When my husband's birthday rolls around he knows he's getting his favorite cake (well one of his favorites, he has several). He has no say in how I decorate it but he doesn't really care as long as it's a chocolate cake with cream cheese filling. This year, I used chocolate butter cream and fondant as a frosting. I was hoping to practice my zig zag piping technique on this cake, but I had a severe migraine that night and just wanted to finish. The design is not what I had in mind, but I was able to do it in five minutes. My husband, to be honest, doesn't care about the look, just the taste. I had extra batter from the 6" cake, so I made cupcakes with chocolate butter cream for a church function.
I had the opportunity to do a Narnia cake for a birthday recently. I had to Google Narnia for some ideas because it has been 20 some years since I've read the book and I've never seen the movie. The Mom saw the Wizard of Oz cake I did and thought that would be a great look for her cake. The street light at the bottom of the cake started the winding path that lead to the white castle on top. I used an 8" and a 6" round cake and carved a path into it and used some scrap pieces to put together the castle. I made the street light out of a wooden dowel, fondant, and yellow candy. I had to make the street light and a few other decorations twice, the humidity that week was horrible and it did a number on my fondant and butter cream work. The Mom supplied the figurines.
I made these cute little panda cupcakes for my church potluck. This past week was VBS and the theme for this year was Pandamania: Where God is Wild About You! There were pandas and bamboo everywhere! I made a simple yellow cake with butter cream frosting. Junior Mints made perfect panda ears.
I was so honored to be asked to make the dessert for the Wet Hens 50th Reunion. Wet Hens is a sailing club at Hickam Air Force Base that teaches wives how to sail. The dinner was held at the Hickam Officers Club. One of the Wet Hens made the cute cupcake wrappers with the clubs logo. I made red velvet cake with cream cheese filling and butter cream frosting. A simple red flower decorated the top. The staff at the O'Club did a wonderful job arranging the cupcakes on the table.