Monday, July 14, 2008

French Fries and Wedding Cake


My mom’s birthday was this weekend and my sister and I each made her a cake. I made one with fondant to look like a box of McDonald’s fries (her favorite food and also my first attempt at a stacked/carved cake). I definitely want to practice this technique more. I need to learn a few tricks because after a little while my structure started coming apart. I’m just glad she saw it before it did. And next time, I think I’ll put a little sugar on the fries to look like salt and make mini cupcakes with red frosting to look like ketchup. Yeah… i’m lovin it!


Now, for my sister’s cake.
Mom told my sister that she wanted wedding cake. Actually, she says that every year because she loves the way it tastes. I must have inspired her lately though, because my sister went all out and baked a cake and made it look like an actual wedding cake. I’m pretty proud and a little jealous that I didn’t think of it. This was the first time she made homemade frosting and only the third cake she has ever made. Pretty awesome I think and my mom got a good laugh out of it, too.

She certainly wasn’t expecting a wedding cake or fondant french fries for that matter.

Happy Birthday Mom!

Delaina said...

Wow! I’m lovin’ it too!!

July 14, 2008 02:49 AM
Chelle said...

Your french fry cake is freaking AWESOME! Funny enough, my mom is a french fry freak so this would be hysterical for a birthday cake for her too!

July 14, 2008 02:51 AM
Susie said...

I love your carved cake!! I have worked with fondant for one cake and will be doing my second one this weekend. I pray that it turns out as good as yours. Any advice?

July 14, 2008 02:52 AM
hoLLy said...

wow, both cakes are awesome!

July 14, 2008 02:53 AM
SarahHub said...


July 14, 2008 02:54 AM
The Flirty Girl said...

Awwwwww I LOVE both of them! Your mom must have been so happy :o)

July 14, 2008 03:58 AM
Kimberly said...

So cute! I would love to delve into the world of carved/stacked cakes. I am impressed as always!

July 14, 2008 04:05 AM
Katie said...

I love the french fry cake, but I would love to see a different photo of it which shows the whole cake. Do you have a photo from a bit further away?

July 14, 2008 05:45 AM
cookemila said...

I love your cake M `acdonals is very simple and striking.
I copied it with your permission.” Congratulations.Xoxo

July 14, 2008 06:10 AM
Anonymous said...

em…that second cake doesn’t look great:( why is he so curved?

July 14, 2008 06:15 AM
morgana said...

I love your “french Fries” cake, it look so real… And that suger touch to simulate salt woulde be great.

To avoid structure coming apart just push some wooden dowels through the entire cake (I think just two would be enough, one right and one left). See this CC article (my english is not good enough to explain this and you can see some photos also).

July 14, 2008 07:07 AM
HoneyB said...

I bet your mom had a fabulous day! Kudos to your sis on her cake!

July 14, 2008 08:09 AM
ingegerd said...

i love both cakes,but its fun to get a different cake,good work both of you!!Its fun to visit you blog!!

July 14, 2008 09:00 AM
jeri said...

I really love both cakes – your mom is so lucky. The french fry cake is so funny.

July 14, 2008 12:51 PM
Bridget said...

So, are you guys open to adopting any new family members?!? What fun! I’ll contribute cookies! (check my blog and let me know if I qualify!!!) :)

I LOVE your french fry cake and your sister’s wedding cake! Wedding cake is my favorite, too…that was a great idea and I can’t believe it was her 3rd cake ever! Wow!

July 14, 2008 01:09 PM
Dawn said...

Hi there~

I love both cakes! GREAT JOB!! Quick question…what recipes did you use for the cake and frosting? I have been trying to find a good recipe for both, but have not had any luck. My cakes come out dry! :) Thanks a bunch!!

July 14, 2008 01:14 PM
Disney Mummy said...

Both cakes look great! Your mom is lucky to have daughters who love her to each make her a cake!

July 14, 2008 01:23 PM
sammyw said...

Wow, they have something for everyone!

July 14, 2008 03:21 PM
Angela said...

Yeah! Happy birthday to your Mom! I LOVE Mickey D’s fries too!

You both did a GREAT job on the cakes. Can I ask if you chilled the cake before and after carving, just before applying the fondant (but not with fondant on it, of course)? That is suppose to help with the carving, lessen the cake crumbs when applying the crumb coat, and help things stay together. If you layers are sliding try dowel rods or straws through the center for support.


Ps: Made you banana pudding last night and my boys loved it!

July 14, 2008 04:45 PM
Jaina said...

Those look great! What fun ideas.

July 14, 2008 04:55 PM
Janna said...

You are SO talented! Wow.
I want to see more pictures of the fry cake!

Great job for your sis too.

July 14, 2008 05:53 PM
sharyl said...

WOW! i bet your McDonalds french fries as waaaaayyyy better than the real ones! as for your sister’s cake, she’s awesome. i’ve always wanted to try my hands on a mini wedding cake but always afraid to. but now she’s inspired me to just to have a go at it!

July 14, 2008 06:06 PM
Amber said...

I’m lovin it for sure… that is ADORABLE!

July 14, 2008 06:45 PM
val said...

okay……ya’ll have some SERIOUS fun at your house….can I come play?

The wedding cake was a hoot but I admit that the McD’s cake is AMAZING. I bet Chef Duff would be impressed too……we love his show! Anyone that uses power tools while baking must be FUN!

July 14, 2008 07:24 PM
Pumpkin said...

Your french fry cake is adorable- what a cute idea!

July 14, 2008 08:21 PM
Jaime said...

Both cakes look fantastic. I love the french fry idea, it looks real. Love the wedding cake too. You both did an awesome job.

July 14, 2008 08:44 PM
Clumbsy Cookie said...

Congratulations to your mom! She must be a happy lady that raised 2 sisters that share great sense of humor! The french fries are adorable, sorry to know the cake was playing tricks on you…

July 14, 2008 09:30 PM
Krishelle said...

Wow, you are so talented! I love both the cakes. Your sister’s more resembles what mine might look like, but a lot prettier! I tried your reeses peanut butter cup cake and let’s just say it was not as pretty as yours! I love all your stuff though, thanks!

July 14, 2008 10:40 PM
Stephanie said...

I’m quite impressed with both cakes! Especially since they’re firsts – your first stacked and shaped fondant cake, and your sister’s first wedding cake and homemade frosting! I’m sure your mom had an unforgettably wonderful birthday!!

July 14, 2008 10:46 PM
Bakerella said...

Thanks everybody!!!! I’m glad you got a kick out of the cakes. My sis and I really appreciate all your sweet comments.

Susie – I wish I did

Katie – I want more, too. But I didn’t get any more good ones before it started coming apart.

Bridget – Come on over. I love cookies!

Dawn – For mine, I used a homemade Butter Cake recipe from the Cake Bible and my sister used the simple Sprite Cake recipe on this blog. Hers was more moist.

Angela – Nope. That sounds like it would have helped. Thanks for the tips!

July 14, 2008 11:00 PM
Kelli said...

how fun and different!

July 14, 2008 11:16 PM
Anonymous said...

Bakerella, Hi! I’m in the middle of reading the Cake Bible, by Rose Levy Beranbaum (I know, who “reads” a cookbook, I’m a dork). You would LOVE it! (assuming you don’t already!) The detail she goes into about the science of cakes and baking is phenomenal, not to mention extremely helpful. She gets into layering, decorating, and fondant too! There are great tips about cooling between steps to firm things up and everything… I find that you can fix anything with buttercream followed by a stint in the fridge. Fries look great and your sister was super ambitious too!!!

July 15, 2008 12:09 AM
Robyn said...

How fun is that! Great job girls! Come by and say hi someday!

July 15, 2008 02:57 AM
LisaB said...

How on Earth did you do that?!! I think you should join the “Ace of Cakes” team…sure they’d love to have you!!! You are a brave baker…nothing stops you…I need to be more like that….thanks for being such an inspiration to us all!

July 15, 2008 03:39 AM
Roxanne said...

OMGosh !!! I just discovered your site and I lOVE it !!!I can’t wait tocomeback and read everything.
Congrats on being on Martha & your mention on the Garfield Site.You are very talented. I have learned a lot already just from looking around.I will be back. Keep up the GREAT work and TFS it with the world.

July 15, 2008 04:35 AM
maybe strawberry said...

wow!!! your french fries cake looks GREAT! you never cease to amaze me with your creativity and talent!

July 15, 2008 05:17 AM
Anonymous said...

can you make baseball field theme cupcakes?

July 15, 2008 06:42 AM
lisa said...

wow! very nice
is your mom b’day on july 13? mine is too :) Happy belated b’day to your mom!!!

July 15, 2008 08:20 AM
birdilimdus said...

These are suppppeeerrr!!! Especially french fries :))))
I wish to your sister every time best!!!!


July 15, 2008 12:16 PM
Patricia Scarpin said...

I have never been brave enough to try carved cakes – this is a work of art, Bakerella!

July 15, 2008 01:25 PM
Katherine said...

Wow, you are so talented. I love to see all your new creations!

Your photos are always so beautiful. What kind of camera/lenses are you using?

July 15, 2008 05:15 PM
fawnjenee said...

super great job on your first carved cake. I’m sure it will be the fisrt of many.

July 15, 2008 08:17 PM
Jeske said...

Oh my god! Those are both so awesome! Concratulations with your mother by the way!

July 15, 2008 08:27 PM
Stacy said...

Ace of Cakes, look out, here comes Bakerella! Great job!

July 16, 2008 03:56 AM
Kathi said...

what a lucky mom!!

July 16, 2008 04:08 AM
PINK POPPY said...

your creativity never ceases to AMAZE me!!!!!!! WOW! I bet Mickey D’s would be lovin it too!!!

July 16, 2008 04:22 AM
My Sweet & Saucy said...

You are awesome with fondant! It looks great!

July 16, 2008 04:35 PM
Melissa said...

Bakerella, you are my hero. This french fry cake looks absolutely delectable! You are so talented!!! Did you take a course in cake carving? How did you learn?!

Your sister’s cake was fantastic as well! Kudo’s to both of you!

July 16, 2008 06:28 PM
Jodie said...

I love it! I like how you put stripes inside the box, too. My husband’s bday is next week and he loves McD’s, too. Maybe he should get a Big Mac cake!

July 16, 2008 07:07 PM
Mandy said...

You did a fabulous job!!! :)

July 16, 2008 11:06 PM
maichelle said...

hey i made your sprite cake and it was DELISH! i wanted to ask you, have you ever tried to make sugar free or sugar less cakes? i’ve been looking around forever for good recipes and haven’t found any. my daddy is diabetic and i would LOVE to make him a sugarless cake that tastes great. if you have time to do some research and try it out, i’d LOVE it! thanks!

July 17, 2008 03:06 AM
Mother of Madness said...

Hey Hey Sis! Ha ha ha..I see you put my wedding cake for Mom on here. Thanks. It’s the leaning tower of frosting. But, it sure was yumm. Those cupcakes I made with the left over, were awesome. I still have some. I don’t think I have EVER tasted a cake as moist as mine. I think I am going to start blogging on my dinners I make. Except I don’t know if I want to give out my secret recipes.

Love You!

July 17, 2008 05:37 PM
Dawn in CA said...

Your site is always so fun to visit! Great McD cake and your sister did a fine “first run” wedding cake, as well. I think someone already mentioned using wooden dowels to help support a multi-tiered cake (you can even use straws on smaller tiers, in a pinch). You might also try a cardboard round on the bottom of each tier for support (I’ve only tried stacked tiers, not sure about the “pillars” like your sister used).

Have you ever tried homemade marshmallow fondant? It actually looks pretty easy and is supposed to taste better than regular fondant — cheaper, too. Here is a link I found. Am hoping to try it myself one of these days!

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Keep up the great blogging! :)

July 17, 2008 07:42 PM
Bakerella said...

maichelle – I have not made a cake without sugar. But if I come across an interesting recipe, I’ll investigate.

Mother of Madness – It was really good!

Dawn in CA – I like the straw idea and thanks for the fondant link

July 17, 2008 11:58 PM
Mikelle said...

I love the french fry cake!!! But mostly i love the cupcakes. You are so talented and have an amazing nack for detail. I need to ty these!!! Thanks for sharing.

By the way you are famous!! Who gets to go on the Martha Stewart show.

July 19, 2008 03:36 AM
Mikelle said...

Oh and i’m curious to know if you have ever tried the little cupcakes with a brownie mix instead of cake. Do you think it would work?

July 19, 2008 03:40 AM
Anonymous said...

hi! your pictures are wonderful. may i know what camera and lens you are using?

July 19, 2008 05:33 PM
Bakerella said...

Mikelle – I like the way you think! I’ll have to try it and see.

Anonymous – sure. it’s a canon rebel xti!

July 19, 2008 10:22 PM
Snooky doodle said...

Wow they re awesome. You never stop to amaze me.

July 20, 2008 07:22 AM
Clara said...

I totally love your blog and your french fry cake is AMAZING!

Just letting you know I’m awarding you a blog award – feel free to play along if you like… Check out the award at my blog …

July 20, 2008 10:27 AM
Gill - That British Woman said...

I like the idea of sprinkling the “french fries” with sugar, as they do look a bit like mozzerella sticks.

Once again super creative….

Gill from Canada

July 20, 2008 02:30 PM
Bakerella said...

Snooky doodle – thanks

Clara – will do. thanks.

Gill – That British Woman – … next time I guess.

July 21, 2008 04:02 AM
Crystal said...

I use straws in my cakes too. If they are too big I separate them with cardboard (which you can also cut away) which sits on some straws from the previous layer.

July 22, 2008 06:17 AM
Stephanie said...

There’s an award for you on my blog – check it out! :-)

link to

July 22, 2008 11:22 PM
Deshona said...

That is so neat!!! super cute!!

July 22, 2008 11:24 PM
Bakerella said...

Crystal – straws… must get straws. Thanks.

Stephanie – thanks for the award.

Deshona – glad you like it.

July 23, 2008 01:47 AM
A_and_N said...

Lovely, lovely cake! I guess if you are bakerella, she’s a bakerette too :)

July 23, 2008 01:23 PM
Christine said...

Your french fry cake is AWESOME!!!

July 23, 2008 01:30 PM
Danyele said...

amazing and so much fun!!!!!!

July 23, 2008 05:58 PM
jenny l. said...

the french fries cake looks awesome!!! your mom is so fortunate to have two loving daughters. hooray for your sister’s third attempt. great job!

July 24, 2008 04:14 PM
Bakerella said...

A_and_N – cute. I’ll have to tell her that.

Christine, Danyele, and jenny l. – thanks a bunch.

July 25, 2008 09:39 PM
eula said...

cool french fry cake! i’m making a burger cake today, too bad i didn’t think of the french fries! maybe next year. thanks for the inspiration!

July 28, 2008 05:31 PM
Bakerella said...

eula – no problem. And serve it all with a giant milkshake.

July 29, 2008 01:34 AM
Heather said...

Having only begun decorating cakes a few short years ago I must say your sister’s cake is a masterpiece! Kudos to her for just doing it! I also recently completed my first sculpted cake. It was for my son’s 4th birthday…I created a baseball cap to match the one he wears everyday…I can’t wait to do more!

Any advice on where to learn more about using fondant? I am still trying to get it just right…

Love your blog! You are an inspiration to all aspiring bakers!

July 30, 2008 05:04 PM
Bakerella said...

Heather – If there is a Michael’s or Hobby Lobby near you, they give cake classes. I took a cake class at a Whole Foods cooking school. But it’ kind of random what they offer.

July 31, 2008 03:44 AM
Heather said...

Yes…it is on my list of things to do…I took Wilton I and haven’t managed to find time to do more…something about the kids and just having had a baby…maybe once things settle down!

Thank you!

July 31, 2008 12:06 PM
Hannah said...

em…that second cake doesn’t look great. i think the icing should be a little smoother, but,for a third cake shes ever made, its awesome! no efence

September 27, 2009 02:26 AM
Alexandra said...

Oh my! I am soooooo impressed by your work! (I sooo wanna be your friend :D)
I have this horrible frustration, I tried to carve my first cake and they fell apart (all nine of them!) it was a nightmare, but it has become my “Moby Dick”. It seems I can bake the cakes ok, freeze them ok, “carve” them ok, but when it comes to icing… It falls apart in a horrible way! Even as I am writing this, all the frustration and hatred invades my whole body!!! this cake almost kills my passion for dessert cooking.
Anyways… HELP!

¿got any tips on this?
Thanks so much.

November 24, 2009 05:18 PM
jennifer13 yrs old said...

what about burger king fries?

January 18, 2010 02:30 AM
Marian said...

I am 9 and i decorate cakes, these are amazing! i love cakes

March 8, 2010 08:03 PM
Maggie said...

your sisters wedding cake was so thoughtful! And your fries are great too!

April 5, 2010 01:49 PM
kupkake said...

i love the way u made th cake and i made the french frys and the were delious

April 24, 2010 03:17 PM
Carol Peterman said...

Both are spectacular! That’s a heck of a challenging cake for your sister to take on having only ever baked two cakes. Well done. I think your mom has a great thing going on with getting two cakes for her birthday. That’s my kind of birthday celebration.

August 21, 2010 08:33 PM
Claudia Rivadeneira said...

OMG! PERFECT!!! I wanna make my baby party.. so I’m getting some ideas! i found the perfect place…!! but I want to know how I make the cake! haha

September 12, 2010 11:57 PM
LaraJade said...

wow !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love fondant but its a bit sugary for me! but I love to bake! wathever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

January 3, 2011 08:09 AM
Lynn said...

You are so smart!
You name it!

February 17, 2011 10:50 AM
lila said...

your sister’s is ugly

April 27, 2011 04:13 PM
Anonymous said...

my sister and i have gotten a good laugh over your sisters cake.. its something we would have done for our mom! big props to her

June 21, 2011 07:30 PM
Cupcakegirl12 said...

That french fry cake is so stinking cute !!

March 4, 2013 02:51 PM
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April 12, 2013 11:50 AM
Cupcakegirl said...

That is so sweet

November 12, 2013 10:56 PM
anna said...

It looks okay to me

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