Saturday, June 25, 2011

Wonder Woman Cake

This is a cake I made for my brother-in-law Mario. He was so generous with hi birthday gift to me that I knew I had to bake him an awesome cake. At first he just told me to make it pretty and girly. (yeah, he's girly) But then hubby David, who as Mario's brother knows him pretty well, suggested the Wonder Woman theme.I asked Mario and he texted back with a big YES! so I got to work.

I looked around and found a cool cake in YouTube that I thought I could mimic. But looking at the cake I knew I'd need two cakes.

He has asked for a red velvet cake, so I searched online for a good recipe and decided to use the one by Paula Dean at the FoodTV website.  Very easy to do. I then decided to make my basic yellow cake, but since I was going to make cream cheese frosting for the red velvet cake I changed plans and baked a cream cheese cake. Th recipe was given to me by my aunt.

I used round pans for the bustier (the red velvet) and square pans for the pants (the cream-cheese cake). Then it was just a matter of carving. The results might be considered anatomically incorrect but hey! it is just cake!

Crumb coating the red velvet was a PITA, even though I left the cakes overnight on the fridge for easy carving. AS you can see in the pic above the red velvet cake looks like a science experiment gone wrong.

But in the end it was all worth it. I am very pleased with this cake. My only complaint is I wish I could have done the lasso differently.

More pictures here on my Photobucket

The idea for this cake I got it from this video:

Until the next one!!!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

BBQ themed Father's Day Cake

Cake I baked and decorated for Father's Day. Those small cans were a PITA to make because they are SMALL and I hand-painted the letters (Not a painter here).  Cake is basic yellow with a chocolate pudding filling. Covered in light green fondant with piped edges.  The figures were made a couple of days ago with fondant to which I added tylose powder.

Overall, I'm very pleased with how it turned out.


Happy Father's Day to everyone. I lost mine a couple of years ago, so I know he's smiling at me wherever he is :) Miss you Papi!

Cross posted at Cake Decorating and my Live Journal

Monday, June 6, 2011

Cake pops

They are labor intensive but not impossible. I used some left over buttercream I had in the fridge. Homemade buttercream is not as sweet as the store bought, IMO. I melted some CandyQuick chocolate, and made some pops. I ran into problems with the vanilla CandyQuick I bought so I decided to stop and do the rest for later. I'm thinking white chocolate should work better.

More pics here:

I confessed I'm a little bit hesitant about trying them so I'm gonna ask hubby and step-daughter to be my tasters later, LOL! (I did separated a itty bitty small one for me to try.)


Saturday, June 4, 2011

Cake done in a hurry

And by "done in a hurry" I meant exactly that.   I went to PR this past couple of weeks and my niece's birthday was during those days so I asked my mom if she could helped me with the cake. Since I didn't want to deal with the high humidity (humidity + fondant in PR = NOT a good combination) I decided to make it from the box and use store bought icing.  It goes against everything in me to use store bought icing, but I was not in my kitchen, I had had issues with the humidity in the past (last year to be exact. I don't know how bakers in the island deal with it, honestly) and like I said, it was a rather hurried cake.

I have to say I am actually please with the way it turned out. My mom baked the cake earlier and I took over the decorating. I basically decided to use one jar of vanilla white icing and one can of pink icing so I could do stars or flowers.  It was limited but It'll have to do. 

I frosted the cake and smoothed it as much as I could. While I was doing that the birthday girl have already arrived and she got to see me doing the pink stars along the edge of the cake with the canned frosting.  I decided to make it work for me. Simple as that. And my niece loved it, which to me was the most important part.