Sunday, September 15, 2013

Back to work!

Hello friends and family!
It was a splendid summer...lots of activities, visits with loved ones and quality family time.  I took August off and am back in the kitchen with spatulas blazin'.

I have a few projects to share. One from July, prior to vacation, and 2 that were completed this week.

The first is a Lemon cake with raspberry filling and vanilla buttercream.  This was made for 60th birthday party that was to be celebrated at the beach, so the request was made for the cake to fit the setting.

Shells are made of chocolate and brushed with Lustre Dust to give them a pearlescent finish.  Coral was piped freehand with tinted royal icing.

For any of you with young boys, this next cake should look familiar to you.  The latest tech obsession seems to be Minecraft...a game where you can create your own digital world in which you can then be attacked and have to protect your habitat.  It's a bizarre place, but many boys that I know are nuts over it.  This cake is for a sweet 11 year old in our neighborhood.

This might be one of the most technically complicated cakes that I have made thus far.  In addition to the mixing of several different fondant colors, each of the tiles that you see had to be individually cut and placed on a template, which was then "adhered" to the buttercream finish.  A big lesson in measuring and patience.

My 8 year old twin boys served as technical advisors, teaching me the significance of each of the icons and making sure everything was accurate and in order.  They also requested a Minecraft cake for their own birthday...I'd better start planning now.

Today's delivery was quite special.  My dear friend, Steve, and his sister were hosting a 50 anniversary party for their parents at Pocahontas State Park.  The event was to be fairly casual, with fall colors as the palette. The cake was 3 tier, with White Vanilla Sour Cream and Vanilla Buttercream icing, Red Velvet with Cream Cheese icing and Carrot Pineapple with Cream Cheese icing.  Leaves and flowers are made of fondant and modeling chocolate.

I love the casual elegance of this cake.  It's one of my favorites thus far.  Thank you, Steve, for your trust in me!

Until next time...confectionately yours!

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