It’s Time For Some Funfetti!

Wow – it has been WAY too long since I’ve written an update (and yes, I know my last post starts the same way).

Anyway!

To kick start myself back into the baking (tis the season), I decided to formulate my recipe for funfetti cake – mainly because I had a groom’s cake with that cake type ūüôā

For those of you who don’t know, funfetti is a great cake – basically a plain vanilla cake, but with some rainbow sprinkled mixed in to give all these little points of color within the cake when you cut it. ¬†I swear it tastes better than regular vanilla cake… but I’m part of the funfetti generation, so I’m a wee bit biased!

The groom for this cake is a vanilla lover, so he requested vanilla with a simple vanilla buttercream. ¬†Enter Kat – Funfetti cake with some Vanilla Italian Meringue Buttercream. ¬†I’m excited for this cake – this was going to be my first fondant-less cake for an event. Continue reading

Advertisements

Christening Cake

Happy Monday – it’s cake time!

This past weekend was a christening in my family.¬† I’m not exactly sure of the link – it’s my dad’s cousin’s son’s son… is that my second cousin once-removed?¬† Something like that… I think… but regardless – this new lil guy is my cousin! ūüôā

Trying to figure out what to do for a christening cake was a feat unto itself… try googling it. Seriously.¬† You get everything from cross-shaped cakes to cakes with teddy bears to cakes with booties and balloons.¬† Basically, it seems like whatever is blue works well, and most people seem to shove the religious part by the wayside.¬† After spending days and days searching for something to give me inspiration, I gave up, feeling no more inspired than when I started.

Then I ran across a forum post on Cake Central (if you are a baker, check it out, it’s awesome!).¬† For billowing fondant.

And I was hooked.

Continue reading

Luau Cake!

Hello there boys and girls, it’s time for a recipe-less update!

This past weekend was a surprise party for my aunt, and I got hired to make the cake (wahoo!).¬† When I asked, I was told the theme was “Hawaiian luau”, so that of course¬†led to¬†millions of ideas instantly going through my head.¬† In my first iteration, it was a cake with a lei gracefully draped down the side.

Until I thought it through.

While leis are beautiful, the amount of gum paste flowers I would have needed for this image in my mind was… extraordinary.¬† So… that idea kind of got kicked to the curb of my brain.¬† After that I just started Googling like there was no tomorrow.¬† Unfortunately, when you look up “Hawaiian Cake” or “Luau Cake” under Google Images, most of them look like the creators took every single piece of Hawaiian plastic/decor the could find and stuck it on a cake (seriously – most of them should be on Cake Wrecks, just for the amount of weird stuff on the cake)

Eventually I started sketching out some ideas, and this is what I came up with:

It’s a little hard to see as I sketched lightly so I could erase easily, but it’s just a simple topsy-turvy cake with some Hawaiian accents.¬† I figured this would be easy enough for me to do, as it was my first topsy-turvy cake, and still impressive enough for all the non-bakers out there.

The weekend making this cake was unreal.¬† I only had one of each size cake pan, so I had to waste time baking one layer of each tier¬†at a time (luckily they were only two layers!).¬† It was a weekend and cake full of new things.¬† New vanilla bean¬†recipe, new chocolate recipe, new fondant recipe, and new cake construction.¬† Looking back on it now – I was kind of an¬†idiot for doing this, because had one thing gone horribly wrong, I could’ve¬†lost it (very very easily).¬† In the midst of fondant that kept tearing, I decided it would be fun to break the faucet head off the sink and spray the entire kitchen (seriously – it was a blast! (pun intended)).¬† But after all of the work and craziness, the cake finally got finished.¬† My feet ached from standing, but I was very proud of what I got done:

For this, I made a vanilla bean cake for the bottom tier and the island (courtesy of my friend Paula, aka The Culinary Cheesehead), and found a recipe for a moist chocolate cake for the second tier¬†on Kitchen Addiction (doubling the recipe and switching the milk for buttermilk).¬† I made my own version of a strawberry mousse filling topped with diced strawberries, coated the cake in Italian Buttercream and Michele Foster’s Fondant.¬† I purchased some Mercken’s candy melts and made little chocolate seashells (on top of the green layer) and the flip-flops, flowers, and palm-tree are all made of gum paste.

Cakes From the Past

Gallery

This gallery contains 45 photos.

Even though these aren’t cakes that I’ve baked recently, I thought it would be fun to include them here – these are all the cakes I’ve made in the past couple quarters at school. Strawberry Bavarian Cream Dobos Torte Tiramisu¬†– … Continue reading