Tuesday, February 22, 2011

A Horse is a Horse, Of Course, Of Course!

This cake was for a surprise 60th Birthday for a horse lover. The client asked that her mother appear on the cake, leading a horse. So... I pulled out the modeling chocolate for my 2nd attempt at making a horse for a cake. All in all, I'm pleased with how the cake turned out. But I do have to admit that my favorite part of this cake is the horse itself. It represents so much to me.

My journey with sculpting began when I was 12 years old. I met a woman that lived down the street from me. She had a baby girl and being the baby nut that I was, I spent a lot of time at their home. During one of my afternoons at their house, I was introduced to Sculpy, polymer clay.

I turned into a real sculpting nut after that and made all kinds of miniature animals, flowers, beads, and even tiny food. I've been sculpting miniature things ever since. BUT NEVER have I ever considered myself a sculptor. Until I made this horse. Now, I feel like I've arrived. A horse that looks like a horse and not a cartoon! It was a personal accomplishment and one of which I am particularly proud.


A Rockin' Cake for a Rock Music Loving Guy

My customer ordered this cake for her son who is a big fan of Heavy Metal and Hard Rock. She asked that some of his favorite guitars appear on the cake. The guitars were cut out of gum paste and then the additional detail pieces were cut and layered on. The finishing touches were painted on.


Wednesday, February 16, 2011

We've been adding MORE tutorials!

This is a quickie post/note to let you know that several new tutorials have been added to our website. If you have anything you'd like us to include, please let me know by commenting at the bottom of the tutorial page. If any of the links don't work, please share that information as well. Here is the page with the new tutorials!

Happy Baking!


Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Just like mommy does it...

There are lots of things in life that can make us smile. But there are those moments we experience in life that not only put a smile on our faces, but also put a smile in our hearts.

Watching my 5 year old work on a project for his kindergarten class was one of those times for me. The project was to make a snowman. It could be made out of anything from Styrofoam balls to cotton to wood to noodles... But leave it to the son of a baker to choose to make his snowmen out of cookies!

And of course he's seen me working enough that when I'd try to show him how something is done, his knee jerk response was a very empathic "I KNOW!". At times it was utterly frustrating and at the same time, I watched in awe at how much my son has learned just by watching mommy work.

I thoroughly enjoyed helping him with his project. And quite frankly, there was very little he let me do! But boy oh boy did I take pictures!

So here is my son's Marshmallow Melted Snowman Cookie Project for School. Enjoy!

Icing his cookies.

Preparing the marshmallows to be "heads".

He put a little shortening on his glove (which was several sizes too big) and placed all of his marshmallows on his cookies.

This was a huge eye opening moment for me. I had no idea that he had any clue how to pipe icing. Look what an AMAZING job he did! Mommy was in SHOCK!

He drew the arms on his cookies using an edible pen. And he has seen me make so many of these silly cookies, he was spot on!

My little man showing off his skills. You'll have to ignore the noise in the background. My oldest and husband were having a wrestling match on the living room floor during taping... What can I say? I'm outnumbered by boys!

And of course we need to add the detail work. Hats, scarves, and buttons!

Finishing up.

And finally my adorable little man with his completed snowman project. I'm so proud of him! Great Job B-Man!

It's the perfect time of year for Melted Snowman Cookies. If you'd like to make some with your little bakers. You can see the full tutorial on my website HERE.


Thursday, February 10, 2011

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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Pink Peony's and Ribbon

One of the great things about attending shows is that you get to taste lots of Samples!!! And Samples are in abundance!!! On Thursday evening at the Savor Event to benefit Philabundance we had 3 different cake and filling combination's along with samples of our famous Truly Custom Crunch! Some of the guests sampled one flavor. Some sampled them all. And some came back for 2nd's and 3rd's. What can I say? They liked our cake!

Part of making a great display table is being creative with your samples. So I decided to incorporate my dummy cakes into my sample display and created this simple cake with a gum paste peony on it. It sat on top of the cupcake tree that served the cake samples. I loved the effect and am thrilled with how pretty the peony turned out!


Brown & Blue Baby Shower Cake.

Not all show cakes have to be "Weddingish". Whether your event is a wedding, anniversary, Birthday party, shower, or "just because", if you are celebrating something, people expect cake! So show cakes should depict a variety of themes. Since wedding cakes generally go in a more feminine direction, I decided to do a baby shower cake for a boy. And of course it needed a figure on top!

So here's the shower cake I designed. It's always fun to create my very own design without having guidelines. It allows me to think on my feet and do whatever comes to mind. I'm particularly fond of the texture on the bow and blanket as well as the little teddy bear the boy is holding.

Have I said lately how much I enjoy what I do?


A Bright, Funky, and Fun Cake. But is it Modern or Retro??

I'm not really sure how to classify this cake. I wanted to do something that was different, bright, fun, and modern. But when I look at it... I see the 70's... Kind of feel like there should be peace signs all over it. But then again... maybe it's more of a modern design... Either way... It's most definitely "out of the ordinary" for me. It was a fun cake to watch evolve. And quite honestly, I was terrified when I first started that it was going to be an utter failure. But I really like how it turned out. And apparently a lot of others liked it as well.

At the show Thursday night, it got an awful lot of attention for such a little cake! Go figure!

I started with a black background and created some strips of fondant to go up the cake in sets of 3. Pink, Green, and White were the base strip colors. From there, I used various cutters to remove sections of the fondant and replace with coordinating colors.

So what do you think? Is it modern or retro?