The Wiivers


Kitelyn’s Birthday!
December 6, 2008, 3:27 pm
Filed under: Baby, CAke

Okay, so I think this should be my last post about this party, lol.  Kristina sent me a few pictures, so I’ll let you see my precious cake getting demolished. 🙂

Enjoy the pics!  Oh yea, you can click on each picture to make it bigger….Kite was getting so sleepy towards the end… you can see her little eyes getting sleepy.

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Elmo Birthday Party!
December 5, 2008, 1:23 pm
Filed under: Baby, CAke

Remember my previous tease of Elmo?  Well, it was the birthday cake for my best friend’s little girl, Kitelyn.  Remember last year when I blogged about her?  Her father, Ty, is in the National Guard and he just got deployed to Iraq.  Thankfully he got back in October, safe and sound.

I got to make both of Kite’s birthday cakes! One big one for everyone to eat, and a small one for Kite to just have fun with.  Stupid me forgot my camera so I had to take cake pictures with Kristina’s camera… I’m waiting for her to send me the pictures… as soon as she does, I’ll update this with better pictures.  But for now, I’ll leave you with a picture from my phone.  Enjoy!!

Elmo Cake



Zebra Cake!
October 13, 2008, 6:45 am
Filed under: CAke, Dessert, Work

I made this cake a little more than a month ago, but somehow it didn’t get posted (like evrything else that happened around then also)… This is a cake I made for one of our Student Workers at work, Champayne.  Champayne requested a pink zebra cake, and this is what I cam up with.  I hope you guys like it!



What do you do with cake scraps?
September 3, 2008, 2:06 pm
Filed under: CAke, Candy, Cheap to Make, Dessert

If you’re like me, you hate wasting food.  Every time I level off a cake, I wonder what to do with the “hump” that comes off the top of the cake.  Sometimes John and I will eat part of it with leftover icing, but more often then not, it gets put in the trash can. Not anymore though!! 

I decided to make cake balls!  Just crumble up the cake really fine into a large bowl, stir in frosting until you get the desired consistincy.  Roll into balls and freeze them.  Then dip them in melted candy melts.  Super easy!  I sent these with John to a Coaches meeting so I decorated these in the football teams colors.  Go Pioneers!

John told me all of the coaches loooved them, so I will definetely keep them in mind the next time I have cake scraps.  John prefers eating these frozen, so that’s where we store them.



White Chocolate Transfer Tutorial
September 2, 2008, 11:11 am
Filed under: CAke, Candy, Decorating, Dessert, Military

I know!  I updated this twice in two days!  It’s a new record for me. 🙂  As promised here is my tutorial for the white chocolate transfer.  Cake Central was also soo helpful in learning all things cake.  If you aren’t a member, you need to be. 🙂

What you will need:

A picture (If there are words on the picture, make sure you print a mirror image so the words will be right when you flip the design)
Parchment Paper to go over the design
Cutting board to work on
Tape
Disposable Icing bags
Candy Melts (found with cake decorating supplies)
Candy food coloring

Instructions:

1. Tape your design to your cutting board, then cover with parchment paper and tape it down also.  (I thought about taping it directly to my table, but I am so glad I didn’t.  It was very helpful to be able to rotate the cutting board while coloring the design.)

2. One thing to keep in mind is that you have to work backwards.  Whatever you want to show up on the outside of the transfer, do first.  I started with black to outline the eagle, globe, and anchor.  So, melt your first color of chocolate, color it and place in your icing bag.  I was using disposable icing bags, so I just snipped of the very tip of the bag and didn’t use a icing tip, however you can use a #1 if you would prefer. 

3. Then just continue with the remaining colors.  I found it easier to work on the design in the middle first, then work my way to the edges. I was afraid I would drag my hand though all my hard work.  Here is how my design progressed:

4. Once you get to your last color, fill it in like normal.  When you are finished you will notice that the design is fairly thin.  To make it easier to pick up, flood the back of the design with any color you have leftover.  You just want to build up the back so it’s more stable.

5. Let set so it hardens.  I put mine in the fridge for about 15 minutes.  When you are ready to apply it to your cake.  Pick it up carefully, flip the design over, and place it on the cake.

Bonus Tip of the Day: Do you have problems filling icing bags by yourself?  Place your bag in a tall glass and fill with ease!

I hope these instructions are clear, if you have any questions just ask!



Pool-Time Birthday Cake
July 30, 2008, 9:51 am
Filed under: CAke, Decorating, Family, Family Projects, Gifts

Last week John and I were at his Dad’s house and I was talking to Hannah about her upcoming birthday party.  She told me all about the pool party they were planning and the crafts they were going to make.  Then I asked about the cake.  Patti (John’s stepmom) mentioned that she thought about making and icecream cake (The one with ice cream bars and magic shells…. ohh I should make that soon.) But she didn’t seem too excited about it.  All of a sudden a light bulb went off and she said “Nina, you make cakes!”  I laughed and said I’d be happy to help.

So, yesterday Hannah came over and we made her cake.  She helped with everything, mixing the batter, molding the figures, piping the grass… the entire idea was her idea too.. I just helped with technique ideas.  Patti dropped Hannah off at my house around 11:30 at 5:30 we took her home with this!!  The party will be held in their back yard and will include swimming in their Blue Blob pool.  There will be 7 girls total at the party (Hannah and Amanda and 5 friends).

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If you look close you can see the “earthquake”.  The car ride wasn’t so kind to the cake.  Next time I make a cake, I will definetly bring some extra icing for patchwork.  But they have a big “10” candle that will go in front of the hole and you won’t even be able to see it.

Here are some up close pictures.

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We made each little girl that will be at the pool party.  Hannah is the one floating on the raft (it looks like a raft they own) and she is sparkly since “she’s the birthday girl”. 🙂  Amanda (our other sister) is the one in pink with blonde hair.

Hannah wanted to make sure it was realistic. So each girl has her own towel (in the color matching her swimsuit) waiting for when she gets out.  The little dog under the umbrella is Katie, their puppy.  And the little lifesavors are little rings to throw in the water and find.
I had sooo much fun making this cake with Hannah.  I think she completely enjoyed herself also.  Amanda is looking forward to coming over to make her birthday cake in January.  Joe also said that he wants a cake for his birthday in September…. his whole family at the beach…. we’ll see if that cake happens…..