6 hours, the wedding cake was complete.

Congrats, Patty and Todd! We wish you a lifetime of happiness, love and laughter.

Love you!

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Seeing Stripes!

Good friends, Garrett and Heather, contacted us about doing their daughter Alex’s 16th birthday cake.  They sent us a photo of a cake they liked.  The theme was hot pink with black zebra stripes with a middle tier that was white with black decor.

They only needed the cake to feed 30 but wanted a 3 tier cake (square, round, round).  After doing some figuring, we informed them the smallest 3 tier cake we could do (10″ square. 8″ round, 6″ round) would feed 62 unless they wanted to do single layer tiers instead of double.  They quickly decided upon the cake to feed 62, so to the kitchen we went.

The top 6″ round tier was vanilla.  The middle 8″ round tier was chocolate.  The bottom 10″ square tier was marble (chocolate and vanilla swirl).  After we covered each double stacked tier with buttercream, we covered with fondant.  We colored one batch of fondant hot pink and left the other white for the middle tier.  After the fondant was in place, we decided to paint on the stripes rather than to cut fondant stripes and have them raised on the cake.  After we painted the bottom and top tiers, we piped on a damask border with black buttercream onto the middle white tier.

We then stacked the cakes and finally called it complete after 9 hours of baking/decorating.

Happy 16th birthday, Alex!  Look forward to seeing your smiling face at the party!

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