Cake Utopia

All Occasion and Custom Cakes in Kalamazoo Michigan by Nicole Kalmbach

Babies and Birthdays February 27, 2011

Filed under: What's new? — Cake Utopia @ 10:23 am

Wow, what a week!  I must have had some intuition as to what we were in for last Sunday.  I started making the gum paste characters for yesterday’s baby shower cake then.  Good thing, because an ice storm rolled in on Sunday.  We  lost our power around midnight on Sunday, and we didn’t get it back until late Tuesday night.  With the impending shower cake due yesterday (Saturday), I was seriously nervous, especially since initially they weren’t calling for us to get power back until late Thursday night.  As you can see below, everything worked out just fine!

This cake was delivered to Freeland, MI.  Freeland is about 3 hours and several very bumpy roads away from Kalamazoo.  This is my furthest delivery, yet, and I was so excited that it made it in one piece.

The base cake is a 16″ white cake with raspberry filling covered in Almond-Vanilla Swiss Merengue Buttercream.  The topper is the exact same cake, but it is only 6″ and chocolate fondant is hiding the buttercream.  The design for this cake was inspired by the quilt that will be in the babies room.  The animals are handmade of gumpaste and are entirely edible (except for the walrus whiskers).  The circles and argyle squares are made of fondant.  I don’t care for the taste of gum paste or fondant, but if I am making something that is likely to be eaten, I really try to make it out of fondant.  Although not great, fondant does taste much better than gumpaste.  If you click on the picture below, you can see more pictures of the cake, characters, and the inspirational quilt.

This cake was especially special because it was made for a friend of mine that I have known since before I was born.  Congratulations to you, Katie, and Sam!

Yesterday we also celebrated my birthday and Steve’s Dad’s birthday with our free birthday dinner’s at Zehnder’s in Frankenmuth.  I made the cake below for Steve Sr., but, unfortunately, we forgot to bring the cake to Frankenmuth with us.   With all of the commotion last week, I was so excited that the big shower cake got done, that I seemed to forget about all else.  We did enjoy celebrating last night with Steve though and missed Karen (my husbands mom – we hope you feel better soon)!  Happy Birthday to Steve!

Click on this picture for a few more detailed pictures!

In case you are wondering what one sleeps in when they are without electricity and their house is a very balmy 46 degrees, take a look below.  I wore this hoodie (with the hood up), long sleeve t-shirt, pajama pants, and socks.  We did manage to stay warm with the help of our down comforter and dog, though!

Coming up:  Finding Nemo Cake mid-March, graduation cake for April, and a few birthday cakes in between.


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