FC: Crazy For Cakes ...and other things too! | By Tara-Lee Horning
1: Hello and welcome to my picture book of cakes and much more! Within this book are some fun cakes, cookies, cupcakes and other fun treats that I have made over the years. It all began back in 2003 when I went to Culinary Arts school in Kelowna. I feel in love with baking, and took a short course on decorating cakes. From there I self taught myself throughout the years with books and just plain experimenting. In 2011 I took 3 Wilton Cake Courses and it has just expanded from there! Now my dining room and pantry has been taken over with cake decorating supplies, and the ideas are endless! Enjoy looking through these pages of pictures, and keep in mind they are all custom made for special people who deserve a special treat!
2: At school we were learning to work with chocolate! So for my friend Erin's birthday I made her this playboy bunny cake. It was so easy to do! She loved it, and who doesn't like chocolate right?
3: There was an anniversary coming up for my boyfriend's grandparents. They were sending them on a cruise, and asked me if I could make a boat as a cake. So this was just practice to see how it would all piece together.. so very very rough. I didn't end up actually making it because I was out of town.. but it WOULD HAVE been a great cake if done.
4: This was my very first wedding cake. It was for my older sister! It was made with scratch fondant, white cake, filled with whipped cream and strawberries! I made it in Kelowna at school with my teacher's help. It was then frozen, and transported to Mackenzie with dry ice. When it got to Mackenzie it was still frozen. When wedding day came, it was perfectly moist and fresh. It turned out great! The detailing was made with pastillage and hang piped by myself. It took hours, but was well worth it!
6: This cake was made for my boyfriend on his 25th Birthday. It was the first time using an edible image.. which worked great. This at the time was his "dream car" and what he wanted his to look like one day. For the wheels on the side I went to the dollar store and found a YoYo that worked perfect once I took it apart. Blackforest is his favorite, and so I made him my version with Chocolate Fudge cake, a thick layer of cherry pie filling, and fresh whipped cream. Then topped it with shaved chocolate flakes! Yum!
8: This here was my second wedding cake. It was for my boyfriend's cousin. It took place in his mom's backyard in Vernon. It was beautiful! This cake was put together with Wilton pillars - a first time for me! I decorated it the morning of the wedding, in their kitchen. *stressful* But I loved the outcome of it.
9: This wedding cake was another first time doing. It had the same stacking technique as the one on the left page, but this one was actually fake. It was all Styrofoam, and then iced with "plaster". The cement worked quite nice, although a little tough when not knowing how it is going to turn out. I did the best I could icing it normally. But then the next day once it dried I was actually able to sand it down a bit to make it smoother. Something I wasn't aware of was how plaster is grey until fully dried. I was very worried because I couldn't deliver a grey wedding cake. But sure enough once the wedding day came it was bright white and would last forever!
11: I wanted to be creative with this one. It was made for a friend who just hasn't had good luck with men.. so I thought I would bring her "The Perfect Man" for her birthday. So I made just a simple chocolate cake, but then turned it into a bed with a chocolate blanket and headboard. Ken was tied to the bed with licorice and propped up with marshmallow pillows!
12: This cake was for my little niece's first birthday. I wanted to use an edible image of when she was just a baby. The image turned out great. At the time I thought they cake was great, but looking back now it really was quite amateur. But at the time I wanted to make her a pretty fancy cake with a few white roses and pretty beads. So this was the outcome!
13: This wedding cake was huge. And heavy. I had some help from the bakery boys on this one, since I wanted to use wine glasses to separate the cakes. It turned out fabulous. To insert the wine glasses, we cut out a cylinder hole in three spots.. pulled out the cake.. cut the cylinders in half and put them around the glasses... and then put it back into the cake. Then iced the cake, and voila! It worked great. It was simply, but with the wine glasses and flowers it was very pretty.
15: This wedding cake was made for my niece. It took place at a Summerland golf course. It was five tiers, The top three were Styrofoam, and the bottom two were real cake. Again I tried to use wine glasses to go with the wedding theme. This time the bride wanted the stems to show... which made it a bit tricky! Bu in the end it was a wonderful result.
20: These penguins were so much fun to make! I got the idea from a book called "Hello Cupcake!" I started out with cupcakes, then added half a mini donut, then added a Timbit, then iced it all. I put them in the freezer for a few minutes just to set. Then I dipped them in black icing and then began adding on all the details. I used Starburst candy for the noses, marshmallows for the tummies. I drove all over town for fish candy.. and did find some in the end! These were made for a little boys skating party. He was very happy about them! Needless to say, all of the kids had black mouths once eating them!
24: This Bud cake was fun to make! It was for my mom's friend who was turning the Big 50! He likes Bud, and so we surprised him with this cake. I was going to try and handpipe the cake, but there was just so much detail that I didn't think I could pull off. So I used an edible image which I knew would work great. I iced the cake first in a grey icing, and then put the image on. Once that was done, I sprayed the cake with a Pearl Lustre spray to give it the aluminum can look. It worked so good! The cake itself was Neapolitan flavored as you can see in the picture on the right. This cake was a hit!
30: This cake was for my boyfriend's 28th birthday! It was based on his favorite game, World of Warcraft. It is supposed to be a scene on the beach of Murlocs!
33: This cake was for Frank - a student that was working in the Pharmacy. He loved Bubble Tea! And he always said "Time to escape" at the end of his day. He was just doing practicum at the store, and we gave him this cake on his last day. I hand piped all the decorations with color flow icing a few days in advance, and then placed them all on the cake the day of!
35: Fun with icing!
38: Maddy is a sweet little girl that got this for her First Birthday cake! I made it with a sphere cake pan, and then iced it and covered it with ivory fondant. I used a texture mat on the lamb wool to give it a puffy look. For the face I used black icing. To decorate the "yard" with the lamb, I made some cake pop flowers! I took left over chocolate cake, mixed in some icing, shaped them, dipped them, and then decorated with sugars and candies.
40: These mini hamburgers were 100% edible. Made with white cupcakes, icing, and fondant cutouts! These pictures show you all the steps to create a homemade burger cupcake! They were a hit at the birthday party.
41: Mini Hamburger Bites!
44: This Christmas I was ready to do some serious decorating! I baked off a ton of sugar cookies and let them cool right down. Then I mixed up some royal icing and made thick for the borders, and then some thin to run in the middle. It was a very time consuming thing to do, but I loved the whole process and was so excited with the outcome! Hours into the night and early morning my hands were stiff, back was stiff, kitchen was a mess, but the cookies were beautiful! Each were flavored to match their color, and finished with sparkling disco dust!
47: This birthday cake was made with chocolate molds and was super cute once finished! My friend Erin and I made this for her daughter's first birthday. We used multi colored chocolate wafers melted down and poured into molds. When they were set, we popped them out, put on eyes, and placed on the cake. The grass was then piped in and the water pond was filled in. The letters for Ella were made out of fondant and a letter mold.
56: This wedding cake was for my friend Erin. It took place in Penticton in the summer of 2012. It was three tiers, chocolate cake, covered in white fondant. It turned out so beautiful, and just how the bride drew the picture of it. Each tier was unique and had its own style to it. The large rose in the picture was just my experimenting.
57: The bottom tier had hand piped filigree on it, along with a satin ribbon. The middle tier was smooth with a thick sheer ribbon as well as a satin ribbon, and small hand piped beads and a ribbon bow. The top layer had hand piped dots all over, as well as a thick satin ribbon. | The cakes were separated with the Wilton pillar set. Fresh roses were put on the cake at the wedding reception with babies breath to fill in. The bride was placed on the bottom, reaching for the grooms hand at the top. The gap between the two of them wasn't ideal, but it worked. The overall presentation was stunning with the candle lights and other room decor.
60: This wedding cake was for my friends Carmen and Joey! They got married in Vernon and the reception was held indoor in a ballroom. This four tier cake was all real! Chocolate cake, filled with chocolate hazelnut filling. White fondant smoothly covered two tiers, while the other two were imprinted with a swirl look. The borders were avocado green and made of fondant as well. The button flowers were brought just incase to dress it up.. they worked out well! The cake was large, and they had a lot left over for their anniversary. On the other page you will see cookies! They were made for each child who attended the wedding, as well as each member of the wedding party. They were sugar cookies, then iced with color flow and personalized with their name on the cookie. Each cookie was boxed and tied with ribbon.
63: This whole set was for a wedding. The cookies were the guests' favors at the table. Each cookie had the bride and groom's initials on them. The cupcakes were topped with buttercream icing. The small cake was covered in white fondant. Decorations included handmade fondant flowers, with silver dragees and ribbon.
64: Carrot Spice Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Icing and Filling!! Chocolate rose on top to finished off these cute little treats!
65: I made this cake for my sister's birthday. It was one regular cake, cut, and sculpted into a three tier ski hill! I covered it with icing, and then topped it with fondant. Added a few snowboard toys, and some edible text, and there you go!
67: This cake was made for Vashti. She was hosting a Victorian Gothic birthday party. This cake was a lot of fun to make, and I did a few new things I haven't done before. I made a black ruffled skirt on the bottom tier, and also used black spray color to give the finished red cake a darker look. The skulls were made with color flow icing and decorated with chocolate. The 3D skull on the cake I found at the pet store. The cake itself was Red Velvet, and was so yummy!!!
68: This here was a grooms cake! The symbol is from Star Trek. The cake was chocolate, filled with milk chocolate icing. Covered in chocolate fondant makes it the ultimate chocolate lovers cake! The symbol was hand made from gumpaste and fondant. It was then sprayed with silver and gold food spray. The bead border was also fondant, and sprayed with pearl lustre spray. The cake was a great surprise for the groom!
69: Quilting is becoming more and more popular again. It was my first time doing it, and it was wonderful! This neat clear sheet you see makes an imprint in the fondant, and then you just have to fine tune it by pressing in the lines harder. I just used a rubber spatula and it worked great. I finished it with lustre dust and silver dragees, as well as a bead border made of fondant.