I run a gluten free bakery out of my home, and a mom asked me to make her daughter's 21st birthday cake. She does research on lady bugs and was looking for a science/lab themed cake. The mom didn't know a lot about the research, so I stuck with some basic ideas - DNA electrophoresis gels and an Erlenmeyer flask.
The DNA bands on the bottom are printed with edible ink on sugar sheets and then wrapped around the buttercream icing. The lady bugs and flask were made out of fondant. The only things you can't eat on the cake are the toothpick signs that read "please, help, us", and the lady bug antennae (which are paper flower stamens that are typically used for making gum paste/fondant flowers - and then painted black).
This was for my son Kyle...He was turning three and loved dinosaurs. everything is edible. I used four cakes and carved the body and for the head I use homemade rice crispy treats. I molded by hand and let set. I use fondant to cover the body then I airbrushed. the volcano is just a two layer cake with a hole cut in the middle. the dirt on the ground is crumbled graham crackers, and the rocks are actually chocolate. the only thing that is not edible is the palm tree. I had to use it as a support because the head turned out to be heavier than I thought it was going to be. and the little toy dinos that are also on the cake.
I used a box of pillsburry chocolate cake and followed the recipe on the box.I baked the cake night before and chilled it in the fridge.I frosted it the morning of his party,I bought the big orange car from 99cents store and used the 4miniature cars from the monopoly game.I used sandwich cookies for the dirt and used a rolling pin to crushed them.I put half oreo cookies for the edges to look like tires,I colored the vanilla frosting for green grass and used blue icing for borders.I had a hard time using the blue icing because i never used them before,I just used candy Happy Birthday. It took me 2hrs to decorate it.But it was all worth it my son loved it!
well this cake was a last minute cake. my friend reminded me that it was her birthday that morning so i whipped this up real quick. i just used a regular store bought cake mix. baked it in 2 round pans and then let them cool. this was the first time i tried using meringue in my frosting. usually i just add powdered sugar to thicken the frosting so it will stay on the cake. my mom sent me for my birthday the icing dye and the meringue. so i thought this is a perfect opportunity to try them out. i wasn't to pleased with the texture or taste of the meringue. but it was pretty. and she loved it.
This corset is made out of regular buttercream with a strawberry filling. It serves 40 people. It is made from a 12x18 pan and two half ball cups. It took about 3 to 4 hours to complete. I got so many compliments on this cake.
I used a peice of card board first and drew the corset on it. I then froze the layers of the 12x18 for one day so it could be firm enough to cut. I then placed the cardboard on the cake and cut the cake to the shape of the cardboard. Then I put a thin layer of icing down then started to design it.
Use your imagination and this cake can never go wrong.
This is made of fondant...I colored the fondant black and after I rolled it out I covered it with wrinkled plastic wrap and rolled it again to put the "leather grain" on it...I cut the skull out of white fondant and drew the teeth with an edible marker