Amandolin Kitchen

Cookies, cakes, candies, and other kitchen escapades

Cake Giveaway Winner

Congrats to my cake giveaway winner!  Celebrating a birthday on Halloween with family, she requested fall leaves and pumpkin vines.  I took it one step further with some delicate white pumpkin gourds.

Fall Leaves Pumpkins Cake

8″ Chocolate cake with raspberry filling and vanilla butter cream.  Covered in fondant with hand painted gum paste leaves and pumpkin vines.  The pumpkins are rice cereal treats covered in white modeling chocolate and painted with luster and petal dust.  Perfect for a fall celebration.

Fall Leaves Pumpkins Cake2

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Cookie Giveaway Winner

Congrats to my cookie giveaway winner.  She requested some fall themed cookies to celebrate the changing of the seasons.  These were fun to do and I got to try out some new techniques.


The oak leaves were done using a technique called brush embroidery.  The outline is piped, and before it drys paint brush is used to brush it in towards the center of the cookie.


The maple leaves were done by swirling the red and yellow together with a toothpick.  Once dry, the veins were piped on to add more depth to the design.


The acorns used a combination of both techniques.  A toothpick was used to swirl the lines on the hats, and brush embroidery on the bottom.


Together they made for a very festive fall celebration.

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Connor Turns 6!

All of the birthdays in my family are in the fall.  One or two a month from October – January.  Add in Christmas and Thanksgiving, and that is one busy season for us.  To kick start the holidays, my middle kid just turned 6.  He asked for a dragon cake.  Sure thing sweetie, no problem!

Blue Dragon1

The dragon is made of sour cream pound cake.  The whole thing is cake, except for the head and the claws.  The head is rice cereal treats covered in fondant.  The claws and the tip of the tail are shaped from fondant and the wings are gum paste.

Blue Dragon2

The scales on his back and chest were individually cut and placed.  He’s sitting on a marbled green fondant field surrounded by some buttercream grass.  One happy dragon!  And one very happy 6 year old!

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Adventures in Sugarpaste.

Aria has been asking for a Ballerina cake for her birthday in December.  And she does not want ballet shoes on the top, she wants an honest to goodness ballerina.  So I’ve been practicing my figure modeling, and I think we have a winner.  When she saw a picture of a mermaid on my computer (while I was looking at figure modeling tips and guides) she asked me to make one.  So of course I did.

Mermaid - fondant

By the time we were done, she had changed her mind entierly.  She now wants a mermaid cake for her birthday.  I’ll be interested to see what she finally settles on, since I feel like I could handle a ballerina if that’s what she really wants.

Mermaid - left Mermaid - right

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Happy Jack-O-Lanterns for October.

I just love how these smiling Jack-o-lanterns came out!  They seemed just the think for the begining of October.  The leaves are changing and the weather is cool, and the kids are wearing their Halloween costumes every day!

Jack-O-Lantern Cookies

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Happy Birthday to a very special 11 year old!

One of my favorite cakes yet. White cake with vanilla buttercream.  Chocolate piping and a gumpaste 11.

Kylee's 11th birthday cake

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