Archive for May, 2009

• A TOWER OF GOODIES…

Posted in Cakes with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 31, 2009 by beverlydill

Cake – 05.30.09

Beth contacted me quite awhile back about doing her wedding and grooms cake. She had picked out a cupcake wedding  and a sculpted trooper’s hat and badge for the groom. Her main color was green with white, pastel pink yellow, and orange flowers. The 75 cupcakes were to be  in vanilla with green buttercream and a fondant 6″ topper to match for the bride and groom to keep.  The groom’s cake was chocolate with buttercream and fondant. So with all the details in hand, off I went.

Cake #1 – Groom’s Cake

I baked an 11 x 15″ chocolate cake and sculped around the edges to form an oval badge. I covered it with buttercram followed by tan colored fondant and free-handed the golden and red details on top to make the state trooper patch. Next I baked a 6″ round cake and a ball shaped cake and stacked them together. I placed them on top of a 12″  cardboard circle to act as the brim of the hat. I scuplted the dips in the top of the hat and then covered with buttercream followed by green fondant that draped over the cakes and the 12″ board. I made up black fondant and wrapped around the hat as well as gold luster dust painted fondant as the cords. I placed on the final black and gold embellishments and it was complete. I leaned the hat upon the badge as soon as we got to the reception to keep from damaging during transport.

 

Cake #2 – Cupcakes!

My wonderful Aunt, whom I might add taught me all I know, decided to surprise me and bake all 75+ cupcakes while I was at work. This turned out to be such a blessing because they tunred out gorgeous and such a time-saver. I started with the 6″ topper cake by covering in buttercream, then green fondant. I came back with green buttercream and created leaves and vines. My mother and I rolled out white, pink, yellow and orange fondant and cut out flowers for each cupcake and the topper. After placing the flowers on the topper we rolled up little white balls and places them in the center of each flower.

Then, it was time for the cupcakes. I made up a huge batch of green buttercream and piped a large beehive-like swirl design on top of each cupake. I then came back and piped the leaves to match their topper. We then placed a flower on each cupcake, and they were  finished. After 9 Hours/Baking/Decorating I was complete at 1 AM Saturday morning. Ben and I delivered the cakes to the beautifully decorated recpetion hall and left the tower of goodies for the happy couple.

 

Congrats to you both! May God Bless you in the many years to come.

 

Specials thanks, again, to my wonderful Aunt, Parents and Ben for all their hard work and helpful hands. You’re all such troopers!

• A ZOMBIE WEDDING…

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

Cake – 05.23.09

Dan and Colleen asked me over a year ago to do their wedding cake. They already knew they wanted to incorporate zombies and themselves as the topper. So I’ve had a year to dream up this unusual but absolutely amazing idea of a cake for two of the most wonderful people in the world.

Over the past month we’ve worked out the major details for the cake and decided on the following: Green, three tiered round cake to feed 80, 2 zombies climbingup the cake, the happy couple huggingon top, purple flower accents, with alternating cake flavors of yellow with buttercream and triple fudge chocolate with chocolate hazelnut cream cheese frosting all covered in homemade marshmallow fondant. With all the details sorted out, I was ready for the challenge.

Ben and I started sculpting the zobmiesa week ago with clay, but after creating such realistic disturbing zombie faces, we decided they were just not right for the cake. So Monday and Tuesday, I pulled out photos of Dan and Colleen and created their faces along with the zombies. For Dan and Colleen’s faces, I rounded out flesh colored fondant and made indentions for the white eyes to sit in. I used a black edible marker to dot in their pupils so that they would be looking at each other when placed on the cake. I used the end of a straw to make the shape of their smiles and rounded up a small ball of fondant for their noses. I used a toothpick to press in the nostrils. For her rosey cheeks, I put pink luster dust on my hand and rubbed it around to get just a hint on my fingertip, and then applied it to her cheeks. For her eyelashes I used the black edible marker and drew a line over her eyes out to the eyelashes. For the zombies, I rolled up gray fondant for their faces. I made their eye sockets deeper and colored in a dark circle before putting their eyes in place. After attachingtheir noses, I used a tool to poke in their mouths so that they would look like they were open. And finally it was time for all their hair. I purchased an amazing tool about two weeks ago that creates things such as this. You mix up the color hair you want with fondant and add a bit of crisco. You add it to this pump-like tool and it creates small strands of fondant that push out the end. You then take and cut it to the length you want and place it. This seemed to take forever, but gave me the look I was definitely going for. After four hours, the four heads were complete.

For the cake, I made 2-6″ and 2-12″ Round Chocolate Cakes with Chocolate Hazelnut Cream Cheese for the top and bottom tiers. The middle tier was 2-9″ Round Cakes that were Yellow with Buttercream. After frosting each of the tiers, I mixed up green marshmallow fondant and covered each layer. I then stacked the tiers and was ready for the decorations. After Wrapping each tier with black satin ribbon (used to match the black around the waist of her dress) I used the hair tool to make the grass that went around the base of each tier. This took about 2 hours to create, but definitely worth the extra time. I then rolled out purple fondant and created the flowers followed by little white balls to fill the insides. After all the cake was put together, it was time for the bodies of the figures. This was the tricky part.

Ben created a wire frame for me and used aluminum foil to build up the stability of the bodies. I then took fondant and wrapped around the wire until they were fully covered and ready for clothes. We cut out white for the shirts and wrapped black pants with rips around the bottoms of the legs for the zombies. For Dan we used a photo of an army-style jacket Colleen had sent a picture of. We created his white button-up shirt with a collar underneath and placed the black jacket on top with all the pockets. For Colleen, she sent me a photo of her wedding dress that was a beautiful shade of green with a black band around the waist. I wrapped her upper half with flesh-tone fondant and wrapped the green fondant around her torso, followed by the black band.  We created Dan and Colleen in two separate pieces for easier transport. We attached the bottom halves of their bodies on top the cake and would place the top halves on when we set up the cake at the reception. Finally after staring at 1PM on Friday afternoon, we finished about 2AM Saturday Morning. So for a total of 20 hours Baking/Decorating, the Zombie Wedding Cake was complete. We packed up the car and headed to Nashville for the Wedding at the Belcourt Theater followed by the reception at the Cuisine of India. What a beautiful day filled with such an amazing amount of love. To the happy couple, I wish you all the best and cannot tell you enough how much you guys mean to us. Love you both!

Special thanks to Ben for spending so many hours planning and sculpting with me and to my parents for the extra help baking. You all mean so much to me. These cakes wouldn’t be possible without your artistic hands and helpful hearts. God Bless

• WEEKEND FULL OF WEDDINGS…

Posted in Cakes with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 17, 2009 by beverlydill

This same time last year I booked two wedding cakes and a grooms cake and swore I would never do it again, due to the strenuous work and deadline of the weddings.  But I did it again with two wedding cakes and a grooms cake that all fed the same amount as last year. I guess I felt like I was up for the challenge and I went to school with the ones getting married, so I was a bit excited to play a part. With the help of my wonderful parents helping me bake and my lovely Ben’s artistic eye for weenie dog cakes, the cakes were much easier to complete. So it all began…

Cake #1 – 05.16.09

Amanda booked her wedding cake with me awhile back. She had the cake picked out that she liked so it went rather smoothly and quickly. She decided on a four tier round cake with alternating yellow and chocolate cake flavors. It  had a wide ribbon with a smaller ribbon around the bottom, second and top tiers and had an elegant monogram design on the third tier. Her colors were light blue and black and the cake was to feed 150. So with all the info, I took off.

We baked 2-14″, 2-12″, 2-9″ &  2-6″ round cakes. The top and second tier were chocolate and the bottom and thir tier were yellow.  After covering the cakes with buttercream, I stacked the first three tiers. Since the cake would be so tall, we left off the top tier and would later take it to the reception hall to place it on top there. I placed a 1.5″ blue satin ribbon around the bottom two tiers and the top followed by a small black satin ribbon. I then placed a blue satin bow in the front of the three tiers. I mixed up some black buttercream and  freehanded the monogram design on the third tier. After piping the shell border, it was finished until we arrived at the reception hall. I placed the top tier on, piped the border and it was complete after 8 hours baking/decorating.

Congrats Mr. and Mrs. Justin Zellers! God Bless you both!

Cake #2 – 05.16.09

Brandy called last year to book her wedding cake and grooms cake. For the wedding cake she decided on a light pink square vanilla cake with darker pink accents to feed 100.

We baked 2-12″, 2-8″, 2-6″ square cakes. I covered the cakes with light pink buttercream and stacked the tiers. I piped the swag design on the bottom tier and the ribbon design on the top tier. For the middle tier I used a stencil and scraped dark pink buttercream over the openings to attach it to the cake. I then peeled off the stencil and was left with the elegant scroll design. I finished it with a dark pink shell border around it tier and moved the cake aside for the good ‘ole grooms cake…

Cake #3 – 05.16.09

Brandy decided on a weenie dog in the shape of a “G” for their last name. I was a little worried about this cake, but knew I was up for the challenge and repeated to myself, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” So after lots of praying and sketching possibilities, Ben joined me in on the fun. The cake was made from a 14″ round chocolate cake. He carved the general shape of the dog for me and handed over the knife so I could make a complete mess. After cutting here and carving there, we had us a weenie dog in the shape of a “G”. I then mixed up reddish-brown fondant and covered the dog. We shaped it’s ears paws and tail with the same color. We then made it’s nose, eyes and collar out of fondant. For the dog tag, we shaped a heart, painted with luster dust for a silver shine and carved a “G” in the middle. After 12 hours of baking/decorating, both cakes were complete.

Congrats Brandy and thanks so much for bringing on such a fun challenge.

As I’ve always been told, something bad will eventually happen to one of the cakes, and it just so happened that today was the day. After we delivered the pink wedding cake and weenie dog cake to on eof Brandy’s friends, she was to take the cakes to Murfreesboro, which is about 2+ hours from Dover. The cakes were in the back of her SUV. Even after using many dowel rods for support, lining the vehicle with padding and non-slick mats, the sun and heat were not so  easy to work with. The buttercream could not compete. Brandy contacted me after the cake arrived and said that it had shifted and the icing had cracked. Even with so much support, and air-conditioning, the direct sunlight can wreak havok through windows. They decided to serve the cake from the back and use a dummy cake for the wedding. I hate so bad this happened, but at least they still had the cake to serve.  Risks are involved in long distant transports and anything can happen. I just hate this happened to you guys. I hope you had a wonderful day and many more happy years to come. God Bless.