So, since 2010 is coming to a close, I figured I would do a post on my favorite cakes that I have made this year.
Starting at number ten, I have my painter's cake that I made as a surprise for a painter for his 50th birthday party. This cake was a lot of fun for many reasons... first because I like to do cakes that look like they defy gravity, and secondly, because I got to add all the fun paint splatters and drips. I also really enjoyed seeing the surprise on the family's face when I delivered the cake. To check out how to make this stand, click here.
The number nine cake is a Marie Antoinette-inspired wedding cake that I made. This cake was fun to make because I got to add a lot of detail to it like the ruffling, pleating, and lace. I also really liked the color palette of this cake. I think that the golds and deep reds really made this cake stand out. Lastly, I loved the sugar flowers that I got to incorporate on this cake. I think sugar flowers are so beautiful, and I love to make them whenever I get the chance.
Coming in at number eight is a cake I made for a little girl's birthday party. The girl loved hippos, the color purple, and was really into dance so... what's better then a purple ballerina hippo? This cake was a little bit of a challenge to figure out the structure, but, with the help of my husband who can construct anything we figured it out. I love the way this cake came out, and I think it had a whimsical quality to it.
At number seven is a cake I made for a competition. The theme was U.S. States, and the idea was to pick any state, and the cake had to incorporate different elements of that state. The state I chose was Maine because when I visited Maine, I was blown away by its beauty and charm. I would love to live in Maine, but I don't think I could handle the winters, so for now, I think I'll stick to visiting in August. The cake I made was two sided; one side was the rough, rocky terrain of a cliff side, and the other was the beauty of the flowers and fruit.
At number six was a cake that, at first, I was not to excited to make. It was for a bridal shower, and the bride had found a cake online that she wanted me to replicate, color and all. Well I don't replicate someone's artwork, so I had to put my own spin on it, and I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out. This is not the color palette I would have chosen, but I think it looked nice and softened the cakes look.
My fifth favorite cake I made this year was a beautiful ivory wedding cake with a ton of detail. This cake was massive, and included details to match the bride's dress and decor from the lace to the ruching. The bride wanted her cake to stand out, and I think we achieved that with this cake.
My fourth favorite cake of this year was made for my niece's third birthday. She wanted a Strawberry Shortcake-themed cake. I love the fun whimsical aspects of this cake, and the fact that it looks like it might tip over at any minute. Of course, we had to add Strawberry Shortcake to the top tier. Strawberry Shortcake was made out of polymer clay by my husband, so that the birthday girl could keep it. To check out how to make this stand, click here.
In at number three was a very tall and elegant wedding cake I made for a modern bride. The cake featured black lace detail that I piped on by hand to match an image of lace the bride had provided me. To add texture and dimension, I covered three of the tiers in clear sugar crystals and added big draping bows. To add height, I added separator tiers with a harlequin pattern and piped drop strings around the tiers. I think this cake turned out beautifully, and was very modern and sophisticated.
At number two was a super fun Mad Hatter Party theme for a little girl's and little boy's joint birthday. Since I had just seen the movie, I was super excited to work on this cake. I used elements from the movie and the book to create this cake. I love the way the hat turned out, and it was my favorite part of this cake. We added a message on the cake that read "Have a very merry unbirthday". We also made cupcakes, cake balls, and mini pies, to incorporate the theme of a tea party. This cake was so much fun, and I think any kid would have a blast with this birthday theme.
Finally, in at number one is my favorite cake of the year (well, really second favorite; I can't show you my wedding cake just yet). I made this cake for my own bridal shower, and the theme was summer garden party. As I mentioned before, I love sugar flowers, so this was my opportunity to incorporate a bunch of them on one cake. I also added beautiful edible butterflies and ladybugs to the cake. I just love how this cake turned out, but it might be because I got to plan it, execute it, and then I got to eat it! I might be bias, but this was my favorite cake of 2010. I can't wait to see what 2011 brings!
I hoped you enjoyed taking a look back with me. Let me know which cake is your favorite! Happy New Year!