Archive | December, 2013

Princess Cake for Mia’s 5th!

29 Dec

For Mia’s 5th Birthday, I made a princess cake!

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1. Bake!  I always use the Wilton’s butter cake recipe (I cut the sugar down a cup and added a tad more vanilla extract and deleted the almond extract – I don’t like the way it tastes…)  It’s a dense cake, and I love it’s flavor.  Here’s the recipe:  http://www.wilton.com/recipe/Butter-Cake

I didn’t have a heart cake mold, so I baked the cake in a circle mold, then cut it into a heart.

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2. Ice the cake!  Mia spotted this Hersey’s white chocolate icing in the supermarket, and she begged me to use this one, so I tried it out.  (It is yummy!)

3. Roll out the fondant.  I got the Wilton wedding cake fondant pack.  Add the Wilton icing color (Rose Pink) and knead until the whole batch is even color.  Then roll it out nice and big.  I rolled it out as big as the edge of the mat I am using.

4. Cover the cake.  Carefully, using the rolling pin, lift and drape onto the cake.  Be careful not to use your fingers when doing this, because the fondant will deform or be punctured very easily.  Make sure the fondant covers all the top and sides.

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5. Smooth out the fondant. Using a rolling pin or a smoother, or even your palms, smooth out the surface of the cake.  To avoid the fondant to stick to the equipment, or your hand, sprinkle some confectioners sugar.  Cut off the excess fondant that is around the cake.  Tuck in the edges a little using a butter knife.

6. Decorate!

I first pre-designed the pieces so I know exactly how much fondant I need (for the princess.)  Then, knead in colors.  I used a swab of pink and yellow to make a peach color for the head and arms.  Brown for the hair, pink for the dress, and yellow for the crown.

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I used the same method I used for the “Flower Field Cupcakes” (please check out the post for info) to make a few flowers as well.

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I also made small yellow and green balls to surround the cake.  To put the last touch, I made a big bow to drape on the cake.

I cut cardboard, and covered it with foil to make a cake base.

I cut cardboard, and covered it with foil to make a cake base.

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The kids gave me a thumbs up for the cake!

The kids gave me a thumbs up for the cake!

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Minecraft Cake!

8 Dec

Minecraft Cake!

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On my son’s 8th Birthday, I made a Minecraft theme cake.

1. Bake!  I always use the Wilton’s butter cake recipe (I cut the sugar down a cup and added a tad more vanilla extract and deleted the almond extract – I don’t like the way it tastes…)  It’s a dense cake, and I love it’s flavor.  Here’s the recipe:  http://www.wilton.com/recipe/Butter-Cake

I used two square baking pans.  Make one recipe amount and divide into the two pans.

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2. Make Icing!  I made Wilton’s chocolate Buttercream icing.  here’s the recipe:  http://www.wilton.com/recipe/Chocolate-Buttercream-Icing

Put icing in the middle of the two square cakes and also cover the whole cake.  Before covering the cake with icing, cut the sides so the two cakes make a nice square piece, with no rough edges.

Add chocolate icing and cut off the sides

Add chocolate icing and cut off the sides

3. Decorate!  This is the fun part!  I used the Wilton’s white rolled fondant.

I first colored a good grapefruit size amount with a kelly green icing color, because that is the color I would need the most.  I would use this to cover the cake, and also to make the “creeper.”

Roll out the green fondant.  I use the Wilton’s mat as a guideline.  For this cake, I rolled out almost as big as the mat, just to make sure it’s large enough to cover the whole cake.

*using a rolling pin (very important not to use your hands/fingers) lift the fondant and drape it over the cake.

Use a fondant smoother, or your palms to smooth out the surface of the cake.  To avoid sticking, use powder sugar on your palms when smoothing out.  Cut out the excess around the cake.  The corners are a little tricky, but the trick to covering a square cake is that the fondant need to be in a shape of a flattened (square) box, with 4 square flaps on all four sides of the center square.

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4. Make the cake toppers.

First make the Creeper.  allocate the green fondant so that there are enough for the head, body, and 4 legs (I think they are legs)  Then, knead and refine each piece so each pieces become a smooth square/rectangle.

Color some fondant with black icing color, and knead until the color is even.  Roll out and cut small squares and rectangle for the eyes and mouth.  Dab a little water on the back of the pieces and attach them onto the face.

Using toothpicks, attach the legs and the head to the torso.

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Make Steve and Enderman.  Color fondant so you have peach, blue, brown, black and a teeny bit of pink for these guys.  Sculpt them using a guideline, like a picture or a toy.  Put them together using a toothpick.

Make different hues of brown.  My kids called these kaka.  I made kaka shapes just to play around with them…  Roll them out and cut it into small squares.  I used the square grid on my mat as a guideline.  Dab a small amount of water to the back of these squares, and attach them to the sides of the cake.  (By this time, I am thinking “what have I got myself into?!” ) (This is a very tedious process…)

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Place  Creeper, Steve, and Enderman on top of the cake.  I used bamboo skewers to support their backs, so it looks like they are sitting.

Ta Da!  My first plan was to just do a Creeper, but it looked too lonely, so I proceeded to make Steve and Enderman.  I’m happy I did, and my son is thrilled!

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