May 19, 2013

Lalaloopsy cake and the lessons I learned

I finally had the chance to make a Lalaloopsy birthday cake for a girl turning 8 years old. I must say that I was excited with this project. I've always wanted to try a Lalaloopsy doll. I think they're cute. Plus, buttons and stitches fascinate me a lot. I love incorporating a stitching texture/pattern in my designs.

Jewel Sparkles fondant figure
Meet Jewel Sparkles and her pet cat

I'm pretty happy with how my fondant figure turned out. I am also happy with the letter patches that I made. They had different patterns and colors. I think they are really cute. However, I had major problems when I covered the actual cake.

(1) I ran out of Tylose powder, which I use to make my fondant more stable and prevent it from tearing. I visited all the stores that sell baking supplies in the city, but each one ran out of Tylose too.
(2) It was too hot when I made this cake. We don't have air conditioning in our kitchen. My fondant was sweating like crazy!!!

Jewel Sparkles cake

See the cracks and the wrinkles? I was really stressed over those! My cake would have been perfect if they didn't happen! I don't want this to ever happen again, so I immediately contacted my online suppliers and ordered a kilo of tylose powder. One thing that I should really watch out for is running low on supplies and ingredients. I should never allow it to happen again. 

Thankfully, the birthday girl still enjoyed her birthday cake. I was so relieved!

My Toy Story cake featuring Buzz Lightyear, Woody, and Bullseye

I never thought I could pull of a Toy Story cake featuring Buzz Lightyear, Woody, and Bullseye! I knew right from the start that modeling these characters would take all of my creative energies, and I wasn't sure if I had enough. But anyway, I pulled it off! I made it happen!

Toy Story cake
My version of Woody and Bullseye

Toy Story cake
Here's Buzz Lightyear!

Toy Story fondant figures
Zack's Toy Story cake with Buzz Lightyear, Woody, and Bullseye

I know, I know. They don't really look like the ones from the cartoons. I'm still working on my sculpting skills. Sometimes, I get the faces really right like my Phineas and Ferb figures, but sometimes I don't. I really didn't have any formal training in this, so I think that, as long as the figures don't come out as scary, I should be proud. And I am really happy and relieved that I was able to see this through.

What do you think? Did I do an okay job with these characters? I'd love to hear from you!

By the way, I made this cake last March. This is a late post. :) 

Phineas and Ferb birthday cake for girls featuring Isabella

I made a Phineas and Ferb birthday cake for girls featuring Isabella. I'm so proud of it.

birthday cake for girls

A little girl wanted a cake featuring Isabella from Phineas and Ferb. I first thought that it was a very difficult task since I couldn't find any tutorials to help me in modeling the gumpaste figures of Isabella and her friends. But I work well under pressure, and I was able to get the faces and expressions right at the last minute!

Perry the platypus fondant figures
Here's a close up of the characters' faces. I did a great job, didn't I?

It was the first time for me to use homemade gumpaste when I worked with this cake, and I am very happy with the results! I seriously think my Phineas and Ferb characters in fondant rock!

I wish I was able to make a tutorial for them to help other cake decorators who are having some difficulty in crafting these characters. Unfortunately, I was such in a mad rush that I didn't have time to take step-by-step pictures. Maybe I'll recreate them just for the purpose of doing a tutorial, but it won't happen real soon. So for the meantime, please be content with my SpongeBob topper and Special Agent Oso tutorials.


It's already May, and between my last update and today, I've made A LOT of cakes/cupcakes/cookies that I haven't posted yet. I sure have a lot of catching up to do! I'll work on the rest of my catch-up posts tomorrow. Goodnight!