Not only was this my first cake of 2013, but it was also the very first Topsy Turvy cake. Oh, and it was so much fun to make.
The cake is chocolate with a cream cheese filling and frosting. The entire cake is covered in butter cream fondant. Each tier is angled to give the unique angles.
All the detail elements are made from fondant as well and the Monster Truck topper is an actual toy truck. The mud is cream cheese frosting covered in Oreo crumbles.
Topsy Turvy cakes are a little more difficult to assemble than regular tiered cakes. They are stacked the way a flat tier is assembled, but if the angles are cut too steep the top tier(s) can slide right off. Structure is very important when making these cakes.
I remember some of the shows I used to watch as a child. Gummi Bears, David the Gnome, Gargoyles and many more. I thought they were great shows. Being a mother to a boy I don’t get the chance to watch girl shows, but I have noticed that Monster High has become very popular with young girls.
I received two requests for these cakes this month and each with its own story to tell. Much of the same color scheme, though.
The first is a two tier chocolate cake with a black butter cream cover (no fondant). Gum paste was used for the white skull and large “N” topper. The top tier features a purple fondant bow. Fondant was also used to create the Nadia, Happy Birthday, balls and bottom tier design. Black sugar pearls were used to accent the bottom tier design.
Design two is a staggered tier look. This cake has 4 tiers of French Vanilla cake with vanilla butter cream. Each tier is covered in a butter cream fondant.
The tiers are staggered using a secured center dowel and angled Styrofoam circles (covered in butter cream and then fondant).
Gum paste was used once again on each white skull and fondant was used to create each of the final design elements.
On the right side of the second tier rests a black sugar rose. Rose petals are also scattered over the right side of the bottom two tiers.
Both cakes came with their own techniques and problem solving opportunities. The black butter cream cake was only my 2nd smooth butter cream surface order. Whereas the staggered tier cake was my very first of its kind. I loved creating each design and I am happy with the end results.
This cake and cakelette combo was themed around the new Disney movie Brave.
Made around the Barbie version of the character the cake is a cookies n cream flavor with butter cream frosting and covered in a butter cream fondant. The details on the dress trim and the waist sash are all hand drawn. Wrapping the doll, felt just like dressing a her in real clothes. Everything had to fit just perfect.
There are 24 of each cakelette design in cookies n cream cake, consisting of 24 crowns with a purple flower and 24 targets with an arrow. The crown and targets were made from gum paste. Flowers and arrow made from fondant.
I had a lot of fun creating this cake and the detail of the final cake left me speechless. I have been doing cake artistry for awhile, but there are still cakes that leave me in awe.
There is nothing more rewarding than teaching yourself a new skill and watching it come to life. It is a wonderful feeling, to say the least. Whereas, everything I have learned during my cake designing journey has been amazing, I cannot express the joy I feel every time I create a sugar flower.
I have always loved the look of a sugar flower perched softly on a cake, so much more than a flower made from frosting. What’s more is that a sugar flower will last for years and serves as a constant reminder of the special gift that was received on a special day.
Roses are by far the most popular, but I have also made Calla Lilies; Daisies, Stargazer Lillies and many more.
This cake was in celebration of their daughter in law’s 50th birthday. It was a German Chocolate, single tier cake covered in butter cream frosting and a butter cream, embossed fondant. The “50″ topper, flowers and bow are all made from fondant as well.