Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Anyway...about 2 weeks ago, my sister called and asked about a cake for her coworker's daughter's birthday. I happily agreed. Her coworker, Kathy, wanted a coconut cream cake. I love trying out new flavors! I looked online and found a recipe for coconut cream filling from a lady you may have heard of...does Martha Stewart ring a bell? Coming from her, it had to be good right? So, I baked a white cake, adding a little coconut cream pudding to the mix. I made it a four layer cake and iced it all with a coconut buttercream. I then added sweetened shredded coconut all around the sides.
Kathy had asked me to use whipped cream for the piping. I piped large shells on with a 1M tip, but in ten minutes time, the beautiful shells turned into a drippy, melty mess! So I had to redo the top of the cake and soak up the drips down the sides and bottom of the cake. Luckily, I got it all off in a decent manner, and it didn't need too much repair. I then made another batch of the coconut buttercream and repiped the shells. And last, but not least, added a cherry on top!
I should have taken a before picture, but at the time I was too devastated, so I didn't. But here's a few after pictures...MUCH better than earlier!
In the end, Kathy said her family loved it, and that's really what matters!
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Seeing as I have an obsession with weddings, I really want the wedding issue!
But then I wonder if June or July might have something more valuable to use, instead of just pretty to look at?
Or should I wait another week or two and buy the new August issue?
Too many choices!!! Please help a fellow caker out here! Do you have a subscription? Or have you bought every issue? Any ideas as to which issue would be the best purchase?
Whichever issue(s) I decide to buy...I can't wait to see the pictures and read the articles!
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
I started making the cake topper first, giving it a full day of drying. I found great instructions for a bow here. I mixed my fondant with tylose powder to make it dry faster and more durable. I cut and formed each loop separately, as well as each curly ribbon, and in the main colors of the shower...pastel blue, green and yellow. I made about 24 loops, allowing extra for breakage. I usually make 18 1" loops, but since I was making smaller (about 3/4") loops this time, I needed to make more for this bow.
The next day, Blue mixed all my cake batter and 3 batches (at once!) of buttercream. She's such a hard little worker!
I baked 36 cupcakes (18 vanilla and 18 chocolate) and used the rest of the batter to make 2 halves of a 6" cake. I divided the buttercream into 4 equal quarters...one stayed white, while the others were dyed blue, green and yellow. I used my white buttercream for filling in the cake and then a crumb coat before I applied the fondant.
I iced all my cupcakes with a Wilton 2D tip and then stored them for transport (after taking a couple pics, of course).
That night, I melted some Wilton candy melts and "glued" my bow topper together. I let it chill and harden for a little while in the fridge, then I took it out and placed it on my itty bitty cake with a dab of the melted candy. I added a fondant rope border and I was done!
I brought it to the shower the next day and set it up. I added Wilton jungle wrappers and picks since the theme matched the baby's jungle bedding.
And I got about as much "Ooohhhh"s and "Aaahhh"s over the cake, bow and cupcakes as a newborn baby!
Sunday, July 4, 2010
But I thought I'd leave you with a couple pics for the holiday!
I made these 2 years ago, right after I first got bit by the cake decorating bug...
(FYI: I did NOT make any of the following.)
Speaking of fireworks...
After I saw this, I fell in love and really wanted to make this for a July 4th snack! But I never did get around to it.
(Can't remember where this pic came from. If you know, fill me in!)
One last awesome idea that I would love to try (found here)...
Happy Independence Day!
Thursday, July 1, 2010
I had also thought about "Let us eat cake" and (an idea from another Cake Central member) "Oh My Ganache"! But I kinda couldn't wait to order, so this is the first thing that came to mind! Maybe next time. And in case you're wondering...yes, that is Christmas lights hanging in my dining room. :)