Saturday, May 28, 2011

Baby girl baptism cake

Baptism cake

Hey guys, i hope you all had a great week. Just finished my last baking job for the month last night for my friend Melissa over at Days Filled with Love. Her GORGEOUS baby girl Olivia is getting baptized today :) go by and check out her blog when you get a chance!

She sent me a photo of the cake she had in mind and i recreated it as close as i could

Here are the steps to make this cake:


once you roll out and cover your cake with fondant, trim the excess and its ready for decorating. i explained how to do this in more detail in my air force cake. i dont want to be too redundant to regular readers lol

if you ever want to put a scallop shape on the top of a cake like this one, buy a cutter! lol this took me an eternity! they have a 6" one here if not this is how i did it: i drew the shape i wanted on the computer (I use auto CAD bc i'm used to it from designing at work). I printed it to scale on card stock paper and cut it out. i pressed that cutout into the fondant to get reference lines like this:

i cut the small radiuses with a straw, that way it would look perfect, unlike the outer curves that looked jagged at first. (i later went back and smoothed all those out bc it was making me crazy to see jagged lines lol)

i trimmed out the excess and began cutting the outer curves

ta-da! next up i added the silver dragees around according to the inspiration photo....you can buy them at specialty cake shops...if you live in miami i got them at Miles Cake and Candy Supplies
i stamped a little "O" in the center of the cross for Olivia :)


Here's the final product :)
Pink Baptism cake
Let me know what you think :)






Friday, May 27, 2011

Hand cut map update!


Hey everyone, my BFF Liz over at Lizzie Jane's Sketchbook has a new blog. She's the girl i made the Hand cut map for and she loved it :)

Look how pretty it looks in her apartment!

go over and follow, you wont be disappointed!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Air Force Cake!

Hello everybody!

Just finished the air force cake i was asked to do. My customer gave me creative freedom with this one, she just wanted to make sure i incorporated the logo.

air force cake

the cake was chocolate - chocolate chip with peanut butter icing...i also threw some reese's cups in between the layers....they are big reese's cup fans ;)


once the cake was iced with the peanut butter frosting, it was time to roll out the fondant. Rolling out fondant is pretty self explanatory, make sure to prep your surface to avoid sticking. i usually use powdered sugar, some people use cornstarch/shortening; if its too sticky i add more powdered sugar, it works for me. once you've rolled out the fondant transfer it to your cake using this technique (i couldn't do it and take a picture of myself at the same time, so look at this random lady do it, lol)

at this step you may see lumps and bumps, if you have a fondant smoother don't worry, that thing fixes everything! its my favorite thing ever


i use my hands to work the fondant down the sides, if you have overlaps like i always do take your time and lift them up and smooth them down, do this until they're gone


there's my buddy mr. fondant smoother! rub that on all bumps and around the edges to give you a nice smooth surface

trim the excess and the hard part is over, the cake is covered :)

for the air force logo, i printed a template out on card stock paper and cut out the overall shape....i rolled out some satin ice pre-colored blue fondant and placed my card stock template over it. i used my rolling pin and pressed the paper template into the fondant. when i lifted it up, i had perfect guidelines of where to cut. i did this with white fondant as well for the insides of the logo...i used a sharp non serrated knife to cut the logo out

Here's how it came out!
i wanted to add thin rings to the sides of the cake so i just picked 2 of my billions of circular cutters and cut some rings out...i let them harden slightly before putting them on the cake so they would keep their shape
i placed 2 rows of the rings, really simple design element but it makes a big difference :)next, i cut the lettering and placed it on the cake....i stick all decorations to cakes using water

here's how it turned out!


air force cake
****Peanut butter frosting recipe****

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/3 cup cream

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, beat butter and peanut butter until light and fluffy. Slowly beat in 1/2 of the confectioner's sugar. Mix in 1/4 cup of the cream. Beat in the remaining confectioners' sugar. If necessary, add a little more cream or milk until the frosting reaches a good spreading consistency. Makes enough to frost one 2 layer 9 inch cake or one 9x13 inch cake.



Sunday, May 22, 2011

Homemade marshmallow fondant

Hello everyone! i've gotten lots of requests asking if i make my own fondant, and if so, how do i do it. the answer is: UGH! i hate making fondant lol. If possible i'll always buy Satin ice or Fondarific pre-made fondant. its a lot easier and when i have baking jobs it takes a lot of the stress away. The drawback to pre-made fondant is that its more expensive. I only use those 2 brands because they are the best tasting, satin ice has a marshmallow-y flavor and fondarific actually offers 13 different flavors. a very common brand that rhymes with kilton has a pre-made fondant....its the worst tasting thing ever so avoid it if you can, if not add flavorings.

On to the tutorial! i will make marshmallow fondant because at last 30 people have asked me, and i aim to please :)

up there is what you'll need:
  • 16oz bag of mini marshmallows
  • 2 pounds of confectioners sugar
  • vegetable shortening
  • vanilla extract or any flavor extracts you want to add
before you do anything wash your hands thoroughly with warm water and soap. when making fondant there is a lot of handling it so don't be gross, thanks :)

before you start, take the shortening and cover everything that will touch the fondant. Melted marshmallows are ridiculously sticky. grease the mixing bowl, the bowl you will melt the marshmallows with, and any spatulas/spoons you will use....also if you're not using a mixer grease your hands, if you are using a mixer (like me) grease the kneading hook

next up, start sifting the sugar....CONFESSION i only sifted 1 pound because i'm super impatient and decided to use the second pound unsifted lol....if you're patient, do both...in reality it made little difference

add about 4 cups of confectioners sugar to your greased mixing bowl and set aside
grease a big bowl or microwave safe container and dump all the mini marshmallows in it

add 3 to 4 tablespoons of water and 1 to 1.5 teaspoons of flavoring (flavoring is optional)

microwave the marshmallows for 2 minutes, you can stop after a minute to stir, put it back in there for the remaining minute. after that stir till thoroughly melted, should look like this:
once the marshmallows are melted, you may want to add food coloring at this step, its much easier than kneading color in later. I'm using this fondant later in the week and it needs to be a very pale pink. take a toothpick and dip it in your food coloring gel and mix into the marshmallow
pale pink marshmallow :)
add the kneading hook to your mixture, but make sure its greased thoroughly
pour the melted marshmallows over the 4 cups of sugar and load the bowl
of you have one of those fancy plastic guards to keep powdered sugar from flying up, you probably want to use that....if not, use saran wrap like i did....works perfectly well :)

knead it for a while gradually adding MOST the remaining powdered sugar (save some for hand kneading). you may think it looks ready but make sure to touch it. If it sticks to your fingers, its NOT ready. keep adding sugar until its firm enough to roll out and doesn't stick to your fingers


once that's done, take it out of the bowl and put it on a clean greased counter top, use remaining powdered sugar and hand knead it for a while. if the fondant is too firm dont use anymore sugar, you can always add water if you over knead...or pop it in the microwave for a couple seconds to soften it

iphone camera makes it appear to be white in the one below, but i assure you, its pale pink

when you think you're done, test it by pulling it a part. it will stretch a little and break apart, that's how you know its ready...if it stretches a lot and doesn't break apart, you need to knead more sugar into it.

when you're done, wrap it up in saran wrap and put it in the fridge to set.



fondant is not made with any ingredients that will spoil so it will last as long as the expiration date on the marshmallow bag says. Some people say don't leave it in the fridge for more than a day, other people say it can be in there up to 4 weeks....you can have it sitting out in room temperature too, everyone has an opinion, they all work if you ask me lol....i've had it in the fridge and at room temperature, room temperature works better for me but maybe not for you, your choice :)

hope that helped...if you want to see this process done on video, there's a good tutorial here

if you have any questions, leave a comment with your email address and i'll get back to you :)

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Reader's Minnie Cake!

Last year i did a minnie mouse cake for a customer - you can see the original post and step by step tutorial by clicking here and just to refresh your memory, here is a pic of how it turned out:

minnie mouse cake Well i got and email from a reader named Traci saying she was going to attempt to recreate the cake using my tutorial. We had a few emails back and forth where i explained a little further about how to do certain things. It was her first attempt at a fondant cake and she picked a pretty challenging one to start with! well, here is how her cake came out:


i cannot believe this was her first attempt...man my readers are talented!!! whenever i post fondant cake entries i get TONS of emails saying "i wish i could make fondant cakes!" you can! it's really not that hard...more tedious than anything....might want to start with something a little easier, unless you're gifted like traci here lol

of all the emails i get saying people are going to try my tutorials, nobody ever sends me a pic of their projects...so happy she shared this with me so i can show it off!

i hope traci's cake inspires you to try! she doesn't have a blog so i can't link her but leave some comments so she can get feedback :)
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Things i love thursday - LINK UP


Its thursday again! go over and visit Melissa at Days Filled with Love and link up!


i love that i get at least 3 emails daily from readers asking to see more chloe....you guys love her as much as i do!

i love sleeping.....its the best and i dont get to do it nearly enough, i'm always so tired!

i love peanut butter! peter pan honey roasted!!! omg i live for it, and my boyfriend is allergic so i can only eat it when he's not around, haha

i love reading......i wish i could find another great series, nothing has been the same after harry potter and hunger games haha....suggestions are appreciated! but dont tell me twilight because i refuse lol

I love my niece and nephew....they are sooooooooooooo adorable but they live in NY :( i never get to see them, i need a vacation!

what do you love?