Sunday, October 31, 2010
Saturday, October 30, 2010
I loved the instructor. She was very understanding and helped by telling stories of experience rather than consulting the book. I was so glad to meet her. For one of our classes, we learned Fondant flowers and how to use cut outs. I thought I would use this technique for my cousin’s daughter’s 1st birthday.
The cut out flowers are very cute on their own and very easy to use when you first learn them. I made the cake vanilla and had vanilla buttercream. It was very simple, but very cute and I will be using the cut outs more in the future.
Friday, October 29, 2010
After making my Grandmother’s cake, I was curious to work on my vines again. So I whipped up another cake. Vanilla with Strawberry inside.
I tried to add little strawberries and replicate the vines I did before. This was a bit disappointing since it wasn’t how I wanted. I figure it didn’t come out as well since it wasn’t made with the same love.
Thursday, October 28, 2010
My Grandmother’s 80th birthday was coming up and of course I wanted to give her the very best. I made a chocolate cake with vanilla buttercream and fresh strawberries. After learning from my Heart cake, I kept the strawberries on top rather than mixing them into the buttercream.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
I also thought I’d try color striping since I had seen it on TV. Before I filled my bag with the pink vanilla buttercream, I striped the bag with more pink coloring. This made a very cool striping effect for the lines I put though the cake. This was a very simple cake, but I loved the colors. However I do need to keep an editing eye.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Friday, October 22, 2010
Now that I was in Oregon, it was my sister-in-law's birthday and I just had to make her a cake. Again, I only had one trick up my sleeve. So, since she is into theater, I did the drama masks all with the star tip.My hand hated me after this cake, but my sister-in-law seemed to like me, so I guess it all evens out! The cake was white cake with vanilla buttercream, her favorite.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
After my 2nd Wilton class, we figured out that we were going to move to Oregon from Southern California and I was going to go...now! It was crazy, but I had about 2 days of packing and I was on the road to be at a job the next Monday. That Tuesday was going to be another kids birthday in my mom's class, so the night before my long 16 hour drive to Oregon, I stayed up late making him a cake.I have no recollection as to what kind of cake it is. All I know is that he wanted a Book of Mormon cake and I only knew one technique. That was a lot of stars. I did accent decorations and font with a Wilton Sparkle Gel and it was very messy. I'm sure there are tips out there to how to better use it, but I didn't like it.
Friday, October 8, 2010
I finally signed up for Wilton cake classes! I was so excited to take them! My first week was just explaining what would happen for the other classes. The thing that was most important is the explanation of how to make buttercream, the consistency, and differences of brand and product used.
The following week, we were suppose to bring a cake and already have it frosted. I think I did quite well. Did you know you really shouldn't just grab a spoon and smother the cake, there is actually technique and a few ways to be successful with it?! Amazing!
We learned a few different techniques and then were told to make this rainbow cake. I was very proud of my results.
It's just a star tip over and over and over again. However, when you take a step back and look at it, it's quite pretty. I even did little clouds and attempted a border at the bottom of the cake.
Thursday, October 7, 2010
If you ever get a chance, you have to get the Claim Jumper Motherload Cake. It is 6 layers of cake filled with sooo much chocolate you can't see straight after! It is delicious and amazing and I cannot say enough good things about it. So, of course, I want to be able to make this at home.
For my Father's birthday, I set out to make the Motherload. I found a recipe online and it was WAY too much. I decided to half the cake and so I only did 3 layers, but it was still huge! Soo much chocolaty fudge and goodness. The frosting was very difficult to deal with. It was very liquidy and went wherever it wanted to go. Then, within minutes it hardened. So, this was not a cake I was going to decorate, just a cake I was going to enjoy.
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
I was asked to do another cake for my Mother's class. The boy loves basketball and chocolate. So, I thought a basketball cake could be easy enough and clearly I'm good enough to fondant a cake again.
I made a chocolate cake with vanilla buttercream painted orange. I measured the top of the cake and rolled the fondant accordingly. I layed the fondant on the cake and *facepalm*. I measured for the top of the cake, the 9" not enough to cover the entire cake! I didn't have enough for the rest so thi was now a semi-fondant covered cake.I thought I could add texture now that the fondant was on the cake and it wasn't working well. So I gave up and focused on the lines and writing the boys name. I was pretty proud of it, even thought it wasn't perfection. It was still pretty okay.
Friday, October 1, 2010
My friend invited us to a Murder Mystery dinner and asked if I make dessert. Of course, I had to make a cake! The concept was the story line of the night, which we had already gotten a preview of. We need that the bride had been killed just before the wedding and we were there to figure out who did it.
I thought I'd go pretty litteral and have a dead bride on the cake with blood. For the cake itself, I made the most delicious red velvet and cream cheese frosting. It was to die for! (No pun intended)
For the dead bride, I was going to try and use modeling chocolate, but it was easier for me to just buy a doll and stick her in the cake. So that's what I did.Note, that I have no idea how to layer a cake, so I just kept stacking and hoped the doll would keep it together. She did, but she also moved the layers to make it look even more like a dress.