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Swirls Whirls Cake
This is our Swirls Whirls cake. It is one of our more popular cakes. This is  a three tiered cake with a different pattern on each tier. We added a bow on top with shooting stars. Generally, we like our bows to match the cake but we did as the customer wanted and put a white bow on with stripes. We let the customer pick out patterns that they like and we offer our assistance along the way. Wit...
Engagement Ring Box Cake
People like to mimic non edible things with cake. Here is an example of a engagement ring box cake. The customer wanted everything made out of fondant, but once we told her the price she changed her mind. We did let the customer know that we never guaranteed exact color or design (they are copyrighted you know) We finished this box and were please with the outcome along with the customer. ...
Fondant Jungle Baby Shower Cake
Here is a fondant jungle baby shower cake that my bakery made. It is very simple and was easy to make. Here is what I did Everything on here is fondant, with the exception of the tree. We wrapped a pretzel rod in chocolate fondant so it would stand up straight and be edible. We are big on everything being edible. I mean who would want to bite into a plastic straw, wooden dow, or metal wire...
Barbie Cake
Oh barbie, how we love thee! Barbie cakes are a huge seller at my bakery. Every little girl wants one. Here is just one of the many designs we make of the barbie cake. We can do any design that the customer thinks of. The only thing that stops their imagination sometimes is the rising price of their detailed designs. Decorating Instrucions The cake consist of  four 8 inch cakes, stacked o...
Baby Bottom Cake
We call this cake our Baby Bottom Cake. This is a cake that I have been getting a lot of orders for lately. I do not know who originally designed it, but I do not like it! This cake is  basically made to look like a baby's bottom with a blanket over it. It would be cute if the rest of the body was with it, but nope it's just the baby's bottom. Directions We first start off with a iced 10 in...
NY Yankees Cake
So baseball is beginning again and I can only imagine how many of theses cakes we will get orders for. Here is a example of a NY Yankees cake that we made over and over again! The cake is entirely fondant with the exception of the writing and baseball laces, which were made with buttercream.
Personal Sized Tiered Cakes
Every bride wants to have something special at her wedding. Some brides opt for small personal sized tiered cakes for each guest rather than one large cake. These cakes are basically made the same as their larger version with the exception of them being tiny. Many personal sized tiered cakes are two tiers. You can have the cake decorated in any fashion you want. Make sure to remember that the mor...
Fake Cakes
Why would you want a fake cake when you can have a real one? I charge the same amount for both real and fake. I know that I have to do one less step when making a fake cake but the labor is just as hard. It does not take me any less time when I am decorating a fake cake compared to a real one. So why would I charge less? In fact it might actually cost me more, due to me having to buy materials an...
Christmas Tree Cake
It's that time of year again where everything is merry and bright. Here is our first Christmas tree cake of the season! Ugly and gaudy I know, but the customers just love them. How it is done This Christmas tree cake was made in a shaped pan. It only comes in pound cake. It is iced in a poured fondant icing, tinted green. We covered the stump of the tree in chocolate buttercream and add but...
Baby Butt Cake
I am not a fan of this baby butt cake. I get the idea that the decorator was going for, but it is still just a baby butt cake with no head. Directions In order to create this cake the decorator used 2 cakes and set it up like a tradition tiered cake. On the top tier the decorator tried to round the cake so it was shaped more like a baby butt. She iced it white to look like a diaper, added some c...
Halloween Cakes
I just love everything about halloween. The best part about it for me, is making halloween cakes. I'm so over candy, I just want cake! This is a holiday where you can let your imagination take you anywhere it wants to go. Ghost, goblins, tombstones, and pumpkins are all perfect things to put on cake. You can make scary cakes or kiddy cakes, anything goes. Below are two examples of halloween cakes...
Hot Dog Cake Anyone
MMMM Hot Dog Cake Anyone! That's right, someone wanted a cake shaped like a hot dog. I think this cake looks pretty good. However the paper plates stuck under I do not feel was such a great idea. I mean I understand why they are there but it ruins the hot dog bun. I would suggest that instead of the plates to make condiments and put them around the cake instead.
Pea Pod Cake
Oh, how it bothers me to see decorations on plain white icing. Just think how nice this pea pod cake could have looked if it had a pretty green airbrushed background?
Flip Flop Cake
Just one shoe, where is the other one?
New York Yankees Cake
Be careful when adding a marbilized fondant ball border to your cakes. On this cake the New York Yankees logo is low and the border could almost obscure it. You can always add your border first than add your decorations.

Graduation Cap Cake

Posted By: admin on November 19, 2010 in Cake Critiques, Common Complaints - Comments: 2 Comments »

Always remember graduation caps are thinner at the top and wider at the bottom.

Wedding Dots Cake

Posted By: admin on November 18, 2010 in Cake Critiques, Common Complaints - Comments: No Comments »

When adding color to a wedding cake, always remember that the color should be spread out evenly over the tiers. On this cake the bottom two tiers have color, but it just looks like the decorator forgot to put color on the top tier. Since this cake has a completely white top tier it looks unfinished and when customers look at this cake they will think so to.Wedding Dots Cake

Topsy Turvy Cake

Posted By: admin on November 16, 2010 in Cake Critiques - Comments: No Comments »

This is an example of our topsy turvy cake. By all means they are not my favorite cakes to do. I think they were created when a baker screwed up his batch of cakes. He did not want to remake them, so he just iced it as is and called it the topsy turvy cake.

Customers come into the bakery with picture of exactly what they want their cake to look like all the time. We do not match cakes exactly because we do not like to infringe on other people’s work. Also, when we make our cakes we do not square our cake tiers off, we round them.

Here the top tier looks like it is being swallowed up by the bottom tier. I know that is the way some people like their cake to look but not me. However sometimes you just have to do what the boss tells you to! It maybe not have been the look the customer was going for, but we had no complaints. Also the vertical stripes are not straight nor do they even look the same width.Topsy Turvy Cake

Baby Shower Cake

Posted By: admin on August 30, 2010 in Cake Critiques - Comments: No Comments »

I prefer to put the color tier that will stand out more on the bottom, that way the cake seem more appealing to the eye. On this cake, I would have put the yellow tier on the bottom and the white tier on the top. Baby Shower Cake

Under the Sea Cake

Posted By: admin on August 25, 2010 in Cake Critiques - Comments: 2 Comments »

This is one of our under the sea cakes. It is sometime fun to make when the customer just gives you a theme. At other times, we need to follow a color pallette or drawing instructions.
For this cake I do I do see some 3D elements, yet there could be more. The sea weed could be higher and the color could be mixed better instead of just being striped. The coral could have had thicker lines to make it look more realistic and those fish a child could have drawn. Just by adding a little more detail can make a world of difference in your cakes! Also, if they chose a darker color bow for the topper it would have pulled this cake together better.

Scroll Heart Cake

Posted By: admin on August 20, 2010 in Cake Critiques - Comments: No Comments »

This seems to be a simple cake to do, but I am wondering where the white is at on the topper. I feel that if this cake had white squiggles instead of tan ones for the topper this cake would have popped more.Scroll Heart Cake

Tropical Cake

Posted By: admin on August 5, 2010 in Cake Critiques - Comments: No Comments »

This cake has a few issues. First, I will mention the black and white things, what are they exactly and why are they there? They don’t seem to blend with the cake, so why not just leave them off.Tropical Cake Next, I will mention the combination painting and airbrushing on the butterflies and the leaves.  I’m all for both, however if the leaves and butterflies have lines they should both either have painted lines or airbrush lines. Finally, the spots of icing that are not smooth. By doing this the decorator just made the cake look like it had areas of mess ups, either ice the cake smooth or leave it choppy.

70’s Tie Dye Cake

Posted By: admin on July 30, 2010 in Cake Critiques - Comments: No Comments »

This cake has a few different colors on it, yet the decorator decided to write in a color that blended with the cake. Always remember to write in a color that will stand out from your design!70's Tie Dye Cake

Twin Boys Cake

Posted By: admin on July 25, 2010 in Cake Critiques - Comments: No Comments »

Once again, I see a cake that has something not centered on it, this time it is the twin blocks. My suggest would be to put the middle to blocks down 1st than to add the 1st and last letter. By doing that, the middle letters will be in the center of the cake.

Cross Cake

Posted By: admin on July 20, 2010 in Cake Critiques - Comments: No Comments »

Cross Cake This cake looks nice being fondant covered, but the decorator made a mistake by not finishing the ribbon in gold. The bow has 2 stripes of gold on each piece, yet the ribbon only has 1. I think the cake looks a bit unfinished and would have looked better with 2 strips of gold on the bow.

Louis Vouitton Hat Cake

Posted By: admin on July 15, 2010 in Cake Critiques - Comments: No Comments »

Louis Vouitton Hat CakeI think that if you placed this cake next to a real Louis Vouittion hat it would look similar, however the work is a bit sloppy. The writing is not centered and you can see the cardboard that the hat was placed on. The cardboard could have easily been trimmed down to be the same size as the cake or a border could have been added to cover it up.

Retro Flowers

Posted By: admin on May 8, 2010 in Cake Critiques - Comments: No Comments »

Retro Flowers

Well this is an interesting cake, retro flowers! I probably would not have known what they were if someone did not tell me though. I think this cake would have been much nicer if the leaves would have actually looked like leaves instead of triangles.

Barbie and Ken Wedding Cake

Posted By: admin on May 6, 2010 in Cake Critiques - Comments: No Comments »

Barbie and Ken Wedding Cake

Someone is getting married and they wanted a barbie cake. How cute is that? Remember when making a barbie cake that the cake needs to be altered in the same way a dress does. Most brides do not have a dress that is squared off at the top like this one is. This dress should have been tapered a bit so it wouldn’t look so square.

Flip Flops Cake

Posted By: admin on May 4, 2010 in Cake Critiques - Comments: No Comments »

Flip Flops Cake

Someone has some big shoes to fill! LOL… The only thing I see wrong with this cake is that the straps for the sandals are flat on the cake. If everything else is 3D why aren’t they?

Chocolate Stained Glass Cake

Posted By: admin on May 2, 2010 in Cake Critiques - Comments: No Comments »

Chocolate Stained Glass CakeThis is an interesting idea and when exectuted correctly it could be beautiful. The chocolate pieces should have been placed closer together to look more like stained glass. Maybe even the color of the icing should have been different to give the cake a more dramatic effect.

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