I am not a professional cake decorator and I rarely take cake requests due to my way too busy schedule (see Glutton post). I took the Wilton Cake Decorating Class series at Michaels a few years back. It was before they caught on to the fondant craze so I felt like I learned how to make an awesome wedding cake from 1992 but I did learn some of the basics. (I have heard their classes are better now.) I do make cakes for my kids and close friends when I can. Here are a few of my favorite more elaborate cakes (I will post my simple cakes separately).
I made this Lego cake for my good friend’s son’s birthday. The Lego blocks are made out of candy melts in a Lego brick mold. The cake itself is a 8×8 inch square. I just added a row or two of Legos on each side and partially covered the cake with chocolate fondant. The Lego character and cart is actual Legos. The cake tray is an actual Lego board.
This cake was a lot of fun – especially the fondant braid! I made this for the same friend’s daughter’s birthday. As you can see, I am not much of a sculptor so I often use toys or miniature figurines when I can.
It’s a Small World Cake
We had an annual pass for Disneyland the year that my kids were age 2 and 4. We went several times that year and had a blast, but a side effect is that my kids ask to go to Disneyland now ALL the time. It’s a Small World is still one of their very favorite rides (we went 6 times in one trip one time – totally not complaining, my husband and I took naps since it is a 15 minute ride and it was nice and air conditioned). I made this cake for their combined It’s a Small World birthday party. It is simple but fun. (Find the rest of the party details here.)
Harry Potter Cake
I made this Harry Potter cake for my nephew. I baked a batch of cake in a rectangle pan, cut it in half, then flipped each half so the ends met in the middle, giving it this book shape. I covered it in fondant and used a ruler to make the lines as pages. I used luster dust to age the pages. This is really all the sculpting I have ever done – I used fondant and gum paste for the wand, hat, and glasses. I used edible markers for the writing.
I made this purse cake for a good friend of mine for her birthday. I improvised a lot on this one and really lucked out that it all came together. This is also probably the best tasting cake I have ever made. It is thin layers of my favorite scratch yellow cake (strong lemon and almond flavors) with a thin layer of fancy raspberry jam and white chocolate ganache buttercream. I took a rectangle cake and cut it into 4 and then halved each piece to make the thin layers. The pearls are gumballs.
One of my friends is a real world traveler, so a few of us threw her a “Welcome to the World” baby shower. I made this suitcase cake out of 2 thick stacked cakes then pushed the fondant in a bit in the center to make it look like 2 separate parts. I used the same aged technique as the Harry Potter cake – luster dust. I also used the edible marker for the writing.
To see more of my cakes, please see my My Cakes Board on Pinterest!