Gem City Cakes

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Great American Bake Sale

I really want to get involved in the Great American Bake Sale


It puts 100% of the proceeds towards helping children and their website claims the funds stay local. I really want to sign up to host a bake sale, but I need to know that there will be people behind me on this because I can't do it all by myself. If you would be willing to bake a dozen cookies, bake a cake, make some brownies or cup cakes or something to donate to this, and if you'd be willing to sit someplace with me on a Sunday or two selling this stuff for a good cause, please let me know.

If I can get the people behind it, I am more than willing to put in the leg work to advertise our bake sale and get us a spot to hold it. 

If you are here in Dayton, Ohio and want to help, shoot me an email at

Monday, May 18, 2009


This is the best cake I've ever made! I think it's completely lovely. My friend ordered it from me for her sister's bridal shower.

She gave me a lot of creative control, which I loved because this was a cake I've been wanting to make.

My original design was only two tier, but I kept staring at it this morning thinking, no, no I need one more tier! It needs three. this is the first 3 tier cake I have made. I was really excited about it.

This cake is surrounded in rolled vanilla wafers and topped with white chocolate that I spent over an hour curling to perfection.

The wedding colors were lavender and white, I really wanted lavender roses and I was way excited when I found these cloth o
nes at the store which matched the ribbon perfectly.

Beneath all this, the top tier is confetti cake, the middle tier is chocolate and 
the bottom tier is confetti. Yum!

Today I also made cake pops for the first time! I've been wanting to do them for a while. It was a lot of work!

I cut small cylinders of cake out of a sheet cake, dipped the bottoms in candy melt and put s
ticks in them. I let the candy melt set up in the fridge for a bit and then iced the tops.

I ended up taking these into the bar I work at for my co-workers to munch on and give away to friends.

While I was in there I got to snag a fresh strawberry cookie that my boss's mom had made. It was delicious haha.

I made some full size cup cakes today to because I can't handle not having some kind of cake in the house at all times now haha. Didn't take any photos though! Sorry!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

One of my favorites so far!

This wonderful cake is hiding a delicious secret beneath all this decor... 

White chocolate filled rolled wafers are pressed into the side of the cake while top is comple
tely covered in hand-shaved dark chocolate.

Inside? Devil's food cake! Coated in a buttercream with a hint of cocoa powder and a slathering of chocolate syrup in the center, between the two layers!

The Best part about making something so delicious?

Eating it! Of course! So tasty!!!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Mother's Day cakes

Alright, so today is Mother's Day and I decided to make some special cakes for my mom and my mother in law. I figured it's kind of a lot to ask someone to take an entire cake home, it's a lot of cake to eat, so I made one large cake and cut it in half! 

I did this before I covered in fondant, of 
course. I made 3 colors of fondant and rolled out two large sheets of orange to cover the halves. My mom loves tigers and my mother in law's favorite color is orange. 

This was the best I've ever done on covering cakes with fondant
. I was REALLY REALLY watching Ace of Cakes earlier and watching extra close whe
n they were covering cakes today so I could try to get the technique down. I realized there's no reason I should EVER have a seam in a fondant covered cake.
After covering both cakes, I went to work on the details. 

I covered my mom's with black fondant tiger stripe
s, cut out with a pizza cutter and Brian's mom's with fondant flowers cut out with fondant cutters.

Overall, huge success. I love the way they look! The insides were alternating layers of lemon and white cake! Yum!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Rainbow cake

Alright, alright, here's what I was making earlier. I know it looked like a stack of kitchen sponges, but it was really a seven layer rainbow cake!
Nom nom nom!

VERY time consuming. Each layer was colored and baked one at a time! I loved how it came out. It was a mini cake test run... I want to make a full size version some day! I was excited I got the full spectrum! 

Birthday Cake!

I worked on this cake all day! This is basically the first time I've sat down in hours. My feet hurt like they hurt after I work at the bar lol.

Today I made this birthday cake. It's f
or the little girl who's parents needed some help. I'm donating this cake to them free of charge. I had to make it a couple of days early, but you'd be surprised how long all that frosting and fondant keeps cake fresh lol. 

The bottom tier is one big round yellow cake. The top tier is a two layer chocolate cake. I covered the top layer in purple fondant and the bottom layer is covered in buttercream. I cut zebra stripes out of fondant for the 
bottom tieras, well as the polka dots for the top tier.

I went with yellow buttercream for the piping work because I thought it w
ould really make the zebra print pop. It really turned out well.

I think the coolest part was I drew a picture of what I wanted this to look like and it came out even better than my sketch.

I thought the zebra print would be hard, but it turned out to be pretty simple all in all. 

I covered my cake board in a girly pink wall paper sample for some added pizzaz. I hope little Courtney loves it. It's probably the best cake I've made so far.

Today I also worked on an experiment for a crazy layer cake.

More on that later hahaha... I was trying to accomplish something but I was so damn tired after making the birthday cake that I ran out of any energy to come back to this. 

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

I made cupcakes this weekend!
They were delicious.
They weren't all the most glorious looking... I was quickly running out of frosting after making 
several roses lol. It was fine though, I started kind of slopping it on with interest in time saving... didn't effect their yum-factor!

For good measure, here's a photo of my cat being freaking adorable.  His name is Gibson.  He really wanted some cupcakes, but I told him no. He was kind of heartbroken about it since we were all really enjoying them :)