Archive for the ‘Cake decorating’ Category

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Fall themed cake

October 31, 2010

My husband’s office had a fall/ Halloween luncheon for the staff and their families on Friday.  They had called me previously to see if I’d make a cake for the event and here is the finished work.  I was relatively pleased with it.

There was a chocolate cake layer and a yellow cake layer with vanilla/almond buttercream icing.  Overall I think that most people enjoyed it, so that was good too!

So happy fall and happy Halloween!

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Ch…Ch….Ch….Changes!

September 24, 2010

Once again it has been a while since I have updated on here, but there have been serious changes taking place in my life!

I have left my job as a graphic designer for a completely different career, though still something I will be able to use my creative abilities in.

I am going to be a cake decorator!

(Not me or a cake I’ve done, by the way)

There is a new bakery opening up and on a whim (it is COMPLETELY different than what I’ve been doing) I decided to apply for one of the cake decorator positions, and God had a bigger plan than I did, because I got an interview and got the job!

Things are very exciting and very scary right now, ( most new things are scary) but I am going to try and post a little more with what is going on, even if they are short little posts.

Also,  I am thinking of changing the name of the blog… the address will remain the same, because I’m still quite the dreamer, but now I’ll be a decorator by day!  So I am considering a change with that too.

There are many more things I could go on about, but that’s the update for now!

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A Happy Birthday Cake

December 15, 2009

I made this cake for my cousin Sara’s 10th birthday in September.

She was our flower girl when we got married in 2007.  I can’t believe how fast time flies!

I got the idea from a few examples I found online (I would give credit, but I have no idea where I got the inspiration anymore) but I thank them, because she was ecstatic when she saw the cake!  She wanted to take photos and show all her friends, so I guess it turned out okay.

This was one of my first attempts using home made fondant, and I think it turned out rather well.  I just want some more opportunities to work on my skills!  I can’t make a cake for us every week, I need to have excuses!

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It’s an anniversary cake

October 11, 2009

I’ve made two anniversary cakes recently, and though I wasn’t beaming over with pride, I thought that they turned out rather nicely.

However, I may never make a cake with red icing again… that was DIFFICULT!  I’m just glad that I wasn’t eating it as much dye went into it.

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The other one was a nice blue.

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Course 3 -Finale

June 30, 2009

Finally, I’ve had a moment (with internet I might add… ours was down for a while) to upload my course 3 final cake!

Fondant roses on a fondant covered two-tiered cake.

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It was incredibly tasty too!  The top layer was marbled and the bottom was butter yellow.  I tried french vanilla flavoring in the buttercream this time which was also incredibly yummy!

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I have to say… I’m rather proud of this one! 😀

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Course 3 – Classes 1, 2 & 3

June 18, 2009

In the first class of Course 3 we brought in buttercream to practice the ruffle border (which I really liked!) and string work, and some other different techniques.   We also learned how to make the centers for fondant roses.  Fondant is great. I really didn’t think it would be, and thought it would be very difficult, but it’s sort of like playing with play dough.  That’s not to say that it’s 100% easy, but I did enjoy working with it more that I thought I would.

So, without further stalling, here’s my cake!

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If it looks shimmery in the photo that’s because we got to use luster dust, which is so pretty!  It was a french vanilla cake with raspberry filling and almond  butter cream icing.  Unfortunately I only got one bite of it because my husband took it to work, and I never actually managed to get a slice after he brought the last little sliver of it home.  He said his coworkers mostly devoured it though!  If he had let them they would have eaten the whole thing!  In fact, one of his coworkers wanted to know if I could make them a cake for someone’s birthday that weekend, which I would have gladly done.  However I was out of town for the weekend so I couldn’t do it.  I was so flattered though!

Class 3 was last night, and we learned how to make lilies, poinsettias, petunias, and morning glories.  To say the least, mine need practice… LOTS of practice.  The only ones I was even a little bit proud of were the lily and the morning glory.  The rest I threw away.  I may or may not take photos of the ones I kept, but they are not as easy as one might think.  I’m not sure they’ll be going on cakes any time soon!

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Course 2 – Grand Finale

June 17, 2009

I apologize, this post is LONG overdue.  However, we all know what it’s like to get busy.

For this cake we made an oval cake with the pans that were included in the student kit because there was a template for doing basket weave on this particular cake.  Since it was the first time for any of us trying basket weave, that did at least make it a little easier.

So, we brought in our iced cakes for class.  I decided to make mine a chocolate cake with vanilla pudding filling, and almond flavored butter cream.

We practiced the basket weave for a little while and then proceeded to ice the cake with that technique.  Once you get the hang of it it’s not so bad.  Then we used the rope border to finish it off.  After that we covered the cake with all of the different flowers we’d made throughout this course, and the color flow birds (or butterfly in my case).

I was rather pleased with how this cake turned out, especially for my first attempt at all of this!

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It was almost a shame to cut it, but it sure was delicious!