Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Saturday, June 20, 2009
(The bottom tier was french vanilla with buttercream "grass", the top tier was chocolate with buttercream icing. The footballs and "Happy Father's Day" circle are fondant with royal icing piped on. The football is fondant covered rice krispy treats!)
The second cake: (chocolate fudge cake with homemade buttercream frosting and fondant decorations)
French Vanilla Cupcakes with buttercream icing, royal icing flowers and sugar pearls:
Chocolate cupcakes with buttercream icing and fondant, royal icing and sugar pearl decorations:
Thursday, June 18, 2009
I am not a big fan of fondant, if you've never tasted it, it's not the greatest tasting stuff. As my brother "kindly" put it "it tastes like sugary play-doh!!". He wasn't kidding, it really did. Now, I don't know about you, but the last thing I want my cake to taste like is "the stuff I used to squish between my fingers and toes when I was a kid" hehe. So from then on out I started using only butter cream, with the occasional fondant decoration that I instructed people not to eat (I will say this, I KNOW that some bakers and cake decorators frost their cakes before putting a fondant covering on, that way the fondant can be peeled off and the cake is iced with the good stuff underneath...but come on, that's just calling for way too much work just to eat a piece of cake, hehe) . Recently I came across a recipe for "Marshmallow Fondant"...I decided to give it a try. What did I have to loose? If I didn't like the taste, I didn't have to cover a whole cake with it, I could just save it and use it for decorations like I had been doing with the store bought fondant. Let me tell you, it was a work-out, kneading and mushing and mixing and squishing that fondant!! However, it was well worth it!! I ended up with over 2lbs of fondant and not yucky tasting fondant at that!
I have yet to cover an entire cake with fondant, I'm still "fondant shy"...but it won't be long and I'll give it a whirl!! From this point on I will only be using my homemade fondant!
I'm in the process of working on 3 cakes and 20 cupcakes and I am loving every second of it!! I'll post pictures soon, so check back!!!
ps....is it weird to have dreams about cake?? At least its calorie free!!
Monday, June 15, 2009
The "bad dog" cupcake (this one was done last minute, rather quickly):
Thursday, June 11, 2009
I sketched my design out onto a piece of paper, colored my fondant/gum paste mix pink, blue and green and then cut out the flower shape I had chosen for my design:
I set my flowers upside down on top of coloring containers (and eventually I ran out of those and used wine bottles). I wanted my flowers to dry in a curved upward way. I glued (with sugar glue) white sugar pearls in the center of the smaller flowers:
I took a snapshot of the finished flowers on parchment paper:
I left my flowers to dry and started making the butter cream frosting:
I spread a layer of frosting between the two cake circles:
I spread a thin layer of frosting over the entire cake. This process is called "crumb coating" it peals up all of the loose crumbs. Then I let the cake sit for a minute or two in the fridge, so the frosting could set:
TaDa, an iced cake!
Added the bottom boarder:
The BEST part!! Decorating the cake:
The Finished Product!!!
This cake was really fun to make!! It's only my third cake...but I'm pretty excited with the way it turned out. The best part of cake decorating, giving the cake to the person it was intended for!!