My good friend Josie is about to become a Godmother for the first time. She asked me to make the cake for the baby shower and said her theme was pink and blue, since the baby's sex was still a mystery. The top layer is vanilla cake with French vanilla buttercream and the bottom is rich Devil's food chocolate layered with buttercream. One of the Aunts approached me when I dropped the cake off just to make sure that there were indeed zero calories in my cakes. I did my best to reassure her...
Some readers...*coughmomcough* have suggested that I shouldn't share my challenges and failures with you (personally, I think that success in the face of adversity is a tale worth telling, but whatever) so I'll spare you the tail of the purple fondant. Needless to say, the recipient of the cake was quite happy and I was pleased with how much the cake (unintentionally) ended up matching her beautiful purple dress! I hope someone snaps a picture of her in her dress next to the cake.
This was way too much fun to make!! Kristy requested this cake for her Dad for Father's day. The cake is four layers of alternating vanilla and devil's food chocolate cake, with French vanilla buttercream - Oh my! The burgers and sausages are rice crispy treats covered in fondant, and the kabobs and flames are fondant. Next time I'll use a better picture background colour choice...
Olga's Mom is visiting all the way from Columbia, and it's her birthday this week. Naturally, Olga requested a cake to celebrate. She decided to go with a marble cake with mocha buttercream filling, but she really wasn't sure what design she wanted. She finally decide on the cake looking like a present, which meant I had to try the bow again. Olga had asked me to make a cake with this kind of bow in the past, but I blew it. I mean, I really blew it! I ended up throwing the whole thing away, and I'm not really sure what I did to salvage the cake (but I must have, because disaster was avoided). This time, I was determined to get the bow right.
I guess what's old is new again! I was surprised to receive a request for a Sonic cake... I didn't think Sonic was still around or that kids knew who he was. I love the colours on this cake and I hope Alfonso Jr. was happy with it.
The client also requested a caramel filling for the cake. I've never done a caramel sauce before (we did one in class, but my partner made it while I was working on something else). Apparently there is a method out there that involves boiling a can of condensed milk for 4 hours. To spite the reassurances on the internet, I decided to heed the "do not heat" warning on the label of the can. With my luck, the thing would have exploded all over my kitchen and scarred me for life. So I made a caramel sauce the fashioned way: unbelievably hot sugar, whisked cautiously with cream. I was very happy with the colour.
Kind of on a whim, Jenny decided she wanted a cake and cookies for her son's 14th birthday. Now, never having been a 14 year old boy myself, but thinking I know a bit about them, I figured making a cake for one wasn't going to be the easiest thing in the world. Initially Jenny had asked for 'blue cookies with thanks on them'. Easy enough, I could work with that, but I asked if her son has any interests or hobbies, or anything he was in to. I knew that flowers and butterflies wasn't going to cut it this time. 'Basketball' was all Jenny gave me, so I ran with it! I think she was really happy with it, because that was one of the best reactions I've seen in a while. She hugged me and said it was so much more than she expected. For those of you who don't know, the reaction is why we cake decsigners do what we do. It's not the money, or the fame, it's the look on your face when you see what we've crated, just for you.
P.s. That's a massive cakeball on top - Delish!
Again, my dear friend Olga decided to surprise one of her friends with a cake for her birthday (it's a win-win-win situation). She requested something small, spring-like with flowers and butterflies - with mocha filling - Yum! She requested that 'Happy Birthday Sissy' be written on the cake and that it be delivered to 'Sissay' at the Explorer drive location. Since my head just wasn't fully in the game last week, I had to confirm the filling/cake flavour twice, the name on the cake three times (was it Sissy, or Sissay? Are you sure it's Sissy and not Sissay??) and then I ended up trying to deliver it to the Airport road location! At least I got to say hi to Sandra while I was there... Finally the cake was delivered to the right location and all were happy.
This weekend I attended yet another fabulous bridal shower for my little cousin - she is one loved girl (with good reason)! I was asked to make three cakes for the shower, and in my haste to get out the door on Friday, I forgot to take a picture of what was probably the best one. The first cake was a 'Coco Loco' - Devil's food chocolate cake layered with milk chocolate ganash and real chocolate buttercream, then covered with a rich semi-sweet chocolate ganash icing. It tasted even better then it sounds, somehow. Since this was a brunch shower (awesome!) I decided something a little lighter would be nice, so I tried a new recipe for a key-lime cheesecake. Some thought it was a little too tart (wimps) and some thought it was just right. The third was a vanilla cake with a layer of yummy mocha icing and a layer of French vanilla buettercream. I covered it in pink fondant and prettied it up a bit with some stripes and flowers.
Every once in a while, we need to fail in order to learn. I learned a lot about cake pop this week. My friend Natasha asked me to make some pretty blue and silver cake pops for her Bridal shower this weekend so she could give them to all of the kids as a special treat. I used blue chocolate and tine silver dragees, then hand painted silver accents with luster dust. I thought they looked great! But when I woke up the next morning to package them in cello bags with silver ribbon, I saw that probably about a third of the cake pops had cracked! Sad... But after some research, I discovered that my 'dough' was too cold. Lesson learned.... I just hope there were enough of the good ones for all of the kids to get one!
I baked my first cookie at the age of 5, and have been in love ever since. The smiles on people's faces when they taste my creations is what keeps my passion alive!