Amandolin Kitchen

Cookies, cakes, candies, and other kitchen escapades

Galaxy Cake

Vegan vanilla galaxy cake for a Starwars Angry Birds birthday.  Since it is not legal for me to make copies of licenced characters, this galaxy cake provided the back ground for the Angry Birds toys the client bought to put on top.  Double plus?  The kid loved being able to keep the toys once the cake was eaten.  My favorite part is the asteroid border.

Galexy Cake

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Three Tiers for Thanksgiving!

We hosted a crowd last Thanksgiving, so to make sure everyone got exactly what they wanted I made a three tier cake with three different flavors.  The largest tier was chocolate cake with chocolate orange ganache and orange buttercream.  The middle tier was lemon cake with homemade lemon curd.  The top tier was a festive pumpkin spice cake with cinnamon cream cheese buttercream.  All three were crowd pleasers.

Thanksgiving three tier



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Roller Derby Cake

My same little derby friend needed a cake for her party, after her friends liked the cookies in school so much.  The cake was a surprise, and I kept texting her mom update pictures as I got the elements finished.

Roller Derby Cake1

Roller Derby Cake2

Roller Derby Cake3

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Turkey Cookies

Did you know that a group of turkeys is called a rafter?  Well now you do.  So here is a rafter of turkey cookies for some Thanksgiving friends.Turkey Cookies

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Roller Derby Cookies

These were for a very special Roller Derby gal I know.  Her derby name is “Bizzness”, and boy does she mean it!  Her team is Gem City, and the purple diamond is their logo.

.Gem City cookies

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For my birthday, I wanted a Tardis.

And no one was going to get one for me, so I made one myself.


I was lucky enough to have a terrific friend who is a talented photographer document the process for me.  You can check out more of her work at  I started off with a single 10 inch square chocolate cake.  Cut into quarters, and torted and filled with orange buttercream.  Since this will be a tall cake, I did two halves, which will be separated by a cake board and supported on dowels.



Then each half was coated in chocolate orange ganache.






Once they set up, I inserted dowels in the bottom layer to support the top half of the Tardis, and stacked the two cakes.  Then I touched up the seam before starting on the fondant.

IMG_7446Of course, you can’t bake a cake in my kitchen without someone wandering in to see what’s cooking.  This is my special helper.


And, since this was a cake for family consumption, I allowed a little taste testing.  Who could resist all that chocolate?


Once stacked, it was time to start on the fondant.  The cake was covered in panels, and then strips were added to make the doors and paneling on the police box.




Finishing details were painted on with black food coloring, and the signs were printed on paper to be peeled off before eating.




And there we have it!  This was exceptionally fun to make, especially because it was for my birthday.


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