Monday, October 10, 2011

City space shuttle cake

The birthday cake is complete!  My son is a great kid.  I love him to death, AND I love his imagination.  When it comes to cakes he and his younger brother start requesting them months ahead of time complete with little nuances that twist and evolve all the way up to baking day.  My son even drew me a picture of what he wanted (he's a very detail oriented little guy).  So this little ditty is what I came up with for him.  
Until a few years ago, we lived in New York, and he still talks about it all the time-- mostly the buildings and snow.  So I made him a city cake topped with his newest fascination: space shuttles.  Needless to say, he is thrilled with the final product, and so am I!
Details: 8/10" round chocolate cakes with fudge filling and vanilla buttercream icing. All the decoration pieces were made from fondant days in advance so they would harden enough to stand up.  I made a small batch of royal icing and added the window details with a #2 tip.  The little taxis and police car were decorated with food color marker. (I had added clouds, but they looked funny so I took them off! :)

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Cement Truck Birthday

This cake is just the first of many baking projects in the queue for this week.  I have truffles, cupcakes and my son's 7th birthday coming up. Whew! This creation is a golden yellow cake with strawberries and whipped cream filling.  The outside is iced with vanilla buttercream, and the truck and cones are made from fondant.  This was a really fun cake to make. Once in a while I get a cake where everything just seems to go "right."  And I think this was one of them!  Besides, having two boys of my own, I tend to love all things truck and transportation related! :)