Cake Utopia

All Occasion and Custom Cakes in Kalamazoo Michigan by Nicole Kalmbach

Baby Shower Cakes January 2, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — Cake Utopia @ 9:54 pm

This fall I had several orders for baby shower cakes, and they were all quite unique.  You can click on the pictures below to see additional pictures of each order.

The idea for the first cake came to me while I was looking at the registry for the mom-to-be.  The theme of the baby’s room was to be sailboats.  I took my inspiration from the wall hangings that go along with the bedding set.  The cake itself is a 12″ chocolate cake with swiss merengue chocolate buttercream filling and vanilla swiss merengue buttercream frosting.  Congratulations to Izzy & Jen!

The cake below is for a MSU themed baby shower for, of course, a huge MSU fan!  The bottom tier is white cake with vanilla swiss merengue buttercream frosting and filling.  The top tier is chocolate cake with chocolate swiss merengue buttercream filling and vanilla frosting.  The decorations, including the blocks, are made of fondant.  Initially, the blocks that spell out Nolan were supposed to be on top of the cake.  However, the blocks ended up bigger than I had planned, so I just improvised.  One of the great rewards of cake decorating is a successful improvisation!  Oh, and I have to say that the S’s on the top tier really are symmetrical.  It really bothers me that some of the angles of the pictures make the S look all distorted!

And, finally, this most adorable cake for my very good friends shower.  Since I was throwing the shower, I had free reign over the design.  I really took advantage of the creative freedom, tried a few new things, and really love the end result!

Typically I bake two cakes of the same size and sandwich them together with filling.  Because we were only planning on about 16 people at the shower, I took another route with this one and only made a single cake for each layer (no filling).  This also allowed me to make two different flavors and give each guest a taste of each (without giving them an overwhelming amount of cake).

I also used petal/flower shaped pans for the first time with this one.  To enhance the shape of the cake, I used fondant flower cut outs on each tier of the cake.  The owl on the top of the cake matches the invitations (you can see the invitation inspiration if you click on the picture below).  The bottom tier was chocolate cake and the top tier was pink colored vanilla bean cake.  Both are frosted with colored vanilla bean swiss merengue buttercream frosting.

Congratulation to Nirmal & Rachna!  We are so excited to meet Anoushka in just a few weeks!!

Up next are kids birthday cakes, but don’t hold your breath on seeing those tonight!  I think I’ve probably maxed myself out for today, but I will continue to update as I get time.  Thanks for bearing with me during this lengthy update process, adoring fans!!



Filed under: Congrats Cakes,What's new? — Cake Utopia @ 10:48 am

Below you will find the only two cakes that I have ever made, that didn’t take pictures of!  The pictures you see are courtesy of my clients.  It just so happens that both are congrats cakes, so I thought I would put them together here.  Note:  Since these are the only pictures I have, I have not linked them to separate photo pages.

This first one is a congratulatory cake for a few people who were graduating from pipe fitting school.  It is chocolate with chocolate swiss merengue buttercream filling and swiss merengue buttercream frosting.  The decorations are fondant.  Here are some client comments:  “This was so good. I think you are getting better and better!”  “This was a really tasty cake!!” “I have to agree! Delicious!”

Here is the logo that I used as a guide for the top of the cake.  The client asked for just the UA part (not the wrenches).  I did put the wrenches on the side of the cake, though.

The second cake is for a WMU student who graduated in December.  It is chocolate cake with peppermint buttercream filling and ganache frosting.

Baby shower cakes are next!!


Fall Themed Cakes (2011)

Filed under: Fall Cakes,What's new? — Cake Utopia @ 9:25 am

I have just a few cakes slated for this update.  Be sure to click on the pictures in this post to see more detailed pictures for each project.

Fall would not be complete if I didn’t make an autumn themed bundt cake.  You’ll find below the 2011 rendition of this classic.  It is a pumpkin molasses bundt cake with caramel glaze and caramel candy cut out decorations.

Just before Halloween, my cousin, Andrea, came to visit me.  She’d been wanting to make a cake for a Really long time.  So that Andrea had the most time to decorate, I made the cake prior to her arrival.  The flavor is apple, with caramel cream cheese filling.  I learned a thing or two about caramel while trying to make the filling.  In fact, I ended up dumping a whole batch of caramel out as the whole thing just crystalized in the pan.  Caramel is actually a pretty tricky thing to master.  And, I will admit, I wouldn’t consider myself a master.. just yet!

Andrea decorated the entire thing, all on her own.  She rolled and cut out probably more than 100 fondant leaves to cover the cake.  It took several hours and I was very proud that she hung in there until the end.   Oh, the pumpkin on top is pumpkin molasses cake baked in a pumpkin mold and covered with fondant.  I think this cake is really great for Andreas first attempt at working with fondant.  She’s only 12, too!

These turkey cakes were inspired by Buddy Valastro (AKA Cake Boss)!  His show toured through Kalamazoo at the beginning of November, so of course I had to see it.  The show didn’t get the best of reviews here in Kzoo, but I thought it was really neat.  It was more of a comedy show than a “how-to” kind of thing.  During the show, he challenged the audience to make the turkey cake from his new book.  The cakes are actually a bundt cake (one is carrot and the other is pumpkin molasses) that is cut to make a “turkey” shape.  The cakes are covered with piped and colored cream cheese frosting.

I met Buddy for about 30 seconds, and TLC took this lovely picture of us!  I did find this part a bit disappointing and wished that he could have spent at least a few minutes with me.  He wouldn’t even personally address the book to me!!  Anyway, it was still a unique experience!

Congratulation cakes are next.. stay tuned!


Cupcakes: October through December 2011 January 1, 2012

Filed under: Cupcakes,What's new? — Cake Utopia @ 8:49 pm

I’m going to apologize in advance for the multiple facebook messages and notification emails that you may receive as a result of my long overdue updates being completed in just one day.  Rather than posting in chronological order (as I usually do), I’ve decided to categorize the cakes and will hit all the updates with just seven posts! 🙂

In an attempt to refine my cupcake making skills, find some really great recipes, and use leftover batter to its fullest extent, I made quite a few cupcakes this fall!  If you click on the pictures below, you will be transported to more detailed pictures for each order.

The first in the collection are some really fun, very girly cupcakes.  I really love how these turned out!

After using my chocolate cake recipe for cupcakes and having the cupcakes fall in the middle countless times, I began the search for a new cupcake recipe.  I found this chocolate cupcake recipe by Ina Garten.  The cupcake recipe included a recipe for peanut butter frosting, as well, so I whipped up both together.  The cupcakes are great and the peanut butter frosting is the silkiest, smoothest frosting that I have ever had with powder sugar in it.  The whole thing turned out to be a great find, and one that I have used many times since.

After a trip to Europe, some friends asked if I could incorporate Nutella into a batch of cupcakes.  I came up with these chocolate cupcakes with Nutella swiss merengue buttercream sprinkled with hazelnuts.  To be honest, these were not my favorite.  I need to (but haven’t had time to) work on adding the Nutella into the recipe so that the Nutella can be clearly tasted!

Below you will find pumpkin molasses cupcakes with caramel frosting and caramel cut outs.  These are pretty much a fall staple around our house.  They definitely get you in the mood for fall!

Stay tuned… more posts are on the way!