April 17, 2008

Thank You

I made this cake for school this week. Jen and I wanted to share a treat and say thanks to everyone who has supported us through the National Boards process this year. WASC is my most requested cake flavor--and for good reason. It is delicious. I prefer to pair this cake with homemade raspberry jam although this time I did not torte and fill. I'm not a fan of the spirals and dots design but that is what I came up with at midnight after another grueling study session. After the exam I'll be able to take more time to plan and execute my designs.

  • WASC
  • Crusting Buttercream (actual name of the recipe) with peppermint
Thanks to Cakery from cakecentral for inspiration--I'm finally trying new border designs. Next time I use this board I will make sure to switch the border colors as the pink on the bottom faded into the board and is difficult to see in pictures.
April 10, 2008

Lightning McQueen

Here's one of the finished Lightning McQueen cakes. He came out really shiny!
This is original Lightning McQueen cake--not the one I made for Josh. I accidentally used real almond flavoring in this cake and since Josh is allergic to nuts we decided it would be better to make a new cake than to risk anything. The staff at my school was glad for my oversight because they got to eat this one. The shininess came when I used water to brush some stubborn powdered sugar off the cake. It looked pretty cool in person. Tires are sandwich cookies dipped in melted black icing.

  • WASC
  • Wilton decorating icing
  • Satin Ice fondant
  • Royal Icing details

The inner workings of a car cake :

Christ Church Cares Day

  • Chocolate fudge cake with extender
  • Buttercream Dream icing
  • Modified Frozen Buttercream Transfer (FBCT) design
  • Logo for Christ Church Cares Day
April 08, 2008

Onesie Baby Shower

This cake was made for a double shower at school...a boy and a girl.

  • White Almond Sour Cream cake (WASC)
  • Buttercream Dream icing
  • Fondant accents
  • Two-tone/single bag borders

Noah's Ark Baby Shower

Here is the Noah's Ark cake I made this week. It was a quick job before I left for vacation in Wisconsin. The mom-to-be chose a Noah's Ark theme.

  • Deep Chocolate cake (yummy!)
  • Buttercream Dream icing
  • Fondant animals and ark, details painted with icing colors
I made an extender recipe for this and then poured all the batter into the pan--not thinking about the amount at all. Part-way through the baking time I checked on the cake and found it oozing onto the oven floor. Despite a small loss there, the cake tasted great.

I'm working on borders now. I feel that my recent buttercream cakes need a top border but don't like thinking of a cool coordinating design. I usually rush to do something and end up not liking it. Fondant is so much better!