Friday Night Cake Club For 9/27/13

Decorating By catlharper Updated 5 Oct 2013 , 2:37am by catlharper

catlharper Posted 28 Sep 2013 , 1:58am
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Opening up another session of the FNCC! Everyone is welcome to come chat about their week, show photos of their work, ask for help if needed or help out if you can! Hope to see lots of photos!



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catlharper Posted 28 Sep 2013 , 2:02am
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Hi everyone,


Still off on break. I don't have a client cake till the 12th so I've plenty of time on my hands. This week I made Strawberry Shortcakes with lemon cake, fresh strawberries and freshly whipped cream. It was a hit with our little dinner party crowd. I'm doing mini cakes for my blog and wanted to show what you can do with small rounds of cake. My family is ever so happy to eat the fruits of my labor! LOL!  Anyways, here's the photo I took:



And, yes, it was totally yummy! LOL!


Hope to see lots of photos this week! I'm having a bit of cake withdrawl since I'm not really working right now. After such a busy summer it's hard to just suddenly have nothing going on!



cazza1 Posted 28 Sep 2013 , 4:16am
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YUM Cat.


I made a sandwich this week with help from AZ.  It was hubbies birthday and he is a salad sandwich freak. They would probably be his favorite thing in the world to eat.  It was probably the quickest and easiest cake I have ever made but looks great anyway.  He laughed and said he hadn't thought I was making him a cake.  When I replied that I had told him I was, he said that I usually puddle all week when I make a cake and as I hadn't done anything he presumed that I couldn't be bothered.  He took it back to work after lunch and said they all took photos of it and then sms d them to friends, claiming that they had made it!  I should add in here that most of them probably could not even cook a cake.

Sandwich cake for a salad sandwich addict's birthday.

The 'Rye' bread banana cake was from Rose Levy Berambaum's Cake Bible, with about a cup of chopped walnuts added and was absolutely delicious.

mnurlife Posted 28 Sep 2013 , 4:25am
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Hello everyone. I might share a pick of my cake disaster but I did a red velvet cake this week for a barbie cake. I posted more about it in the cake disaster forum. 

catlharper Posted 28 Sep 2013 , 4:25am
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That looks totally AWESOME! I love how the bread looks like real bread! Seriously a great illusion! I simply adore cakes that don't look like they could be cake! LOL!



mnurlife Posted 28 Sep 2013 , 4:27am
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I agree that sandwich cake cooks great!!!!

auntginn Posted 28 Sep 2013 , 5:23am
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Hello All,


Cat, I'm like you.  I didn't have a cake order all week and don't know what to do with myself.  I am still working on my cake dummies tho so hope to be finished this week.  I do have one tiny order of 4 dz cake pops for the morning and talk about procrastination, I haven't even started lol.


Cassie I just love..... your cake.  Its so realistic.  

remnant3333 Posted 28 Sep 2013 , 5:35am
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Hey Cat, I love strawberry shortcake with whipped topping!!! Actually this is one of my favorite cakes!!! You are making me want some! Eat a piece of it for me!!!!Yummy

Cazza I love your sandwich cake!!! It looks wonderful!!!

morganchampagne Posted 28 Sep 2013 , 5:48am
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AHi all! I didn't work this week... Had an Aunt who lived out of town who passed this week. She's in a better place. But I just wanted to share a cake I'm really proud of. I am new to fondant. Literally I've been working with it only a month. It's a pearl themed cake for a girl named Sophia [IMG][/IMG]

auntginn Posted 28 Sep 2013 , 5:57am
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Morgan, I'm so sorry for your loss.  My condolences to you and your family.  but the cake is very nice.  Congratulations on working with the fondant.

Miss-bakes-alot Posted 28 Sep 2013 , 6:16am
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hello all. that's a great looking sandwich cake looks so good now I want a sandwich. haha. the  Strawberry Shortcake looks delicious I love strawberry's! Morgan so sorry about youre loss.  that cake look awesome great job!

this week at my wilton cake decorating class we made pumpkins I make pumpkin bread with pumpkin buttercream and fondant.



morganchampagne Posted 28 Sep 2013 , 6:17am
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AThanks so much you guys! Love that pumpkin cake

reenrules Posted 28 Sep 2013 , 6:24am
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AHi guys. Here's a cake I just completed for my cousin's baby shower tomorrow. I also have her bday cake to finish but I'm tired so that'll wait until morning. [IMG ALT=""][/IMG]

anaelisabethlee Posted 28 Sep 2013 , 6:50am
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Well nothing as good as the ones above! But did this for my sister in laws birthday. Brief was giant cupcake with white and pink flowers and white and pink butterflies with glitter... I didn't mix the flower colours as I didn't think it'd look as nice (this is the bonus of doing free cakes... Certain amount of free reign!). Caused me a lot of stress. The last time I did a cupcake the roses fell off so I tried another buttercream recipe which ended up way drier than the last one so kept adding milk until it was right. Woke up this morning to no fallen roses so I'm happy now! My letters are jaggedy, can't get them right! And would like to get more grooves on the base but otherwise pleased considering the stress it was!

catlharper Posted 28 Sep 2013 , 4:17pm
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Love all of the cakes I woke up to this morning! 


Morgan, love the you use a mold for the pearls or are those all handrolled? I love that it's not all one color too! So sorry to hear about your Aunt. Sometimes just being with family to say goodbye and talk about the person's life is a blessing in itself, sad, but a blessing.


Miss, the pumpkin cake sounds SO yummy. I'm a pumpkin freak (November is known as Pumpkin Month in our house) so that one sounds like it's right up my alley!LOL!


Reen, wow, birthday cake AND shower cake for the same cousin? She's one spoiled girl! LOL! The diaper bag looks just wonderful.


Ana, I think your rose and butterfly cake is just wonderful. I know that photography hides what you see in person but it looks fairly perfect to me. But I also know that we are SO hard on ourselves seeing every little imperfection and wanting it to be perfect. Rest assured that, to the rest of us, it does look perfect!



anaelisabethlee Posted 28 Sep 2013 , 4:44pm
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Original message sent by catlharper

Ana, I think your rose and butterfly cake is just wonderful. I know that photography hides what you see in person but it looks fairly perfect to me. But I also know that we are SO hard on ourselves seeing every little imperfection and wanting it to be perfect. Rest assured that, to the rest of us, it does look perfect!


Thank you so much for the kind words! :)

morganchampagne Posted 28 Sep 2013 , 7:17pm
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AOh, they are done with a mold lol! I was a bit pressed for time so as I picked some up they stretched a bit but the client didn't even notice. So it was a win all around

Paperfishies Posted 28 Sep 2013 , 11:41pm
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AI did this cake for a bridal shower today. I really need to work in my filigree and piping in general...any tips??? [IMG][/IMG]


reenrules Posted 29 Sep 2013 , 3:32am
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AHere's the birthday cake I did in addition to the shower one for my cousin. She loved them both! [IMG ALT=""][/IMG]

auntginn Posted 29 Sep 2013 , 8:31pm
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Beautiful work ladies..


Paperfishes, the piping work looks nice, what are you trying to accomplish?

BatterUpCake Posted 29 Sep 2013 , 11:00pm
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How big is the sandwich cake? Morgan I love those colors together. I love strawberries and whipped cream but dislike shortcake. Lemon cake however sounds tres' delicioso! I made my granddaughters cake this week. The night before my daughter calls and asks for a decoration change. It was still very simple. She made paper silhouettes from Peter Pan so she asked for a night sky. It was a vanilla cake with a blackberry compote and mascarpone cream filling. Unfortunately it was still cold when served and I think Swiss meringue and my cake tasted 100% better at room temp. I did not like it. But my kid did (the granddaughter just took her candle and scooped all of the bottom piping off of the cake and licked it off...LOL)



tdovewings Posted 30 Sep 2013 , 12:36am
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Paperfishes, you did an excellent job! If you keep practicing you will get better. My piping is still little to be desired but I've made great strides since trying 2 years ago.  


This week as been less about cake and more about putting out fires. I've been through supplier hell this week. One supplier completely forgot to load my shipment on the truck and they only come once a month. This left me high and dry as I had to buy 3 cases of vegan powdered sugar from the grocery store, cutting a sharp knife into my profits. I buy my rice milk from Costco and out of the blue they discontinued it. There really is no replacement for that, I've been to every store I can think of looking for another brand that doesn't have gums in it and finally found some this afternoon after a week of looking. Now I have to decided if I am going to reformulate all my recipes to work with a more affordable rice milk.  My grains supplier was completely out of the pastry flour I can use, they sent a substitute for free, but what they sent me is cross-contaminated with nuts. The last one was completely my own fault, I ordered the wrong flour 50 lbs of it. Grrrrhhh! Thank God it was light cake week, I'm completely exhausted from searching for product, getting bounced around by customer service people. I know if I was a larger business they would pay closer attention to me. I feel helpless with little bargaining power. My ingredients are so specific because of the allergy requirements I don't have much of a choice on where I shop. This week really make me think hard about my business model and whether it is sustainable and contingency plans for ingredient shortages for basic things. Vent over, time for a glass of wine!


Okay so speaking of piping, I was in the mood today with this Princess Tiana cake. I need more practice, my drop strings need plenty of work!


cazza1 Posted 30 Sep 2013 , 12:49am
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Great cakes everyone.  Batter up the sandwich was the size of the large slices of bread that we can get in Australia.

Ducky316 Posted 30 Sep 2013 , 1:57am
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Here's my Friday night cake! Made this for my husbands birthday. He's a huge Steelers fan, so I had to make him something he'd love, and he did! :) The bottom tier is supposed to resemble steel and rivets.



auntginn Posted 30 Sep 2013 , 9:26pm
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Ducky, awesome cake.  you did a great job.

tdovewings Posted 30 Sep 2013 , 9:57pm
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Wow Ducky! That's an awesome cake.

BatterUpCake Posted 1 Oct 2013 , 11:17am
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Originally Posted by tdovewings 

Wow Ducky! That's an awesome cake.


It is..the steel rivets were a fantastic idea

BatterUpCake Posted 3 Oct 2013 , 3:24am
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Who would have thunk that a truck cake would be so difficult? I got up at 4 am to start decorating. Never used ganache under fondant before and I mixed it too soft.  I had so many problems...ended up with 2 holes in the fondant because I tried putting headlights in places where I thought they would look good but didn't. Gonna tell the customer it was in a drive by When I picture these in my head they are so simple and perfect and then they come out looking amateurish. I wish I would get more orders for children's cakes. They are so much more fun. I know my customer and I know she will think it's the greatest thing ever but they never live up to my expectations. Anyhow I worked on it straight up until school this evening and still didn't finish. I badly underestimated the time...i.e.... cost on this one. Here it is so far...


catlharper Posted 3 Oct 2013 , 3:41am
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How much fun is it to come back in here and see all of these great cakes!!! I'm making cupcakes this week, not cake, and chocolate wine truffles for a client to give to her clients. Not exciting but it brings in some bucks which is always good! See you guys Friday night!



BatterUpCake Posted 3 Oct 2013 , 3:46am
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actually Ducky, how did you get the uniform curved shape of the rivets? If you don't mind sharing?

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