Hamburger Cake!

I’m so excited, I’ve always wanted to make this – a hamburger cake! Not just any hamburger, but a realistic 3-D cheeseburger with fixings!

I love these cakes because it feels like I’m cooking and cake decorating at the same time. 🙂  This cake was for Pat – the perfect person for a “patty” cake!

Hamburger Cake

3D Hamburger Cake

Burger Cake

3D Hamburger Cake

Burger Cake

3D Hamburger Cake

A run down of the process:

  1. The cake board was masked into squares using tape then airbrushed with red food colouring. The tape was then removed to reveal the checkerboard pattern. This was allowed to dry beforehand.
  2. Lettuce was rolled out thinly, cut with serrated scissors to make a wavy edge, then veined. The lettuce was then painted with a combination of green and a bit of brown liquid food colouring to look more like green leaf lettuce instead of ice berg lettuce.
  3. Tomato slices were made by shaping red modelling chocolate into a curved wedge shape, then sliced using a sharp Chef’s knife.
  4. Onions were made by rolling out and cutting a strip of off white modelling chocolate, adding lines using a paring knife, then curved
  5. Cheese was rolled out of golden yellow modelling chocolate. Once the cheese was placed on the bun, some gentle “drips” were pulled down and shaped by hand
  6. Fries were made using off white modelling chocolate that was rolled out then placed in the freezer to firm up. Fries were cut out, then skins were painted on using brown food colouring and a paintbrush.
  7. The buns were carved out of cake, the covered in buttercream, then fondant. Textures, lines and indents were adding using sculpting tools, then the buns were airbrushed using brown.
  8. The patty was carved out of cake, covered in butter ream, then fondant. Texture was added using sculpting tools, then hand painted using a combination of brown and black.
  9. Sesame seeds were made using off-white fondant that was rolled into a very thin rope, cut into small segments, then squished down one by one.
  10. A little but of shine was brushed onto the surface of the patty and cheese using a thin layer of oil.

I even took a video!

On a side note – if anyone here is from Calgary, AB and if you like burgers: I suggest you check out one of my favourites places, Boogies Burgers. It’s a hip diner-styled place with HUGE burgers and the most delicious spicy fries. The burger itself is as big as the plate it’s served on, and is definitely a meal within itself. My current favorite is a single “Boog-Mac.” (The secret is to wrap the paper around the burger to eat one of these monsters.)

Tiffany Box Cake

This isn’t just a Tiffany Box cake, it’s actually much more than that.

Hiding inside this special cake was an actual Tiffany Box….

Tiffany Box Cake

Tiffany Box Cake

Tiffany Box Cake

And inside that Tiffany box, was a Tiffany Box charm!

You could say that this was part of my research; gift boxes on display at Tiffany & Co., located in Calgary’s Chinook Mall:

The cake took Carlos’  ingenious idea of a Matryoshka doll – turned into a cake!

Here is an sketch of the actual construction of the cake, ( if I could take a cross section):

Cake Construction Sketch

It was constructed out of two layers of cake. The top layer of cake acted as the “lid”, and was created on it’s own cake board of the exact same size. Cake was cut out from the center of the bottom layer, where the real Tiffany Box could fit. Dowels were inserted into the bottom layer of the cake. The Tiffany Box was placed inside, then the “lid” was placed ontop. It was finished off with the gumpaste sugar bow.

What a very cool birthday surprise!

Camera Cake – The Nikon D300 DSLR

I love surprises.

And I recently had the ultimate opportunity to partake in a cake surprise and make a 3-D camera cake!

Camera Cake Nikon D300 DSLR
Camera Cake Nikon D300 DSLR

Camera Cake Nikon D300 DSLR

Camera Cake Nikon D300 DSLR

I’ve always wanted to chance to make a camera cake, and I was very blessed when the cake stars aligned themselves to make this happen.

And this wasn’t going to be just any camera. My goal was to make it Tyler’s camera – the Nikon D300.

There were a lot of special personalized details in this cake – the teal retro camera strap, to the edible image on the back of the cake, to the figure of Tyler wearing one of his favorite Nixon watches.

Camera Cake Nikon D300 DSLR

Camera Cake Nikon D300 DSLR

Camera Cake Nikon D300 DSLR

Camera Cake Nikon D300 DSLR

Camera Cake Nikon D300 DSLR

Recreating the shape of the lens was the most tricky part because of two reasons:

1) The bottom of a cake that has been carved into a cylinder will sink down and collapse on itself and

2) The shape of a cylinder likes to roll around

To combat this, I cut apart several fondant buckets and pieced them together to form a shallow, rigid, bowl-shaped support. The bottom 1/3 of the cake lens sat inside this support. This was then securely attached to the cake board to prevent movement while decorating and transportation.

The shine of the lens was recreated by painting a thin layer of piping jelly on, which was then hand painted with white food coloring to give it some depth.

Camera Cake Nikon D300 DSLR

Camera Cake Nikon D300 DSLR

Camera Cake Nikon D300 DSLR

The cake was filled with chocolate cake with chocolate chunk vanilla icing. It was then hand carved and sculpted. Because of the short time frame I have to work with the cake, this became and overnight project.

The finished camera cake was rather large – it measured 11″ high and was 14″ at it’s widest point, could serve up to 50 people, and weighed at least 20 lbs. All that butter cream, icing, and fondant sure gets heavy once it all gets put together!

Camera Cake Nikon D300 DSLR

Camera Cake Nikon D300 DSLR

And I was extremely lucky to witness his surprise and excitement when he saw the cake!  I just had to take a picture of him taking a picture. Note that the matching outfit was not a coincidence. 😉

Happy Birthday Tyler!!!

Camera Cake Nikon D300 DSLR

Camera Cake Nikon D300 DSLR

Camera Cake Nikon D300 DSLR

To see a wonderful glimpse into his vision and passion, check out Tyler Kergen Photography.

Pizza Cake – Part I

There’s a very charming story behind each cake. Months ago, I had the opportunity to make a giant cupcake cake – a gift from a very kind husband to surprise his very lovely wife for her birthday.  The giant cupcake was a representation of one of her favourite foods.  This time around, it was his birthday, and the surprise gift was for him! And his food of choice – pepperoni and pineapple pizza!

Pineapple Pepperoni Pizza Cake

Pineapple Pepperoni Pizza Cake

Pineapple Pepperoni Pizza Cake

Pineapple Pepperoni Pizza Cake

Pineapple Pepperoni Pizza Cake

Pineapple Pepperoni Pizza Cake

Pineapple Pepperoni Pizza Cake

Pineapple Pepperoni Pizza Cake

I realize everyday that it’s about so much more than just cake. Cake is a representation of gratitude, of thankfulness – in this cake, it is an expression of love and appreciation between people. I have been blessed to come across so many people in moments of their lives when they have something so amazing to celebrate about.

Happy 30th Birthday Carlos! Stay tuned for Part II – How to Make a Pizza Cake: Tips and Tricks.

Fifth Wheel RV Motorhome Cake

Recently I had the opportunity to work on a vehicle cake. This time, it was a RV/motorhome cake – specifically, a fifth-wheel trailer!

This cake was for Bill & Livia’s 70th and 65th birthdays! This was a surprise to them from their lovely two daughters.  Bill & Livia are a couple who have their birthdays just a few days apart, and who LOVE to go camping! And they always go RV-ing with their chocolate brown lab. They have been married for many years – 43 to be exact –  and apparently they compliment each other very, very well!

From concept:

To cake:

Happy Birthday and Happy Camping to Bill & Livia!

Surprise Big Cupcake Cake

I have been hoping I would have the chance to try the giant cupcake cake again! I really wanted to improve and tweak the shape of it.

So I got a message about about doing a cake for a surprise bridal shower for a friend.  After some humming and haaa-ing, I thought this would a great chance to do the giant cupcake design again.  Around that time, I came across a really cool blog, Bake and Destroy, and was instantly drawn to this big cupcake photo.  I knew it was what I was looking for as my inspiration. Sweet!

The colour theme for the bridal shower – plus her wedding – are pink (fuchsia) and orange.  To surprise her, she was told she would be going to the spa, but would be taken to the shower instead. 😉

This cupcake was not as large as the last cupcake cake, but it was the same moist chocolate cake with vanilla cupcake icing.  This time, I tried separating the top and bottom into two tiers.  Also different this time, I used airbrushing and hand-painting methods to colour the cake.  It was very top-heavy, but I’m happy to say it arrived safe.  The bridal shower was super fun – I’m glad I could be a part of it! And the decor was awesome and matched the cake perfectly!

I feel like I am getting closer and closer to the ideal cupcake cake shape.  Next time, I would like to tweak it again to have more of a “dome” on the top rather than the “donut” shape I have going on.  Lol – someone said it looked like a bagel.

Coffee with that? 😉