Friday, December 11, 2009
Hi everyone! I'm posting my latest creation...a Christmas cake for the PG&E party at Rosa's Restaurant in Pismo Beach last night. It was a replica of the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant...complete with a little Christmas tree off to the right, beside one of the reactors! There were waaaaaay to many little buildings on the site to be incorporated into the cake, but I got the main ones; the turbine building in front, the two reactors behind that, and an auxillary building in the back. Of course, I had to get the shoreline into the scene (piping gel that was tinted blue, with white royal icing 'whitecaps'). Too much fun! The true test, though, was whether or not the engineers would be impressed....they were!!!!!! (Phew!)
Monday, November 2, 2009
This was such a fun wedding cake request. The groom has a private plane just like the model in the photo. The couple requested a modern, three-tiered, off-set square cake with a banner that was attached to the airplane that read "Just Married." The bride chose beautiful jewel-tone colors for her flowers, and the very talented Melinda Lynch from Festive Designs placed them on the cake. The dynamic duo of Michael and Maren from AppleMoon Photography took this great photo. (A big thank you to all three of you!)
Monday, August 31, 2009
If simple and romantic is the theme for the day, then this little cake fits the bill perfectly. It's a white genoise cake filled with vanilla buttercream. The whole cake was covered with Italian Meringue Buttercream which is my absolute favorite of all the buttercreams in existence! It is light and creamy and won't mask the flavors of the cake and filling underneath. YUM!
And....when it comes to flowers on a cake, I LOVE to make them out of sugarpaste or chocolate. I can literally spend hours in the kitchen (usually forgetting to eat lunch) cutting out petals, assembling them, one-at-a-time, to form each individual flower, allowing it time to dry, then finally bringing it to life by painting it with petal dust mixed with clear alcohol. Everything is completely edible....but most people don't, preferring, instead, to save them for other occasions (like an anniversary cake), or as a momento of their BIG DAY. If stored properly, these beauties will probably outlast the recipients!
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
For all you Stephenie Meyer fans, here's a cake that might make your blood curdle! A gentleman called me for a birthday cake for his wife who is really into the whole vampire series of books by Ms. Meyer. The theme for her party was based on "Twilight". After some collaboration, we decided on a casket-shaped cake complete with nifty accents, like the sugar paste tombstone, chocolate rats and blackened rose.
This was a carrot cake with cream cheese filling, covered with modeling chocolate and sugar paste accents. The cake board was covered in fondant that was made to look like cobblestones by using an impression mat. That weedy-looking stuff climbing up the casket is royal icing.
Not to state the obvious, but this would be a fun Halloween cake! I'm sure Dracula would approve.
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Okay...I know it's been a while since I last posted, but the oven has been going non-stop and the cakes are flying out of the kitchen!
I just dropped off another seashell-themed wedding cake, this time to the beautiful Sea Venture Resort down in Pismo Beach. It's a small wedding (only 35 people), but, oh boy....you can't beat the location. The fog had burned off and the view of the ocean was fantastic!
The bride requested the colors to be white and periwinkle, so I covered the cake in white fondant and sponged it with periwinkle royal icing, then added a sheer periwinkle ribbon around the base of each tier. The seashells are white chocolate that I 'painted' with various colored luster and pearl dusts. The cake itself was white genoise with strawberry cream cheese filling.
This seashell design is very popular here on the Central Coast (for obvious reasons!) and I love making the edible decorations. You could also add edible coral, cute little seahorses, fish, bubbles...the sky's the limit. (Or should I say....the ocean?)