Mmmm…CAKE!

So a big hobby of mine is making cakes.  Cakes are very time consuming, but I do have a lot of fun making them.  The crazier, the better.  I love a cake challenge.  The funny part is, of all the cakes I make, the ones that are hardest for me are the traditional style cake.  It makes me nervous if I can get it perfect and do it right (since I’m just a hobbyist and have no formal training), especially when it’s a wedding cake!  But give me some crazy idea for a cake that most people laugh at, and I thrive on the challenge to make it into cake.  I love having creative control and pushing myself to make it bigger and better than I even pictured in my head.  Once I get to know someone, I like to think about what I would make for them out of cake; what wow them and display their personality/likes.  I wish I had more time (and less mess in my kitchen) to make more cakes, but here are a few I’ve made over the last year.  I don’t have step by step for each of them, but there are a few progress photos mixed in there as well so you can see a little bit how I get from point A to point Z  😉

To see more cakes I’ve made visit my cake site at bakedindy.com.

Recent Cakes & Details (below photos)

Details

Olivia:  This cake I had creative design over.  She gave me the party invitation and I came up with the design.  She wanted a small, cute cake for display, then cupcakes and a smash cake for the birthday girl.  It was a fun cake to make and matched the invite well.

Football & Turkey: This cake was for a tailgate party for an Indiana University football game.  It’s around Thanksgiving, and therefore named the Turkey Tailgate.  So I came up with the idea to do a football with a Turkey sitting on it.  I also made cupcakes to go with it.  The cake I made white and red marble; the school colors.  It was a fun cake to make, even though I’m a Purdue grad!  Turned out cute.

Topsy Turvy: This was my first ever Topsy Turvy cake.  It was for an old co-worker who wanted a “Lisa Cake” as they are called at the office.  :-) It was for her anniversary and just said she wanted fun, with black, white and red.  I took this as an opportunity to try out the famous wobbly cake design.  It turned out pretty well for my first time.  This was also the first gumpaste flower I’ve ever made.  Definitely needs improvement, but still looks decent.

Baby Blocks: This was a baby shower cake.  I made a small round cake with a baby on top and ABC, the baby’s initials.  They had other dessert for the party, but I made 45 block cakes (3″ X 3″) as the shower take home gift.  Each one was tied in a little bag and placed at the plate setting.  It was really cute, and I attended the shower too so it was fun to get to see them in place.

Semi Truck: This was for my son’s 3rd birthday.  He loves semi trucks so this was a quick and easy way to make him a fun cake.  He LOVED it and couldn’t wait to play with the trucks.  Simple, but fun is the theme to this cake.

TMNT & Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: These are ones I created by finding inspiration online, so basically I copied them.  They turned out well.

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