Wednesday, October 13, 2010
it looks like food! just kidding, i LOVE the warm colors of the spices. then i thought about how i would paint my next house ground clove, ginger and cinnamon. i just loved it! what a great idea, i was planning and thinking and - "Geneva, it's your turn to change the baby's bum." fine. back to reality. but i am holding that thought...
well i got Woody on just fine and then it was time for Buzz. while i was trying to place him on the cake, i broke his number three in about 8 places. with just getting ready to take the cakes out the door, i knew i didn't have time to do another colorflow - obviously!! but for once in my cake life, i didn't panic. i knew how i would fix this one. i re-traced the inside of the three (the yellow is where it was the worst) and then refilled it. you could tell as it was drying the it was filling in the old cracks, but at least it didn't look so ghetto! here is the final project...s.
Friday, September 24, 2010
- while i am creating in our kitchen, i have to constantly clean up after myself. i always have to tell myself to get the cake (or whatever i am working on) into the oven and then i will have time to clean. this is a hard concept for me. i don't know if it's because our kitchen is so small and there is no room when i am caking, or if it is because i thrive on organization, or because i am a bit of a clean freak. i can have truck stop toilets (well not that bad) but dang it, my kitchen better be clean!
Monday, August 30, 2010
i finally got back to the cake around lunch time. i still had about 5 hours to finish the cake so i was in good standing. once the cakes were covered, all i had to do was decorate and that usually goes by a little quicker. so i figured i had LOTS of time. being as i was so frustrated with the biggest cake, i decided to try and cover the smallest one first. it went well and into the fridge it went. then i thought i would work on the middle tier so IF i ran out of time, i could at least use two tiers.
i guess i should have explained the process of actually covering the cakes with fondant the first time. once the buttercream was chilled, i sprayed my cake with a bit of water so that the fondant would stick to it. when the fondant tore, as it did the first three times, i had to remove the fondant, (which removed a lot of the buttercream) scrape the excess buttercream off the fondant, re-mix the fondant back together, wrap it, bag it, and then recover the cake; crumb coat again, chill, and then regular icing, and chill. i was sure that when i did it in the afternoon i would know what i was doing as i had already had a go with it 3 times before.
so onto the second tier. first attempt, RiPpEd fondant. so i repeated the entire process above again. by this time i was really annoyed. i calmed myself, telling myself that i can do anything my mind says i can. so i took a few deep breaths before i re-rolled the fondant and applied it to the cake. all i saw was more ripping and my mind was telling me to swear (under my breath of course!) and punch away................. ahhhhhhhh, relief. it felt so d.a.n.g. good! i was flying all over my kitchen, my cupboards, my floor. i didn't care. i was a total psycho for about 30 seconds.
i slouched down in the corner, totally defeated and called my hubby. "can you please come home and give me a hand for a minute." "what's going on?" he sweetly asked. "i am having trouble with the cake." "well babe, i am really busy and i can't get away right now. what is happening?" i responded, "it looks like someone punched the shart out of the second tier." he asked "well did you?" "ummm, ya." then he started to laugh and told me not to worry about it, we'd get a DQ cake. FINE WITH ME! then i called my mom. she came over and told me to scoop it into a bowl and we would eat it like that for supper and for our little man's birthday. so we did!
crumb coated, chilled, frosted, chilled and then tried to cover with fondant again. this time i made my own fondant. i called an expert and asked why it kept ripping and she thought it might be because it was too dry. so like i said above, i made my own. i tried a recipe that i used for a tinker cake and didn't love, but figured it was my first try with new fondant so i need to try it again. well, it looked like elephant skin, but it didn't rip!!!
i prepped the bottom tier with dowels, and placed the top tier on it. i didn't really like how tall the second tier was looking but i was going to go with it. then i place the top tier on. it looked retarded. no, seriously. again, enough for one night. i left it and when we got home from church i decided i would take the top and middle tier off and cut the middle tier about 1-2 inches up and then replace. then it would look more proportioned.
well i forgot there was doweling all throughout the cake and the top layer just about fell apart in my hands, so i decided at this point to call it quits. i know, shocking. but i had tried enough, and i know what i will do next time (if there is ever a next time for this cake!!). i let the kids have at it and it was the highlight of this caking experience! blow out your candles little one!
Sunday, July 18, 2010
*take 180z of your favorite boxed cookie (any cookie would probably work just fine) oreo, fudgeo, chocolate chip, coconut cream - whatever tickles your taste buds. crumble them up, personally, i like to freeze them for a few minutes and then chop them up in my food processor so pieces are nice and small.
*next add 4oz of cream cheese to the cookie crumbs. mix well.
*once combined, take mixture by the teaspoonfull and roll into a ball.
*place in the freezer again for a few minutes until set.
*in the mean time, melt 18oz of chocolate chips with one tbsp of shortning in the microwave or on the stove.
*once melted, remove and stir until all chips have disappeared. take balls out of freezer and drop into the chocolate.
*place on a cookie sheet covered with wax paper and let set again. take out a few minutes before serving.
my Mom made these.... ummmm.... creepers! it was late and we couldn't stop laughing. she wanted them to be realistic. they were a little too realistic in a really creepy way. needless to say, she felt a little rejected when i rejected them.
this was the boat that we came up with. it is more "fun" instead of "realistic". but it has their family with them and they are doing something they all love, together. i was glad that they were happy with it. it was cute.
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Monday, June 21, 2010
Monday, June 14, 2010
so anyways, i ripped a picture out of w's coloring book and did a colorflow. so that is where the title of this post comes from. i was trying to get all his muscles in there, abs, arms, neck, legs... i am sure that i now have some new muscles in my hands from working him out! in the end i was happy with how he turned out from a distance.
up close and personal it looked like he had leprosy or a serious acne problem. i am not sure which, but i think it is because i had to try and get the colored color flow so far down into the black outline. but like i said, from a distance he looked pretty good.
next up was getting him onto the cake. i wanted it to look old school comic, so i put the buildings on an angle and then i squeezed/squoze (pretty sure one of those or both aren't words) some fondant through a garlic press to try and make some stringy web. it worked out ok too! then i put it all together and called up my lovely client to come and pick up the hero. i didn't want to risk the babe getting into it in the morning while i was getting ready for church. so i said good bye to him after a small photo shoot, and now i am eagerly waiting for my next cake to come into play. only a few days away!
just kidding, as if i would show you! hahaha. take my word for it, seriously ugly... like second guessing my self as being somewhat talented at decorating cakes. it made a boil look good. alright, sick i know, it wasn't that bad, but a close second.
anywho, i finally phoned the cricut hot line (don't know if that was what it was really called but it was hot line enough for me!) and the cutest lady from Utah told me that i needed to freeze the fondant/gumpaste for 5 or more minutes before i cut it. and you know what - it worked! i was so excited. so from there i finished the cupcakes that i was making for the girlies that my friend and i visit teach, sent my girlfriend out the door with her ugly cake and was on my way out the door as well.
so without further babble, here are the cute little cupcakes.
i was told that they were good which is always nice to hear. i did have to send out a small apology as i accidentally "lost" (seriously i tried getting it out but it got away) an eggshell in the cupcake. two of the girls told me that they ate them so fast that they would have never noticed. LOVE IT - there is more than just one of me in this world!