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Thursday, March 7, 2013

Koi Fish Cake

While I was at Cake Love 2012, I also took a cake carving class with Mike Elder from Black Sheep Custom Cakes.  It was a great experience and I learned a lot of new techniques that I will definitely be trying again soon.  Here is the finished project.  I think this koi cake is pretty fancy.

Gumpaste Peony

At Cake Love 2012, I took a flower class from Jacqueline Butler of Petalsweet Cakes.  For those of you that know me, I know...a flower class?  I love making cake and wish more often than not that I liked to, was patient enough or was good at making sugar flowers.  However, this class may have changed my mind.  My flower actually turned out pretty good.  I may have actually have the thought of making a whole army of these flowers, enough that I could cover a cake in them.  What do you think?

Gumpaste Red High Heel Shoe

This past October, I went to the Cake Love 2012 cake conference in Vancouver, BC with a bunch of my cake friends.  It was a great time and I got to take some fabulous classes by some awesome instructors. 
Here is my gumpaste red closed toe high heeled shoe I made in a class taught by Wayne Steinkopf   from Swank Cake Design.
I can't wait to make another and actually put it on a cake.  Right now, this one hangs out on the shelf is my craft room.  I think it might be lonely!

Ade's First Birthday - A Jungle Cake

I made this sweet first birthday cake for the sweetest little boy.  The jungle theme was really fun and gave me the opportunity to not only make some awesome gumpaste figures but extend the theme by adding animal print to the cake rounds.  Happy Birthday Ade!


The Pickle Cake

A friend of mine came to me and explained that her daughter was turning 9 and had requested a pickle birthday  party.  At this pickle party, they were going to eat all kinds of pickles, can their own pickles, and play a bunch of different pickle inspired games.  I love a good themed birthday party probably more than most people, so when she asked if I could come up with a pickle cake I was happy to help her out.
My friend gave me complete creative license with the design of this cake. The only requests were that it needed to feed 12 people and that they would like it to be made from chocolate cake.  In the planning process for this cake, I decided that I would try to make the pickle as realistic as possible and then quickly realized that this plan would either turn out great or turn out very, very badly. There was a definite possibility that the cake could turn out as awesome as I imagine it could be in my head or it could turn out to look like a big, green, unappealing blob of a cake. Oh geez!
I went to work baking, carving, covering and worrying...and then I decided that maybe the key to a fabulous pickle cake would be in it's color, or rather it's range of color, depth and realism.  So, I got out my rarely used airbrush.  I rarely used it because I am mostly afraid of it.  I have not used it very many time and know that once you airbrush a cake you can't got back, you can't remove it and it is extremely hard to remedy without starting over completely.  But, I went for it anyways and I am now in awe of the airbrush's awesome abilities.  Starting with a very light avocado green colored base I layered shade of green, yellow and warm brown to achieve almost exactly what I had imagined.  I love it! 
When I delivered this pickle, the birthday girl was not only surprised by how real it looked but also by it's size. You can't tell from the picture, but i grossly over-estimated the amount of cake I would need and this cake was huge.  I could easily fed 40 people.  
So, three cheers for a super huge pickle cake.  I'm sure it tasted better than it looked (because that is a lot of pickle).
***Another funny pickle cake story:
I saw my friend who ordered the pickle cake the week following the party and she had great things to say about the cake.  She then went on to tell me that since she didn't actually get to have a piece of cake at the party (and since there was so much left over) she decided to have a piece after dinner that night,  When she took a bite of the cake, she was surprised to find that the chocolate cake not only have a slight pickle flavor but was a tad crunchy.  Needless to say, she did finish her piece but still wondered if I had intended for the flavor of the cake to include the cake's theme as well.  The next day, after a little super sleuthing, she came to find out that her 4 year old son had come by some of the sprigs of dill that were left over from the party's pickle canning activity and had decided to place the sprigs inside the holes the candles had made in the top of the leftover cake. So, there was at least one piece of cake that actually tasted like a pickle.  Too funny!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Lovely Ladybug Cake

My husband works for the an e-commerce company managing their online experience team.  I know it sounds fancy, but truth be told I'm not exactly sure what it means (Shhh, don't tel the hubby!).  What I do know is that this great group of people write a lot of 'code' which produces a great looking, fast and profitable front end website where you can purchase just about anything you might need.  This team of people are also responsible for fixing any 'bugs' or problems that might occur on this code.  From what I understand. fixing bugs can be pretty tricky and somewhat stressful.I made this cake for the team to celebrate fixing 5,000 bugs.  Great works guys!