Creating birthday cakes for friends and family is becoming a trend for me. I was just looking through pictures on my laptop and realized just how many I have done over the last few years. When I was younger, my Mom and I always made cakes from scratch for birthdays and special occasions. They weren't always the prettiest cakes, but they were made with love. I can remember a certain Roland Electric Piano my Mom made for my 12th birthday. Maybe the cake gene has been laying dormant all these years.
And then this year that same little girl asked for a "castle" cake again, but this time it had to be The Little Mermaid's castle. I was stumped for a long time as to how to pull this off, and again went to the Internet to look for pictures of what other people have done just so I could find a starting point. I ended up with this as my final creation...
I haven't blogged this cake yet as honestly, I am not entirely satisfied with how it came out. I love the details, and there were a lot of details, like these molded chocolate starfish, and the green seaweed that had to be made the day ahead...
I think it is the overall color that I just don't like. The blue is way too fake blue. If I had to do it over, I would definitely work on that.
Both of those cakes were not my usual style, as I tend to stick to simple colors, straight lines. The cake below was my first cake after culinary school and the first time I played around with ganache. I found an amazing peanut butter chocolate cake by Smitten Kitchen, whose blog I still regularly check out. I continue to LOVE using ganache as a way to finish a cake.
And while we are on firsts, I made this cake for my fiance's parents' anniversary party. These were some of the first cake flowers I ever made and I really needed a lot more practice. They look more like an older, fading rose than the tight buds you would find at the store. I still like them.
Next up, the cake I just made for one of my best girlfriend's birthday.