A friend/fellow teacher turned 40 this week, so I made this gravestone cupcake cake to take into the teachers' lounge. I used my square cupcake pan to make the bottom of the cake (12 cupcakes) and round cupcakes for the rest.
For the 2nd Annual Military Appreciation Game at our high school, I made this cupcake cake in the design of the t-shirts the teams were selling. We gave these out as a dessert for the dinner that was being sold at the game too.
For David's 7th birthday, we followed a baseball theme. We went to the Tigers game this past weekend, had his friend birthday party at the Loons Game on Thursday, and he wanted a Comerica Park Cake for his birthday here.
This cake was pretty difficult and I would do some things differently if I did it again. The front stadium is made of Rice Krispie treats that are covered with fondant. I would have done all of the sides with Rice Krispies if I did it again. For the statues, I started with a toothpick. I pushed the body part on the toothpick, added fondant legs, head, baseball hat, and arms. Then I stuck the toothpick in the cake. I cut the top of the remaining toothpick off so you can't see the toothpick. I didn't make the car out by center field. We had a Happy Birthday car, so we put that on top. The Pepsi logo is just made from fondant and placed on a toothpick. The scoreboard is made from Rice Krispies; I wrote Happy 7th Birthday, David on the scoreboard. The lights are just fondant. (I was getting tired so I only did two of these.) The people in the stands are round sprinkles I got from Hobby Lobby.
It isn't the neatest cake in the world, but he was happy with it!
I found some fishing and camping cake accessories on clearance a while ago. They were the perfect addition to this cake. I made the tent and cooler out of graham crackers. Then I covered them with fondant. I found edible rocks at our bulk food store.
My boys are huge Tiger fans. So, when they found out that Miguel Cabrera may not make it to the All-Star Game, they were pretty upset. They decided to take matters into their own hands. We have made cakes for a lot of occasions, so they immediately thought to make a #VoteMiggy cake. The boys came up with the design. I just baked and arranged the cupcakes. I do have a square cupcake pan, so all the cupcakes that went in the middle of the design were square cupcakes.
I used fondant to make the D and the bases. The rest is just cake decorating frosting. The boys wanted to add Teddy Grahams for players as well. I think it turned out pretty well! Plus, we shared it with David's minor league baseball team that night. They all loved it!
Now that the voting is coming to a close, they wanted to do another food campaign for some of their other favorite players. I recently bought a social media cookie cutter set, so that made these sugar cookies pretty easy. I made a glaze frosting of 1 cup powdered sugar, 4 teaspoons milk, 3/4 teaspoon vanilla, and 1 Tablespoon light karo syrup. I added food gel to each bowl to color the glaze.
This is just two 9 inch cakes stacked. I covered them with white frosting. I colored some of the white frosting gold by using buttercup yellow, brown, and orange food gel. I used a small star tip for all of the hearts, and a small line tip for the rest of the decorations.
My cousin was celebrating his 40th birthday today so we came up with this cake for him. He is a big sports fan so we incorporated the Detroit Lions, Detroit Tigers, and Michigan State Spartans into the cake.
I was just going to write on the top of it, but decided it was too plain with that. (And I had extra fondant, so I made a different cake topper.)
I colored the fondant and created this guy and the chair.
For a final touch, I created a tv out of fondant and wrote ESPN Top 40 on the tv screen. (The only problem was the frosting had left its color on the top even after I took it off. The chair covered up most of it though.)
I was honored to make this cake for a really great student. He has signed with the Marines, so I decided to do the top layer of the cake as a tribute to his high school and the bottom layer represents the next stage of his life.
The top of the graduation cap is a piece of cardboard that is covered with fondant, but everything else is edible. The bottom layer is two 10 in round cakes. The middle layer is two 9 in round cakes. The hat is a small cake I baked in my Pampered Chef glass mixing bowl.
I printed a picture of a soldier and used that as a guide to cut the black fondant soldier. I used a toothpick to cut the little details. The stars were cut using a small cookie cutter. I just free-hand cut the hands.
For this cake, I made two 10 x 10 inch cakes and put one on top of the other. (I colored the white cake blue and orange for an added feature.) I rolled out a large piece of blue marshmallow fondant. Then I added a strip of white around the bottom of the cake. I put a smaller strip of orange in the middle of the blue and white.
Then I twisted orange and blue fondant and made that the border around the cake. I just freehand drew an Old English D and placed that on the cake. The trick was to cut it on my fondant mat and place a piece of wax paper over top of it. The D feel on top of the wax paper. Then I was able to transfer the D by turning the wax paper over on top of the cake.
The finishing touch was making four baseballs out of leftover fondant. I placed them on the corners of the cake.
My boys love Star Wars, so we usually celebrate May 4th, "Star Wars Day". This year, we just made some cupcakes. I made Darth Vader out of melted black chocolate discs. After melting the chocolate, I spread it on a piece of wax paper. When the chocolate was dry, I added white frosting accents. The light sabers are made from extra fondant I had and some melted chocolate on the ends.
David's teacher always makes the kids feel so special on their birthday, so we thought it was fitting to surprise her with a little treat on her birthday.
I started by making a batch of marshmallow fondant.
I split up the fondant and colored equal amounts of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple. I pulled a little bit of the fondant and colored it light brown (to be used as part of the colored pencil).
I cut strips of each color of fondant and made them into a loop. I put a little rolled up piece of paper towel in each loop and placed it on its side so it could harden in the loop shape. I let the bow sit overnight. I also made some twisted pieces for the bow, but I only ended up using a couple of them.
I made two 8 inch cakes for the bottom layer and two 6 inch cakes for the top. I covered them in regular white cake decorating frosting. It would have looked neater with fondant, but I figured it would be easier for the kids to eat with the regular frosting.
With the remaining fondant, I rolled out each color of fondant and cut the color part of the colored pencil. Then I added a little of the brown fondant on the top of each pencil. I cut a little triangle for the tip of the pencil. The finishing touch was to add each kid's name on the pencils. I added the pencils to the cake and put a little ball of rolled fondant between each pencil. Then we added a row of colored fondant balls to the top layer of the cake. We wrote "Happy Birthday Miss Davis" on the top layer.
For Teacher Appreciation Week, we decided to take in a treat to recognize all of the teachers at our school.
This tree is made from three batches of cupcakes. I made the apples out of red fondant. I cut them with an apple cookie cutter. I used a grass tip to frost the tree part and the grass on the cupcakes at the bottom.
I couldn't find a cake board large enough to fit this, so I covered a tri-fold poster display board.
For National Library Week, our school organized a lunch and a book event. Through a donation from the Sandusky Kiwanis Club, we were able to purchase 45 copies of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children for high school students and 25 books for junior high students. During our three lunches, students and staff members met to discuss Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children and eat lunch together. I decided to make this book cake for the event. .