This was a different type of cake for me. I was asked to make a snake cake and thought of a coiled up type of cake, then i was asked to make it outstretched with bundt cakes which I thought was a fun idea. So after the three bundt cakes cooled I cut them in half and then pieced them together on two foam core boards cut and taped to size wrapped in silver wrapping paper. I then carved down the tail to a taper with a small knife and then carved the head to a snake head referencing boa constrictor pictures. The cake was to be a bit cartoony. So I thought this was a good opportunity to use a specific piped frosting technique which I had seen online. Just use a large round tip in a piping bag and then smooth out one side with a cleaned off spatula or butter knife. It turned out great for the scales.
Saturday, November 30, 2013
Friday, November 29, 2013
A cute tool box cake. After doing some research I found out the picture I was given as a reference was from the cartoon 'Handy Manny'. This is one of the more complex cakes i have done so it took some thinking and planning to decide how I would do the tool box as well as create the tool figurines. For the figurines I used wooden dowels cut to size which I placed in my figurines while they were still soft. I wrapped the screwdrivers lower portions in a thinly rolled out fondant rectangle using edible gel as glue to secure it to the dowel. Then I let these dry standing up right in a foam block. once they were dry i create eyes with round balls of fondant, flattened the back side and cut a flat circle of fondant in half to create the eyelid. These were secured on with water and a snipped toothpick since water alone was not strong enough to hold them. Once everything was dry I used Wilton edible food spray to give the tools and screws a shiny luster.
For the tool box, I had decide early how big it would be to fit on my round cake. I created a paper template for the rectangle base. I then cut out flat shapes for the sides of the tool box. For the handle sides I drew a template and used that for cutting. I cut out a hole near the top which was the same size as my fondant covered dowel used for the handle. I let these dry for several days before attempting to adhere to the cake. i read online that it is possible to speed up fondant piece work drying time by placing in the over for an hour with just the oven light on. I will have to try that next time because I was too afraid it would ruin my work.
After I covered my tool box rectangle cake in red fondant I adhered the dry fondant toolbox sides using water. Seeing that there was still a gap at the joints of the pieces I cut out 4 tall rectangles and attached them.
I am pleased with how the cake turned out and it was a lot more work than I thought it would be!
Thursday, November 28, 2013
I was asked to do a rodeo themed cake with bandana, cow print, cowboy hat and a horse. Well I got all those elements in and then thought it would be fun to add a sheriff's badge with the child's age. I dusted it with edible gold shimmer as well as the birthday girl's name. I shaped a hat out of fondant and twisted two long rolls of fondant together for the rope/ For the horse I printed out a horse silhouette illustration from online, cut it out and then placed it on a rolled out piece of fondant and cut around the paper. I used an edible ink marker to draw the paisleys on the bandana. I love how it turned out!
Sunday, November 24, 2013
It's official... I'm seven months pregnant and I'm having a girl! I had a dream of having a gender reveal party with a cake like this to revealthe big surprise. I even told my husband about it, apparently it didn't stick between his ears because the moment we found out it was a girl in the ultrasound room he began texting ALL of his family members that it was a girl. When I asked him why and did he forget about my gender reveal cake party plans he said, 'I'm sorry, all I heard was cake.' Bwah, ha ha! Well since I had some time I decided to make my cake anyways.
Monday, November 18, 2013
I received a new challenge - to do a Paleo carrot cake! I was given the recipe to use and then the hunt began for the special ingredients which included coconut flour, coconut oil, coconut butter, non sweetened dates, non salted cashews, maple syrup. Luckily I was able to find many of them at my local grocery store and the rest at a local health food store. I wasn't sure how great the cake would look considering the different in texture of the 'frosting' and cake. Surprisingly frosting made out of coconut smooths quite well. It's just about getting it to the right temperature.