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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Rachel's Guitar Cupcakes

Rachel's guitar cupcakes

Rachel is a singer in a rock 'n roll band (and a great person, to boot) and just celebrated a big birthday. We celebrated with guitar cupcakes. I used gumpaste for everything, except the frets, which were a last minute addition from royal icing.


Rachel's guitar cupcakes
He takes the best photos, doesn't he?

Rachel's guitar cupcakes

Rachel's guitar cupcakes

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Paul's Flying V guitar cake

Paul's Flying V guitar cake
I am a graduate of ICE: Institute of Culinary Education (Pastry '06) and I love connecting with fellow alumni and current students. Way back in October I was contacted by someone from the school who wanted a guitar cake for her boyfriend's 40th birthday.

But not just any guitar cake - his favorite guitar was a Gibson Flying V, specifically one one in the middle of this photo.
Flying V

Cake was chocolate with chocolate buttercream, covered in fondant. The guitar itself was also made from fondant.

Paul's Flying V guitar cake close up

Paul's Flying V guitar cake close up
the whammy bar was a last minute addition, but I think it makes the cake

Paul's Flying V guitar cake close up

Paul's Flying V guitar cake close up

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Olivia's Owl Cake and Cupcakes

Olivia's owl cake and cupcakes

I probably say/think/write this a lot, but Owls for Olivia is probably my favorite project. My style has always leaned more towards whimsical rather than realistic and this was definitely no exception. Olivia's favorite colors were purple and pink, so realism went right out the window!

I found some great line drawings of owls online and started from there. The decorations are all out of gumpaste or fondant and the letters are Tappits. Cake and cupcakes were vanilla bean cake with vanilla buttercream.

Olivia's owl cake close up
I want to do a whole cake covered in these "feathers"

Olivia's owl cupcakes
I say this a lot, but these boxes and holders are the best.

Olivia's owl cupcake
baby owl

Olivia's owl cake and cupcakes
as usual, all photos taken by the lovely and talented Doug Schneider.

I realized today, after reading this post on the super cute My Owl Barn (for all owlovers), that I never blogged about these guys. Thanks for the mention and the reminder!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Happy Birthday, Howard!

I was lucky enough today to make a 56th birthday cake for Howard Stern! His wife Beth wanted to surprise him with a cake on the air and suggest doing something with the show's raised fist logo.

The cake was a 12" devil's food with chocolate espresso buttercream, covered in red fondant. I made the gumpaste logos by hand and the letters are lower case Tappits.

I delivered the cake early this morning to the studio and got to hear Howard talk about it on air. He said he "almost wanted to see the cake framed instead of eaten," but he fed it to his staff instead. Beth said the staff thought it was delicious and it was gone in no time. Can't beat feedback like that!

Special thanks to the wonderful Doug Schneider for taking photos of this cake at 1:00am last night when I finished it. Everything looks better through his lens!

Howard's birthday cake


Howard's birthday cake close up


Howard's birthday cake close up
I used a pattern for these, but it was too small and I cut them out freehand.



Howard's birthday cake


Howard's birthday cake


Howard's producer Gary with the cake:

Monday, January 11, 2010

Allie's pink ladybug cake

Allie's ladybug cake

My good friend Heather's daughter celebrated her 3rd birthday this weekend and I got to make the cake! For kids that age you need to feed/entertain the kids AND their parents, so the cake was big enough for everyone. 12" with a layers of chocolate and vanilla cake, filled with a thin layer of melted bittersweet chocolate and chocolate buttercream, covered in vanilla buttercream.

When asked, Allie said she wanted, "Ladybugs, pink ladybugs..... and black spiders." You can see I listened to half of her request. They're made from gumpaste and the letters are funky lowercase Tappits (I have the uppercase ones too, but they're kind of a pain to use - they're just too big!)

Allie's ladybug cake

Allie's ladybug cake

One last thing - my 3 yr old son takes after me and LOVES dessert. He takes his time, and loves to savor every bite. Check out the last man standing in the party room.
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Sophia's bowling cupcakes

Sophia's bowling cupcakes

Sophia celebrated her 13th birthday at a bowling alley last weekend, and her mom wanted to surprise her with cupcakes to go along with the theme.

These bowling pins and balls are made from gumpaste. Little bowling pin cutters are hard to come by, so I took an old dreidel cutter, like this one, squeezed it until it resembled a pin and made a couple other tweaks to it as I went along.

The signature colors of the party were lime green, red and yellow.

Sophia's bowling cupcakes

Sophia's bowling cupcakes