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After i cut out the images for the cookie, there were still big scraps of wafer paper left. Such a shame to throw it away! Fortunately, I recently had bought a paper hole puncher just for this occasion! Well, actually, it was for another glitter/confetti cake that i saw online in case i ever wanted to make one.
So i took some food coloring pens, randomly colored in blocks of color then i just started punching. The result was so fun!!! happy confetti circles, all ready to decorate a cookie!
I brushed on a thin layer of piping gel, and sprinkled and pressed the wafer paper confetti right on to it. It was kinda fun to eat too! I will definitely be doing this again!
My friend who ordered the Mummy Boy Cookies, and the Friday the 13th Cake asked for some cookies to take with her to Comic Con in SD this year. She sent me these images, and I thought, how am I going to be able to get these images onto a cookie, especially with all the color and details, given the limited amount of time I have? Then i remembered wafer paper, and had the images printed. They turned out great! I iced the cookies with plain white royal icing, and then used a light spread of piping gel to get the images on to the cookie, then piped a red royal icing border to finish it off. I was wary of using wafer paper because the last time i used it on a cake, it wrinkled due to the moisture. (Now i know there's a difference between wafer paper, and icing sheets!)
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!
Oh my goodness gracious. I got a last minute order this week. HARRY POTTER COOKIES for an 8th birthday party! If you didn't know, I love the Wizarding World. I even made wands, and even one that I could use on my iPad and pretend that it was really magic. I know, NERDTASTIC, right?!? So, needless to say, even though it was très last minute, I couldn't pass up the opportunity. The birthday girl was dressing up as Hermoine for her birthday, and so the cookies are naturally red and gold for Gryffindor. (I'm in Hufflepuff, yellow and black - go Badgers!)
So, enjoy, and check out the cookie set below, and then my assortment of wands, and other Harry Potter nerd stuff (as if you needed more proof). I hope they send some photos of the party I can share with you all!
NERD ALERT! Here are the wands I've made. Let me know if you want your own unique wand! Click on them to see the type of wood and core (disclaimer: the type of wand and cores are entirely made up!)
Now more nerdiness abounds, here is the beginning of my Pottermore.com adventures! Find me, I'm MarauderEye11900.
It's a brand new year! 2014 marks the 2nd year of Chu On Cakes, and 4 years since I made my first decorated cake. It was for my friend's birthday, and I wanted to try to make a chocolate collar. (It turned out ok, it is cake after all, so it was cut into, and eaten and everyone was happy!!!)
2014 starts off with my 2nd easiest delivery, back to Rachel's house for her birthday party! She wanted a whimsical cake, primarily orange with the colors hot pink, lime green and purple. Whimsy to me includes diamonds, polkadots, random pattern, etc.. I wasn't sure how the colors would work, so I did a mock version on windows paint, went through a couple of versions and settled on the one I liked best. Fortunately, Rachel did say, "surprise me" in her instructions, so I was able to have some freedom of design. I've always wanted to try my hand at these polka dot/whimsy design, and I was so happy at how it came out! :)
I also experimented with some new recipes, a 1-2-3 recipe for shortbread cookies: 1 part sugar, 2 parts butter, 3 parts flour by weight. I think I prefer mine with a bit more butter, sugar, and a bit less flour. It's a nice little batch to test different flavors though.
I tried two different flavors: first, I wanted to do a little taste test for my Chinese New Year cookies, so I did one with All Spice. It smelled awesome, and it tasted pretty good. I'm not sure if i super liked it though. Will have to do further testing!
Second, a orange cardamom cookie - I think I put in too much orange zest, my tongue is tingling, but i'm also a bit allergic to citrus, so maybe it's that? Ended up making little buttercream sandwich cookies with them. You can see the orange zest and the little specks of cardamom in the cookie. :)
Some these photos will link you to a whole album I used to dedicate to one project. I so rarely take step by step photos anymore!
How can I forget to post a wedding cake?!
I can't believe I forgot... I forgot to post a cake... I forgot to post - on my blog - a wedding cake! >_< *forehead smack* I must be really going cuckoo!
This cake was really fun to decorate! The bride purchased the cake from another bakery, and I just picked up and decorated it for her. I like projects like these, because what I REALLY want to do is decorate the cake, without having the added stress of what it tastes like!
I first had to practice what size dots i was going to pipe on with the buttercream, and what tip I should use. I ended up using a nice big round tip #4 and practiced first on the side of a glass. My brother-in-law came in seeing this, said he liked seeing a bit of the behind the scenes, knowing some of what kind of madness goes on!
I'm glad I was able to be a part of the beautiful, carnival-themed, backyard wedding in Los Gatos! It was SOOO HOOOOOT, some of the dots kept falling off the cake - *annoying!* - accessorized with some fresh flowers from the bride's flower order, and voila... it looks so fluffy!!!