I made this for my nephew's 2nd birthday. He's the typical kid that loved to make moo sounds when he saw a cow and that was alot since he lives in a rural town. He absolutely loved the cake and wouldn't let anyone touch "his" cow. The pasture is a half sheet chocolate cake and the cow is 2 different sizes of pyrex bowls of white cake. I made the picket fence a few days in advance from mmf so it had time to dry. After cutting the picket shapes I put some scratches in it to give it a wood grain look. I then painted them with cocoa mixed with vodka(the alcohol evaporates) and let them dry. I needed to add a 2nd coat of "paint". I covered the half sheet cake with green mmf for grass and placed the fence around the sides of the cake. The cow is covered in white mmf and black mmf shapes for the cows spots. The legs, tail and nose are all mmf that I shaped. The "2" creek is icing and the rocks and fish are mmf. I used my grass tip to add grass sporadically on it for the finishing touch.
This is a three layer butter cake my mom and I made for my son's first birthday. We used fondant for the icing. I separated the fondant in to sections and kneaded the color into them using Wilton's gel colors. Once the correct color had been achieved I rolled it out with a rolling pin and carefully worked it onto the layer from top to bottom. Just rubbing it with your hand starting at the top and working it down the sides slowly. You need to be very careful not to rip the fondant. Each layer has it's own filler. I bought figurines from the Disney store to put on top. We used cookie cutters for the decorations around the layers which were also made from fondant. They needed to be cut and then dried over night to make them hard for the 3D effect. We used a homemade butter icing as the glue to hold the fondant decorations on the cake and under the fondant that surrounds the cake.
This cake was created for my daughter's 4th birthday. It is a 2-tier chocolate cake, frosted in buttercream and then pale pink fondant. The recipe is from Jo Seager's "Cookschool recipes" cookbook, the easiest chocolate mudcake recipe ever - put everything in a mixer and beat. The top tier is a 6" round, the bottom a 9" round (I made two cakes and sandwiched them together with buttercream and raspberry jam).
The flowers, butterflies, name and number are all made from fondant kneaded with tylose to create gumpaste and dusted with edible glitter. The fairy topper is also made from gumpaste. Making the fairy and the decorations took about 4 hours. Rolling the fondant and placing it neatly on the cake was the hardest bit, I need some more practice! At least all the flowers and butterflies hid the worst bits. I am not good at piping, so place silver cachous around the base of each tier.
My daughter thought it was the best birthday cake ever.
This was the most recent cake that I have made. I found the figures online, like most cakes, and followed the directions that came with the cake toppers as well as made a few adjustments myself. Using a regular sheet cake we created three levels, again making it interesting to look at as well as whimsical. Gummy butterflies were a great touch that really set a tone about the cake itself. We used bright colors on the decorative icing to compliment the color of the base. While the 'avacado' color of the cake was dull, the bright green and pink made it pop and go well with the bright colors of the figures themselves. A cool feature of this cake is the river that looks great with the contrasting colors of white, light blue, and the dark blue that was just dye. This cake was easy to put together and decorate, in only about an hour.