Monday, May 21, 2012

Baby Shower Cakes

Petal Cake, Vertical & Horizontal Ruffle Cakes, Rosette Cake, and Mini Rosette Cake.

These cakes were just not for any ordinary baby shower- they were for my baby shower.
I know you're probably thinking, "Who makes their own baby shower cakes?"
Well the answer is the same girl who made her own birthday cake last year, and this is because I am picky when it comes to cake.


 I really am. I am so critical of cake and frosting it almost makes me feel bad.
Honestly, what it comes down to is quality of ingredients. Everything I make is homemade and fresh using simple ingredients. Good ingredients make good cakes.

These gorgeous cakes are no exception.
All five were each a different flavor combination, but all fiver were frosted in Vanilla Swiss Meringue Buttercream Frosting. 

Pink Velvet Cake with Vanilla SMBC filling & frosting.

Chocolate Cake with Fresh Strawberry Swiss meringue filling and Vanilla SMBC frosting.

Vanilla Cake with Fresh Strawberry Swiss meringue filling & Vanilla SMBC frosting.
Chocolate Cake with Vanilla SMBC filling and frosting.
Lemon Cake with Raspberry Filling & Vanilla SMBC frosting.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Chloe's 2nd Birthday Cake

Since the colorful Sesame Street birthday cake last year Chloe has turned two, and this year we celebrated with lot's of color and cute cupcakes (not actual cupcakes, just the theme).

The cake was chocolate and frosted in vanilla Swiss meringue buttercream (which received countless rave reviews).

Even though I knew this cake undoubtedly delicious and irresistibly cute, the fact that Miss birthday girl could hardly keep her fingers out of the frosting while exclaiming "Mmmmm bipday cakes! Yum!" is definitely my biggest compliment. (Regardless of whether or not there were little finger prints in the once smooth frosting by the time cake was actually served to guests.) Seeing someone I love so happy and absolutely thrilled about her birthday cake is humbling, and I am happy to have once again been a small part of her special day.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Strawberry Cake Iced In Strawberry Swiss Meringue Rosettes

It's been long. Too long since I've posted new cakes.
Between moving, working, and getting pregnant (which includes being tired, giving into the uncontrollable urge to nest,  and oddly enough losing my sweet tooth ) I've definitely let my baking, photography, and blogging go to the wayside.
However, I am truly, honestly, and hopefully getting back to it more because there are just too many tasty cakes I want to bake and beautiful decorating techniques I am eager to try. 

Like this one...

Have you ever seen buttercream so beautiful? Cakes iced with a single tip are all the rage now, and I can see why! They are simple, beautiful, and impressive.

For this one I used a mini star tip to pipe rosettes after applying a crumb coat.

Then I went the extra mile and hand placed each and every single one of those little pearl sprinkles in the center of each rosette. The time and effort was so worth it. Thole little pearl sprinkles make this cake amazing.

Mini rosettes piped in fresh strawberry Swiss meringue buttercream.

What was even better about baking again was eating a homemade cake- all from scratch. No shortening. No food coloring. Fresh pureed strawberries. Fresh butter. Perfect texture. Perfect.

Wishing you could enjoy a slice with me.