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 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.
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:
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.....................
I owe you one
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!"
Happy 9th Birthday A!
I received this order from my neighbor, Rachel. It was the easiest delivery ever - walked across the street and knocked on the door. The hardest part was the car that drove past as I was trying to cross the street, though I did have visions of somehow tripping on the stairs and falling and the cake splattering to pieces on my driveway.
In her order, Rachel said she wanted an owl cake, but a very specific type of owl for her daughter's 9th birthday cake. In my mind, I said, "uh oh." Not because I thought she was going to be hard to work with, or she was going to give me hard time. I was getting nervous that her "specific type of owl" was a specific species of owl, like a Canadian Tawny, or an Alaskan Brown Snowy Owl (I just made those up, since everything I know about owls come from watching and reading Harry Potter).
I can understand how children at that age can get stuck on a "thing," so truthfully, I was nervous! But then Rachel texted me photos of these awesome cutie pies! I was quite relieved, "I can TOTALLY do that!" The design was originally going to be a buttercream transfer, but then I thought it would be way better suited to a fondant design. So I ended up with a buttercream frosting with fondant design. She is totally cute!
Used my ribbon cutter to make the stripes and placed it on the cake. measured one inch from the circumference, and cut the ribbons, for a nice open surface for our little friend. I'm really happy with the way it turned out!
i went around and around in circles, and i swear i cut like 3 versions of stencils, before i finally figured out that all i had to do was to cut the letters out of fondant.... -_-
my boyfriend DG took the photo of me (with my new kitchen in the back!) starting to cut out the white fondant letters. DG also keeps posting things up before i even get a chance to post up the "official" Chu On Cakes photos! sheesh -_- but I'll take it all as a compliment :) --- Awesome. Thanks hunn
Also was introduced to a new tool - Fiskars Fingertip Craft Knife!!! came in very handy, you can see the tip in the second photo above. Thanks to @msbautista for the tip, it was xacto on point! (har har har)
those oreo cookie looking things on the side of the cake are actually fondant molds of a wheel from one of Cody's toys. they mold didn't work as well as the Beyblades, but the wheels ended up ok...
this challenge was really fun!
oooh, one cool thing... after i took a photo of the cake, my phone gave me an alert - google goggles recognized the harley-davidson logo!