Chinese Take Out Box Cake

This cake was done for a Chinese restaurateur’s 70 birthday. In keeping with the Asian theme, the inside of this cake was a green tea butter cake with green tea meringue buttercream.

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Beach Cake

This is a birthday cake done for a good friend who was missing the beautiful beach of Costa Rica.

Beach Cake
Beach Cake

Beach Cake Umbrella Beach Cake Side Beach Cake Palm Tree

Beach Cake Detail
Beach Cake Detail

Beach Cake Letter Top Beach Cake Birds

Cake Slice

Birthday Afternoon Tea with Green Tea Cake

The afternoon tea party was prepared for a great friend.  Knowing that these are my friends, I felt a bit more free to experiment with a number of new things on the menu.

For scones, in addition to the Lemon Blueberry Scones that I make often, I also made candy ginger scones.  The true ginger lovers were the ones who liked them.

Bacon Cheddar Scone Scone Plate

For the tarts, in addition to the typical Vanilla Pastry Cream Tart topped with fruit, I decided to experiment with Rose Water flavored Pastry Cream.  It turned out fabulous.

Mini Tarts Mini Tarts Detail

The best part about this birthday afternoon tea was the reaction of the birthday girl when she saw the cake.  She was so excited that she was jumping up and down while clapping her hands.  I think we all got a kick out of it.  This cake was highly experimental, using all Asian flavors.  Being a fan of green tea and red bean, I decided to combine the two flavors.  The cake was a green tea sponge cake.  For the filling, I layered green tea pastry cream on top of red bean paste.  For the outside coating, I made a green tea white chocolate ganache.  Then topping the cake with a few pink dogwood flowers along with a bow on the side, the pink and green color combination was just beautiful.

Dogwood Green Tea Cake
Dogwood Green Tea Cake

Dogwood Green Tea Cake Side

Dogwood Green Tea Cake Flower Detail
Dogwood Green Tea Cake Flower Detail

As for the cake, while all liked it, I think I will make some modifications in the future as both the green tea white chocolate ganache and the red bean paste were very sweet.  I look forward to experimenting with this green tea cake again.

Cake Slice

Baptism Cake

Little Charlotte’s mom wanted to celebrate Charlotte’s baptism with a quilted cake.  Initially I was finding it difficult to come up with a unique design.  Then a picture of Charlotte with a cute headband was what inspired me finally.  I hope her mom does not mind me cropping the photo to show the headband here.

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Here are the photos of the finished product.  The inside is a chocolate cake with orange zest meringue buttercream.  I thought the cake was so cute and sweet!

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Magnolia Teapot Cake for Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea

Teapot Cake

This cake was made for a Mother’s Day afternoon tea party to celebrate Mother’s Day and to remember a very special mother who had gone home to be the Lord two years ago on the date of this year’s Mother’s Day.   Mrs. Mulan L. Z., the second daughter of an older couple, was born around the time of the Sino-Japanese War.  Her father, being without any sons and beyond the age of military service , named her after Mulan Hua, the female Chinese warrior from the Ballad of Mulan* who had taken her father’s place in answering the call to fight for her country.  (Yes, you guessed it right – Mulan Hua is the same Mulan from the Disney cartoon, except that the original story did not have the dragon, nor the gods, nor the story of Mulan rescuing the emperor.)  Although Mrs. Mulan L. Z. was far from being a warrior in the physical sense in her lifetime, she was remembered by her family and friends as a woman who, through the strength God gave her,  overcame many fears in her own life, on the behalf of her family, and encouraged many in her quiet manners.  One of her friends fondly referred to her as “the quiet warrior.”  I am reminded of the Word of God from 2 Corinthians 12:9, “My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness…”

Magnolia Lillyflora

As a way to remember Mulan, her daughter, Flora, wanted me to make a Mulan, which is actually the name of a flower in Chinese.  While not  certain how the flower really looked like, I did some research and was very surprised to find how  befitting that Mulan, without knowing, had named her two daughters “Lily” and “Flora” – as it turned out, Mulan is a type of Magnolia, namely, Magnolia Lillyflora…  Happy Mother’s Day.

Magnolia Lilliflora with Flower Bud
Rose in Gumpaste

*You may find the original Ballad of Mulan in English at http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Ballad_of_Mulan.  For Chinese, you may find it at http://home.pacific.net.hk/~shung/favorites/mulan.html.

Red Velvet Cake for Teapot Cake

Bella’s Tea Party Cake

Bella is a vibrant and sweet girl who was about to turn 11-years-old. After looking through my portfolio of cakes, she decided that she wanted an afternoon  tea cake.  Since I wanted to make this cake special for Bella, I incorporated her favorite color – lavender.  In addition, I wanted to make this cake especially cute for this little princess.  Here is the final product.  I hope you like it!  I know Bella did as she saves all the little decorative pieces for her Barbie doll!

The cake is only 6″ in diameter.  All the decorative pieces are hand made.

Bella's Tea Party Cake
Bella’s Tea Party Cake
Bella's Tea Party Cake Top View
Bella’s Tea Party Cake Top View
Teapot with cream and jam bowls, creamer, sugar bowl and sugar tong
Teapot with cream and jam bowls, creamer, sugar bowl and sugar tong
Plate setting with fork, knife, napkin, teacup set with spoon
Plate setting with fork, knife, napkin, teacup set with spoon
Plate detail
Plate detail
Tray with Swiss Roll and Battenburg Cake
Tray with Swiss Roll and Battenburg Cake
Tray with Macaroons
Tray with Macaroons
Mini cake detail
Mini cake detail
Plate with sandwich and pastries
Plate with sandwich and pastries
Table cloth detail with bows
Table cloth detail with bows
Table Spread
Table Spread

Bible with Rose of Sharon Cake

This cake was made for a friend who has been blessed by God to be an encouragement for many, especially during the past year.  The Word of God has been her source of strength as of late, as she related to her friends.  So her best friend suggested a Bible cake on a plate with utensils, to capture the importance of taking in the Word of God daily, similar to us needing our food daily.

This is a passage from the gospel of John about the Word of God: “In the beginning as the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was with God in the beginning.  Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.  In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.  The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”  Praise God!

So here’s to eating the Word of God!

 

Bible with Rose of Sharon Cake
Bible with Rose of Sharon Cake
Bible with Rose of Sharon Cake
Bible with Rose of Sharon Cake
Bookmark Detail
Bookmark Detail
Bookmark and Fork Detail
Bookmark and Fork Detail

Apparently the Rose of Sharon is not a rose at all, but a type of tulip that can grow in rocky areas and even on the beach!

Rose of Sharon Detail
Rose of Sharon Detail
Rose of Sharon Detail
Rose of Sharon Detail

Bible Cake with Lily of the Valleys

My first book shaped cake was made as a birthday cake for a friend.  I liked making the small details of this cake.  And here’s to eating the Word of God literally!

Bible Cake with Lily of the Valleys
Bible Cake with Lily of the Valleys
Lily of the Valleys Detail
Lily of the Valleys Detail
Lily of the Valleys Detail

Lily of the Valleys Detail

Bookmark Detail
Bookmark Detail
Bookmark Detail
Bookmark Detail

Bible Cake Bookmark Top

Cherry Blossom Teacup Cake

This teacup is not made in the shape of a typical teacup because it is for a Chinese lady who grew up with a famous river in her city named “Cherry Blossom River”.  The river banks are full of cherry trees.  As they bloom in the spring, the beauty is indescribable.  This cake is made for her birthday to bring her a small bit of home.

Cherry Blossom Teacup Cake Front View
Cherry Blossom Teacup Cake Front View
Cherry Blossom Teacup Cake Back View
Cherry Blossom Teacup Cake Back View
Cherry Blossom Teacup Cake Detail
Cherry Blossom Teacup Cake Detail