Tag Archive: buttercream


Purple Plumeria Cake

Purple Plumeria Cake

Purple Plumeria Cake

August 2014

Vanilla Bean Cake (featuring homemade Big Island vanilla extract!) with Mango Curd Filling

I loved making gumpaste plumeria for a birthday cake earlier this year, so when I was called upon to make a friend’s birthday cake – who loves plumeria – my inspiration was obvious.  One of her favorite colors is purple, so I went with a lavender buttercream with white trim.  Classic frangipani colors of white with a yellow interior.  Perfectly tropical!

Purple Plumeria Cake

Purple Plumeria Cake

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Plumeria Birthday Cake

Plumeria Cake

Plumeria (Frangipani) Birthday Cake

March 2014

Pecan Spice Cake with Maple Buttercream Filling

A rare buttercream cake – I usually prefer the clean lines of fondant, especially in tropical humidity.  But, buttercream was requested – plus, it’s been pretty cool and dry lately, so that eased my mind!

Gumpaste plumeria flowers dusted with Cosmos-pink matte dust.  It’s hard to tell from the photographs, but the base buttercream is a slightly more vibrant green than the paler swirls.  I was really quite pleased with how the flowers turned out – and I can’t believe it has taken me this long to make them for the first time.  They’re my favorites, and I foresee many future uses of plumeria on my cakes. 🙂

Plumeria Cake

Plumeria Cake

Boxed and ready to go. I added an extra blossom after the first round of photos. 🙂

 

Sushi Cupcakes

Trent Birthday

March 2014

Vanilla Bean Cake with Lilikoi Filling

A friend commissioned me to make cake for her husband’s birthday again this year.  It was a dinner at a sushi restaurant in Waikiki, so she asked if I could do some kind of sushi cake.  I quickly realized individual cupcake servings would be perfect.  I started with some round cupcakes (baked without papers), and a few shallow rectangular loaves, which I cut into bricks.  The round ones became maki, with an exterior of black fondant nori, and a variety of candy centers, including some li hing sour apples.  When I was looking for inspiration, I thought I would make some sashimi out of fondant to top a block of coconut “rice”.  I saw a similar cake using Swedish Fish on top, and I couldn’t help but giggle, so I made a few pieces with them.  The salmon roe are tapioca pearls colored red-orange.  I finished off the tray with some gumpaste ginger and buttercream wasabi.

Sushi Cupcakes

Sushi Cupcakes

Starry Night Wedding Cake

Starry Night Cake

Beth & Ben’s Starry Night Wedding Cake

January 2011

The wedding theme was fashioned after Van Gogh’s Starry Night painting, which I rendered in buttercream impasto on stacked square cake layers.  Cake itself was funfetti, in the colors of the painting.

Starry Night Cake

White Chocolate Wedding Cake

Paul & Lori Wedding Cake

December 2008

The bride requested an all-buttercream cake – which I don’t typically do in the tropics.  Since it was a small December wedding, I agreed to it.  Topped it with white chocolate shavings and orange gerbera daisies.  Offset square layers.

 

Buttercream Swirls

“Just a Sunday” Cake

April 2013

My husband had to work on a Sunday, so I made a cake for him to take in to share with his coworkers.  Because, well, that’s what I do. 🙂  Piped buttercream swirls.

I should really list this kind of thing on my resume and highlight it in interviews… guaranteed job offers.

Buttercream Swirls

Whimsical Blue Anniversary Cake

Kristi & Max 1st Anniversary

July 2010

Instead of saving their top layer, this couple simply commissioned a small anniversary cake a year later.  The blues, pearls, and circles echo their wedding cake design.

Circles and Dots Anniversary Cake

Buttercream Heart Cake

Kristi & Max 2nd Anniversary

July 2011

After making their wedding cake, Kristi & Max had me make their anniversary cakes every year until I moved.  This one features toasted-coconut cake, pineapple filling, vanilla buttercream, and toasted coconut decoration.  And a heart swooped into the frosting.

Toasted Coconut and Buttercream Cake

Sunflower Cupcake

For Hillary Sweet Sixteen Birthday.

Oreo half with gold buttercream petals. M&M ladybug.

Irish Cream Ganache Cake

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Brian Birthday

May 2009

Milk Chocolate Cake with Irish Cream Buttercream and Dark Chocolate Ganache

 

White Chocolate Ribbons

Two examples of white chocolate ribbons.

 

WhiteChocolateTanglesCupcakes

Red Velvet Cupcakes with Almond Buttercream and White Chocolate Ribbons

 

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Blueberry-Sour-Cream-Donut Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream and White Chocolate Ribbons

 

 

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Valentine Sprinkle Cupcakes

February 2013

Pink Strawberry Cake, Buttercream Swirls, Heart Sprinkles

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Detail of a lemon-almond cake.  Just because.

Winter Cupcakes

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Winter-Inspired Cupcakes

Dark Chocolate Cake

Dark Chocolate Ganache

Robins-Egg-Blue Buttercream Swirl with a Whisper of Mint

Pearl Sprinkles

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Sunflower Cupcakes

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