Popcorn-Cake

Mar 22, 2010

Joycee, I’m putting this cake up here for you. This is the birthday cake that was designed and constructed for you, which unfortunately got just a bit too warm before delivery and kind of fell apart –  so hopefully it really is the thought that counts – I had lots of fun making it, and was thinking about how much I appreciate who you are the whole time!

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Cupcake-cake

Mar 09, 2010

I wanted to make a big cupcake for my niece’s first birthday, but wasn’t sure how to go about it. Because I’m a big geek, I made a pretty elaborate plan before I started, including dimensions and ideas for what I would use for all the different parts of the cake. The plan helped quite a bit, and it turned out pretty close to what I was hoping for.

Here’s what I did incase you want to try something similar:

For the cupcake I baked a few small round cakes and cut them into layers, and then built two cylindrical towers out of the layers with icing between each. I stuck both in the freezer for a bit, and then used a knife to trim one into a cone shape for the top, and one into a tapered cylinder for the bottom (i find cake crumbles less when cut if it is partially frozen … but not completely frozen…then it’s just really hard to cut). I iced the bottom of the cupcake with dark icing and the top cone part with light icing. I stuck little slabs of melted chocolate directly to the icing on the bottom for the paper part of the cupcake. The ‘icing’ on the cupcake is a long tube of white fondant which I cut in half and laid over the cone shaped cake in a spiral.  The polka dots on the bottom layer are made out of two different things; the cream, brown and yellow ones are those little chocolate melt things you can buy, and the pink ones are fondant that I cut to the same size. The candle is a little chocolate covered cookie called a ‘fiddle stick’ I think which I wrapped in fondant, and the bow is fondant and is stuck onto the cake with a toothpick.

In this picture you can see my plan in the background – and yes I drew it from both a top and a side view – big geek

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Little fondant figures

Mar 09, 2010

Last Canada day i decided to make a cake to celebrate. There wasn’t really an intended group of eaters initially, just a cake for the sake of a cake. I had not tried making little figures, but had seen some really cute ones, so in addition to showing some Canadian spirit, i thought it would be fun to experiment when no one was expecting a cake. That way if it didn’t turn out  – no worries!

I learned that  1) it is possible to make really dark fondant. I had avoided this in the past, but it wasn’t too bad. The little bear was almost black, and the consistency was still pretty easy to work with (I used the paste food colouring)  2) making the little figures was just like working with plasticine – it was easier than I thought it would be. I found it helpful to stick a toothpick in a completed figure on the angle I wanted it, and then let it dry completely  – this made sticking them in easier later. I also used a toothpick to put on all the little extras like the pupils in the eyes and the little pads on the paw which saved me having to use my fingers, and worked pretty well.

I didn’t make quite enough blue fondant to cover the top part, so I cheated by making little squares in different shades of blue to make the sky part look kinda patchy, and adding a circle of white at the top, this wouldn’t have been my first choice, but it worked ok.

I ended up bringing this cake to work the next day. It brought people together which was really nice, but I think my co-workers might have thought I was a little crazy.

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Baby Cakes

Mar 05, 2010

I wanted to try something new for my sister’s baby shower.  This was a new one all around for me!!  I’d never made mini cupcakes before, I’ve never made chocolate figures before and I’ve never used “stabalized whip cream.” I decided to go with key lime flavoured cake because I’m getting a tad bored of chocolate and vanilla (it turned out to be mostly lemon-y – but still good!)  I thought whip cream would taste better with citrus than regular buttercream icing, but I had to figure out how to make it stiff enough to hold the chocolate hearts and melt-proof too!  At first I tried adding geletin but that bombed…  without wanting to waste too much whip cream experimenting I tried adding instant pudding next and it worked!   So after I mastered the art of “drawing” little chocolate hearts here’s how they turned out. This was definitely a fun one!  Baby Cakes for a Baby Shower!

(also seen in this photo, the new cake plate Lisa gave me for my birthday!! It arrived with a pink ribbon, but I changed it to blue in honour of my new nephew!)

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Double the fun!

Feb 28, 2010

My (twin) nieces recently turned 6.  They told me they were having a Princess AND Tinkerbell party and wanted their cake to be pink and purple and in the shape of a crown.  My mind was spinning about how to accomplish this…  One day I might try a crown shaped cake – but not yet!  So I drew up some sketches (I am not the artist in the family so please be kind as I post these) and let my imagination work and here’s what I came up with!

Last year I made them a two-tiered cake so this year I thought they might appreciate each having their own cake!  I made the crowns and fairy wands out of sugar cookies.  The icing is a combination of regular sugar cookie glaze and fondant…

I didn’t think too far beyond the pink on pink and purple on purple colour combination in my sketch so when I got to the actual decorating of the crowns I had no idea what colour to choose.  That ended up being the hardest part for me with these cakes (actually choosing colours and then trying to make the colours I chose is ALWAYS the hardest part for me to do!)    Here’s how they turned out:  (they didn’t look quite like this after I delivered them due to some unfortunate contact with snow showers! but I think they still loved them! ) HAPPY BIRTHDAY A & N!!

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FONDANT – huh?

Feb 15, 2010

Lisa started working with fondant before me – I have to say it totally intrigued me!  It looks like play-dough or plastic or something else you shouldn’t eat.  So I decided to try it.  First of all – What is it?  The way we make it it’s marshmallows and icing sugar – definitely something you SHOULD eat.  It gets rolled and then moulded and then presto – like magic – a smooth, perfect cake!


Rolled and ready to cover

This cake was for my Mother-in-law’s birthday last spring.  I LOVE anything monogrammed so I knew I wanted to have the K on there, but I couldn’t figure out how to “finish” it off so I quickly emailed a photo to my husband and brother-in-law, and it was Eric who suggested the mini-balls around the white circle – perfect!

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Hello world!

Feb 14, 2010

Welcome to our blog!  We are two best friends who don’t usually have the pleasure of living close to each other, but continue to share life anyway.  One way we do that is through our love of cake!

For us, making a cake is an adventure in Icing Art – to see what we can dream up and to see if we can accomplish our ideas.  Each cake usually has a story, a mishap, and a personality of it’s own.  That’s what we want to share here; the process of our cakes, the final results, the things we learned and the story of how we got there.  We hope you will have fun with us on our Icing Adventures!  And perhaps you will try one too!

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