Friday, December 3, 2010

Hello Kitty

I made this cake for a young lady turning 6. She is very girly and loves Hello Kitty and pink. This was my first time doing a Buttercream cake without covering it in fondant. It was more time consuming but well worth it! The cake is half chocolate half vanilla. Just baked 2 13x9's and cut them in half and stacked on each other.

Hello Kitty in her pretty pink party dress!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010


To date I can make the following

Cake Flavors :

White Almond Sour Cream Cake (WASC) - Basically a moist white cake with a little pizazz

Chocolate Almond Sour Cream Cake - A moist chocolate cake with a little pizazz as well

Red Velvet Cake - Super moist cake

Vanilla Sugar Cookie Cake - A thicker cake with a taste very similar to a traditional sugar cookie

Marble Cake: A mixture of White and Chocolate cake for those who can't decide

Frosting Flavors:

Vanilla buttercream - A sweet very basic icing that goes good on most cakes

Chocolate buttercream - Ideal for those chocolate lovers out there

Cream Cheese Frosting - A super sweet frosting, goes very good on the Red Velvet Cake

Oreo Cream Cheese Frosting - A sweet indulgence loved by everyone that adores sweets and cookies

White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting - A sweet frosting with a hint of white chocolate

Fondant - A dough like covering that can be place over frosting to give the cake a smooth apperance.


Raspberry Sauce Filling - Homemade raspberry sauce filling perfect for a fruit lover

Miscellaneous Fruit - Love fruit in your cake, let me know which kind!

I am always looking for new flavors and recipes to try out. If you have a request just let me know and I will do my best to accomodate your needs!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Kelsey's 14th Birthday Cake!

My cousin Kelsey was born on Thanksgiving 14 years ago. It was November 28th and I was 10. We were at my aunt Wendy and uncle Dave's house. Kelsey's family was not there of course because they were at the hospital awaiting her arrival. Kelsey requested that I make her a cake for her birthday and bring it to her on Thanksgiving.

I wanted to do a funky cake since 14 year olds are pretty easy to please and I have yet to do a real funky cake. Admittedly I got lazy with this cake. I carved it and it looked like an upside down pyramid. It may not look like it in these pictures but it has really steep sides. I had forgotten how to make nice looking bows so I had to watch my old trusty Youtube videos. It was a pretty fun cake before it cracked down the middle after the 2 hour car drive :(

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Playstation 3 Cake

The crowning moment of my cake career thus far? Will I be able to carve a cake to look like a Playstation 3? I guess I can! After several nerve wrecking weeks leading up to the cake's deadline, I finished the cake early! The whole playstation is made of cake and the controller is made of Rice Krispie Treats covered in fondant. My scuplting needs more work but my carving is coming along nicely I think. Joe helped me out by painting the words Playstation 3 for me. I was too scared of messing it up. Overall it was a lot less scary than I anticipated :)

Monday, November 8, 2010

Seeing Double?

About a month ago I went to my mom's for the hometown festival. While we were there we ran into her good friend. Of course my mom had to rave about my cakes. I had to get my phone out and show her them. She saw the one from Chloe's Birthday and asked if I could make it for her daughter's 16th birthday. Of course I can!
Here is the pretty little lady. She turned out better than the first time proving that practice does make perfect! I wish I would have redone the bow but oh well. I will next time. My boyfriend Joe even helped me out with all those polka dots! This was my first time using the letter cutter outer thingies. They were annoying at first but I got the hang of it now?

Zebra Striped Purse Cake

In preperation for the PS3 cake I knew was coming I wanted to carve a cake. My mom and my aunt's birthdays are on the same day and we were having a little get together. I decided I would make them a purse cake since both of them love purses and shopping. The zebra stripes on the purse are painted on and the ones on the board are fondant. I think I am digging the painted stripes a lot more!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Skirted Wedding Cake

I had been wanting to make a "Wedding" cake for a long time. I had an idea in my head for a 3 tier cake with a middle tier that was red and sparkley with some kind of red flowers on top. This is what I ended up with. The skirted effect was not in my original design idea but when the fondant wouldnt flatten on the bottom of the cake I improvised and made the while thing skirted. If I did it again I would make the size differences in the tiers larger. Overall I am very pleased, especially since it was my first time making real looking roses!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Halloween Cake!

Work was having a pot luck and I can't cook so I made a cake. It was close enough to Halloween to make a Halloween themed cake. I made a orange velvet cake (just dyed the dough orange) with cream cheese frosting. It is covered in fondant with a tinfoil/toothpick tree convered in fondant.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Chloe's 18th Birthday Cake

My cousin Chloe is going to be 18 already and it is really hard to believe. I remember playing school with her at our grandma's. She was the student along with my clan of stuff animals and now she is going to be graduating high school and going to college. Scary stuff!

Her favorite colors are purple and green. I wanted a desgin different from what I am used to doing so this is what I came up with. The bottom cake is sugar cookie cake and the top cake is white almond sour cream cake and they are both covered in fondant. The poor cake had to be part of a 10 minute long photo shoot with everyone in my family taking pictures of it hehe.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Ashley's Birthday Cake

My best friend since I was 5, Ashley, is celebrating her 25th birthday this week. I headed back home this past weekend so I decided I would make her a cake and bring it to her a bit early. I wanted to make something very special for her and had a ton of ideas running through my mind. I went to the Pink Cake box website as I do everyday and saw this cake. The top tier caught my eye and I thought that it was something she would really like. I did my cousin's cake this weekend too so I needed something pretty simple so I could finish both.

I made the cake Friday night. I asked Ashley her favorite flavor and like many she said chocolate but she also said she liked any kind so I decided to mix it up a bit. I made her a White Almond Sour Cream cake with buttercream frosting. She is one person who I knew that would appreciate a cake with a less than normal name. I handed it off to her and she loved it and texted me later that night to tell me it was delicious! :)

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Bows and Numbers

Yesterday I started working on the cake for my cousin Chloe birthday party this Sunday. I have never made numbers out of fondant so I wanted to make sure I had plenty of time. I was making the numbers and went to get wax paper to set them on to dry and I found the box empty besides for this tiny strip. The process of making them went very fast and I am pleased with the outcome. I am quite concerned on how I am going to get the 8 to stand up on the cake, but I will deal with that later. Best thing about this was that I got to used left over fondant from my last cake. It is always nice to reuse!

I also started to make the bow I will be wrapping around the top layer of the cake. It turned out bad several times and I am not completely happy with the final outcome, but then again, this is not a good picture. Since I ran out of wax paper, I let it dry on tin foil, probably not a good idea, but oh well.....

Kitchen Island!

Since I started making cakes, I have been quickly running out of counter space. I have been eyeing this kitchen island for a long time. I decided, finally, a few weeks ago that I was actually going to stick with cakes so I purchased it! It sat in the dining room for awhile before it got put together, but now it is fully essembled and ready for use! I stuffed the drawers full of my baking tools and the shelves hold my pans, the stand mixer and other various items. So far I am in love :)

Friday, October 1, 2010


Last month at my family's Labor Day get together, I was talking to my aunt Dena and cousin Chloe. We were talking about Chloe's 18Th birthday party coming up next month. I told her I would do the cake for her and asked her what she liked. She wanted a white cake so I told her about the Sugar Cookie Cake recipe I use. Her and Dena were very excited about it. Chloe's favorite colors are purple and green so I am sticking with those for the theme. I received the invitation in the mail a few days ago and at the bottom it said "Pizza will be served as well as cake by Katie," I guess I am famous now.......well at least to the 15 people who got the invitation!

Thursday, September 30, 2010

The Evolution of Cake

After my first cake I gained a lot of confidence. My grandma's birthday was nearing so I decided I would make her a cake and bring it to the Easter celebration ( her birthday was Easter weekend). I wanted to make a cake that looked like a present so I did just that. I made a square cake, chocolate of course, and covered it in purple fondant. I found out quickly that square cakes were not as easy to cover as circle ones, but it didn't turn out half bad. I watched YouTube videos about how to make a bow and fell in love with Edna's tutorials. I followed her instructions and ended up with a beautiful bow. I brought the cake to the get together and after lunch I placed it in front on my grandma. She looked at it for a second and then asked, "Can I open it?" Hehe

I watched the Alice in Wonderland movie when it was out in theaters and the whole time I was watching I was thinking how the cat would look good as a cake. So I got out my colored pencils and paper and drew up the cat and how I thought he would look on a cake. I planned this baby out for few weeks and finally executed it. It was long, hard struggle for me. It took me 6 days total to finish but I did it. I took the cake to work but warned them that is was probably stale, so I brought in a fresh blue "velvet" cake just in case. He turned out pretty sharp, I was quite impressed with him. I got a little creative with him which again boosted my confidence.
Soon after the Cheshire Cat was complete, I wanted to make a cake for mother's day. I had this little design in my head so I went through with it. This was my first stacked cake and I had to real idea what I was doing. I watched videos but they didn't help much. I drove it unstacked to my mom's and stacked it there. It was crooked but no one cared.

Then the biggie came in. I have been posting all my pictures on Facebook thus far and my friend Sarah saw them. She asked if I could make a baby shower for her brother's girlfriend who was having a little boy. I agreed and she gave complete control. I went through a lot of different designs but ended up with this one. It was suppose to be brown too but I forgot why I didn't use brown. Oh well, it took be a long time and I was up late. The fondant tore and looked bad, but I used stars and circles to cover up the ugly parts. I had also made cupcakes. Green velvet cupcakes! They turned out pretty cute. The ducks are not mine, she added them there I guess.

At work, we had a luncheon and we were asked to bring in a dessert. I made a chocolate cake with Oreo cream cheese frosting and pink lemonade cupcakes. I didn't much care for the taste of the cupcakes but they looked cute, and that is all that matters right?

My friend that I play World of Warcraft with, Thogoth/Ben, came up to Chicago for a family wedding so we decided to meet up. He knew about me making cakes so he requested that I make him one. The faction we play on is Horde, so I made a Horde symbol on the cake. It was very simple. I leared not to use an exacto blade on my fondant mat though. I am constantly reminded of this now because there is a Horde symbol cut out on my $40 fondant mat! Hehe

This cake was a low point for me. By this point, my confidence in my fondant skills was lacking. I wanted to make a cake for my grandpa's and my own birthday. He loves John Deere so that is why I went with greed and yellow. I covered the cake in butter cream and added fondant accents. This was my 2nd attempt at a loop bow, I still am very unhappy with it.

And then came my favorite. I decided to order foam cakes so I could practice and this was my first practice cake. I covered the foams in fondant. My fondant skills were still lacking here but foam is more forgiving than butter cream. This is the first time I used store bought fondant as well. I was making my own fondant but it was very inconsistent and stressful so I researched fondants and decided to try Satin Ice in a vanilla flavor. I was making my own issues with the fondant. I was kneading it too much and when I went to roll it out and set it on the cake it would just rip. I later found out that this was my problem and have since fixed it! I have also mastered the art of making fantasy flowers. I was taking tin foil and bowling it into a coffee mug and placing circles of fondant into it to make the flowers.

My friend from highschool had seen my cakes on Facebook and asked me if I could make her god daughter a cake for her QuinceaƱera. I was freaking out at first cause she said she needed 4 cakes and I had never made that many. She later added another cake so I was freaking out a little more. The theme was Cinderella so she requested pink and blue. So I made white cakes with colored accents. The carriage stand was at the venue and the cakes were places on it there. I prepared for this order for a long time and was a nervous wreck the whole time but when the time cake to make them I calmed down. I made the fondant perfectly and everything else ran very smoothly. This order gave me my confidence back in fondant and since then I have had no issues.

After the dummy cake, I made a few other cakes here and there, but none were as amazing as Bob, Sponge Bob that is. My mom has been promoting my cakes to her friends and co-workers. Her bowling partner's, Dan and Mary, have a granddaughter Brianna who birthday was this month. Mary asked if I could make her a Sponge Bob cake. I was so excited, this was my calling. I looked up Sponge Bob, and grew increasingly excited when the date drew closer. The night before, I was working fondant magic and created this little guy who immediately stole my heart.

A week after Bob, my mom was coming to the convention center across from my work for a nursing conference. Her friend Laura, also a nurse, was going as well, and it just happened to be her birthday. So I told my mom I would make her a cake. My mom slyly asked her her favorite flavor. So I made a chocolate/chocolate 6 inch cake for her. I drove it over after work. They were getting in their car and my mom saw me and was like " Oh look who it is!" Laura saw me, " Oh hi Katie." I handed a shoe box and told her to open it and there was her beautiful cake. She was sooo excited. She talked about it all car ride home I guess.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010


My name is Katie and I have recently started baking and decorating cakes. I had always been curious as to how the grocery stores got their frosting so smooth so I did a little research. Through my research I found out about fondant. I found a recipe and decided that I could give it a try; it didn't sound too hard. I would like to note I have had very bad experiences with baking and cooking prior to this. But I wanted to give a shot anyways.

And this is what I ended up with. This is my first ever fondant covered cake. I set aside a Sunday one weekend and decided to make myself a spotted cake. I went out and bought all the ingredients. I was making the fondant from scratch so I decided to do a boxed cake to save time. All and all the cake took me 8 hours total to finish. I had no idea what I was doing so I brought the lap top to the kitchen and watched youtube videos as I went. The biggest issue I faced then was the flour/corn starch all over my polka dots. It was a very nice experience for my first try and it encouraged me to try again.