1st is the Plymouth voyager van cake. I really wanted it to be more realistic than cartoonish - but...to slope the nose right, I'd lose a TON of cake and trust me when I say that the cake that's inside this van is tooo freakin delicious to spare!! :) It's a triple fudge chunk cake which is crazy moist and dense and delicious!!! In addition, the frosting that's glueing the thing together is out of this world!!! I feel guilty for not giving them a side order of insulin with it cuz it's soooooo rich it's crazy! The frosting recipe goes like this...
combine 1 cup of whipping cream, 1 1/4 c granulated sugar and 1/2 cup of cocoa...whisk it together and bring it to a low gentle boil for 1 minute. Remove it from the heat and...this is where things get crazy - you add 6...I'm sorry - did you say 6?? yes - SIX chocolate baking squares!!!!! Stir it to melt it all together ( it gets super thick and you'll wanna grab a spoon - and if you do, you're just like me!! :) also - stir in 1tsp of vanilla and let this deliciousness cool till it's room temp.
Nex - whip a package of cream cheese and a cup of butter together until they're...well...whipped! :) Then add the delicious cooled mixture and mix util it's...well...whipped!! :) That's it - you'll wanna eat it with a spoon!! (I did - shhhh!)
Not only was this one super delicious with diabetes inducing frosting...I snuck some fresh raspberries in between the layers. :) Yah-hum!!! So here she is...the story line behind this one is that the birthday boy had a 1995 voyager until recently and it was his baby...but it's gone - moved on to greener pastures! :) Hence the wings, the halo and the green grass (for greener pastures) :)
Next are the 3 cakes for youngest kiddo's friend Luca. She's having her party today with 20 of her friends - eek!! (imagine 20 ten year olds inside of 1 home!!) But - she wanted a horse head cake so that's what she got! :) Her Grammie sent me the link of what she wanted, which was a beautiful grey horse by Gina cakes. I did my best to come close, but I always struggle with black. For whatever reason, my black coloring did not want to make black frosting or black fondant today so I had to settle for grey. I used cocoa to color the bridle though. I didn't want it all near-black cuz I felt it would need some more color than that.
the cutest little white horse cake by Kylie Lambert from Le Cupcake. I'm happy with how it turned out. :)
Overall, I think they were all a success. As with every other cake, I learned so much with these 4! (which is one of the things I love the most about making cakes! :) Lessons include:
- Not all icing sugar is created equal.
- Black is a very hard color to make in frosting and fondant.
- I'm getting better at smooth frosting.
- If you spray fondant with water, then sprinkle white sugar all over it - it will stick and look super sparkley pretty! :)
So that's it for this post - my next cake on the list is a Montreal Canadiens cake for a co-worker. :) I'm really looking forward to it cuz it's chocolate too!! :)