Assorted Cake Creations

Jeffster's cake



Birthday cake for Jeff Ouye...He was a blackjack dealer at Lake Tahoe for many, MANY years...The cards are graham crackers and the betting chips are vanilla wafers, all frosted for decoration...

Mitchell!





This is a big inside joke, but you'll at least get some of the reference if you recognize it as Mystery Science Theater 3000...

Wakko cake



Birthday cake for Jeff Johnson...Wakko is his favorite of the Warner Kids from Animaniacs...

Animaniacs cake



Bryan also enjoys the Animaniacs...and I really like this circular image, so I just had to reproduce it on a cake!

Marvin the Martian cake



Jessi's favorite character is Marvin the Martian from the classic Looney Tunes episodes...

Louie's cake

Louie traditionally has had Star Trek or computers as his cake themes...Maybe one of these days I'll think of something else...? The champagne candle was purchased, but the computer (including the mouse and connecting cable!) is made of marzipan...

Darth Vader cake

Yes, Tracia has always been a Darth Vader freak, so I had to do this...I made a stencil of the famous starfield image, then sprinkled powdered sugar on the chocolate frosting so that the less dense sprinkles would simulate the stars in the background...

Champagne cake

Amy's 21st birthday cake...Note the vintage on the bottle is the year she was born? The bottle is actually more cake I made in the form of half a bottle frosted and set on the top of the cake...

Flower cake Flower cake side view

This was my first attempt at using marzipan...I think it turned out pretty well. Steph loves flowers, can you tell?

Fish cake 1997




Tracia's 28th birthday cake...I realized I had never yet addressed her love of tropical fish...

NET cake

This is basically another inside joke...The Netcom meeting planned by Craig used a Men In Black theme the previous year, so for the going-away cake for him, we decided to play on that...

Sorcerer Mickey

This was Jeff Ouye's birthday cake for 1998...Sorcerer Mickey is his favorite Mickey, hence this design...

X-Files Cake

Louis Lin is another avid X-Files fan, so I thought he'd like this cake for his birthday...note how "Happy Birthday Louis" is written at the lower left and in the same font as the locations that type out during the show...

Scooby Cake

Peggy's daughter Hayley was having a Scooby-Doo themed birthday that year, so I was commissioned to do this design...don't even ask about what actually happened to the cake before the birthday girl even got to see it... :-(

Chocolate Grapes Top View Chocolate Grapes Side View

I saw this concept for an elegant monochromatic chocolate cake on a cooking TV show, and I think I executed it pretty well...The "grapes" are malted milk balls...This was used for Steph's welcome-back/birthday party in 1998...



Louie's House



Louie had just moved into his new house in Mountain View the summer of 1998, so I thought it very appropriate to duplicate his new house as a cake, including getting the frosting the correct stucco pinky-brown!


Tracia 1999



When Tracia turned 30, she had an 80s party, so I decided a Rubik's Cube would be perfect...This is 4 square layers and it's STILL not quite tall enough to be a real cube!


gum paste flowers

Yes, you already know this must be another Stephanie cake because of the flowers, however, these are much more delicate because they are made of gum paste. Gum paste mix can be purchased wherever cake decorating supplies are sold, and you just use powdered sugar like you use flour for dough, with food coloring mixed into the gum paste if you like.


Louie's 30th



Louie's 30th birthday could not go uncelebrated!


Grandma



My grandmother was in town for her birthday in 1999, so I made more gum paste flowers to decorate her cake.


Big Bird Big Bird 2

Sesame Street was the theme for Ashlyn's 2nd birthday, so of course it had to be Big Bird on the cake!
Big Bird has always been my favorite Muppet...



Flower Power!



The Disco Diva herself had a 70s party when she turned 30, so I thought this Flower Power cake did double-duty for Stephanie's love of flowers AND the 70s stylish look...


Blue's Clues

Ashlyn's 3rd birthday was Blue's Clues all the way, complete with the actual CAKE being blue inside by request! Her dad Doug even dressed up and acted silly like Steve, and we had to figure out the "clues" placed around the house.


Tracia's Chicken Cake



I realized I hadn't ever made Tracia a cake referring to her love of chickens, especially the black & white speckled ones...note the chicken wire design around the edge...


Melting Clocks

Anyone who knows Jeff Ouye knows he has his own 'fluid' version of time that is very 'surreal' to the rest of us who live in the real world, hence taking my inspiration from Salvador Dali's The Persistence of Memory. The clocks were made from plain white gum paste, left to dry completely draped over supports when necessary. A very fine brush with black food coloring was used to hand-paint the clock faces, and edible gold dust powder was mixed with water to paint the gold casings. Once all the clocks were completely dry and the cake was frosted, the clocks were carefully placed on the cake, using a daub of extra frosting when necessary.


Circuitry Cake



Louie got a circuit board for his birthday this time, complete with chocolate "chips"...the circuitry even partially extended over the sides of the cake...


Disney Castle



When Tracia told me she thought the Disney castle might be a neat cake idea for "Ashlynland," Ashlyn's 4th birthday party, she was just thinking of a flat cake shaped like a castle...but I took it as a challenge to make it full 3-D, just as seen in the computer-animated opening credits of the Pixar Disney films...I used various kinds of ice cream cones to make the towers and turrets, so that gives you a sense of how large this cake was...blue edible glitter is on the turrets over blue icing, and royal icing held all the towers together the night before so they were fully solid before putting it together...needless to say, this cake was assembled onsite and stayed in the middle of the food table, even for blowing out the candles, but it worked out great!


Victorian Tea Party



We did a Victorian tea party theme for Jenny's baby shower, so on an 8" round layer cake as the table, I made miniature gum paste rose-pattern "china" plates, silverware, scones, tea sandwiches, lemon slices, clotted cream, with even a miniature tea service with teapot, creamer and sugar bowl! For all the silver I used edible silver dust mixed with water, and I hand-painted the rose pattern with food coloring and my smallest watercolor brush. I have to say I am quite proud of this one... :-)