Sunday, August 14, 2011

Guess what?!?!?!

I got ENGAGED over the weekend!!!!! i'm soooooooooooooooooo happy its ridiculous, i've been wanting to marry this man for so long and now i finally get too! i'm so lucky :D

i hope you guys had a great weekend too :)

cake tattoos

Hey everyone,

Bought some cupcake tattoos last week as requested by some of my readers.  First time using them and i have to say, they're super easy!   there are tons of brands out there but i got the Duff/Charm City Cakes brand one because it was the only one they had at michaels; but you can find them online

First step peel it off
 next step put it on your icing of choice: i used fondant.  After it stuck on there use a cutter to cut any shape out or just leave it on the sides of your cake
 that's how easy it is, perfect edible topper :)
 i had some friends over so i decided to monogram them as well with some leftover fondant i had
 Here's how they came out :)

 as always, let me know what you think :)

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Basketball cake tutorial :)

Hey guys!  Back again with another baby shower cake....for the same soon to be baby actually.  Baby JJ was having a second baby shower at his church, and this time daddy to be was going to be there.  J.J.'s grandma suggested we make it a basketball cake, which is pretty perfect seeing as this kid is going to be a basketball star one day (his dad is a basketball coach and both mommy and daddy are extremely tall people lol).

Here's how i did it:

In order to get the spherical shape, i used Wilton's sports ball pan

I gave both cakes a crumb coat of cream cheese icing.  then i kneaded color into the white fondant to make the basketball color and the blue color.  and when i say "i kneaded color" i really mean that Pablo kneaded the color in.  he's way better at that than me, i'm glad he was around to help :)   once i covered the cakes, i put them in the fridge with the icing and i started baking the cupcakes
i had some dry spots in the basketball fonant that caused some stretching and light tears.  If that ever happens to you, add some vegetable shortening to the affected areas.  It fills in the cracks and tears perfectly (that's why the ball looks shiny below, it dries eventually)

now its time to add the little teeny net to the side of the cake.  I tried to carve the cake to be smaller at the bottom like a real hoop/net, that didn't really work and i wish i would've kept it the way it was bc i think it looked a little blob-ish in the end...oh well, next time i know.  basically cut a bunch of tiny fondant strips and add them to the cake in little X formations

the cupcake toppers were really easy to make, this is all you need:

once i cut out the disks and the initials, i drew on the little black lines with my food color marker

For the black lines on the ball, i used sugar paper because its super thin and it was really easy and neat  looking.  I used a ruler and an x-acto to cut even strips and added them to the cake with water.

next up: poke the cake 19283452130934 times with something small to create a texture for the ball.  i actually used corn on the cob handles lol, the tip was the perfect size and not too sharp

i hope you like it!  let me know what you think and remember to link back to your blog in the comments so i can check your stuff out, i love finding new blogs  :)