Monday, May 16, 2011

I absolutely love the Best Of Pixar Cricut Cartridge!

Hi!  Hope everyone had a great weekend I know i did.  Another cake this weekend -Yay!  Well I actually baked all day on Saturday because I contributed to a local bake sale that is involved with our school system.  I made a red velvet cake with butter cream icing since I sent the last one to work with my husband and never got to try it.  I also tried something different this week.  I bought a cake decorating set and decided to try to do a scallop decoration for the edges.  Wow, that was hard and didn't exactly come out right but it was my first time so...I need practice.  I made a finding Nemo cake.  I made the nemo at 4 and a half inches and he cake out huge.  I love the movie Finding Nemo.  It always reminds me of my eight year old son. He is at the age where he wants more independence and I am sometimes too over protective with him.  Its so hard to let them do things when you are scared.

Anyway, making this cake was fun and easy.  Three colors orange, black, and white. I used Wilton fondants again. This time I mixed my own colors for the orange.  First I cut out the black back ground.  That was the easy part.  Next I cut out the orange part.  Parts of nemo are very intricate so I decided to try a tip that someone mentioned to me about putting the mat with the cutout fondant on it in the freezer for a couple of minutes and it worked great.  It made it alot easier to get off the mat.  Next i cut out the white eyes and stripes and put them on and it was done.  I imagine that I could have made this cake alot better.  Maybe I could have sprayed the background with a blue color spray, and made Nemo smaller and added some other characters, or even shells.  As usual my kids and husband LOVED IT.  This is a great cartridge, especially if you are thinking about making a child's birthday cake.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Win a New Disney Classics Cricut Cartridge!

It's our first Contest! 

I thought a contest might be fun for all the people who are checking in on my blog once in a while, so here it is.  I am giving away a new Disney Classics Cricut Cartridge!  To enter all you have to do is follow my blog, and post a comment.  Thats it! 
The contest will end on June 30th and I will post the winner on July 1st so please check back to see if you won! Good Luck!

Cricut Cartridge : Disney Classics

Monday, May 9, 2011

Happy Mothers day!

Hello everyone! Hope you all had a great Mother's Day? Did anyone go out for a nice dinner or have one cooked for you? Well I didn't-lol.  I cooked as I usually do and I made a cake too.  It was a Lemon cake with classic lemon curd filling, and lemon icing. Yum, its still in the fridge and i had a slice for breakfast with some coffee.  I decorated it with fondant using the Cricut Cartridge Simply Charmed.  This cartridge is adorable.  There is something for almost every holiday and they all look so cute and cheerful.  I loved decorating this cake.  It was alot easier except for the fact that one of my fondants were sort of hard so I put it in the microwave for about 15 seconds and it surely made it soft and extremely hot to touch-ouch!  It was definitely a learning experience :) Anyway I had a very light pink fondant so for the next color I mixed a little bit of red fondant with it and made a darker pink.  Also as I cut each layer I put them on parchment paper to put together when I was all finished.  I love this cartridge and this design only used 3 different colors of fondant so I made it really quick.  I made each heart at 3 1/4 inches and the phrase at 4 inches.  This cartridge has many phrases, the one I chose-  Happy mothers day isn't what came on the page with the hearts but I liked them all together better.  Also the phrase was alot easier to get off the mat because it is chunkier font. You have to check out this cartridge if you don't have it because it will make some great seasonal cakes. 

Monday, May 2, 2011

Lets learn together!

Hello!  Welcome to The Ultimate Cakeover. My name is Jamie and I had this idea that when I got my Cricut cake machine it might be fun to do a cake each week and blog about it.  This is my first blog so I plan to have fun with it.  Let me start by telling you a little about myself.  I am 35, I am married to a wonderful man who is 36 and we have 3 children (two boys ages 1 and 8, and a girl who is 4)  My life is very busy even though I am a stay at home mom.  I love to bake and I always decorate a cake at each holiday.  I have done it for so long now that at every holiday or birthday my family almost expects it.  My husband and I each come from large families (4 siblings in my family and 6 siblings in his!) so we have huge holidays and alot of birthdays and that's alot of cakes.  When I saw the cricut cake machine come out I instantly fell in love.  I had the cricut expression so I knew what it does and I have alot of great cartridges so I was so excited about what I can do with fondant now.  I have two cakes to post pictures of. One is a Monkey cake because my 4 year old loves monkeys and begged me to make one.  So I had seen this awesome recipe on the Martha Stewart Show for Chocolate cake and I made her Monkey cake using the Create a Critter Cartridge and some ready made fondant that I purchased from Michael's Crafts and rolled out on my mat.  It was hard getting the layers off the mat without breaking them. My next cake I posted is a dinosaur cake.  I made it for practice and sent it to work with my husband.  The designs are from the Birthday Cakes cartridge and I made each dino at 2 and a half inches.  I wanted to fit everything that the cartridge had to offer for dinosaurs on the cake but I didn't want the dinosaurs to be too small.  I couldn't fit everything so I did three dinos, the phrase that went with them, and a couple of footprints. I also made them and then place each layer on a paper plate this time while I made the others and it hardened the fondant a little so that it was easier to pick up and put together.  I also purchased a few small spatulas from Michael's and they definately helped.  This cake was pretty easy because I only needed two colors.  I didn't cover either cake with fondant and chose to just put the decorations onto buttercream icing because my husband perfers icing over fondant. Fondant usually doesn't taste that good, and also its pretty expensive buying it already made so I might try making my own next time because I saw a recipe for marshmallow fondant and I think it may taste better then the one I bought from Michaels. So, neither cake came out how I envisioned them and I keep thinking I can do better so hopefully each week I will get better. If you follow along with me maybe we can get better together and share ideas. Have a great week!