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Friday Night Cake Club 4/5/13

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Opening up another session of the FNCC! Everyone is welcome! This is a place where, once a week, we gather to talk about our week. What are you working on? What do you need help with? What questions can you answer for someone else here? And, my favorite part, do you have any photos to share???

 

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This is a cupcake week. I have a dozen due for a small birthday party on Sunday afternoon. Right now I'm getting ready for two trips and two birthdays. First my grandson turns 2 so I have his cake next weekend. Then my nephew is getting married in two weeks in Texas and we are working the event set up and I'm doing the photography. I get back and have my son's 12th birthday and then a few days later I leave, with my mom, to Sicily for two weeks! I bring all of this up because I'm not terribly sure if I can run the FNCC from Italy yet. I'm gone the 3rd and 10th of May so if anyone wants to take over for me I'd be SO appreciative! 

 

Hoping to see photos tonight!

 

Cat

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This is a cupcake week. I have a dozen due for a small birthday party on Sunday afternoon. Right now I'm getting ready for two trips and two birthdays. First my grandson turns 2 so I have his cake next weekend. Then my nephew is getting married in two weeks in Texas and we are working the event set up and I'm doing the photography. I get back and have my son's 12th birthday and then a few days later I leave, with my mom, to Sicily for two weeks! I bring all of this up because I'm not terribly sure if I can run the FNCC from Italy yet. I'm gone the 3rd and 10th of May so if anyone wants to take over for me I'd be SO appreciative! 

 

Hoping to see photos tonight!

 

Cat

 

 

Ok Im exhausted just READING about your week!  Sounds like alot of fun memories with a dash of crazy thrown in there! 

 

I did a fun cake for a reporter friend of mine this week.  Made a Steno pad with a cup of steaming coffee and a pencil.  It was fun but I kept looking at it thinking it was missing something--still cant put my finger on it! 

 

I am starting this week working on gumpaste figures for a Pokemon cake I have due the 20th!

 

All in all a slow week for me compared to you!!!! 


Edited by Cakemommy2012 - 4/5/13 at 7:57pm
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I didn't even list the professional caking duties...those are just family obligations and trips! LOL!  I have a birthday cake the middle weekend and a birthday cake the 29th for a 5 year old cancer patient and 80 wedding favors as well. Add in baseball, karate and scouts for the 12 year old and you get the point. Yes, my life is nuts for the next month! LOL! BUT I'm not complaining. I get to watch my nephew get married and get to create a gorgeous reception for them and I get to immerse myself into my photography for two whole weeks in Sicily so it's really an embarrassment of riches so absolutely NO complaining for how crazy it's going to be!

 

I love the stenographer cake idea! How fun! Can't wait to see the photos!

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No cake for me this week, trying to lay off the calories after easter!

Sicily is beautiful, and you're smart to go earlier in the summer, I went in August and it was unbearable! Make sure have a pizza alla Norma though if you go to Catania. And try to visit Aci Castello at night.
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I didn't even list the professional caking duties...those are just family obligations and trips! LOL!  I have a birthday cake the middle weekend and a birthday cake the 29th for a 5 year old cancer patient and 80 wedding favors as well. Add in baseball, karate and scouts for the 12 year old and you get the point. Yes, my life is nuts for the next month! LOL! BUT I'm not complaining. I get to watch my nephew get married and get to create a gorgeous reception for them and I get to immerse myself into my photography for two whole weeks in Sicily so it's really an embarrassment of riches so absolutely NO complaining for how crazy it's going to be!

 

I love the stenographer cake idea! How fun! Can't wait to see the photos!

 

Strawberry Swirl cake with Chocolate Ganache filling, covered in vanilla Buttercream and topped with an edible image for the lines. Pencil made with Fondant/Tylose mix and Luster dust. Spiral Bound made using wire. Coffee cup made with fondant/tylose mix topped with Chocolate ganache and white chocolate swirls.

 

Wire binding

 

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Cat,

 

Here's the finished product---if anyone has any ideas what it could use i'm all ears!  It just seems like its missing----something---LOL

 

Cant wait to hear about your trip!!!  =-)

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Maybe putting it on a board with newsprint on it would do it? Now sure how you'd do that, maybe do a custom one with funny stories about the birthday boy...
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Wow, thank you for the Sicily tips!! I will add that to my research notes!  We always try to visit Italy/Europe in April or May. We like to miss the crowds and the heat!

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I agree that the base of the cake is what seems plain but I don't have any ideas how to liven it up. The rest of it is AMAZING! I love how you made it really look like paper! I like the idea of newspaper...maybe a rolled up newspaper and a donut if you have time? I think your detailing is simply wonderful!

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Maybe putting it on a board with newsprint on it would do it? Now sure how you'd do that, maybe do a custom one with funny stories about the birthday boy...

WOW! That is a awesome idea! It looked kinda plain--that would def add some pizazz! =-)

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The steno cake is awesome!

 

Well a few weeks ago I was practicing with edible sugar paper. Tomorrow is show-time, the national capital area cake show starts tomorrow and I'm up working on my "competition" entry. Everyone was given the same icing images to work with, and although mine will be no masterpiece, I'm glad I just have something to enter. Nearly half of the product I was given was thrown in the trash.  I used an exacto knife, craft scissors, and a paper punch I had on hand. This is definitely a huge learning experience. I've never covered a dummy in fondant before and silly me tried to save money and used a 50% off coupon, brought 5 lbs of wilton fondant and tried to cover my dummy cakes. All I ended up with was sore arms and hands from the 50 attempts I made at kneading, rolling, and trying to cover the dummy, out of $40.00 more  as I had to acquire more fondant (Satin Ice) in a hurry, and much lost time. It set me back 2 days. I also learned that you have to sand down the edges of the styro to get it to work as well. I was supposed to enter two cakes, but I'll just be doing the one.  Next year I'll plan better. I'll post pictures of the completed project in the morning!

 

Have a wonderful trip Cat!

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I agree that the base of the cake is what seems plain but I don't have any ideas how to liven it up. The rest of it is AMAZING! I love how you made it really look like paper! I like the idea of newspaper...maybe a rolled up newspaper and a donut if you have time? I think your detailing is simply wonderful!


Thanks Cat!  The Pencil took forever and I ended up using luster dust on the entire thing to make it look more "real" the Wire is the only thing not edible (note:the wiring is covered then placed in the cake icon_biggrin.gif)  The Coffee cup is filled with Chocolate Ganache!  yum! I would never have thought of a donut! Awesome!  This is why I LOVE CC!

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The steno cake is awesome!

 

Well a few weeks ago I was practicing with edible sugar paper. Tomorrow is show-time, the national capital area cake show starts tomorrow and I'm up working on my "competition" entry. Everyone was given the same icing images to work with, and although mine will be no masterpiece, I'm glad I just have something to enter. Nearly half of the product I was given was thrown in the trash.  I used an exacto knife, craft scissors, and a paper punch I had on hand. This is definitely a huge learning experience. I've never covered a dummy in fondant before and silly me tried to save money and used a 50% off coupon, brought 5 lbs of wilton fondant and tried to cover my dummy cakes. All I ended up with was sore arms and hands from the 50 attempts I made at kneading, rolling, and trying to cover the dummy, out of $40.00 more  as I had to acquire more fondant (Satin Ice) in a hurry, and much lost time. It set me back 2 days. I also learned that you have to sand down the edges of the styro to get it to work as well. I was supposed to enter two cakes, but I'll just be doing the one.  Next year I'll plan better. I'll post pictures of the completed project in the morning!

 

Have a wonderful trip Cat!

Excited to see you cake!!!  Sounds like it was one big adventure!  I agree that I am not fond of Wilton Fondant at all!  I used it when I first started out and I was not impressed. Pretty sure I developed Carpal Tunnel!!  HAHA  I now order a 20 pound bucket of Satin Ice from a website for less that $60.00 (including shipping) and it lasts me for a while! 

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I haven't used Wilton fondant in years because of how stiff it is and how it tastes. For white, or light colored fondant, I make my own marshmallow fondant. For darker colors like black or red I use Duff's fondant and always use the Michaels 40% off coupons!  I've used the sugar paper and have to admit I'm not really a fan. I've never sanded down my dummies. I just use crisco so that the fondant will adhere. Sounds like you went through a whole lotta money and work...I do hope the cake is as lovely as you were dreaming. I can totally understand how two went down to one! I've SOOOO had those weeks! In fact, each week I face that same thing...I say a little prayer that the cake I have planned with go together easily and not be a big issue! LOL! Unfortunately the prayer isn't always answered with a "sure!" 

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Good Evening All, Lite weekend for me.  Easter was fun, don't know if I can post the pic tho because the basket is actually bread not cake.  It has a white chocolate Easter Bunny, large easter eggs that are cake covered in white chocolate and decorated with sanding sugar, fondant bows and a few gumpaste flowers.  Yes I still have it cause now I don't know what to do with it.

 

This week, I'm making macarons and a new chocolate cake recipe I've found.  Its a deep rich chocolate cake with peanut buttter icing and filling, then coated with chocolate glaze runs over the top.  If it turns out well going to make it again for my friends birthday in a couple of weeks.  After this week I will be crazy busy again for a while. Birthdays, weddings and mother's day.

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