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Friday Night Cake Club for 1/31/14

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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!

 

Cat

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Hi everyone!

 

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!

 

Cat

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Hey Cat, im working on a cupcake order too as I type.... but I finished Wilton Course 1 this week and here is my final cake project. It was a 4 layer Strawberry cake with Strawberry buttercream frosting 400
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Hope everyone had a great week, can't wait to this week's cake pics!
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Hello everyone. I finished two cakes today. One for a very special momma whose birthday falls on Groundhog Day. Her daughters (6 and soon to be 3) are hilarious and have so much personality. They asked for a groundhog cake and I suggested a spring motif cake with a groundhog holding a happy birthday sign, which they thought was cute so that's what I did! I am secretly so glad I didn't have to make a 3D groundhog. I just don't think I could do anything but an ugly 3D groundhog cake lol. Exhibit A: the groundhog in this picture. icon_smile.gif They asked that he look furry, so no smooth, cute cartoony groundhogs here. 700

I got some great feedback here when I was trying to model him so big thanks to those ladies!

The other one was a cake for a friend's daughter, who is turning 1 and loves Bubble Guppies. For some reason, she was bound and determined to put these particular bath toys on the cake so I just did a general ocean theme cake. I took this picture before I added some white sixlets to the sides of the bottom tier to sort of mimic bubbles, but I am too lazy to unbox it for another picture lol. The top tier has a bit of an optical illusion going on with the way I swirled my icing! Almost looks tipsy turvy, but my level told me it was golden so I thought that was cool. icon_smile.gif

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Sorry for the cruddy pictures. I was not in the mood to mess with it today. Ha!

Leilo, your piping is coming along! icon_smile.gif I hope you are enjoying your classes.

Looking forward to seeing your cupcakes and smash cake, Cat!
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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!

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Another Barbie doll cake.  My oldest friend's granddaughter should be happy. 

 

 

 

deborahanne

http://grandmasugarskitchen.blogspot.com/
http://fromlinetocolor.blogspot.ca/

Life begins at 325° F, and, yes, that IS powdered sugar in my hair.

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deborahanne

http://grandmasugarskitchen.blogspot.com/
http://fromlinetocolor.blogspot.ca/

Life begins at 325° F, and, yes, that IS powdered sugar in my hair.

Baby Shower
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Birthday Cakes
(6 photos)
Christmas
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post #7 of 42
She's so pretty!! My aunt made one of these for me for my fifth birthday and looking back, this might have been what made me interested in making cakes. icon_smile.gif
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@SPCOhio,

 

Your groundhog turned out very well, and I quite like both your cakes.

deborahanne

http://grandmasugarskitchen.blogspot.com/
http://fromlinetocolor.blogspot.ca/

Life begins at 325° F, and, yes, that IS powdered sugar in my hair.

Baby Shower
(6 photos)
Birthday Cakes
(6 photos)
Christmas
(6 photos)
Reply

deborahanne

http://grandmasugarskitchen.blogspot.com/
http://fromlinetocolor.blogspot.ca/

Life begins at 325° F, and, yes, that IS powdered sugar in my hair.

Baby Shower
(6 photos)
Birthday Cakes
(6 photos)
Christmas
(6 photos)
Reply
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Made these for a girl's 12th birthday. She likes music, volleyball, cheerleading, and the color lavender. I don't think the lavender really pops, but I am happy with the toppers. They're red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese icing.
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@SPCOhio,

Your groundhog turned out very well, and I quite like both your cakes.

Thank you! The colors in the ocean cake look pretty god awful in this photo. I seriously need to invest in a lighting setup. I have a friend who is a professional photographer and she told me exactly what to do but I haven't gotten around to it yet.
post #11 of 42
Sassy, purple hues never photograph well! Purple is the bane of a cake decorator's existence. But those cupcakes are really cute!
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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).

deborahanne

http://grandmasugarskitchen.blogspot.com/
http://fromlinetocolor.blogspot.ca/

Life begins at 325° F, and, yes, that IS powdered sugar in my hair.

Baby Shower
(6 photos)
Birthday Cakes
(6 photos)
Christmas
(6 photos)
Reply

deborahanne

http://grandmasugarskitchen.blogspot.com/
http://fromlinetocolor.blogspot.ca/

Life begins at 325° F, and, yes, that IS powdered sugar in my hair.

Baby Shower
(6 photos)
Birthday Cakes
(6 photos)
Christmas
(6 photos)
Reply
post #13 of 42
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Originally Posted by cakeyouverymuch View Post

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).

How on earth do you even get those tiny suckers onto the fondant? How do you pick them up? I would lose my ever-lovin mind!
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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.

deborahanne

http://grandmasugarskitchen.blogspot.com/
http://fromlinetocolor.blogspot.ca/

Life begins at 325° F, and, yes, that IS powdered sugar in my hair.

Baby Shower
(6 photos)
Birthday Cakes
(6 photos)
Christmas
(6 photos)
Reply

deborahanne

http://grandmasugarskitchen.blogspot.com/
http://fromlinetocolor.blogspot.ca/

Life begins at 325° F, and, yes, that IS powdered sugar in my hair.

Baby Shower
(6 photos)
Birthday Cakes
(6 photos)
Christmas
(6 photos)
Reply
post #15 of 42
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How on earth do you even get those tiny suckers onto the fondant? How do you pick them up? I would lose my ever-lovin mind!

 

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. . . . .

deborahanne

http://grandmasugarskitchen.blogspot.com/
http://fromlinetocolor.blogspot.ca/

Life begins at 325° F, and, yes, that IS powdered sugar in my hair.

Baby Shower
(6 photos)
Birthday Cakes
(6 photos)
Christmas
(6 photos)
Reply

deborahanne

http://grandmasugarskitchen.blogspot.com/
http://fromlinetocolor.blogspot.ca/

Life begins at 325° F, and, yes, that IS powdered sugar in my hair.

Baby Shower
(6 photos)
Birthday Cakes
(6 photos)
Christmas
(6 photos)
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