Monday, October 31, 2011

Snickerdoodle Cupcakes

This weekend I wanted to test out a new recipe I received from a friend who is a snickerdoodle cookie fan. Since the cupcakes were not going to be served until the day after I made them, I opted out of the 7 minute frosting that the recipe called for and used a sweet butter frosting instead. While the sweet butter frosting was tasty, I will try the next batch with the 7 minute frosting to see the true difference. These will definitely be made again.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Peacock Birthday Cake

This is a Peacock birthday cake I did over the weekend. It was a rather intimidating order because the birthday girl is also a cake designer.. and a fantastic one at that. All of the accents are made with fondant except for the feathers, which are real. The bottom picture of the bows is the back of the cake. The cascading feathers down the side came out better than I had imagined.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Optimus Prime Transformers Birthday Cake

I recently had an order for a Transformers Optimus Prime birthday cake for a 5 year old. At first I had so many different ideas about what could be done, and ultimately I decided to go with a full body shaped cake. This entire creation is all cake and all edible. The cake was chocolate with a whipped vanilla marshmallow frosting. This cake was definitely a learning experience.. But all in all I am happy with the outcome.

Bridal Shower Cake Balls

Since I have become the dessert lady, I wanted to make something for a good friends bridal shower. The only thing was that I had to transport whatever I made on a 5-6 hour train ride down to San Diego. Cake balls were the perfect thought. These were made with lemon cake and cream cheese frosting and then colored chocolate candy coating. The theme of the bridal shower was Breakfast at Tiffany's. Once again, the cake balls were a huge hit. People have been telling me how much they crave them. It's always nice to hear that kind of thing.

Baby Shower Cake Balls

I have gotten a little behind on posting pictures of my creations lately. These were cake balls that I made for a friends baby shower. The color of the picture is not great.. the cake balls were a soft pink, not this weird salmon looking color the picture shows. The cake was strawberry cake with a cream cheese frosting and chocolate candy coating. I added some pearl sprinkles to add a little something to them. They were quite the hit. Cake balls/pops are the new thing right now. I have seen them done in so many different ways. It will be a fun and exciting new fad.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Camp Widow Camping Cake

This cake was done for the Soaring Spirits Loss Foundation's kick-off party for the Frova Fund for Camp Widow. The cake was a vanilla butter cake with lemon curd and fresh strawberry filling with cream cheese frosting. All of the accent pieces are fondant; the river is colored piping gel.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Father's Day Coffee Cake Muffins

For Father's Day I wanted to make something for my dad. The only issue is that my dad does not like sweets. So, instead I made him coffee cake muffins that were absolutely delicious.

I also made margarita cupcakes for my mom's boyfriend and his colleague. I have posted photos of those cupcakes in a prior post. They were delicious. They were the perfect amount of lime and tequila. Yum!

Dr. Deb's Graduation Cupcakes

A friend of mine graduated recently with her PhD. For her graduation extravaganza I made her two kinds of cupcakes. Red velvet with cream cheese frosting and limoncello with lemon curd filling and limoncello cream cheese frosting. The grad caps are made with fondant.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Athletic Training Graduation Cake

This weekend I had an order for a graduation cake for an Athletic Training major at CSUN. The cake is red velvet with cream cheese frosting. All of the accents are made with fondant, and the Athletic Training symbol front and center was hand painted on with some food coloring gel. On top of the cake there is an ice pack, bandaids, an ace bandage and two colors of kinesiotape.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Jenn's Bridal Shower Cookies

Another thing I did for my cousin's bridal shower was cookies for each guest when they left. They are sugar cookies decorated with royal icing and little fondant and pearl accents. I carried the undecorated cookies onto the plane as well. I was not as worried about their survival as I was with the cupcakes because I had made so many more than I needed. When I got to Colorado, I frosted and decorated the cookies. This was a new recipe, and I have to say it is one of the best sugar cookie recipes I have ever tasted. Success!!

Jenn's Bridal Shower Cupcakes

For my cousin Jenn's bridal shower, I made some cupcakes. The pictures to the left show an up close picture of the cupcakes and then the way that they were all set up at her shower. The cupcakes were vanilla with a vanilla buttercream frosting in hot pink, green and white. This was definitely an experience.

I had offered to make cupcakes for my cousins bridal shower. She lives in Colorado, I live in California. I had been thinking about what the best way to get cupcakes made and have as much social time as possible. So, I decided to bake the cupcakes at home in California and transport them on my carry on to Colorado. I packaged them up as tightly as I could and put them in my carry-on. I was impressed how well they held up. There were definitely a few that were too smooched together to use, but all in all the transportation was a success. The TSA lady at security had a good long laugh at me.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Easter Strawberry Champagne Cupcakes

For Easter dessert I decided to make strawberry mini cupcakes with champagne buttercream, chocolate ganache and champagne soaked strawberries. I layered them together in the champagne flutes. It was the perfect amount of sweet for dessert. They were incredible!

Birthday Limoncello Cupcakes

My step-mom has been dying to try my lemon cupcakes with lemon curd filling and lemon cream cheese frosting. So, for her and my Uncle's birthday celebration I decided to change it up a little and make Limoncello cupcakes with lemon curd filling and a limoncello buttercream. They turned out better than I could have imagined. They were definitely a little more exciting than a regular lemon cupcake.

Monday, April 18, 2011

30th Birthday Cupcakes

I recently got an order for cupcakes for a 30th birthday. The only catch was that the cupcakes had to be made excluding very specific ingredients due to a food allergy. After a couple rounds of tester cupcakes, I finally got a product that I was ok with. It was nice to be able to give the birthday girl a cupcake she could actually eat and enjoy. I also made the cupcake stand. It was my first attempt and I learned a lot from it. I love the way that it came out. It was a fun art project to do a few days before the delivery.

Monday, March 21, 2011

60th Birthday Daffodils

Here is another shot of the daffodils a little closer up.

60th Birthday Daffodil Cake

I recently received an order to make a 60th birthday cake for a friends mother. She said that her mother loved daffodils and I ran with it. I thought doing something simple yet elegant would be perfect for such an event. The cake is carrot cake with cream cheese frosting, covered with fondant. The daffodils are a mixture of fondant and gum paste. They were a ton of fun, and actually pretty easy to make. I am excited to work on making all kinds of flowers in the near future.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Boys and Girls Club of Santa Barbara Auction Cake

A friend of mine recently asked me to make a cake for the Boys and Girls Club of Santa Barbara's annual auction. She sent me a picture of the flier and said that it was aviation themed. What better than a huge airplane cake for an aviation themed event. The cake was red velvet with cream cheese frosting. All of the accents are done with fondant. It may not look like it, but the cake was fairly large. The idea at the auction was that each cake was donated and displayed in the dining area and each table bid on a cake for their dessert for the evening. I was shocked to hear that this cake earned the Boys and Girls Club $3620. Wowza!!! I am honestly beyond thrilled right now!

Monday, February 28, 2011

Grandma's 93rd Birthday Cupcakes

For my Grandma's 93rd birthday party, I made 4 dozen cupcakes. 2 dozen were vanilla cupcakes with chocolate frosting (her favorite), and the other 2 dozen were a strawberry champagne cupcake with champagne buttercream. The accent piece on top is a piece of cut fondant stamped with a G for Genie, and painted with some luster dust to add a nice shimmer. The champagne cupcakes were so good. It was my first time ever making them, and it is definitely a recipe I will be making over and over again.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Katie's Bridal Shower Cake

My friend Katie is getting married next month. The theme of her wedding is nesting and love birds.. So I made this cake for her bridal shower with a bride and groom. I realized after I had made the love birds yellow that people would think they are ducks, but they are not ducks. The cake was lemon, with homemade lemon curd filling, and lemon cream cheese frosting. All of the accents are done in fondant except for the branch around the side of the cake. The branch was made out of chocolate frosting. Everyone loved the cake, especially the bride.

Pick Me Up Cupcakes

A friend of mine was going through a break up and needed some cheering up. What better way to cheer someone up than with a nice sweet treat. I made him a classic vanilla cupcake with chocolate frosting. He was super appreciative that I thought of him, and it was nice to see him smile. They did their job.

30th Birthday Chanel Purse Cake

This cake is a 14" round marble cake with fudge filling and cream cheese frosting. The purse is made out of 3 layers of 8" round cake (the same flavor, filling and frosting) and cut to look like a purse. The cakes are covered and decorated with fondant accents. The 14" cake is actually covered in a very hot pink. For some reason the photo makes it look more orange-y than it actually was. The pearls are also fondant and painted with a white shimmery luster dust. The picture does not really convey the sparkle and shine of the pearls very well. The handles of the purse are actually rolled to look like a rope handle, which you cannot see in the picture. The piping accents are all done with royal icing. It was a huge cake!!

New Year's Eve Champagne Cupcakes

For New Years Eve this year, my friend Deb asked me to make something yummy and sweet for the celebration. I knew there would be a lot of champagne to ring in the new year, and thought there was no better sweet treat than a champagne cupcake with sweet champagne buttercream frosting. I added little pearl accents to the cupcakes to make them sparkle a little more. They were absolutely delicious. It was the first time that I had made them, and I will definitely do so again. I am glad that I got to make something fun to ring in the new year. Not to mention, that I got a candy apple red Kitchenaid stand mixer for Christmas that I got to use for the first time. What a difference a mixer makes!! And of course, I got to display them in my new cupcake tree. It was a lot of fun.

Ashlyn's Panda Cake

For my niece Ashlyn's 7th birthday she wanted an elaborate Panda cake with bamboo. Unfortunately, I didn't have all of the time to make cake with all of the details that she wanted, but I think she was pretty happy with the outcome. The panda is black and white fondant, the bamboo are vanilla filled cookies spray painted with a sugar spray, and the rest is buttercream. The cake was chocolate with a buttercream filling and frosting. It turned out alright, but I do wish that I could have given her all of the details that she wanted for the cake. There is always next year!

Chris's Belated Bacon Birthday Cupcakes

So many people have looked at me like I was crazy when I mentioned that I was going to make my friend Chris maple bacon cupcakes with chocolate ganache for his birthday. I think people tend to underestimate just how amazing bacon and chocolate pair together. It is quite amazing. These cupcakes are actually maple cupcakes frosted with a chocolate ganache and topped with some chopped bacon. It only took me a month to get Chris his birthday cupcakes, but I am pretty sure he thought it was worth the wait. Definitely a recipe to keep and make over and over again.

Erin's Baby Shower Cake

One of my dear friends from all the way back to elementary school is having a baby girl. For her baby shower we decided to do a onesie cake with some sparkly gumpaste Mary Jane's and little rose accents. The cake is white cake with a lemon curd filling and fresh strawberries with lemon cream cheese frosting. I also did cupcakes with the yellow frosting and edible pearls to bring the two together. The baby's name is Claire so we definitely had to incorporate that somewhere. This was my first experience with a onesie cake and it turned out really well for my first time. It was definitely interesting having to carve the cake and make sure that both sides were even. Carving cakes can definitely be a daunting task for me, but it turned out great! My favorite was the little Mary Janes with some sparkle. They turned out amazing! Everyone was super impressed and Erin loved it..

Spa Weekend Purse & Shoe Cake

My mom and her friends get together every so often for a little spa retreat weekend at one of their houses. They usually get cupcakes for the event, but my mom thought this was a perfect opportunity for me to do a cake. She decided that she wanted something girlie like a purse cake. This was my first purse cake, and my first experience making a gumpaste/fondant shoe. The shoe is a little dark so you can't really see some of the details in the photo. The cake is red velvet with cream cheese frosting. I thought it would be cool to have the red cake jump out at you with the zebra print. The red accent roses just made it blend together that much more. The ladies loved the cake and I learned A LOT from the cake and shoes that I can use next time I need to make a cake like this. Success all around.

Michael & Michele's Wedding Cake

A friend of my mom's recently asked me to do her wedding cake! I know right? Huge deal!! I think people were a little shocked at how at ease and confident I was with the idea of actually making a wedding cake. The bottom tier of the wedding cake is red velvet with cream cheese frosting, the middle tier was vanilla and fudge marble with a fudge filling and cream cheese frosting, and the top tier was a lemon cake with lemon curd filling and lemon cream cheese frosting. The cake is covered with a cream colored fondant and all accents were done in royal icing. The flowers on top were fresh flowers that matched those of the bride and the bridal party. I have to be honest, I have become increasingly critical of myself and my work and it took me a little while to really take a step back and like the cake. Seeing the bride's expression and excitement when she saw the cake was amazing. I think it really helped to put things in perspective for me; to realize that it is an amazing cake.

I had a lot of fun getting this cake together. Since my kitchen is the size of a cardboard box, I knew that I was going to need to use a larger kitchen with actual counter space. Rolling fondant to cover the bottom tier alone would have taken me a year in my kitchen. Luckily, my mother was willing to let me take over her kitchen for the day and make a mess. What a sous chef she turned out to be. All in all, this was an amazing experience and I hope to have many many more where this came from.

Deb's Purple Sparkle Birthday Cupcakes

These cupcakes were for my friend Deb's birthday bash. Instead of bringing a big cake that you have to cut into and pass around, I decided that since we were going out, we needed something easy to eat. What is an easier baked good to eat than a cupcake? I made lemon cupcakes filled with lemon curd and a lemon cream cheese frosting to top. Deb is notorious for loving purple and sparkles. I added some subtle flares of purple with the purple streaks in the frosting and the purple edible glitter. I have to say, I was a little disappointed that the edible glitter wasn't very glittery. Nonetheless, she loved them and so did everyone else. By the end of the night the cupcakes had turned into beautiful creations touched by God and angel tears, and all hand made... even down to the cupcake tins and edible glitter. It was hysterical. I am just glad that everyone loved them, especially the birthday girl.

Adam's Going Away Cake

My dear friend Adam is packing his bags and leaving Santa Barbara for an adventure teaching English in Asia. Of course I couldn't let him leave without making him some kind of going away cake. I figured that since he was going to be doing some traveling, suitcases and the world came to mind instantly. The bottom cake is chocolate with chocolate frosting, the middle cake is lemon with lemon curd and lemon cream cheese frosting, and the top is red velvet with cream cheese frosting. All of the decorations are fondant. I hand painted the bottom suitcase accents, the middle suitcase as well as its accents with a gold and white shimmer. The wording on the globe says "Good luck friend" in Mandarin. At least I hope that is what it says. Hopefully google was right. I was hoping to do some fondant accent stickers on the suitcases but ran out of time. I ended up only doing a few. You can't see them, but there are two sets of blue and teal stars on the right and a "D" in orange and blue for the Denver Broncos (Adam is a huge fan).

Mom's Birthday Rose Cake

Since my mom loves flowers, especially roses, I decided to make her a classic rose cake for her birthday. The cake itself is a triple layer lemon cake with lemon curd filling and lemon cream cheese frosting. The borders are done in the lemon cream cheese frosting and the roses were hand made from fondant. It was my first time making fondant roses and it was quite the experience. It was a hot afternoon so the fondant was having a hard time sticking, it was as if it was melting in my hand. I am sure that the more I try to make them and work on them the better they will turn out. I had one happy mama for a birthday girl with this cake.

Father's Day Tie Cake

For Father's Day I made my mom's boyfriend a shirt and tie cake. It was chocolate and vanilla marble with a vanilla buttercream frosting. It was a lot of fun. The picture actually doesn't really give a great depiction of how it looked in person. There was another father at the father's day celebration, a family friend, who was also included in the cake festivities. Both fathers were thrilled with the cake and happy to be recognized.

I always have such great ideas for cakes to make for my father for events, but he ruins it by not liking anything too sweet. I think for his birthday or for another Father's Day I will have to make him something he likes, and then make a cake for everyone else with something themed especially for him.

Happy Father's Day to all of the dad's out there.

Hil's Grad School Graduation Cake

As I mentioned below, my friend Hil graduated from Graduate School with her Master's in Teacher Education yesterday. For her graduation celebration I made the cupcakes below, as well as this teacher themed cake for her. The cake was a triple layer lemon cake with lemon curd filling and a lemon cream cheese frosting. It was a total success. The angle of this picture is not all that great, as you cannot really see the chalkboard all that well with the ABC on the front.. but I think you get the picture. The yellow thing on the right is supposed to be a ruler, but you can't really see the details in the picture. Glad that I could be a part of her graduation by making her this cake.

Margarita Cupcakes

For my friend Hil's graduation from Graduate School, I was asked to do a cake (that you will see above) for a dinner celebration. Since I was not sure how many people would be attending, I came prepared with a dozen cupcakes just in case. Since Hil loves a nice margarita, I thought there would be no better cupcake than margarita. They were fantastic. I will definitely make these again.

Danielle's Graduation Cupcakes

My cousin graduated from high school and asked me to make her cupcakes for her graduation party. She requested red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting. Since the cupcakes were already red, and her school colors were gold and maroon, I figured a yellow frosting would be perfect. I piped on the yellow cream cheese frosting, added some yellow pearl sprinkles and then added the fondant circles with the piped "D" for Danielle, and the fondant diplomas. They came out super cute. They were presented around a Barbie graduation cake in her school colors. It looked amazing.

Dave's 30th Birthday 80's Cake

A friend had an 80s themed 30th birthday party and asked me to make the cake. As a huge fan of the 80s it was hard to come up with just a few things to do for this cake. Obviously bold colors were a given. I added a cassette tape, funky sunglasses, a Rubik's cube, and of course the amazing game of Pac Man was represented. I may end up having to post more photos with different angles so that all aspects of the cake are shown. It was a huge success and the birthday boy was extremely pleased.

Mother's Day Strawberry Cream Cheese Tarts

Being the baker that I have become, Mother's Day would not be complete without some kind of baked good. I decided to make Strawberry Cream Cheese Tarts. The recipe actually called for blueberry, but I figured everyone who would be enjoying these would prefer something different. I cannot believe what a treat these were. So light, fresh and amazing. Needless to say, they were quite a hit at both Mother's Day celebrations.

Kyle's Buckaroo Cowboy Birthday Cake

So my friend Kyle from work turned 40 and had a Buckaroo Cowboy themed birthday party. I was so excited to make this cake.. I had so many different ideas that I honestly just had to start and see where the path lead. I did have some other aspects of the cake that I wanted to add but unfortunately time did not permit. The bottom tier is an almond sour cream cake, the middle was strawberry pound cake and the top was chocolate; all layers had buttercream frosting.

As I am sure you can tell, the bottom is a landscape, the middle is just grass, and the top is two cowboys in a hot tub. The birthday boy loved it and that is all I could have honestly asked for. It was a success.

Grandma's 92nd Birthday Grape Cake

So this cake was kind of a big deal for me because it was my first tiered cake. I had done a lot of reading up on how to implement it, so I think it went off fairly well. The bottom tier was chocolate cake with a chocolate buttercream. The top tier was red velvet with cream cheese frosting. Both were phenomenal. Both tiers were covered with fondant and painted gold with some shimmer dust I made into a paint-like consistency. All of the other decorations are made with fondant as well. I loved how well the colors worked together. The theme and decorations at her party were grapes and these magentas and golds. It went along perfectly with everything. I am honestly so proud of it and so happy that it came out the way it did. Everyone was super impressed, especially my Grandma

Sugar and Dairy Free Cake

So this was one of the most interesting cakes I have made to date. I got asked to make a sugarless and dairy free cake for a friend of a friends birthday. It was hard enough trying to find recipes that were both sugar free and dairy free, but then trying to decorate with that kind of icing was not easy. I ended up scratching the idea to use the sugar free icing for decorations. I used fondant to decorate and just let her know that they needed to be taken off before eating since fondant does contain sugar. I am still not sure how it turned out since I did not partake in the birthday festivities, but I am hoping it was at least edible for the birthday boy and his friends. It was definitely a challenging cake, and one that if I ever have to make again, might try to find some different recipes and test them out before sending it off with someone.

Saints Super Bowl Cupcakes

I have had a huge desire to do some baking recently, and thought what better day than the day my Saints go to the Super Bowl? I made red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting and made little fondant footballs and fleur de lys' to top the cupcakes. I originally had the idea to make the fluer de lys' three tones with the white, gold and black. After making one of them I realized that would be a rather daunting task, so I just stuck to the black. I ended up brushing them with some gold shimmer dust and calling it a day. They came out really cute and they were a hit at the Super Bowl party I attended. It was my first time making red velvet cupcakes with this cream cheese frosting, this is definitely a recipe I am going to have to make again. It was so light and delicious.

Ashlyn's Pony Cake

For my niece Ashlyn's 6th birthday I wanted to make her a cake to celebrate at our family celebration. I asked both of her parents what she would want. Her dad (my brother) came back with Spongebob. Spongebob? Ok, easy enough. Then it changed to a "girlie skull" cake. Ok, getting a little more creative.. And then it changed again. She was so specific about what she wanted: "I want a chocolate cake that is pink and a white pony with brown spots and my name under the pony." I laughed so hard at how in depth she had decided her cake should be.. And she's just turning 6. It was the cutest thing ever! So my niece, of course, got what she wanted. I did have some issues with the frosting being too thin. I don't know what the issue was because as you can tell I have made a lot of buttercream. For whatever reason, on the day I made this cake it decided it was not going to cooperate. The pink icing was fine, but the white and yellow did not want to stay on. I kept having to put it in the fridge to let it set and then take it out to keep decorating. I felt really challenged by this cake in general. It took me a little while to come up with an idea and how I was actually going to get it done.. But I was pretty pleased with the end result, minus the melting buttercream. The cake was chocolate with buttercream. The pony and her name were made with fondant and the rest is dear old buttercream. She was thrilled, which made me thrilled. Have to keep that little girl happy :-)

Adam's 30th Birthday Boob Cake

The minute I started thinking about making a birthday cake for my friend Adam, boobs came to mind. I knew it had to be something boobilicious. I started looking around and found a few great ideas.. This cake was definitely an interesting one to make. I am thankful I had an entire day off of work to make it because I started around noon and did not finish until around 8-8:30 in the evening. I made a sheet cake and then two semi round cakes for the breasts. When I was measuring the bowl I was thinking of using to the sheet pan, I thought it would end up being perfect in size. It turns out that the bowls made the cakes much bigger than I anticipated. I had to cut the bowl cakes down in order to get them both to fit on the sheet cake without falling off of the sides. For my first attempt I think it came out pretty good. I know that the nipples are a little high and the breast part isn't sculpted as "womanly" as it could be, but for my first attempt I am more than happy. This was also my first time trying to do the corenelli lace. It was a lot easier than I thought it would be. All in all I was very happy. Adam was more than thrilled. He sure did love his boobs. The cake was chocolate with buttercream, covered in fondant with fondant nipples and the boustier and lace were all done with buttercream.

Turntable with Headphones

My brother Chris' roommate was having a birthday and his roommates girlfriend and him wanted nothing more than for to me make a cake for the celebration. At first when they told me their number one idea was for a turntable, I will be honest, I got a little scared. I had never really done anything like that before. The wheels started turning and this is what I came up with. Not knowing much about turntables or anything of the sort, I think it came out relatively well. The cake was chocolate fudge and vanilla marble with buttercream. I covered the cake in white fondant and painted it with a a silver shimmer dust which made for a very cool effect. The headphones are made of fondant and painted with the silver shimmer dust and black icing color. All of the other accents are made out of fondant. My brother, his roommate, and his roommates girlfriend were all thrilled. Everyone at the party raved and raved and raved. Let me tell you, it felt mighty awesome!! I was just glad they loved it as much as they did.

Baby Shower for a Co-Worker

A woman in my office was getting ready to have a baby so the office threw her a baby shower. I offered to make a cake. The first thing that popped into my head was rubber duckies. I searched high and low for plastic rubber duckies. I had thought about making them out of fondant, but was afraid of how horrible my sculpting skills would be. Maybe I should have tried it.. I don't know. At Rite Aid I finally found this cute set of rubber duckies. My thought was to have the three small ones on the cake and give the big mama to the mama. I had such problems with this cake that I needed all four to cover up my blunders. It all goes back to that bad flour. This cake basically crumbled into pieces, but somehow I thought I could salvage it and put it together. After a little phone call to the mom and another to my best friend, I started putting the pieces together with buttercream. It actually turned out really well. No one could really tell that it was a big ball of cake before I had buttercream glued it all back together. The cake was chocolate with buttercream and buttercream suds... again, I know, needing to branch out here. At least the rubber duckies were something totally different, being that they were plastic. She loved the cake and loved that she got to take these rubber duckies home. Everyone seemed to love the idea that all of the baby ducks fit onto the back of the mama duck. It was very cute.

Flower Cake for Nikki

My friend Nikki has always done a lot for me, so a few days before one of my recent hair appointments I decided that she needed to have one of my cakes. Mind you, her father and stepmother own the best bakery in Simi Valley! The cake is chocolate with buttercream.. I know, I need to branch out a little more. I get it. The flowers are made out of gum paste, but all other accents are buttercream. I just wanted to do something fun and delicious for Nikki. She totally loved it. From what I remember, I had one heck of a time with this cake. The first batch of chocolate cakes I made, I forgot to grease the pans. When I tried to remove them, both cakes crumbled into unsavable pieces. It was a daunting task, that is for sure, but the end result came out beautifully. After the crumbling of multiple cakes, a friend of mine mentioned that it could be that I had changed flour. Indeed, it was. When I changed back to the flour I had been using everything has gone off without a hitch. Who knew something like the brand of flour you use could make such a drastic difference? Certainly not I.