Stacked Books Cake

I made this cake for Dave (my boss) for his birthday this year. His wife Samantha wanted to surprise him with a cake disguised as a stack of some of his favorite books. Inside the fondant is a vanilla sponge cake filled with vanilla bean frosting. I also added 2 secret layers of diced reese’s cups, that everyone seemed to enjoy. I really enjoyed making this cake; it was a large (and heavy!) project, and the small, awkward slices of fondant for the book covers were quite a challenge. Overall, I’m pretty happy with the end result. Happy Birthday Dave!

Book Cake
Stack of books Cake

iPad Cake

My first attempt at a computer/ipad/electronics cake; it was a new challenge for sure, but I love how it came out. I printed out a photo of the birthday boy and his daughter, and then brought it to the grocery store to print it out on an edible rice paper. He was so surprised when he saw the cake. Half the reason I love making cakes is how amazing it feels to see how happy people get when they see you made something delicious for them, and to watch them discover all the little details you spent so much time working on. I’ve been all smiles. I think he took more pictures than I did! I made the app icon “button” out of tinted fondant, and then piped buttercream frosting for the tiny details.

I really had fun with this cake.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Ah…. a day for love; what better way to show your love than with fruit? How about fruit dipped in chocolate? Yum.

valentine's day strawberries

Chocolate dipped strawberries are wonderfully delicious, easy and quick; the perfect dessert to follow a Valentine’s day dinner.

Wash the strawberries well and be sure to dry completely; if there is water on the skin then the chocolate won’t stick! Melt milk (or dark) chocolate in a double boiler on low-medium heat. Be careful not to heat the chocolate too quickly (burning chocolate ┬áis not a good smell!) Once fully melted grab the top of a strawberry and dip it into the chocolate, and twist it as you bring it out of the chocolate (to give it a smooth layer). Set the covered strawberry on a sheet of wax paper on a cookie sheet. Repeat with additional strawberries ­čÖé

To add a little extra, you can melt some white chocolate chips in a ziplock in the microwave for about 20 seconds at a time. Knead the white chocolate in the ziplock until fully melted. Once ready, snip one of the tips of the bottom of the ziplock and you’ll have an instant piping bag! Pipe some fun zigzags, or any pattern you want directly on the strawberries and stick the cookie sheet in the fridge to let the chocolate set. When it’s time for dessert, just set them on a pretty plate and serve! Be sure to keep them┬árefrigerated. Enjoy! <3

Gift Box Cake

Birthday Present Cake
Birthday Present Cake

For my roommate’s 21st birthday I surprised her with this gift box cake that I made. I added miniature bottles of assorted liquors to jazz it up and make it the ultimate 21st birthday cake. The lid was a challenge to prop up under the weight of the fondant, but after some finesse I made it work. I love how this cake turned out, and she loved it too which is the most important thing! The cake is french vanilla cake, that I tinted pink. The triangles were added because she had just been accepted to the Tridelta sorority.