Sweet 16 fondant cakes for a rave-themed birthday party.  They had blacklights and glow jewelry and requested fondant cakes with a black base and neon colors.  This is the result:

Neon Sweet 16

Neon Sweet 16.

Emily has developed an interest in cacti and succulents and has an extensive collection in her room that she takes care of.  I’ve been dying to find an opportunity to practice my fondant skills and her 16th birthday was the perfect opportunity.  All of these succulents are edible, made from marshmallow fondant.  I wanted the fondant pieces to be the showcase, so I stuck with a square tired cake frosted with a simple texture.

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She was thrilled with the result!

Succulent Cake

Succulent Cake

For as long as I can remember Becca’s favorite movie has been The Nightmare Before Christmas. We had been talking about making a cake with this theme and I finally did. The bottom layer was decorated to mimic Sally’s dress and the top layer hints at Jack’s pinstriped suit. She really likes the silhouette of Jack and Sally so that was the main design on top of the cake.

Nightmare Before Christmas Cake

Nightmare Before Christmas Cake

She also wanted to bring cupcakes to her skating group so I made a batch that matched the cake.

Nightmare Before Xmas Cupcakes

As my kids get older they have more specific requests for their birthday cakes.  For this one I had a request for sugar skulls.  I researched different styles online and sketched out a few ideas for Em to look at and this is her choice.  Around the bottom edge are actual mini sugar skulls I made with a silicone skull ice cube mold and decorated with buttercream.  Around the eyes are purple pearl decorating candies by SweetWorks.

Dies de los Muertos Cake

Dies de los Muertos Cake

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A monster cake was requested and a monster cake was made!  This was a really fun cake to make.  I was happy to use the grass tip for once.  There were cupcakes made in green, red, and blue with candy eyes but sadly I forgot to photograph them.

 

Monster Cake

Monster Cake

My youngest daughter is a figure skater and has a winter birthday.  I combined the two for this cake.  It was a light lavender buttercream base with white buttercream details.  The skater was a buttercream  transfer with a gel dress added after.

Skater Birthday Cake

Skater Birthday Cake

One of my first cakes I made was an anniversary cake for my parents.  I had a lot of fun making and placing all the little royal icing flowers.

 

Anniversary Cake

Anniversary Cake