MUSIC: Saint-Saëns: Mon cœur s'ouvre à ta voix - Instrumental Version
Ele-FUN-FUN-FUN... she is so cute!!! This is the first time I made a fondant animal, and it was actually pretty do-able. I made a time-lapse video, but the angle is not so great. I'll post it anyway, once I can get it off my phone... somehow. It is such a darling cake, with the punches of dark pink flowers on a light dusty rose pink ruffle buttercream over a strawberry cake, and a sweet blushing baby elephant, sitting right on top. I hope you like it as much as I do!
APRIL 21, 2015 UPDATE: Here is the video as promised! :) The angle is not so great, but you get the idea.
MUSIC: Saint-Saëns: Mon cœur s'ouvre à ta voix - Instrumental Version
One thing about being able to create and design cakes, I get to be a special part of my friends' milestones. My friends Zan and Bernie had a baby girl in August. And in January, she was baptized, and I had the privilege of making their cake and cake pop favors for the baptism gathering after the ceremony!
I got to try out a new skill, quilting on fondant! AND figured out how to strap in my cake with a seatbelt, nice and snug.
Can I just say - if i haven't already, and I don't think I have - I LOVE MY NIECEY WIECEY! I mean, just wookit her widdle face, and her chubby wubby cheekies.. *ahem* ---- I really do love her to pieces!
Recently, she turned the big 100 days! And in Chinese culture, it's a big deal. These days, with medical advancements, and with social media being such a big part of lives, babies are introduced to the world sometimes minutes after their birth. But traditionally, it is when the baby is introduced to the community, and the new mother has had some time to heal, the family has had the chance to get into the groove of being a new parent, and the child is strong enough to be a part of the outside world.
So, true to Chinese tradition, we had a banquet with some of our friends and family. There was also a small bbq at the house during the weekend before for other family members who couldn't make the banquet. So of COURSE, I was going to do something!
The easiest to transport and share easily with least amount of mess was cake truffles. I ended up making lemon ginger sour cream cake. I baked fresh grated ginger into the cake instead of adding ground ginger to the truffle mixture. So the lemon cake was more lemony when it first came out of the oven, but faded as the ginger took over. Next time, I'd add a little more lemon juice, and include some lemon zest into the cake truffle mixture. The ginger became more prominent as time passed as it was able to marinate into the cake. That said, it still tasted fantastic!
I rolled the cake truffles into golden eggs, and then dipped them as i normally do into red candy coating, then topped with crystallized ginger, as requested by my sister. I went on a bit of a wild goose chase looking for crystallized ginger - I could have made my own, I'm sure, but.... I didn't want to - HAHA! Enjoy the photos!
I don't think I've ever done three cake projects in a whole weekend! And for such different events!
A baby shower cake:
Wedding cake pops!
That's a lot of newness and happiness to celebrate! Congratulations to the new parents to be, the newlyweds, and the new graduate!
It's never a good idea for me to free hand Hello Kitty. I'm sure there are some other people that can do it, but I, for one, cannot do it for the life of me. She always looks warped, or the eyes and nose are in the wrong place and it ends up just looking blah...
So for this order for Hello Kitty Baby Shower Favors, I ended up printing out a template, cutting it out, and airbrushing around it, to get the shape of the head. Then I outlined them with black, and filled them in with white. I made the bows previously, so i can place them on top of the white icing before it had a chance to dry -- once dried, it sticks! After the whole cookie dried for a day, I went in and drew in the eyes, nose and whiskers with black icing. I used the template again to make sure everything was spaced correctly!
My sister's pregnant! Well, it's not new news, but her baby shower was on Saturday. Janie, a good friend of hers, offered to help me plan it, and I took her up on the offer. She is a FANTASTIC event designer, so we decided to split the shower with her doing the set up, decor, and games, and I would take care of the food, and OF COURSE, the cake and desserts! It was at Big Leaf picnic area in Tilden Park in Berkeley. I will DEFINITELY use that space again. It had a HUGE grill, big picnic tables that were gorgeously laquered, and a grassy area that was used for quite the intense game of wiffle ball!
So, back to the sweet stuff! My sister loves my lemon bars, so I knew I was making that, no-brainer. And I decided the cake was going to be a yellow cake with lemon curd. I was anticipating about 50 people, so I was going to make a two tiered cake, but less people RSVP'd, and I opted for one tier, but a regular two layer cake didn't have the pop factor I wanted, so I ended up making a tall cake instead (which is a same sized two tiered cake). Since both of those were lemon-y, I made some chocolately red velvet cake truffles coated in yellow candy coating...
There were several techniques and things that I was trying out with this cake:
Hmm, until I typed that out, I didn't realize how many firsts there were on this cake and there were only a couple of snafu's, which makes me REALLY REALLY happy with this cake! the one BIG thing that I really messed up on, was not kneading the fondant before rolling it out to cover the cake. It ended up making the fondant really thick, and it tore really easily, and created air pockets between the fondant and the cake. Also, since it was such a tall cake, i didn't put it in a box, which, in hindsight, I probably should have. It would have been easier to keep the cake from slipping around on the car seat. So in holding on to the cake board (while trying not to flatten the ruffles), the cake shifted during the car ride so that it was off to one side, no longer centered on the board, which explains all the yellow Easter grass on the platter to hide the slippage!
Here are more photos from the shower, most of which are from other people. I wish I thought to take more pictures, and one of the grillllll... i was so proud of my bbq ribs, homemade bbq sauce, and gourmet condiment spread!!! This lil baker can do some cooking too!
It's FEBRUARY!!!! My favorite month of the year. Why? Because there are at least 2 days of Holiday so I don't have to work (though that might change soon), and because it's MY BIRTHDAY MONTH! It is turning out it's also the month I seem to get a bunch of orders. my first one was the football cake from the previous post. And just last week, i received a "last minute" order for a hair salon cake. She sent me a photo of what she was looking for and i decided to take on the challenge.
I made the smaller pieces directly out of fondant, and the blow dryer i made out of rice cereal - otherwise, it would be too heavy and actually really hard to shape! Then i wrapped it in fondant and set it up to dry on all sides. I couldn't lay it down, or one side would squish, so I figured out how to stand it up, so it could dry properly.
The text was made by poking holes in the fondant from a print out, kinda like how you do a pumpkin carving! I melted some of the blue fondant and mixed it with just a tiny bit of water to make it just liquidy enough to be able to paint it on using a brush. The holes i poked ended up picking up more of the color, but after a 2nd and 3rd go-over, the text looks pretty even throughout...
It was my first time using Duff brand fondant, which I found out is Fondarific re-branded (hmmmm...). It is SUPER SOFT. Like the article said, not so great for accents, but thankfully worked out for what i needed it for. And finished the turquoise pieces with some luster dust in vodka.
I also make some lemon cake pops for her event. I baked one too many cakes for the number of cake pops she ordered, so with the left over cake and left over fondant, I made dumplings! *more on those later! ;)*