Opening up another session of the FNCC! This is a place for you to share your week, share photos of your work, ask for help or provide help if you can! Hope to see lots of photos tonight!
I'm actively working on an order tonight so I'll be in and out! Beginning 60 cupcakes right after I eat dinner and then decorating the smash cake and special cupcake for the two birthday kids! I'll post later if I can actually get them done and have enough light! If not then I'll post next week. Hope everyone had a great week!
Hi! After a slow January ( a few small orders here and there), the February orders are falling right in place. In fact, we are nearly booked for custom cakes thru April. I guess people really do take January off from parties, desserts, etc. For tomorrow I'm working on a laptop 40th birthday cake with an odd twist. I need to incorporate Toy Story in the theme. The results will be interesting, I think I got a bit over my head on this one. It seemed like an easy cake, but my hubby had to bail me out on this one, because I didn't think about the support structure for the laptop all the way through. Thankfully, he made something on the fly, had to re-work the design so it won't be a total disaster.
I also have a birthday cake, with scrolls. It's always fun to get to practice piping. However, the customer ordered a chocolate cake, with alternating layer of raspberry and dark chocolate frosting. I really would like to stay for the party so I can eat some of the cake. You think they would notice, if I stuck around for a few hours. It's hard being a decorator that loves cake so much. :D
Lastly, I have a birdhouse decorating themed party I'm doing cupcakes for. This is a fun and refreshing project that has me longing for Spring in the mist of our really cold temperatures.
I'll post pictures on Sunday most likely!
Your groundhog turned out very well, and I quite like both your cakes.
Thank you. I'm to the point where each time I'm asked for one I start to think "OH easy peasy! No problem!" because I could practically carve and dress one in my sleep. Then I get the carving done and the fondant on and it hits me how many of those %*&($$%% tiny flowers its going to take to go all around the skirt and how many of those %*&($$%% beads are going to be all over the floor before I'm done because they're so tiny and slippery, and don't even think about the bows. But then its done and I think "Did I do that?" and I can't wait to see photos of the birthday girl's face when she sees it all in her favorite colors (the cake is vanilla in a purple and white zebra).
Your cupcakes are cute. And what they say about purple is true. That's why Barbie's purple in the cake and green in the dress. Besides which, by tomorrow's delivery the dress would be some weird species of blue instead of the purple vision it should have been. I can never get a purple anything to not fade to some strange blue (probably the Wilton colors), so I talked my GF into going with the purple where it can't fade out and did the dress in green.
Its a plunger cutter. I roll out enough fondant to do them all. After I cut each one I touch it to a wet sponge, then touch it to the cake and push the plunger. The little bit of wetness it picks up from the sponge acts like a glue, and the plunger sets it in place. The plunger also leaves a small divot in the center of the flower that the bead, in theory, fits right into. Then I pick up the bead with a pair of tweezers, touch it to the wet sponge, set it in the plunger hole and give it a little push to set it in place. In theory--in practice about every fourth or fifth flower doesn't want to release from the plunger and about every third bead launches itself out of the tweezers and onto the floor. I exaggerate for humorous effect, but by the time I'm done I'm wondering why I ever let myself in for this. The look on the little faces does make it all worth it, and if someone asked me to do another one next week I'd be there in a second. And since they're gifts, beyond flavor and color suggestions I'm guaranteed total artistic license so its the best of both worlds.
Of course the kitchen is demanding a good cleaning now and its nearly midnite. . . . .