A long, long time ago (trust me, it was a long, long time), I used to decorate cakes for the occasional $$. That was back before fondant was even a blip on the screen. Oh my how times have changed! Throughout the years, I have baked a cake now and then for friends and family and even purchased the odd tool or cookie cutter in thoughts of someday decorating cakes again. I never really thought about making it into a business of any kind again. Of course, those who know me, know that when the muse speaks, I dive in head first and rarely look back.
So, in the midst of planning a baby shower for a dear friend, the muse started knocking on the door. I realized very quickly that cakes are a real market today. They are unlimited in scope of difficulty and price. The amazing development of tools and products out there now can be overwhelming. I decided very quickly to create and make the cake for the baby shower and in the mean time, I would delve back into the world of cake decorating to see what was possible. I have loads of practice ahead of me, but here are a few of the cakes I have created recently.
World Cup matches were going on at the time and so these grassy cupcakes and USA cake were just the thing to refresh my skills with a piping bag and begin learning about the various ways to use fondant. After watching some classes and videos on the internet, I truly realized what you can do with fondant and I made some bears for a cake to be made later.
Not too bad, considering I have never sculpted anything before 🙂
While waiting for the day I could put the bears on the upcoming cake, I made this one to test out a chocolate cake recipe and to use my royal icing practice flowers.
Finally, here is where the bears ended up. They are having a blast in the pool. I think the flip flops and drink umbrellas were my favorite things to make thus far.
So, while I am improving on my cake decorating skills, I still need lots of practice. Anyone out there need a cake?
I’ll try to post shower and shower cake photos next week.