In honor of the Pokemon Go craze, thought I’d post all of my Pokemon Cakes on one page together!
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Every Christmas eve for the last 4 years, I’ve made a birthday cake for my cousin’s daughter, Natalie. This year, Natalie is one of the drum majors of her high school band, so I decided to make her a teddy bear cake dressed in her drum major uniform.
I used the Williams-Sonoma Build-A-Bear cake mold and instructions. I modified the Santa Claus and Soccer Player Bear patterns to make the drum major outfit.
The cake is baked in two halves and put together with a layer of buttercream.
First, anywhere that won’t be covered with fondant gets covered in “fur.” The bear’s “fur” is created by sprinkling turbinado sugar over a sugaring glaze.
Then the bear gets dressed!
I bought white, black, and blue fondant. When you add a lot of gel color to fondant it just gets really sticky. For intense colors, it’s better to buy the pre-colored fondant. I added some navy and black coloring to the blue fondant to deepen the hue.
For the hat, I had baked a cupcake and then covered it in fondant.
The gold accents were white fondant with gold painted on. You can get the gold dust at a cake supply shop. Sprinkle some dust in a small dish and add just little bit of clear alcohol like vodka or almond extract. The buttons were cut out using the small end of an icing tip. My daughter Allison helped me with some of the details.
I think Natalie really liked her drum major birthday cake!
My aunt was throwing a farewell party for her son who is moving to China. Since the party was a drop-in buffet dinner event, I thought cupcakes would work much better than a cake. People, especially kids, can easily serve themselves. And you don’t have to worry about when to cut the beautifully designed cake, messing up the presentation for people who join the party later.
I wanted to make something with a Chinese theme and saw these adorable mini-cupcakes on Bakerella’s site. Can you believe these are made with MINI chocolate chips?! I decided to make full size cupcakes for my cousin.
These cupcakes were easy to make because I was able to find the items I needed: black chocolate melting wafers at the local cake and candy supply shop, candy eyes at Hobby Lobby, and dark chocolate expresso beans at CVS (yes, the pharmacy!).
The decorating steps are pretty self-explanatory:
It was fun to make subtle differences in the faces like moving the eyes up or closer together, using big or small noses. I wasn’t able to make as many funny faces as Bakerella since I didn’t have a mouth. Next time I hope to find something to use for the mouth.
Lastly, I decorated a small 6-inch cake so I could write a message wish to my cousin. I think he really liked the cupcakes!