Spider-Man Birthday Cake

My nephew turned 3 and had his birthday party this past weekend. He LOVES all things Spider-Man. So when asked to make his cake, I knew I had to deliver. I decided to go with a butter cake filled with buttercream, graham cracker crumbs, and fresh bananas and strawberries.

I covered the outside with traditional buttercream that had been dyed a bright red. My new favorite gel coloring is Chefmaster. It mixes a lot easier than Wilton, and doesn’t dry out as easily because it is more liquid.

Then I used white fondant to make the eyes. This small package was perfect. Then I piped black buttercream around the eyes and along the bottom with a star tip. The last step was using Wilton black piping gel to make the spider web details.

This was a 10-inch cake and it easily served 20 with plenty of leftovers.

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Sprinkle Donut Cake Pops

My sister-in-law recently had her baby sprinkle, and the theme was donuts. So I thought it would be fun to make some donut-themed cake pops. Since she is waiting until the birth to find out if the baby is a girl or boy, I made both pink and blue donuts.

I started out making these as I would any traditional cake pop, and added a hole in the middle using a fondant tool. I decided to make these red velvet and use traditional buttercream frosting.

For the coating, I found sea salt caramel Merckens Melts, and they were the perfect color and tasted awesome. Just a little bit of saltiness to offset the sweetness of the cake pop. With a small brush, I brushed the inside of the hole and then dipped the pop in the melted caramel. Usually I do two dips but for this one I just did one since the caramel was pretty thick. Usually, I thin out the dipping chocolate with Crisco, but the caramel melted nicely so this wasn’t necessary.

After they dried, I painted on either pink or blue melted chocolate and immediately dipped them in colored sprinkles. The idea was to make them look like a traditional donut from the Simpsons.

These were really fun to make, and pretty easy, too. I was able to do them in one afternoon.

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Taco Twosday cake

My daughter turned 2 this past May and since her birthday was Cinco de Mayo weekend, we threw her a Taco Twosday party. This was a really fun cake to make. I used this tutorial, and there were some really great ideas for the toppings. The cheese is made by mixing shredded coconut with orange food dye, and I found this small package of fondant that was perfect for cutting into squares for the tomatoes. “The ground beef” is a mixture of crushed Oreo cookies and buttercream frosting.

The most challenging part of this cake was smoothing out the frosting for the taco shell.

I thought this cake wouldn’t be enough for our party, but it ended up feeding a lot of people since it is so wide. For serving, I cut the cake across so each slice contained both shells and the middle.

Someone can’t wait to dive into this cake!

This was definitely a fun addition to our taco party and months later, my daughter is still talking about it!

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Bubble Guppies tiered cake

My nephew turned 2 this past February, so this post is a LONG time coming! But I’m currently on maternity leave after having baby #2, so I can finally catch up on things. Since this was only the second cake I had made in a while, buttercream waves were not only perfect for the theme, but also quite forgiving. I crushed graham crackers in the food processor to make the sand (a trick I love because it looks great and tastes awesome). The bubbles were gumballs and chocolate pearls that I swiped from a candy buffet at a party I had attended a few weeks before (very lucky timing!). My favorite are the sugar sea shells that I also used for the Moana smash cake I made a few months prior.

The trickiest part of making this cake was the Bubble Guppies characters. I decided to make them as sugar cookies. I bought these 3D printed Bubble Guppies cookie cutters and they were very nice to use. But because they were so detailed and required so many colors of royal icing, they were very time consuming. I was a bit out of practice in icing the cookies, but overall I think they resembled the characters fairly well.

I had never made a large 2-tiered cake before, but it turned out really well. I filled the cake with banana filling, but I definitely would use more filling next time. The filling tasted great, but it wasn’t all that noticeable.

Like my Christmas trees, I always make sure to decorate the back!

Overall, I was happy with how this cake turned out. I’m looking forward to learning the theme for this year’s party so I can get started planning his cake!

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Moana Smash Cake for a Friend’s First Birthday

Now that I’m a mom and I have friends that are also moms, I have even more reason to make cakes. So after a few years, I’ve made a comeback! Seriously, the last decorated cake I made was a Christmas cake in 2014! It’s been way too long.

So when our friends Maggie and Doug asked me to make a smash cake for their daughter Elena’s first birthday, I was so happy to dive in! They wanted a Disney’s Moana cake to go with their theme, and I had never seen the movie. But after a little Googling I had some inspiration.

With my work and travel schedule, I didn’t have time to make the trimmings for the cake, so I bought them online (thank goodness for Amazon!). The Moana figure was nicely made. I didn’t think she would stand on the cake, so I opted to put her in front. I found these amazing sugar sea shells that matched the frosting color perfectly. The sand is made of crushed graham crackers. Definitely a fun addition for kids.

The cake was made with a tried and true recipe. For the frosting, I used Wilton gel coloring in Sky Blue and divided the frosting into 3 bowls. I made each bowl progressively darker to get an ombre look. I used this tutorial for making the frosting waves. The cake was 6 inches, so I had some extra batter left over and made some matching cupcakes. Believe it or not, I actually had the tropical cupcake liners leftover from another project.

Overall, I was really happy with how the cake came out, and I think the guest of honor liked it as well!

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