Archive for April, 2009

Flowers and fondant!

April 29, 2009

I’m finally getting around to updating again, yay!   I learned a few fancier (and more difficult) flowers:

apple blossoms

primroses

daffodils

Apple blossoms, primroses, and daffodils, respectively!  The best part about making these was using royal icing; as opposed to buttercream icing, royal icing doesn’t use any crisco (it’s basically just powdered sugar and water, really), which means that I don’t have to spend an inordinate amount of time cleaning pastry bags afterwards!

I’ve also begun working with fondant, and here’s my first fondant-covered cake:

fondantcake1

I got lazy and just stuck the flowers on the cake with purple icing because that’s just what I happened to have on hand, so that’s why there are globs of purple.  I think my first trial with fondant went pretty well; there are a few wrinkles at the bottom of the cake, and the icing was rather thick underneath so the top edges started to slump after a while.  But the fondant didn’t tear at all, so overall it was a pleasing first try.  Oh, and I finally got the shade of turquoise that I was aiming for in the previous cake!

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So. Incredibly. Turquoise.

April 6, 2009

It’s been far too long since I last updated!  Rest assured, I have been continuing to hone my cake-decorating skills!

I learned to make some simple drop flowers, and I made about 35 of them… This one was the best:

perfection

I switched from pink to orange icing halfway through making them, and this one turned out really cool with an orange center and pink petals as a result.

For the cake I wanted a really bright turqoise, but rather than buying the correct colour of food colouring I tried to make my own, and in the process of trying to tweak it to perfection I ended up using an ABSURD amount of food colouring.  The result was guaranteed to stain your tongue an incredibly stunning shade of blue. 

Some views of the finished cake:

So turquoise: view 1

So turquoise: view 2

So turquoise: view 3

The shell border at the bottom looked pretty crappy, but I wasn’t using the correct icing consistency because I was so tired of working on this cake by the time I got to that part that I just wanted to finish it already.

Overall I was pretty pleased with it, although I might try recreating it with a better shade of turquoise.