Thursday, August 22, 2013

Baby Shower Twin Boys Cake Topper

Having a new addition to the family is such an exciting time, imagine if it is times two! My co worker Debbie is going to be a first time grandmother to identical twin boys!  I was going to make the baby shower cake for her daughter initially but unfortunately,  I will be away that day.  Glad Debbie came up with the idea of still letting me make the toppers for the cake. I used first impression's baby mold and cmc fondant for the details.  I'm really glad I'm still able to do this for her.  Congratulations Deb and best wishes to your daughter!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Wrestling Ring Birthday Cake

Two weeks ago I had the pleasure of making a cake for a friend from college and her boyfriend. I haven't seen my friend for ages and I was very happy to get in touch with her again.  She saw my  cake posts on facebook and she asked me to make a cake for her boyfriend who is celebrating his birthday.  Her boyfriend is a big wrestling fan particularly CM Punk,  so I decided to make a wrestling ring with CM Punk's logo on the cake.  I delivered the cake Saturday and was really happy that I was able to put a smile on the celebrant's face.  A couple of days after,  my friend tagged me on an instagram post telling me her boyfriend finally cut the cake!  I'm glad he liked it so much he didn't want to cut it right away,  but of course it is meant to be eaten. 

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

The Grand Finale!


Our final cake theme was destination weddings.  Our class couldn't really decide on the theme so to make it fair for everyone we had to pick our destinations out of a chefs hat.  I initially picked Hawaii which to be quite honest, I wasn't really too crazy about it since I already did a beach themed cake.  My classmate on the other hand picked Japan which thankfully she wasn't really too crazy about it as well.  So we decided to swap and that's how I got Japan as my destination. This final was actually very important not only because this was our last project for the program, but, we were also judged by industry professionals.  We had 3 judges, Anne Heap from the Pink Cake Box, Charlotte Neuville from The Fashion Chef and Penny Stanckiewicz from Sugar Couture.  It was definitely an added pressure to be judged by them, but at the same time it was a great chance for us to network and show them what we've learned. For my design, I decided to stay away from the traditional white wedding cake and went for the red and gold instead.  I added sugar flowers (hydrangeas and cherry blossoms) as well as gold fans for the details.  Making the flowers took me hours ! But the end result was worth it. The piping and gold bands were hand painted.  I seriously thought I wouldn't be able to finish the cake but thankfully I did,  just in time for judging.  Anne Heap provided the feedback.  She liked my design and how it really captured my destination. She also gave me tips on areas where I can improve so that was an added bonus. I'm a perfectionist and I'm my own worst critic,  but I'm actually really happy and proud of this cake.  It's very rare for me to appreciate my work because I can always see the flaws, but with this one, I'm actually very happy and content on how it turned out.  Definitely looking forward to more projects like this one and I can't wait to see what the future holds for me in the cake world.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Goodbye School

Last week was my final week of school, and although a huge weight is off my shoulders now,  I know I will definitely miss it.  Going back to school to get training for something that I am really passionate about is definitely one of the best decisions of my life. It involved a lot of sacrifice time wise, money wise and at times health wise.   I wouldn't have done it without my family and friends support since they really encouraged me to just go for it and never look back.  This school opened so many wonderful opportunities for me and I've met so many wonderful people along the way.  I will always remember the stressful but fun projects, the family meals, the disaster cakes,  the late night train rides on the 6 with my classmates, the sleepless nights thinking about cake, etc.  It was definitely a great experience for me and I'm so glad I did it. But like everything in this world,  it has to end, and it is just up to me  to go out there and apply what I learned and show the world what I can offer.  I know it wont get any easier from here, no more chefs to ask  or to fix the problem, no more free materials, etc. I'm hoping for the best and excited for what's next, but right now, I'm just savoring this accomplishment.  All I can say is, my sleepless nights were definitely worth it.  

 During our graduation class photo.  Wonderful group of people! It was never a competition for us, each of us helped each other to get better at this craft and can always lean on each other for any type of help or support. (L-R) Joe, Vera, Susan Danielle, Myself, Stefania & Latisha
Back Row (Chef Cynthia & Chef Toni)
Finally got the hat!

 Cake peeps

Toasting to our success and for our future!
Sunday, August 11, 2013

Super Mario Topsy Turvy Grooms Cake

This was my second to the last project for school so the chef told us to have as much fun with it as possible (since our final project will be a stressful one lol!).  Never really made a topsy turvy cake before so I was very excited to try this design out.  The theme is all about the groom.  I figured my groom would be a lover of video games, kinda like how my husband is.  I could have easily picked call of duty but I really want this cake to be fun and colorful so I picked the Super Mario theme.  Everything is molded and painted by yours truly.  I was very happy how this cake turned out.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Pearls & Lace Wedding Cake

One of our major projects in class was to recreate a wedding cake based on a wedding dress. Since I just got married less than a year ago I thought, what a great cake to make!  Of course, I wouldn't miss the opportunity of using my wedding dress as an inspiration to this cake.  I always like the classic look and really love lace so it was no surprise that I went that route for my wedding dress design.  My dress was custom made in the Philippines and was made out of lace, Spanish tulle, small pearls and rhinestones.  I picked 2 elements that I really love about my dress and those are the lace appliques and the pearls,  so that's basically how my design came to life.  
Here are the materials that I used to create the design for my wedding dress cake:
2 Lace applique molds from Etsy (I'm obsessed with Etsy!)
Pearl Molds by First Impressions
Flowers on top are made out sugar paste and dusted with a subtle petal and pearl dust

This cake was definitely fun to make, a lot of molding to create the details but definitely worth it.
Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Pink Chanel Quilted Handbag Cake

The chef told me, "you carved the cake too thin!"  My face turned white and I started sweating and feeling all nervous that the structure wouldn't hold up.  This cake was definitely a challenging one, since this is only my second time carving a cake. In my attempt to make the cake look like the real thing, I carved the heck out of it!  So when the chef saw what I did, boy was she nervous for me (imagine what I was feeling). 

I chose the Chanel quilted handbag as my prototype since I really like quilted textures.  This particular handbag is very skinny/thin or whatever you want to describe it in real life so I thought,  let me carve it to the exact size.  While I was building the structure of this cake, it didn't hold up at all, it kept on falling and I was getting very frustrated so I had to think really fast to find a solution to this headache.
The following were my initial plans:
1. Bake another batch of cake, super FAST! and if it doesn't bake right pretend it's a new recipe.
 (did not work)
2. Glue the cake together (Definitely would not work, unless I'm baking this cake for someone I don't like)
3.) Cry in the corner while eating my failed cake
None of those plans worked and then it hit me!  I should build my cake lying down! and so I did.
1.) Built it lying down and wrapped it super tight and froze it for a good half hour
2.) Removed the cake and made it stand (as pictured) since it is stable enough
3.) Masked the cake with buttercream
4.) Refrigerated the cake again
4.) Covered with fondant
5.) Doweled like crazy to support the structure
6.) Finished of the details
The cake held up! My chef's final review? She loved it and said she would definitely use the bag lol!
Thank goodness I didn't give up on this one or cried in the corner otherwise I would look like a fool eating cake.