Saturday, October 29, 2011

Ranger's cake for Dalton's 8th

Well, it would have been really nice to have been able to have added "World Champs" to this cake but.......well, you know.....
*Big Sigh.  I had it ready. Just in case.  It ALMOST made it on.  Dalton really liked his cake anyway.  He almost didn't get his cake because mom and I were making the cake "drop" at Brookshire's parking lot.  I meant the one in Pittsburg, she meant the one in Daingerfield.  Oops!  So, instead, I took it all the way to the party in Mount Pleasant (not too far out of the way for either of us) and met her there.  So much for good communication.  The cake and the birthday boy made it in time for the party.  So all's well that ends well. Still, it woulda been nice to been able to add World Champs to the cake......(oh- white cake with buttercream finish, gumpaste, fondant and edible images)

Saturday, October 22, 2011

White Oak 10th reunion cake

White cake bottom tier- red velvet top tier with buttercream finish--fondant and edible image details.  Delivering this to the Martini Bar located in downtown Longview.  I sure do like these deliveries because I always end up eating dinner downtown on those days.  Good food (fried pickles at Willie G's).  Good drinks.  More good drinks.....Oops! there went any cake profit.  Oh well. Worth it. :D

Monday, October 17, 2011

butterfly wedding cake

This was a fun cake to make- the flowers and hand painted butterflies were all made ahead of time and the cake went together really, really fast.  Which was a good thing since I temporarily lost my mind and agreed to all those big cakes in one weekend!  Most people I know would probably agree that me losing my mind is not possible since I had misplaced it Long Ago.  And then I forgot my camera when I left for deliveries. Par for course. 

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Red the Dog groom's cake at the reception---Longview Museum of Fine Art

Red's in the back....

What a time I had with this cake! For some reason my cream cheese frosting is not cooperating with me.  I spent almost 2 days trying to smooth this cake out and finally did scroll work around it to cover any "wrinkled" frosting. MAN! Sometimes you just have to roll with it and go with plan 'B'. Smoke and mirrors-smoke and mirrors! 
 I love this frosting recipe but it seems like lately I only have a 50/50 chance of it smoothing.....But it came out really nice in the end and Red looks caught in the act! I am pretty dang happy with this cake and hopefully they will be too (tee tee on their cake and all)! The reception was set up really really nice-Very Unique. Love the artichokes. 

Friday, October 14, 2011

Baby Finley's cupcakes

I can't stand it these are so cute.  Found the ruffled liners at Wal-Mart (Wilton), they are perfect for little baby girl cupcakes especially when you add pink satin ribbons. And they are strawberry with cream cheese icing - can't miss with that! I really enjoy making fondant toppers for cupcakes- they are pretty time consuming but I usually watch a movie while I am rolling out the fondant and cutting the shapes.  It is relaxing.  And- they are so adorable on top of a cupcake!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Red the Dog

I have a groom's cake (red velvet with cream cheese icing) due Saturday and the couple wanted their dog Red on it.  It will also have a Texas Tech logo on it.  Or as my husband always says about Texas Tech cakes- they have teetee on the their cake. *sigh

So I made Red out of gumpaste so he is edible (though you'd break a tooth on him). I hand painted him with edible coloring and vodka.  He looks guilty because he will be caught eating the cake.  I was told he always eats things he shouldn't.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

baby T's cupcakes

Baby 'T'.  Name to arrive later I think.....I love making these baby shower cupcakes.  So adorable.  Time consuming- but adorable.  I have a dozen for a little girl later this week so I am breaking out the pink fondant and I think pink ribbons too.  Photos will come later!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Stormy's Wedding cake and a bike show

This was a fun cake to make.  All red velvet with cream cheese frosting.  It was for a former student of mine so that made it more special.  I got to make my first gumpaste lilies.  I think they came out pretty good.  We delivered it early this Saturday morning - an hour and a half away.   The really fun part was the last 3-4 miles was all dirt and gravel and bumpier than 'youknowwhat'.  So we are driving along at 4 miles per hour hoping that at the end of the drive the cake will be in one piece and a SQUIRREL runs up alongside us and PASSES us!  I think the last 4 miles took a half hour.  But the cake made it beautifully- the bride was happy and we took off to Jefferson Texas to a motorcycle contest (did I mention that the trailer was hooked to the back of our SUV?)-----here we are....

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

How to make a fondant rubber ducky-first step

First step- make round ball for body with yellow fondant.

Shape body into "comma shape. tilt end (duck tail) up and to a rounded point.

Make 2 round balls about the size of the ducks rear end for the wings.

Flatten the balls.

Using a toothpick or a needle tool (found in the clay section of a crafts store), press down to make three indentations to mimic feathers.

Gently pinch the ends of the balls to form a rounded point.

Add a bit of water to the wing to stick it to the side of the ducks body.

Repeat on the other side.

Roll a ball of fondant for the ducks head.  I rolled 3- one is too small, one is too big, one is Just Right. Hold the head to the top of the body to check that the size is correct.

Attach the head to the body with a little bit of water.

Roll a small ball of orange fondant for the ducks bill.  Shape the ball into a slightly flattened rounded triangle.

Affix the bill to the duck using a bit of water, pushing it on gently and tilting the end up slightly as shown above.

Add 2 small balls of white fondant with water, pushing them down flat to form the eyes.

Using a small ball tool (also found in the clay section of a craft store) or a tiny brush, add black dots for the center of the eye. And- you are done! You can add a tiny bow on top or a flower on it's neck for a girly duck or, for even more fun- add a pirate patch or some devil horns!  Have fun with it.