The Nightmare Before Christmas Cake!

Happy October!!

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October is by far my favorite month of the year. December is great and all, but I got me a big love for fall and all things Halloween. In the same vein, my love for Tim Burton and The Nightmare Before Christmas runs deep. I was so happy to make this cake and revisit my inner child, blasting the movie in the background while making pumpkin after pumpkin. Check out the video below to see how I made this beauty!

 

Nautical themed cake! 

Now that summer is coming to an end most of my summeresque cake requests are fizzling out, so this little number was bittersweet to make. Nautical cakes are always a big hit once swimming season starts so I was really happy to get this request before the last of the sun disappeared. You can check out the video below to learn how I made this super cute cake! 

Watch the tutorial here! 

Lego Bride And Groom Fondant Cake Toppers!

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I, for one, am extremely happy that wedding season is over. To be honest, wedding cakes are my least favorite to make. Not because I don’t like making “fancier” cakes, but because I have dealt with a handful of brides who were…high maintenance. Its not my thing. I’m a pretty chilled out person and I hate to feel like the entire success of the wedding is teetering on whether or not the cake is perfect.

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Needless to say, I was so happy to make this cake which is obviously more on the fun side! Check out the video below to see how i made the toppers and if you want to know how I made the Lego cake I will link a similar cake where I used the same technique as well:)

 

Watermelon Themed Drip Cake!

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Helllooooo summer! Well, what’s left of it anyway. I’ve been so busy that I barely noticed July and before I knew it, it was August and I hadn’t even gone swimming yet. So when I got invited to a BBQ I made sure I attended, busy schedule be damned! I brought along this little gem, and man was it a hit. You can check out the video below to see just how I made this, and if you scroll even further I have listed most of the recipes I have used. I purchased all of my candy at Bulk Barn, so I definitely recommend checking out your local bulk food store so you’re not buying big bags of candy.

 

 

 

Chocolate Mud Cake recipe:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

In a large saucepan add:

250g salted butter

180ml coffee

Bring to a rolling boil. Remove from heat and add:

250g dark melting chocolate.

Whisk together until chocolate is melted and set aside to cool.

In a large bowl add:

150g all purpose flour

150g self raising flour

60g unsweetened cocoa

1tsp baking soda

500g caster sugar

Whisk together until well incorporated. To the dry ingredients add:

5 large eggs (room temp is best)

1tsp vanilla

1/2 cup buttermilk (room temp is best)

70ml vegetable oil

Mix together with a wooden spoon. At this point you can add in your cooled chocolate mixture until everything is well incorporated. This recipe makes enough for a 9′ round or a tall 8′ round. Grease and line your pans with parchment. Bake on the middle rack for 55 minutes or until an inserted skewer comes out clean.Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes and then turn them out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

White Chocolate Ganache:

In a microwavable bowl add:

175g white chocolate

75ml of heavy cream

Microwave for 30 seconds and stir well, repeating the process until all the chocolate has melted. Add food coloring until you get your desired shade and let cool (slightly warm, not cold so it sets) before pouring onto your cake.

Swiss Meringue Buttercream Recipe:

In a stand mixing bowl or heat resistant bowl add:

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup egg whites

Whisk together and place bowl over a double boiler. Whisk constantly until mixture reached 140 degrees Celsius. Remove from the double boiler and mix on high using your stand mixer or hand mixer until the outside of the bowl reaches room temperature.Add:

1 1/4 cup salted butter

Whip until light and fluffy. Mixture may look curled/lumpy at first, just keep whipping and it will  come together eventually. To this add:

1tsp vanilla (pure vanilla, don’t use the fake stuff)

Troubleshooting: Ensure your mixing bowl is clean. If it isnt clean your egg whites will not whip properly. You can take the extra step of wiping your bowl with some lemon juice before you add your ingredients.

 

Simple Syrup:

In a small sauce pan add:

1 cup water

1 cup sugar

Bring to a boil and ensure all of the sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool before brushing on your cake.

 

Cookie Dough Buttercream:

I use Sally’s Baking Addictions recipe, see here: http://sallysbakingaddiction.com/2013/03/27/chocolate-chip-cookie-dough-cupcakes/

French Macarons:

I used The Joy of Baking’s recipe, see here:

http://www.joyofbaking.com/frenchmacarons/RaspberryMacaronsRecipe.html

This is an easy recipe to follow, especially if you are a beginner (like me) with Macarons.

 

 

Jeep Cake!

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I have always put off doing any vehicle cakes as I had a terrible experience when I first started decorating professionally. I did a Nissan Juke that was…interesting. It was a classic case of not knowing what I was doing and taking on a cake that totally kicked my butt. That was a year ago, and I finally decided to get over my fears and try again. I am so pleased with how this cake turned out, and it felt amazing to see how far I had come with decorating.

You definitely need to use a denser cake for something that is carved like this one. Using a sponge cake with a softer crumb will more then likely make it difficult for you to get sharp lines and leave your cake looking sunken and lumpy. I used skewers and floral wire to help build the top of the jeep, and used wooden supports that I hot glued to my cake board to get the cake raised up. To make the cake look a little more rugged, I used edible brown color dust and dirtied up a couple of spots. Make the wheels a couple of days in advance so that they are nice and solid and don’t sink when you attach them to the cake using skewers.

 

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Lego Cake!

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I made this cake for a very special little guy’s 5th birthday.  It was surprisingly not as complicated to make as I had initially imagined, so I decided to make a quick tutorial! In the end I added some hand made Lego super hero figurines, most of which you can find the tutorials for on Youtube. Adding actual Lego pieces is also an option if you find that making them is too big of an undertaking. This cake was a huge hit and is sure to wow Lego fans of all ages! Check out the video above to see how to make this awesome cake!

 

 

D’lish Donut Shopkins Cake Topper!

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This was so incredibly easy to make, I used circle cutters and piping tips to help make my shapes but you can use anything you have on hand that will do the job! Marshmallow fondant did the trick for me as this cake topper was going to be laying flat, but if you want yours to stand up I suggest making this topper a week before hand and storing it in an airtight container. If you don’t have that much time then Gumpaste is a great alternative as it sets very firm more quickly. Check out the detailed step by step video on how to make this adorable cake topper below!

Captain America Minion Cake!

 

So I recently made a cake for a little guy who loved both Minions and the good Captain, but he couldn’t decide on which cake he wanted for his birthday. After some brainstorming I decided that this was a nice compromise, and thankfully there are plenty of reference pictures out there so it made the final design all the more easy to do!

The new Captain America movie helped get me through this one, because as much as I love minions, I have made a million of them now in cake form. Well not millions, maybe dozens is more accurate. But still. Whenever a family friend says there tiny human wants a minion cake, tears are usually shed. Thankfully I had just seen Civil War, so I was still hyped up enough to enjoy bringing this guy to life. If you haven’t checked out the newest Captain America movie, I highly suggest you do! It was very well done and in my opinion is still one of the better super hero movie franchises out there that hasn’t lost its way.

For detailed instructions on how this cake was made you can click on the video above! If you ever want to see a certain cake theme done please feel free to comment on my Youtube channel and I’ll be sure to add it to the list.

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Camo baby shower cake!

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I finally managed to drag myself out of bed this morning to get a few blog posts done, but man was it ever tough. Last night was….interesting. Our bunny Sophie has hit puberty, so she is a nightmare right now. She is only 4 1/2 months and we can’t get her spayed until she is 6 months (which will calm her down) so we are just going through the motions of her tantrums and complete lack of litter box use. The real victim is our other little girl Monkey, who is dealing with the full force of Sophie’s dominance crisis and has to constantly hide from her to avoid getting humped. Yup. So at night we have to keep Sophie confined as she is normally a free range bunny in the house, and she made quite the ruckus well into the wee hours of the morning.

But speaking of small baby animals, here’s a camo cake with a little deer on top! Camo fondant is actually the trickiest I’ve ever tried to make. There are a lot of factors that make it a success or a nightmare. Thankfully I had tried it before and kind of knew where I went wrong, so this time around things went a lot more smoothly.

You can see from the photo that I used 4 different colors, three green and a tannish brown. You can really use any colors you want, I’ve done pink and purple and it looks awesome as long as you have a few different shades thrown in.

You want to tear off chunks of each color, roll them into various shapes, and press them gently together on your work surface. Be sure to break up the colors and shapes so none of the same colors are closely touching.Some shortening on the fingers really aids the fondant pieces in sticking to each other. I found that using cornstarch on my counter was really a hindrance when rolling out my fondant as it dried it out and prevented my pieces from adhering to one another. When rolling it out, you may find that some of your seams between the pieces just arent coming together, so you’ll want to help this by using your fingers to gently pinch them, then instead of just rolling up and down/side to side, make sure you are working that fondant from every angle.

I finished this cake off by adding a deer I had made out of fondant and piping a grass border around the bottom edge. Super cute and perfect for a gender reveal or baby shower cake!

 

Super Mario Bros Cake!

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Video Tutorial Here!

Ah Mario, childhood love and time waster. To this day Super Mario Bro’s is still the only video game world I can jive with. I’ve tried playing modern games like Call of Duty and Destiny, but I sucked. Bad. So I’ve quit that and stuck with the classic! Below is the video tutorial on how to make this awesome cake that is actually not as complicated as it looks. The second cake I ever made was a SM cake, and you can see from the pic below that it still looked pretty good despite my newbie-ness, so I can say with confidence that even if you’re a beginner you should give this cake a shot!

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