Happy New Year/Chocolate-Espresso Cake

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday! Sorry to all my follower that I’ve been so far off the radar… Over the last two weeks, I’ve fought off a massive cold/sinus infection thing, traveled to Chicago to celebrate Christmas with my mom, and celebrated New Year’s Eve on the couch in a Benadryl-induced coma after a pretty horrendous food allergy. It’s been a rough few weeks…

But, 2013 is a new year, which brings the possibility of SO MANY new adventures, experiences, and lessons. And now that I’ve recovered from the last few weeks of sick and crazy, I’m ready to bounce in to the new year with enthusiasm!

For my first post in 2013, I’d like to share a photo of one of my latest cake decorating adventures. I constructed the 3-tier cake shown below for a friend’s birthday party back in December. The theme of the party had everything to do with decadence, and what’s more decadent than chocolate??

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My friend has been carefully nudging me for the last 2 years that her favorite combination is coffee and chocolate, so I whipped up this Chocolate-Espresso Cake for her birthday! The cake was 3 tiers (enough to serve about 70 party guests) and consisted of chocolate cake, espresso buttercream (with 3 shots of espresso!), and dark chocolate-espresso ganache. The resulting combination of chocolate and espresso was absolutely divine!

And I’ll definitely be modifying this recipe to make it more accessible, so look out for a Chocolate-Espresso post coming soon! 🙂

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Spiderman Cake

A few weeks ago, a friend of mine asked if I could make a cake for her son’s birthday party. There were two requests: dulce de leche filling and Spiderman! After a bit of discussion, we settled on the exact cake flavors (vanilla seemed to fit best to not overpower the dulce de leche) and on a design for the cake. She told me that he absolutely loves the Spiderman webs, so I focused the design of the cake on Spiderman’s signature colors (red and blue) and the spider webs.

Below is a front-view of the cake. Both layers are vanilla cake, filled with dulce de leche and frosted with buttercream icing. The spiders and webs are hand-drawn using piping gel tinted with black dye.

And a bit better view of the webbing on top of the cake. I think my favorite part of this cake are the little spiders on the bottom layer. Normally, I hate spiders because they give me the heebee-jeebees, but I think these spiders are just adorable! 🙂

I had a lot of fun making this cake! And while I didn’t get to see the look on his face when he first caught sight of the cake, I’m sure the birthday boy was happy with his Spiderman cake!

Thanks for reading!

~ Emily 🙂

80s Cartoon Cake

I’ve been waiting a few weeks for this post because I’ve been super-busy in between work, moving, and organizing my new apartment. But the apartment is finally coming together, so I’m getting a chance to catch up on some posts!

A few weeks ago, one of my best friends, Tiffany, turned 30, so the group of us threw her a birthday bash! The party was entirely 80s themed, with an emphasis on 80s cartoons. We decorated a friend’s house with vintage 80s toys from thrift stores, set up an 80s prom photo booth, and had an 80s music dance party all night long.

To go with the theme of the party, I made her birthday cake, and it focused on some of Tiffany’s favorite childhood cartoons: the Gummi Bears, Strawberry Shortcake, and Care Bears. All of the figures I used were vintage 80s that I got off of ebay specially for decorating the cake!

I decorated the cake to have each layer be distinct by the theme:

  • Gummi Bears – Chocolate cake, chocolate buttercream icing, Rice Krispie tree topper
  • Strawberry Shortcake – Vanilla cake, strawberry filling, vanilla buttercream icing, covered with marshmallow fondant
  • Care Bears – Almond cake, coconut almond buttercream filling and icing, covered with marshmallow fondant

The cake turned out amazing and was really tasty! It really was a hit! Happy 30th birthday, Tiffany!! 😀