Gold Hand Painted & Ombre Ruffle Birthday Cake

A few years ago I made a cake for fellow blogger as a surprise for her husbands 40th birthday party.  This last I got a fun call from the previous birthday boy.  It was time for his WIFE’S 40th birthday and he wanted to surprise her back with a cake!  I love repeat clients, and I LOVE making cakes for people I know!


We had fun chatting about what she’d like.  He said she loves my cakes (Awwww thanks Mindy) and according to her pinterest board she likes ombre cakes and ruffles!  She loves blue, esp her birthstone, aquamarine!  When I asked if she liked silver or gold he said he has just gotten her a lovely gold watch so I went with that.


When we talked about flavors he said she liked pumpkin and spice, then a few days later he said it pretended to have a dream about making her a pumpkin cake to see what she said… We ended up changing to vanilla bean and strawberry.  I decided to make the top tier vanilla and I made it ombre, 5 layers, various shades of blue/turquoise.  A fun surprise when she cuts into it!


The bottom layer is the strawberry, I love my strawberry cake, it’s not only a gorgeous color, but it’s tasty too!  For this one I covered it with fondant then covered it with strips of gumpaste ruffles, light to dark, in the same blue/turquoise shade I dyed the vanilla cake with so it would match!


For the top tier I decided to rough hand paint a large chevron in edible gold glaze!  I used a dry stiff brush to get a rough edge and did two layers for a darker color.  It’s not quite as shiny as I wanted it, esp not in pictures, but it looked great in person!  I think I’m going to try to watercolor a cake next, I love the new watercolor fad.


Who would you surprise with a cake?  What birthday cake would you pick for yourself?  I’d go with chocolate, of course, with ganache, but the decorating? it’s constantly changing.  I love it all so much!

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Edible Sequins & Gumpaste Flowers Wedding Cake

When my sister mentioned doing an inspiration wedding shoot for fun I wasn’t sure what to expect.  She worked with a ton of local vendors to create this lovely wedding shoot and I got to create whatever I wanted within the overall theme.  Check out the FULL shoot at Chelsea Peterson Photography!  It’s completely gorgeous!


I was giving the colors, the florist picked the flowers and I decided I wanted to try edible sequins!   The cake design came together easily after that.  It’s so fun to be able to design a full wedding cake myself to show off what I can really do!  If you follow me on Pinterest you’ve probably seen all the great metallic cakes I’ve been pinning like mad!


A great time to experiment with new ideas, like edible sequins! I tried about 4 different techniques experimenting trying to create the look I was going for! I am so so SO happy with the final look!  Next week I’ll share a tutorial sharing what did and did NOT work for me to, so you can try it for yourself.


I used the DRESS (holy gorgeous) as inspiration for the cake. It’s a blush Maggie Sottero dress with lace and BLING, so I wanted to bring that to the cake.  I used cake stencils with royal icing to add some bright white details over the blush layer, flowy and lacy without being a full lace layer.


And of course the FLOWERS!!!!  Peony’s, Ranunculus and Dahlia’s were the flowers the florist was trying to get so that’s what I made for the cake.  I made 4 of each, so 12 in all!  I was nervous people wouldn’t know what they were, but it sure was fun to make them all!  But SO time consuming, I don’t think I slept for 3 nights straight.


I’ll link to the tutorials once I have them up!  I am so so SO happy with how they all turned out!  We had two break on the way over, but that’s why I made so many!  Extra’s and back ups are a necessity.  At the last min I decided to add some fondant leaves on green covered wires.  I had never done that before but I felt it needed something and I’m so happy I did!


Cakes like this are a dream to make, and I love how fun and unique wedding cakes can be!  How about you?  I wish I could get married again, I tease my husband, who HATES parties and social events of all kinds, that he’s going to have to suck it up and pretend to enjoy an anniversary party at some point cause I want to have the large cake and big dress again!


And of course the obligatory “this is really a cake” picture.  These models did an amazing job, check out how great they look together after just knowing each other for just 30 mins!  My husband and I have been together for almost 14 years and I don’t think he looks at me as lovingly, certainly not for a picture!

Ruffled Buttercream Birthday Smash Cake

I know I sound like a broken record, but I love decorating cakes for family and friends.  This little 1st birthday party smake cake was for my sweet, chubby, adorable niece!  I actually love how this cake turned out.  I love these vertical ruffles SO much, it’s one of my favorite buttercream piping techniques.  And of course these pictures are taken by the amazing Chelsea Peterson Photography (she also made the cute baby)


The ruffles, smooth top, and all in white? so pretty!  This is with my super secret buttercream recipe.  I’ve been working on it for years, it’s a mix between american buttercream (which is too sweet for me) and swiss merinque buttercream which doesn’t pipe well and is SUPER buttery.  I wanted something between, strong enough for piping, but super smooth and creamy.  Also not too sweet and not too buttery!
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Silver Leaf fondant and lace wedding cake

I love carving and creating structured cakes, but I also love making gorgeous wedding cakes.  So when my sweet Cousin got engaged I couldn’t WAIT to sit down with her and designing the cake.  We went through more designs on this cake than any other, BUT once you come up with the perfect design you just KNOW it!


It’s a HUGE cake, super heavy, but it looked just lovely!  I love the different height’s on the layers and everyone loved all the different flavors too!  We had coconut with coconut filling, strawberry with lemon cream cheese filling, white with white chocolate and chocolate with chocolate!
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Orange Ruffled Smash Cake

I realized the other day (when I made the flipagram of the 50+ cakes I made last year) that I hadn’t shared this adorable smash cake session from last year! I love this whole session. The pinks and oranges go so well together, and the orchard is so pretty!


I used a vertical ruffle in a medium petal tip for this cake. It’s a 5 inch, white cake, super easy once you get the hang of ruffles. I wasn’t sure how well the orange would really look, it can be such a BRIGHT color. But I love how it turned out.
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Nine Inch Nails cake – light show stage

I love getting a challenge, my Cousin called and asked if I could make a Nine Inch Nails cake for her husband’s birthday this year.  She said, “do whatever” which is fun, but hard, too much possibilities. so I asked her some questions to get the ideas flowing and she started talking about the “Light Show” concert they attended this year and how great the stage was.


So I started looking up images from the concert. Concert pictures are TOUGH because it’s dark, often foggy, or super bright!  GAH! BUT it seemed like they had a curved backdrop that’s covered in lights and curved light panel that moves up and down.  So I decided to do a stage.
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