7.30.10 Friday Night Cake Club

Decorating By leah_s Updated 31 Jul 2010 , 3:00pm by meharding

leah_s Posted 31 Jul 2010 , 2:31am
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is called to order.

Who's up?
Whatcha workin on?

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leah_s Posted 31 Jul 2010 , 2:35am
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::bangs head against wall::

I'm watching DC Cupcakes. ARGH!!

Bride and grooms came in to order cupcakes. THE DAY BEFORE THEIR WEDDING. And they had custom recipes. The girls slept on pink bakery boxes under a work table on the floor of the lab.

OMG.

Oh yeah, and decorating a wedding cake.

Rose_N_Crantz Posted 31 Jul 2010 , 2:36am
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I just finished my first contest cake a few days ago! Yay for me, getting that over with! It was an online contest so I just had to send in a couple pictures.

Tomorrow at work we have about 60 orders. Nothing too bad.

I just finished converting my second bedroom into a "gumpaste room". Now I have a place to work on flowers where my cat can't get in my face!

I've got a "candyland" cake in the works though in a few weeks. My nephew's turning 4. Think I'm just gonna do a round cake (chocolate with cookies and cream filling) with some random candies stuck all over it. Although he pulled out his candyland game board and pointed at all the things he has to have on his cake. Hopefully I can get away with just random candies.

leah_s Posted 31 Jul 2010 , 2:36am
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And today is DH's birthday. I made a rum cake and a Key Lime pie,only I had to use regular/Persian limes 'cause key limes were not available.

Monirr04 Posted 31 Jul 2010 , 2:40am
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Working on two cakes right now (really why do i get myself in this bind?) for tomorrow morning. A Chocolate cake with strawberry filling drizzled with ganache and a 3D Tank cake for a boys bday...I'll be up all night folks! icon_smile.gif

cheatize Posted 31 Jul 2010 , 2:42am
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Again with the DC Cupcakes, Leah? You really are a glutton for punishment. LOL
I'm trying to come up with a design for my daughter's birthday. She'll be 22 and has no ideas about design or flavors. All I've got is that she prefers fondant as an accent and not covering the entire cake.

My Key Lime pie recipe involves Cool Whip and pudding. icon_smile.gif I can never get meringue to not weep. Got any tips for that?

Katiebelle74 Posted 31 Jul 2010 , 2:42am
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baking a wedding cake for a wedding on sunday. Can't wait to go to bed for the night....oh sooo sleepy! Learned a lot about photographing my cakes from my friends father who is a professional photographer VERY VERY thankful for that knowledge!

jolmk Posted 31 Jul 2010 , 2:45am
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Working on a torso shaped cake, that has an open heart surgery incision.
Just posted a question about what color to use for the incision.

Jo

kycakediva Posted 31 Jul 2010 , 2:46am
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Hey Katiebelle74, we'd like hints on photographing cakes. I need all the help I can get!!

tesso Posted 31 Jul 2010 , 2:46am
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umm leah? can i have a slice of that keylime pie? PLLEEEZZEE?? icon_biggrin.gif

I am working on recipes, MIL got out her grandmothers and mothers cookbooks, and all their handmade recipes. I will get the books tomorrow, I am borrowing them. So, tonight i am working on a database for recording them and quick access. I will be entering LOTS of recipes tomorrow. Laptop is charged and rearing to go.

Apparently MIL's mom was a hobby baker and sold tons of cakes, breads, doughnuts, and pies. These books are supposed to have her annotations in them!!

I feel like harry potter getting prof. snapes potion book!! icon_biggrin.gif

leah_s Posted 31 Jul 2010 , 2:48am
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I didn't put meringue on the Key Lime pie. Buuuttt . . . use meringue powder and make it up according to the recipe on the container. Then, put it on the pie, put it all the way to the edge and then, because it's not egg whites, you can just torch it and not put it into the oven.

Weeping happens when heat hits the albumen in the egg whites, it contracts and releases water. There's a delicate and sensitive balance between the amount of heat and the egg whites. Use meringue powder and you eliminate the problem.

DerrellC Posted 31 Jul 2010 , 2:49am
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Weekend off. no cakes going,so using time off to build website. Awaiting inspection on commercial kitchen we found to rent kitchen time from.

Man the hoops the Fla Dept of Ag makes you jump thru to get legal.

Everyone have a great weekend, see you at church .

leah_s Posted 31 Jul 2010 , 2:50am
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Oh tesso, that's exciting! A family heirloom like that should be lovingly cared for and preserved. Which it sounds like you already know!

KJ62798 Posted 31 Jul 2010 , 2:50am
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Tonight is quiet--stocked up on supplies for a busy weekend. I have CupcakeCamp OC on Sunday.

Tomorrow is a baking day--Triple Chocolate Espresso cuppies w/Bailey's Buttercream frosting, Raspberry-Lemonade cuppies w/Raspberry Buttercream and possibly 2 small cakes.

It's my BiL's bday but we are going out to breakfast so a cake isn't mandatory.

We are having our friend that is revamping the DH's website over for dinner & a meeting. She's giving us a AWESOME deal on the design work so I'm thinking a thank-you cake is in order.

Kristy

tesso Posted 31 Jul 2010 , 2:50am
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Originally Posted by Rose_N_Crantz



I just finished converting my second bedroom into a "gumpaste room". Now I have a place to work on flowers where my cat can't get in my face!




Poor kitty..she just wants to help. In her mind she thinks 'kitty butt on the flowers makes them taste better.' icon_lol.gif

you are so lucky to have the extra room!! very happy for you!! best wishes on the contest!!

leah_s Posted 31 Jul 2010 , 2:53am
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ARGH!! It's like watching a train wreck. You just can't look away.

The DC girls just had something in their oven on fire. As in flames shooting out of the oven.

They are #@&^% stupid.

Katiebelle74 Posted 31 Jul 2010 , 2:53am
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Photo things I got/learned about today:
1.bought seemless paper background from a biggs camera store also available online via B&H photography.

2. bought two desk lamps to use for lighting

3. Bought TRUE WHITE "hot light" light bulbs from photo store

4. to make a reflector crunch up foil then smooth out and glue to cardboard

5. need to buy photographers white umbrella to "shoot through" (diffuse light)

6. need a more expensive/better camera which is not going to happen right now but when I am ready the photographers stores sell used ones since the pros tend to upgrade every two years to keep up with improved technology. So now I know where to go to get a mage camera at not so mega price.

light cake from side to create shadows then use reflector or light to backfill from other side in order to catch detail.

mmarrs Posted 31 Jul 2010 , 2:54am
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This is my very first post here on CC. I've been following ya'll for several weeks and have learned tons.

I just started doing cakes recently in order to be able to do the cakes for 2 family baby showers. In practicing for those, I've discovered that I really enjoy caking.

Tonight I am working on a luau themed cake for a dear family friend who is turning 5 years old. I've gotten lots of inspiration ideas from the galleries here, and lots of tips from the forums.

I look forward to learning so much more.

Katiebelle74 Posted 31 Jul 2010 , 2:55am
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I can't believe they have a show it is like watching a train wreck!

nana_marta Posted 31 Jul 2010 , 2:57am
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My cakes this week were early in the week cakes, so today and tomorrow I'm shopping for a dress to wear to my DS wedding- the mirror tells I have been tasting too much of my product!

nikinoonie Posted 31 Jul 2010 , 3:00am
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Hi, I'm working on a cars themed birthday cake for a friend's son. i accidentally left the cream cheese blocks (sealed still) for about 5 hours now. yikes...who knew having a 2 year old and being a single parent for the weekend would take so much time?! icon_smile.gif

Does anyone know if the cream cheese will still be ok to make frosting? I'm afraid to make people sick, but all the sites on the internet say it's ok?!

Please help...I guess I can work gum paste tonight, then frost tomorrow after going to the store if it's bad.

Babs1964 Posted 31 Jul 2010 , 3:05am
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Well I did make a cake today it just wasn't a decorated one though. I got fresh raspberries yesterday so after work today I made a Raspberry Crumb Cake & it is delicious!
I'am new here & I can't tell you how much I enjoy this site the amount of talent here boggles my mind.
I admittedly haven't done many cakes so anything I read here is soaked up like a sponge! Thanks for sharing everyone. thumbs_up.gif

sweettooth88 Posted 31 Jul 2010 , 3:14am
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Finishing up a baby shower cake and baking a 50th bday cake. I kept trying not to listen to dc cupcakes but the shear stupidity amazes me. How can they fight like that in front of customers? Like Leah said it's like a train wreck!

Rose_N_Crantz Posted 31 Jul 2010 , 3:17am
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I need cable. I've just heard about DC Cupcakes, sounds interesting.

Jenn2179 Posted 31 Jul 2010 , 3:24am
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I have 2 wedding cakes with wedding cupcakes for tomorrow plus baby shower for Sunday. Am now watching DC cupcakes and it is so bad but I can't look away. I am so excited only 1 1/2 weeks until ICES. It's my first time, plus DH is coming, plus no kids, plus no cakes, plus seeing good friends, and SD is where DH and I met and where I went to college.

KJ62798 Posted 31 Jul 2010 , 3:28am
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Originally Posted by Katiebelle74

Photo things I got/learned about today:
1.bought seemless paper background from a biggs camera store also available online via B&H photography.

2. bought two desk lamps to use for lighting

3. Bought TRUE WHITE "hot light" light bulbs from photo store

4. to make a reflector crunch up foil then smooth out and glue to cardboard

5. need to buy photographers white umbrella to "shoot through" (diffuse light)

6. need a more expensive/better camera which is not going to happen right now but when I am ready the photographers stores sell used ones since the pros tend to upgrade every two years to keep up with improved technology. So now I know where to go to get a mage camera at not so mega price.

light cake from side to create shadows then use reflector or light to backfill from other side in order to catch detail.




There are a number of DIY tutorials online for making your own "light box". You can make a frame from PVC pipe that holds muslin draping. If you light it from the top of side w/the high intensity lamps the fabic acts as a soft filter.

HTH
Kristy

Jenn2179 Posted 31 Jul 2010 , 3:29am
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I need cable. I've just heard about DC Cupcakes, sounds interesting.




OMG if they tell us the "lab" is their old shop one more time I will punch them through the TV. I hope I don't make all the mistakes they are showing us when my shop opens.

auntbeesbaking Posted 31 Jul 2010 , 3:32am
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no baking tonight; working on a keepsake letter for my future-daughter-in-law (wedding is next Saturday and yes, I'm doing the cake!). I'm taking her out to lunch tomorrow and bought her some nice earrings; just want to welcome her into the family like I would've wanted to (be welcomed). Even though it's a happy time, it's a sad / grieving time as our oldest moves definitely into his new life and this "stage" is finished.

sigh. have a good weekend everyone! Oh, my SPS is already on the UPS truck and I ordered it this afternoon!

chefjulie Posted 31 Jul 2010 , 3:39am
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Originally Posted by nikinoonie

Hi, I'm working on a cars themed birthday cake for a friend's son. i accidentally left the cream cheese blocks (sealed still) for about 5 hours now. yikes...who knew having a 2 year old and being a single parent for the weekend would take so much time?! icon_smile.gif

Does anyone know if the cream cheese will still be ok to make frosting? I'm afraid to make people sick, but all the sites on the internet say it's ok?!

Please help...I guess I can work gum paste tonight, then frost tomorrow after going to the store if it's bad.




Totally okay!! That's the best way to soften it!!

HobbyCaker Posted 31 Jul 2010 , 3:43am
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Just finished a Wedding Cake for tomorrow and posted pic. Made 25- 6" center piece cakes to match, groom's cake delivered tonight. I am tired and going to bed, night all!

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