Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Cake, cake, and more cake.......

You can always find a reason to make a cake. A meaningful cake always adds a special touch to a birthday, party, or just a plain old ordinary day. And when it comes to cake decorating, the possibilities are endless….
Recently for my friends 30th birthday she went all out and had a big bash on a yacht. So of course a cake was in order. I wanted to make her a bold, fun, and sassy cake (just like her). I went with polka-dots, feathers, and of course sparkle! To keep with the party theme I choose to decorate in shades of blue just like water. Plus she just isn’t a pink kind of girl.

For the 30 cake topper, I strung seed beads on wire and shaped appropriately. You can find directions from Martha here. The feathers were from a boa and I used real ribbon to trim the base of the cake.

If time is of the essence or you just can’t bake, consider buying a pre-made (always perfectly frosted) cake from the grocery store and add your special touches in the decorations. For instance for my friend Terra’s birthday I bought a devils food cake with Butter cream frosting from the store and topped it with bold sunflowers, blueberries, and strawberries to create a country summer look. The sunflowers and fruit represented her organic and natural side and the yellow reflected her bright personality.

So for your next cake adventure, explore. Think about the person and what they mean to you and try to incorporate that into the cake. And don’t be afraid to use non-edible items to decorate. Have Fun!

Additional ideas and images.....

Here a few snap shots of fun cupcakes I have made in the past. If you are looking for cute ideas I highly recommend the book Hello, Cupcake! By Karen Tack & Alan Richardson.
(Sorry about the picture quality the images are from my archaic cell phone)
Here are a few samples of cakes that my sister Jenny has made.  She always has fun whimsical ideas....

1 comment:

  1. Just wanted to say that the beading for the 30 was extra tricky because Julie used 20 gauge floral wire (as instructed) and many of the glass seed beads would not fit on the wire.

    Also, love the sunflower cupcake and cake. Forget the diets, lets just eat cakes.