Thursday, May 26, 2011

One Hundred

This is my 100th post!  I can hardly believe it.  Who knew I had so much to say.  On this momentous occasion, let me share with you some of my favorite posts.

Decorating Basics-
Smooth Buttercream Frosting
 This technique totally changed my decorating.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Stucco Effect Cake

Here is a cake that I made recently for a get together.  No, it wasn't for a wedding.  I just made it that way for fun.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Color Flow

This morning, as I sit at the computer, I cannot think of a single way to start this post.  I guess I'm brain dead on a Monday morning.  Maybe I need some more coffee.  Aren't weekends supposed to be restful?  Somehow, my family seems to have missed the memo on that. 
This is a post about color flow, as it is called in the States.  You might also see it referred to as run sugar work.  It is a great technique for detailed plaques or even decorations that stand up on a cake.  Shall we get started?

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Laser Cake Level - Works For Me Wednesday

I recently discovered a tool that I just have to tell you about!  Let's say you're piping swags on the side of a cake and you want them to all be the same drop; or you are putting a horizontal ribbon around your cake and you would like it centered on the side.  If you're like me and try to eyeball it, you'll end up with your design getting slowly shorter or taller as you go around the cake.  That's what happened to me....until now!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Dogwood Blossom Cupcakes

Is is just me,or is May getting out of hand?  I meant to post this on Wednesday evening and haven't had the time to sit down and write until now.  Teacher appreciation was this week at my kid's schools so I made these cupcakes for all the teachers and staff. 
The dogwood blossoms are made of white modeling chocolate.  I'm sure you will all notice that the dogwood blossoms I made have 5 petals and many dogwoods actually have only 4, but nobody complained and they were much easier to make with my 5 petal cutter. 

Monday, May 2, 2011

Earth Day Cake

I know what you're thinking. Why is there a graduation cap on an Earth day cake?  I made this cake for the student chapter of the American Chemical Society at Gordon College.  If any of the students happen to be out there reading this, "Hi!".  They were celebrating both Earth Day and graduation in one event so the cake reflected a combination of the two.
After much thought I decided to make the base of the globe out of Styrofoam.  I just didn't think that a small piece of cake could take the weight.  The last thing I wanted was for this cake to go slip-sliding glue to the rescue.  The center support dowel was hot glued into the base cake board.  The Styrofoam was pushed down over the dowel and hot glued to the base as well.