Monday, June 20, 2011

Angry Birds Cake


It's really been awhile since I posted a cake here or made a cake. I was suppose to make one a year ago for my little boy but I just didn't have enough time to do it. This years theme was Angry Birds, and I decided to lock-in to that theme since its only typical for almost 5 year old boys to change their minds quite often.

Topper
I had to make 2 sets of toppers for the actual birthday and the kids party since his birthday wasn't a weekend. I cheated and bought a 6" round cake at Walmart, luckily I was able to find a perfect chocolate fudge cake. My son was so pleased.



The second cake had more that 2 toppers. It took me about two days to finish all of the toppers. But I was so happy with the results and so was my 5 year old.
The Cake
Although the first cake was store-bought I wanted to add my touch. Aside from the toppers I made I added a pretzel sling shot, I used tinted gumpaste to glue pieces of rods of pretzels. I also made grass from a store-bought green frosting and added milk chocolate rocks I also bought from Walmart. They're about $4 (12oz. ) , I already spotted them even before and I made a mental note that I will use them someday.

Cake #2 is just a basic chocolate sheet cake frosted with buttercream, covered in marshmallow fondant topped with the larger set of characters. The cake was was not my original plan, I wanted to add a smaller cake to make it 2-tiered but I ran out of buttercream. I researched some cake designs and some of them used candy bars. I also bought pre-made Icing Decorations since they were on sale in my local craft store for $1. So those were the last minute details I added to my cake.

Tools and Techniques

~ This is a best topper medium I have ever used. Very stable and very predictable. But I used half and half marshmallow fondant. Even with the half and half mixture it dried up so well. I should have used this medium sooner. I also didn't have any problem with coloring it.

Tinting 101 - My Way
~ At first I was very skeptical about getting the right colors for the bird and pig toppers. I always get comments that its hard to tint especially if you use darker colors. The best advise I can give is : KEEP WORKING UNTIL YOU GET IT. I did use a lot of gel colors and it does take awhile to get the right hues. Don't be afraid to get your hands all messy.

As for really darker colors, you can dab gel colors with your fingers unto your gumpaste or MMF. I only use Wilton gel colors , I was told before they work well with fondant. And so far it has done the job for me.You can also click here , to see more tinting tips from the Wilton site.

Painting MMF
~ This was first time to paint a whole cake covered in MMF. I didn't have enough time to think about how I was going to finish the cake before I place my toppers so I decided to paint it. Fortunately it turned out so well, I simply used gel colors and clear vanilla to thin the color and I used it like watercolor. This also made the MMF tacky and it was the perfect glue to pre-made icing decorations . It was fun and I think I will paint more cakes next time.




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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

LOST : YouTube Channel!

I have been trying to access my channel yesterday but after how many attempts I stopped. Then today I tried it again. I don't know if there was a bug but the resets always gave me "account permanently disabled". It was probably after the 4th attempt that it sink on me that my account could be GONE for GOOD! There was a pinch of panic for a couple of minutes as I tried the link of my old account. But it was too late. It was gone, gone as in GONE!

I felt a little melancholy-ish for I know I had that account for as long as I can remember. I had a lot comments and messages from people who became my web friends since I started my cake hobby. It came first before this blog, and there are so many things that I feel I lost when I realized my old account vanished.

The upside to this is that I can create a new channel that will totally have the same name as this blog : MyCakesandthelike. Right now, I cannot find enough time to upload and edit all the videos so hopefully sometime soon I will be able to do that and the channel will be live.

If you have any questions though, just leave comments for me or follow me on Twitter. For now you can also visit my OneTrueMedia Share Page to view some of my videos. See you guys soon in YouTube!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

I got my camera back!

It's been about 2 weeks now since I got my camera back. So I decided to post a slideshow from my Ovi Share album since I have not made anything recently. The pictures are more clear now compared to the one's in Flickr. I hope you enjoy watching.


Tuesday, September 22, 2009

My First Baby Shower Cake


On my last blog entry, I mentioned that I will be on a cake hiatus. At least that was what I thought. Honestly, as much as enjoy making cakes I also get burned out after making one so it always comes to a point almost all the time I would say to myself " I need to take a break from this...".

I did have a break from my cake hobby for 2 months then I get a call from a dear friend. She is in her third trimester and I knew that a baby shower is being planned for her. About 3 weeks before her party she said she would want me to make a cake for her. I couldn't say no to her so I agreed to make her shower cake.

Topper
Weeks prior to the party I received my friend's shower invitation and it became the inspiration to her cake. It was a very cute card with a "Pea in a Pod" theme. I was happy because when I make cakes, it does take me a lot of time to research on what to make. I just followed some of the details that I found pretty much on the card. I wanted it to be simple but I wanted to make sure that anyone that saw the invitation will know where I got my inspiration from. And so I made a topper with a baby on a pea. I really had fun with this topper and to avoid any disaster I just used my favorite medium, pure MMF. But it has to be made ahead to let it stiffen.


Petit Fours
My friend said that she didn't want a tiered cake so I asked her if she wanted a round or square cake so I can decide if I make cupcakes or petit fours. She wanted a square one, I decided on the petit fours. This was my first time to make this. And it was really nerve wracking, but in spite of all that I finished at 11pm the night before her party and I was so happy.

Somehow the petit fours didn't turn out the way I wanted them to but they still looked dainty and the guests enjoyed them. For my petit four base, I used vanilla cake recipe and made another variant with dark chocolate to have a marbled effect. I also used dark chocolate ganache for filling on the plain vanilla cakes.

The glazing part was the most trickiest part of all and I didn't enjoy it at all. I know that the small cakes should be fully covered but I realized that the petit four icing was overwhelming sweet since it was made of powdered sugar and light corn syrup. So I went went just dripping some of the icing and just made sure that the tops were fully covered.

Tools and Techniques
For this cake, I purchased the following to ease with the decoration:

~its a really good tool to have, it did cut the decorating time.


Wilton Pearl Dust

Leaf Green

~ to highlight the flower cuts and the large pea pod


Ruby Red

~ to add color to the cheeks on the baby topper



This was a new experience to me and just like any of my creations I enjoyed making this cake most especially that it was made for a very dear friend.

*Sorry for the quality of the pictures, I will post more pics when I have my camera. I left it at my friends house :)