Here Comes The Train!
Another birthday cake for my sweet little rascal. He is stuck in the train stage...Doesn't want to let it go. Soooo, mom made a cake for him with a chocolate train. Of course, the rascal that he is complained: "Mom, I wanted a birthday cake... not a birthday tart!" Oh... where is Herod when I need him! Anyway, tart or cake he loved the train and the realistic landscape. The tart is called San Diego, is was originally designed to be a petit four. Base of sweet tart dough, one layer of chocolate hazelnut paste and the top layer of pistachio almond paste. Very rich and fulfilling indeed. Decorated with hazelnut-chocolate paste tracks and borders, ground pistachios, cocoa powder and tart dough crumbs.
Anui - Indigenous People Of Japan
This Anui gentleman was my entry in the Japan - An International Cake Collaboration, hosted by the wonderful Raquel Garcia. He is 14 inches tall, made of modeling chocolate with clothes of fondant and headpiece of fondant and wafer paper. The whole thing is painted with a combination of dry brush and petal dusts mixed with vodka.