I love baking and decorating cakes. I started right before Stonewall's first birthday. I decided that I needed to make his cake, since my mother had made all of mine growing up. For that first cake, I used a mix, but decorated it myself with store-bought icing.
Stonewall's second birthday cake was OK, It was a train party, and the cake looked like a train with an engine and 3 cars. Not showing a picture, though, because it wasn't too cute. For His third birthday, and skywalker's 1st, I still used a mix for the cake, but made my own icing (yummo!). It was a cowboy theme party, so Stonewall had a horse cake, and Skywalker had a cowboy cake. They were pretty cute.
After this birthday was over, I decided to learn how to bake from scratch, and I sampled several recipes until I found 2 excellent recipes, a white cake and a chocolate cake. They are moist, flavorful, and firm enough to hold heavier fondant icing. I also started experimenting with fondant. I loved the way it looked, but hated the taste. I tried kneading in flavoring, but it wasn't enough. Finally, I found a recipe for Marshmallow fondant. It is perfect! Tastes just like a super-sweet marshmallow, but is the texture of regular fondant. Since then, it's what I use exclusively. Last year's birthday party was 'outerspace', so they had Rocket Cakes. Here they are side by side.
Last February, we had a wild game dinner at church. The men did the cooking, so the ladies brought desserts. I decided to stick with the theme of Wild Game, and made an Armadillo cake (kind of a throwback to Steel Magnolias) Anyway, it was chocolate cake with raspberry filling, and chocolate marshmallow fondant. Personally, I'm really proud of it. Rev wanted to help, and since he's an artist, he molded the face for me, and even helped place some of the scaley things.
My most recent cake was for a friend's daughter's 1st birthday party, and I actually got paid to make it! I would love to do more of this. It's great to do something I love, that is so much fun, and actually make some money doing it. Anyway, it was a Minnie birthday party. It is chocolate cake with (once again) raspberry buttercream filling, and marshmallow fondant for the icing. Hope you've liked my cakes. I'll post more as I make them, and If you live near me, I'd love to make you a cake!