Thursday, January 30, 2014

Painted Cakes

I'm back with some more of last year's cakes. This time I thought I'd show you some painted cakes. I took The Hand Painted Cake course on Craftsy a while ago. This is one of their free classes, so feel free to go check it out. One thing I do differently than the video though is that I use food grade airbrush colors rather than regular food colors. They don't need to be watered down with lemon extract as much and they blend much nicer.

This is one of the first ones I did. This cake was purely an "accident".  Well, it was inspired by one anyway. Mike and I were driving home from delivering a cake on a rainy afternoon when a young buck couldn't decide which way he wanted to go across the street. Unfortunately, he chose the wrong way. Fortunately, he wasn't hurt and neither was our vehicle, but as we stopped to check for damage, I noticed the beautiful lilies in the pond next to us. I was thankful that my camera was in the van and snapped a couple of photos. My husband kids that only I could turn a deer collision into a photo-op. :o)

I looked up tutorials for making water lilies, but didn't like the results of them, so I just played around. I cut a pattern from cardstock with my Silhouette and used it for the petals and cut them out with an x-acto blade.  Then I just played around with shaping the petals and used tissue between them to space them out till the gumpaste hardened.

The scene on this next one was inspired from a painting book I have: From Flea Market to Fabulous by Kerry Trout.

As you can see, it was for a gentlemen celebrating his 95th birthday. I tried to make the tractor look a bit vintage, more like the ones he would have used in his early day. Even though church and the subsequent party for this young man were canceled due to the extreme cold that day, we took this on over to him with a couple other brave souls to celebrate. It's not every day you get to celebrate your 95th birthday!

I will leave you with a sneak peak of the cake I'm currently working on. This is Peggy. Isn't she cute?! I used another tutorial from McGreevy Cakes. This lady has some awesome cake skills!

Well, it's time for lunch and another Wii Party match with my daughter. Gotta go!

Till next time...
God's love and blessings!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

A Year in Review--Not happenin' :o)

I must have had a short term memory block when I wrote that I might do a Year in Review post. I didn't realize how many cakes I got to make this last year. And each one was so fun to do that I would have a hard time narrowing it down to a reasonable number of cakes to squeeze into one post. It would be much easier on my sanity to do it a little bit at a time.

With that in mind, I'll think I'll post updates by theme, starting with baby showers.This first one is actually a dummy cake that went on top of two other layers. Unfortunately I didn't get a good picture of the finished cake. The topper was modeled using Carlos Lischetti's book, Animation In Sugar. Awesome book! Totally worth the investment.
This next one I got to use my baby mold for the first time. I used Shawna's awesome tutorial for this little girl. So sweet! I love me some baby bum. :o)
Here she is on her pretty cake. I invented my own tutu flowers to go with the Tutu Cute theme of the shower.
This one wasn't technically for a baby shower. It was a gift during a holiday visit to show little Abby that she will always be top dog. Abby will have to wait 'till April to meet her little sibling. I was able to use my baby mold again, but Abby was modeled by hand from a picture I was given.
Here's a close-up of Abby. Trying to match a breed is difficult.
 Well, my little one is busy practicing her piano and I must go give encouragement and help her to study for a test.

Till next time...
God's love and blessings!

Monday, January 13, 2014

Well, hello there, 2014!

Wow, just wow. I can't believe how long it's been since I've posted to this blog. Anyone checking this might think I fell off the face of the earth. The truth is I opened a Facebook page just for my cakes, and kind of forgot about this little page. It's so much faster to post a picture there and write a short sentence or two rather than come up with a blog post, plus I get likes and comments and such so I know someone is actually reading them. (Hint, hint. You're welcome to leave a comment here too. ;o)

Anyway, I'm not even sure where to begin here. I've done so many cakes this last year and learned so many great techniques. Maybe I'll see if I can put together a "Year in Review" post to highlight my top 10 cakes for 2013.

Meanwhile, I'll leave you with the cake that I gave a sneak peak of way back in April.

Till next time...(which I hope will be this month or at least in this year! :o)
God's love and blessings,