Tuesday, March 24, 2015
While I've consistently blogged over the past year, I will admit that I have read less blogs over the past year. And I have seen decent stats as far as readers are concerned, but I've seen less comments over the past year. I love hearing what you guys have to say, but if you don't comment I certainly won't hold it against you! Are blogs going by the wayside in favor or Facebook? Am I missing any good new blogs? If so, please let me know in the comments.
Remember the Millennium Falcon cake we did last fall? Well recently it sort of went viral, well at least as viral as anything we've done before. It was featured on some really cool geek sites like BoingBoing, Wired Italy, Laughing Squid, and a bunch of other sites that I have to use Google Translate to read! It's been fun to see all the new hits from these other sites, but going viral doesn't put coins the coffers.
As far as my outlook on 2015, I want this year to be all about rebranding. I have started working on a new and improved website, and today I contacted a designer about creating new logos for the business. I need something that fits my business better and can double as a watermark. I really do dislike watermarks, but I've had my photos stolen in the past, and with photo sharing all the rage on sites like Pinterest, I've decided it's become a necessary evil.
So look forward to seeing some new branding here soon, and don't forget to post any cool new cake blogs in the comments that you think I should check out!
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
As you may have guessed, a customer asked me to make an exact copy of another bakers work. I did just that but a made a "cleaner" and more finished version of the original. This design is super simple so if you haven't tried it, Google a tutorial and give it a try!
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
We marbled a little fondant for the waterfall and disguised the source with fondant rocks. As a side note, if you want some AWESOME looking candy rocks and boulders that are solid chocolate covered in a candy she'll, check out Nuts.com. I love these people, their almond flour and their cute packaging.
There are a million animal tutorials out there, so I can't add much new in that department. The most important thing to remember is to add tylose to your fondant and let it sit up a while. This step will make your animals not be droopy or melty looking. Another tip is to add a little "makeup" to your animals. A little touch of blush will make your animals "come to life"! Also, if you get the basic way of making an animal, you can search Etsy for an "elephant" and take some inspiration from a greeting card, stuffed animal or most anything. If you are selling a cake with animals, you should allow about two hours to make each animal. I'm just saying, don't start the animals at 8pm the night before the cake is due. Happy animal making!
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Remember the guitar cake we did a few months ago? Sometimes the best ideas hit you when you're in the weeds. We were SO running out of time to finish this cake and I was going to do something that would not have been so pretty. I'll give you the short version, which is still kinda long! Chad came up with a great idea to use bamboo skewers to hold the strings. Read on for a mini tutorial on how we did this.
We drilled the tiniest of holes in the skewer and tied fishing line in a double knot so it wouldn't slip through. We measured all the skewers to just fit above the fondant after it was tapped into the gator board/drum below. Next time I would do a better job of cutting these more uniformly.
Once you have all the skewers cut and your fishing line attached (leave it long on the "neck" end) start hammering them into place at the bottom of the guitar. If you do them once at a time they'll be easier to manage. An assistant will help hold the loose strings off the cake.
I did my best to hide the skewers, but I was on a tight timeline but I would conceal them better next time. probably using fondant or food markers.
On the neck end, each of your skewers will be a different height, so you'll need to hammer in and measure each skewer individually. This will also be the time you measure your fishing line and cut it just a bit longer than you need. Go ahead and drill your skewer hole and tie your fishing line in a knot on the skewer.
Here's where the magic all comes together. Start pushing the skewer back into it's hole. If you notice the string is going to be too long, give the skewer a turn or two to tighten the string. As it goes into the cake, the string will tighten. You won't be able to tune it to the correct key, but it will hold tight enough to look really good. Using a thick modeling chocolate bar at the base of the neck will give the strings something to bite into and help keep them in place. We then put some fondant tuning pegs over the holes to hide the skewers.
We used real guitar string on the banjo, but know that we have figured this out, it will be our go to method. I will say that when we moved the cake the strings got looser because the flex of the very long cake board but then got tight again as soon as we laid it on the display table. I'm lucky the saggy, traveling strings didn't mess up my paint.
Hope this helps - if you have any questions, feel free to lave us a comment.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
It's hard to tell but each tier is an oval shaped tier. We did not taper the tiers inward but we did angle the tops of each. The cake was buttercream with modeling chocolate cut outs. We found the silhouettes off a background website and Chad converted them to use in the Cricut. We printed out a couple of pages of edible images for the pennant flags. The riding hat on top was hard only because I had to come up with something to go under it so that it wouldn't sit flat. That was a customer request. The pink, coral,blue and navy was very pretty in the barn and the cake looked great there. Looking at it now, I would liked to have had more color on the cake as a whole, but I don't take liberties with the conditions of the contract. I know it's not always ideal, but I would hate to add stress to a family the day before an event.
That's when it's
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
The cutest idea by far was one I found on Bakerella's site! I fell in love with these tiny cookies on tiny stands! Sqeeeeeee! By far those cookies, as well as the other cookies, took more time than everything else combined. I used the cookie and icing recipe she recommended and they were pretty good, but I'll keep looking for THE recipe. I hope you guys take some inspiration from these and make them for someone super special. My guests ended up taking the stands home and giving them to others to brighten their day (and hopefully never be eaten).
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Barn weddings are everywhere! If they are not as popular in your area, you are a little lucky. Don't get me wrong, they are pretty in a rustic or fancy rustic (trademark pending) and make for nice pictures. Most are not air conditioned, which means fondant icing is the best idea so that sawdust doesn't stick to the buttercream. Some brides just won't do fondant, so here we have a buttercream cake in a barn. Pretty! We added the little gold dots with a paint brush that I cut to be a flat circle. I know it's super hard to tell, but the bottom tier had lines scored in it, a little like a tree pattern. The pendent banners were purchased on Etsy and the flowers were real. The result was rustic, pretty and tasty!