Friday, March 13, 2009

Red Rose Cake

Although this is not my favorite cake, it is special for a few reasons. This was the first stacked cake that I did that was this many tiers and layers of cake. I did a neopolitan cake with layers of chocolate, french vanilla and strawberry in each tier. The cake was covered in fondant that I made from scratch. I will post the recipe and instructions later (with pics if I have time). All in all, it turned out pretty good. I intended to put fresh roses around the cake but when I went to Sams Club, they didn't have what I was looking for so I opted for a rose stencil instead. It took some practice (but hey, that's what this whole cake was for anyway, practice). We are still eating it.

“Nobody knows the age of the human race, but everybody agrees that it is old enough to know better.”

Would A Rose By Any Other Name.... Taste This Good?

So after buying gumpaste and letting it sit around for a while, I finally got the courage up to trying out some gumpaste roses. I think it turned out pretty good. We started working on some more roses and callalilies in my sugar class so I will post pictures of those when we're finished. We'll see if they turn out as good as this one did.

“When you give advice, remember that Socrates was a Greek philosopher who went around giving good advice. They poisoned him.”

My First Wedding Cake

I have been practicing making wedding cakes and trying different structures and designs. This is my first wedding cake and it was a three tiered cake with three different flavored tiers, chocolate, yellow and lemon and all with bavarian cream filling. I chose a simple decoration with ruffles and sweet peas. Here are a few pics.

“It is possible for your mind to be so open that your brain falls out.”

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Getting Some Practice

I have been buying baking supplies for years and since starting my culinary degree at Grossmont College, I have been practicing more and more. Here are a few of my earlier yummies.

Easter Sugar Eggs

One has a duck and the other has a rabbit that were created with fondant.

Castle Birthday Cake

This cake was the first stacked cake I ever tried and it took a lot of time and prep. My sister, Ciara, stayed up late with me and helped. My little "fat dragon" was my favorite part. There were a total of 120 small flowers and the tops of the towers, doors, windows and everything purple had to be iced in addition to the cakes. Whew! Just looking at it makes me tired.

Halloween Spider Cake

The Halloween Spider Cake was my first tiered cake that used separators. I was pleased with the way the royal icing spider webs turned out. I didn't have any black frosting so you can see where I attached the spiders to the cake but it wasn't a big deal cause nobody could eat it anyway (it was a dummy cake).

“Blessed is the person who can laugh at himself — he'll never cease to be amused.”

Playing A Litte Catch-Up!

So a lot has been going on lately that I would have loved to blog about (if I only had a blog!). Now I finally do! So it's time to play catch-up so everyone knows what I've been up to lately. This blog will also be the Storybook Bakery blog after my website and business is up and running, but for now, this will be my personal baking creative journal. Enjoy!

In Loving Memory Of My Grandmother
Barbara Joann Meadows "Granny"
Killed By Intoxicated Driver on Dec. 7, 2008

“Experience is what causes a person to make new mistakes instead of old ones.”