This was a co-workers weekend :) I received a request for cake pops and a smash cake from my training peer in the Oakland Fire Department, who's daughter was born 3 weeks before my niece. Then another co-worker requested cake pops for her niece's frozen themed party.
The cake pops were straight forward enough. Sparkling sugar on white candy coating. White and blue for the FROZEN theme, and a pastel palette for the 1st birthday party. The cake was also pretty simple, a small 6" round with some bundt flags, which I made myself! #proud :)
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 love getting a glimpse of other people's themes for their parties. This time, an UNO first birthday party! The request was for cookies that looked like UNO cards. I used my DIY rectangle cookie cutter - I know, it seems ridiculous, but I think it actually is faster!
The UNO card is simple enough, but it translates differently onto a cookie... I looked online to get some inspiration, and maybe some pointers, but I only found a small photo of one that I kinda liked, but I still had to figure out how the different steps. Remember when I said I have a love/hate relationship with Royal Icing? Well, it was the answer to the equation of how to make the card work as a cookie- different royal icing consistencies.
There were three consistencies and also carefully selected tips for the best results - and by carefully selected, I mean my best guess!
PREP: bake cookies and outline using a template (see picture below)
ICING the cookie---
Step 1: White outline and oval
Step 2: Black outline of the number 1
Step 3: fill with color
Step 4: small white number 1
So all in all, after getting those steps straightened out, it really wasn't that hard after all - it was repetitive... and time consuming... but not hard. And of course I made time-lapse videos - to be posted later, of course. ;) Enjoy the slideshow!
Update April 29, 2015:
Here it is, the timelapse video of the cookies... So in the video it says that 52 cookies took about 4.5 hours to ice. What you didn't see was the time mixing the colors, organizing the piping bags, making sure we have the RIGHT CONSISTENCIES! so it did take a much longer time to complete these cookies than just the time showing the timelapse :)
AND the music on the video is from me and 3 other altos from the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir that i've sung with since 2005! We covered the Jones Sisters' You Gonna Make Me Love Somebody Else for a Choir Showcase to raise money to go on our European tour this summer. I hope you enjoy!
My friend Henry from Whisk Cake Creations recommended me to his friend for this order. When I become a grown up baker, I want to be like him! He has his own custom cake bakery and has fantastic designs, and so it was definitely a compliment to have been referred by him :)
I have a love/hate relationship with royal icing. It’s sticky as hell, it gets everywhere, it’s hard to get the consistency that I want - you can’t rush royal icing. Maybe that’s why they call it “royal” icing - you have to wait on it hand and foot. Give it time for the colors to develop, give it time to dry completely (8 hrs or overnight), give it time to smooth out, just drops of water at a time or you can ruin the consistency. It flows differently if I'm mixing a big batch or if I'm mixing a just a bit. 10 second icing, 20 second icing, fill consistency, outline consistency… o_O you get the idea?
But when I get it right, it makes everything look so frikin’ good. These cookies are deceptively simple. Heart shaped, with polkadots. I really should time how long it takes me to do a cookie, but I’m guessing each cookie took about 5 minutes to line, fill, and dot, and that’s after mixing in color and getting the correct consistencies for the look I wanted.
So absolutely adorbs! I love royal icing.
Ele-FUN-FUN-FUN... she is so cute!!! This is the first time I made a fondant animal, and it was actually pretty do-able. I made a time-lapse video, but the angle is not so great. I'll post it anyway, once I can get it off my phone... somehow. It is such a darling cake, with the punches of dark pink flowers on a light dusty rose pink ruffle buttercream over a strawberry cake, and a sweet blushing baby elephant, sitting right on top. I hope you like it as much as I do!
APRIL 21, 2015 UPDATE: Here is the video as promised! :) The angle is not so great, but you get the idea.
MUSIC: Saint-Saëns: Mon cœur s'ouvre à ta voix - Instrumental Version
Hi! My name is Olaf, and I like warm hugs!
Becca turned 7! She designed her cake last year, the Squiggly Heart Cake, and I got to design her cake this year! And I'm really proud of myself for making Olaf. He's standing on edge, and his arms and hair were made with fondant! I tried to do it with chocolate first, but then it got droopy... but it all worked out. And, I got the best compliment!
One thing about being able to create and design cakes, I get to be a special part of my friends' milestones. My friends Zan and Bernie had a baby girl in August. And in January, she was baptized, and I had the privilege of making their cake and cake pop favors for the baptism gathering after the ceremony!
I got to try out a new skill, quilting on fondant! AND figured out how to strap in my cake with a seatbelt, nice and snug.
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!