Friday, September 30, 2011
I made my roses and all the detailing decorating with buttercream icing.
Saturday, September 17, 2011
I also managed to make the Illinois State Mascot - the Red Bird on a few of the cupcakes. I hope they enjoy! They sure looked tasty!
Friday, September 16, 2011
Then the cake!!! I had found so much inspiration for the cake. The background of the cake was made using Wilton's Color Mist sprays in Red, Yellow & Black. I took a piece of parchment paper and cut out my design and laid it on the cake after I frosted it in buttercream frosting. Then I applied the color mist.
Then I piped on the greeting in black and also the shell border. Then I worked on the images of the two characters and then the Bakugan logo.
Just another view.
Here is a view of the side of the cake. I wish the color mist of the black would have come out darker but it still looks neat.
And here is the whole view! I hear the guest of honor was very excited about his goodies! I hope the party goes off without hitch tonight! Happy Birthday Jack!!!!
Monday, September 12, 2011
I made the propeller out of white chocolate. I tried to make the cake look like the airplane was looking to land and that it was flying through the clouds.
A view of the birthday greeting.
Back view of the plane.
Here you can see that the plane is elevated above the half sheet cake.
Close up of the plane.
I put the kids' last name on the plane.
Side view showing the detail on the hangar.
Back view of the hangar.
Better front view of the hangar.
Another back view showing the "bushes", "trees" and "clouds".
Full back view of the cake.
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
I'm actually impressed with my handwriting on this cake but then I remembered that I used the guides that came with my Wilton Cake Decorating kit.
This is a little blurry but I did some more basket weaving on this cake.
I'm real happy with how this cake turned out.
Monday, September 5, 2011
Here I did some basket weaving with a rosette border.
I had some pretty flowers on the cake. A few daffodils and roses.
Oh and a pansy!
I'm glad I took photos of my past cakes because it's neat to see how far I've come! Thank goodness my writing has improved!!
Sunday, September 4, 2011
These were the best ones out of just over 2 dozen that I made. Unfortunately, I learned what many beginner cake pop makers learned, that cake pops can crack and just not turn out.
Here's a clear example of one that decided to pop out some of the cake inside through part of the weakest point of the cake pop.
And here are photos of the many cracked football pops. It's good to go through something like this because I learned a lot for sure making these. All the other cake pops I've made I've really lucked out and not had to experience this. But after reading about them a lot I realized the key errors I made. First, I shaped them too tightly. And secondly, I put them in the freezer and then dipped them. The cake balls need to be shaped tight enough but not too tight that they can't expand once they get dipped in chocolate. I froze them because I had just shaped them into footballs and needed to dip them. I typically shape them the night before and dip them the next day. I ran out of time. So it's good to have this happen so I know now how to avoid the same mistakes in the future.
Here are all the football cake pops bagged and ready for the party.
And OOps!! One just HAD to be tested for quality purposes!!! My hubby requested chocolate cake with Oreos. Yummy combination! Though many of them are cracked, his friends sure won't mind!
Thursday, September 1, 2011
So in my recent week of baking I had made an extra 8 x 8 cake. I knew when I had the time I was going to test out the airplane body and how I wanted to carve it, etc. So this is my first attempt. I'm so pleased with it. I didn't do any detailing because this was just my test. I really wanted to make sure I could get the shape and size appropriately. Plus figure out the timing on it so I know how to plan out my week when I make the real deal!
I also came across a new product - well new to me at least. Wilton's Color Mist. I have a photo of the can at the very end of this post. I won't use it on the end product but I wanted to see how it was going to turn out because I'm toying with using it on another cake I'll be making next week too. I think I still need to do some practicing. But I dirty iced the plane cake with basic buttercream and then put it in the freezer to set as I didn't have time to let it set in the fridge over night.
Then I put another clean layer of buttercream on the plane and then sprayed it all with color mist. Here is a photo of the plane from above. It's all cake minus the "white clouds" which is just frosting.
And here is the color mist. A few tidbits of info. Like hairspray - when this is used you can definitely smell an "off" kind of odor because of it being an aerosol can. So definitely use this in a highly ventilated area. I ended up blowing my nose about a 1/2 hour after I was done decorating and cleaning up and not to be gross or anything - but the kleenex was covered in red coloring from the mist. Be careful as with any kind of "painting" that you don't layer on too much. I had a couple of heavy spots which made little runs on the frosting. I attempted to use a paper towel to clean them up but it ended up removing part of the frosting instead of just the running color. Would I use the product again?!? Most likely. Until I can afford and get my own airbrush machine, I will continue to play and work with these color mists.