Oct 20, 2014

BBQ Rib and Grill Cake

Remember the black and white wedding cake I posted earlier? I also had the pleasure of making their groom's cake too! Apparently the groom LOVES bbq ribs, so the bride wanted a cake of a Weber grill with a rack of ribs that she surprised him with at the reception. Well, I had a real blast making this cake.


The grill is made out of a 12-inch round cake. I carved the center to make room for the fondant charcoal. The grill bars were tricky. It took me a loooong time to figure out a way to suspend the grill bars above the charcoal, yet not put any weight on the cake. After what seemed like an hour of considering my options, I had an a-ha moment. I ended up making the grill bars out of wooden dowels and gluing them to a support board that is hidden under the ribs. I supported this whole piece from underneath with dowels so that its weight is completely suspended and it didnt collapse the cake. Brilliant- if I do say so myself.


The grill lid and the rack of ribs are made out of krispy treats, and the ribs are slathered in colored piping gel to give the appearance of gooey bbq sauce. I love how this cake turned out, but I think my favorite part is the brush that I made out of gumpaste and more piping gel "sauce."






Oct 15, 2014

Black and White Wedding Cake

Those of you who know me well know that I LOVE the color combination of black and white. So I was psyched when a client of Flur wanted their wedding cake to be black and white. YES!


We designed the middle tier to echo the lace on the bride's gown. I used a stencil to get the pattern on the cake, then hand piped black royal icing on top of the pattern and used the brush embroidery technique to give it a lace-like effect.


The top and bottom tiers are done in Swiss dots and the whole cake is embellished with a variety of purple hydrangea, iris, and freesia.

Oct 11, 2014

Tiffany Blue Wedding Cake

Ok, I have a new favorite flower now.... Anemones (I am a sucker for black and white). I decorated this cake for a client of Flur bakery to match their invitation. I really like the simplicity of the design and color palette of Tiffany blue with black and white- sophisticated and elegant.


You WILL be seeing more of these flowers on future cakes. Love!



Sep 18, 2014

Power Rangers Samurai Cake

Power Rangers Samurai cake made for a client of Flur bakery.


For those of you not familiar with the Power Rangers (me included).


Sep 15, 2014

Nautical Wedding Cake

I loved making this nautical wedding cake for clients of Flur bakery who got married on a boat. The navy and white stripes are trimmed with fondant rope that I made into a Love Knot- which was deceptively hard to make- but really beautiful in the end. Gumpaste anchor, roses and large peony accent the cake.



Sep 12, 2014

Girl Minion

Who says a Minion has to be male?! I was excited to create this large, 3D girl Minion for a special 2nd Birthday for Emma. The birthday girl wore a super cute custom dress, so I made the Minion's outfit to match. Fun!




Sep 9, 2014

Happy 50th Brigitte!

It's always special for me to make a cake for a dear friend... and even more fun when its for their surprise party! My dear friend Brigitte turned the big 50 and her husband threw her a lovely dinner party at The Dawson in Chicago. Although he is the former Executive Chef of the swanky Peninsula Hotel and has his pick of cake decorators and pastry chefs, he wanted Brigitte's friends Adriana of Flur bakery and me to create the cake. He wanted to make sure it was whimsical and filled with everything that Brigitte loves... No pressure at all with a room full of chefs and restauranteurs!


Me, Brigitte and Adriana

I knew that she loves her cat Denver like a child, but I didn't realize that my demur friend is a HUGE ice hockey fan- in particular the Colorado Avalanche.

  
Brigitte also loves the beach, Ben & Jerry's Cherry Garcia and flowers.


She loves blue so I echoed the blue wave pattern from her favorite dress as the overall pattern of the cake- which also worked with the beach theme. I also included the logo for Tisch, her banquet table company that she recently launched. See her beautifully designed tables at here.

When I visited her a few days later, I was pleased to meet Denver in person and see the gumpaste version perched on her window sill.