awesome Converse cake a little over a year ago. They are such an awesome couple! When they called me about making a "baby reveal" cake, it broke my heart to say "we only make wedding cakes". Matt was super sweet and willing to bend over backwards to get any cake from me so I had to do something. He agreed to a 9" cake with NO decoration, but this is the cake he got. It's not awesome, but I had a little extra time and felt like doing a little something for such special people.
I REALLY like Jonathan Adler's designs and pottery. I have a wish list a mile long on that website (hint, hint..) so when I found this stencil (and a few others) on DesignerStencils.com. it had to be mine! Something about me wants it to go the other direction, but I'll get over it. Do you see it or does it look right to you? I used a hounds tooth impression mat for the bands and border. I love to mix patterns, but it does often look messy to me. I added piped the borders because I had extra yellow icing. At least I'm honest :) It probably would have looked better without the piping. The cake was lime cake with lime French buttercream filling and rum French buttercream outside. It's kind of a mojito cake! By the way, it was blue on the inside!
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
But they also asked if I would be one of their chef judges too and I was more than happy to help them out. I really expected that their might be only 20-30 entries, but I was surprised t hear that 80 people entered their various cake, cookie, brownie, and pie recipes. There were so many entries they decided to get a second set of judges (one set for each category!!) It took me an hour to sample 40 cookies, brownies, and pies!!
I have said it before and I'll say it again -- If you ever get a chance to take a class with Mike, jump on it! The man is a genius!
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
A few hints for this type of cake. First we did use our buttercream for the stencil instead of royal icing. Due to condensation and general humidity, the very heavily colored stencil may have the color run. There is no way to really fix this since it will stain everything it runs onto.
Second, keep your hardened bows out of the fridge until the day of the event. If you put them on sooner, they will become soft and lose their shape. If you put them on right before you leave with the cake (the bows never made it into the fridge in this scenario) the bows will be matte and the other fondant will be shiny looking. It does look really bad.
Third, to keep all condensation off your cake cover it with a brand new garbage bag. Cakes going in and out of the cooler in short bursts of time won't get condensation. Stack your cake and chill it for a while so all the piping, stenciling, etc are hard. I use really large clear bags from Sam's. Open the bag and put the cake on top of the bag and bring it up to the top. Use a long pipe cleaner to secure your bag closed. When you take it out of the fridge for delivery, give the cake about 10 minutes to acclimate to the kitchen temperature before removing the bag. You may get some damage to your cake, so be super careful and only use this tecnique if you have a sturdy design. Some cakes you just can't let sticky for different reasons so use this trick when it will really make a difference.
I'd love to know if any of these tricks have worked for you or if you have some that work even better. Thank you all for your comments and participation in my little blog.
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
So most of my regular readers know I'm not here to talk about the Super Bowl, but since football has been all over the news lately so I thought it was worth discussing. Lots of grooms are into football, and as much as I like making sculpted helmets, a lot of times our clients are looking for something more economical. A football field cake can show the groom's love of his team while not breaking the bank. Here are some tips I have learned through trial and error that I thought I would pass along.
It's pretty easy to figure out that you can print team logos using edible images or even using cricut cut outs, but getting the field just right can be a difficult task. I have struggled with the field lines and in the end I have found that using small strips of edible paper. They lay very flat and stick well to the fondant underneath. The yard markers can be hard to get just right. In this case, the cake was large enough that I was able to use my small number cutters and they looked good. If this cake was any smaller though, the letters would have been too large. What to do then?
Well, it was a problem SO many times that I finally found myself a high quality image of a field with all the lines and numbers. That's what I used to make the cake above. If I'm not mistaken, I had to use 2 pages and piece them together, but it makes for a good look. With minimal skills on the computer, you should be able to print this to match whatever size cake your making.
And since this isn't the Super Bowl and we can all be winners here I wanted to provide all my friends here with my football field image to use however you see fit. You can download the image here.
Hope you guys have a great week!