Monday, May 30, 2011

Happy Memorial Day!!


In Honor of our soldiers, today's celebration cake is an American flag. We are constantly reminded of how privileged we are to live in this country. All you have to do is pick up a newspaper or turn on your television, and you will know that we live in the best country in the world. I send a big THANK YOU to every soldier that has fought for this country and for the ones that will do so in the future.

This cake is 2 square layers of banana cake frosted and filled with almond buttercream. The whole cake was then smoothed (Viva method) and decorated with fondant accents to resemble an American flag. The border is royal blue Sixlets candy.

Thank you for looking and Enjoy!!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Interesting Petal Technique!!


I spend a lot of my free time as possible researching decorating techniques. I love for my cakes to be different from the everyday. My biggest complement is when someone looks at a sugar art piece of mine and says, "How did you do that?" Back in March I was doing the usual research and came across a gorgeous picture of a technique that I had never seen before. I decided that I needed to dig a little deeper to find out how it was done. To my surprise I found a blog on Melissa Diamond's sight mycakeschool.com that showed this tutorial on how to do the technique. Now all I needed was an excuse to make a cake!!


Thank goodness for having a husband and daughter that sometimes crave sweets. ((WINK!!)) My husband said that he had a taste for a cake that had strawberry filling... (Air high five for him coming through for me!!) Of course, I told him that if he brought some ingredients home I could definitely make it. 

I started with 2 eight inch rounds of my vanilla butter cake. I wanted to use the strawberry filling in the middle of the two layers. I decided to add in a lemon filling since I had a sleeve of it sitting in the fridge that I needed to use up soon. I cut the 2 layers in half thus making 4 layers. I placed the first layer on the plate, dammed it with my tinted vanilla buttercream and filled it with the lemon filling. I then placed another layer of cake and repeated using the strawberry filling. I added the next layer and repeated using the lemon filling again. I then placed the top layer on. I crumb coated the whole cake, smoothing as much as possible. I then proceeded to use the petal technique on the sides of the cake. I used a round tip #8 by Wilton instead of the #12 that is used in the tutorial. It made my petals slightly smaller and I piped them closer together. 
 Also,  I decided to carry the design to the top of the cake and made a large flower. I started at the edge and pulled the icing toward the middle of the cake and repeated the same technique to spread it. and repeated until I reach the very middle of the cake. For the center of the flower I used the same tip and just made a large dot.

Thank you so much, Melissa for showing the world this tutorial. Please take a moment and visit her website to see all of the many things going on at mycakeschool.com. This technique looks like it takes a while, but I think that I was finished with the entire cake in less time than it takes me to frost and smooth a basic buttercream cake! And believe me, it tastes as good as it looks!!

 Thank you, everyone, for taking the time to read this post, and I hope it gives you the courage try this technique and to maybe even come up with your own. Enjoy!!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day!!


"All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That's his."-Oscar Wilde

In honor of Mother's Day, I made special cupcakes for the Mommies in my life. I wanted to come up with something different that they could not find just anywhere. Just like them I wanted it to be something completely different yet similar to what I usually make. So far, they have gotten the "Mommy stamp of approval".
 The first special cupcake flavor I came up with was the S'more. When I think of hot weather I think of being by a fire, roasting marshmallows and making S'mores. This cupcake has the components of this fun time treat.

 The cake is a graham cracker cake that I created. Yes, it taste like a graham cracker. The next component is the chocolate. For this I decided to use a ganache made with a semi-sweet chocolate. The fire roasted marshmallow is made of Swiss meringue that is toasted oh so slightly on the tops. They are a little messy but taste wonderful.






The other flavors that I think of are a crisp and bright lemon and a smooth coconut. So I combined them. The cake is lemon. It is covered with a vanilla buttercream and then sprinkled with coconut flakes. This are not as messy but are equally delicious!!


I also wanted to do something different for the dish that they would be presented on. With not having a lot of money to buy creative gifts I decided to make them myself. And since everyone already knows they are getting some type of cake, I made cake plates to go with them. I am not good at drawing anything, but I think I did alright with the painting. My sister thought that I had used a pattern on them. (wink!!) These were all free hand.

I hope that all of the mothers out there had a wonderful day like I did!!

Thanks for looking. Enjoy!!