Saturday, September 30, 2006

Fiesta

Fiesta Margarita... or at least that is what it was supposed to be, but when looking at my so called margarita glasses they now just look like a bunch of cacti with upside down sombreros on. They looked awesome last night, but when put beside the fondant sombrero, well they just don't quite look as good.

Sue, I hope you all enjoy this 40lb cake yes that is correct, this baby weighs close to 40 lbs and tastes delicious, (we sampled the cut off bits and oh so ymmmy!!!!) You can exactly go to a Mexican Fiesta without having some amazing chocolate cake. Enjoy!!!!

Friday, September 29, 2006

Spider Man... Spider Man

Does what ever a spide can.....


Oh those were the days when I would wake up and watch early Sat. morning cartoons with my brothers. I wasn't a huge spiderman fan, but I know my brothers were, so I hope the owner of this cake is equally thrilled with this version of Spider Man!!!


Tuesday, September 26, 2006

My Spidey Senses

are tingling....

Or at least they will be by the weekend. I have a new cake order for Friday night, which should be a lot of fun. 1 spider man cake coming right up!!!!

I will post pictures after it is picked up, unless Teresa wants to see it before.

Monday, September 18, 2006

Cappuccino Truffle Cake

Ok, now this is just sinfully deliciouos!!!!

A good friend of mine from work had a house warming party this weekend, and although he has enjoyed all of the cakes I've made thus far, he has a sweet tooth and likes dessert cakes more then fondant novelty cakes, so this is the dessert I made him. Oh it was incredible, and oh my heck the cake alone weighed 6lbs, after all the trimmings, the icing, the hazelnuts, the ferrero rocher and the homemade cappuccino truffles I am positive it was close to 8lbs of delcious yumminess!!!!!







I think I found my new favorite dessert!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Barbie's Photo Shoot

So Lillian's Birthday is on Sunday and Tammy asked me to make her a Barbie cake, only stipulation it needed to be in pink!!! I went out shopping this week and found a very pretty looking Barbie that had pink lips. Funny how I never noticed, but 90% of all the Barbies I found had red lips and that just wouldn't do if she was to wear a pink Ballgown!!!

So I made the cake, pink Vanilla cake, and hollowed out the center, so Barbie could fit. I tell you, Barbie has gotten kind of hippy over the years. She has a bit more junk in her trunk these days.. if it is possible. Amy ways, I am not a fashion designer by any means, but I happen to think I did an alright job on the dress.







What do you think...??? Would you be Happy with this cake???

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Princess' and Super Hero's

This is what me week consisted of, A Princess party for a pretty little 4 yr old and a Super Hero cake for a 7 yeard old Boy. Alexis got to see the creation of her cake all week, as I started the flowers on Monday, and each night I was creating something new for her, from the chocalate castle and decorating it, to the construction of the Vanilla cake. I loved it!!

I followed a pattern in the cake book, to a tee and tried to figure out why their chocolate castle could stand for a full photoshoot, but I couldn't get mine to stand for more then 30 seconds. Then I realized that their cake board was the drum circle and not the little flimpsy one I used. I think that punctured the dowels into the drum to keep it stable and standing. Something to keep in mind for the next castle cake I need to make. Some of my wonderful and way too kind freinds have commented and said they couldn't tell, but despite the tipping castle the cake looked fabulous and tasted amazing. I am not usually a white cake person, but this was incredible, you could hear the moisture!!! I know that sounds ridiculous, but when you put your fork into the cake, you could hear how moist it was, which surprised me because I made the cake Tues. and Wed. (1 cake each night) and decorated it Thursday night.





The girls and their parents loved it, and gobbled the cake up, and appropriatley oohed and ahhed when I brought it out. Now I have this amazing chocolate castle and not sure what to do with it. No one wants to eat it, so I haven't figured out what to do, I can't just throw it out, but no what???

Any ways Thursday night started the construction of the batman cake, or at the least the baking of layer 1. It was perfect, smelled sinfully delicious and I left it to cool. Friday when I went to remove the cake from the cake pan, I realized my mistake and gasped in horror as the center of the cake stuck to the inside of the cake pan. So Friday night was the start of a very long evening. I now had to make 2 huge layers and I only have 1 cake pan, so the baking time alone was 3 hours never mind the mixing, measuring and stuff. So the first layer is baking we put the girls to bed and I started making the butter cream frosting. Perfect, the cake is cooled and time to remove from the pan, my heart skipped a beat and I tapped the top of the pan several times to ensure nothing was stuck. Great it released perfectly and now off to wash and start the whole process all over. 2nd layers is baking I started to create all the colors, can you believe it, this cake took 10 different colors to create it.

Scott being the most amazing husband in the world disappeared for a little while and I was just too busy to notice that he was gone, so I was shocked when he walked into the house with 4 double doubles from TH for us to consume throughout the evening. He smiled and said... "I think we may need these tonight". Oh what an incredible man he is.

So I had this amazing plan, I found the perfect image for this cake, and I blew it up to the perfect size, I traced it onto wax paper and proceeded to tranfer it to the cake by using toothpicks. My idea was to poke out the design and then trace and fill it in. So simple the plan was fool proof, but perhaps I had too many things on the go that it didn't even occur to me that cakes are airy, and that toothpick holes would not show in the cake. If I frosted the cake first it might have worked, but I couldn't imagine anyone easting a double layer of icing, so that wouldn't work at all. So after I punctured 1/2 the image on the cake, I lifted the was paper and to my horror I couldn't see anything.

I sat down in the chiar for a few minutes and sighed... oh dear, now I have to do this all by hand. I am not an artist, I can't draw a stickman, how in the world am I going to recreate batman on this cake. My dh to the rescue, he pointed out that if I break it into smaller pieces and create it like a jigsaw puzzle I could do it So they we were drawing and redrawing the whole scene with my bag of black icing. (A hint for any decorators... a paint brush is your best friend, if you make a mistake, it can pick up the icing, or you can use the brush to manipulate the shape you want.) Finally at 4:00am the cake was done and just in time, my hand was starting to cramp as I was doing the borders. So even though this took much longer then I anticipated, I loved every minute of it and felt very proud of my creation at the end of the day!!!



Ethan and Carm picked up the cake Sat night and seeing his face light up when he saw the cake made it all worth it. Thank you Carmen for the challenge, it was a lot of fun, and I learned something new about myself, I am creative and can do anything I set my mind to!!!


So now my busy weekend is over, and I recieved another cake order, this time from my friend Tammy, her daughter's birthday is this comning Sunday and has requested a Barbie cake. This will be a lot of fun. I get to pick out a cool Barbie Doll for her and then bake a cake inthe shape of a dress and then I get to decorate it. The only stipulation is she needs ot be in pink. Well that won't be too difficult and I have ideas already, just need to think of some fantastic design and let the creativity flow.

Here's to a new week filled with creativity!!!

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Cosmetic Cakes

Ms Marisa is moving away to Calgary tomorrow so she is having a BBQ today so she can visit with everyone before she leaves. She asked me to bake a cake for her, but asked me to surprise her with what I created. I flipped through every cake book I have and found a few ideas, I thought about the wise old owl with alphabets around it, or a truck filled with boxes and luggage since she was moving, but once I saw this cake, I couldn't resist, I just had to make it for her. I hope she likes it.







Everything on these cakes is 100% edible, however I don't think anyone will really bite into those costmetic cases. The cakes are in teh table and tha cosmetic purse. I had to do some trimming, so I don't think it will feed 30 people, but just in case, I made a batch of chocolate cupcakes to bring along for any BIG and Little kids.