Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Royal Icing Flowers - Wilton Course 3

This was last nights class, although I'm not sure why you would use craft stamens, they aren't edible. Yes, it gives the full affect, I suppose. Turned out not too bad, I think for a first try, with practice I'm sure they will get better.

Luau Cake

I was thrown into a theme that same weekend when I took Stirling present shopping for Dad. We ended up with a Hawaiin themed party, and I tried to take it a step further with the cake. David gave me so many ideas and I ran with one of them. I made all the royal icing flowers and leaves that Sunday, baked on Tuesday and decorated that Wednesday. I really liked how it turned out and everyone at the party was quite impressed.

David chose chocolate with orange flavoured icing (tasted like creamsicle) and I chose fresh strawberries and whipped cream (3 dams high) for the filling. It was delicious!

The Gift - Wilton Course 2 Final & Course 3 Fondant Rose

This is the fondant cake that I made last weekend and decorated in the fondant during class that Tuesday. I was working on this one as well as David's birthday cake pretty much at the same time. I needed his for last Wednesday.

I must say I was quite impressed working with the fondant, it was much easier than I thought it would be. I'm terrible at over thinking things to much and overwhelm myself. This was far from overwhelming.
We also made fondant roses, which I really loved. Tedious but simple. June 2009.

I made the fondant centres that Sunday too.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Daisy Cupcakes

Making royal icing daisies, and leaves (all set up for 4 days) and affixing them onto the coloured lollipop sticks.

I had everything done by the night before his grad; I chose to put the daisies in the cupcakes at school for easier transportation. Everything was edible except the food coloured lollipop stick (Wilton doesn't make them anymore, I was told, so I improvised) They were a hit with kids, and I especially enjoyed all the comments from the parents.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Flower Basket Cake - Wilton Course 2

Course 2 I took in May 2009; while making all of the Royal Icing flowers each class to prepare for the final result of the Basket Weave Floral Cake we had to make, I was also making some cupcakes slowly for my son who had seen them in my course manual. Some red colour flow icing, four days and a little edible marker we had ladybugs.
The cake I assembled was a few days before I had to have the cupcakes finished for my sons preschool graduation party. The final class was tedious, but I really liked how it came out in the end. I enjoyed the process of making the Royal Icing Flowers and have made many since.

Grape Vine Loaf Cake - Wilton Course 1 Final

This was the cake I chose to make for my final Course 1 Class. April 2009. Thank goodness for all the new toys I learned that existed. I know so many techniques, I'm having a ball!

Black Eyed Susan's

With the leftover icing from Class 2, I did something similar to these in the colours that were on the "Rainbow" cake. The following class I had these colours left over and iced some simple sugar cookies with the buttercream icing; my "Black Eyed Susan's". I enjoy working with the Wilton recipe better than my own true buttercream recipe, the shortening version has a better consistency to work with. I sent these to my son's preschool, they were a hit.

"Rainbow" Cake - Wilton Course 1

Course 1 Wilton Cake Decorating; this was the first cake we had to make in the course; April 2009. Kayley is our dog ( I couldn't think of anyone else to put on it that would make sense at the time), she did not get to eat it though.

"Train" Character Cake

My next character cake November 2008; the only problem was I couldn't find Royal Blue Wilton icing colourant so I had to use Delphnium Blue instead; kind of dull blue grey but over all it turned out well. My son loved it and so did his friends. Unfortunately, we had arguments on who got to eat the licorice and the people's faces.

"Purple Pansie" Cake

November 2008, I decided to work on my icing skills, but I just couldn't get my buttercream pansies right. I also didn't do much in the line of cakes the year before (I felt I owed my mom a great cake), as I was pregnant and on medical leave at six months until September when she was born, followed by sleepless nights and no energy. I loved my mom's reaction; she loved it!

"Butterfly" Character Cake

This one I did two of; it was my first character cake and I tried it with store bought icing to see which was better. The one that didn't turn out so well I made on her birthday and the better one I made with real buttercream icing (not the Wilton recipe) for her party with family and friends we had on the weekend. September 2008. I must say I stopped using store bought icing after that, if I recall. I guessed as to where the raised portions of the cake were. Considering most of it stuck in the pan again. Ahhh, thank god for cake release.

Strawberries & Whipped Cream

This one I did for my husband's birthday June 2008. I stuck with the whipped cream for the icing and fanned fresh cut strawberries on the top. I also chopped some for the filling as well.

Blue Smiley-Faced Disaster

Stirling asked for a cake with a blue smiley face on it one day. This was before I knew what wilton cake release was, I was always having problems getting my cakes out of the pan in one piece. So this would be one of my cake disasters April 2008.

Light Blue Whipped Cream w. Sprinkles

This is November 2007; I went simple; I was going through a whipped cream faze and that was my icing of choice. Nothing too special, but it sure was delicious. Sorry it's not the greatest shot, I didn't make it a habit of taking pictures of my cakes until recently.

"Curious George" Cake

This blog I am setting aside to showcase some of the cakes I have done over the years and to possibly include some of my cake disasters from many years ago. I am currently taking the Wilton Cake Decorating Course 3; having completed Courses 1 and 2 just recently. I feel really confident in what I have made in these past few months and am interested in possibly selling to the public as a very small home-based business. I'm unsure if I want to get into wedding cakes, I would prefer birthdays and other occasions; cakes and cookies. These are some of my creations; I love to experiment with flavours and all different types of icing. Please enjoy!

Made November 2006; this was my first attempt at what I call a real cake; Stirling's first birthday we bought a cake and had a picture of Poko put on the face of it, but none of us were impressed with the quality. Since then I have made all of the family's birthday cakes. This is before I knew anything about piping gel; hence the blue that I used as my grid to try to copy Curious George's head onto the cake. I think it turned out quite well.