Linden, the Gingerbread Queen

When I’m not baking, I love to play Magic the Gathering. So when I heard that there was going to be a Magic Bake-Off, I knew I had to throw my hat in the ring!

I made my first doll cake, based off of one of my favorite new cards but with a twist! Now she’s a ginderbread person.

I mashed up the card with the inspiring new character from the trailer. Here’s hoping she gets her own card one day too!

Linden is a gingerbread cake, covered in swiss meringue buttercream and fondant. The character is made from gumpaste.

And I came in 3rd place!

Daniel Tiger

I made this cake for Icing Smiles. It was my first cake made for them. I’m looking forward to making more. It’s such a great cause.

The birthday boy asked for a cake with rainbow colors, Daniel Tiger, and a lot of chocolate!

I made a chocolate cake, filled it with chocolate swiss meringue buttercream, and applied a white chocolate ganache.

Then the decorations were all handmade from fondant.

I was really proud of Daniel. He’s so cute in his little cardigan.

Flower Goodbye Cake

My favorite coworker left for another company, so I had to bake her a goodbye cake.

I made her baby-shower cake as well, two years ago.

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I wanted the goodbye cake to be similar and show how much progress I’ve made in the past two years! I loved the baby-shower cake at the time (and still think it’s cute) but I’ve learned so much more about making decorative flowers. I want to go back and recreate it again some day.

It’s hard to make the first cut.

This was another Matcha cake. They’re just so delicious. People were coming back for seconds all night.

Candied Beast

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I threw a Christmas themed Halloween party this year (weird, I know). This candied beast was the centerpiece of our traditional Christmas dinner spread.

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The cake itself was cherry-flavored with vanilla buttercream. Decorations were done using fondant, modeling chocolate for the bone, and pineapple rings and maraschino cherries for the garnish.

And a bonus picture of me in my Sally costume:

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The Luggage

The Luggage is a character from Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series. It’s a treasure chest with legs that follows its owner around on his adventures. If an enemy tries to open the Luggage, they see a scary mouth and get eaten. But the owner and his friends can access his belongings.

This luggage is filled with vanilla cake, lavender buttercream, and chocolate ganache.

Blue and Silver Wedding

I made another wedding cake.

The couple sketched the cake themselves and I executed it.

Here was the sketch. When we spoke in person, we changed up some of the colors and reordered their initials (the bride comes first).

And here’s the cake!

It was a vanilla cake with vanilla Swiss Meringue Buttercream frosting and Sugar Plum jam filling.

Fabio Trump

For a Romantic Evening

This cake was made for a friend’s “Trashy Romance Novel” themed birthday party. A month before hand she jokingly asked that I put Trump’s face on her cake. And so I had to deliver. To make it a little more thematically appropriate, I also decided to give him fabulous Fabio hair. My only complaint was that I didn’t get him orange enough. Continue reading “Fabio Trump”

The Wedding Cake

My first wedding cake

This was made for my boyfriend’s sister after her cake baker backed out last minute. I had never made a wedding cake before, but thought it would be a lot of fun. The experience making this cake is why I’m still baking cakes today and hope to make more wedding cakes soon.

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