Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Pink Cymbidium Orchids Wedding Cake

A four tier white wedding cake decorated with handmade pink and white Cymbidium Orchid sugar flowers. The cake is surrounded on alternate tiers with a pair of fondant ribbons or fondant lace.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

White Roses with Ivory Drapes Wedding Cake

The Terrace in the Sky restaurant in Manhattan was the venue for an elegant New York wedding celebration.

The bride asked me recreate a hexagonal ivory colored cake that she loved, which had white sugar roses and hydrangeas. The four tiers of red velvet cake have a raspberry buttercream filling and a thin layer of raspberry preserves. Each tier is covered in an ivory fondant, a series of scrolls are piped in icing and then adorned with fondant drapes. I added some leaves to give the colors a contrast, and the base of the cake is surrounded by ivory fondant pearls.

This was truly was a white wedding, the cake was delivered through a blizzard!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Poinsettia Christmas Cake

This Christmas Cake is classic example of enriched bread that has been a staple of British holiday celebrations for many centuries. The cake is filled with an assortment of dried fruits, nuts, sugar fruits, spices and marinated over 6-8 weeks with a cupful of brandy. The cake is covered with rolled white fondant and topped with three red sugar paste Poinsettia flowers.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Ivory Wedding Cake with Brush Embroidery

An ivory colored fondant wedding cake with three square tiers and decorated with floral design brush embroidery in white.

Starting by tracing a pattern onto the fondant, then with royal icing I pipe around the pattern towards the center of the design. Before this outline is dry I brush the outline with a damp paintbrush. Once it is dry I go back and pipe in veins on each of the leaves. It's a long process, requiring a steady hand, but just love the final effect.

Around the base of each tier I placed a string of small sugar pearls. The cake sits on a fondant covered cake board which has crystal feet.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Topsy Turvy Sweet Sixteen Cake with Jewels

For a Sweet Sixteen celebration in Short Hills NJ we baked a three tier Topsy Turvy cake in green and white fondant encircled with an orange string bow to match the party color theme. Tiny orange flowers and leaves with stems are piped around the cake. Five gems hang from the top tier. The cake is all chocolate fudge with mint buttercream filling.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Fuchsia Orchids and Callas Wedding Cake

Our bride chose a color theme of ivory and light pink, and we made a sugar flower arrangement to match her bridal bouquet. White and fuschia colored Cymbidium orchids are placed on top of the cake, encircled by white callas. The Callas ere brushed with a dash of petal dust to bring out the pink and blend with the softer ivory color of the cake.

The cake was red velvet and cream cheese filling with lemon coconut cake and passion fruit curd filling on the other tiers. The ivory fondant is surrounded by a pink fondant ribbon and pink pearls. I delivered the cake to Scotch Plains NJ.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Golf Cart Cake

Our customer wanted a specialty cake to celebrate her husband's 70th birthday party. They also frequently visit a holiday home in Arizona and are golf fanatics, so we built a golf cart cake based on their E-Z-GO buggy. Orange chiffon cake with orange curd filling is covered in an ivory fondant. A red and black golf bag made with sugar paste and a set of golf clubs are on the back of the cart, which also has NJ and AZ licence plates!

Monday, November 30, 2009

Poppies and Lilies Wedding Anniversary Cake

We were commissioned to create a three tier chocolate cake for a 30th wedding anniversary party in Llewellyn Park, West Orange NJ. Almond Walnut cake and Dulce de Leche buttercream, and Chocolate Fudge with Callebaut Chocolate Ganache were the favorites they picked.

A red fondant ribbon surrounds each tier, and the chocolate fondant covered cake is topped with a bouquet of hand-made sugar flowers in different shades (dark red, light red, dark orange were the color palette), they included poppies, lilies, roses, buds, blossoms and leaves.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Blackjack Cake and Cupcakes with Poker Chips

This Blackjack theme cake is red velvet with a Madagascar vanilla bean buttercream filling and is decorated with playing cards and piles of poker chips. Fondant card suit cut outs and colored beads surround the cake.

An assortment of red velvet and chocolate cupcakes with vanilla bean buttercream are all topped with several black and white poker chips. We delivered the cake to the 3 Forty Grill in Hoboken NJ.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Roses and Daisies Bat Mitzvah Cake

Hand-made sugar roses and daisies adorn this beautiful Bat Mitzvah cake for a celebration at the Orange Lawn Tennis Club in South Orange NJ. Petal dust give the flowers in each bouquet an extra sheen and helps blend the apricot, peach, orange and pink colors. The white fondant is surrounded at the base of each tier with an embossed green fondant ribbon. Inside there is chocolate fudge cake with Madagascar vanilla bean buttercream and Red Velvet cake with Cream Cheese filling. I piped a message "Mazel Tov" on the top tier.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Mardi Gras Mask Cake

For a 30th birthday I was asked to create a Mardi Gras theme cake. The bottom tier is vanilla cake with dark chocolate ganache and the top tier is chocolate fudge cake with a white chocolate ganache. The tiers are covered in light blue and purple fondant with stripes and pearls around the base. A string of gold colored beads adorns the cake as well as shooting stars, fondant twists and beads on wire. The Mardi Gras mask is made of sugar paste, decorated with leaves and then is hand painted with gold accents. We delivered the cake to the Forum Lounge near Union Square in Manhattan NYC.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Cole Haan Shoe Cake and Shoe Box

I have been wanting to make a shoe cake for months. This Cole Haan shoe made of "pastillage" (a modeling sugar paste which becomes harder, but should be handled with care because it dries so quickly and becomes brittle) sits on top of a chocolate fondant shoe box with red velvet cake and vanilla bean buttercream. The shoe had hand-painted gold accents and sugar pearls. Gold fondant ribbons lay on the cake board as if the shoe box was wrapped and has just been opened. The shoe cake was for a birthday party in Union NJ, the guest of honor told me she had a collection of thousands of shoes.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Puff the Magic Dragon Cake

For a birthday party in the amazing Times Square Toys R Us store what better than a Puff the Magic Dragon 3-D Cake? Puff was made with layers of chocolate fudge cake and Oreo cream filling. The dragon is lying by the sea with his friend the birthday boy as Jackie Paper sitting beside him on the sand. The wings, flames and scales are all shaped from fondant and hand painted.

The wings were a challenge, we had to make sure they survived the trip to NY and stayed standing upright, and the same with the flames coming out of Puff's gaping jaws. We placed some extra fondant scales in different shades of green to support the base of each wing.

I loved delivering this cake, as I got to take my girls with me and ride the Ferris Wheel!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

The Graffiti Cake is a Lie!

A 1980s theme birthday party called for a personalized Graffiti cake. The red velvet cake has strawberry cream and vanilla buttercream filling. The red fondant is embossed to look like a brick wall, it is then sprayed with many different colors, we left the spray cans as accessories.

The cake is topped with a pair of glasses (you can even see through the isomalt lenses), a boom-box (remember those?) and we later added a golden chain for some extra bling!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Cushion Cake Fit for a Queen

I was really pleased how this specialty cake turned out for a birthday party in Springfield NJ. The cake had alternating layers of vanilla and chocolate fudge cake with chocolate raspberry cream filling. A beige fondant is wrapped around the cushion shaped cake, it also has ivory diamond fondant cut-outs that are each joined with a blue jewel. Three bows top the cake and each has a matching gem.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Ivory Rose Blossoms Wedding Cake

I was delighted to make this ivory wedding cake for a couple from Chatham NJ who were celebrating at the Crystal Springs Resort.

The three tier Red Velvet cake had a white chocolate ganache filling and was covered in fondant. Each tier was decorated with a white fondant ribbon and then topped with an arrangement of sugar roses and buds.

I wanted to add a few close ups of the roses, they turned out just right! Each rose has a deep ivory center, around which I paste individual sugar petals. The rose is built up over time after each layer of petals has been shaped and dried.

The berries are made of a greenish yellow sugar paste inserted onto a floral wire, several of which are bound together to create a mini-bunch. Once the roses were set on the top tier, I inserted the buds to add a final touch.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Thomas and Friends Birthday Cake

We had a lot of fun making this Thomas the Tank Engine cake for a birthday party in Livingston NJ. The two tiers were both vanilla cake with strawberry buttercream filling, covered in a sky blue fondant. A railway track goes around each tier, trees and clouds also decorate the cake. Thomas, James, Percy, and Duncan ride the rails, while Mr. Topham Hatt watches over the four train friends.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Wonky Candy Theme Bat Mitzvah Cake

We baked a gluten free cake for a Bat Mitzvah party at the Elk's Club on Washington Street in Hoboken NJ. The candy theme was incorporated in the cake design and attached you can see the original sketch. This three tier topsy turvy cake with chocolate fudge, vanilla and red velvet flavors has Madagascar vanilla bean buttercream filling. An assortment of candy and lollipops decorated the cake, which was topped with a fondant monogram.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Black Spider and Bats Halloween Cake

We were asked to make a spooky cake for a Halloween party in Short Hills NJ. The tall tier is chocolate fudge cake with dulce de leche buttercream, while the top and bottom tiers are carrot cake with orange chocolate buttercream. Orange fondant covers the cake, a large black spider sits on its web, while flying bats circle above and below. Whooooo!!!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Louis Vuitton Speedy 25 Handbag Cake

We got to visit the very trendy W Hotel in Hoboken NJ to deliver this Louis Vuitton handbag cake, which is a detailed replica of a Speedy 25 model in Monogram Canvas. We cut all the handles and trimmings to look like the real cowhide leather, but of course all edible. The alternating chocolate fudge cake and vanilla cake layers were filled with Madagascar vanilla bean buttercream and chocolate mousse. The birthday party was held in the Chandelier Room.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Black S-Type Jaguar Cake

We were asked to create a black S-type Jaguar automobile cake for a 50th birthday party at the Grand Summit Hotel in Summit NJ. The vanilla cake has a filling of white chocolate ganache and fresh strawberries. All the parts and accessories on the car are cut to scale with black, gold and silver fondant.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Peach and Pink Roses Wedding Cake

Our bride from Lodi NJ chose a formal white colored wedding cake with bunches of pink and peach colored roses on each of the three tiers. The bottom tier was hazelnut cake with dulce de leche cream filling, while the top tiers were red velvet cake with Madagascar vanilla bean buttercream. We delivered the cake to Highlawn Pavilion in West Orange NJ, what a popular venue!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Nike Sneakers Baby Shower Cake

Our customer in Matawan NJ was organizing a baby shower and asked us to create this dark chocolate and light blue cake. The bottom tier is vanilla cake with amaretto moccha buttercream, and the second tier is chocolate fudge cake with dulce de leche cream filling. Little blue and white fondant footprints plus polka dots adorn the cake. Chocolate ganache piping surrounds the base and the two yellow Nike sneakers on top.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Gerbera Daisies Wedding Anniversary Cake

This beautiful three-tier white wedding anniversary cake is adorned with Gerbera daisies in shades of red and orange, with a few small white blossoms and green fondant ribbons. The bottom tier was a rich walnut almond cake with dulce de leche cream, the top tiers were red velvet cake with lemon buttercream filling. We delivered the cake to the Cavalier Regency in Roselle NJ.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Apple Pecan Spice Cake Recipe

Now that Fall is here and it's getting cooler, I have introduced a new cake flavor that will warm you up!

This moist Apple cake has just the right amount of the season's spices mixed with delicious chopped pecans. It is a perfect recipe for Thanksgiving or in this case we made a selection of cupcakes with spooky bats for a Halloween party.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Tiffany Blue Wedding Cake with Gems and Magnolias

This Tiffany blue wedding cake was made for the "Cakes for Cause" event in Gladstone NJ that raised funds for the charity Habitat for Humanity. It was a chocolate fudge cake with Amaretto Moccha cream and Madagascar Vanilla Bean fillings, which picked up on the bride's love for coffee and coffee shops. The Tiffany blue fondant is covered in an assortment of cast sugar gems to replicate diamonds and aquamarine jewels. The cake is finished with an array of large Magnolia flowers that have an element of fantasy, each with a large gem at the center. We were pleased to earn a close run second place! (Picture courtesy of DominikaPhoto).

Friday, September 25, 2009

Ivory Wedding Cake with Pink Peonies

We created this delightful Ivory Wedding Cake with Pink Peonies for a wedding luncheon at the Highlawn Pavilion in West Orange NJ. What a beautiful Fall day to celebrate and a perfect spot with its magnificent view of New York City!

The three tiers were all red velvet cake with lemon buttercream filling, covered in ivory fondant, an embossed lace ribbon around each tier and then decorated with pink peonies.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Orange Musical Note Cake with Tigerlillies

An 80th Birthday calls for a special cake, which we delivered to Little Quiapo Restaurant in Jersey City NJ. Two tiers of chocolate fudge cake and chocolate mousse filling are covered in a light orange fondant. The cake has small sugar pearls around the base of each tier, fondant musical symbols adorn the sides and then an array of hanging clefs and notes with golden beads top the display.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

"Cakes for a Cause" Wedding Cake Design Contest

On Thursday, September 24th at 6pm Cake Fiction will be participating in a wedding cake design contest at Sublime Restaurant in Gladstone NJ.

Three cake decorators are each paired with a designer or architect to work as a team to create a perfect wedding cake!

This event will raise money for the Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity Charity. Tickets are $100 before 9/18/09 or $125 on the door. This fee includes your registration, appetizers and of course, CAKE!

Please help support this cause - Your tax-deductible gift will help them work towards a goal of building simple, decent homes for families in need in the Raritan Valley area.

"Cakes for a Cause" is one of 10 charitable events, each of which is being organized by a couple who are participating in a luxury wedding competition run by Roman Jewelers of Flemington and Bridgewater Commons NJ

Thursday, September 17, 2009

White Wedding Dress Mini-Cake

This mini-cake in the form of a wedding dress is a popular favor for the bridal party. The chocolate cake and chocolate mousse filling is covered in white fondant, decorated with a white bow and sash, as well as silver dragees.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Cake Fiction at Orange Lawn Tennis Club Bridal Show

We were delighted to be invited to participate in a Bridal Show at the Orange Lawn Tennis Club. This prestigious location in South Orange (did you know the club was founded in 1880?) is a perfect place for wedding receptions and rehearsal dinners. Make an appointment, go and check out this beautiful venue for your event.

There was a designer fashion show by Nicole Miller, dj performances, other wedding exhibits and surprises galore. We displayed a number of our favorite cake designs and served samples of our cake, which went down a treat!

The event was organized by ElegantBridal.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Dancing Cake with Disco Ball and Playboy Bunnies!

A birthday cake for a dancer and Playboy bunny fan delivered to Newark NJ. The bottom tier was walnut cake and dulce de leche buttercream with Playboy bunnies cut out of black fondant. The second tier was vanilla cake with praline buttercream filling and dancing silhouettes on a white fondant. Each tier had silver and black fondant mosaic ribbon and then on top we placed a silver disco ball and black shooting stars!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Baby Einstein Caterpillar Character Cake

Isn't this the brightest and biggest caterpillar cake? I think we cut the largest cake board yet to include all the cake half rounds. The vanilla cake with lemon buttercream is covered with multi-colored fondant and four of the animal characters (cow, dog, turtle and zebra) accompany the Baby Einstein caterpillar. The large display is finished off with a scattering of sugar flowers and butterflies, all totally edible!

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Birch Wood Theme Wedding Cake

A beautiful wedding took place at St Margarites in Mendham NJ. We were pleased to deliver an original three tier cake wrapped in a birch bark fondant, tied with a fondant raffia and with several bunches of pink tulips. The couple's initials were carved into the second tier, as if it were a tree, and the cake was placed on a custom made wood display stand. The guests enjoyed the lemon and red velvet cake layers with lemon buttercream and raspberry jam in this peaceful woodland retreat.

The wedding photographer placed a fabulous angle of this cake on her blog, and the image was well appreciated by guests and her followers: http://www.mycharmingkids.net/2009/09/in-cool-forest.html

Our bride wrote to us to say "Thank you again for the WONDERFUL cake! People have been raving about it! It was beautiful and delicious!"

Friday, September 4, 2009

Marc Jacobs Handbag Cake

As promised, here is the Marc Jacobs handbag cake that I created for the Black & White themed Fundraiser at Bloomingdales in Bridgewater Mall NJ. We modeled our cake on a Black Quilted Bruna Tote.

Monday, August 31, 2009

French Anenome Wedding Cake

Here is the five tier wedding cake I created for the black and white themed Fundraiser at Bloomingdales in Bridgewater NJ. Each tier had a fondant lace border and is then decorated with a white French Anenome sugar flower.

I have been wanting to make this for ages, I love this flower, especially in black and white.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Harley Davidson Chopper Cake

We delivered this first birthday cake to Bloomfield NJ for a Harley Davidson Chopper themed party. The two tier cake was lemon with passion fruit curd buttercream filling and vanilla cake with Oreo cream. The desert colored fondant showed a road spiralling up the mountain, and a sculpted flaming red motorbike with the birthday boy sat on top. Flowering cactus plants, desert grass, rocks and boulders litter the landscape!

Friday, August 28, 2009

Cake Fiction at Bloomingdales Charity Fundraiser

Yesterday (Thursday 8/27/09) we were pleased to participate in a Fashionable Fundraiser at Bloomingdales in the Bridgewater Mall NJ.

The theme was black and white - we prepared two cakes for display (a 5-tier white wedding cake with embossed lace and French Anemones, as well as a black Marc Jacobs handbag cake). For the tasting I baked several trays of chocolate fudge cake pieces with a selection of Chocolate Ganache, Cream Cheese buttercream and French Vanilla buttercream. I'll post the picture later.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Black iPod Groom's Cake

This was a Groom's cake to celebrate the engagement of one of our fans! We made a black iPod cake with a personalised screen message for the couple's celebration in Piscataway NJ. The red velvet cake had a cream cheese buttercream filling, it was covered in black and silver fondant on a white base, and included headphones with volume control. Batteries not included!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Bongo Drums and Maracas Cake

We were asked to create two bongo drums for a musical 60th birthday party. One drum had red velvet cake with cream cheese filling and the other was a combination of vanilla and chocolate cake with vanilla bean buttercream filling. We also placed two maracas on the cake board to accompany the drums!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Ivory Drape Cake with Bouquet of Hydrangeas

The bride requested an ivory colored cake with sugar hydrangeas to match the bouquets on each table at the Baltusrol Golf Club reception. The red velvet cake with cream cheese butter cream filling was also decorated with drapes and additional hydrangea arrangements around the three tiers.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Summertime Cake with Flip Flops and Seashells

For a bridal shower in Madison NJ the family requested a summertime cake based on the brides' interests, including a seashell collection and her favorite flip flops. The lower tier was a chocolate fudge cake with mint cream filling, while the top tier was vanilla cake with a passion fruit buttercream.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Paisley Wedding Cake and Cupcakes

The groom wanted a large cake and the bride preferred cupcakes. We delivered this blue paisley themed cake to their celebration in Edison NJ. The cake was French Vanilla with Amaretto Moccha buttercream, while the cupcakes were Red Velvet with a Cream Cheese swirl and a paisley shape to match their blue and silver party invitations.