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A Nautical Themed 60th Birthday

Hello all! This week’s cake was a challenge, but a lot of fun.

Nautical Cake

I wanted to try and do something a little different with this cake, and since so many people ask me how I ice my cakes, I decided to take my GoPro and record myself icing the cakes for this project. Honestly I was going to try and show the whole thing: icing, stacking, decorating…but the camera died on me. Lesson learned. Next time I will be sure to account for that. Here is the video in fast forward:

As for the cake itself, I think it turned out really great. The icing gave me quite an early morning workout. It takes a lot of red to get a red that dark, and a lot of blue and black back and forth for the navy blue.

Icing colors

For the red, I recommend using a whole container of Wilton No-Taste Red and the tiniest, and I mean tiniest bit of black. Too much and you’re screwed. Just always remember, you can always add more but you cannot take away.

For the blue, I used Wilton’s Royal Blue first and got it to a really nice deep royal blue, then I started to add the black bit by bit until I got it to the navy blue that I was looking for. It’s important to remember here that most of the Wilton colors will darken as they sit.

Fondant Anchor Closeup

Here is a closeup of the fondant anchor. I formed it in Americolor gold and then mixed vodka with gold luster dust to paint on top. This cake was outside and the gold shined really pretty. This image doesn’t capture that.

The entire set-up of this party was on point and gorgeous. It’s always such a great feeling when the cake you make fits into the scene flawlessly.

Nautical Cake

Nautical Cake

Thank you Christen for asking me to make this cake for your dad. It was a test for me and I can say I am very proud of this one.

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Yo Ho! Matey’s Away!

This was so much fun to create. One of my very favorite customers, and biggest fan ordered a cake for Laken’s special day. He loves Jake and the Neverland Pirates, so I helped him out with this little number. The cake is simple and sweet vanilla with classic buttercream and fondant/gumpaste accents.

Jake & The Neverland Pirates Cake

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Ryan’s 30th Birthday Cake

My mother-in-law and I threw my husband a big birthday party for his big 3-0. My husband LOVES movies. Loves them. So what else would we even think about doing besides a movie themed party. We decked the place out. The centerpieces were comprised of old movie reels and clapperboards. There was a filmstrip that had thirty years of pictures of Ryan in them, and we also did a red carpet entryway where people could stop and get their pictures made.

For his cake, I decided to do a one sheeter and make it in the form of a clapperboard, which also resembled his party invitation. It was really tasty and I feel like it turned out really well. He liked it and that’s all that really mattered.

Ryan's Birthday In Progress

Ryan's Birthday Cake Finished

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Rie’s First Birthday

My friend Lisa is an amazing floral designer. She also works with me at G-Force Marketing. Her adorable little girl Rie turned 1 last week and her adorable little garden party was this past weekend. I was elated to work on her garden themed cake, which included sweet, little, pink ladybugs.

Garden Party  CakeLadybug Detail Garden Party Cake