March 27, 2010

the camel cake

meet ted. ted asked me to make a cake for his english teacher wife who loves books and camels. he asked that they be riding the camel, with their black dog running along beside them, and camel's hump and a sun in the background, with a poem on the other side of the book. I think I like ted.
the detail is all made out of marzipan. yummy! goes well with the chocolate raspberry almond buttercream cake! can you tell this is a book? alexa is turning to year/page 30!

like a book, the authors' names are on the top of the page...

and the title is on top of the opposite page...

ted's poem (or is it dr. seuss'?). written with edible food-coloring marker.

their dog's name is tuesday and he's got a blue collar!

March 18, 2010

"18" cake

chocolate cake filled and frosted with the most amazing peanutbutter cream cheese frosting, then glazed with the most amazing chocolate peanutbutter glaze, then frosted with the most amazing chocolate buttercream. hey, you only turn 18 once.

more train cakes

toot toot! make way for year #4!

March 11, 2010

ice cream cone cake

i've always wanted to try baking cake batter inside ice cream cones. yesterday was my boss' birthday, and since i am unofficially the "resident baker" at my work, i volunteered to create the dessert.
martha stewart's cupcake book says to cover a tube pan in a double layer of tinfoil, poke holes through it with only about an inch of the cone showing, and to put 2-3 tablespoons of cake batter in the cones. i guessed that a "tube pan" was a bundt pan, and put paul to work creating the perfectly sized holes for the cones. i filled them too high, some of them ran together, the cones started unravelling, and became slightly soggy. they were not going to look good presented in the tinfoiled bundt pan. so, i thought fast and baked up three 6" rounds. the cones are double chocolate chip, as is the mini round in the middle. the mini rounds on the top and bottom are regular chocolate chip cake, with chocolate pudding in between the layers. not perfection, but it did taste good, and my co-workers were impressed with the presentation of the ice cream cone cake bouquet...