New Orleans Saints 18 Wheeler Truck Groom’s Cake

New Orleans Saints 18 Wheeler Truck Cake

I stepped out of my comfort zone the day I agreed to do this New Orleans Saints 18 Wheeler Truck Groom’s Cake.  This cake involved building a platform and carving and molding and well… lots of things that freak.me.out.

I guess I felt like I needed a challenge that weekend… it was the groom’s cake that went along with the Wedding Dress Wedding Cake.  Yeah… call me crazy.

In fact, although this is not my most recent vehicle-themed cake, after doing this one and a few others, I may not ever do another one.  In fact, I’m not even sure why I took the last couple of orders for automobile cakes.

Why, you ask??  Because they’re hard.  And I’m no good at them.  And they stress me out more than just about any other kind of cake.  I love a good challenge, but not one that gives me extra gray hairs, if you know what I mean!

But anyway… that’s a story for another day.   Since it’s football season, it seemed like a perfect time for me to tell you about the cake!  But first, let’s talk about the support..

18 wheeler cake support board

My husband cut out a huge rectangle from plywood, and also a strip of 2″x4″, and a small piece of luan and screwed them together and painted them black.  I can’t give you dimensions, but it was big.   He also drilled holes and screwed in 3 dowels (spaced out evenly) to serve as inner supports for the cake (he did that after this picture was taken).

Now, the cake itself… for the trailer, I baked an 11×15″ sheet cake, cut it in half length-wise and filled and stacked it.  I think.  Haha!  It’s been a year and if I had any notes on this cake, I can’t find them.

New Orleans Saints 18 Wheeler Truck Cab

Then for the cab, I think I baked 2 square cakes – maybe 6×6″ squares – and carved and stacked them.  That was really the hardest thing… getting the right shape.  The bride had drawn a picture of what he wanted, but I never felt like I got it right.

18 Wheeler Truck Cake

I used some fleur-de-lis molds and cutters and my gum paste tools and my ribbon cutter to do most of the outside details.  Oh, and this set of letter cutters.

Fondant Wheels

For the wheels, I used a mold that I got from Mayen of Way Beyond Cakes.    I haven’t used them often, but I love the way they make wheels SO easy!  Anyway, I didn’t seem to take a lot of other close-up pics of this cake, but I did get one more that I had to share… check out the “fuel tanks” on the cake:

Fuel Tank

Do you recognize those?  They’re empty sprinkles bottles painted silver!!   I brainstormed for hours one day trying to figure out how I was going to do those when suddenly it hit me how easy it would be to just use an empty bottle!  It was light, perfectly shaped, and the right size!

So that’s that!!  Quite possibly the only 18 wheeler cake I’ll ever do!!  I mean… I was happy with the way it turned out in the end, but at this point I’m thinking… never again.

Do you have any questions about this cake?  Please leave me a comment and if I can answer it, I will!

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Wedding Dress Cake

Wedding Dress Cake

Ya’ll may have seen this because I’ve shared this Wedding Dress Cake many times on Facebook, but today I’m going to finally share some details here!

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When I was first asked about doing this cake, I was a little more than terrified.  The wedding dress was just gorgeous and I wasn’t quite sure I could translate that into cake.  Oh – here’s the dress:

Wedding Dress Cake Front

Wanna see a side-by-side?

Wedding Dress Cake Collage

So, the cake was 6″, 8″, 10″ and 12″ round cakes.   I wish I could tell you the flavors, but I seem to have lost the contract from last year.  I think they were butter cake, red velvet cake and chocolate cake.

Anywho… after frosting and filling, I covered the tiers with homemade marshmallow fondant and then I used Satin Ice Red Fondant to do the red center.  Then I rolleed out a huge, HUGE sheet of fondant to drape over the whole cake to mimic the dress.

Do you want to learn more about doing cakes inspired by wedding dresses?  I highly recommend this Craftsy Class: Cake Design Made Simple – The Wedding Dress.  I watched it before doing this wedding dress cake and it helped me SO much!!

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That was by and far the largest piece of fondant I had ever rolled out!    And then… after all that work…. I realized I could’ve done two pieces because I ended up doing a seam down the back to also match the dress:

Wedding Dress Back Cake Collage

Okay – so it wasn’t exactly the same, but I just loved doing the extra detail on the back.

Wedding Dress Wedding Cake Red White

For the shimmer on the dress, I used silver disco dust and edible diamonds.  I also used my extruder to make the tiny border lines and everything was attached with sugar glue.

Rhinestone Cake Topper for Wedding Dress Cake

The bride provided this rhinestone topper…. which went perfectly with the cake design!  You can find similar Rhinestone Letter cake toppers here.

One last little thing I learned about doing this cake… always, always, ALWAYS ask how the cake is going to be displayed.  When we arrived at the location, we found that the cake was supposed to be put up on a stand.

A very, very tall and wobbly stand:

Wedding Dress Cake on Stand

My husband and I were very afraid.  We had to lift it (very awkwardly) and put it up on that stand in the center of the table (there were no thoughts of putting it on the stand, then moving it to the center!).  After we got it up there, we both sort of held our breath to see if it was going to stay.

It didn’t move, but we warned the other vendors there setting up to please not bump that table and we left!!  I can’t tell you how relieved I was a few days later to get a note from the bride telling me how happy they were with everything!

So, do you have any questions?  Leave me a comment!

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White Sour Cream Cake

Whtie Sour Cream Cake WM

Over the past few years, my White Almond Sour Cream Cake has evolved a little bit … I’ve made changes due to smaller cake mixes and wanting to have some variety in my recipes.

So, after making some tiny changes and measuring in a new way, I’ve started calling this White Sour Cream Cake.

It’s really very similar to a thousand other recipes out there on the world wide web, but I thought it would be a great recipe to share over at CakeJournal.com and to also share with YOU, my readers, my updated version.

Granted, I still use the White Almond Sour Cream Recipe (as is) for a traditional “wedding cake” flavor, but I also enjoy mixing it up and making this doctored cake mix recipe into just a vanilla cake or a lemon cake or whatever flavor is calling my name!

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So – go have a look!  The newest version is over here, and you can find my original post here AND my post on how to deal with the smaller cake mixes that manufacturers are pushing out these days.

P.S.  Do any of you have a great recipe for a white velvet cake?  I had a slice of white velvet a few months back but haven’t been able to find a recipe that tastes the same!  I’m pretty sure the recipe was cake-mix-based, but there must have been a secret ingredient I’m  missing!

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