Saturday, November 13, 2010
The young man who requested this cake is an artist. He actually won the Reflections Art Contest in school last year with a beautiful photograph of fall foliage. I guess it's not too big of a surprise that he wanted a fall leaves cake. I hope I have met his high expectations.
Friday, October 22, 2010
Friday, October 15, 2010
So when I was asked to do a Pet Shop cake for a 5-year-olds birthday party, I really tried hard to think of a way to make it 3-D.
That didn't happen. If you have seen Pet Shop toys, they are like giant suckers! teeny-tiny bodies, tooth-pick necks, and an enormous head. There's just no way.
Instead, I made a darling (in my opinion) elephant on a polka dot cake.
Saturday, October 9, 2010
I thought it turned out really well, all things condisered. The proportions were great and it tasted delicious. But it was a HUGE cake.
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Saturday, October 2, 2010
That's what I got here.
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Friday, September 17, 2010
To be clear, I do love to get paid for my services as a cake decorator. However, there has been more than one occasion where in a casual conversation someone mentions a cake they are going to make for a birthday or special occasion and they proceed to tell me that they are going to buy a character pan and frost in various colored stars.
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! DON'T DO IT!!!...I want to scream at them. And sometimes I do.
In this case I pretty much threw myself at this good friend of mine who dared to tell me about the cake she was going to make for her darling boys' 1st birthday. Instead, she came over and for a very fun few hours, we made the following cake together.
note: Now that you know my weakness, please do not take advantage of me.:)
Alas, I did not make the figurines. They are toys for him to play with after, or during, the cake eating.
His name is Brandon.
(For those of you who did not graduate from culinary school, "Doingy" is the technical term for an object attached to a cake via spring.)
note: "Doingy" is not a real term and I have never been to culinary school, taken a cake decorating class, or even made 2 identical batches of chocolate chip cookies.
Friday, September 10, 2010
What does it taste like?
What is it made of?
Are you supposed to eat it?
Is there frosting underneath it?
What colors can you do?
Well, crappy gum (worse than fruit stripes!), sugar and gumpaste (among other things), only if you want, yes, and any color you want.
Usually once these basic questions are answered, I take the order and we understand each other.
This was not the case here.
I must start by saying that I really like the lady who ordered this cake. She has become a good friend and I enjoy the projects she sends my way. In this case, she wanted a chocolate cake with chocolate frosting and then decorated with lots of flowers and butterflies. No problem. I asked what background color she wanted on the cake and she said "chocolate". I explained that the cake and frosting were both chocolate and that the fondant will cover all of that. She said, "Sooo, chocolate". Then I explained that the fondant doesn't have a flavor and can be made any color you want without affecting the flavor of the cake. She said, "I want it too be chocolate fondant." I paused and said, "So you want brown fondant!!!" Problem solved.
All the other colors were pastel so it was a bit of a question mark how it would look all together. Fortunately it all looked great and she LOVED it!!!
The butterflies are their own story. I found a method of making butterflies with chocolate using 2 colors and blending them together. I tried it out a couple of months ago and it sooooo did not turn out pretty like the picture in the book. They looked much more like some of my preschoolers art projects that she's brought home, no offense Natty. However, when she said she wanted butterflies, I could think of no other way to make them, so I gave it another go.
It's the orange and pink thing there amongst the flowers. They're not perfect, but they're better than my first attempt.
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
My daughter asked me months ago if I could make a Jasmine cake for her birthday. In 2 months I had a total of 0 ideas. For whatever reason, this has been one of the most difficult cakes for me to nail down. Every time I thought I had something, I hated it and threw it out.
I decided to just start on it and see what happened. I knew the colors I wanted to use and that was it, so that's where I started. Here's what happened.
It's simpler than I usually do, but I think it works for a 4 year old birthday party...and she likes it!
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
What better way to celebrate the end of summer than with an obnoxiously thick slice of watermelon.
My daughters birthday is also her first day back to school this year. She absolutely adores watermelon and we can't get her to stop eating it when it is around. This cake is for her to take to school and share with her new classmates.
I have to admit I got lazy and didn't feel like making black fondant, so the seeds are just chocolate chips. I also didn't feel like making multicolored fondant so I layered it. Does that make me a bad cake decorater? Probably, but I doubt the preschoolers will care.
Monday, August 30, 2010
Sooooo, I made a boat.
Then I made some "striped bass". I apologize to all the anglers out there. I realize my bass are ... crude.
Sunday, August 8, 2010
However, those of you who have watched this progression know that my piping skills are still a bit shakey. Nothing demonstrates this better than my attempt at making icing roses about 6 months ago...I haven't attempted them since.
Wow. It was really THAT bad!
This week I was given a birthday card and asked to duplicate the cake on it.
I was a bit nervous at first about the roses. Although I knew it would be fondant and not icing, I still have never done fondant roses. I kinda made it up as I went.
But, the result seems to be pretty good so I'm proud of this cake. The larger roses are especially pretty.
Now I can put roses on my resume.
Friday, July 30, 2010
This one was for a girl, thank goodness, so I was able to put flowers on it. They wanted all white...I decided to throw a little yellow on it. I hope they appreciate my artistic license. I just cannot picture daisies without the yellow centers.