Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Cooking With Cricut Challenge: Cake, Cupcake and/or Teddy Bear

Happy Wednesday!  And you know what happens on Wednesdays -- challenge day at Cooking With Cricut!!  So, in honor of  "Bring a Teddy Bear to Work" Day (today), National Cake Decorating Day on October 17th and Chocolate Cupcake Day on October 18th, Melin asked us to work a cake, cupcake and/or a teddy bear into our projects this week.

Well, you won't find any teddy bears in my projects, but I definitely covered the other two requirements and they are YUMMY!  This past weekend was my sister's baby shower and Dee made the most delicious cake and cupcakes.  It was my task to help decorate them.  We just recently purchased a Cricut Cake and it arrived on the Monday before the shower -- with no time to play and learn the ins and outs of the new machine, this cake was decorated "old-school." 



I cut the animal faces out using the Animal Kingdom cartridge and some plain white card stock.  I then used it as stencil on the fondant and cut them out with an exacto knife.  A little bit of water brushed on the backs of the layers of fondant stuck them together nicely. I used a food safe brush and some Wilton food coloring to "paint" the faces on the animals. (You can click on the images to enlarge them.)


The blocks on top are 2" wooden cubes we purchased at Michaels.  We painted them a glossy white and then I mod-podged the papers, letters and animals on.  An additional coat of mod-podge over the finished project sealed them and made it safe to stack them on top of the cake.  I used the Cake Basics cartridge that came with our Cricut Cake machine to cut the squares and letters.  The animals were cut from the Create-A-Critter cartridge.

The bottom tier of the cake is chocolate with a chocolate mousse filling and covered in buttercream then fondant.  The top tier is white cake with a vanilla mousse.  The decorative stripes were cut by hand using a Wilton cutter.  The polka dots were also cut by hand using a small round cutter.  The border around both layers is M & M candies.

The "Welcome Everett" was created in Design Studio using the New Arrival and Cake Basics cartridges.  I welded together the letters and the baby image using a 12" circle as my guide and cut it out of card stock. 

The wrappers and picks for the cupcakes were created using the Cupcake Wrappers cartridge.  I created the center circles using my computer, Microsoft Publisher and a circle punch.


The patterned papers on the blocks and the cupcake wrappers are from a basics paper pack by The Paper Studio.  All of the solid papers are either by Recollections or Bazzill.

Thanks for stopping by!  Check back on Monday to see more of the things I created for my sister's shower.  Now, head on over to Cooking With Cricut and meet our new Design Team members and join in the fun!  Make sure you link up your cake/cupcake/teddy bear project -- you could be our next "Top Chef!"

~ Jen

13 comments:

Celeste said...

Oh my that cake is amazing.... I just love the cupcakes as well.
I am so happy to be a part of the design team with you....
Celeste
www.touchedbyabutterfly.com

Jill said...
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Jill said...

Love this! So excited to be on the design team with you! Jill♥

Mad Crafter said...

Jen, your cake is amazing just like you!!!! It turned out so great!! I bet everyone loved it. Awesome job. I am excited for our new DT. Have a wonderful day:)
~Madison funkycards.blogspot.com

Debbie said...

Jen-seriously the cake is amazing and I need some lessons. I can never get my Cricut cake to make works of art like yours did. Love the cupcake toppers also. I am so excited to be on the team with you! TFS.

Elizabeth said...

These projects are amazing! I totally love the colorful cake and food tags - no blah baby pastel's at this shower! Very creative - GREAT JOB!!

Nita T. said...

That cake just renders me speechless. I am in awe of your cake abilities Jen. IN AWE. And as for your cupcakes, I'll say it again: Oh Yum. :)

So excited to join you on the DT! :)

Nita
www.niftynitanotes.blogspot.com

Melin said...

This is by far one of the best cakes I have seen girl!!! Your attention to detail is amazing! I clicked on the pictures and just sat here studying them! Man this sure was a labor of love. I have NO DOUBT...she was happy! Truly fantastic! Of course the cupcakes were so precious too! Thank you just doesn't cover it girl! Many blessings to you and all your endeavors!!!

Adrian said...

OMG! Beautiful job!!!

by Frank-LEE Speaking... said...

This is absolutely gorgeous. So glad to be a CWC Chef with you. Smooches... Felicia

Holly said...
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Holly said...

Great job on the Cake! Love it...I actually decorated for a baby shower using Animal Kingdom. My banner would of looked AWESOME with your cake too!!! You can check out photos on my blog, it's labeled under baby shower.
Holly :-)
ribbonsandglue.blogspot.com

Teresa Kline said...

wow, this is awesome...I luv the colors, great job...hope you have a fabulous weekend!

enjoy *~*