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Sunday, April 29, 2012

Chica Cake


I made this 12" round cake for the party guests at a first birthday party and a little smash cake for the birthday girl to enjoy all by herself. She loves the Sunny Side Up show on Sprout TV and this cute chicken, Chica, is her favorite character.


Every time I design a cake, I have a plan in mind when I start... but that plan always evolves as I get into the project.  In this case, I hadn't even thought of making the birthday girl's name quite so large or in the cow print.  But as I was making the sugar pieces, I felt like the cake needed one more big element to balance the barn and Chica.  And I am so glad that I did it - it's my favorite part of the cake!  On the set of the Sunny Side Up show, there is a chair painted in a cow print, so that was the inspiration for the pattern.  I made the cow spots out of black fondant and rolled them into the white fondant to create a smooth surface before cutting out each letter by hand. 

16 comments:

  1. Your cakes are AMAZING! I wish you lived in my area! You have such great talent. I hope you enter a contest or something!

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  2. Soo cute! I love both of the cakes! I lov ehow you made the names using cow print too!

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  3. Thanks, faithy and AliciaD!

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  4. Beautiful Marj!!! just like everything you do. I love ALL your creations :)
    What a clever way to do the 'cow print' --thank you for sharing!
    Rosie

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  5. Thanks, Rosalinda! I am flattered!

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  6. Lydiah, I accidentally deleted your comment from yesterday, but wanted to make sure I answered you!

    You said "Oh my goodness, how in the world did you make Chica's face? I absolutely love it! My baby boy turns one in Feb and I would really like to make this for him!"

    Thank you for asking and those kind words! Chica's face is a small cake baked in a ball-shaped pan (a bowl would work too!) I covered it in yellow fondant and added fondant details. The beak and comb had a few toothpicks supporting them to make sure they stayed upright while hardening. The rest was just attached with a dab of water. Happy caking!

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    1. Aww thank you Marj! So the beak is fondant too? I can't believe how good this looks, I really hope this turns out lol Stand by haha

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    2. Yes! The beak is fondant mixed with a little gum paste so that it holds it's shape better... but fondant by itself would work too. I attached it to the cake with a toothpick or two and used a little piece of foam to support it while it hardened up. Once it had firmed up I just slid the foam out from under it. Good luck! Let me know how your creation turns out!

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  7. Hi Marj, how many hours did it take you to complete the 12 inch round cake (including all the fondant details you made)? And how much did you charge the client for it? I'm an aspiring cake maker and have the hardest time estimating price vs. time invested. Thanks!

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  8. Hi, Heather! Thanks for asking and for reading my blog! I spend about 8-12 hours on the average cake. Most of that is one the decorations. If I remember correctly, making these decorations took me about 7 hours total. I would be happy to chat with you more about pricing. You can email me at mooj at nc.rr.com.

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  9. My son is getting ready for his 1st birthday bash and he loves chica, where are you located?

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  10. Angella, I am in Raleigh, NC. You can email me directly at mpjenkins5 at gmail.com.

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  11. What state u from cus if u live near me I would love for u too do this for my daughters bday

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  12. Aylicaa, I live in North Carolina!

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  13. Hi do you have a tutorial for Chicka?

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  14. Sweet Lue, I have never made a tutorial but thanks for asking! Maybe one of these days I'll have the time to do that!

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Marj