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Sushi Birthday Cake

Our good friend, Billy, contacted us a few weeks back about doing a sushi birthday cake for his daughter, Auvey, who was turning 13.  He wanted red velvet cake to feed 25.

We began by baking a 12″ square cake.   We cut it down to 7″ x 12″ and used the remaining cake to create the sushi rolls.

We iced the 7″ x 12″ cake with red buttercream.  We mixed up wood grain colored fondant, pressed in a pattern to resemble bamboo and cut it to size to fit the edges of the cake.

With the excess cake, we cut the 2″ layer in half and used a circle cutter to form the rolls.  We stacked two of the circles together, piped buttercream in between the layers and around the top and edges. For the rice, we rolled thin strips of fondant, cut into 0.125″ pieces and rolled with our fingers to shape as rice.  We then placed the rice on the top and edges of the sushi rolls.  We used black buttercream to pipe on the seaweed ring and orange and green buttercream for the sushi filling.  For five of the rolls we wrapped the edge of the sushi with a strip of fondant and painted it black.  Auvey’s favorite sushi is the eel roll so we cut a strip of tan-colored fondant, cut slices in the edges, painted with hints of brown to look like it was cooked, topped with caramel for the glaze and put it on top of three sushi rolls.

For decor, we made the chopsticks and fortune cookie out of tan fondant.  We cut a strip of fondant and wrote her birthday message with an edible marker.  For the final touch, we piped little red buttercream flowers around the cake.

After 8.5 hours, the cake was complete.

We hope you had a fantastic birthday and enjoyed your sushi cake, Auvey!

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Angry Bird Birthday

Holly contacted us a few weeks back wanting a vanilla Angry Bird birthday cake to feed 25 for Braylon who was turning 5.  His favorite was the red bird.

We began by baking a 12″ round cake for the main part of the bird and a 6″ round cake to be sculpted into the top of the bird.  After we carved the top section and placed it next the the body, we covered the cake with red buttercream.  We then piped the eyebrows, eyes, beak, darker red circles and chest area as well as the black bead borders, white Birthday text and black tail.  After four hours of baking/decorating, it was complete.

We hope you had a fun-filled birthday, Braylon!

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A Sixtieth Surprise!

My Aunt Non (Rhonda) turns Sixty on Easter Sunday! I don’t care if she gets mad that I announced her age, as I will when I turn 60 if I look even half as good as she does!

So Robin (my cousin, Non’s daughter) asked me if I would make a small cake for her birthday party. She was going to make two dozen cupcakes and I was to feed the rest of the expectant 40 guests.

She informed me she loved banana and the decorating colors were aqua blue and red. She left the design up to me.

This cake was harder than most, as Non is the one that taught me everything I know about baking and decorating cakes. She is the master craftswoman! To create a cake for the woman that taught me cakes was an honor.

I decided on baking two 8″ round cakes and one 6″ round cake to go on top. I went with a banana/vanilla blend cake. The 8″ cakes were stacked and iced with banana cream cheese and then covered in aqua tinted marshmallow fondant. The top tier was the same flavor cake but covered in buttercream tinted red and piped as rosettes.

I wrapped a chevron strip red/white ribbon around the base,and placed two large tweed flowers on the side and top. I formed a bow to place on top with the flower to bring it all together.

I then cut aqua fondant flowers to place around the cake, piped a red buttercream center in each one, piped “60” on the bottom tier flower and called it complete.

Non, I love you to pieces and am so excited to spend this Birthday Surprise with you. You have been a blessing to me each and every day of my life. I couldn’t have wished, hoped or been given a better Aunt than the one the Good Lord gave me. I love you!

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Springtime Sweets

Ben’s friend’s fiance , Christie, contacted us a few weeks ago regarding a birthday cake for her mother.  She wanted enough cake/cupcakes to feed 20 people.

We baked two 6″ round vanilla cakes and a dozen vanilla cupcakes.  We stacked and coated the 6″ round cakes and piped the cupcakes with green buttercream.  We made a darker shade of green buttercream to pipe the swirl and leaves.  We made white, pink, yellow and orange marshmallow fondant flowers and placed them on the cake and cupcakes.  Finally, we added a small buttercream center to each flower.

Thanks, Christie, for allowing us to create this cake for your family!  We hope you had a blessed weekend with your mother and that she enjoyed her springtime cake!

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Mardi Gras Sweet 16

Ben’s cousin called and wanted a cake for their daughter and a friend, Autum and Tara.  They would share this cake for their Sweet Sixteen Birthdays.  They chose the Mardi Gras theme, a three tier vanilla cake with buttercream to feed 50.

We began by baking two 6″, two 8″ and two 10″ round cakes.  After individually icing each tier with different Mardi Gras theme colored buttercream, 10″ – Purple, 8″ – Green, 6″ – Yellow, we stacked all three cakes.  We piped a diamond type pattern on each tier in the color of the cake above and then piped in cornelli lace to fill the areas.  We piped a large bead border on each tier and then placed Mardi Gras beads around each layer.  We placed a small mask to adorn the bottom tier and a large mask with feather for the topper.  Finally we piped “Happy Sweet 16 Autum & Tara” and called it complete!

Thanks, Brandon and Christy, for allowing us to create such a fun, colorful cake.  We hope the girls have an absolutely amazing day!

 

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Base Loaded!

Megan contacted us a few months back about doing a cake for her son’s third birthday. She wanted a baseball theme vanilla cake with buttercream to feed 30.

We began by baking two 10″ round cakes and a half of a ball pan. We stacked the two 10″ cakes on top of each other and iced with buttercream. We piped the grass on top of the cake as well as the bottom border. We covered the ball with buttercream, piped the red laces and placed on top of the grass. The night before, we created the “3” and “HARGIS” with royal icing and let it harden overnight. We leaned the “3” up against the baseball and “HARGIS” up against the side of the cake. Finally, we piped Happy Birthday above Hargis’s name in white buttercream.

Megan, thank you so much for allowing us to be a part of his fun day. We hope Hargis has the best birthday ever!

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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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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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