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A Very Special Luau
Contributed by: Amy L-M (Hastings, MI)
For my youngest daughter's 1st
birthday party, we had a luau. That may seem a bit strange, but
she loves to hula dance, so it seemed appropriate. My daughters
both have food allergies to wheat, milk and eggs, baking at our
house is a real adventure! I decided to make the birthday cake
allergen free and decorate it myself. I took cake making
classes as a teenager, but that was 2 babies and many YEARS
ago. So I ordered some milk-free chocolate, and got busy. The
palm trees are made of wheat-free pretzel sticks, I dipped one
end in chocolate, then stuck it into the middle of a round
wheat-free cracker. When they were set up I dipped the other
end into the chocolate and stuck them down into the cake. Once
I got them all roughly straight, I used a leaf tip to make the
palm leaves. The cake is made with two 8" rounds, the sides are
decorated with a grass skirt made with a grass tip and multi
colored flowers made with a star tip. I covered the top with
brown sugar to look like the beach. There were enough palm
trees to give one to each child, and they ate them well in
advance of the cake being cut. It was great fun.
For my oldest daughter's 3rd
birthday we had a hay-ride, pony-ride, Sponge Bob party.
The theme was Lindsay's idea. So I made a wheat-free,
egg-free, milk-free Sponge Bob cake. I just used a regular
9x13 pan, and decorated it with yellow stars, black piping
and sugar decorations I bought at the grocery store. It was
a big success, everyone thought I had gotten a
professionally decorated cake
<see cake details>.
This Really Lights Up the Room!!
Contributed by: Jeanne W. (Albemarle, NC)
I made this cake because of a challenge from a friend. The
Wilton's Your Take On Cake contest had just begun and I was
having difficulty coming up with an idea. I told my friend
about the contest and my difficulty. He asked me what I was
capable of doing. "I can do anything!!", I replied. Well,
he looked around the room then asked if I could do a lamp.
"Of course.", I said. It took a couple of weeks of looking
at different styles of lamps before I found one that
inspired me enough to get started. I found the lamp. I
then drew the lamp, making necessary changes for structural
reasons...dissected the drawing and designated a media for
each piece. It was my most challenging effort and my
favorite of my own creations.
The base is royal icing, formed on the bottom of an
aluminum pie pan. All of the discs are royal icing or
fondant. The light gold pieces were formed using royal
icing on the outside of medicine cups then fondant leaves
applied after they were dried. The brown colored bowl
shapes were made of molded sugar using small custard cups
for the shapes. Then covered with fondant leaves after the
shapes were dried. The shiny middle piece was formed using
pulled sugar. I wanted it to be a blown bulb but that is
something I need to learn first. Instead, I pulled the
candy and wrapped it continuously into a cone shape then
expanded it from the inside to give a somewhat bulb like
shape. The scrolls are royal icing. The shade is cake iced
in buttercream. Areas were brushed in super gold luster
dust and the entire lamp airbrushed for shading in brown.
This is completely edible from base to top with the
exception of the acrylic plate that the cake rested on, the
threaded post up the center and the nuts and washers that
were between each section.
Becky R. (Avon, Ohio)
I would like to submit these
pictures for your gallery. The red checked cake is done in
a homemade chocolate wrap using a stencil. The second cake
is a sculpted chain saw, using chocolate for the handles and
accents. It is covered in fondant. The log section is iced
in buttercream. Thank you. Becky Rink
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Chocolate Roses in a Florists Box
Contributed by: Margi C.
just learning to do fondant and sugarcraft. I made
this cake for my daughter as a congratulatory gift
for opening her own business. I made a strawberry
cake in a square pan and cut the cake in half,
arranging it lengthwise. I covered it with rolled
buttercream icing. I put it in a florists box on top
of florists paper. Then I arranged my chocolate
roses and leaves to look like a bouquet of a dozen
roses. The girls at the flower shop wrapped a big
red bow around the box and put a florist tag on top.
My daughter thought I was bringing her a dozen
and More Cakes!
Contributed by: Nancy Jo T. (Anderson, SC)
Here are some cakes I have done
since really getting into the decorating hobby. The first one I
did was The Ladybug. I copied an idea I saw for some cupcakes. I
did red icing and cut out black fondant circles for the spots.
The trouble was the antennae which I finally made with pipe
cleaners. It is hard to find black licorice.
SpongeBob cupcakes were in
the Wilton Yearbook. The Tennis
Cake I made up myself. I
just made an oval on the computer and printed it out and
traced it onto the iced cake. I used a Wilton ball pan to
add the tennis ball on top.
The snake cake was fun to make
but boy did it take some time!!! This one was for my
secretary's son who only wanted a "bugs and snakes cake." I
got the instructions for the snake from a book and then
added the other stuff. To make the snake cake, I made one
circle layer and then cut it in half and moved the halves to
look like an "S" then I cut out the centers and put those
two pieces together at the end to make the head. I then
covered in fondant. I put the snake cake on a cake board and
then trimmed it and put it on top of the sheet cake. I then
used brown sugar to make it look like dirt and then I added
the gummy bugs that I made from a Wilton kit.
The violet cake is a pound cake
made in a molded pan. I used a mixture of powdered sugar and
water to make thin icing that I colored and then "painted"
on the flowers.
I hope this gives others some
good ideas. I have to say that I am not very creative so I
have to copy other people's ideas, so I wanted to share
Diane's Sweet Treats
Diane B. (Newington CT)
Hi - I'd like to share a
cake I did recently - I was so pleased with how this
turned out! It was a single layer sheet cake, frosted
in buttercream. I then used an impression mat for the
quilted look, and made all the accessories from
fondant. The letters were done using a candy mold and
fondant; I then brushed the letters with luster dust.
This was for a first time customer, and she was very
pleased! Thanks for letting me share! Diane Burke,
Newington CT Editors
Note: A great source of literally hundreds of cake
photos is Diane's WebShots web site, here>