I was so happy to be able to do this cake for my friend's mom's 70th birthday. I love when someone takes time to celebrate themselves - well deserved! Happy Birthday Tita!
some people may think that prep work is hard and kinduva chore. In most cases, I agree - but in this case, I had to try out a couple of different techniques and a recipe. My kind of prep.... :) and the result:
yay! fondant burlap, and wafer paper cut outs. it's like snowflakes! I absolutely adore the way this cake looked. I did NOT like the recipe for the cake however, and will NOT be using it. Otherwise, please enjoy looking at this totes cute 6" square cake! ^_^
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!
I love everything about this cake, particularly because of the previous caketastrophe! After the fiasco of a horrible delivery, this cake was my redemption! From baking the cakes to carving the shape, to the fondant details and the Chinese script writing on the waving fondant banner with food color, the airbrushed color of the cake, and the little fondant peaches in front. Redemption feels gooooood!
Enjoy the photos!
So this isn't a purely Chu On Cakes post, but it's part of my series of posts about Halloween celebrations. I love halloween!
Last night, I had my first official dinner party at my new house. It was an experiment to say the least! how many chairs? dining room configuration, living room configurations, need to get more non-alcoholic drinks... (oops)..
besides my eyeball casserole, i made some pumpkin-y cake truffles. It was a pumpkin spice cake with little fondant stems I had formed the day before. When they were sitting in my pan drying, i thought they looked a little like the "poor unfortunate souls" in Sea Witch Ursula's garden.
I had ran out of time, so I was making them the cake truffles during the dinner party. On one hand, it was nice to have people see some of the background work of what goes into the cake truffles. On the other, it was a different thing to have my BIL around, and eating the treats even before I could plate them. I ended up having to put them in the fridge to hide them while they cooled! I also made a little boo-boo and put too much chocolate chips in with the orange candy melts, and turned the whole batch brown... =( I only did it cuz the orange was too orange, and i wanted to tone it down with some brown. I probably only needed no more than 10 chips, instead I put in half a handful. Still turned out tasty!
Also had my first experiment with dry ice. it was a very cool eerie scene. When my nephew was asked what he thought it looked like, he said, "science!" i just bought some vases of different heights at the dollar store, which looked like beakers, or containers that potions might be brewed in. I love 99c stores. Dry ice from Smart & Final, and voila - witches brew. I also had a cauldron of beer, and put dry ice into the cauldron and it looked so awesome... i didn't take a picture, cuz i was so in awe myself... and yes, that is a jar of gummy worms. Marinating. In vodka. Pick your potion!
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!!!
My sister's wedding cake table. Cake and cake truffles! Since it was a destination wedding, the cake was purchased undecorated at a local bakery, and I decorated it in a kitchen that was not my own! How stressful, I forgot to bring supports for the top tier! fortunately, straws are easy to find anywhere! :)