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Megaphones & More
Karen Finney (Avenel, NJ)
Hi, my name is Karen
Finney and I live in Avenel NJ. After looking
through your site, I thought that I would like to
submit some of the cakes that I just made for my
two nieces. My first cake is a megaphone cake with
pom-poms that I made for my 16 year old niece who is
on a special needs cheering squad. The other cake I
made for my 30 year old niece who is a manicurist
part-time. The manicurist cake is iced with
buttercream icing and all of the decorations on the
top were handmade and formed by myself out of
fondant. Both cakes were a real hit. Thanks for
letting me share my cakes with you.
Editor Note: Karen is a
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Cake Making Story
Jenny Ludwig (Dorchester, WI)
My Daughter wanted the castle cake she had seen in a
cookbook. I am not a expert but I thought it looked easy
enough . Boy was I wrong. She loves chocolate cake so I
made a huge chocolate cake I thought I could cut it in
half and stack it on top .. It must have been a super
moist cake since the whole think basically crumbled in a
million pieces. I had to make my sons cake that day too
since they were sharing there party. I didn't have
enough time to make a new cake so I made another batch
of icing . I might add this batch normally could ice 2
8x10 cakes so we are talking about a lot of icing. We
basically molded this cake with the icing . I
the flaws with candies. This cake was absolutely
hilarious to make but it is a cake we will never forget.
there was a ton of love put in to it.
Cathy Dugdell (Midway, CO)
Hi I would like to submit one of what I think is my best
cakes. I have been cake decorating for almost 20 years and
am self taught. Right now I do cakes for friends and family,
but am seriously considering starting a business this year.
The cake I have attached was made for my sister's birthday
in February( see right). It is a 2 tier lemon cake w/ Raspberry
buttercream, royal icing roses and fondant bows painted with
luster dust. The 2nd Cake (above) was for my nephews 4th birthday.
Bob the builder and all the tools are molded from fondant.
The cake is also covered in fondant. A tip I have learned
from another cake web site is to use a 6" foam paint roller
( can find in hardware store or Wal-Mart in the paint
supplies) to smooth my cakes. Just let your icing set for 10
minutes, then roll the cake and it will be so smooth it will
look like you covered it in Fondant.
Linda Heard (San Antonio, TX)
I live in San Antonio, Texas - Home of the Alamo. I have
had requests in the past to make an Alamo cake but thought
it would be more than I could do. I finally bit the bullet
and decided to do one. To tell you the truth I don't know
what I did without my edible image printer and my wonderful
frosting sheets. Without them this cake would have been
turned down. All I have to say is thank goodness for ivy.
This was my first attempt at fondant too (couldn't I have
picked a round cake
The ivy was a life saver for covering up tears and holes!
The customer was a Son who ordered the cake for his Mother's
60th birthday. She LOVES the Alamo so I was
glad when I
heard she loved my cake too!
Editors Note: Linda is
the owner of "AlamoSweets", where "you can have
your cake and eat it too!"
check out her web site>
Lynne Fox (Rickreall, OR)
I made this cake as a replica of a 1970's jack in the box. I
made this for my twin grandchildren's 5th birthday party. There
are four and a half cake mixes for cake base and cupcakes for
the clown. He was 18 inches tall. All was edible except for the
lid which I tried to make with a cookie but had to settle for
cardboard covered with fondant. I used food color marking pens
on fondant for the clowns around the box. I had cpvc pipe
fastened to the plastic tray base for support.
The Office Party
I have started
doing a monthly cake for the office birthday party.
The pot of gold at the end of the rainbow is a ball
cake covered with candy clay. The rainbow is hard
candy that was going to be a half circle until it
broke. I just changed my plan to use half in the
pot and it turned out just right. The "gold" is rollo candy. I added a gum paste mushroom and grass
with some gold dust. I was going to make a gum
paste leprechaun but ran out of time as I usually do
these the night before the party. I had a cardboard
cut out that worked.
For the Easter basket I
made two using the Wilton bunny mold, one chocolate
and one lemon. I used chocolate ganache to frost
one and wish I had added chocolate sprinkles for
"hair." I also made a few dozen egg shaped cupcakes
and decorated them to go into the basket. Again, as
I ran out of time, some ended up with frosting and
sprinkles. Lynne Fox
Favorite & Fun Cakes
Beverly Fetter (Morrow OH)
This is one (baby cake) of my favorites to
make. The head, hands, and legs are made of fondant. The
booties are real ...... the body is cake ..... the icing is buttercream. It is always A big hit at the baby showers. This is a fun cake
(Shreck) to make. The head, hands, and legs are made from fondant. The body
Editors Note: The detail & artistry of these cakes is
outstanding! Check out her web