Busy week finally over

I had two cake orders this week, and both cakes had to be fit in between all the software testing that I’m doing at work.

My mom called a few weeks ago and asked if I could make a wedding cake for her friend’s granddaughter.  Somehow the wedding venue fell through and the cake was ordered through them – so not only did they lose the location, they also lost the cake and catering.  After two weeks of wrong phone numbers, we were finally able to connect.  Luckily she was no bridezilla.  All she wanted was a three-tiered stacked cake with a border and real flowers.  I did point out that she would have to contact the florist or get the flowers herself, but I would put them on after I put the cake together.

It was a strawberry cake with a cream cheese filling, and the standard cream cheese buttercream frosting.  When I got to to the house on Saturday (a relative offered their house for the reception), it was full of people trying to get all the food ready and the house decorated.  I put the cake together and then went out looking for the flowers.  The bride’s mom had grabbed a handful of fake roses that had baby’s breath attached to them.  They weren’t quite what I was expecting, based on the photo the bride had sent me, but when she saw them – it sounded like they weren’t what she was expecting either.

While I was putting the flowers on, her nephew of about five kept bringing me some daisies from another decoration to add to the cake.  The bride was nice about it and let us add one.

Last Minute Wedding Cake

My parents were at the reception and said that the first thing out of the groom’s mouth after having a bite of the cake was – “that’s really good!”  I find it funny how he sounded so surprised by it.

The half-sheet Ironman banana cake on Friday was a hit with the kids.

Ironman Cake

Hello Kitty Cake – in progress

I'm working on a Hello Kitty cake for a coworker right now.  This is just a simple, flat, quarter-sheet cake – nothing special, other than having a Hello Kitty dressed as a 20's flapper on top.  I'm trying to get the main design completed today because tomorrow I'm having another tooth extraction, and don't want to work on Hello Kitty while on happy pills.  Otherwise it might end up more like the Zombie Hello Kitty cake that someone showed me the other day.  Although that would be tempting to try anyway….

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Ladybug Cake

This is the ladybug cake I made for Elizabeth. Her older brother was the one who chose the theme, and I gave them the option of a regular cake with a ladybug on it, or a ladybug shaped cake. When I delivered it–the reaction was entertaining; so I'm not sure what they were expecting, but they were very happy with it. 

It's four layer yellow cake with strawberry filling. It's for Elizabeth's second birthday, so the antenna are two sparkler candles. As all cakes made for this family, it's baked in a nut-free environment for peanut allergy issues.

I had another photo, but I can't seem to get it loaded correctly.  You can see it here.

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It’s a Happy Birthday in a Picture Perfect World

A couple from work asked us to create a birthday cake for one of their friends. All they could tell me about this person was that he liked chocolate cake, computers, and MC Chris. ( I had no idea who the hell that was. I don't know how I would survive without the internet.) With much futzing around, I finally decided to use the cover of MC Chris's 2006 album: "dungeon master of ceremonies." The frosting is a pale yellow because of the butter and the Baileys; besides, I don't care for plain white backgrounds on cakes unless it fits the theme or image.

My favorite part is the picture-perfect world paraphrase from his song "Townie."

"I roll back my eyes, clear my mind and proceed, paint a picture-perfect world called the house of MC."

One of the reasons I liked it is because it feeds the inner geek, as it looks like it was a reference to the "House of M" from an eight-part Marvel comic cross-over series where Scarlet Witch created a perfect world for herself and the rest of the superheroes.

Cake with a song AND comic book reference all in one… can't get better than that.

From this angle, the mistakes I made with the food grade paint aren't as noticeable.

This was one of those times where I was there to see the expression on someone's face when they saw their cake for the first time.  I tried to record it, but forgot to press the record button (it's a new camera and I'd only used it once before–that's my excuse).  It was worth making this cake as a gift.  Here was a reserved guy from work that I didn't know, and when he opened up the box with the cake, he had a huge smile on his face and gave me a big hug.  Then he took a bunch of photos before he'd let anyone eat it.  I have to admit that it's one of my favorites too.

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Surfing and Fashion… as cakes

Early November, my sister flew me out to Florida to bake cakes for two different parties (note to anyone flying with cake decorating equipment–they will open up your toolkit EVERY SINGLE TIME, and if you're lucky, they won't accidently open up a bottle of dark green gel and let it leak all over the rest of your colors.  Next time it'll go as carry-one luggage).  

My sister's kitchen is even smaller than mine and I wasn't looking forward to trying to put out three cakes with limited oven space.  Luckily, one of her friends offered up her kitchen for my use… she has TWO kitchens in her house!  And one of those kitchens has a double oven too!  I want her house, and if I can't have it, I want her kitchen–both of them–moved into my garage.

I ended up with four cakes at the end of the afternoon.  One to be dropped off at my brother-in-law's office, one for the birthday dinner that night, one for my niece's birthday party the next day, and one more for my brother-in-law's big party the next week (freezers are such handy tools).  I didn't bother photographing the first two as they were rather plain cakes.  Just chocolate cake, chocolate cream cheese buttercream frosting, and chocolate ganache.

My niece was having a small fashion/spa party with her friends, so I had to have a somewhat sophisticated looking cake with lots of girly stuff thrown in.  If I were doing it for myself, I would have stopped at the pink top, white sides, and black trim… and the shoes.

The cake was a success, thankfully.  The crown and shoes were metal Christmas tree ornaments that I found at Hobby Lobby.  Perfect for the party theme.

Yeah, I really like those shoes.

The final cake was for a party the next week.  My brother-in-law is a big surf freak, so there wasn't much to choose from in the design.  The surfboard and trees were from a Lilo and Stitch deco kit, and everything else was either frosting or brown sugar (which makes great sand).

The wave technique was an afterthought and now that I have time to think about it, I should have worked some light shade variations into it before adding the white surf.  It's a chocolate cake with a dark chocolate ganache filling.  Our surfing doc is a chocolate freak… when he allows himself a chance to indulge.

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