I was invited to participate in the debut event for a new organization called Blessed with Breasts. Their mission is to "SHIFT the way our society views, talks about, and objectifies breasts." It was a beautiful event that included chocolate, photography, a fashion show, and sharing stories about healing, self-love and acceptance. It was held in San Francisco at the Red Victorian in the Haight district - what a beautiful and creative space! When I was first approached about the event to provide some sweets, I thought instantly of cake truffles, to look like little boobies! I thought of using varying shades of brown/beige. I thought of having different flavors of cake for each color, but because of time, I ended up using just one flavor. It worked out because I was able to say that even though they all look different, they're all the same inside - how symbolic!!!
I was also going to make some petit-fours which turned out to be an #epicfail! not so much the cake itself, but the coating, I still have yet to figure out how to get a good poured fondant! So I ended up taking the cake originally planned for the petit-fours, and made more cake truffles. And for those that wanted something besides chocolate, I made some lemon bars as well. The Chu On Cakes spread was joined by appetizers from KAY Catering, and some chocolate covered strawberries.
I made a cake and didn't get a picture of it! It was a 40th bday cake - Hally Met Sally themed party, how awesome! I may make that my 40th themed party too :)
at 2:17 is a description of the cake I made (minus the tiers):
Here's the defining moment in the movie of why this is an awesome theme for a 40th (or 32nd) birthday party!
Enjoy the video, since I didn't get a chance to take a picture of the cake before it got picked up!
Mel and Dewi's 10th anniversary! The BF offered to do a cake for them, so I made him help. Well, he normally helps anyway, with the clean up and other things, but I actually let him touch the cake this time!
It was a delicious yummy chocolate cake with vanilla cream filling and fresh strawberries... yumm yummmm! It was so moist, that the figures couldn't stay on the cake and was starting to sink in! Luckily for me, and my genius mind, I cut out a heart shape from a paper plate and used it as support, and the figure stayed upright til the cake was cut *whew!*
Considering that I had very little experience making figures out of fondant, I'd say I did a pretty decent job, don't you think? The glasses were made with wafer paper that I recently bought to do some experiments. I drew on it with an edible marker, and used an x-acto knife to cut it out, then used tweezers and a bit of water to stick it to the figures.
Now THAT'S a Chu On Cakes Order! A friend of mine ordered a cake to celebrate a new nursing graduate! She also ordered snickerdoodles and brownies too, which I was happy to do for her. She had helped me grow so much in my professional life, which in turn helped me to be a better communicator in my personal life!
It was really fun seeing the different elements of the cake all come together. the red stripe at the bottom was created using the clay extruder -- 29 inches all the way around. My favorite part of the cake was the Rx bottle and the bandages! you can even see the texture in the gauze part of the bandage. And the pills look so real! Check out the close up pictures below:
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!
My "Royal Darkness" Dark Chocolate velvet cake with purple cream cheese frosting... need I say more? Happy Birthday Willow!
I got a request for 1/4 sheet half basketball and half soccer cake! I immediately thought of my ball pans, but they were WAY TOO BIG to go on the 1/4 sheet, so it's just a semi-3d cake :) Chocolate cake with vanilla buttercream, and fondant stamped letters - simple as that... Happy Birthday Peach!
I would be so proud of this cake if it weren't for the fact that it split apart when i delivered it! I couldn't believe it. I even used my new "Cake on Board" sign so that I could drive like an old lady, and not get honked at! The feeling that i had when i saw the cake broken in front of me was straight horror and embarrassment. I can always cut into a cake ("oh my god, it's so pretty, I don't know how to cut into it!" "with a knife!") but handing someone a cake that has fallen apart is worse. What does one do at that moment? Fortunately, the cake was for a personal birthday, private celebration, and wasn't being presented. The client said, "It's an earthquake cake now" - funny, especially since we're not strangers to earthquakes here in the SF Bay - but still.....................
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There is still lots to be proud of on this cake: I made a 360degree scenery where each side of the cake led into the next in one continuous, never-ending scene; I recreated a semi-3D Golden Gate bridge in a 6x4" space, complete with rolling hills and the ocean crashing into rocks and back again; i used "bake even strips" successfully and the cake baked up flat (it's almost like magic)! I'm sure I will recover from this traumatic experience - and 1 cake-tastrophe (that i can remember) in 4 years isn't bad - but still..................... oh, and btw, not gonna show photos of the "fault line!"
I love fondant. The medium lends itself to so many uses. Like recreating a 1.5" medallion into a 8" cake topper for DJ and her spiritual group!!! I so enjoyed this challenge. I ended up rolling out a piece of fondant quite thick and etching the design into the fondant, then airbrushing it with food coloring and sheen to give it a metallic look. DJ took a photo of the medallion early on and I enlarged it to make sure I got the right details. When I went to deliver the cake, I saw the medallion in real life and it was SO SMALL!!! I had been looking at an enlarged photo of it for so long, that when I saw the medallion in real life, it was tiny in comparison :)