It’s a watermelon cat cake! SURE WHY NOT! I teamed up with my Internet pals and brilliant dessert creatives Vickie Liu and Samantha Chiu to form #cutefruitclub – we made kawaii, fruit-inspired desserts to kick off Summer! I’ve been wanting to try a “watermelon” cake for a while, but I wanted to give it a Coco Cake Land vibe – so I made it into an animal, of course! Hehe. Want to know how I made this guy? Read on, reader!
Start off with your favourite vanilla cake recipe (or, try an actual watermelon-flavoured cake recipe like this one from my pal Sugar Hero) and tint it a deep fuchsia/pink colour (I used a mix of electric pink and fuchsia gel colours). Sprinkle in some chocolate chips for “seeds.” Divide your batter evenly between three 7 or 8 inch round cake pans! Bake and cool completely before beginning to frost your cake.
Make a big batch of vanilla buttercream (you can find my tried and true recipes for both vanilla cake and buttercream in my book!), dividing the batch. Keep about 2/3 cup uncoloured (white), and tint 3/4 cup a nice bright green (I used leaf green). Tint the rest of the buttercream the same colour as the cake batter – a nice bright pink! (yes, I know watermelon is technically red, lol). Fill your cake layers and frost the entire exterior of the cake with the pink buttercream. Then, fill a large piping bag fitted with a large multi-opening tip with the pink buttercream. Fill a small piping bag fitted with a smaller multi-opening tip with the white buttercream, and a small piping bag fitted with a multi-opening tip with the green buttercream! Starting with the green piping bag, pipe the “green fur watermelon rind” (hehe) around the bottom of the cake. Next, pipe the “white fur watermelon rind.” Then for the pink fur, I piped upwards in lines, going all around the cake until it was completely covered. For the top, I started at the edges and worked my way inward.
Make the fondant face! I used pre-coloured black and pink fondant to make the kitty face features. Use your hands to shape two white triangular ears, anchoring them with wooden BBQ skewers cut to size. Press the fondant pieces into the cake – then add chocolate chips for watermelon seeds!
If you wanted to bypass the cat face part of this cake (BUT WHY), simply pipe the entire cake and add “seeds” by pressing in chocolate chips (swirly-side-down) into the entire cake!
Slice in to your watermelon cat cake friend and enjoy, *wink *wink. Perfect for Summer birthdays – or, make it for that weird and amazing friend in your life who would appreciate a watermelon cat cake, hehe. Don’t forget to check out the #cutefruitclub hashtag on Instagram to see what fruity concoctions we’ve come up with! Happy start of Summer, cake pals!! xo Lyndsay
I frigging love how this bright and colourful buttercream blossom cake turned out! My friends at Wilton Cakes invited me to do a guest post for their blog, along with an Instagram takeover. I wanted to make something vibrant and summery! I made a “cake duo”, and I will post the second cake on my blog as well – it’s also a fun one!
These pink blossoms with candy sprinkle centers are the cutest and actually very easy! I combined the blossoms with some piped drop stars and rosettes, along with some candy melt “dots” straight outta the bag (you could use any type of round candy! I love the simple shape of the candy melts, like polka dots). Click on over to the Wilton blog (or my Instagram takeover!) for the whole step by step buttercream blossom cake tutorial, including all the tools you’ll need to create this cake.
Happy June already, cake pals! xo Lyndsay
Last minute Jabba the Hutt cake for Star Wars Day, aka – MAY THE FOURTH BE WTH YOU. We are in deep, deep Star Wars obsession around our house these days – Teddy is six years old turning seven. Teddy has been anticipating May 4th for months now – so we had a little Star Wars party (which turned into maybe almost birthday-party-calibre… oh dear)… I was excited to try something new to bake, and well, I’ve always been fascinated by the diabolical Jabba the Hutt (and his greasy, cheese-dripping Spaceballs brother, Pizza the Hutt)! Jabba, the giant slug lord gangster who chains up Princess Leia as his slave – but she gets her revenge by choking him to death by the very chain he enslaved her with… jeez, Star Wars is dark. So, I drew up a Jabba sketch with my cake pans in mind and came up with this Jabba, which could easily be turned into just a classic SLUG cake, if the occasion happens to call for it. SLUG PARTY!
Teddy and his cousin Brookie! (aka Boba Fett and Pre Vizsla – I had no idea who these characters were but now our house is GRIPPED by Star Wars)
I started with dividing a lemon cake batter into two six by three inch round pans, and one half of my Wilton sports ball pan (I’ve used this for so many cakes and not ONE of them has been a sports ball, hehe!). I then trimmed my six inch round cake layers in half, and reserved one for cutting into triangle-like shapes to mimic Jabba’s tail.
For the tail, I layered three triangles on top of each other – and built up the frosting to give it a curved shape. The frosting is a lemon creamcheese frosting, tinted lightly with leaf green and brown gel food colours.
This is my second coat of frosting – I did the first coat, power-chilled it in the freezer, then added another layer!
Next, I worked on Jabba’s facial features! The snakey eyes, nostrils, long mouth and gross tongue are key to giving him the Jabba look. More importantly, piping the wrinkly lines around his eyes really gave him the Jabba look! I used a small open circle tip for the eye wrinkles.
For his stubbly arms, I used a medium open circle tip and piped it right onto the cake (it took a few tries to get it in the right place!) If I ever make Jabba again, I’ll experiment with piping the whole cake with the wrinkly lines – Teddy is on an anti-buttercream tirade these days so I wanted to do as little frosting as possible! :P
Slice o’ Jabba the Hutt cake!! Serve him up with some blue milkshakes and Star Wars sugar cookies! We also did a pool noodle light sabre craft and we watched Revenge of the Sith, which was INTENSE. Yikes. Definitely screen it before showing it to your younger and/or sensitive kids, something I wish I had done, oops. However, Teddy didn’t seem bothered by it, even though there are some ugly scenes (Chancellor Palpatine is EVIL, FYI! I loathe him and his horrifically freaky face, he destroyed Anakin and Padmé’s lives!!!) including the gruesome fiery almost-death of Anakin, who then gets a brutal-looking operation which turns him into Darth Vader… I think I was clearly more traumatized by this movie than my six-year-old!
Hope you enjoyed this simple Jabba the Hutt cake tutorial! MAY THE FOURTH BE WITH YOU! xo Lyndsay
And just like that, we are completely slammed with holiday vibes. This year I’m determined to keep it ZEN CHRISTMAS and chill out. Each night I’ve been sitting on the couch and just zoning out on the twinkly Christmas tree lights and warm glow of lamps and dreaming about trying to keep the holidays as simple and enjoyable as possible. I’ve got a loose cannon gingerbread house with Teddy on the horizon (ZEN CHRISTMAS), as well as buttercream piped sugar cookies in zany colours (I love doing this) which we give out to neighbours and friends, and we will host and attend a few beloved seasonal parties. (This pink reindeer cake might be a fun holiday project to make with a friend, loved one or kiddo!). Christmas around our house also means Rich’s birthday, which falls on December 21st – and every year we do an aroma-mania of a raclette party – stinky but oh so delicous cheese melted goo-ily over roasted potatoes, with crisp tart little mini gherkins and pickled onions on the side. Just writing that sentence has prompted me to get into my gym clothes, hehe.
My pink peppermint buttercream chocolate reindeer cake is over on my column for Genius Kitchen! Find the whole pink reindeer cake cuteness here! Wishing you all a warm, peaceful and enjoyable holiday season, however you celebrate – whether it’s takeout Chinese and holiday movies or a candlelit feast of days worth of cooking… happy holidays and may you get through December with your mind, body and spirit intact! xo Lyndsay
I sure was glad I decided to wear my blue denim jumpsuit for this Halloween jack-o-kitten cake photoshoot down in Seattle last month. I have gotten lightly obsessed with jumpsuits and I’m a little bit mad at myself for falling prey to fashion trends but let me tell ya, jumpsuits are COMFY AS HECK. The only thing not comfy as heck is when you have to pee (which I have to do quite a bit) so you’re left peeling down the entire jumpsuit and basically being topless when you have to use the bathroom. Also, on a past occasion I did accidentally dip my jumpsuit strap into the toilet bowl. Yes there was already pee in the bowl. Washed the shit outta that though.
It was a gentle and cool day working with both awesome Antonia from Amazon Home and Stephanie, the lovely photographer. I admired Stephanie’s gorgeous grey-streaked hair immediately. My black hair is getting rather white and silvery itself – it’s alarming some days to find strands of white hair on the floor and realize it is mine. White eyebrow hairs have been bristling up through my caterpillar brows as well. I admire them with fascination, but with no desire to pluck them.
It was a real treat to work with a photographer, as usually it’s me at home alone in my kitchen with natural light, podcasts or music and me snapping away overhead.
Kawaii-faced Jack-O-Kitten the Halloween party cat!
With cakes made specifically for food styling/tutorials/photoshoots, often when I’m working at home, because I often do tutorials or visual work just for Instagram and not for a client or customer, I’ll do a “cake face/off” and scrape off the frosting and re-frost several times in different iterations over many weeks until the cake can no longer take it. So, finding a home for kawaii Jack-O-Kitten was the sweetest of all – Stephanie’s son Lucas’s birthday was a few days after the photoshoot! I simply jammed the cake slice back into place (I only took one bite so my fork didn’t soil the rest of the cake, lol) and piped over the top of the seams so Jack-O-Kitten was whole again. Stephanie stored the cake for a few days and then sent me this picture of Lucas and his sis. Adorable.
Happy Halloween to all! xo Lyndsay
Psychedelic trip-out bear!! Rainbow bear cake combines two projects from my cake book, blue bear cake plus rainbow buttercream piping technique equals the bear of a thousand acid trips.
You can find the step-by-step to this rainbow bear cake over on the Wilton Instagram! xo Lyndsay
It’s Gudetama, the lazy egg yolk guy! Dripping over the sides of the cake! How do you like your eggs? I am a 6-7 minute soft boiled egg lady, sliced onto avocado toast, topped with whatever greens I have in my fridge and a sprinkling of chili flakes or Pollock-spurts of sriracha. Gudetama reminds me of the future-humans in that movie Wall-E where their legs are basically jelly because they are so sedentary. Admittedly Teddy has been watching a lot of one to two minute clips of Gudetama each night while he brushes his teeth. Poor Gudetama gets his butt poked by egg shells til he cries, he gets boiled up in hot bowls of soup, black pepper is ground onto him … wait, maybe this is the most masochistic little egg yolk in the world. I made this surprise-inside Gudetama cake for my wacky cake column over on Genius Kitchen – you can find the full recipe for the cakes here, and the tutorial and Gudetama cake story here! xo Lyndsay
Every time I make a bunny cake it goes a little bit differently. Riffing off my own bunny from a few months ago, I went furry face this time, and added a buttercream rosette/drop star crown with piped leaves and a light touch of sprinkles! This bunny was not planned, in fact it was an emergency bunny cake which I started baking at 12pm and finished at 3pm, to drop off to one of my favourite little gals, my best friend Tara’s daughter Nola, in time for her bunny themed 8th birthday party! I will never get over the cuteness of a child seeing their birthday cake for the first time. It’s safe to say it is like the PRIMO NUMBER ONE REASON I make cakes. Cake is frigging joy. Joy is a reason for living. Cake is life.
Also… I shot a “how to make a bunny cake” video! Enjoy watching the magic of iPhone time lapse making it look like this cake only took 42 seconds to make! :P
Happiest birthday to my dear friend Tara’s (not really so little anymore) one! xo Lyndsay