Friday, August 6, 2010

Collin's 7th Birthday

We were over run by ZHU ZHU's!!  Collin had to have a Zhu Zhu's for his birthday and TOLD me that I had to make him a Kung Zhu type cake.  Decided to make the cake look some what like the battle arena for the little critters.  Oh and he insisted on a lime cake! 

Here's the little darlin'! 

I was glad to have Mark home with me that day.  I had little miss Carlee, so Mark kept her busy so I could work on the cake.  Mark also made the little pets to go on top and I just painted them.


A ninja guy from his cousin Alec.

A Bakugan from Mark.

Pikachu from Carlee.

This grandma gave Collin 4 Kung Zhu pets and one battle armor.  I wrapped each one separate and put each of them in another box and then put the box in a gift bag.  Collin started cracking up when he saw all the boxes inside the other box.

More Zhu Zhu stuff from his mom and dad.

Sweet little Carlee and her "sister". (one of their neighbors)

Collin and Alec.  They are both growing up so fast!!

Here's some of the Zhu Zhu frenzy!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Kaitlyn's Birthday 2010

Kaitlyn turned the big "13" this past July 4th!  I thought that she needed to have a more girly cake and do away with the patriot stuff just because she was born on the 4th of July.  I asked her what colors and flavors that she wanted and that's all.  She didn't know what kind of cake she was getting!  She wanted a chocolate cake with cookies and cream filling and the colors of purple, pink and orange.


I have seen some cake boards with a lined groove in them and have been trying to figure out how they made them.  So here's my version of it.

I first covered my cake board with fondant.  This was a 16 inch wide 1/2 inch particle board.

Trim off excess.

Find the middle of board.  Using a very large skewer, I just pressed it into the fondant, going all the way around.  It was kind of hard to keep it centered.

The middle doesn't look great, but it was going to be covered anyway!  I let it dry for a few days before adding any cake.

I then made flip flops.  I just cut a shoe shape, added the little flowers and pressed a patterned mat on the top.

I then poked the holes, rolled out a strip of fondant/gum paste and gave it some stitching.  I folded it in half and rounded the middle between my fingers a bit and put it in the first hole at the toe of the flip flop.

Then take some plastic wrap and put on the flip flop.  Take the ends of the straps over the plastic wrap and break the excess strap off where the other holes are, rounding the ends a little to fit into the hole.  I added the little flower in the middle just for and extra touch.  Let dry for a few days.

When it was time to make the chocolate cake, I used a 12" x 18" pan to bake the cake.  I cut it into fourths and stacked with cookies and cream filling in between the layers.  The top half was carved to make it rounded and the sides where angled some.  Pink fondant covered the whole cake.  White fondant was added over the pink and the stitching effect was used on the edges and straps.  I made a simple cord strap to the purse. 

I'm also testing products for Melissa Dotson over at Decorate the Cake.  I used her Studded Oval Buckle to make the buckle on this purse.  The buckle was made from gum paste and I let it dry for a few days.  Silver luster dust was then painted on it.  The purse strap was threaded through the buckle.

You can find the buckle on her site here.

I also used Melissa's 5 Petal Blossom mold.  They are really quick and easy to make.  Just dust a little cornstarch or luster dust onto the mold, add the gum paste or fondant, press the molds together and voila!  Easy peasy!!

You can find this mold here.

This gift bag was made from another 12" x 18" pan cut in half and layered with filling.  It's covered with purple fondant and stamped with a regular stamp using a deeper purple luster dust and lemon extract.

Nail polish bottle is all gum paste painted with sparkle dust on the bottom and luster dust on top.

This was a fun cake to make!!
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