Quilt Basket Cake

Quilt Sewing Basket CakeThis cake celebrates two of the recipient’s hobbies: quilting and basket weaving.  The cake is pumpkin spice with maple buttercream.  The piped basketweave design is complemented by a fondant quilt and fondant and gumpaste sewing notions, including scissors, a thimble, and a pincushion.

An Alamo Birthday Cake for a Texan

Close up Alamo Cake Alamo Birthday CakeThis Texas-themed birthday cake is for my favorite Texan.  Topped by a 3-dimensional recreation of the famous Alamo in San Antonio and completed with a landscape of prickly pear and saguaro cacti, the cake also features the Texas state flag.  It is made from his favorite cake, a rich chocolate sour cream pound cake, iced with vanilla bean Swiss meringue buttercream, and filled with a home-made raspberry conserve buttercream.

Chocolate Quilling Birthday Cake

Round over hexagon tier with happy birthday plaque and quilling designsA small two-tier birthday cake.  Both tiers are almond cake with alternating layers of French custard and triple berry buttercream fillings.  A rich vanilla-bean French buttercream covers the cake, which was then adorned with quilling style clover leaf designs made from modeling chocolate and a happy birthday plaque.

A “Paul” for Paul

My brother is a guitar aficionado and a very talented musician.  Completely self-taught, he can figure out awesome blues guitar licks just by watching videos of someone playing them.

In honor of his hobby, we gave him a guitar-themed party – complete with guitar cake, followed by real guitar.

The party was held on our family vacation, so making the cake was a bit tricky.  I carved, iced, and covered with fondant at home, but ran out of time and had to bring the rest of the supplies with me to finish at the vacation house.  Even so, we still didn’t arrive at our destination until after 1 in the morning!

Here’s the work in progress.  The cake is freckled mocha cake covered with homemade fondant.  I experimented with painting on the coloring for the blue finish, which worked well to get the dark enough color, but the lemon extract I used the thin the paint detracted from the coffee flavor.  Next time I’ll use vodka.