Tag Archive: cake


Hibiscus Birthday Cake

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Hibiscus 18th Birthday Cake

9 April 2016

Dark Chocolate cake with 60% Cacao Ganache filling

Accompanied by turquoise/orange confetti vanilla cupcakes (not pictured)

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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

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

Oceanside Wedding Cake

White with Pink Wedding Cake

Clay & Taylor’s Wedding Cake

March 2014

One of the student workers from my previous office was married last weekend, and I had the honor of making the cake!  The wedding was at the ocean at Honolulu’s Magic Island at Ala Moana Beach Park.  It had been raining most of the morning, but cleared up just in time for the ceremony.

Top Layer: Lemon Cake with Blueberry-Vanilla Filling

Bottom Layer: Red Velvet Cake with Vanilla-Bean Buttercream Filling

White Satinice fondant with white royal icing piping pearls and hearts.  Black monogram topper with dark pink roses.

White with Pink Wedding Cake

White with Pink Wedding Cake

Pirate's Treasure Chest Cake

Adrian’s Pirate-Themed 40th Birthday Cake

October 2010

When my friend decided to throw a big blow-out bash for his birthday, he had two simple requests: a treasure chest cake and edible sand.  Done.  Everything you see is edible: fondant-covered treasure chest cake, gumpaste treasure maps, sugar pearls, sugar gemstones, lustre-dusted chocolate bars, sugar-in-the-raw sand.

Best compliment of the night – people asked “WHERE is the birthday cake??”  Everyone thought it was just another treasure-chest decor element.

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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.

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Frog Prince Groom's Cake

Beth & Ben’s Groom’s Cake

January 2011

Beth and her mom wanted a frog-prince groom’s cake so she could have a great photo opportunity kissing her Frog Prince.  And of course it was red velvet – Steel Magnolias-style.  My first sculpted cake.  Green fondant, gold lustre-dusted gumpaste crown.

Kissing her Frog Prince

Before the fondant:

Red Velvet Frog 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.

Navy Ribbon Wedding Cake

Mike and Tina Wedding Reception

September 2010

Was given full creative license with this cake, with the only instructions that the couple liked blue and nautical decor.  Went understated, like the couple, with navy ribbons that echoed the waves of the sea.

 

Cookies and Candy Cake

Beth and Cameron Wedding Cake

April 2011

The bride wanted a cake that looked AND tasted like her favorite cookies and candy: Hershey’s Kisses (chocolate cake filled with chocolate ganache), Reese’s PB cups (chocolate cake, peanut-butter buttercream filling), and Oreos (cookies-and-cream cake, vanilla buttercream filling).

Edible silver spray on top fondant, sculpted to look like a Hershey’s Kiss.  chocolate fondant on sculpted peanut-butter-cup cake, and chocolate and vanilla fondant on Oreo-shaped cake.

Cutting the Cake

Modern Wedding Reception Cake

Surprise Wedding Reception

July 2011

I made Roxi & Zack’s wedding cake a couple months prior in southern California, but none of our other Florida friends could make it to the wedding.  We hosted a surprise reception for them in Florida, and I made this cake, reminiscent of their original cake.

Dark brown chocolate and turquoise fondant with gumpaste blossoms

Bon Voyage to San Francisco Cake

Jessica Moves to SF

August 2010

Red Velvet with Almond Buttercream, her favorite.

A little help from Google Maps.

Bon Voyage to San Francisco Cake

And why yes, that is a red fondant Gate Bridge. 🙂

Bon Voyage to San Francisco Cake

Casablanca Prom Cake

Casablanca Prom Cake

May 2010

Of course I was involved in planning the prom at the high school where I taught in Florida!  Instead of opting for catered dessert at the venue, the kids all wanted one of my cakes.  For this one, the dance’s theme was Casablanca – 1940s Hollywood glamour meets Morrocco.  Fondant paisleys and tassels, Moroccan and Arabic-inspired forms, and bright colors that matched the theme decor.

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Photos from the venue:

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Masquerade Prom Cake

Masquerade Prom Cake

May 2011

Of course I was involved in planning the prom at the high school where I taught in Florida!  Instead of opting for catered dessert at the venue, the kids all wanted one of my cakes.  For this one, for a Venetian-masquerade-ball-themed dance, I went completely over-the-top.  Topsy-turvy layers, black-and-white fondant, wired decor, lustre-dusted gumpaste masks, tulle, and loads of feathers.  If some is good, more is better.

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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

Ivory & Roses Wedding Cake

 

Terry Wedding

September 2011

Ivory fondant with royal icing in alternating techniques of filigree and quilting with pearls.  Fresh roses between all but bottom two layers which are directly stacked on one another, per request.

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Wedding Cake and Cupcakes

Kristi & Max Wedding

July 2009

Kristi, an elementary art teacher, asked me to make her wedding cake – her request was to have cupcakes as well as a cake they could cut into.  I created this two-tier cake, cupcakes, and custom stand for them.  Cupcakes (and cake topper) have a KM monogram on a fondant disc along with sugar pearls coated in lustre dusts.  Cake tiers have a variety of decorations, including wired fondant balls, royal icing dots, and fondant circles and rings.

Wedding Cake Topper

Wedding Cupcakes

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

Daisy Birthday Cake

Hillary Sweet-Sixteen Birthday Cake

May 2009

Black and white fondant with yellow and white fondant daisies, brushed with a little yellow lustre dust.  Black/white dotted ribbon and an H topper.

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Orange Floral Cake with Bunting

 

Farewell Cake

June 2012

Lemon-Lilikoi Cake with Lemon Buttercream

Orange fondant with white gumpaste flowers.  Paper bunting with guest-of-honor’s name.

Jennifer's Cakes: Harley-Davidson Flames Cake

60th Birthday Party

August 2013

Toasted Coconut Cake with Mango Filling

Dark Chocolate Cake with Raspberry Filling

Birthday cake for a Harley-Davidson aficianado.  Fondant flames on black.  Fondant H-D plaque but with a birthday twist.  Cake topper includes fondant tiki torches, gumpaste palm leaves, and a plastic 1953 Harley figurine (same year as the guest of honor’s birth).

Jennifer's Cakes: Harley Davidson Flames Cake

Jennifer's Cakes: Harley Davidson Flames Cake

Palms and tiki torches give it a Hawaiian flair

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Autumn Butterflies Wedding Cake

October 2009

Mixed round and square layers.  Ivory fondant with fondant draping, gumpaste roses painted orange, maroon, and ivory/blush, and wired sparkly butterflies.

 

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Flowering Tree Wedding Cake

October 2009

The inspiration for this cake.

Tiffany-blue fondant with chocolate fondant tree, green gumpaste leaves, pink fondant blossoms.  Offset round layers.

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Troy Birthday

March 2009

Single-layer cake with blue fondant, white fondant circles, wired fondant circles, and paper happy-birthday tag.

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Ramona Birthday

March 2007

Lavender fondant with white royal icing dots, gumpaste leaves.

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Brian Birthday

May 2009

Milk Chocolate Cake with Irish Cream Buttercream and Dark Chocolate Ganache

 

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Yellow Daisy Topsy-Turvy Sweet Sixteen Cake

June 2010

Yellow fondant supported by styrofoam wedges between layers, fondant leaves and daisies with shimmery yellow petal dust centers, K topper on mirror base.

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Tuxedo Strawberries, too!

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Sweet-Sixteen Birthday Cake

May 2008

The Pink Ladies would be jealous.  Grease-theme party.  Pink and white fondant with black polka-dot ribbon trim and tinsel.  Fondant records with labels “It’s a Record… Hillary is 15!”

 

 

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Draped Wedding Cake

June 2007

My second wedding cake.  White fondant with swags and celery-green-and-pink gumpaste orchids.

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Marlena Birthday Cake

July 2007

Lime green fondant with brown fondant rope trim, brown fondant M, white circles, and wired fondant ornaments.

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Detail of a lemon-almond cake.  Just because.

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Understated Wedding Cake

July 2008

My third wedding cake.  Simple ivory fondant trimmed with blue and green ribbons and adorned with daisies.

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Sweet Sixteen Fit for a Princess

January 2011

Pink and Purple Vanilla Confetti Cake, Pink and Purple Paisley Motif, Sugar Pearls, Wired Gems, and a Silver Fondant Tiara

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Squares and Frames Cake

June 2010

Was given complete liberty with the design of this cake – only guidance was that the birthday boy liked the colors black and blue and that he was a graphic designer.  Decided on rotated-square tiers with a swoop of fondant squares and frames,  loosely informed by Polaroid snapshots.

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Black, White, Red Birthday Cake (#2 of many with that description!)

July 2011

Black fondant, royal icing filigree, painted red gumpaste roses.  Offset stacked square layers.

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Black/White/Red Birthday Cake

October 2008

White-on-Black filigree, Black-on-White filigree, silk rose topper.

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Montverde Academy Class of 2011 Graduation Cake (done in UCF colors)

June 2011

3-layer cake with top layer styled as mortarboard with fondant tassel.  Quilted fondant, gold-dust sugar pearls, and fondant ropes and diploma.

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Montverde Academy Class of 2011 Graduation Cake

May 2011

Purple and Gold fondant

 

Musical 30th Birthday Cake

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Musical 30th Birthday Cake for Professional Trumpeter

April 2013

Vanilla Bean Cakes with Guava and Lilikoi Fillings

 

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Girl on Fire 40th Birthday Cake

February 2013

Fondant with Abstract Cinnamon-Candy Flames

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Lunar New Year: Year of the Snake

Sea Serpent Cake

February 2013

Sculpted Red Velvet Cake, Almond Buttercream

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The Baker’s Own Birthday Cake

June 2009

Pecan Spice Cake

Maple Buttercream

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Bartlett Wedding

July 2009

Red Velvet Cake

Almond Buttercream

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Perry Wedding

New Year’s Eve 2010

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Maia Farewell Cupcakes

Dark Chocolate Cake

Chocolate Buttercream

Topped with a Bittersweet Chocolate Drop

Flowering Tree Wedding Cake


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Pianko Wedding

June 2011

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Valentine’s Day 2009

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October 2009