catlharper Posted 18 May 2013 , 3:36am
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Opening up another session of the FNCC! Who's up? What are you working on this week? 

 

Cat

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catlharper Posted 18 May 2013 , 3:39am
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Hi there everyone!

 

I just got back after two weeks in Sicily. It was an amazing trip. I'm currently working on the photos to get them up on Shutterfly, posting the albums as I get them done. I got caught up in that tonight thus my starting the FNCC late! Sorry!

 

My only order this week is for my own family. We are having a family dinner on Sunday and I'm bringing the dessert. I got something called Pistachio Creme when I was in Sicily that I'm going to use to fill white cupcakes, top them with vanilla buttercream and then roll them in crushed pistachios. Should be amazing!

 

Hope all is going well with you all this week! Please do share photos when you have them?

 

Cat

Cakemommy2012 Posted 18 May 2013 , 3:40am
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Welcome back Cat!  Hope you had a blast and would love to hear all about your trip!!  I did 2 rather large cakes last week and had a blast!  =-)  Conquered a fun Graduation cake as well as a Wedding cake.  This week I get to do my first gumpaste Stiletto heel on top a cake!

 

http://cakecentral.com/g/i/3009512/nurse-graduation-cake/

 

 

http://cakecentral.com/g/i/3009502/3-tier-monogram-wedding-cake-with-purple-ribbon-fondant-pearls-and-fresh-flowers/

Cakemommy2012 Posted 18 May 2013 , 3:41am
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 I got something called Pistachio Creme when I was in Sicily that I'm going to use to fill white cupcakes, top them with vanilla buttercream and then roll them in crushed pistachios. Should be amazing!

Sounds YUMMY!!!!

Elcee Posted 18 May 2013 , 3:55am
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Welcome back, Cat! I hope you'll post links to your albums so we can see your trip!

 

No cake for me this weekend but I do have a consult on Sunday. The only thing I have to make for it is some raspberry buttercream. Everything else is available in the freezer.

 

I booked a somewhat last minute groom's cake today, for May 31st. 

 

This will be fun...some of you probably know my day (real) job is at a small alternative school. A lot of the students know I make cakes and some have seen my website. They also know I occasionally bring in cakes or cupcakes for the staff. Whenever we have any kind of pot luck or treats, they beg and plead to try. As a reward for the students who did exceptionally well on their ACT test, we're all bringing in something that we'd normally make for each other. I need to get with it and come up with an idea and decide what I want to make.

 

Cakemommy2012, your cakes this week were great!

catlharper Posted 18 May 2013 , 4:02am
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LOVE the nurses cake! SO much fun! And the wedding cake is gorgeous! My trip was wonderful. We saw lots of Greco Roman ruins that amazed me, a few Medieval cities that romanced me, and lots of really beautiful views. I'm working on about 800 photos of the trip for the albums...slowly<G>.

catlharper Posted 18 May 2013 , 4:04am
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Elcee...anyone who wants to PM me here with their email address can get the links to the albums. I'm ever so happy to share!

 

And,yes, with my son's school it is much the same...they know what I do so they ask from time to time. For instance, this is his last year there so they are tapping me for the cakes for the 6th grade graduation. Happy to do them.

 

Cat

Cakemommy2012 Posted 18 May 2013 , 4:11am
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LOVE the nurses cake! SO much fun! And the wedding cake is gorgeous! My trip was wonderful. We saw lots of Greco Roman ruins that amazed me, a few Medieval cities that romanced me, and lots of really beautiful views. I'm working on about 800 photos of the trip for the albums...slowly<G>.

Thank You Cat!  You sound like me with pics!  My DH gets so annoyed because I take SOO many pictures but I want to have a permanent memory of my trip forever! Just sent you a PM with my e-mail!  Seeing your pics will be the closes I probably ever get to sicilly!  =-)

Cakemommy2012 Posted 18 May 2013 , 4:15am
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Welcome back, Cat! I hope you'll post links to your albums so we can see your trip!

 

No cake for me this weekend but I do have a consult on Sunday. The only thing I have to make for it is some raspberry buttercream. Everything else is available in the freezer.

 

I booked a somewhat last minute groom's cake today, for May 31st. 

 

This will be fun...some of you probably know my day (real) job is at a small alternative school. A lot of the students know I make cakes and some have seen my website. They also know I occasionally bring in cakes or cupcakes for the staff. Whenever we have any kind of pot luck or treats, they beg and plead to try. As a reward for the students who did exceptionally well on their ACT test, we're all bringing in something that we'd normally make for each other. I need to get with it and come up with an idea and decide what I want to make.

 

Cakemommy2012, your cakes this week were great!


Thanks as well Elcee!  I saw a cake the other day for a staff appreciation.  They had pencils going up the side and each pencil had a teachers name on it with a giant apple on top!  It was really cute and the first thing that came to mind when I read your comment.  Can't wait to see what you come up with!  I'm sure it will be amazing!

Elcee Posted 18 May 2013 , 4:24am
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Thanks as well Elcee!  I saw a cake the other day for a staff appreciation.  They had pencils going up the side and each pencil had a teachers name on it with a giant apple on top!  It was really cute and the first thing that came to mind when I read your comment.  Can't wait to see what you come up with!  I'm sure it will be amazing!

That sounds so cute! I wish I had time to pull it off. You inspired me to Google pencil cakes, though, and I think I'll make something like this:

 

http://img.foodnetwork.com/FOOD/2011/07/28/FNM-090111_Piece-Of-Cake-010_s4x3_lg.jpg

 

Thanks for the idea!

Cakemommy2012 Posted 18 May 2013 , 4:28am

AThat would be perfect! Don't forget to post it when your done! Glad I could inspire someone today--haha. :-)

cazza1 Posted 18 May 2013 , 5:34am

Hi everyone and welcome back cat.  Some of you will have seen my mother's day cake but I'll post it anyway.

Made this cake after watching Maggie Austin's Craftsy class on ombre frills and cabbage roses.

Thought I should put to use some of these Craftsy classes that I love to buy.  I was really pleased with how the cabbage roses turned out.  The looked hopeless when they were white, all out of shape, but once they were airbrushed they looked really good.  I'm not a frilly person and hence the black as I wanted to try but wanted something to look at for a couple of weeks.

This type of design is great for very poorly fondant covered cakes.  It was 2 fruitcakes stacked.  I made them in springform tins, which I never do, as I wanted to cook them both at the same time.  Well blow me down if when I tipped them out they weren't slighly slanted instead of straight sides.  I also used mixed fruit instead of chopping my own and forgot to drop the tins on the ground so there were all these big air bubbles that I couldn't be bothered filling.  Wacked some fondant round the middle where they joined to hide the big gap but the fondant went on really lumpy looking because of all the holes.  Frills disguised them all and black spray paint on the top helped hide those.

Very poor technique all up but I love the end result.  It was so glossy after I steamed it and it looks really elegant.

 

Not up to anything this week.  Made gingerbread whoopies with golden syrup cream cheese frosting this morning to take to cake dec group but have got bogged under and will not make it.  I am going back to work at the start of August (after a 2.5 year break) and so we decided that while we were in the middle of painting we would do a lot more and get the carpets replaced, which we had been putting off because of money.  Problem is I am off to Perth for the Craft Fair this week and in3 weeks we are off on holidays for 6 weeks so suddenly all the painting  has to be done in the next week in the next week and a half so the carpet can get laid.  It will be great when it happens but a total pain till then.

 

Hope everyone has a great week.

auntginn Posted 18 May 2013 , 6:38am

Hello Everyone, Welcome back Cat, glad you had a good vacation. Mother's day was hectic for me, and I remember most of us were busy.  Glad its over for this year. I only have 2 cakes to make.  1 for a customer, little boys birthday and the theme is Cars, the mom sent me a pic of Lightening McQueen sitting on top of 2 tiers.

 

The other is for my mother's birthday.  She'll be 80 tomorrow and we are celebrating at her favorite restaurant.  I feel a little behind schedule, but earlier I felt ahead of schedule.  Don't know if you all understand that one.

 

Cakemommy, loved the nurses cake. Nice wedding cake.  Cazza, congrats again on the ruffle cake.

 

I will be doing my first high heel shoe cake for my niece's 21st birthday on Memorial Day.  Yeah me!!

 

Will probably not post the pics until Sunday 

cazza1 Posted 18 May 2013 , 9:32am

It's very quiet here tonight.  Either everyone is working hard or out partying.

kikiandkyle Posted 18 May 2013 , 12:22pm

ANo cake for me this week, or for the next few weeks, as I spent yesterday organizing my move across the country, which is happening next week!

Cat I'd love to see your Sicily photos, the pistachio creme sounds yummy, they do pistachio so well there.

allycrumbs Posted 18 May 2013 , 1:41pm

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It's very quiet here tonight.  Either everyone is working hard or out partying.

It's my first cake-free weekend in months! I'm away on a beach holiday, but just had to check in on CC to see what you lovely people are up to :)

Have a great weekend, everyone! :)

cazza1 Posted 18 May 2013 , 2:38pm

allycrumbs I hope the weather is good beach weather for you.  We are heading into Winter here any day now, though I think Mother Nature is a bit confused.  Still 22C.  Too cold for the beach, which is right across the road.  Mind you, we get English tourists and they go swimming at 22C.  They think it is perfect beach weather. There is no accounting for craziness.  I suppose if I had to put up with their frigid weather I might think 22 was warm too, instead of coolish.

kikiandkyle Posted 18 May 2013 , 3:38pm

ACazza I'm from England originally, 22C is like the height of summer for us!

Baking Me Crazy Posted 18 May 2013 , 4:38pm

I am working on an Alice in Wonderland cake. I'm doing it for fun. Really my first time making fondant characters. Here's a sneak peak.. Pictures of the finished cake will be posted by Monday.

 

 

 

allycrumbs Posted 18 May 2013 , 5:01pm

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allycrumbs I hope the weather is good beach weather for you.  We are heading into Winter here any day now, though I think Mother Nature is a bit confused.  Still 22C.  Too cold for the beach, which is right across the road.  Mind you, we get English tourists and they go swimming at 22C.  They think it is perfect beach weather. There is no accounting for craziness.  I suppose if I had to put up with their frigid weather I might think 22 was warm too, instead of coolish.

It has been crazily hot and humid in KL, about 35c. I'm in Pulau Langkawi (Langkawi Island) now, and we have tourists baking under the blazing afternoon sun for hours on end.. To borrow my favorite part of your post, there is no accounting for craziness! :D

Cakemommy2012 Posted 18 May 2013 , 10:42pm
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Hi everyone and welcome back cat.  Some of you will have seen my mother's day cake but I'll post it anyway.

Made this cake after watching Maggie Austin's Craftsy class on ombre frills and cabbage roses.

Thought I should put to use some of these Craftsy classes that I love to buy.  I was really pleased with how the cabbage roses turned out.  The looked hopeless when they were white, all out of shape, but once they were airbrushed they looked really good.  I'm not a frilly person and hence the black as I wanted to try but wanted something to look at for a couple of weeks.

This type of design is great for very poorly fondant covered cakes.  It was 2 fruitcakes stacked.  I made them in springform tins, which I never do, as I wanted to cook them both at the same time.  Well blow me down if when I tipped them out they weren't slighly slanted instead of straight sides.  I also used mixed fruit instead of chopping my own and forgot to drop the tins on the ground so there were all these big air bubbles that I couldn't be bothered filling.  Wacked some fondant round the middle where they joined to hide the big gap but the fondant went on really lumpy looking because of all the holes.  Frills disguised them all and black spray paint on the top helped hide those.

Very poor technique all up but I love the end result.  It was so glossy after I steamed it and it looks really elegant.

I am going to attempt this kinda cake next week!  I hope mine looks as good as your does.  This looks so elegant! =-)

Cakemommy2012 Posted 18 May 2013 , 10:44pm
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I am working on an Alice in Wonderland cake. I'm doing it for fun. Really my first time making fondant characters. Here's a sneak peak.. Pictures of the finished cake will be posted by Monday.

 

 

 

Those are ADORABLE!! Love the catipillar!  =-)

auntginn Posted 19 May 2013 , 5:18pm

Bakingmecrazy, just love your pieces for the AIW cake.  

 

I only have 1 pic of the cakes I made this weekend.  In all my rush I forgot to take a pic of each cake.  Lucky for me one person posted a pic of the cake.

 

 

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catlharper Posted 19 May 2013 , 7:20pm

Wow...you guys never fail to impress me with the cakes! I love all of the stuff posted this week but I'm truly weak for Alice in Wonderland...can NOT wait to see the finished product! Please do post one here too!

 

Cat

cakeddc Posted 19 May 2013 , 8:08pm

AHi everyone! I'm new here, but have loved reading your posts and seeing your cakes--so inspiring! I am a restaurant pastry chef who has been doing cakes on the side for the past 3 years. This is a 4 year old girl's birthday party cake. It was coconut cake with smooth buttercream and all fondant decorations/figurine. I am horrible at piping and tappit and need to find a better way to write--obviously this is not it either ;)

[IMG]http://cakecentral.com/content/type/61/id/3011496/width/200/height/400[/IMG]

catlharper Posted 19 May 2013 , 8:13pm

cakeddc! Welcome to the group! I adore your cake! The butter cream is SO smooth I would have sworn it was fondant! I hate my piping too but have gotten SOOO much better over the past two years. I use to avoid it like the plague but once I got over that and made myself start to practice it then it got better and better. Now I'm not so freaked out. So stick with it!

 

Cat

cakeddc Posted 19 May 2013 , 8:16pm

ACake number 2 for this weekend. Star Wars theme for a 9 year old (girl!) Thankfully she did not want her name, happy birthday written on the cake. This cake was also dairy free and my very first time using a shortening based frosting which did not crust very well and was actually harder for me to work with than my usual standard real butter buttercream, although I have heard different from so many professional cake decorators. Chocolate cake with smooth "buttercream", fondant figure/decorations. Also was going for a more midnight or navy blue which obviously did not work out :(

[IMG]http://cakecentral.com/content/type/61/id/3011526/width/200/height/400[/IMG]

cakeddc Posted 19 May 2013 , 8:23pm

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cakeddc! Welcome to the group! I adore your cake! The butter cream is SO smooth I would have sworn it was fondant! I hate my piping too but have gotten SOOO much better over the past two years. I use to avoid it like the plague but once I got over that and made myself start to practice it then it got better and better. Now I'm not so freaked out. So stick with it!

Cat

Thank you! I am really horrible with piping-seriously my 9, 4 and 1 year old children could do better. But I do need to practice, you are right (now when to find the time with three kids, a job and a semi cake business :)

I actually love smoothing buttercream--weird I know but I find it incredibly fun! I also love making fondant figures but try and avoid covering cakes in fondant as much as possible although I do sometimes. Most of my clients seem happy to avoid fondant, do you all find that to be true? (I personally love the combo of a bite with cake, buttercream and the chewy texture of fondant)

cakeddc Posted 19 May 2013 , 8:25pm

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Those are ADORABLE!! Love the catipillar!  =-)

I love these! The catapillar (sp?) kills me! So cute!

bigdad Posted 19 May 2013 , 9:32pm

did these two cakes for the weekend the gray one is a breaker box for graduation

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