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! ^_^
HAPPY BIRTHDAY CARLO!
My good friend, Geneva, and her husband Carlo are the owners of Savor Oakland Food Tours. Not only do you get some good food on their tours, you get some of the rich history Oakland, California has to offer.
I love Oakland -- I love its diversity, I love its people (yes, even the crazies)! I love that Oakland has its own culture and vibe, and most of all, I love the sense of community - many people at the party were folks they met on their journey building their business!
Not only is Carlo a business owner, he's also an avid photographer! So Geneva asked if I could make a cake with a lomography camera. I thought it would also be great to include some of his photos, as well as some throwback photos of Carlo and his family.
I whipped out that wafer paper idea again, and had the pictures Geneva sent me printed onto wafer paper. I pressed them into fondant and cut out the pictures. The cake was a vanilla cake with lemon curd buttercream filling covered in gray fondant (which unfortunately was more than a little bit too thick). The camera was shaped out of rice cereal treats and covered with fondant with some of the details printed onto wafer paper as well. With this and the previous project using wafer paper, I may be in the market for my own food color ink printer!
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!)
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.