Thursday, August 28, 2008

Calla Lily Cake - Final Wilton Class

I had my final Wilton Fondant and Gum paste class this week. Which makes it my final Wilton class ever! I'm excited to be done, but I will kind of miss going to class. Now I know the basics though, and I can continue to learn new techniques and decorations on my own.

For my final class I had to make a cake to decorate. I decided to use this as an opportunity to do several things at once. One: Make a cake for class. Two: Make a farewell cake for a co-worker, Jackie. Three: Give Jackie an idea for a possibly flavor of cake for her wedding cake which I will be doing next year. That's THREE birds with one stone!

So I made an 8" two layer blueberry cake, filled with white chocolate cream cheese buttercream icing and blueberry pie filling. It was iced with a layer of buttercream icing then covered in white fondant and placed on a purple fondant covered cake board. The ribbon border was a fondant/gum paste mixture in the same purple as the cake board. The leaves and stems were green fondant. And the purple calla lilies were gum paste creations that I made on the weekend.

The cake went over really well at work and I think Jackie might get blueberry cake as at least one of her tiers :)


This week I had 2 cakes to make. The first one was for my husband's department's monthly birthday party. Dale always comes up with strange cakes for me to do. So he asked for a router cake with some network cable on it. With a Cisco logo on one side and Curious George and a Kronos logo on the other side. It made sense to them I guess.

The cake itself was my deep dark chocolate cake, and the icing and filling was a dark chocolate buttercream. All of the decorations were out of fondant.

I will admit I wasn't a huge fan of this cake. I think the only part I really liked was the network cable. The color came out perfectly and I had the brilliant idea of "plugging in" one end to the back of the cake like you would to a router.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Big Comfy Cake

A co-worker of my father-in-law ordered a Big Comfy Couch cake for her niece, so that's what I've been working on this week!

I started off by baking 1 10" white cake for the back of the couch, 1 8" white cake for the arms of the couch, and 1 9"x13" chocolate cake for the base and cushions.

Then I covered a board with fondant icing for the cake to sit on.

Then I arranged the couch so I knew where all the pieces would go.

Then I iced and fondanted all of the pieces of the couch.

After all the fondanting, I made a couple other finishing touches such as the doilies and the pillows (both out of fondant)

Once the couch was done, I started on the figures of the dolls. I used gum paste for them (and some royal icing for the hair) and they worked out pretty well!

Tina just picked up the cake about an hour ago. I hope she likes it!