Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Sunshine Cake for Sunshine School

My Granddaughter is graduating from Kindergarten and the school asked me to make a cake for their class of 2016.  The name of the school is Sunshine Christian School so of course I had to make a big sun. 
There are five students so I sculpted all of them.  I also made a tree, sun flowers, and fluffy clouds.  The sun is lemon cake with lemon buttercream filling.  The middle is marble cake with chocolate filling, and the bottom is chocolate cake with chocolate filling.
I have made a sunshine school cake before for my Grandson.  It was a flat sheet cake with the sun, school, and all the kids names written in the sky. 

This is my Granddaughter Cate.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Cinderella Cake for Lizzy's 2nd Birthday

Lizzy, my youngest granddaughter, was two on May 3.  She stays with me during the day while her siblings go to school. After lunch we sit on the couch and watch Pete's Pond or a cartoon before going down for a nap.  Casey, my daughter, gave her a choice of movies to watch on her cell phone.  She always picks Cinderella.  So of course I had to make her cake as Cinderella.

I enjoy doing this for the kids because I always add a toy of some kind to the cake and they have something to play with when all the cake is gone.

This Cinderella is a combination of the old traditional one and the newer one that Disney put out not to long ago.  Of course it went over super well!  All the kids, even the boys, were impressed! 
I used 8 inch round cake pans and made three round cakes.  I used a triple chocolate boxed cake mix. I baked one of the cake mixes in a Pyrex round mixing bowl that fit the bases.  After taking the cakes out of the oven I used a small cutter that I tried over the doll hips to make sure I was cutting the hole big enough but not to big.  I wanted it to be snug.  Then I wrapped the cake layers and put them in the freezer overnight.

I had some left over fondant from a previous cake order.  I bought it from Walmart as well as the doll. I live in a small town so it's either drive two hours to the city or order on line, but I found their fondant to be workable.  I colored it the right blue and kept some white for the ruffles and roses.  I looked up You Tube tutorials on how to make fondant ruffles. 

I wanted her shoe to show but the weight of the fondant almost covered it up.  Next time I will do it higher and lighter weight.

My crumb coat was butter cream frosting. The filling was chocolate ganache.
 As you can see my sweet Lizzy was enamored with the cake.  She loved it!