Sunday, December 16, 2007

Most Adorable Child in the World

I just had to post this picture of Hunter and his sisters. Haleigh is on the left. Columbia is on the right. We had some family pictures taken at Thanksgiving and this just happens to be my favorite! Isn't he adorable?!?! From the grin on his face you can see he likes to be the center of attention.

When I told Hunter I wanted to show this picture to everyone he was mortified! He told me if I showed his friends at school he was going to dock my paycheck for a week! Too funny!

Monday, November 26, 2007

Harry Potter cake

Here's the latest cake. Harry Potter theme done for my friend's son on his 11th birthday. The top part of the cake (the owl and the snitches) actually are motorized and rotate around the top of the broom. Everything you see here is edible and my father-in-law built a custom cake stand which can be fitted with an MP3 player and speakers. This cake played the theme from the Harry Potter movie. The cake is a stack of books with the broomstick resting on top. The broomstick itself is made of scuplted and carved gum paste then painted with food coloring. The broom straws are all made from modeling chocolate and were individually rolled and attached. The wand and cauldron are made of gum paste and the rat made of fondant. The cake was even edible! Chocolate cake with chocolate frosting. Yummy!




















This is a close-up of the broom and wand with Gryffindor house scarf wrapped around the books.







This is the a close-up of the quill, cauldron (which was later filled with cotton candy to simulate steaming potion), and Scabbers the rat peaking out from between the books. The quill is made of gum paste then painted with food coloring and is completely edible.

This is the part of the cake which rotated. The switch activated a gear box hidden inside the books and made the top part rotate to simulate the snitches flying around. I tried to make Harry fly after the snitch but he kept joining the headless hunt. A headless Harry Potter wasn't what I was aiming for so the 2 snitch arrangement worked out better.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Totally Awesome Ace of Cakes contest

October 20th I participated in a cake decorating contest which was judged by none other than Food Network's 'Ace of Cakes', Duff Goldman(http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/show_db or http://www.charmcitycakes.com/). The contest was part of a fund raiser for the Discovery Center Museum in Rockford, IL. A total of 60 cakes were entered with only 3 prizes to be had. Sadly, I didn't get one of those prizes, however would say I finished in the top 10. Not too shabby considering this is only the 6th or 7th cake I've ever made. Maybe I did so well because Hunter helped me with some of the bones.

Anyway, the rules were 1.) the cake couldn't be bigger than 24 inches x 24 inches (yes, mine was exactly 24 x 24), 2.) no heigh limit, 3.) must fit the theme of "Totally Awesome", and 4.) all exterior decorations MUST be edible. This was NOT your Mamma's cake decorating! Talk about 'non-traditional'!

Everything you see in the pictures is edible. If it is brown...it's chocolate so you can imagine how hungry we were having that thing in the car for transport! There was some pretty good competition and most of the people who entered were professional cake decorators with their own businesses. The grand prize winner had moving parts and lighted flowers in his cake. The 2nd place guy built a hot rod car which made noise, vibrated like it was running, and shot flames out of the exhaust pipes. I should have made mine motion sensitive so it roared when you walked past it. Good idea for next time!

The best thing about the entire experience was the lecture on Saturday. Duff critiqued each cake in the contest in front of an auditorium filled with 800+ people. When he got to my cake he suggested that everyone in the theater go and look at it because the detail was so wonderful. Excellent feedback and a huge ego boost for me, let me tell you!

Anyway, plans are in the works for the next cake I'm making. It will be Harry Potter themed for my friend's son's birthday and has already got sound and motion incorporated into the design. Now I just need to add some light somewhere and the boy will be the happiest 10 year old on the planet! I'll post pix when it's done.

Since the blog isn't cooperating tonight here is a rundown of the pix posted:
1.) General view of the cake just before we transported it.
2.) Close-up of the lower left corner
3.) Duff 'Ace of Cakes' Goldman signing autographs for Hunter and I
4.) Close-up of top layer
5.) Close-up of bottom front
6.) Close-up of upper left


























































Thursday, August 09, 2007

Cakes, Cakes, and more Cakes!

I've been blog lazy over the last few months so the updates are going to be out of order. Although I have lots of other things to add this one is all about cakes. I've been watching a show on Food Network called "Ace of Cakes" and have found I really enjoy making 3D cakes. My Mum always decorated cakes as does my Aunt Daphne and both have made some really great cakes in my lifetime. I've been unable to take the courses to learn about flowers yet but it's on my list of stuff to do. Anyway, these are the latest cakes...and by looking at them you can probably tell that I learned something new with each one (trial and error being the best teacher). Sorry I can't send a slice along with them!
Columbia got hunky construction workers for her cake. The guys are styled after the 2 main characters from the 'Ace of Cakes' show on Food Network. On this one I learned the importance of supports and using a dense cake to support my design. I suppose you can tell that by looking at the picture, though!



Haleigh loves Peeps marshmallow candies. She is also a BIG fan of the colour pink. During this cake's creation Haleigh completely avoided coming into the kitchen because she didn't want to see what the cake was going to be before it was finished. Happily for me, she was tickled pink!








The same wonderful hair stylist has been putting up with our entire famliy for more than 3 years. Her Mom wasn't going to be around to make her a birthday cake (for her 22nd birthday) and, as much as I hated to admit it, I'm old enough to be her mother. To me it only meant I should make her a cake since everyone deserves a cake on their birthday. I made sure to surprise her at work so she could show it off to her co-workers. Everything on this cake is edible...including the scissors and comb.

Monday, March 05, 2007

My birthday cake


Here's a quick shot of my birthday cake. It was just a quickie so I'll put some better pictures up later. Haleigh's birthday is next month so I guess you'll have to put up with another cake picture next month!

Monday, February 19, 2007

"Pupcakes"




Hunter helped me with these cute cupcakes and christened them as "Pupcakes". Mostly he helped with the eating and clean-up of any extra frosting. Still...it was fun. If I had my career to start over again I might consider opening a bakery or something like that. We'll see if I can rise to the next challenge of a penguin cake for my birthday!




















Saturday, February 10, 2007

Happy 7th Birthday, Hunter!

In January we discovered a new series on Food Network called "Ace of Cakes". It is a 'reality' show about a young man who started his own bakery and wanted to make 3D and sculptured cakes. While watching the New Year's Eve marathon of the show Hunter decided that I could make cakes of the same type...COMPLICATED! I argued for saving my sanity but he told me I could do anything I put my mind to.

After a small amount of questioning why, exactly, I had thought it important to teach my son HE could do anything he put his mind to...I decided to try being a role model for him and give it a shot. His first request was to make a cake which looked like a German Shepard. No way. I managed to convince him to try something else. Finally he decided he wanted a cake that looked like a snake about to eat a mouse. Unusual and, as it turns out, not impossible! Everything on this cake is edible with the single exception of the support I used to hold the snake's head up. Here are the pix:

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Ice and snow


We've had a bit of winter weather lately. It seems to hit on a weekend and last for a solid week before it warms up a bit. Here's a quick shot of the ice Jay had to break off his car a week ago. most of it is still on the ground as it hasn't been warm enough to get rid of it! Now we're back down to what the weathermen describe as "bitterly cold" so I suppose we're stuck with it for a while. Wish us luck and sunshine!!!