Monday, April 27, 2009

Wedding Cake

I created this wedding cake in Toba Garrett's One Week Wedding Cake Workshop at the Institute of Culinary Education. It is a yellow cake filled with french vanilla buttercream and lemon curd, covered in ivory fondant. All of the white chocolate roses and leaves were designed and handmade entirely by me! I decorated the cake with bead piping along the borders, free-hand drapery, and embroidered flowers.

Lemon Meringue Cake

This is a lemon meringue cake, comprised of vanilla chiffon cake soaked in lemon syrup and filled with caramel and lemon cream. It is surrounded by fluffy, toasted meringue.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Charlie's Birthday Cake

Charlie's 60th birthday cake pictures a mustached Charlie and his wife, Carole, on a bird-watching excursion. Charlie uses binoculars and Carole focuses her camera on two robins nesting in a tree. They are each wearing shirts representing their individual loyalties to New York baseball rivals, the Mets and Yankees. The cake is composed of vanilla chocolate marble cake with milk chocolate buttercream filling, covered in vanilla buttercream.

Thanksgiving Cake

The Stabiner family's Thanksgiving cake was comprised of four layers of chocolate cake and old-fashioned vanilla frosting. The cake features basket-weave piping on the sides, topped with handmade autumnal leaves, acorns, pears, pumpkins and granny smith apples made of homemade marzipan.

Tim's Birthday Cake

This cake featured Tim, a union organizer nicknamed "Tee," and the inflatable rat that always marks the site of a strike, who wished him a very happy 40th birthday. Beneath the New York skyline is carrot cake with cream cheese frosting.

Wedding Shower Cake

This is a wedding shower cake for Kim, which incorporated swirls and flowers in the bride's favorite color, and fleur de lis, representative of her hometown, New Orleans. Since the bride is a huge chocolate lover, the cake alternates rich chocolate layers with raspberry buttercream, and is covered in chocolate ganache frosting.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Aya's Birthday Cake

Aya celebrated her 2nd birthday with a Dora the Explorer cake, filled with flowers, trees, ladybugs, bumblebees, and of course Dora's jungle friends who each wore party hats and brought a present for the birthday girl. The cake was a white velvet butter cake filled with strawberry cream and covered in vanilla frosting.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Ninja Turtle Cake

This is a cake for Wade's third birthday, which features all four Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. They are depicted on a city street surrounding a scary blue monster, from Wade's favorite movie, TMNT, coming out of a manhole. It is a marble cake with chocolate fudge filling and vanilla frosting. The characters, weapons and buildings were all hand-molded from fondant, gum paste, and icing.

Pants Man!

Ryan's birthday cake features his dog, Mr. Oliver McWiggly Pants, aka Pants Man. It is made of carrot cake with cream cheese frosting. Pants Man is dressed like a superhero, wearing sunglasses and a cape with his name and a pair of flaming pants.

Friday, July 4, 2008

Dorothy Bear and Toto

This birthday cake for Meghan, aka Bur, is an entirely edible Dorothy Bear and Toto. Dorothy is made from yellow butter cake with chocolate frosting, covered in hand-painted gingham fondant with many buttons, bows, ribbons and, of course, sparkling ruby slippers. Toto is hand-piped with vanilla frosting covering chocolate butter cake, and he sits in a basket decorated with basketweave piping, naturally, and a swirling fondant handle.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Happy "Rattenbaby" Cake

This cake was for a baby shower, and the inscription is a play on the recipient's last name (Rattenbury). The ladybugs, snails, bumblebees, glow worms, butterflies, and ducks, made from fondant and royal icing, create a whimsical world surrounding a pea pod. The cake itself is composed of rich chocolate layers filled with vanilla cream and coated in chocolate fudge frosting.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Friendship Cake

This cake was given to Willie and Nancy as a thank you for their many years of friendship. Decorated with a fondant bow and royal icing butterflies, it is a light almond sponge cake layered with raspberry buttercream and coated with vanilla buttercream.