Custom Karate Birthday Cake
CHECK THIS OUT it's fantastic. Dr. F's custom karate birthday cake, yes karate. So, her grandson started taking karate lessons at a local dojo, and when asked what type of birthday cake he wanted, the response was "Karate, of course!" But this super special cake is no ordinary karate cake. Wait and see....
Beginner Custom Cakes
From a cake maker in training!
With big shoes to fill, and a lot of apprehension, I decided to try fondant. That's right. Fondant. The culinary band-aid. I resisted as long as I could, but I caved and purchased some pink fondant for my daughter's fabulous fifth birthday cake. I really wanted to impress her, so I pulled out all the stops!
Let's back it up a bit. I've seen these barbie cakes in the window of our local bakery. Admittedly, I thought they looked ridiculous at first. Then I had a babygirl, and nothing, I mean nothing, seems ridiculous anymore. So when it came time to decide on a birthday cake, I thought back to those crazy looking cakes with the torso and head of a doll sticking out the top. Creepy? Yes. But I saw potential.
So I did my research, and came up with a game plan. First, I found the main character, the doll. This particular doll isn't barbie brand, so it was cheap, and it had pink sparkles in it's hair! (Kinda jealous!) Then I made some cakes. I use boxed cake mix, it's delish, and I made four 8 inch circles, and I used a whole box to fill a 4 cup pyrex measuring cup. Yes. If you are careful, and take some precautions, you can bake a cake in pyrex.
Celebrate Halloween with Cakes!
What better time to experiment with ghoulish designs and ghastly flavors? Halloween brings out the spooky side of everything, even cake! Halloween cakes are a great way to try something different in your cake decorating journey. For Dr. F, the first customized Halloween cake took years to show up. I guess Halloween didn't seem like a "cakey" holiday, enter Pinterest! Yes, Pinterest. We all love it, we are all inspired by each other's pins....
Halloween Spider Cake
Dr. F's Spider Cake, isn't it fantastic?!? Not too scary, and perfectly sweet. With a bunch of kids at our Halloween party, this whimsical yet spooky cake was the winner! But wait until you see what happens when you cut into it....
Ta-da! Super spooky inside too! What a great surprise, and the kids loved the unusual color of the cake. But the best part of all, it tasted like a sugary, chocolaty Halloween heaven (or hell mu-wah-ha-ha). This was no boxed cake, homemade all the way. According to Dr. F., you need a good sturdy cake when making a tall cake, or working with fondant decorations. No collapsing cakes here! She uses Wilton gel food colors, they are super vibrant and easy to use.
And those spiders! So cute, and Dr. F. reminisced that they came out more adorable than she expected. While the spiders were fun and easier to make, she struggled with piping the icing in straight lines (don't we all). Anyone have any "nifty tricks" for perfectly piped confections? Way to go Dr. F., you set the bar pretty high for Halloween cakes. Anyone else make creepy cakes? Let's see your Halloween masterpieces!
Close your eyes and picture this: it's your 7th birthday. You are so excited to celebrate with your friends and family, there are balloons and streamers everywhere. All of a sudden, the lights dim and a chorus of "Happy Birthday to you..." can be heard. You open your eyes and you see it. Your very own birthday cake. It's sweet, it's homemade with tons of love, and it's got your name on it!
Everyone loves a good birthday cake, filled and frosted with sugary sweetness, decorated with flowers, letters and characters. For us, not a single birthday passed without a cake. Either homemade or Carvel, on occasion, whatever the birthday boy or girl wants. And the matriarchs of our family made sure that you felt magical and special on your birthday no matter what. My mom loved to make birthday cakes for us. And not just an out of the box slap some icing on it cakes. She made three-dimensional, decorated, adorned and lit ablaze cakes. Check out this gem circa 1993:
Let Them Eat Cake!
A family history, through cakes.
I am super pleased and over elated to announce the introduction of "Let Them Eat Cake!" After tons of anticipation, hard work and fondant, Diapers and Dogfood is rolling out the brand spanking new blog for all of the cake lovers and admirers out there. A blog for those who peruse custom cakes, and draw inspiration for their own confections. And to whom can we credit this cake wizardry? This whimsical sculpting of sugary sweetness? This awe-some archive of edible magic? Qui a fait ce gâteau? Stay tuned to find out....
Meet the cake maker herself, and get more customized cakes straight to your inbox by signing up below. Cakes are celebrations; of birth, anniversaries, holidays and special achievements. And this family celebrates a lot. We all speak the universal language of dessert. Filled, iced, ganached and set ablaze to create magic and memories. Join us! And watch the evolution of one very special cake makers' craft.
These special cakes have been hand crafted by the amazing and super talented Dr. F. Elementary school principal by day, magical cake maker by night.
Let Them Eat Cake Blog