Sunday, January 27, 2013

Just Truckin' Along!

Well after that horrible episode of Downton Abbey, I had to do something to cheer myself up.  Why not write about a stress free "caking"?

Let me tell you about Kingston.  He is such a happy little boy and he has the best smile.  I mean seriously, the kid can light up the room.  Kingston is also a very smart young man.  After all - when I asked him who makes the best cakes, he grinned at me and said:

"Miss Joy!"  

(that's me, by the way, in case you didn't catch that.)  So how could I resist making a cake for his fourth birthday?

Kingston loves garbage trucks.  Which apparently is a common thing for kids his age to like.  There are whole Pinterest boards for garbage truck-themed parties!  So Kingston wanted a blue garbage truck made with yellow cake and raspberry filling.

I started with a large rectangular cake.  I cut out the shape of the back of the truck and the shape of the cab.  I also cut out holes for the wheels.

One of my more brilliant ideas was to use chocolate donuts for the wheels.  They were the perfect size and texture!

Next came the filling:

And then I frosted the cake and added the wheels.

Looking pretty good!
Then I added some details.

And finished it off with some words and the window.

See, the wheels are totally awesome!

And the final product:
Kingston's Garbage Truck Cake

Of course, I had to include a picture of Kingston and his beautiful smile with his cake.

 Happy 4th Birthday Kingston!!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Pooh Take 2: The Classic Version

Happy New Year!  I know it's been awhile since I've posted anything, but that doesn't mean I haven't been caking!  The first post of 2013 is another baby shower Pooh Bear cake (which is the most popular post on this blog so far).

Now apparently there is Pooh Bear, the Disney version and Pooh Bear, the classic version.  What is the difference between classic Pooh and Disney Pooh, you ask?

Um, well, let's see now . . . . .

Confession - I'm not really sure!

But Catrina's theme was classic Pooh - so I had to find out.  I determined that the original Pooh did not wear a red shirt (or clothing of any color) and he was a lighter color.

Pooh Bear sans red shirt
I wanted to make the cake a little different than previous Pooh cake, so I put a lid on the honey pot this time and added some butterflies.

The pattern for the butterflies came from my ever useful Hello Cupcake! book.  I'd used this recipe before for cupcakes for my roommate Katrina's wedding shower (different Katrina) and they turned out really well.

Wedding Shower Butterfly Cupcakes
All you need to make the butterflies is some candy melts.  You pipe the melted candy onto the pattern's outline and then fill it with a different color.  Add some white nonparels and let them harden.  To put them together, first make sure you have one left wing and one right wing.  Stick some chocolate chips on the cake to hold the wings up and stick the wings in.  Then pipe some frosting in for the body and stick in the antenna (also made from candy melts).

Adding the butterflies at the venue.

I made some yellow and blue butterflies to match the classic Pooh colors.  They just add a nice little extra special something to the cake.

The beautiful mother with her cake.

So whether you prefer the classic Pooh or the Disney Pooh, you can have a super cute cake!

Pooh is plotting how to get into the honey pot . . .