Monday, March 25, 2013

Moroccan Themed (Baby Shower) Cake!

Hey there!  I have another cake to share!  This cake was for a Moroccan themed baby shower!  My client wanted a beautiful, elegant cake that didn't scream "baby shower."  I was sent this link as inspiration: A Fabulous Moroccan Baby Shower.  If you checked out the link, then you'll know why I got excited about designing this cake!  Look at all the fun, vibrant colors!

After a minor adjustment to they type of flowers I would use... I came up with this final sketch.

And.... this is the completed cake!
... I love it!
The top tier was inspired by the gold headdress I saw in the inspiration photos.... I piped the chain with royal icing and made the little charms from fondant.
Rather than red roses, we went with a less formal, golden yellow, "fantasy" fashion flower.  I used my peony cutters and embossed the petals with a "Moroccan-esque" pattern.  The flowers were dusted with gold luster dust and the edges of the petals painted with 24k gold dust/paint!

 My favorite part of working on this cake (well at least one of my favorites) was painting everything gold!!
This cake was so much fun to design and to work on.  I really love how it came out! I love the fun colors, the gold detail and the pretty flowers!

Thanks for taking a look at my photos... I hope you were inspired!

Happy Caking :)

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Cinderella Sweet 16 Birthday Cake!

Hello everyone!  I am so excited to be updating my blog with this latest cake... I think I say this about each cake I post... but this is my NEW favorite!

I was asked to make a Cinderella themed cake for a Cinderella's Ball Sweet 16 Party!  I had sketched the cake, and promised a gumpaste shoe topper... but really wanted to try and make it look like a "glass" slipper using sugar/isomalt!

I started by making a paper mock-up so I would have an accurate template.

...and here is the sugar version (it's actually isomalt, which I had heard was a bit easier to work with!)

Okay, since I really liked this cake, I have a LOT of favorite pictures of it!  I don't know if you all like looking at cake pictures as much as I do.  So, if you don't, I apologize for the bombardment of photos.... I really tried to keep it down to a minimum!
 I tried to get some detail shots of the shoe, but it's not so easy to photography something clear!  I used the hearts from the Wilton Baroque mold as embellishment on the toe and heel!
 I'm just SO pleased with how the shoe turned out... considering this is the first time I've worked with sugar/isomalt!
The top tier was inspired by a beautiful Cinderella themed wedding cake I made by Carrie's Cakes!
For the swags on the bottom tier I used a technique I saw demonstrated in the Craftsy class "Jeweled Wedding Cake" with Marina Sousa.  Next time I think I would space them closer together!

Well, thank you for looking at my latest creation!  I am thinking of putting together a tutorial for the Glass Slipper, if I do, I will update with a link!

**UPDATE! I created a picture tutorial for creating my glass slipper for SugarEd Productions!  Be sure to check out my Glass Slipper Tutorial at the SugarEd Productions, Online Sugar Arts School!

Happy Caking :)