Pink and White Present Cake

Pink Box Cake

A carrot cake with cream cheese buttercream is dressed up as a pink-wrapped present and topped with white ribbons and a bow.


Noah’s Ark First Birthday Cake

A cake I’m rather proud of – the Noah’s Ark design was inspired by the invitation we received for Theo’s friend’s first birthday party.  The ark, rainbow, and animals are made of gumpaste and fondant.  A new recipe again, this carrot cake contains no refined sugar, just local honey from my parents’ hives.  The frosting is cream cheese buttercream.

Betsy’s Wedding Cake

This project has been a year in the making – a wedding cake for a very dear friend’s much anticipated wedding.  My most complicated project to date, the fondant covered cake was decorated with piped scrollwork, gilded fondant ribbons, basketweave embossing, and topped with a profusion of gumpaste flowers – blue and white daisies; gold and white fantasy flowers, complete with golden buds; pink rosebuds; and large open roses.  We had to drive the cake more than two hours away – through DC traffic and terrifyingly bumpy perpetual roadwork – but the cake survived its journey.  Set up took an hour, as all the gumpaste flowers had to be placed on site.  The tiers were lemon ginger with lemon custard buttercream, pumpkin spice with maple buttercream, and chocolate with chocolate custard buttercream and an outer coat of vanilla bean custard buttercream.  Congratulations again to Kyle and Betsy!  I hope you enjoyed your cake!

Peonies, white roses, and gold flowers

My latest gumpaste flower project is this wedding cake topper.  Pink and white peonies, orchids, and roses are complemented by gold fantasy flowers and buds.   This is my first attempt at peonies, which I learned to make from a incredibly helpful Russian (I think) site which has tons of gumpaste tutorials.  Fortunately, the tutorial has enough pictures that you don’t really need to read Russian to figure it out, since trying google translate on it makes for a rather amusing read.