Friday, December 3, 2010
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Cake Flavors :
White Almond Sour Cream Cake (WASC) - Basically a moist white cake with a little pizazz
Chocolate Almond Sour Cream Cake - A moist chocolate cake with a little pizazz as well
Red Velvet Cake - Super moist cake
Vanilla Sugar Cookie Cake - A thicker cake with a taste very similar to a traditional sugar cookie
Marble Cake: A mixture of White and Chocolate cake for those who can't decide
Vanilla buttercream - A sweet very basic icing that goes good on most cakes
Chocolate buttercream - Ideal for those chocolate lovers out there
Cream Cheese Frosting - A super sweet frosting, goes very good on the Red Velvet Cake
Oreo Cream Cheese Frosting - A sweet indulgence loved by everyone that adores sweets and cookies
White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting - A sweet frosting with a hint of white chocolate
Fondant - A dough like covering that can be place over frosting to give the cake a smooth apperance.
Raspberry Sauce Filling - Homemade raspberry sauce filling perfect for a fruit lover
Miscellaneous Fruit - Love fruit in your cake, let me know which kind!
I am always looking for new flavors and recipes to try out. If you have a request just let me know and I will do my best to accomodate your needs!
Monday, November 29, 2010
I wanted to do a funky cake since 14 year olds are pretty easy to please and I have yet to do a real funky cake. Admittedly I got lazy with this cake. I carved it and it looked like an upside down pyramid. It may not look like it in these pictures but it has really steep sides. I had forgotten how to make nice looking bows so I had to watch my old trusty Youtube videos. It was a pretty fun cake before it cracked down the middle after the 2 hour car drive :(
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Monday, November 8, 2010
Here is the pretty little lady. She turned out better than the first time proving that practice does make perfect! I wish I would have redone the bow but oh well. I will next time. My boyfriend Joe even helped me out with all those polka dots! This was my first time using the letter cutter outer thingies. They were annoying at first but I got the hang of it now?
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Monday, October 18, 2010
Friday, October 15, 2010
My cousin Chloe is going to be 18 already and it is really hard to believe. I remember playing school with her at our grandma's. She was the student along with my clan of stuff animals and now she is going to be graduating high school and going to college. Scary stuff!
Her favorite colors are purple and green. I wanted a desgin different from what I am used to doing so this is what I came up with. The bottom cake is sugar cookie cake and the top cake is white almond sour cream cake and they are both covered in fondant. The poor cake had to be part of a 10 minute long photo shoot with everyone in my family taking pictures of it hehe.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
I made the cake Friday night. I asked Ashley her favorite flavor and like many she said chocolate but she also said she liked any kind so I decided to mix it up a bit. I made her a White Almond Sour Cream cake with buttercream frosting. She is one person who I knew that would appreciate a cake with a less than normal name. I handed it off to her and she loved it and texted me later that night to tell me it was delicious! :)
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
I also started to make the bow I will be wrapping around the top layer of the cake. It turned out bad several times and I am not completely happy with the final outcome, but then again, this is not a good picture. Since I ran out of wax paper, I let it dry on tin foil, probably not a good idea, but oh well.....
Friday, October 1, 2010
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Soon after the Cheshire Cat was complete, I wanted to make a cake for mother's day. I had this little design in my head so I went through with it. This was my first stacked cake and I had to real idea what I was doing. I watched videos but they didn't help much. I drove it unstacked to my mom's and stacked it there. It was crooked but no one cared.
Then the biggie came in. I have been posting all my pictures on Facebook thus far and my friend Sarah saw them. She asked if I could make a baby shower for her brother's girlfriend who was having a little boy. I agreed and she gave complete control. I went through a lot of different designs but ended up with this one. It was suppose to be brown too but I forgot why I didn't use brown. Oh well, it took be a long time and I was up late. The fondant tore and looked bad, but I used stars and circles to cover up the ugly parts. I had also made cupcakes. Green velvet cupcakes! They turned out pretty cute. The ducks are not mine, she added them there I guess.
At work, we had a luncheon and we were asked to bring in a dessert. I made a chocolate cake with Oreo cream cheese frosting and pink lemonade cupcakes. I didn't much care for the taste of the cupcakes but they looked cute, and that is all that matters right?
My friend that I play World of Warcraft with, Thogoth/Ben, came up to Chicago for a family wedding so we decided to meet up. He knew about me making cakes so he requested that I make him one. The faction we play on is Horde, so I made a Horde symbol on the cake. It was very simple. I leared not to use an exacto blade on my fondant mat though. I am constantly reminded of this now because there is a Horde symbol cut out on my $40 fondant mat! Hehe
This cake was a low point for me. By this point, my confidence in my fondant skills was lacking. I wanted to make a cake for my grandpa's and my own birthday. He loves John Deere so that is why I went with greed and yellow. I covered the cake in butter cream and added fondant accents. This was my 2nd attempt at a loop bow, I still am very unhappy with it.
And then came my favorite. I decided to order foam cakes so I could practice and this was my first practice cake. I covered the foams in fondant. My fondant skills were still lacking here but foam is more forgiving than butter cream. This is the first time I used store bought fondant as well. I was making my own fondant but it was very inconsistent and stressful so I researched fondants and decided to try Satin Ice in a vanilla flavor. I was making my own issues with the fondant. I was kneading it too much and when I went to roll it out and set it on the cake it would just rip. I later found out that this was my problem and have since fixed it! I have also mastered the art of making fantasy flowers. I was taking tin foil and bowling it into a coffee mug and placing circles of fondant into it to make the flowers.
My friend from highschool had seen my cakes on Facebook and asked me if I could make her god daughter a cake for her Quinceañera. I was freaking out at first cause she said she needed 4 cakes and I had never made that many. She later added another cake so I was freaking out a little more. The theme was Cinderella so she requested pink and blue. So I made white cakes with colored accents. The carriage stand was at the venue and the cakes were places on it there. I prepared for this order for a long time and was a nervous wreck the whole time but when the time cake to make them I calmed down. I made the fondant perfectly and everything else ran very smoothly. This order gave me my confidence back in fondant and since then I have had no issues.
After the dummy cake, I made a few other cakes here and there, but none were as amazing as Bob, Sponge Bob that is. My mom has been promoting my cakes to her friends and co-workers. Her bowling partner's, Dan and Mary, have a granddaughter Brianna who birthday was this month. Mary asked if I could make her a Sponge Bob cake. I was so excited, this was my calling. I looked up Sponge Bob, and grew increasingly excited when the date drew closer. The night before, I was working fondant magic and created this little guy who immediately stole my heart.
A week after Bob, my mom was coming to the convention center across from my work for a nursing conference. Her friend Laura, also a nurse, was going as well, and it just happened to be her birthday. So I told my mom I would make her a cake. My mom slyly asked her her favorite flavor. So I made a chocolate/chocolate 6 inch cake for her. I drove it over after work. They were getting in their car and my mom saw me and was like " Oh look who it is!" Laura saw me, " Oh hi Katie." I handed a shoe box and told her to open it and there was her beautiful cake. She was sooo excited. She talked about it all car ride home I guess.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
And this is what I ended up with. This is my first ever fondant covered cake. I set aside a Sunday one weekend and decided to make myself a spotted cake. I went out and bought all the ingredients. I was making the fondant from scratch so I decided to do a boxed cake to save time. All and all the cake took me 8 hours total to finish. I had no idea what I was doing so I brought the lap top to the kitchen and watched youtube videos as I went. The biggest issue I faced then was the flour/corn starch all over my polka dots. It was a very nice experience for my first try and it encouraged me to try again.