Amberly Bolanos of Bella Cake Creations is a 28-year old home baker from Texas who began making cakes for her daughter’s birthdays, baptism, and other family events. When Texas passed the Cottage Food Law 2 years ago, she began selling cakes to the public.
Amberly recently created a cake for the Spellbinders® Sweet Accents™ Cake Contest at Cake Central®. We asked Amberly to share more details about the construction of her gorgeous 3-tier Steampunk cake made with Icing Images® products:
“When Icing Images contacted me and asked what interested me out of the available products. I really was just so excited that I didn’t care what they sent me. So a couple of days later I received the Sweet Accents machine with Moroccan Accents, Aster Flower and Sprightly Sprockets die cutters. I assumed they were thinking along the same lines as me and saw something a bit on the “steampunk” side since they also sent gold and copper icing sheets.
I decided to go with a cake that would mimic wooden boxes filled with gears. I loved that the aster flowers had sharp corners that made them look like they could be cut from metal and thankfully the machine is super easy to use, because I had a full week of my usual orders and had accepted an emergency Icing Smiles cake (3 days’ notice) that week.
Being a home baker working all by myself meant that this cake would have to be done overnight over the span of two nights so everything else would be on schedule. I hand painted the wood grain and tried to make it look a little softer by elevating the tiers and making a bouquet of aster flowers.
The machine cuts the icing sheets quickly and all that it required was removing some of the smaller pieces that were cut from the gears and borders and positioning the petals so they would flare a bit.
I used the Moroccan Accents for the borders and embellishments on the sides and top of the boxes. The negative of the long border pieces worked wonderfully as a hanging border. The sprightly sprockets are all the gears and if you look closely you can see that there is some embossing on some of the gears from the machine that adds some beautiful detail when you see it in person. The Aster Flower die cutter makes some gorgeous flowers.”
Amberly is a big fan of Karen Portaleo’s work, calling her realism “incredible” She would love to have the time, energy and skill to enter more cake competitions and desperately wants to learn Lambeth.
Here are some of Amberly’s other cakes: