Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Following a new path

Hi there, just wanted to let you know that I have a new path I am going to take for a while and see where it leads me.  Stay tuned for upcoming posts.  I am excited about it, and I hope you will be too!  Okay I have to get to work so you can see!

Monday, May 30, 2011

Sugar Fishing Lures

Here is a close up of those fondant fishing lures!  Just click on the picture to see all of them.

Bittersweet Graduation

On a side note, my nephew that I made this for found out he had cancer the day after his graduation. He has the same kind of cancer that Lance Armstrong had. The doctors are pretty positive that they have gotten it all, but he will still have to undergo chemo to make sure of that. He is a wonderfully sweet young man with so many dreams and hopes for the future, and I love him like one of my own. Please keep him and his family in your prayers. Thank you.

Here is a cake I did for my nephew's high school graduation.  I liked how the sugar pieces turned out, but I did NOT like having to put them on a buttercream cake.  The more I do all buttercream cakes, the more I do not like them.  I keep getting all of these little air bubbles in my current recipe, so the only thing I know to do is try yet another recipe.  I guess my only option right now is to do Italian meringue, but that requires me to refrigerate all of my cakes and I don't have an extra refrigerator to put them in.  I have tried going back to my all shortening based one, but the new shortenings are so heavy and they cause a lot of blow outs and sagging in the icing.  I just have to keep my chin up and charge away I guess.  When one door closes, another one opens.

The graduation cap is foam covered in fondant.  The tassel, jersey, emblem, and fishing lures are all fondant as well.  I had a super fun time making the fishing lures!  I think they would be great for a Father's Day cake, man's birthday, or groom's cake.  The cake itself is white cake with buttercream icing and the old style scrolls I learned so long ago and love.

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Lindsey's Cake

This cake was for a very sweet young lady.  The picture she gave me actually had the callas only a little on the top and on the side, but the buttecream on this one gave me so many fits that I just wanted to cover the whole cake up to hide all the buttercream horror.  I realized while making it how much I dearly LOVE fondant, teehee.  Now, if someone wants to give me a used refrigerator so I can use Italian buttercream, I would be more than happy to make more all buttercream wedding cakes.  But, for now, fondant is the winner for me.......espeically with the summer heat and humidity here!

Details......I made over 50 gumpaste calla lillies for this and I loved how they turned out.  I learned a few new tricks with them too.  :o)  The cake is not too big - a 10,8,6.  The fun tidbit on this one was that I had to take it fully assembled, so it had at least 11 dowels in it!  And praise the LORD, it made it all the way to Seymour in one piece!

Thursday, May 12, 2011

New Look

Hi sugar friends!  Sorry it has been so long since I posted, but my new job at the cookie company kept me pretty busy over the past few weeks.  I do have a wedding cake coming up this weekend though, and I will be posting the pictures from it as soon as I can.  In the meantime, I wanted a new look to my blog, and I finally found a look that I love.  I am still working on it and want to add things like a nifty signature and some nifty side bar fonts, but this is all very confusing to me, so please bear with me while I mess around with it all. 

Anyhoo, I am a super huge fan of country french, vintage, and shabby chic and this template screamed my name out when I saw it.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!  :o)