Cake decorator Monica de Rumbea went above and beyond for our Bollywood photo spread in the May issue of Cake Central Magazine and created a whole dessert table with three cakes, cookies and mini cakes. Monica, whose business is based out of Guayaquil, Ecuador, took the time to tells us about her decorating background.
“I am fourth generation cake decorator, my great grandmother started her own business at home baking cakes,” says Monica. “She used bake cakes and petite sweets with french recipes [like] her french husband, my great grandfather, used to eat in France.” Cake decorating skills were passed down through her family, and Monica later expanded her knowledge at San Francisco University in Quito.
She began decorating wedding cakes and enjoyed the creativity involved, especially as nontraditional colors and flavors started to grow in popularity. “Hotels in town started to order my special cakes, not only for weddings but for birthdays, company meetings and even… for a divorce party,” says Monica. “I had the idea [for] a place where the brides could find their wedding dress, the wedding cakes and the petite sweets in one place, [and] that is how I started my shop Novia Express.”
Monica has been running her business and decorating wedding cakes for 15 years, but she never gets tired of it. “Usually I end the day exhausted, but believe me, when I see a… all of the petite sweets on a table surrounding a cake with a new theme on it, the satisfaction always worth it,” she says.
As editors of Cake Central magazine, we come across so many awesome, inspiring things while working. From users to cake creations to wedding inspiration to cool new products, we want to share a few of our favorite finds with you every week. Here are this week’s Friday Faves!
If you haven’t picked up on it already, I am obsessed with hand painted floral cakes and ccmanveer’s cake is beautiful example of this timeless technique. I am also in love with this exquisitely covered cake board.
RATGA’s beautiful over-sized flower strategically placed on a simple buttercream cake is just lovely, and could be the perfect cake for any occasion.
Simple designs with just the right balance of minimalism always catch my eye. Kiwimiriam has done this perfectly with this pretty but sophisticated cake.
Katyafreyman‘s rose transports me to a rose garden in June. It’s so lifelike that I can almost smell its sweetness.
I love the crisp, colorful details on alemoka’s cake! The bright details are so cheerful, and this cake is perfect for summer.
Craft-inspired cakes always grab my attention, and I was drawn to the crochet and buttons on this cake. Bien captured the look of crocheted flowers perfectly with her sugar version.Read More
Kaysie Lackey’s (seattlecakes) Asian tattoo-inspired cake graced the cover of Volume 1, Issue 4 of Cake Central Magazine, and we spoke to her about how she created her realistic tattoo art. In this excerpt from the magazine, she shares a little bit about working with her inspiration and the techniques she used.
…Her tattoo cake took over 60 hours to paint by hand, and it required both her technical skill and her creativity.
Mother’s Day is right around the corner, and so is the end of our Mother’s Day Inspiration Challenge, May 12th, so if you haven’t entered yet, now is the time to get started! We’re looking for sweet treats like cupcakes, cookies and cakes that were inspired by our Pinterest board. There are some great entries in the album already, but we can’t wait to see more!
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To see the full details of this contest, check out the contest announcement post.Read More
A spring holiday, Mother’s Day always brings to mind bright blooms and cheerful birds in the garden. Use some of Cake Central’s most popular garden cakes for Mother’s Day inspiration, and delight the mothers in your life with stunning sugar flowers, whimsical watering cans, festive flower pot cakes and gumpaste garden scenes.Read More
Daffodils, also known as narcissus, are some of spring’s most beautiful flowers. Their bright colors and unique shape can turn even the simplest cake into a cheerful, spring delight, and they’re surprisingly simple to make from gumpaste!
Celpad with 3 holes
28 gauge wire
Gumpaste in green and yellow
Small leaf cutter
Silk veining tool
Stargazer lily veiner
Roll paste over the largest hole.
Cut the shape with a small round cutter. The size of the cutter depends on the size of the flower you want.
Now you will frill the edges and hollow out the center. First hollow it out a bit with a celpin.
Next frill the edge with the dresden tool to pull out the tips some.
Then use the silk veining tool to smooth. Try different methods to achieve the look you like.
Prepare your 6 stamens by making them into a cluster and covering them with a small amount of green gumpaste. You can make your own stamens by using 30 gauge wire and rolling a very tiny ball of gumpaste on it. The center stamen is made similarly, but you should use a heavier wire and leave a tiny ball at the top. Flatten it standing it on the top take a dresden tool or pointed end of smallest celstick, and pull out the edges.
Now you will attach it to the center stamens. Add a bit of egg white inside at the base, and slide in the stamens. Pinch gently around the base to attach and stand in styrofoam to dry.
Using a small basic leaf cutter, cut out 6 petals and 6 pieces of the 28 gauge wire. Add veins using the Stargazer lily veiner.
Soften the edges.
Let the petals dry in cupped shape.
After it is all dry, add the color. Add touches of orange around the tips, and then blend it in with the yellow just to highlight. You can add yellow over the whole petal if you want a brighter look.
Mother’s Day tea parties are a popular tradition, and naturally tea-inspired treats are the best desserts to serve! We’ve collected some of the best cake, cupcakes and cookies to help you plan the perfect Mother’s Day surprise.Read More