Sep 19, 2008

Orchids






My first gumpaste orchids on a nice little fondant covered cake. What it hides underneath however is a spice cake, covered and filled with a maple swiss meringue buttercream frosting. Sounds good doesn't it?














Then I sat and stared at it while I was working and couldn't stand it anymore. I painted on more flowers.
















Then....if you stare at it long enough you hate how it turned out and with 1 hour to go before delivery, you take the fondant off, trash the orchids, and start over.









Much happier with these orchids.

Sep 13, 2008

4 Jokers




For a teenage girl who is quite the joker.












Since I KNOW I can't make 4 paintings identical, each joker is unique and hand painted.

Hot Air Balloon



My first hot air balloon cake and I'm already planning how I can structure it better












I used a hanging candle holder/vase as the structure between the balloon and basket













What would you be doing in a hot air balloon on your birthday?? Be lounging, drinking a beer.

Sep 10, 2008

'32 Ford Roadster


For a guy into hot rodz and toyz, his girlfriend asked me to make this 32 Ford Roadster. Its a dull rusty color because the body is the last thing to be done and the nice shiney engine always gets done first.











Hot Rod Toyz

Sep 3, 2008

Beauty and the Beast birthday cake




I've been working on molding faces from modeling chocolate using a sculpting how-to book. They're starting to get cheekbones, chins, etc.

Here is our daughter's 3rd birthday cake. She wanted Beauty and the Beast princess cake. So here is Mrs. Potts, Chip, Lumiere, Cogs worth and Belle.

Under the skirt is chocolate cake with an Oreo butter cream filling. The cake underneath is chocolate cake with a peanut butter mousse filling.












The characters were hand molded and painted from fondant









Sep 1, 2008

2008 Colorado State Fair cake entry



I entered this cake in the state fair Special Contest Decorated Cakes. The theme of the contest is Planes, trains, and automobiles. I did my research to make sure this is authentic and accurate. It is a 1934 Chevy 1/2 ton truck, hauling a load of corn. The truck has a detailed interior, with the ratcheting hand brake, gearshift with no boot, the big steering wheel, etc. The cab roof is molded from gumpaste and has poured hard candy windows clear enough to see shapes but not details in the front, back, and driver’s side. The passenger window was left rolled down so you could see the detail inside. The cake is in the engine compartment and the box of the truck as well as the bench seat inside it. The bags of corn in the back of the truck are little pats of chocolate covered in fondant.





  1. Additional things I learned while making this cake:
  2. The windshield wiper (there was only one) was a hand crank wind up one that used pendulum clock parts.
  3. There were no side view mirrors in this year.
  4. 1934 was the first year they built the truck differently than the typical Chevy cars back then, it was a cab pieced together (which is why you see the seams) in the 2nd half of 1935 they went to a solid one piece cab that was much cleaner looking.
The deluxe model of this year had a split front windshield (this is not the deluxe model)
The front windshield had a slide prop system to prop the bottom of the windshield out so you had air flow inside the cab.
The exhaust on this model ended in front of the back axle so it was not visible from the back.