Monday, February 25, 2013

Figurines and flowers

Last week was the 4th cake in the series of cakes that I did for the speech therapist at my kids' school.  She had another birthday in the family...this time, her step daughter.  I was asked to make a red velvet cake with vanilla buttercream.  For decor, she supplied me with a photograph and asked me to create figurines of the birthday girl and her 5 year old daughter.  I was told that the mom is fashionable and likes bright colors and that both should wear dresses.

I have done several figurines to date, but each one is a learning experience.  There are so many different techniques out there, especially when it comes to facial features.  I have books and video tutorials bookmarked for reference, so I spend alot of time reviewing those and experimenting with various looks.  I actually did 3 different heads for the mom figure, trying a silicone clay mold, a few different eye and nose methods, and finally, a painted eye.  I love the way they turned out.  I look forward to doing many more of these figurines...they add such a personal touch to a cake.

I also elected to also try my hand at fondant peonies to complement the design and colors.  Although I am happy overall with how these turned out, I will fine tune a few things the next time I do them.  

Thanks so much to Barbara for trusting me with the birthday cakes for all "her girls".  It's a pleasure to be considered for such a special honor.

Confectionately yours!

Thursday, February 7, 2013

A Gallery of Cakes!

I am so excited to share my work from this past week!  This is a series of cakes that was made for a teacher at my sons' school.  Her family was having a birthday dinner in honor of 3 different birthday girls who all had their special days in the same week.

First up was for a 5 year old who loves American Girl and her 2 pugs.  Often, the most difficult design challenges involve combining several different thematic elements.  I wanted to create figurines of the pugs, but I also wanted to give a nod to American Girl without actually creating a doll.  So, the red with white stars is a play on the logo and company branding. Check out the pug tails - so sweet! Overall, this cake was a good combination of her interests, I think.  Her cake was White Almond Sour Cream with Vanilla Buttercream.

The next one was for a 20 year old college student.  A busy girl who works in retail while in school.  I was given creative license on all design elements, so I loved coming up with the color scheme for this one.  The colors are so harmonious and pretty together.  The bow is fondant and the cake was yellow cake with chocolate buttercream icing.

The last was for a cat lover with a great sense of humor and whimsy.  The yarn ball was a styrofoam ball, covered with the fondant strings that I created with my new toy.  It's a clay extractor - very much like the play-doh press that we all know.  You insert the fondant, attach the design plate that you want and twist away.  Creating this was was much more time-intensive than I thought it would be, but it was worth it.  I love the cartoon-y.  I found these designs online and hand-drew them onto paper, which I then cut out for a template to cut out the fondant.  The cake was a special order recipe of Cherry Chocolate Chip cake with Chocolate Buttercream icing.  I had never had that flavor before and it turned out delicious!

The day after the party, I received a call from the client.  Her family was SO happy with their gallery of cakes and they raved over the flavors.  I have another order for the same family due in a few weeks...thank you, Barbara!!

Taking a rest for a week or so while I nurse some tendonitis in my right arm....then, back in the kitchen!

Confectionately yours!

Friday, February 1, 2013

More birthday treats...

Things are hopping in the CREO kitchen lately!  I have had my apron on literally every day for the past 3 weeks.  'Tis the season for birthdays...and engaged couples are in the thick of wedding planning for the spring as well.  I have 2 weddings on the books for the next few months.  SO excited about those!

I already shared the Star Wars cake that I made for my own boys.  Literally, the day before their party, I had an order for another set of twins who were turning 4.  Their Mom was going all out with a party at an indoor pool for the kids and a party at home for the family.  She asked for 3 dozen cupcakes for the kids' party.  We decided on a beach/luau theme to match the swimming activity and the adorable invitations.  Cupcakes were ChocoMocha with Vanilla Buttercream and fondant toppers.  They make me pine for the beach!

Next up were 2 6" cakes, customized for each of her children.  A Disney Princess cake for her daughter and a DC Comics cake for her son.  We discussed several options for fondant characters, but in the interest of budget, decided to use some store-bought decor to embellish my designs.

The Princess cake was covered in rosette design make with tinted Vanilla Buttercream.  I love how it turned out - so lush!  I also made a fondant crown to sit atop the cake and surrounded it with the pre-made princesses.

For the Superhero cake, I hand-cut the logos for each of the characters and made the Batman-style message plaques for the top.  I LOVE how those turned out!

Thanks to Melissa for thinking of me for this very special day!

Off now to clean the kitchen.  Ugh..anyone free to help?

Confectionately yours!