Why oh why am I (and so many others) continually impressed when looking at artful cupcakes and cakes? I could browse photos of incredibly decorated cake for hours… why is that? :) I can also watch an Ace of Cakes marathon and be thoroughly content. (And I would love to work with Duff & Mary Alice and sit in one of those fancy blue chairs!)
Any sort of iced confection reminds you that a celebration or party is afoot. Butter, eggs, sugar and flour… covered in more butter = party cornerstone = joy.
I saw a cake today via boingboing.net that got me in the decorating mood…
This “Starry Night” cake is a creation by Megpi on Flickr. I love that this was done with icing and it looks painted on in a happy free form sort of way. The colors blend so beautifully and you can tell that Megpi has some formal art training. So awesome. I’m happy that it’s not fondant, because fondant seems scary to me.
I’m intimidated by fondant… it seems that you get one shot and if it’s not perfect on the first try, you have to start over. I have 2 boxes in my pantry just waiting for me… but… alas… it frightens me. Even with the decade of fimo abuse I took, I just can’t seem to get the fondant out! (ooooh, has anyone done a fondant cane like fimo?? I’m sure someone has… but fondant dries out quicker. I had some crazy elaborate fimo canes… hmmmm). Here’s an example of some fimo canes (Thank you Nogadin on Flickr for this image):
Just for inspiration… Here are some other fun cake and cupcake pictures…
Alice in Wonderland cupcakes by Be Cheery on Flickr.
Beautiful rose cupcakes by Hello Naomi on Flickr.
Mini Chocolate Cake by Bev from Sugarbloom Cupcakes on Flickr.
Cupcake cake by Cupcake Journal on Flickr.
Dogwood Cake and cupcakes by Consumedbycake on Flickr.
“Sweet India” Cake and cupcake by Icing Dreams on Flickr.
Tattoo cupcake by Bakerella on Flickr.
Christening cupcake and cake tower by Blue Cupcake on Flickr.
These cupcakes were done by Abbietabbie on Flickr
And these fondant cupcakes were made by my Cousin-in-law, Tammy :)
My desire to “build a cake” is growing… who’s in? :)