Sunday, March 10, 2013

Gold and Pink Ruffled Cake

One funny thing as a cake decorator, I almost never make cakes for my own birthday. In the last 7 years that I have been decorating cakes, I think have only made a cake for myself twice.  This year, for some reason, I got the itch to go all out for my birthday and try some new things. Everyone and their brother has done a ruffled cake, but I had yet to do one, so I took the opportunity to purchase the Maggie Austin Craftsy course on fondant frills (mini-review forthcoming) as she was pretty much at the forefront of the ruffled cake trend.   There are tons of different ways to do ruffles on cakes, but stylistically, I have always preferred Maggie Austin's paper thin, organic looking ruffles to the thicker, more symmetrical ruffles I see on most cakes.  On top of the ruffles, I have been dying to do a pink and gold cake, a combination that I think is so feminine and elegant.

The ruffles were done with straight fondant and edged with antique gold luster dust mixed with vodka. The middle tier was covered in pink fondant and the painted with more antique gold luster and vodka.  I purposely went for visible brush marks with the pink peeking through a little bit. The whole concept was for the cake to be purposefully imperfect which is harder to do than you would think.

I originally planned for more sugar flowers on the cake but in the end, I decided on one lovely, white gum paste rose edged in gold.  Just enough, I think.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Back in the Saddle Again: 60th Birthday Go-Kart/Hockey Cake

There has been a severe lack of cake on this blog lately because this little hobby and I had to take a bit of break from one another.  Side note to anyone who wonders why I keep cake decorating strictly a hobby, being able to ditch it for a little while when I get frustrated with it is one very good reason.  Any way, the last cake I made back in the fall was a horrendous mess.  Nothing I did went right, and I pretty much hated it.  I never even took pictures of it.  After that cake, I just kind of got fed up with cake decorating and felt like I  sucked and was never going to do it again.  An exaggeration of course, but sometimes you just need a break.

I finally came out of semi-retirement to make a 60th birthday cake.  The birthday boy plays hockey and races go-karts, so the challenge was designing a cake that combined the two.  We decided to devote the top of cake to go-karting and the sides to hockey.

The side pieces were all hand cut out of fondant which was time-consuming, but the biggest challenge for me was modeling the go-kart.   The base was rice crispy treats shaped and covered with fondant.  While I would do a few things differently next time, I think the end result was not too bad.