Tuesday, August 31, 2010

For Girls... It's ALL About Shoes & Jewelery!

I've said it before and I'll say it again. I LOVE doing girlie cakes!!! This one is especially cool because it has an edible gum paste shoe (my first) and lots of raspberry flavored edible gems. The only non-edible element on this cake are the Swarovski crystals on the front of the shoe.

This cake is for a 6th Birthday for a very girlie girl!

Instructions for making edible gems can be found by following the link on the left. Once you get the hang of it, it's really not that difficult at all and I find it fun to try and make "perfect" gems. Crazy.. I know!


Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Slay the Dragon!!!

I had a client contact me about a cake for her daughter's Sweet 16 and she was looking for a Jabberwocky. They were planning an Alice In Wonderland theme Birthday Party and wanted to be able to "slay the dragon" at cake time. She was also looking into getting Petit Fours with labels that say "eat me", etc. Really cute idea. The Jabberwocky... Not so cute! This was the first time I spoke to a cake while I was working on it and told it to stop creeping me out. HA!

This is the second dragon cake I've done in a few months for a Sweet 16. I don't know... I always thought of a Sweet 16 as a sort of Prissy/Frilly event. I guess I'm wrong. Dragons seem to be the in thing.

Meet the Jabberwocky!


Friday, August 13, 2010

A Perfectly Pink Gift Bag for a Chic Juicy Girl.

It is so much fun to sit and make things pretty. And in all honesty, could a pink gift bag get any more adorable? With the bows by the twisted rope handles and the gems scattered on the cake board, it's like a girlie explosion!

This is two 8" square cakes cut in half and stacked into two tiers. The base of the gift bag was iced before I set the top tier on so that there would be adequate icing for each serving. It's odd to have a cake tiered so that you can't see the tiers. But it works out well when it comes to serving the cake to your guests.

The tissue paper is gum paste and everything you see is edible. The pattern on the front of the bag is a combination of painting and cutting gumpaste from a template.

Happy Caking!


Today I built a car...

A 1966 Chevy Chevelle to be exact. The car is carved from two half sheet pound cakes with a layer of chocolate ganache between.

It always amazes me how much cake I have to bake in order to get down to the final product. But it does look cool! The bride asked that the car be black with white stripes and that the couples names appear on the license plate.

The fun part for me comes after the cake is carved and crumb coated. That is when I'm able to start building up the detail work on the car. One layer at a time. It's at this stage that I'm able to add all the little things that differentiate one car from another.

I've often been asked for instructions on how I build my cars and trucks. Honestly... I don't have any. I use several photographs and just keep working at it until the shape and lines match the reference enough that the car is distinguishable. And with every car I tackle, I learn something new that can help me with the next project.