Monday, July 19, 2010

Twin Cakes

The last party cakes I designed were for two sisters turning 18. One was on a swim team and the other was into ballet. I wanted the cakes to be alike, yet different, and be kind of abstract, so these are what I came up with. Both were vanilla with whipped cream and fresh strawberries, the other with chocolate mousse...yum!

Friday, July 9, 2010

Patriotic Cakes...a flag should look like a flag

I just finished an AF retirement cake that was very involved with several different icing pieces, including an American flag, 2 different Air Force emblems, and a plaque...some made out of royal icing, and some out of fondant and gum paste. The cake itself was iced in buttercream frosting. Most cakes that I have seen using a similar design, all have something that sort of resembles a flag, kind of patchwork, or not enough stars or stripes, or something. I personally think "Old Glory" should look as close to the real thing as possible, so that's what I put on this cake...complete with all 50 stars. The scariest part of decorating this cake was placing the heavy fondant flag on the cake. I made sure that both single layer tiers had plenty of support.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Brown and cream...nice wedding colors!

On Saturday afternoon, I delivered a wedding cake to Black Forest Community Center. This was the first time I had a delivery there, since the last wedding I had scheduled there was moved to another venue and time that I could not work with. The bride's wedding colors were chocolate brown and cream...very nice. The decorations and flowers on the cake were very simple, as well as the flavors...vanilla with vanilla cream and chocolate with chocolate mousse. The venue was kind of rustic, woodsy, and log cabiney...very different, but I liked older building, but very usable for a wedding...good sized kitchen with very adequate facilities. One A/C, but in Black Forest, it doesn't really get all that warm, even in the heat of the day. They just had a fan blowing.

The quilt design on the cake is made with a plastic template that you press into the sides of the cake and then go over with a small fondant cutting tool. Chocolate buttercream dots were added where the diamond shapes came together. This design would not work well on a round cake, but turns out nice on square tiers.

Quilt template
Fondant cutting tool