Colorful Cake Fun!

Sometimes I get projects that are awesome. That I can’t wait to do. Sometimes people ask me to do things and I think, “Not only do I love this idea, it’s something I would have come up with on my own!”

This was one of those moments. Some one went to a party where I had made the cake. It was actually the Star Cake. She loved it and wanted to know if I could make a cake and some cupcakes for a birthday party coming up. I agreed and was thrilled with the concept. I showed you guys how I assembled the tower here. So this was my finished tower:
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I must admit… initially, I wasn’t completely in love with it. I hand painted it and added the ribbon and I just kept thinking I wasn’t 100% sure I loved it…

Until I got everything put on it…
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Can you say perfection?
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Okay, so I was totally 100% in love with it. completely. It was like… the cutest thing ever. I swear. I was so happy.

You’ll notice, (possibly angrily?), that I haven’t posted a tutorial in a while. I’m sort of taking a hiatus from it. It sort of started grating on me having the deadline looming over me and what not. It was kind of not much fun for me for the moment. I have a lot going on in my life and it’s hard enough to update this blog on the regular, along with my other personal blog, which I have been writing since 2001. lol

The point is, I’m still here and I’m still going to educate you guys again at some point, but for now you’ll just have to put up with only looking at my snazzy cakes! Hope you guys understand!

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My Best Friend’s Wedding

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I have an amazing group of girlfriends who are my best friends. And this past weekend, one of them got married. Katie asked me to make her cake and I knew for Katie it had to be all out. We went with a huge four tier square cake and cake pops.

It’s funny, I actually tried to be proactive with this and I spent a couple of evenings before I made the cake doing things like getting all the decor cut out on my cricut machine. I spent forever rolling out sheets of gumpaste to dry over night and then cut them all out the next night. Well, when I got the cake stacked and went to decorate… guess what? I’d cut all the decor an inch too tall!!!!! Crap.

Well, I went with a plan B. I made an emergency run to the craft store and picked up a mold that you can press fondant into to get some nice shapes. In the end, it all came together wonderfully.
It was an outdoor wedding, but there was a lovely little air conditioned room for the cake. It was perfect.
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I had never made cake pops before, but they turned out just lovely!
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The white and pink went so nicely with the aqua!

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So cute!
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The funny part about this cake was that some of the cake… was, in fact, a lie. LOL
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The bottom tier was made of foam! It wasn’t really cake at all. It was a false tier lol. the large tier was lemon cake filled with a delicious lemon filling, the middle was vanilla bean filled with vanilla bean buttercream and the top tier was strawberry with vanilla buttercream.
It was the first time I had ever worked with vanilla beans! I loved it. I cut them open and the whole house smelled like vanilla! Yum! Even though the strawberry tier was the smallest, I put an entire carton of fresh strawberries into it! haha. The strawberry to cake ratio was almost equal lol
Katie wanted the lemon cake to be the largest because it’s her favorite. Originally, I was going to make the lemon curd myself, but while I was at Cake Craft picking up supplies, I saw they had some premade… the ladies swore to me that it was delicious and I figured it would save me an hour or so of my life, so I went for it haha. It was so good and it even came in an awesome bag that you just snip the tip off of and pipe it into the cake!

In the end, it was a heck of a night and a hell of a party. There was a taco bar, a lot of beer and a lot of dancing.
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Congratulations you two. <3

Birthday Under the Sea

One of my best friends just had a birthday and I knew right away what had to be done. She LOVES the Little Mermaid. Don’t tell me we’re too old for that ;)
I did a buttercream transfer of Ariel for this cake. I was so scared it wouldn’t turn out! I knew it had to be perfect. I mean, she’s a super recognizable character. You just can’t mess her up. When I was checking flickr for inspiration I saw some pretty jacked up Ariel cakes lol.
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She loved the cake!
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Everyone kept asking what kind of cake it was inside and I kept telling them it was a surprise!
I made the inside striped like Flounder!
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Then we took the best bathroom photo of all time!
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And we all lived happily ever after!

Tutorial Tuesday: How to make gum paste

Gum paste and fondants are two different things. Fondants is softer and doesn’t dry hard. Gumpaste will dry and harden to create decorations that really hold up.
You only need a few things to make gumpaste.

-1 tablespoon of gum-tex
-1 table spoon of glucose
– 4 cups of sifted powdered sugar
– 4 table spoons of warm water

Wilton makes gum-tex and glucose which you can find at almost any craft store’s cake decorating aisle.

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First, sift together THREE cups of the sugar with 1 tablespoon of gum-tex into a large bowl.
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Next, you’ll want to make a well in the center and set it aside.
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Next, mix one tablespoon if glucose with 4 tablespoon of warm water in a glass container.
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I had to scrape my tablespoon out with another spoon to get it all in there.
Now stir it a bit and pop that in the microwave for 30 seconds.

Then pour it into your well.
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Now start mixing from the center with a silicone spatula. Much like when you make dough, incorporating the liquid into the dry ingredients a little at a time.
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Once you’ve almost reached the edge of your dry ingredients, add any food coloring you’d like to add.
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Then continue to stir and mix until you can knead your mixture.
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Keep kneading until your gum paste becomes a satin finish, pliable ball.
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Now seal it tight in a ziplock bag and let it sit for 8 hours or over night at room temp.
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When you’re ready to use it, mix in the last cup of powdered sugar and knead well.

I’ve already had great results with my Cricut cutter!
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As always… Happy caking!

Steak Cake Take Two!

I think this is technically my third steak cake related post lol. It just turns out that the steak cake is a popular subject…
And I think I’ve really perfected this whole thing haha.

I decided to make a label… I did a google image search and found a label I liked. I made a few… changes to it lol
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I even made some garnish for this one. Some leaves to kind of set off the whole thing like it’s sitting on a nice bed of greens.
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Of course, the cake was red velvet.
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I’m told he didn’t even want to cut it! :D

Tutorial Tuesday: Fondant Figures

So, I’ve had many requests for a tutorial on fondant figures. To be honest, I’m not so great with them. I suppose mostly because I never really make them! Well, it might seem a bit unusual, but I was scouring the web for something else the other day when I stumbled upon quite possibly the best fondant figure tutorial I’ve ever seen in my life. I was so excited about it. It made me feel like anyone could read it and make a pretty rad figure.
Immediately, I wanted to share this information with you all. The blog is Eat the Evidence and you can find this wonderful tutorial HERE.

I know it seems silly to outsource a tutorial, lol, but seriously, I could never do it better than this and I’m not about to steal someone’s work and act like I came up with it.

Upon more reading of her blog, I discovered that I’ve seen her work and I am already a fan of hers! And she lives in Austin. I’ve lived in Austin and for the record, I couldn’t imagine making cakes any place more humid than here in Ohio. Whenever I see people who make cakes in these hotter places, I am just in awe of them.

Well, maybe some time tonight I’ll have time to try to make a figure based on this tutorial and I can show you guys what I made! Until then, please check out her blog and enjoy that epic tutorial!

Don’t worry, I have A LOT of stuff coming up. I’m going to have cake coming out my ears!!

For a distraction, here’s a photo of a choco taco I ate last week. It was delicious.
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