Birthday Cakes & Giveaway Winners

Thanks so much to everyone who entered the Ciao Bella Gelato contest!  We had some great responses and I am happy to announce the three random winners…#13 – Chris, #20 – Bernie, and #41 – Silvia!!! I hope all of you enjoy your gelato as much as I do.  

Well, life has been quite busy for me lately….lots of desserts and lots of business details to deal with! However, last week I had the pleasure of making my little niece, whom I absolutely adore, a birthday cake. She just turned 2 years old and gets cuter and cuter by the day.  I decided I wanted to show off just how cute she is by doing a photo cake, but I didn’t want to do just any photo cake…I wanted to put a modern, girly twist on it. I also decided to put her adorable little face on some sugar cookies because when you are that cute you can’t have enough photos of yourself (at least that’s what her auntie thinks!).  So here is the birthday girl and her cake!

As you can tell from her signature pose, she loves keeping one eye closed when she smiles…I love it!!!  So here is a quick post on how the cake was made.  The cake was a yummy chocolate cake with peanut butter filling.  Then I used chocolate ganache to ice the cake before I covered it in chocolate fondant. 

I then dowelled the cake and covered the second mini tier on top the same way.

Next I cut out fondant circles and printed out edible frosting sheet images of little Kimberly.  I left some fondant circles white, I added the edible images to some circles, and I painted the other circles with a mixture of petal dust, luster dust, and lemon extract (basically an edible painted concoction). 

I then placed the fondant circles on the cake and piped pink royal icing dots around the edges.  And finally I lined the bottom of the cakes with pink ribbon.  

Here are some more photos of the party!

Well, as you can see we had a great night full of fun, family, and yummy food!


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28 Responses to “Birthday Cakes & Giveaway Winners”

  1. Terra says:

    Okay, you’re right – she is super cute!

  2. snookydoodle says:

    How cute , she s adorable, I like the cake too its a nice idea to decorate it like that :)

  3. morgana says:

    Lovely cake… And your niece looks almost sweeter than the cake. And even funnier too. The photos you choose are really great!

  4. You’re right! She’s as cute as she can be! I bet she loved the cake and cookies (her picture eating the cookie is really adorable). I think this a great way to put pictures in a cake, much better than to cover the all thing with it! Very nice!

  5. That’s a great cake!!

  6. Prudence says:

    Great cake! She is SO cute!!

  7. Kim says:

    I can’t imagine any little girl going wanting a better birthday cake than chocolate with her pictures all over it. What fun, and you sure made her day special.

  8. Maria says:

    Congrats to the winners! I have a two year old niece too and I just love her to pieces!! The cake you made is wonderful! I am sure she was on cloud nine!! She is such a doll!

  9. Happy Cook says:

    Your niece looks so cute and beautiful, if i had her asniece i would also adore her.
    Cake looks so huge and beutiful and delicious

  10. Jodie says:

    What an adorable idea! Your niece is a cutie- I would kiss her cheeks to death! :)

  11. Joanne says:

    Awe she’s so cute. What a great cake and cookies. I’m sure your niece loved them!

  12. jen says:

    How cute is this combo??? Kimberly seems like a real character and you’ve made a lovely cake to match – beautiful.

  13. cindy says:

    so adorable! kids are just the cutest.

  14. Silvia says:

    Aww! Thanks so much! I’m soooo excited to get my gelato!!

  15. cakebrain says:

    oh man– what a sweet auntie! I love the height on the chocolate cake! it looks phenomenal!

  16. That cake is so adorable, just like the girls on it!!!

  17. Bunny says:

    Your niece is beautiful! Sometime soon I’m gonna get really brave and try and decorate a cake with fondant! I’ve been thinking about it alot, your cakes are always so darn pretty!

  18. Dana says:

    OK, that is beyond adorable! My older son turns 4 next Friday and I am embarrassed to admit that I am thinking of buying a cake. I just don’t think I can do it after cooking Thanksgiving dinner, but this post made me re-think it. I can’t make anything this amazing (until your fondant tutorial), but maybe I will make something. Thanks for the inspiration.

  19. Bakerella says:

    So cute! I need an edible printer now. My niece would love a cake like this too.

  20. pamela says:

    Oh my gosh…She is SUCH A CUTIE!! The cake is beautiful.

  21. Medena says:

    That is one unique, beautiful cake!!! Lucky little girl! The girl is still cuter than the cake, sorry :)

  22. Milly says:

    Those photos are just fantastic! Edible sheets?(!) The world becomes a little more exciting every day.

    Are you taking applications for new nieces, by any chance?

  23. ingrid says:

    Aaaaawwww, she’s a cutie patootie! Is she an Auntie’s girl? Great idea with the cake, very cute. It almost does the little cutie justice! :-)

  24. Tartelette says:

    The cake is adorable! And so is your niece!
    Thanks for your comment about Lisa’s cake. Trust me, I hated it with every fiber of my being until I saw her smiling face! That is what I get for baking out of my kitchen and without “my stuff”!! I did not think it would make a difference…boy was I wrong!

  25. ayu says:

    the cake is sooo cute but ur niece is just too cute!!

  26. * tonya * says:

    The cake and cookies are fabulous. What a cutie pie too.

  27. finsmom says:

    What a great cake! (And site!)

  28. Shepsit says:

    Would you please give a recipe for the chocolate fondant?

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