Fire Engine Cake

Fire Engine 3 Fire Engine Birthday Cake top view Fire HoseI found a few projects from this last year which I hadn’t posted before and decided to share them with you.  This whimsical birthday cake was made for a little boy who loves fire fighters and fire engines, as so many little boys do.  The cake features a fondant fire truck, heroically spraying water to put out the fondant flames.  The birthday boy’s name is formed by the draping loops of the extra fire hose.  I really had fun making this one.

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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.

Tess’s Baptism Cake

It’s been a long, lonely Saturday, but I did use my time productively.  Here’s the baptism cake I made to celebrate little Tess’s entry into the Church.  Another collection of experimental recipes – this time the roses are modeling chocolate, made with candy melts.  The new fondant recipe needs a bit of tweaking before it’s right, but I was able to work with it.  The cake itself is Date Spice cake with vanilla buttercream.  The only thing I didn’t make this time was the gumpaste for the filler flowers.

Here’s a detail of my roses.  Modeling chocolate roses are so much fun to make!