Archive for April, 2009

• WEAR YOUR CAKE AND EAT IT TOO!

Posted in Cakes with tags , , , , , on April 25, 2009 by beverlydill

Cake  – 04.25.09

Last year I started doing Jennifer’s children’s birthday cakes. She always has a nice theme picked out and again this year, she wanted a Clone Trooper Helmet for her son, Eli. She wanted a chocolate cake to feed at least 20. She sent his clone trooper helmet my way, and I’m telling you, this thing was large enough for me to wear, which gave me nice details to work with. After pondering over this cake for many days, I picked up the helmet and inspected it one more time to get a good idea of where I may need to start. unaware that this heap of plastic could speak, I unknowingly pushed a button on the side of its helmet and the mass spoke, “I’ve got a bad feeling about this, Sir” and I just froze. He knew exactly what I was thinking. This definitely gave my mother and I a good laugh, but I somehow came up with a plan.

I started with baking 2 – 9″ round pans that were 3″ thick. I then baked a Soccer Ball pan that would round out the top of the helmet. After stacking the cakes and placing a layer of buttercream in between each one, I was ready to sculpt. I started by shaping the ears and cheeks and continued by creating the slope of the face. After all was cut up and the kitchen was a complete mess, I was ready to cover the sculpture in buttercream. When sculpting cakes, plan on using a lot of buttercream if you do not plan on using fondant. Since it was chocolate and carved, small brown pieces of cake mixes in with the icing which must be covered up. I mixed up a batch of marshmallow fondant and covered the helmet. I came back with the white accents on the helmet such as the round pieces on the ears and buttons. I then tinted some fondant black and cut out the eyes and mouth piece followed by the black stripe around the top. Jennifer specifically wanted this blue to be above the black instead of the usual gray so after it was in place, I was ready for the top part of the helmet. I took what was left of the white fondant and shaped the long piece on top. I cam back with a fondant cutter and gently pressed it into the cake to created the creases. After 6 hours of baking/decorating, it was complete!

Happy Birthday, Eli! And thank you, Jennifer, for another fun challenge. Look forward to Emmy’s! God Bless you and your family.

• SCHS PROM 2009 – WINTER WONDERLAND

Posted in Cakes with tags , , , , , , , on April 18, 2009 by beverlydill

Cake  – 04.17.09

My high school art teacher called me awhile back and booked me again for the Prom Cake. After last year’s Paris, France theme, I was so excited to see what this year’s prom had in store. She told me it was a Winter Wonderland theme with all shades of blue with silver and purple. The gym was going to be decorated like a castle and the cake was to be places in the :dining room” of the castles with elegantly decorated tables. She left the design up to me as long as it fed 200, so I hit the drawing board immediately. I kept seeing a castle, snowflakes and sparkles. So off I went.

Days before I decorated the cake, I began the preliminary work such as preparing a castle and snowflakes. I found a wooden castle which my father so nicely painted white for me. I created snowflake designs on paper and then placed a piece of wax paper on top. I mixed up royal icing and piped over the design on paper. I created small, medium and large snowflakes that would dry for four days before the Prom.

Being that I have a new job and timing for cakes isn’t as easy, my wonderful mother and aunt baked cakes for me until I could get home. I went with a four tier design (16″-12″-9″-6″.) since it was to feed so many. I made up 10 pounds of ice blue colored buttercream and covered each tier. I stacked the bottom three tiers and placed the castle in between the third tier and the top tier for elevation and to work in the castle theme. My father drilled holes in the top and bottom of the castle for the dowel rod support system that ran through the entire cake. I then placed the silver ribbon on the bottom tier and the third tier. I piped white frost-like designs on the second and top tier, followed by darker blue cornelli lace and a bead border. I cam back with the ice blue buttercream and piped a shell border on each tier. For final touches I added the sparkle to each tier.

 As Friday came, my aunt, mother and I packed up the vehicle and headed to the High School to set up the cake. We placed blue shimmery fabric on my cake stand followed by silver sequin material. We set the cake on top and began placing the royal icing snowflakes here and there. We added the top tier and the dangling crystal topper and it was complete after 15 hours of baking and decorating.

Thank you so much, Mrs. Peacher, for the opportunity to participate in the SCHS Prom again. I love the creative themes and challenges. And many thanks to my mother, father and aunt for all their help. I couldn’t do it without you!

• SPRING SHOWER CAKE

Posted in Cakes on April 18, 2009 by beverlydill

Cake  – 04.17.09

I was contacted by one of my favorite cake lovers about a bridal shower cake for her sister for whom I will later be creating a wedding and groom’s cake for. She wanted a springy-looking cake with pinks, purples, yellows and sage green. She went with the usual vanilla cake with buttercream icing to feed 30 people.

Since she left the design up to me, I decided on a two tier basketweave cake with grass and gerber daisies.

I started with 2-6″ and 2-8″ cakes, which my lovely mother helped bake, and covered them with buttercream. After stacking them together, I piped the basketweave design on the edges of both tiers followed by the green grass. After creating the topper with pink, purple, yellow and white daisies, I placed it on top and it was complete in about 4 hours.

Congrats, Brandy! Can’t wait until the wedding and grooms cake! And thank you, Misty, for always keeping me in mind when it comes to the sweets!