Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Scarlett's Dress

Scarlett O'Hara Inspired Dress from the "Gone with the Wind" film

A dear friend from our church family was given a surprise birthday party.  Her favorite movie of all time is "Gone with the Wind."  She shared with us that she loved the movie so much when it was released that I watch it over and over again at the theater.  I wanted to capture one of Scarlett's iconic dress as a cake design.  After pouring over pictures and pictures from the movie, I carefully designed the cake to represent the white lace dress with red bow.

The cake is 3 tiers, with a foam insert by Wilton (discounted) covered in red velvet fabric.  I set to work covering the entire cake in white fondant.  I stacked the two bottom tiers and prepared to adhere the "ruffles", however after an hour or two of it not working out and becoming absolutely frustrated, I admitted defeat.  I set to work on a new plan.  Using this Floral cutter by FMM, I imprinted three strips for the top of the cake.  Then I made several strips to create the layers of lace, and carefully attached each one to the bottom two tiers.  I didn't have enough time to try my hand at making magnolia flowers (which were also featured in the moved) so I attempted the arrangement of silk flowers. 

My friend truly loved it, and I was pleased with how it turned out, and was completely surprised by her party and her cake!

My only concern was the foam insert, it is hard to secure because you can only secure it with frosting.  I can see why it was discounted!  Good concept poor design. 

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Butterflies and Lace

Ivory Buttercream, Gumpaste butterflies, set on Wilton's Graceful Tiers

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!