Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Anniversary Cake

In April for our Pastor and his family as they celebrated 30 years with our church and a friend asked if I could help do a cake for them.  Sure, why not, haven't done one in a while. After looking over a few cake designs, I remembered a certain design I had seen in one of my Wilton Cake decorating books that would be perfect.  This cake design incorporated a variety of photos into the design.  My husband put the photos together and prepared the photo strips to put on the tailored tiers. 
 

If I remember correctly, I did a 6 inch, 10 inch and a 14 inch for the three tiers.  Honestly, I can't remember what flavor the 14 inch one was, but I do remember the other two.  I used a different chocolate cake mix that my usual and I was not at all happy with the results! 

I wanted to keep the design clean looking so that photos would stand out. I iced the cake in buttercream,  then used a diamond impression mat on the sides to dress it up a bit. I finished it by piping a reverse shell border on the top with a tradition shell border on the bottom of each tier.  My friend did the cake topper with silk flowers and sea shells (it was a beach themed reception) giving it the final touch that it needed. 
I was terrified that it was going to fall over because the tailored tiers are not easy to secure well.  I assembled it the night before since I wouldn't have time in the morning.  Thankfully It made it through the night and the luncheon, with out any problem, whew!   Now I know why the tailored tier set was on clearance and now discontinued, probably not the best product for a large cake, since you can't put a dowel down the middle of it to secure it well.



Sunday, January 13, 2013

Wow has a year and half gone by without any cake postings!?  I had to take a break from cakes as life was getting a bit crazy.  I did do a couple that I need to find the photos of and get posted!  I did wedding shower cake back in September and a year before that a Scarlett O'Hara dress inspired one for a birthday!  I also did a wedding reception cake that was huge.  I think there was a couple others, I can't remember!  I do miss my cakes...  I should look for the photos and get them posted!

Last year we decided to redo our kitchen, and when I say redo...I really should say tear it all out and REDO it all.   In January we started talking with our contractor and by June we were moved out of the kitchen and ready for the chaos of having a backyard "kitchen."  In spring I was working on a shortbred...thankfully I had just finished the last batch...and discovered that the oven completely died.  It wouldn't be until late August I would have an oven again.  Of course just about as the time we were ready to begin demolition of the kitchen, the bbq broke...that was going to be our source cooking while the kitchen was being done.  Needless to say we were able to get a nice new gas bbq that got us through the summer!  Still no cakes and here it is January and still no cakes.  Plenty of cookies and other treats, but no cakes.

In addition to the kitchen, we remodel a bit in our living room, and painted the outside of the house.  We have a couple very minor things to done, but we officially signed off on all the work the first week of  November.  Most of the kitchen is put together, with the exception of a few things.  With the holidays we opted to wait on unpacking most of the living room, and decided to wait until after we took all the decorations down.  Wise move.  Now to clean out the garage and get rid of a lot of stuff we just no longer need.  Maybe this year I can start back to work on my cakes! 

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Lauren's Birthday Treasure Chest

Sorry so long, I will try to get up the cakes I have done over the past few
months up! Here is the first, Lauren's Birthday Cake! This was fun, lots of work, but fun!
The chest is chocolate cake, the top is lemon. All covered in fondant! The "treasures" are ring pops, jolly ranchers, candy necklaces, and chocolate coins, with brown sugar for the sand.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Two Cakes...

I have been on a cake hiatus lately, then two weeks ago I did two "simple" cakes for family. This next week I have two more cakes on the calendar. One is for my daughter and the other for a friend. Originally my daughter had decided on an American Girl themed party, but after watching the "Pirates of the Caribbean" Movies, decided on a different kind of theme completely. First she wanted me to make a cake that resembled the "Black Pearl", the famous pirate ship owned by Jack Sparrow. Hummm, I don't think so, I am not that good, and finally convinced her that my talents were more in the way of a treasure box cake. So a treasure box cake it will be. At this point I am planning on using fondant to cover it.

The photo is a cake by Martha on Cake Central.com that we are using to get ideas from for making my daughter's cake.The second cake will be a larger two or three round tiered cake for a friend's surprise birthday party. Her husband requested a cake with Eeyore on it. In the past I had actually done her a cake with cute little chocolate transfer Eeyores and didn't really want to go that route again. What I I did come up with was a cake in her favorite color of lime green buttercream frosting, gum paste butterflies painted in orange, lime green, pink and blues, and a couple of her little Eeyore figures. Just need to get them without her noticing they are missing! One cake will be lemon, and the other White Chocolate Raspberry. When I have a better idea of how many people to expect, I will make a final decision on sizes.