catlharper Posted 25 May 2013 , 2:37am
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Opening up another session of the FNCC! Who's up? What are you working on? This place is open to anyone and everyone who needs help, wants to help or just wants to talk about their week and share photos of what they have been working on! Hope to see lots of photos tonight!

 

Cat

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catlharper Posted 25 May 2013 , 2:42am
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Hi there everyone!

 

This week I have been working on pieces for two cakes coming up next week. I did make the cupcakes I spoke about last week with the pistachio creme I brought back from Sicily...they were amazing! I'm just sad that I don't have this stuff available all the time. Here's the photo:

 

Yellow cake cupcakes filled with Pistachio creme topped with soft butter cream and sprinkled with roasted salted pistachios.

Elcee Posted 25 May 2013 , 2:53am
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Cat, they look sooo good! I hope to have some time this summer to experiment with some flavors. It's been a while since I've done that.

 

Here's a couple of pictures of the pencil cake that last week's FNCC inspired me to make.

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And finished...

DeniseNH Posted 25 May 2013 , 2:55am
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Just finished a cup cake wedding cake with a 6" top tier for the couple to cut.  Bride requested the cutting cakes finish be swirled - that the first time I've tried swirling and it's a lot harder than making a smooth cake finish.  Surprised myself on that one.  I'm done for tonight and watching Say Yes To The Dress.

cazza1 Posted 25 May 2013 , 3:01am
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Yum to both.  I made some cupcakes last night and used buttercream that I had frozen and cream cheese icing that had been frozen.  When they were defrosted I had to add a heap more icing sugar as they had gone a bit watery.  Is this normal or is there a way to avoid this?  It made the flavorings a bit wishy washy.

 

Went to Perth fro the craft fair this week so got to actually go to a cake decorating shop rather than just shop online.  It is so great to see everything in the one place and to be able to pick someone's brain on items before you buy them.  Bought a pile of stuff I probably don't need but what the heck, isn't that what hobbies are about-accumulating non essential, but fun, bits.

catlharper Posted 25 May 2013 , 3:07am
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Elcee! I love it! The precovered version, the carvings, makes me think of pencil shavings! So I got the point of the cake immediately even before covering. Wonderful!

 

Denise, is there anywhere we can see the finished product? I love and hate challenges equally...I love figuring things out but hate hate hate the stress!

 

Cazza, I'd love to answer your butter cream question but I have never frozen it before. I'm going to be paying attention to see if anyone has that answer for you! (and yes, I am a master at accumulating totally unnecessary gadgets for decorating! LOL!)

 

Cat

auntginn Posted 25 May 2013 , 3:36am
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Good evening all, 

 

Cat, those cupcakes look great.

 

Elcee love your pencil cake, and I agree with cat.  You could have left the pre-covered cake as is, IMO people would have loved it just the same.

 

I had 2 8" cakes to make for today, for a set of twins in my apt complex.  The cakes went to their class, tomorrow is their party, but the parents just want a flat 1/2 sheet.   Tomorrow is my granddaughters birthday celebration as well and on Monday my nieces.

 

My granddaughter will get an elephant cake, fashioned after a Heffalump (think that's what its called) but my niece is getting my first high heel fondant shoe.  I have to admit I am rather nervous about making her cake.  It will also have a purse cake to go with it.  Her favorite purse designer is Alexander Wang.  I made a purse before and it was not too hard.  I find myself procrastinating and I know its nerves.

 

If anybody has a good tutorial please share. 

 

Thank you.

Marian64 Posted 25 May 2013 , 3:44am
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ACazza I freeze my leftovers buttercream a lot and have not really had any problems with defrosting it and using it later. I use the Wilton recipe using half butter and half shortening.

Marian

Baking Me Crazy Posted 25 May 2013 , 4:57am
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Its been a busy week for me. Here are some of the things I worked on

 

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catlharper Posted 25 May 2013 , 5:08am

Your figures are adorable and those cupcakes, especially the caramel ones, look luscious!

kazita Posted 25 May 2013 , 5:43am

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Good evening all, 

Cat, those cupcakes look great.

Elcee love your pencil cake, and I agree with cat.  You could have left the pre-covered cake as is, IMO people would have loved it just the same.

I had 2 8" cakes to make for today, for a set of twins in my apt complex.  The cakes went to their class, tomorrow is their party, but the parents just want a flat 1/2 sheet.   Tomorrow is my granddaughters birthday celebration as well and on Monday my nieces.

My granddaughter will get an elephant cake, fashioned after a Heffalump (think that's what its called) but my niece is getting my first high heel fondant shoe.  I have to admit I am rather nervous about making her cake.  It will also have a purse cake to go with it.  Her favorite purse designer is Alexander Wang.  I made a purse before and it was not too hard.  I find myself procrastinating and I know its nerves.

If anybody has a good tutorial please share. 

Thank you.

I didn't watch these so I'm not sure if its what your looking for.

m.youtube.com/watch?v=lCw7MEsZ_6g&feature=fvwrel And m.youtube.com/watch?feature=fvwrel&v=3TFJTYkp4Ls

Boyka Posted 25 May 2013 , 5:50am

AHello Ladies:) I am new here, new in cake decorating too. Next week i promissed a cake for a friends kid, i am planning to do vanila cake with white chocolate and strawberry mouse. I really, really want to add some fresh strawberries inside the cake, but I am afraid they are too watery. I've done this before, but with some fparfees. This time I'll want to cover my cake with fondant. Can you give me some idea or advise what kind of filing I should do if I want nice, creamy cake with fresh fruit...not a mushy mess. Thank you and please excuse my English :)

auntginn Posted 25 May 2013 , 6:36am

Thank you Kazita, I watched that one and yes it seems easy enough, I think I'm just nervous because my niece is an asst manager for a well named shoe designer and a shoe snob to boot, rofl.. Didn't mean to turn that into a pun.

 

I'm not afraid of the purse, just the shoe.  Sorry ladies for running on.  

 

Hope everyone has a great holiday.

kazita Posted 25 May 2013 , 6:52am

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Thank you Kazita, I watched that one and yes it seems easy enough, I think I'm just nervous because my niece is an asst manager for a well named shoe designer and a shoe snob to boot, rofl.. Didn't mean to turn that into a pun.

I'm not afraid of the purse, just the shoe.  Sorry ladies for running on.  

Hope everyone has a great holiday.

There was a shoe tutorial on here just today.

Shoe is absolutely adorable.

cakecentral.com/b/tutorial/high-heel-cake-topper?utm_source=cake-central-homepage&utm_medium=featured-content&utm_content=high-heel-cake-topper&utm_campaign=tutorial

cazza1 Posted 25 May 2013 , 8:24am

Thanks Kazita, you have helped me be lazy and not have to go looking.  I also am going to be doing my first shoe this week. 

 

Marian I use a Swiss meringue buttercream.  I do not use any shortening in it so I don't know if this is what helps stabilize yours more.  Like you, I had frozen all the leftover bits of buttercream from various projects and took them all out to put on cupcakes for hubbies bring and share tea.  They looked quite pretty as each time I used one up I filled the bag with the next and the leftover colors swirled together.

DeliciousDesserts Posted 25 May 2013 , 12:12pm

ACat, I Love Pistachios! I want one of those cupcakes!

Elcee, what?!! A Scantron!! Brilliant! Oh I so want to do that cake now!

Denise, that rustic frosting look is so much harder than people think. And, if its not done right, it looks awful! I use a big fat tip (10), out a dallop then push in with the spatula. It's the only way I know to get that perfect swoosh.

Cazza, so jealous! Why doesn't Charleston have a nice big shop?!

DeliciousDesserts Posted 25 May 2013 , 12:17pm

ABakingMeCrazy, those cupcakes are beautiful! What is the secon photo?

Kazita, I often freeze buttercream & never have a change. Is it possible the container was a bit open or had some moisture in it? Maybe some ice crystals formed then melted?

DeliciousDesserts Posted 25 May 2013 , 12:21pm

AThis week was much calmer.

I hate cookies. Seriously! They highlight my inability at symmetry & sizing. I wanted to make perfect cookies with white background & perfect graduating owls. Nope! Luckily they were or a local florist who is a friend. I called her & told her they just weren't coming out right. She said "oh Laney, they are not pitiful....they just aren't Laney." She then explained she really just wanted pretty cookies & do whatever I wanted. I use the same colors but had fun creating something more my style: [IMG]http://cakecentral.com/content/type/61/id/3016876/width/200/height/400[/IMG]

DeliciousDesserts Posted 25 May 2013 , 12:24pm

AAs labor intensive as those dang cookies are (never again) (much new respect for cookie people & mad piping skills), this weeks cake was more.

This is a lowcountry boil I made for a local catering company Charleston Bay Gourmet: [IMG]http://cakecentral.com/content/type/61/id/3016879/width/200/height/400[/IMG] [IMG]http://cakecentral.com/content/type/61/id/3016880/width/200/height/400[/IMG]

kikiandkyle Posted 25 May 2013 , 12:32pm

AEveryone's cakes and cookies and cupcakes look amazing as always! No cake for me this week as I'm moving to Houston, today!

DeliciousDesserts Posted 25 May 2013 , 12:56pm

AOh wow! Best wishes on the move. I really don't like moving.

kazita Posted 25 May 2013 , 3:19pm

AYou're welcome cazza1 , I can't believe how cute that shoe is. Would love to see pictures of yours when your done.

Baking Me Crazy Posted 25 May 2013 , 3:21pm
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BakingMeCrazy, those cupcakes are beautiful! What is the secon photo?

 

Thanks DeliciousDesserts.. The second ones are Baileys cupcakes filled with ganache and topped with baileys whipped ganache. I then sprinkled some shaved chocolate on top. I have OCD (Obsessive Chocolate Disorder) so these really hit the spot for me. Definitely a chocolate lovers cupcake.

 

I LOVE your lowcountry boil.. Im suddenly craving shrimp!

 

Cat.. your cupcakes look delicious. My 11yr old is a huge Pistachio fan.

 

elcee.. that pencil came out great. My younger son always breaks his pencil from pressing hard when writing.. Dad and I would always joke about getting him big pencils (the really big ones from Disney) that he wont be able to break.. He would probably laugh his butt off if I made this for him..icon_biggrin.gif    though I don't think it would be a good as yours.

kikiandkyle Posted 25 May 2013 , 3:25pm
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Thanks DeliciousDesserts.. The second ones are Baileys cupcakes filled with ganache and topped with baileys whipped ganache. I then sprinkled some shaved chocolate on top. I have OCD (Obsessive Chocolate Disorder) so these really hit the spot for me. Definitely a chocolate lovers cupcake.

 

I LOVE your lowcountry boil.. Im suddenly craving shrimp!

 

Cat.. your cupcakes look delicious. My 11yr old is a huge Pistachio fan.

 

elcee.. that pencil came out great. My younger son always breaks his pencil from pressing hard when writing.. Dad and I would always joke about getting him big pencils (the really big ones from Disney) that he wont be able to break.. He would probably laugh his butt off if I made this for him..icon_biggrin.gif    though I don't think it would be a good as yours.

Me too!

kikiandkyle Posted 25 May 2013 , 3:27pm
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Oh wow! Best wishes on the move. I really don't like moving.

Me either. At least this time someone else was paying, my husband's new job is relocating us. But once we find a new house, I'm not moving again, ever! 

DeliciousDesserts Posted 25 May 2013 , 3:35pm

ABakingMeCrazy, I knew there was a reason I was drawn to them. Huge Baileys lover! Had some in my coffee this morning.

Baking Me Crazy Posted 25 May 2013 , 3:47pm

I had it in my coffee this morning too ... and every morning..

auntginn Posted 25 May 2013 , 4:57pm

Kazita  Yes!!! That's the one I need,  Thank you Thank you Thank you.

 

Baking me crazy, love your work, you/ve been busy.

DeliciousDesserts Posted 25 May 2013 , 5:00pm

AOk, finally added the label & like it more [IMG]http://cakecentral.com/content/type/61/id/3017026/width/200/height/400[/IMG]

auntginn Posted 25 May 2013 , 5:08pm

Delicious D, I hate making cookies and decorated cookies.  Those with all the little tiny fondant figures and stuff.  Give me a cake to make anytime.  I love your cake tho.  I'm sure its labor intensive just the same.

 

kikiandkyle, I don't envy you, Good luck on the move.  

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