This cake was part of a big surprise for my mom's birthday. She thought she was coming up to have dinner with me ut little did she know other people were waiting for her at the hotel, including her brother and my brother that live out of town. The second surprise was a dinner with 20 members of our family at a Korean BBQ place that she enjoyed. Her last surprise was a trip to Disneyland. She hasn't been to Disneyland in over 10 years so she was super happy about that one.
This cake was served after dinner. My mom loves the color red and she's a florist so I thought I should make a red flower. This is now my third sugar flower and I would say it is becoming pretty easy for me to make. I actually really enjoy making these flowers and I am determined to learn how to make other flowers besides the peony. As for the rest of the cake, I wanted to keep it simple and modern. I didn't want to take too much focus away from the flower. I just added a little gold leaf and a modern cake topper made by a friend.
The flavor of the cake was inspired by one of my mom's favorite cookies, the Samoa Girl Scout Cookie. I made a different version earlier this ear bust wasn't super happy with the outcome. This cake I made with chocolate cake layers instead of vanilla and added homemade shortbread cookie crumbs instead of the actual Samoa cookie.
CAKE FLAVOR: Banana Chocolate Chip
FILLING(S): Whipped Peanut Butter Frosting, Oreo Crumbs, and Black Cocoa Frosting
OUTER FROSTING: Black Cocoa Frosting
DECOR: Chocolate Shards and Spheres, Oreo Crumbs, Luster Dust, and Silver Sprinkles
This past weekend was full of surprises. It started off with a surprise birthday I set up for my boyfriend, Greg. I set up a night of bowling with a few of his friends after taking him to dinner. The surprise was sort of ruined becasue dinner ran very quickly and I had to figure out how to stall. So during dinner he kind of realized something was up. But, all that mattered was that he enjoyed the night with his friends. Although the party wasn't so much a surprise, he was surprised that I had made him a cake and it was already at the venue =).
So rewind back to earlier that morning. He had golf scheduled with his brother that morning and would be gone for about 5 hours, so that was the window I had to make this cake. I had made the cake layers and frosting earlier in the week so once he left I began the decorating. Oh, by the way, he told me the flavor profile he wanted already but he thought I would be making the cake for the following week for a dinner with his family. Anyways once he left I got to decorating. This was the first time I made spheres. It was kind of difficult because they kept melting in my hand. I ended up getting enough of them to work. I used luster dust to create the different colors on the cake. I added a constellation of his initials on the bottom right corner. I wanted to create an abstract galaxy cake and I think I was able to achieve that. Once I finished the cake, I boxed it up and drove it to the venue, and got back before he got home from golfing. It is very hard to surprise someone with a cake when you live with them and see them every day, but I did it! He was not expecting a cake that night and he was very please with both the design and the taste of the cake. Mission completed!
CAKE FLAVOR: Churro Cake
FILLING(S): Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting, Dulce de Leche, Cinnamon Toast Crunch Crumble
OUTER FROSTING: Italian Meringue Buttercream
DECOR: Rock Candy and Edible Gold Leaf
This cake was for my very first friend from college, Donna. She, like many of us this year, was turning the big 3-0 so I had to make something extra special for her. She personally requested a churro cake which is her favorite cake of mine, and very popular amongst the rest of my friends as well. As for the design, she pretty much left it up to me.
Two main things I know about Donna that will never change is that she LOVES the Lakers and the color green. I've been wanting to try making a geode cake for the longest time since I've seen it all over social media. I thought this might be a good time to try it out since I would be able to incorperate green into the design and it was also a little flashy since 30 is a big year and all.
The design of the cake was very easy to make, even though i was so scare to cut into my perfectly frosted cake. AFter I cut a huge gouge into the cake, I care cully placed individual pieces of rock candy (that I previously colored) with a tweezer. It was also my fist time using gold leaf. I would say that was the most difficult part. Its so thin and it would blow away with the smallest gust of wind or movement. But, I was so happy with the end result and so was Donna.
Oh and a little story about the night of the party. It was at Los Angeles Ale Works which is a brewery. That night happened to be art night so it was pretty crowded. Greg and I couldn't find anyone we knew. So here I am walking in a very crowded brewery with a cake in my hand. I was so scared someone was going to turn around quickly and knock it out of my hands. Luckily we found them out side and the cake got to the table safe and sound. The other issue we ran into was that we did not have a knife nor did we have any untensils or plates. Luckily one of our friends had pocket knife, which we cleaned. Also, there was a food truck there were we got some sporks and pieces of foil that we made into plates. In the end, everything worked out perfectly! =)
CAKE FLAVOR: Banana Chocolate Chip
FILLING(S): Creamy PB Whipped Frosting
OUTER FROSTING: Italian Meringue Buttercream
DECOR: Fondant and Wooden Cake Topper
This cake was for one of my good college friends named Darryl. The reason this cake is called the Day-Rell is because for the longest time I didn't know how to spell his name, so this is how I spelled it. Don't worry, I finally learned.
Anyways, let's move on to the design and flavor of this cake. First, he likes peanut butter so that's why I went with this cake flavor. Second, recently him and his wife, one of my good friends too, bought their first house and I was inspired by their decor. Also, his favorite color is red, so I made sure to include that in the design. I struggled a little while frosting this cake because this was my first square cake and that makes it a little difficult. I also accidentally cut the triangles too big so I had to go back and trim them. As for the cake topper, I made that out of small wooden sticks I found at Michaels. It's an artistic/geo-modern "D" (for Darryl if you didn't figure that out).
This cake brought along some challeges but I am very happy with the final product. I really enjoy making these "geo-modern" cakes and hope to make more soon.
FILLING(S): Coconut and Pecan Filling
OUTER FROSTING: Chocolate Ganache Frosting
DECOR: Chocolate Ganache Drip, Chocolate Frosting, and Coconut Peacan Filling
This was a very special cake made for my boyfriend's mom. All her granchildren call her Ninny so I thought that was the perfect name for this cake.
Her favorite cake is German Chocolate so that was an easy choice when I had to come up with a flavor. But, not everyon in the family likes German Chocolate unfortunately. That was an easy fix. I just made half normal German Chocolate cake and the other half chocolate filling.
It was my first time frosting a cake in ganache. There are a few issues I ran into when the ganache started to cool but other than that I really liked working with it to cover a cake. It helps create really sharp clean lines and because there is no added sugar, it isn't tooth achingly sweet.
CAKE FLAVOR: Red Velvet and Cheesecake
FILLING(S): White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting
OUTER FROSTING: White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting
DECOR: Fondant, Whipped Cream, and Pulled Sugar
One of my good friends from college, Joey, was turning the big 3-0 and decided to celebrate it at a bar in Long Beach. Joey is one of my closest friends so I needed to do something special. I knew exactly what type of cake I wanted to make. His girlfriend said he loves red velvet so that's how I came up with the flavor.
I had made a anti-gravity beer cake in the past but I used fondant for the beer coming out of the can. This time around I wanted to do something a little different. I wanted to make it actually look like beer, so I used pulled sugar instead. To my surprise, it wasn't too difficult to melt and mold the sugar and I think the color came out perfect! Despite burning myself with the hot sugar, I think it turned out great.
Oh, I should mention the slight headache I experienced when I tried to take a picture of this cake. I took it out to the pool area because it had the most light. I was adjusting it slightly when suddenly something slipped and my fingers went right through the whipped cream foam. Luckily, the foam was an easy fix and the cake got to the bar in one piece.