Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Have Cake and Eat It Too!!

My neighbor, who is also a very good friend of mine, recently celebrated her birthday and of course I just HAD to make her a cake...but this was no "normal" cake.  You see, my sweet friend is allergic to gluten.  Sadly, the main ingredient in cake is flour, which is nothing but a bunch of gluten.  Therefore, she had never really had a "real" birthday cake.  Her allergy was discovered when she was a baby, her mother would make her a small cake on her birthday while the rest of her friends ate "normal" cake.  How could I NOT make her a cake after finding all of this out??  It was a challenge and I stressed more than I probably even needed to over this cake.  I packed a bag full of ingredients and headed over to her house, I had her inspect everything I was planning to use.  Once my ingredient list passed the gluten free test, I began the baking process.  The first cake I made did not rise.  In fact, it looked more like a large cookie rather than a cake.  Epic Fail.  My second attempt went much better.  I was prepared for the cake not to rise, so I added more batter to the pan.  This worked! I wanted one layer to be chocolate cake and the other to be yellow butter cake.  The chocolate cake was the last one I made and it too turned out just perfect.
Before the cakes were made, I put my designing skills to work...threw in a little poetry and came up with the perfect design for her cake.
She loved her cake, as did everyone that celebrated her birthday.  It was a success! My first gluten free cake was a success!!
The best part was watching my friends reaction when she saw her cake for the first time.
The writing on the cake:

"Happy Birthday Christie,
Cheers to you!
Now you can have your cake,
and eat it too!!"

Basketball Birthday

These cupcakes were made for the daughter of a guy I work with.  She told her dad all she wanted for her birthday was a basketball.
Well, she got two dozen...cupcake syle!
Basketballs were made out of fondant and hand drawn with an edible food marker.

1st Birthday Monkey Style

This cake was the smash cake for a friends little boy.
His mommy made cupcakes to match and requested I make the smash cake.
The cake was yellow, frosted in homemade buttercream.
The monkey face was fondant.

A Baby Shower Themed Monkey Cake

The bottle was sculpted out of RK's and covered in fondant. 
Everything else was hand sculpted out of gum paste.
The cake was marble, frosted with homemade buttercream icing.