Tuesday, September 15, 2009

The making of a crown

A fellow teacher has commissioned me to make her son's first birthday cake along with is very own smash cake. She has asked for a crown as the topper. Soooo, I figured I could do this right, anyone can create a crown out of gumpaste. First thing I did was to go to Burger King and ask for a crown. I am guessing the kids behind the counter are still talking about that lady that waltzed into the restaurant late one evening and asked for a crown. Must have seemed just a wee bit odd... Anyway, armed with my Burger King Crown I began creating. First I made a photocopy of the crown

and reduced its size to approximately 80%. Next, I cut the "finials" off the top of the crown. I really don't know what these are called but finials sounds good at the moment. I had decided to make a crown with at least a 4 inch diameter so I played with my reduced crown until I was satisfied with the diameter and cut both ends off to the size I needed.
Below is a picture of the before and after.

Next I followed the very detailed directions found on Sharon Zambito's Sugar Ed Lagniappe site for creating a gumpaste crown. My crown appeared to be a bit larger then hers so I needed to make some minor adjustments, like finding the right size can, but other than that I followed those directions.

Anyway after the crown had hardened, I added a 3mm gumpaste bead border around the bottom. I found it added a finished look to my crown. I airbrushed the entire crown with super pearl.

Next I cut out several flourishes using cutters I purchased from Sharon's store, painted those with old gold luster dust and adhered to the crown using melted chocolate.

The Fleur de Lis was made by pressing fondant into a chocolate mold that had been dusted with cornstarch to make the piece release easier.
The small aqua jewels in the center of the gold clover were made by dropping droplets of poured sugar onto wax paper and letting them harden (recipe at the end).
The finished piece.

Poured Sugar Recipe:

1/2 cup of granulated sugar
1/8 cup of light corn syrup
1 tablespoon of water

In a one cup glass measuring cup, combine all ingredients -- Microwave on high for 2.5 minute or to hard crack stage --

WARNING -- MIXTURE is extremely hot and will cause severe burns

Pour into candy molds that are made for high heat or allow droplets to drop onto was paper and allow to harden.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Ragin' Cajun Birthday Cake

My friend commissioned me to create a cake for her husband and sister who were celebrating birthdays at a tailgating party for the first UL home football game. She later told me her son LOVED the fondant circles. He picked every one of them off the cake!

I also have orders for three other cakes this month, plus a couple for next month. I think I'll save all the money for our Disney Trip in the spring and more supplies. Fun Fun Fun

Friday, September 11, 2009

Cricut Cakes

Here are a couple of cakes I decorated using my cricut scrapbooking die cutter. Both cakes are iced in buttercream then decorated using gumpaste that I either cut with the cricut or by using a cookie or plunger cutter.

The first was for an 8 year old boy. The cave man and dinosaurs were cut using the Paperdolls Cartridge and the letters were cut using Life's a Beach.

This next cake was designed for a 13 year old girl who loves horses. I used a picture of a horse from her decorations to cut out the horse on top. The fence was cut using the Paper Dolls Cartridge and Happy Birthday Deborah was cut using the Base Camp Cartridge. The sunflowers were cut using a daisy cutter .

On the back burner are two 1st birthday cakes, complete with small cakes... stay tuned.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Recent Cakes

Here are some pictures of some cakes I completed recently. I really enjoyed making these cakes and can see where with each cake I'm getting better. I'm hoping to have many more occasions for cake making in the future.

This is my first wedding cake. I made this for my assistant principal who was married over the Memorial Day Holiday. I had alot of fun doing this cake. Lessons I learned? I must remember that all colors get darker and more vivid over time. This cake was supposed to ivory, but it looks way to orange for me. The bride seemed pleased with it.

This was a wedding shower cake. This cake showcases my first attempt at fondant flowers and the new flourish set I had bought. I really love the way these daisies turned out. The brides mother was very pleased. Just before delivery, she came over and helps place all the flowers and added the antique gold fleur de lis. She was very happy and so was her daughter.

This cake was for a lovely couple's 50th Wedding Anniversary. It was my first attempt at gumpaste bows and flowers. See I did better on my ivory color on this cake. Live and Learn!!!
A close-up of the flowers. Time consumsing but soooo worth it.
My first loopy bow, again, time consuming but sooooo worth it.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009


Welcome to "And Cakes Too". I figured I might as well post pictures of my cakes for friends and family to see. Just give me a few days to get some posted.