August 7, 2013

Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes

Did you know that you can bake cupcakes in ice cream cones?

Well you can!  And it is actually pretty easy.

All you have to do is mix up a batch of your favorite cake mix.  Put the ice cream cones in a cupcake tin.  I used a mini cupcake tin so there was less room for them to slide around.  You have to be careful not to tip the cones while you are moving them around.

Fill the cones 1/2 to 2/3 full of batter and bake.  Then you can just decorate as normal.  It's pretty much just like baking normal cupcakes just using a ice cream cone instead of a cupcake liner.

August 4, 2013

Star Trek Baby Mobile

What better way to start your baby off right in the world than with a nerdy crib mobile?

And what could be better than a Star Trek themed one!

All of the pieces are made from felt and hand sewn by me.  Can you guess what each ship is supposed to be?

The first one is the Enterprise, the second is a Klingon ship, and the third is a Romulan ship.  There is also a Borg ship that you can see in the full photo.

And if you're interested in getting your hands on one of these, head on over to my Etsy shop!

July 30, 2013

Fondant Decorating Time!

Over the past few months, I've been working more and more with fondant on cakes for parties.  Even though after each is done, I feel like there is stuff I wish I had done better, I think they look pretty good.  I always use marshmallow fondant.  I think it tastes much better than regular fondant and it is very easy to work with.

This cake was covered in white fondant then I hand cut each piece to create a chevron print on the sides.  The cake was a tequila sunrise inspired cake so the color design was supposed to evoke the look of the drink.

This cake was for a friend's birthday party.  It is made to look like a Hobbit hole.  The cake isn't completely fondant, it is a mix of buttercream and fondant.  These materials are hard to put together since the fondant just wants to absorb the moisture from the buttercream.  You can't get a really hard fondant with this usage.  The buttercream was made to look like grass covering the whole cake, while the rest of the work is made of fondant.

Another friend asked for a special cake for his birthday.  I made a Lego Star Wars cake.  I used round cake pans (same ones I used for the Hobbit cake) to get a nice shape without having to waste a bunch of excess cake during shaping.  My inspiration for this cake was the idea that the inside was made out of Legos and they had lifted up a panel to work on it.

A few months later I had another birthday party to go to... you can see a theme here.  This cake was for a 1920s themed birthday party.  Everything was 1920s, so the cake was no exception.  It was a simply designed cake with Art Deco elements added.

Here is my most recent cake.  I made this cake for a baby shower.  The invitations had a robot on it, so I recreated it out of fondant for the topper.  He is holding onto a bundle that is supposed to look like he's carrying a baby (like a stork)... though I think it looks like of like he robbed a bank.  The rest of the cake and cake board were covered in fondant using a printed mat.  This mat was terrible to use.  The fondant stuck to it the whole time.  Advice for anyone trying to use one of these is to spray it with cooking spray first.  It adds a gross slick layer to the outside of the cake, but if you use a vodka wash on it then most of the slickness will evaporate.  It just makes it a much softer fondant.

February 24, 2013

Academy Awards Cupcakes

Inspired by the Academy Awards tonight, I created cupcakes each representing one of the Best Picture nominees from the past 85 years.  (Not all of the cupcakes have a close up in case you were wondering)

Star Wars

Wizard of Oz

Mary Poppins

Roman Holiday

Social Network

Indiana Jones




Hamlet (with American Beauty in the background)

Citizen Kane

On the Waterfront

Sound of Music

The Sting


Pulp Fiction