Monday, August 31, 2015

Hat Box Cake Class

Hello there! How are you doing? We are enjoying the last few days of our summer vacation. Definitely enjoyed having my handsome hubby home the last few months.

I posted this to my Facebook page, but I'd thought I'd share here as well. I'm offering a class to learn how to make this hat box cake.

I thought this was a good design to start with. We'll do everything except bake the cake (I'll have that part already done). We'll torte, fill, and ganache the cake. We'll use home made fondant to cover it and then use a mixture of fondant and gumpaste to make the flower, jewelry and bow.

All supplies will be provided for use at the class and you will go home with a beautifully decorated 6" cake, recipes and the know how to do this yourself.

I have 2 different class options:

Class A: September 17th and 18th 6-9 each night. Cost: $80
Class B: September 19th 9am-4pm Cost: $80 (plus money for lunch)

Space is limited. Please leave a comment if you're interested and I will get back to you.

Thanks for all the encouragement I get. It's been such a blessing.

Till next time...
God's love and blessings!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Giraffe Baby Shower Cake

Hello there! It's been quite a while. Thought I'd stop in quick and share this cake I did quite a while ago. The mother-to-be LOVES giraffes and the color green, so the design of the cake was pretty easy to figure out.
The giraffes were modeled from a 50/50 gumpaste/fondant mix and then hand painted and dusted. The ribbon border was also hand painted.

What do you think? I was kind of sad to see these two beauties go, but glad they were able to make the celebration a little sweeter. ;o)

Till next time...
God's love and blessings!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Spring flowers

Hello there! I am back for a quick minute. I'm so sorry it's been so long. Lots of life going on here. The kitchen remodel is 99% finished. There's still some trim work to do and I need to find some fabric for window coverings, but otherwise, it's up and fully operational. I am LOVING it!! Unfortunately, I've been so busy I haven't taken the time to get some decent photos of it. I will do my best to get that done soon, but May is super jam-packed with oodles and oodles of things going on, to include a trip to see family and quite a few graduation cakes to make. Could someone please add an extra day to my weeks? I could really use it.

Anyway, I didn't have many cakes to make in March and April, but I did make this one for a church get-together a couple of weeks ago.

I designed it to match the programs we made for the event. I printed the verse on wafer paper and cut it out. I then used a paper towel as an "ink" pad. I simply folded it up and put a couple drops of airbrush color on it. I then used a clean stamp set and stamped the flowers onto wafer paper and used the coordinating punches to punch them out. I've linked below to the stamps and punches I used. I found that I could shape the large petal by running a bone folder over it just as I would a paper flower. The smaller flowers were shaped by brushing a small amount of water at the base of each petal. As the wafer paper dried, it curled up a bit, giving the flowers some dimension. I then piped royal frosting dots all around and in the center of each flower. Once that dried, I brushed each one with gold airbrush paint. Oh, and the gold color at the top and bottom was sprayed on using Wilton gold spray. I don't have an airbrush...yet. :o)

I need to close this here. Hope you are having a wonderful week and get a chance to enjoy something sweet. ;o)

Till next time...
God's love and blessings!

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

It's Really Quiet Over Here.

Hello there! The title is a bit misleading. It's a little quiet here on the blog, but that's because it's anything but quiet in my kitchen.

We've taken on a bit of a kitchen remodeling project, so my cakes have been on hold for a bit. I promise to be back with more cakes, and some "before" and "after" shots of the kitchen. We're about 80% done now. Just waiting for the new counter to come in and to do some trim work. 

I will say that I am over-the-moon happy with the results so far. I no longer feel like I'm imprisoned in the tower all alone. I can't really call it the dungeon since it's on the second floor of our house (don't ask, I have no idea what the designer was thinking when they built this house), but I did feel very closed off from everyone else. 

Anyway, I will be back, hopefully, later this week. 

Till next time...
God's love and blessings! 

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Forest for the Trees

Hello again. I wanted to share 2 wedding cakes I've made recently with a tree theme to them, but then I remembered another tree themed cake...and then another. I didn't realize how many cakes I've made with some kind of tree on them.

Here's the two wedding cakes.

As you can see, they both had an aspen theme to them. I made the toppers for both cakes. The birds were gumpaste. The legs and veil were not edible though. 

I had help from the bride's sister in making the bottom cake. We had to experiment to figure out a way to make pine cones. It ended up being a lot easier than I thought they would be. Next time I have to make pine cones, I will take pictures so I can show you how I did it. The hat and veil weren't edible on this one either. While I like both of these, I think I can get better at the aspen bark texture. 

Here's a couple of birthday cakes with trees in them:

This next one I made for my handsome hubby. He loved Guardians of the Galaxy so I had to make him a little Groot.

This one doesn't necessarily have a tree on it, but I had a lot of fun learning how to make a nice "wood plank" base for the cake to sit on.

I used this tutorial by Elisa Strous to make it. I think it came out pretty nice, and to be honest, it was really fun to do.

This is still one of my favorite cakes of all time. LOVE!

This next cake was for a fall get-together at our church, and I taught a class on it. That was a lot of fun, but next time, we're making the owl from modeling chocolate. We made them from fondant, but our little owls kept getting shorter and fatter as the class went on since fondant takes such a long time to harden. It was quite funny as we kept squishing their little bodies to lift them back up again. ;o) 
And finally, here's a cute baby shower cake for one of my hubby's co-worker's daughter. The animals were based off the invitation for the party that I believe were designed by the teenage nephew of the mom-to-be. Very talented young man there. Aren't they adorable? 

Looks like I've shared a forest full of trees, or maybe it was a jungle. :o) 

Till next time...
God's love and blessings!

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Alice in Wonderland

Hello there! I'm enjoying a nice chilly day here in the north, all snuggled up inside and sipping some hot cocoa. I've been working on my computer and trying to organize and back up photos and realize I have a LOT of them I haven't shared on here. I must remedy that. I think I will start with these photos of my nephew's wedding back in May, mostly because the finished pictures were taken outside with lots of warm sunshine. ;o)

My nephew and his lovely bride were having a themed wedding, and in case you didn't figure it out from the title of this post, it was an Alice in Wonderland theme. My head was about to explode with all the different ideas going on in there. So many fun things in that story to re-enact on a cake; the Mad Hatter, rabbits, playing cards, flowers, tea cups and pots, roses, etc. Did I mention they wanted 200 cupcakes to go with the main cake? That's a lot of modeling chocolate fun right there!

I actually took several in-progress shots for this cake because I worked on it over quite a long time. My nephew doesn't live near me, in fact he lives several states away so I knew I was going to have to ship something there as I wouldn't be able to transport it all on the plane and it needed extra time to get there. I couldn't ship my tools since I would need them, so that meant shipping the cupcake toppers. I've seen other decorators that sell their cupcake toppers online and ship them. I've shipped an Elsa and Olaf topper and didn't have too much trouble, I thought these wouldn't be too bad. I thought wrong. ;o( More on that later.

Here's the beginning of my tea pot.
Not too bad, but I wish I'd spent more time with the royal frosting undercoat to smooth out the rice crispy bumps better.
Here's the gumpaste tea cup to go with the tea pot. 

Here's some of the little details I was able to make ahead. Loved the door knob. 
Bunny butt! Sorry, that's just too fun to say. ;o) Did you notice my "butter"fly?
Here are some of the cupcake toppers before I mailed them off. Everything is made from modeling chocolate.
Here's some more. Unfortunately, they didn't look like this when they arrived. They looked more like a pile of green and white confetti. The watches and keys arrived fine, but I spent a frantic day recreating hats and roses.
 Here's the items I took as a carry-on on the plane. They arrived just fine. :o)
 Here are the toppers on their cupcakes. Drink Me bottles...
 flowers with faces...
 pocket watches...
 and roses. The idea in my head didn't look this gruesome though. Does anyone else see blood instead of paint? Yuck!
And here's the main cake all put together.
 Unfortunately I didn't get any super great shots of the cake before it was set up outside. While outside lighting can make for some great photos, the dinner buffet in the background didn't make such a great backdrop for it.
 Here's a few close-ups. This cake really had a LOT of stuff going on. You couldn't get it all in one photo. Here's the teacup, butterfly, Cheshire cat, part of the door knob, some of the singing flowers, and you can just see the "drink me" bottle behind the teacup.
Here's some more of the flowers, a playing card with his can of paint, and oh look, a bunny butt! Sorry. I couldn't help myself. Tee-hee. Now the roses on here don't look quite as gruesome as the ones of the cupcakes did. 
 And, the precarious teapot with still more flowers and the pocket watch.
All-in-all this was a really fun cake to make. A lot of time and work, a lot of things I would do differently next time, but a lot of fun too, and I'm so glad I was able to do this as a gift to my nephew and his new bride.

It looks like my mug is empty. Time to go get a refill. I will try and get on here next week and share another cake or two with you.

Till next time...
God's love and blessings!

Saturday, January 3, 2015

My Son's Wedding cake

Hello there and Happy New Year! I enjoy looking back over the year to see all the fun cakes I was able to make. I will try and share my favorites with you over the next couple of weeks. 

We had 3 family weddings last year that I got to make the cakes for. I have found that there are 2 extra benefits to making cakes for family get-togethers: there are volunteers to help with the cake, and extra (clean) hands to take photos of the process. So, I have more than just the finished shot to share with you today. 

Here I am putting ganache on the top tier. (I look so serious.)
My gorgeous sister helping to cut out flowers...LOTS of flowers.
Attaching the wafer paper butterflies.
This was a little surprise on the back of the cake for my son from his bride. How do yo hide a Tardis?
The topper was the bride's grandmother's. We removed the silk leaves and trailed the vine and butterflies across it.
This is the only good shot I got of it completely finished. I had forgotten the pearls in the photo above.
I don't usually get to see the bride and groom's reactions to the cake. This is when he saw the Tardis on the back.
Aren't they a cute couple?
And, cutting the cake. They work well together. ;o)

Hopefully, you will be seeing more posts on here in the future. Part of my preparation for the new year was to re-organize my planner and I put a section in with what will, hopefully, be a better system for me to sit down and write some posts out. Rather than just listing different things I'd like to share, I printed a calendar and put those ideas on specific dates. I hope it works. :o) 

So, till next time...
God's love and blessings!