Monday, June 15, 2015

The Beauty of Buttercream

I know it seems like ages that I posted anything on this blog but its just that a lot has happened to my life and cake decorating hobby took a long hiatus. I have been making cakes but more of the Swiss Meringue Buttercream ( SMBC ) kind.

Before I used to think that soft icing like Boiled Icing ( which I am used to having as a child ) will never add a classy, clean or fancy finish to cakes. This was the very reason why I fell in love with Fondant cake in the first place. But lately with the advent of Pinterest it seems that my impression was changed.

Although some of the cakes that I will be sharing are not mine  , I just want to show that soft icing ( like SMBC covered kinds ) can be just as beautiful and appealing as the Fondant covered type. 

The first cake is a rosette cake covered in SMBC. This cake may seem intimidating but the technique is quite simple. Practice is key.

This cake is an #AdventureTimeCake covered in SMBC.
And I like to note that the toppers ( #Finn&Jakecake) on this cake are actually candy melt silhouette which I am hoping to make tutorial in my future posts.

By the way these were all made by my sister and she too is a novice in cake making. So i think with practice and research you can really create beautiful cakes with soft icing, no experience needed.

Thank you for visiting my blog!

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.

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.

Thank you for visiting my blog. Visit my YouTube Channel to view my cake.

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.