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Happy New Year! Share your best cake from 2012!

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Bragging time!!!  I totally just stole this idea from Peggy Does Cake, but though it wold be fun here too!  Share your best cake from 2012 and tell us why it's your favorite!

 

I'll start:

 

I did a lot of really fun cakes this year, but I think my favorite has to be this:

 

 

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I wanted precision in the shape of the tiers, lots of sparkle and I wanted every single thing to be edible.  So I made custom food-grade silicone molds, did isomalt gems and molded over 200 tiny broaches out of fondant that I handpainted with edible silver (complete with facets).  Believe me, 1/2 way thru I wished I just had a bunch of plastic broaches I could have stuck all over it, but when I put that very last touch of sparkle on, I almost cried - It turned out perfect.  All in all, I think this cake took around 40 hours to make.

 

As a perfectionist, I always can find a flaw on one of my finished cakes that nobody would ever notice or see, but in person I couldn't find a single one on this cake.  It was also incredibly satisfying to open the pictures I took in Photoshop and besides trying to fix my bad photo taking skills (exposure, angle etc), there wasn't a single flaw on the cake that I Photoshopped out.

 

This is my runner up:

 

 

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This cake was insane to make.  I had never done wonky tiers, let alone ganached and fondant wonky tiers, I had never airbrushed an entire cake, had never made a 360 degree freestanding cityscape out of gumpaste that had isomalt windows and backlight by LED lights, heck, I have never used LED lights OR  isomalt.  I was petrified that I was going to fail miserably - but every detail turned out better then I could have possibly imagined in my crazy head.  I was humbled and honored that a Bride actually took a chance on me making this for her wedding (they were a VERY fun couple).

 

Your turn!!!

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Haven't been doing cakes long but here are some

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post #3 of 69
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Great job!

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This was my favourite from 2012...a design inspired by Faye Cahill. I even made the cake stand its sitting on! Loved everything about this cake, from start to finish.

 

 

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post #5 of 69

WOW!  

 

My best was

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www.VeryDeliciousDesserts.com

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Delicious-Desserts/207874222593145

 

It's never "just cake!"

 

You may get a cake for $way to little but you won't get this cake!

Animal
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www.VeryDeliciousDesserts.com

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Delicious-Desserts/207874222593145

 

It's never "just cake!"

 

You may get a cake for $way to little but you won't get this cake!

Animal
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Of course, now I would do a better border & the top wouldn't be crooked.  I would pick one of my more polished cakes, but those figurines will be hard to beat in any of my future cakes.

www.VeryDeliciousDesserts.com

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Delicious-Desserts/207874222593145

 

It's never "just cake!"

 

You may get a cake for $way to little but you won't get this cake!

Animal
(4 photos)
 
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www.VeryDeliciousDesserts.com

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Delicious-Desserts/207874222593145

 

It's never "just cake!"

 

You may get a cake for $way to little but you won't get this cake!

Animal
(4 photos)
 
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post #7 of 69

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This was my favorite and I think my best.  I only decorate for my family and have  not been doing this very long.  Wanted to make something extra special for my mother-in-law's 90th birthday.  The flowers were done without cutters using only templates from the back of Alan Dunn's book and some just freehand.  A little challenging but very gratifying in the end.

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Love the cityscape! And the gold birds so much!! All the others are great, too!! I have two, also;-)


I had wedding cakes I loved, but these 2 really made me happy, and they were both made for my brothers icon_biggrin.gif
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post #9 of 69

Everyone's cakes are beautiful! This is my favorite. It was small (9"/6") and inspired by a cake I saw here in a thread. It turns out the original was a picture from "The Knot" and the baker is no longer in business. I had already made the large hot pink dahlia and just didn't know what to do with it. The cake was the centerpiece for a party I hosted for a dear friend who was home to visit after having moved to Europe (pictures of the entire party here ; sadly, I'm not the skinny, beautiful blond icon_rolleyes.gif, that was the guest of honor. I'm the chubby, cute one icon_lol.gif).The party was photographed by an amateur photograher friend; she did an amazing job. Not only did I love this cake, it got tons of attention icon_biggrin.gif here on CC (my first and so far only to break 100 favorites and be the most favorited of the day), on Facebook, and on Pinterest. I think it also is the cake that got me an invitation to submit to Cake Central magazine (which I couldn't do due to time restraints icon_sad.gif).  

 

This cake was for a themed party I hosted for a friend visiting from Europe. Cake is 9" and 6" with hot pink gumpaste dahlias in different sizes; it's lemon cake with strawberry buttercream covered in fondant. I was inspired by a cake picture that was in a thread in the forums here. The picture wasn't credited so I don't know who the cake designer is. I had already made the large dahlia, just didn't know what I wanted to do with it until I saw that cake. TFL! **UPDATE** Picture was from The Knot; baker no longer in business. Thanks, vpjane, for that info!**

 

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This is my second favorite. It was a baby shower cake for a young woman who went to school with my daughter. Her mother was a dream customer. The cake was based on the invitation. I loved the colors and the theme. I couldn't help but fall in love with my little sugar baby boy in his sugar teacup! I almost couldn't bring myself to part with him. (As you can see, I learned my lesson after the dahlia cake was plastered all over the internet with no identifying info, I started watermarking my pics.)

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Baby shower cake to compliment the invitiation/party decor. Gumpaste teacup and baby boy. Cake is a 10" Carrot Cake with Very Vanilla Buttercream. I absolutely loved doing this cake and could barely bring myself to part with my cute little baby! TFL!

 

Thanks for the fun thread! Happy New Year!

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Chocolate mud cake - the little girl is horse mad, so her mum asked for a princess carriage with horses. My first time making horses (and carriage) and I was very pleased with how it turned out

I loved working on this cake. I have 2 boys so it was nice to work on a girly cake

post #11 of 69
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Love it!  Thanks for sharing, keep'em coming!

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I was very proud of this cake.  Simple, but I really liked it.

 

 

This cake was featured in the September issue of Cake Central Magazine, in the Less is More, Violet Charm section. I am so honored and still excited to be asked to contribute to the magazine. 8", double 6" and 4" tiers covered in fondant, adorned with edible pearls and diamonds. The little bouquet of flowers are gum paste. TFL

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post #13 of 69

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24 years old, Mom to no one and damn proud of it lol. 
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24 years old, Mom to no one and damn proud of it lol. 
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post #14 of 69


I loved this monster energy drink cake I done for a friend.




But this one is a close 2nd. This is the first actual decorated cake I have ever made.
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My favorite is one many of you have already seen: my first edible image cake, my first (and so far, only) cake in the Wilton pan (with the plastic cover), the Leland Award cake.

And here it is. Concept sketch, finished product, and the spare set of edible images. Hopefully, the folks at the Printing Museum will approve.
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Cake for 2012 Leland Awards by Tracker-Backer, on Flickr

Here's a closer look at the finished cake:
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Cake for 2012 Leland Awards by Tracker-Backer, on Flickr

and a look at the dairy-free cupcake, for my dairy-allergic colleague
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Cake for 2012 Leland Awards by Tracker-Backer, on Flickr


Edited by hbquikcomjamesl - 1/1/13 at 8:16pm

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