So She Comes To Me With A Margaret Braun Book....

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BrandisBaked Posted 7 Sep 2007 , 1:46pm
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Oh, I know how easy that is! I was going to another dummy on Monday, but have been cleaning/organizing my garage all week instead. LOL!

FlowerGirlMN Posted 7 Sep 2007 , 2:28pm
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I've been making dummies like a madman, I'm just over a week away from my first wedding show as a cake person. Feeling the need to not only show that I can do it, but also get ideas out there, ya know?

Yesterday, I did my first topsy turvy cake. Purple, Turquoise, Lime Green, bright orange, and hot pink. I don't know what to call it, aside from my "mad hatter acid trip cake". LOL! Loads of fun.. hoping it's not too "out there" for my area / the show.

jenlg Posted 7 Sep 2007 , 2:53pm
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Originally Posted by FlowerGirlMN

I've been making dummies like a madman, I'm just over a week away from my first wedding show as a cake person. Feeling the need to not only show that I can do it, but also get ideas out there, ya know?

Yesterday, I did my first topsy turvy cake. Purple, Turquoise, Lime Green, bright orange, and hot pink. I don't know what to call it, aside from my "mad hatter acid trip cake". LOL! Loads of fun.. hoping it's not too "out there" for my area / the show.


There's a new name for a colorful cake....lmao.

FlowerGirlMN Posted 10 Sep 2007 , 7:37pm
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OK! Finally got back to this dummy!

Here's where I'm at right now. Ran out of RI, and I don't have a big enough dummy for the bottom layer *, so I have to wait till hubby gets back from work (I live an hour away from the cake place, am making him pick up more dummies on the way home) before I can get going on it more.
LL

FlowerGirlMN Posted 10 Sep 2007 , 7:41pm
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Ugh, it sent before I could finish. Anyway, ya... gonna work on it more later, hope to finish tomorrow so I have a good pic in my portfolio for Sunday.

As for the *.. I'm sort of dumb. I BOUGHT a 14" for the bottom round.. and then accidently covered THAT instead of a 12" when I was doing my marathon of dummy making this weekend. Grabbed it when I did my snowflakes cake, which was supposed to be temporary.. DH and I TOTALLY fell in love with that one and decided it would be a "permanent" dummy... so now I need a new 14". Sigh. LOL. I've never gone through so much styrofoam in my life!

BrandisBaked Posted 10 Sep 2007 , 7:50pm
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Looks really good so far! Great job. icon_smile.gif

Can't wait to see the final pics.

FlowerGirlMN Posted 10 Sep 2007 , 10:43pm
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Whew! Ya know, I only used RI for the first time on Saturday, and I'm LOVING it... but holy crap, my wrist is KILLING me! Is this normal?

Here's the update so far. Got the bad news that the cake store isn't open on Mondays, so no 14" bottom round.. EEK. Gonna end up having to go tomorrow and do this as a last minute thing.

Whole lot of white on there.. can't wait to see it after I paint it!
LL

KoryAK Posted 10 Sep 2007 , 10:49pm
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You can thin down your RI a bit if it is hurting your wrist. If it is already as thin as it can go and still work for you, just use a lot less in the bag and refill more often. But yes, all in all, RI does a lot bigger number on the wrist than BC. Great looking cake!

BrandisBaked Posted 11 Sep 2007 , 1:54am
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Wow! That's looking awesome! Hurry up and finish it - I'm dying to see! icon_biggrin.gif

loriana Posted 11 Sep 2007 , 4:21am
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Thats a great cake so far. You should get some nice notice with the colors and shape. I did a cake show once and I stood back and noticed, the people who got a lot of attention had great topsy turveys and other shaped cakes on display. The only thing is, be prepared to answer the question "How much will this cake cost me?" LOL O lord... I know what you REALLY want to answer is "$5,000" after cutting through all that styrofoam

Let us know how your cake show goes, ok?

Loriana (Lisa) thumbs_up.gif

FlowerGirlMN Posted 11 Sep 2007 , 12:03pm
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I'm thinking I'd do it for $10/slice?

It'll be about 2 hours on the styrofoam (a bit less so far, accounting for the 14" I still have to do today).. and between making the fondant and the RI decorating so far, I've spent about another 4 hours. Am guessing another hour in RI, and then probably several for the painting.. and maybe another hour for the top. I'm not doing the stupid chalice thing, I'm doing a gold tiara.

loriana Posted 11 Sep 2007 , 3:50pm
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Yeah for detail like that, $10 a slice is a good price it seems like. I say go with it thumbs_up.gif

FlowerGirlMN Posted 11 Sep 2007 , 7:16pm
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Oh my GOD. The painting is taking forever, and it's SO fussy!!! I change my mind - $12-15 / slice. Good lord.

I think it would have made more sense to pipe out the stuff that was to be gold first, paint it, THEN pipe the white stuff and paint that. I'm going to start losing hair over this, LOL

dbax Posted 12 Sep 2007 , 6:57pm
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I've never worked with a dummy but I have heard someone uses RKT instead. . . . ? Might be worth a shot if you're in a bind and maybe ingredients are more available than the cake store so far away icon_smile.gif

I have used it for a box lid and just use RI to 'spackle' in the cracks and then cover in fondant, seems to hold it's shape well. . . . Just a thought


can't wait to see the finished cake!

FlowerGirlMN Posted 12 Sep 2007 , 7:21pm
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LOL, awesome!

I ended up making the drive to the store yesterday. I'm working on the cake in little bits, because the painting is driving me INSANE. I've taken some pretty long "mental health breaks" from it so far.

If I ever get an order for this kinda thing, I'll be figuring a way to make the icing colored/metallic before piping it on. That sounds much more sane.

My painting is a sloppy mess. I'm hoping it's not too obvious at the show - it's not all THAT obvious from a yard or two away.

albumangel Posted 12 Sep 2007 , 7:31pm
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FlowerGirlMN- I just wanted to thank you for posting your process here! It's so neat to see the cake at different stages, and to hear how you did it, how long it took, and what you would do differently.

Can't wait to see the final product!

FlowerGirlMN Posted 12 Sep 2007 , 7:37pm
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Ya know, I'm gonna go take a pic of what it looks like now, I'll post it in 5 mins or so.

Please don't laugh too hard! A painter, I'm not!!

FlowerGirlMN Posted 12 Sep 2007 , 8:06pm
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Ok, here;s what it looks like right now:
LL

BrandisBaked Posted 12 Sep 2007 , 9:08pm
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That is going to be so awesome when it's finished! It's a lot of work now, but just knowing you can pull it off is going to make you feel just as talented as MB herself! icon_wink.gif

Is it harder doing all that painting with the tiers already assembled?

I pretty much decorated each of my tiers seperately so I wouldn't have to strain my arm reaching up to paint each tier. I also took the lazy route and colored my RI gold (looked like dark mustard! LOL!) for piping anything to be gold. That way if I missed anything with the luster it would be less noticable (and I wouldn't have to make sure I got into all the cracks/crevices).

I'm a slacker - so if there's a shortcut, I'm gonna find it. LOL!

Sugar_Plum_Fairy Posted 12 Sep 2007 , 9:29pm
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Wow! It already looks so incredible! I just can't wait to see the finished product!

FlowerGirlMN Posted 12 Sep 2007 , 9:37pm
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What did you use to color it gold?

I was initially planning to do it all in MMF / Gumpaste (YIKES!!), and the RI was MY lazy way out!

I had considered coloring the RI, but I'm just getting used to using it and didn't want to screw it up with such a short deadline. I DEFINITELY think that I'll be pre-coloring things if I ever do this again!

BrandisBaked Posted 12 Sep 2007 , 10:24pm
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I just used used gold americolor gel... it didn't look shiny, but it made the spots I missed with the luster dust less obvious. I also thinned out the luster much more for a first coat (because it spread and covered more area), and used a thicker "paste" the second time. I didn't have to be so precise doing it that way.

FlowerGirlMN Posted 13 Sep 2007 , 9:00pm
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Today's update. I didn't have a lot of time to work on it today - I had a tasting with a catering/event hall.

(Which, btw, went amazingly well! Made a little dark chocolate/chambord bribe cake with chocolate mmf, nicely decorated little bribe cake.. she LOVED my portfolio and said - get this - "Ohh.. this would be great for the brides looking for "a cut above"")

Yes! I think my startup is going well.. I'm so glad I'm not going to be looked at as a "budget choice" or something. Liking the sound of "a cut above"!!
LL

crislen Posted 13 Sep 2007 , 10:29pm
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That is looking absolutely fabulous!

And wohoo for being a "cut above" - your talent really shines through with this cake.

Cyndi1207 Posted 13 Sep 2007 , 10:59pm
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Wow........that bottom tier is what it needed. It was gorgeous already but talk about sealing the deal. Can't wait to see it done.

Oh---and congrats on your "cut above"!!!

peacockplace Posted 13 Sep 2007 , 11:13pm
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Your cake is looking great! I was surprised to see how small MB's cakes are. They look huge, but I saw her on TV and they are pretty small. One was like a 2", 4", 6", 8". In the pictures they look huge, good camera work I guess.

indigojods Posted 13 Sep 2007 , 11:35pm
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Flowergirl - it is so fun watching your progress on the cake. It is beautiful!

loriana Posted 14 Sep 2007 , 7:00pm
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Ditto! It is fun watching your progress. The next picture I expect to see is this exact cake with a knife halfway through it, sitting ona white tablecloth with the bride and groom eating their first bite.

Oh... and you in the background with a little smile on your face and a hand on your pocket... with $10000 sticking out from the top!

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FlowerGirlMN Posted 15 Sep 2007 , 10:25pm
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My LAST "progress pic"

Woo!! Coming down the home stretch now. This is *ALMOST* done, the next photo you see of this (%$^%$#$#!!!!) Cake, it'll be done, with topper, and in a professional photo!
LL

lanibird Posted 15 Sep 2007 , 10:29pm
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Wow, that is just awesome!

Cannot wait to see the finished product!

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