Posts Tagged ‘birthday’

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Aquaman Cake

March 18, 2013

Hello,

I know you read the title and thought, “Oh, Amanda must have an eight year old son who just had a birthday!” but you’re wrong.  I have a brother-in-law who just turned 30 and needed an awesome cake!  That’s right!  When my sister turned 29 she got a Hello Kitty cake and when her husband turned 30 he got Aquaman.  I love those two!

Aquaman Cake Topper

Happy Birthday!

When Melissa first approached me about the cake I did a quick search.  The cakes that exist with an Aquaman theme are quite ornate and over the top.  It was entirely too much to take on so I decided to go with a different approach.  I knew I needed to use his colors and symbol and incorporate water.  Instead of using fondant, I decided to go with a buttercream frosting using a star-tip for decor.

Ingredients/Supplies:
-White Cake (I used a box mix)
-Your favorite buttercream recipe (Find my favorite here)
-Gel Dye in desired color
-Star Tip (any number works)
-Any other cake decor

Directions:
1. Bake 2 nine inch cakes.  This time around I used silicon pans to help with level cakes.  (I was too lazy to take out my leveling strips.)

2. Once the cakes are baked and cooled, I glaze each cake with an apricot glaze.  (I use apricot preserves melted down in a saucepan.)

3. This is where you make your favorite buttercream icing.  I make a full recipe of my favorite from the link above.  This is ample to crumb coat the cake and do a decorative design (see below).

Aquaman Cake

Aquaman Cake

4. I used yellow, green, and orange to dye my icing.  I estimated how much of each color icing I would need for my specific Aquaman design and it worked out perfectly!

Aquaman Cake

Aquaman Cake

5. In regards to my design specifically.  I was commissioned to make an Aquaman cake with no other specific direction.  I had to do some research to learn more about this animated figure I knew nothing about.  After much research I decided on the logo of Aquaman.

Aquaman Cake

Aquaman Cake

6. Of course, you’ll notice the super awesome guy in a speedo adorning the cake.  I wanted to find an Aquaman action figure, but those aren’t easy to come by or get quickly so when I saw speedo man, I knew I had a winner!  (I also applied some gold edible dust over the logo to help it seem  super!)

Aquaman Cake Topper

Aquaman Cake Topper

Aquaman Cake Topper

Aquaman Cake Topper

Happy Birthday, Happy Cakes, and Happy Cake Topper!
-Amanda

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Birthday Cake

March 19, 2012

Melissa turned 30 this year and we celebrated in style!  Here is the cake I made her for her big day!

The cake is a white cake with buttercream icing.  I baked two 8 inch cakes one night, glazed them in apricot glaze and then refrigerated them.  The next day I made buttercream icing from scratch and iced the cake.  I covered the buttercream in a buttercream fondant from the Duff line of baking products. It tasted much better than the wilton fondant and was easier to use.

I am never able to get my fondant perfectly smooth (see below) so if you have any advice, please share.

I piped white buttercream for the pearls along the bottom and black-ish buttercream for the fringe.  The flapper girl and words are written in a fondant marker I bought at a local store.

It was really delicious and gone fast!

Happy eating!
-Amanda

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Happy Birthday!

June 27, 2011

Happy birthday to Amanda & Sarah!

Isn’t Google the best?

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Blueberry Clafoutis

April 4, 2011

David’s birthday was this week so we celebrated by eating a delicious blueberry dessert.  In the past I’ve made him a blueberry crumble, but thought I’d try something from my “Crumbles and Cobblers” book.  I am not exactly sure what a Clafoutis is, but it looked yummy and easy enough to bake.

When google defining the word “clafoutis,” the only result is from wikipedia and is as follows:

“Clafoutis is a baked French dessert of black cherries arranged in a buttered dish and covered with a thick flan-like batter. The clafoutis is dusted with powdered sugar and served lukewarm.”

Here’s the recipe:

The recipe called for light cream, we used heavy cream… it also called for 1 pound of blueberries and I used two of the small containers (which I think totaled to more than 1 pound).  Either way it was yummy.  Here’s the finished product with some Blue Bell yogurt!

Happy Birthday, David!

-Amanda

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Happy Birthday Big Sister!

March 10, 2011

My big sister turns 29 today and of course I made her a Hello Kitty cake!  Duh!  hehe.

This isn’t much of a baking post because I was feeling lazy and used a yellow box mix and a can of white icing.  I also used a baking pan in the shape of Hello Kitty’s face.

This is what I came out with:

 

Happy Birthday sister!
Love,
Amanda!