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Saturday, February 19, 2011

Bottle of Hot Pink Nail Polish


Happy 5th Birthday Miss Riley!

What little little girl woun’t love a hot pink sparkly bottle of nail polish for her birthday!



This cake was four 8” round white cakes covered in hot pink vanilla butter cream. White fondant daisies with black fondant centers. Each daisy was hand painted with pearl luster dust and dried in a flower former so the petals were curved. 

The handle to the bottle of nail polish was originally done with rice crispy treats and covered in black fondant but, it weighed almost 2lbs and would add too much weight to this already tall and heavy cake. So that idea was scratched and opted for non-edible styrofoam was covered in fondant instead. This was one of just many problems with this cake. 




I love the hot pink cake crystals.


Right off the bat this cake that wasn’t suppose to be difficult was. (I’m starting to think this ‘harder than it needs to be’ is happening on average every 8-10 cakes). The bottom layer had what I refer to as a fault line, one weak spot in a cake turns into a crack under weight and there is no stopping a ravine that follows. I tried un-assembling the cake and putting the two bottom cakes on the top, but the whole cake wasn’t level and the fault line got worse. Unlevel cakes are unacceptable. There is nothing to do at this point but to start again. For me, this was a 10:00pm. At this point my husband (who has all the patience) was a saint. He worked for the next several hours with me on getting this cake done.  So from scratch I started again and re-baked two of the four cakes and waited for them to cool. My husband did the whole structure support system including a trip to the store at 11pm last night for dowel rods and card board cake circles. At 12:15am he was in the garage using power tools to cut the styrofoam into perfect circle to stack on top of each other to make up the handle of the bottle after the rice crispy thing wasn’t going to work. Then, I had made a four batches of icing and colored two of them the hot pink I needed. I covered the layers and the whole cake in the two batches of the pink butter cream only to run out at the last minute – just a little more was all I needed. But I didn’t have any more of the right color food coloring. I had to mix and mix and mix several shades of pink to get as close to the hot pink food coloring I had run out of. I got what I thought was the matching shade, finished the boarder, added the sparkles, added the flower I had made while the cakes were cooking and cooling made the name plate, wrote on it, attached everything and it was done..at 2:00am.

Again, i forgot (probably due to tiredness) to weigh this cake but it was pretty heavy and pretty tall too at least 26" tall! 

A great big thanks to my husband for his patience with me and his assistance. Love you honey.


In the end, I think it came out like a super cute huge bottle of hot pink sparkly nail polish! Happy Birthday Riley!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Masquerade Cake

Black, White and Red Masquerade Cake.





This is also my first time doing the "quilting look'. I like the look.  The silver beads are edible.

The homemade marshmallow fondant was very messy to make. I got excited about making it because I thought when I was done with the first 2-3 batches and it was 'resting' that this was going to be a winner…making my own fondant would be a fraction of the cost And most importantly...it tastes a ton better! You can flavor the marshmallow fondant with any extract and it’s softer than regular fondant. I even made a batch with a bag of Gingerbread marshmallows... I had and had gingerbread flavored fondant!

But...the next day when I went to roll out the fondant and cover the cakes I found out quickly that it's elasticity stinks - it tears very easy and doesn’t stretch well! And I also found out you can only color it when making it not after it done like regular fondant. Last, it’s not nearly as smooth looking as regular fondant. Up close you can see what I’d call ‘pits’ in the fondant. Not an all over smooth look like regular Disappointing to say the least. I’ll have to do some more research before continuing on with homemade mm fondant.
This is a 6" on top of and 8" on top of a 12" round. They are all covered in my first attempt at making homemade marshmallow fondant!







Sorry about the shinny glare in the photos


 

Monday, February 14, 2011

Valentine's Heart Cake

Happy Valentine's Day

For my husband....a red velvet heart shaped cake with cream cheese butter cream filling/icing.




Covered in homemade marsh mellow fondant.

Roses and leaves are royal icing.

the 'smoochie kisses' are red food coloring painted on a lips stamp all tied with a red satin ribbon.




Happy Valentine's Day my love...

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Super Bowl Cake Ball Truffles

A big flat screen, surround sound, homemade Philly cheese steaks in a football shape (hubby made these..they were delish!), tons of homemade salsa, queso, 7 layer dip, homemade pot stickers, mini taters, roasted red pepper dip, strawberries and fruit dip, cold beer, oodles of liquor, margarita’s, cocktails, a endless supply of wine, the game on and lots of Good Friends!...

...and Steelers and Packers Cake Ball Truffles in the shape of footballs!


 my super"bowl" of Oreo cream cheese truffles 


 



they were awful to roll into this shape, and piping on white chocolate was not easy


I ran out of time to pick out the best footballs for the photos..so lets pretend these are the good ones.


Go Packers!