Nurse Cake & Fun Giveaway

One thing I like about being in business for myself is that I get to do a little bit of everything…sugar flowers, cupcakes, cookies, and of course carved cakes.  Out of everything I do, making carved cakes has to be the most challenging I think.  I have basically had to teach myself everything I’ve learned in this arena.  I was privileged to take a class from Bronwen Weber a couple years ago, which helped me get inspired to challenge myself even more when it is came to carved cakes.  I still feel like I have lots to learn when it comes to these types of cakes, but always learn something new when I make a new cake.  

This recent cake was requested from a college student who wanted to surprise his girlfriend, who was a nurse, with a fun cake for her birthday.  He wasn’t able to see her on her birthday and thought this would be a great way to show he was thinking of her.  When I dropped the cake off it definitely seemed like he accomplished his goal…she was so excited and was beaming with joy!  That is why I love making cakes!  So without further ado here is the nurse cake!

I took a couple pictures along the way so you could see the process.  This cake was chocolate cake with whipped cream and fresh strawberries.  I then covered the cake in vanilla swiss meringue buttercream and covered it in pink fondant.  

I added some fun details to the cake to bring it to life…a personalized name tag (printed on edible frosting sheets), fondant scissors, a pen, and stethoscope.  I painted the metal items with silver lust dust and vodka to make it look more realistic.  In this next photo you can see the difference the luster dust makes…

Now for the giveaway…The great people at Martine’s Chocolates sent me over some delicious and adorable chocolates and they wanted to share the fun treats with you too!  They are giving away three of their famous chocolate dogs to three of my lucky readers.  Definitely check out this website and see all the wonderful gift ideas that they have!  To enter the contest all you have to do is tell me which one of their chocolate dogs you love the most!  I will announce the three winners Thursday!  

Can’t wait to her all of your entries!  **Just a note…the winner will receive one of the smaller dogs, but I just wanted to show off a lot of their dogs so you could see their wide selection AND I also wanted to hear which ones were your favorites!



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89 Responses to “Nurse Cake & Fun Giveaway”

  1. Iliana says:

    I think the white chocolate one is adorable!

  2. Elaine says:

    They’re all sooo cute! I do like the Shih-tzu – she’s so cute! And the Scotty dog….pretty close to our Westie except for the color!

    The nurse cake is simply amazing! Wow!

  3. Angela P says:

    i am teaching myself (slowly, but surely. and with lots of help from blogs like yours!) how to create carved cakes. i’ve only created 4 so far… wiht failures sprinkled in here and there ;) cakes like this egg me on.

    as far as the chocolate… yorkshire terriers always win. though, in dark chocolate only.

  4. Emily says:

    The cake is awesome. You amaze me everytime I visit here. Also, I want my boyfriend to surprise me with a cake for my birthday.

    I’m embarrassed to say I don’t know the names for a lot of dogs. So I’d have to go with the scottie dog. Because it makes me think of Lady and the Tramp.

  5. Jacque says:

    The bulldog’s my favorite for my own frenchie, Finster!! thanks for sharing!!!

  6. AmyRuth says:

    What a darling cake, hubs is in the med field. So that is definitely going in my memory file. Awesome work! Thanks a million for the photos and tutuorial. You’re the best!

  7. AmyRuth says:

    Oops so excited about the cake I skipped right over those darling little candy bow-wow’s. I have two Welsh Corgi’s with the same chasis as a dauschound. So, I guess that little weiner dog will do the trick. The westie could come along too and I could share with my neighbor who has a real living westie. he he Thanks

  8. Amy says:

    How adorable! I love the little scottie dog. Sooo cute.

  9. Lorelei says:

    Wow, a course by Bronwen, so jealous. This cake looks fabulous, hope to see you on a foodnetwork cake challenge someday. I like the bulldog.

  10. doreen says:

    Your cake turned out great! Would love to konw your secret to torting/moving such thin layers w/out breakage!

    Love the terrier!

  11. stephanie says:

    The Scottish Terrier is my favorite because I have a Scottie!

  12. Christy says:

    The yorkie and the bulldog are really cute. But they are all amazing!

  13. Jessi A says:

    I love them all. The white chocolate one is very cute too.!!!!

  14. sharilyn says:

    i like the bulldog-ish-looking one ’cause he reminds me of Biscuit!!!!! : ( he was such a sweety-pie!! : )

  15. Brooke says:

    The bulldog is Super Cute!

  16. Jana says:

    I love the dachshund! I had one growing up named bailey. Really sweet dog, but not quite as amazing as my cat named, appropriately, cake!

  17. achristinaw says:

    i love the terrier! so cute!

  18. Kris says:

    Your nurse cake is outstanding! Bet she was thrilled!
    I think I vote for the Scottie dog!!!!

  19. Susie says:

    Your cakes are true artistry, That nurse cake is awsome. I’m just starting out in cake designing and if I could ever reach a tenth of your tallent, I’d be happy. I love the chocolate chihuahua as I just got a tiny puppy chihuahua recently. How cuteit is!!!

  20. Cassidy says:

    I love those dogs! I would love to win so I could see my husband’s face laugh and smile. He already thinks I am obsessed with dogs – now if he only saw me with one of those. I think it is a cute idea.

  21. Kathy T says:

    Hi Melody! I took your classes at Mira Costa last fall and have been following your blog every since. I love this cake and will definitely make it for my daughter when she graduates next year! Thanks to your fabulous class, I have been making so many cakes and it has now become my passion. Oh yeah, and I love the Yorkie dog (so cute!)

  22. cassi says:

    My favorite has to be the bulldog. He looks just like my Oliver, well except Ollie is black:)

    Your nurse cake was beyond amazing


  23. Anne says:

    Oh you’re cake is so cute! I love the last dog. The one on his/her back. Reminds me of my little pup. Thanks for a great website. I love to look around.

  24. Bunny says:

    I would have been very happy with that cake! Oh the dogs are all so cute, I like the dachsund!

  25. Quynh says:

    the nurse cake is wayyy adorable!!
    my favorite dog chocolate is definitely the maltese. too cute :)

  26. Candace Malone says:

    I like the little dog laying in the grass so cute . . . that one or the white dog

  27. Maree S says:

    Love the white yorkie. Looks like my little white Bailey.

  28. Cookienurse says:

    I love the nurse cake, what a great idea…especially appropriate since Nurses’ Day is coming, May 6th. Oh what great talent you have!!
    Since my hubby’s name is Scott, and he loves dogs, I must say I love the scottie!!

  29. Erin R. says:

    Love the weiner dog!!! So cute!

  30. Not only beautifully made, it looks yummy. Chocolate and strawberries, my favorite!

  31. Bethany says:

    The nurse cake is awesome! What a lucky girl. :-)

    I think I’m too late, but the scottie is probably my favorite. Thanks to Martine’s Chocolates for such beautiful work.

    My husband and I just took a cupcake decorating class at our local library. It was somethimg new for the library to try. We made dog CUPCAKES from a new book the library has. I went home and ordered the book from Amazon– Karen Tack & Alan Richardson’s HELLO, CUPCAKE! The set of dogs are really cute. :-)

  32. Becky says:

    I like the scottie dog! and I LOVE everything else on your website. You are so amazing!

  33. Jenny Tan says:

    The cake is adorable! 2 years ago I signed up for a course offered by Ron Ben-Isreal through Cal Java….but didn’t make it!!! *sob, sob- oh well, I’m not in any business anyway, still, sob, sob*

    Oh gosh…there are so many dogs I love. The boxer cos’ my last pet was a boxer named Tiger, who I think has ADHD! The Great Dane cos’ I lived with one (our roomate’s)when I was expecting my 1st, named Bode, who behaves exactly like Scooby-Doo, even thought when he stands on his hind legs is taller than me. Then the Cocker Spanial, Labrador, and Golden Retriever are dogs that I’ve wanted growing up. ….I think I’ll have to go with my ADHD Boxer! ;)

  34. admin says:

    Thanks everyone for entering the contest!
    Jennywenny – I do use a little whipped cream stabilizer when I am doing it for cakes…it helps out a lot and never changes the flavor.

  35. Monica says:

    I love the nurses cake. What size cake pan did you use? What did you do to shape it. I have a friend who asked me to do her nursing cake and I love this idea.

  36. Michele says:

    Nice detail stitching on the nurse’s cake….I made this exact same cake last month for a client who saw it months ago on a Flickr album. Is that where you got the idea? It’s always kind to let others know if the design was not original.

  37. Jillian says:

    I love the nurse cake I want to do something similar for one of my good friends who’s graduating this summer. What size of cake pan was used?

  38. brenda says:

    I have been looking at cakes for a while and your is the best by far. I want to make this cake tomorrow and have two questions. How did you cut it into four pieces without it breaking? Also what size dish did you use? I just started making cakes and their coming out pretty good with no training but I would love some expert advise from you. Thank You, Brenda

  39. molly says:

    Im looking for a graduation (from highschool) cake and i love the nursing one you did! I’m going to be going to college for nursing. Can you do this?

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