Some of the perks of having a mom that makes cakes, is that you are (almost) guaranteed to have a pretty cool birthday cake each year :),
Tomorrow Gabe is turning 11, and to celebrate his birthday, and the end of the school year, he's inviting 6 of his buddy's to celebrate!
Gabe is a big Football fan, and even though that this cake looks intimidating and gravity defying...it is pretty simple to make!
Above is a quick collection of images that more of less document the process. The key to make a key like this is creating a styrene base carved as the tip of the ball. This tip is then pierced with a tick dowel or rod that is secured to the cardboard or wood base. And that is it!!!
The carving of the cake isn't too complicated, but time consuming. The great news is that in the event that more cake is removed than desired, you can always backfill with buttercream, or even make a cake "spackle" (Spackle is a cake plus buttercream mixture...think cake ball making) to build up the cake until you achieve the desired shape!
I was too tired to hand cut letters for this cake, so I decided to print them on an icing sheet with my edible ink printer :)
And now, I am taking the rest of the day off, because I need to rest and recharge before the house is invaded by those 6 energetic boys!
Thank you for taking time to read these lines :)...and let me know if you have any questions!
All my best,
Since opening in 2010 in Cincinnati, Venezuelan born Ileana Saldivia’s studio, Sugar Realm has become a preeminent wedding and celebration cake design boutique. In 2018, due to her husband's job, Ileana and her family relocated to Philadelphia, and so did her Sugar Kingdom. Sugar Realm’s cakes and confections are known for their sophisticated flavors, unique designs, artistic sugar flowers, innovative techniques, and architectural compositions. The studio’s wedding cakes are regularly featured in leading bridal, lifestyle, and cake decorating magazines. In the December 2015 issue of “Cincinnati Magazine,” Sugar Realm was named “Best of the City” and featured on the cover. Saldivia’s blog “Life in a Sugar Kingdom” is regularly visited by hundreds of cake enthusiasts and professionals.
Our online cake decorating class "Make-ahead techniques for stunning cakes", covers ileana's favorite cake decorating techniques, as well as the recipe of her signature Rolled Chocolate and her favorite tools and resources.