Monday, February 22, 2010

Glamourous Snowflakes

Snowflakes are one of nature's most fragile things, but just look at what they can do when they stick together!   Congrats to my friend Maria and Andrew and there simply elegant cascading snowflake wedding cake!
I dropped the cake off at The Gathering Place in Clarksburg, MD ... its pretty far from good ol' VA.

The cake sizing is Round 6", 9" and 12"  and the cake flavor is Red Velvet cake with cream cheese filling.  A definite favorite among cake flavors!  The cake is designed with a red fondant ribbon trim with gold and pearl dusted snowflakes adorned with silver dragees :)

Here are the flakes of snow I have made using 3 different sized snowflakes!  I have dusted them with gold or pearl dust, soooo shiny!  I shall now pile them on the top of the cake for a beautiful formation of sporadic snowflakiness :)

Here I have the cake stacked and then I just applied the red fondant strips as borders around the cake.  Be sure to take the length of your cake and times it by the circumference to get the length you need for your cake ribbon.
So say your cake is a Round 6"inch then,
6" x pi (3.14159...) = 18.85 inches of ribbon needed around the cake
This is how  you measure the length of ribbon you need to border the side of cake for Round cakes.
Arranged the snowflakes ever so gently and flowing.  Simply, snowy and serene :)

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Sweets for my Tweets!

My Tweets deserves lots of sweets!   I bought these adorable handfelted His and Hers Tweets in Hot Pink and Electric Blue from FELTMEUP Designs and I have wanted to put them on a cake for a long time and I finally got a chance to on my Valentine's day cake I made for my valentine :) 

I thought I would go with the hot pink and blue as my fondant decorations.  I just bought these really cute paisley teardrop cutters from Global sugar art and use these to make a really cute design on the cake.  Then I used flower and heart cutters to decorate the sides of the buttercream cake.   The cake is a Round 6"inch cake and the cake is chocolate pound cake with peanut butter buttercream .....yummers!  It tasted just like a Reese's cup!

Tweet Tweet!!! .. we get to eat our cake and keep our tweets!:D

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Year of the Tigger!

It is said to be an optimistic year based on the Lunar Calendar. We will enjoy Chinese New year but also Valentine's Day!  Here is my lovely friend Tigger, the most popular Tiger I know. He makes an awesome cake topper to this festive Chinese New Year cake :)
He is adorned on top of a bright chinese red fondant cake!  The cake is decorated with fondant made double happiness symbols,a golden nugget and red firecrackers!

 Here was my inspiration, I saw this Lucky Money envelope and knew right away I had to do Tigger! :D  

This was Tigger before I painted his stripes! He's so helpless..

  Here is Tigger finally sculpted and I just attached his head!   I used black flower stamen for the whiskers!
I created the gold signs with square cookie cutters and then turned them to diamonds and hand piped the chinese characters.  While piping the chinese "happiness" letters I realized that I was much better at piping in Chinese than in English!  LOL :)
The story of why the colors are Gold and red.. check out Wikipedia for the Chinese Mythology that started the Chinese new year tradition.
Each firecracker is a rolled piece of fondant and I mixed t tsp. of gold pearl dust and 1/2 tsp. of lemon extract and painted on the gold strips on the mini firecrackers.
Here I used Edible Gold Dust spray and sprayed the golden nugget!  

I attached the Chinese plagues on the sides of the cake and then placed Tigger and his golden nugget on top  and then added the final decorations by piping red strings for the firecrackers to be connected!  
This is a Square 6" inch with vanilla bean cake and Green tea buttercream!  Wishing you all a wonderful and prosperous year!  Enjoy your lucky money!
Gong Xi Fa Cai!