The Gigantic Wedding Cake that almost didn’t make it.

First of all, I apologize for the lack of posts. With everything going on in my life, sometimes I just can’t find the time. I was able to make a lovely wedding cake for two friends this year and it was quite an amazing challenge!

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We started with the wedding colors and a sketch.
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I wanted to do something different with this cake. I wanted to cover it in chocolate ganache rather than buttercream before I put on the fondant.
There was so.much.chocolate involved in this process.
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There was a lot of baking involved…
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Followed by lots of fillings and lots of ganache!
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I had no sooner gotten all the cakes covered in ganache when my phone rang. Disaster. My husband had been hit by a car. He works at a bike shop and was testing a customer’s bike in the parking lot when a driver, who wasn’t looking ahead of their vehicle ran into him.
I rushed to the hospital. Cake be damned.
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Thankfully, things were better than they looked. Nothing broken, just some scrapes and bruises. I brought him home and got back to work.

Fondant was next. I had made tons of it. I forget how much, it was either 8 or 10 pounds.
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I made all of the dots for the cake from gum paste.
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Once each cake was covered, I made a test stack.
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That went pretty well.

The dots were added and I called it a night.
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The next day I loaded the cake into my car. I had no assistance as Brian was injured. I stacked the bottom two tiers and placed the top two in boxes.
I set the stacked two tiers on the back seat and the top two tiers on the floor of the vehicle.
I got moving and was nearing the venue. There was some construction. At some point, the guy in front of me slammed on his brakes. I had no choice and no where to go.

I felt the two bottom tiers hit the back of my seat.

I’ll give you a moment to process that.

I pulled over and examined the damage. Wow. The cakes had fallen off the seat and were sideways.
I have NEVER EVER been in a situation like that before. I was having a full on panic attack. I picked the cakes up and tried to sort of press them back into shape with my hands. (Let me also say it was about 95 degrees F out…)
I texted my friend who was performing the ceremony and basically told him what happened and to talk me out of driving off a bridge to save myself the humiliation. He told me to just get there and we’d take care of it.

This ended up being the back of the cake.
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I had brought icing to do some border work and guess what?!
I didn’t have enough. On top of everything. At this point the bartender made me a drink to calm my nerves. I mean, hey, the front of the cake looked fine, I was surrounded by friends and I KNEW the cake would taste good.
My friends walked down the isle cute as could be.
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Do you want to know the sad part? After everything? I never even got a good photo of the cake.
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It just seemed like there were forces working against me the entire time I was working on this cake, but dammit, I got it done and once it was cut and I’d had a few rum and cokes in me, I was feeling much better about the entire thing.
Everyone said it tasted great. Thank god. haha. At least I could count on that!

Oh hey, he’s me with Eddy, love of my life:
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and my new kitten- Venus!
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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!

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

Tutorial Tuesday: How to Make a Cupcake Tower (revisited)

Let’s make a cupcake tower like the one I used in this post!
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Alright kids, it’s another late one here at the Whitten house… trying to crank out helpful cakery tips for you guys to keep you informed.

Two things first… one you may have noticed the new TUTORIALS tab at the top of the page. Yaay! I spent a little while painstakingly placing all of the tutorial links on that page with a photo for each. Much easier to access now. Wowy, it’s like I’m getting all organized. I’m going to work on a cake gallery next, but gosh, it’s going to take some time!!

Second, you might notice this is sort of a tutorial I did before. I just have had a lot of questions since then and I wanted to do a more clear version of it. I hope this helps! Since last time I was making sort of a wacky/whimsical tower with odd shapes, I wanted to show you a more basic version.

You’ll need a few things to start with.
*Foam core boards- Somewhere between 3-5, depending on how big you want the tower to be and how many things you need to re-do ;)

*Something to trace- I used lids from some bowls that I have to trace for my tiers. If you want to make squares, you might be able to just measure them out. More power to you.

*Exacto knife -please be careful with this! Only responsible adults should use these. Have one help you if you are not one.

*hot glue gun- same concept here. I don’t want you guys slicing yourselves up and then getting hot glue on yourself and burning your precious skin! Trust me, it doesn’t feel good. Maybe I need a responsible adult helping me :/

*Measuring tape or ruler

*Ribbon- of your choice to go with your project.

**Extras- you might want paint or other decorations to put on your tower when it’s done**

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Start by tracing TWO of each circle onto your foam core and cutting them out. I’m doing two in order to make a very sturdy tower.
They’re not going to come out perfect, I know. Unless you’re some kind of precision robot, just do the best you can.
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Don’t worry. We get to cover those edges up later with the ribbon!

Next, hot glue your circle pairs together. Except for the top tier!
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We’ll deal with the top tier later.

Here’s where I don’t want to lose you. I’ll try to make this make sense… really.
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to make the center supports steps for the tiers, measure your bottom tier. You’ll want your bottom step to be that length or just short of it. That step should only be about an inch tall. The next step, should be slightly smaller across than your next tier, and should be at least 3 inches tall, since a cupcake has to sit under the next one.
The next step, should, again, be just slightly smaller than the next tier, also, 3 inches tall. Keep in mind, each tier will be sitting on their respective steps and need to be supported, but not hanging way over the steps. I truly hope this this making sense. For my top step, again, I made it 3 inches tall and then put just a tiny 1/4″ step on top of that. I’ll explain that further on.

You’ll need to cut out two of these.
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Now, you’ll want to measure and cut half way up one and half way down the other.
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You might need to tweak it a little bit to make it work, but you want them to fit into each other and sit level.
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If it’s a tad loose feeling, don’t worry, we’ll sturdy it up later.

Now the hard(sih) part is up. You’ll want to find the center of each of your rounds and mark off and cut out an “X” from each one. (except that top part, we’re getting there, don’t worry.) You’ll want to cut the “x” wide enough to fit over the frame you build. Basically, this bottom one needs to fit over that 2nd step. DO NOT get confused and cut the “X” the size of the bottom step. That’s the step it rests on! It only needs to fit over that second one. Does that make sense? Make sure you’re only cutting them to fit over what they need to fit over and rest where they need to rest.
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Now, if you’d like, you could just put the top two rounds together and cut them this way as well. With just a tiny “x” small enough for that top tiny portion of the stand to fit though. Or you can try this.
Cut one round the way you cut the last ones. The next one… try to only cut half way through.
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So that you still have a smooth uncut top portion. Glue them together so that the “x”s are lined up, of course.

Stack your tower by sliding each round over the steps, guiding the last one on top.
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Ta-da! Okay! So, now that you know it all fits together… (it all fits, right? No? Okay, well go re-do the stuff you messed up like I did the first time and then come back to this step…) let’s make this more permanent!

Start gluing things up. Put some glue in the frame and stick it together.
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Follow the lines up and down and glue those two pieces together where they connect. Fill in any gaps with glue.

Next, add glue to your steps tops and quickly slip your rounds onto them. Flip it over and glue them more on the bottom as well.
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Now it’s time to deal with those rough, ugly edges! Glue your ribbon on the outside of your rounds!
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You can use whatever ribbon you want! And before you put the whole thing together with the glue, you could decorate each tier however you want. You could cover them with cute paper, paint them, bedazzle them, etc etc! Also, while cupcakes will probably cover the rough edges on the stand itself, but you can always run ribbons over those edges as well. Be creative!!

I didn’t ACTUALLY put that ribbon on this tower. I can’t show you the final project yet either ;)
This tower is for someone and I make a point to never show finished work until the person it’s for has seen it! It’ll be worth it though. This thing is getting decked out!!

Alright, so I REALLY hope you’ve learned something today and PLEASE, ask any questions you have. I’m hoping I made this so that it makes sense! I get tons of google hits every day for my previous post, but I think this one will be much more informative for those looking for better steps!

New Cakes


I made this cake for the ThreadCakes.com contest. 

http://www.threadcakes.com/entries/view/466
It was a lot of fun to make!
This cake was made for two of my awesome friends for their birthday! I used chocolate and candy melt to make all kinds of awesome things that had to do with their lives.  One of my friends dog, a sand dollar, lilies, Ohio, Kentucky etc.
Everyone loved it! This was my first four tier cake. The top tier was lemon, the middle two were white cake and the bottom was lemon cake filled with strawberries and buttercream. It was SO GOOD. I was really excited I got to help eat it!

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