Friday, August 20, 2010

Bakery Work for the Day

Worked at the bakery all week and forgot to take pictures!  All except today.  Here is my check list for today.

This one is going to have a figurine placed in the center.

The sides of this cake were really cute!  They were decorated with bibs and duckies.

The pine cones were done by someone else but it was really neat to see how they are done.

I cut every stripe, every bow, and each corner!!  It took 2 hours but it was worth it in my opinion.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Sock Monkey

Made a cake for a baby's first birthday.  I based the cake on a picture I found online.  I will be adding bows and bananas tomorrow.

And the smash cake was my favorite part!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Sugar Art Show!!

I will be attending and competing in the Oklahoma Sugar Art Show and I have to come up with a design that will WOW the judges.  This past February, I won 1st place in my division at the Austin show because I used a technique called the "Lambeth" method.  It's a really interesting method of decorating with royal icing.  Basically, you layer the royal icing on top of itself at least 5 times or more to achieve a "raised" looked.  It's more popular in Europe and Australia than in America.

While brainstorming, I searched through my cake books and found Toba Garrett's "The Well-Decorated Cake".

The Well-Decorated Cake

Her book was the inspiration for my last cake, so, why not try it again.  She makes even the most difficult techniques look easy by spelling them out for you, piece by piece.  I highly recommend any of her books!  Although it has not arrived yet, my mom ordered Toba Garrett's "Wedding Cake Art and Design" book from Amazon!!!

Wedding Cake Art and Design: A Professional Approach


Tonight, however, I started practicing different types of string work since royal icing isn't something I'm familiar with.  I think it turned out rather well.

Just to let you know, I was practicing all sorts of stuff on this cake and actually pulled everything off and did this.  So, all the gouging and holes you might see are from that.

The flash kind of "whited" everything out but you can still see what I did.  Anyway, wish me luck and I'll keep practicing.

Friday, August 6, 2010

My friend just raves over the yummy goodness that is known as a "Whoopie Pie".  Sadly, I have never tried one nor even seen one in person and therefore, cannot actually join her laudation.

It is now my mission to seek out, render, and consume a whoopie pie of my own.  The beginnings of my research are as follows:

whoopie pie (alternatively called a gobblack-and-whitebob, or "BFO" for Big Fat Oreo) is a baked good made of two round mound-shaped pieces of chocolate cake, sometimes pumpkin cake, with a sweet, creamy frosting sandwiched between them.[1] While considered a New England phenomenon and a Pennsylvania Amish tradition,[2]they are increasingly sold throughout the United States.[1] According to food historians, Amish women would bake these (known as hucklebucks at the time) and put them in farmers' lunchboxes. When farmers would find these treats in their lunch, they would shout "Whoopie!"[1]

Thanks to the wonderful folks at Wikipedia, I now actually know what the heck these things are. 

Will be back with my findings in another post as soon as I find someone to aide me in this endeavor.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Just Playing Around

That's exactly what I was doing.  I just got in the kitchen and felt like decorating some cake.

It's just buttercream but it worked well for my first time trying this technique.

I pulled out my "Martha Stewart Wedding Cakes" book for inspiration.

I did this one in my cake class.

It's almost like doodling
on your homework when you're bored.
Fun.  Simple.  Pretty
Can't get much better than that!