I made this Lola cake for a friend of a friend, who wanted a Lola cake for her daughter’s 2nd birthday. For her face, I made two 8" cakes (using cake pans), and sandwiched the two together with chocolate buttercream.
Next, I carved the shape of her face using, a picture as a guide, then covered it with flesh coloured sugarpaste (which I coloured myself by adding a small amount of orange ready-coloured sugarpaste to white).
For the eyes, I cut out the shapes using one of the cutters from the Geometric cutter set (FMM), including the circles of her eyes (which are part of the same cutter set).
Her mouth is just a small amount of black sugarpaste, and I drew the nose on myself using an edible colour pen.
For the body, I carved a small amount of cake (having made a smaller one previously) into a sort of square shape, coated it in buttercream and then covered it with red sugarpaste.
For the collars on the dress, I used the same cutter as I did for the eyes, then cut it in half, and I used silver sugar balls for the buttons. The arms are just sugarpaste rolled out to form the shape of her arms. The strawberry was made using a strawberry cookie cutter and the green leaf was cut with a calyx cutter.
All in all, I think it was a really good first attempt at a cartoon character and I was extremely happy with the results, as were my friend’s friends.
This Berenstain Bears Cake was my daughter's first birthday cake and my first time decorating. I think it turned out really well. She was totally HOOKED on Berenstain Bears at the time and it really brought a nice reaction.
I made a fairly large cake. I'm not sure of the exact measurements but it was about an inch larger than a 9x13 all the way around.
I rolled and dyed fondant for the purple background to achieve a smooth look and WILL NOT do that again, lol. It was smooth and pretty, but that much fondant just doesn't taste as good as icing. It's better in small doses.
I found the pic online, freehanded it onto parchment paper, then used a small paintbrush and water/corn syrup mixture to go over the outline. Then I layed the paper (VERY CAREFULLY) over the cake, slowly removed it, and began piping while lines were still visible.
I used homemade buttercream icing and Whitman dyes. I used size 16 star tip for all of sister bear (her eyes were smoothed with my finger). The happy birthday letters were purchased (I wasn't that brave yet, lol).
Overall I think it was a great first try and am looking forward to her 2nd birthday. We're thinking Pooh Bear.
This Didelina cake is chocolate fudge cake made with real chocolate, 70% cocoa solids. It is baked in 2 round, 20cm sponge tins. They are cut and layered with chocolate gnashe thickened with a bit of thick vanilla buttercream, to sweeten it for childrens' taste.
There are 4 layers of cake and 3 of chocolate filling. I then buttercreamed the top and topped it with rolled fondant icing. All homemade.
I cut out a fondant shape of Didelina which I got from the internet, which I strengthened with gum tragacanth. I then painted Didelina by hand with edible colours when it was dry. I made hearts and put them on florist wires and cut out the letters with patchwork cutters.
Many of my cakes can only be top-iced and then a cake frill and ribbons put round as it is expensive to make the fondant icing and many people are not prepared to pay the extra cash it would cost to fully ice the cake. I prefer to ice the whole cake but must be guided by the cost.
Cake decorating is very challenging out here in Fuerteventura and how I envy those of you who can just walk into a cake decorating specialist shop and buy what you need!