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Friday Night Cake Club 8/9/13

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Opening up another session of the FNCC! This is a place for anyone who wants to share their week, photos of their work, ask for help or try to help someone else! Hope to see lots of photos tonight!

 

Cat

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I love the cake and the story! icon_smile.gif I had a big wedding cake yesterday and am now working on two cakes to deliver before 9am tomorrow. It's gonna be an all nighter over here.
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Cat, the cake is charming, as is the story. Beautiful corners and edges on that square!

 

I made "Happy First Day of School" cupcakes for my coworkers this week. I'm grateful for the design idea from CC user as you wish icon_smile.gif. I wish I had a better picture.

 

Other than that, two consultations tomorrow. One of them has already booked and paid her deposit. The other is with a planner and her clients from out of town. At the time I scheduled it, they didn't have a venue but I've since read on Facebook that they're looking at venues more than 75 miles away from me so I doubt if they'll want to pay my delivery fee, which could end up being almost $200. Not thrilled about that. I typically won't do a consultation if the date and venue aren't committed but I made an exception because I like the planner and because the clients are from out of state.

 

 

 

 

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Those are very cute! I love the idea of first day of school cupcakes!

 

And funny you should bring up the edges and corners...I can SOOOO see where it's lumpy and not straight...LOL. We are so hard on ourselves, aren't we? My hardest thing to get right is the sharp corners...I got two of them ok, one is rounded and the other, well, frankly, I covered up with a flower! LOL! 

 

This next cake will be easier...it's a 6 inch with a half ball pan on top with hard fondant accents. MUCH easier than sharp corners! LOL!

 

Cat

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Cat, what a lovely cake and a story to match the beauty.

 

As for me, I'm 2/3's of the way there. This week everyone wanted 3D figurines. Never done them before, one turned out decent (Caillou for a 3-year old) and the other I don't like at all (Leia for a Star Wars themed cake).  

 

So I finished the Caillou cake and the Star Wars cake. One left to go, my first gender reveal cake. By the way, the doctor didin't call me until 5:30pm today, the party is at 2:00pm tomorrow. I guess I'll be working on that all morning, because I am TIRED!

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Cat, your cake and story are beautiful! I LOVE square cakes, always have but I've never made one. I am so afraid of the corners being off. I am not a professional, I'm the family baker. I've watched sooo many tutorials on squares and am too chicken to try one!
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tdove, I don't mind figures if they are animals. For some reason those always turn out great. I hate the people ones..mainly because I suck at it! LOL! We love Caillou at our house so I can't wait to see that one!

 

Just4fun...I really like the way the fondant goes onto a square but the straight edge/corner thing can drive me to drink. I just SO wanted to get it right this time and they didn't even notice! LOL! I love how hard I am on myself, smoothing with the double smoothers to get the straight edges and hiding the ones that clearly didn't work with flowers or piping work, etc...and then the client just fawns over it and doesn't notice the edge that sort of waves or the corner that looks like the tip was knocked off. I got a text message this afternoon from the MIB and she let me know that the Bride and Groom were thrilled. She wanted to know the best way to protect the broach till next year for the big cake and to let me know how happy everyone was with the cake. It's always wonderful to get that feedback, it doesn't always happen. 

 

Now I have a whole weekend off and I'm SO not use to that. My family is demanding cupcakes so maybe I'll make those but no client work till Monday. Feels sorta weird! LOL!

 

Cat

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Good Evening All,  Cat I love your cake, So dainty and elegant.  Awe... I'm moved by that story.

Elcee, just what's needed to start the new school year off to a good one.  Very nice job as always.

 

Guess What Folks, tomorrow my Great-Grandson turns 1 and this grandma is so exited.  My grandaughter chose Monster's Inc for the theme.  So making a 2 tiered cake, 2 dz cake pops, 3 dz lollipops, 2 dz cookies, and 2dz. T-shirts.  And oh yes.... I made the goodie bags.  Well I decorated them, my grandaughter and daughter will fill them with the goodies.    As always still working on things.  Got the tshirts and cookies done.  

 

Working on cake.  The top tier is really just Mike the 1 eyed monster sitting on top of Sully's fur.  Does anybody have any suggestions on how I can put the fondant on him.  I have done sports balls before but I don't want those lines to be on this character cake.

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Hello catlharper, your cake is so cute, i like it very much.

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Hi everyone, no cakes for me this week but still wanted to check up on what you were all up to.  Cat your couples story is inspiring and your cake is simple but lovely.

Auntginn just how many people are coming to this party or is it just over the top for fun?  I find it a bit amusing the extremes that a lot of people are going to for first birthdays now a days.  They were virtually ignored when I had my kids.  I made the teddy bear cake in my gallery last year as a present for a first birthday.  It was a surprise.  They had hired out half of the good Indian restaurant in town for it and then just bought a cake from the cheesecake shop.

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Good Evening All,  Cat I love your cake, So dainty and elegant.  Awe... I'm moved by that story.

Elcee, just what's needed to start the new school year off to a good one.  Very nice job as always.

 

Guess What Folks, tomorrow my Great-Grandson turns 1 and this grandma is so exited.  My grandaughter chose Monster's Inc for the theme.  So making a 2 tiered cake, 2 dz cake pops, 3 dz lollipops, 2 dz cookies, and 2dz. T-shirts.  And oh yes.... I made the goodie bags.  Well I decorated them, my grandaughter and daughter will fill them with the goodies.    As always still working on things.  Got the tshirts and cookies done.  

 

Working on cake.  The top tier is really just Mike the 1 eyed monster sitting on top of Sully's fur.  Does anybody have any suggestions on how I can put the fondant on him.  I have done sports balls before but I don't want those lines to be on this character cake.

Craftsy has a great step-by-step free picture tutorial for ganaching and covering a ball cake with fondant. Can't wait to see it, sounds like you're gonna be one tired grandma!! :)

http://www.craftsy.com/blog/2013/06/perfectly-spherical-cake/

Cat -- I love your cake!! You said last week that you were concerned about it being a single tier, but it looks so elegant! Beautiful!!

Tdove -- I bet they look awesome! Modeling people gives me the hardest time too! 

 

No orders for me this week, we're heading to the lake (woohoo!) I promised the kids cupcakes on Sunday, so I've been messing around with some dogwood flowers for toppers...turning out pretty neat.

 

Can't wait to see all your results!

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Ginn..please oh please post a photo or two of the party!!! In case you don't know I'm a party planner too and I just LOVE Disney so your G-grandsons party sounds like SO much fun! I, too, hate covering a ball shape in fondant. I managed to get it smooth with just the gathering at the bottom but it is just so hard! I'm doing a "Mike" later this year for my husbands 50th and it's going to be a half ball, not the full Mike. LOL! Yup, CHICKENbutt here<G>

 

Cazza...yup, 1st Birthday parties are a huge deal. Of course, in our family with my younger daughter and I as party planners, every birthday is themed in some way. I think, with the economy being the way it is, people are doing less entertaining throughout the year and thus, when an occasion arises, they invite everyone to it for one big gathering. 

 

Sixinarow...yeah, I have to make cupcakes too. My family keeps seeing cakes headed out the door and they are tired of having none for them! LOL!  And, yes, I was worried about the wedding cake. There was no topper so I had to figure out a way to "top" the cake so it wasn't just this 10x10 expanse of plain<G> 

 

Thank you all for the kind words on the cake. "Simple" is hard for me but "lovely" is definitely what I was going for. 

 

WELCOME Chichier! To the site and to our Friday Night group! Hope to see work from you...right now I'm gonna go check out your blog!<G>

 

Cat

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Time for bed, but not before I check in.

 

Here's the Caillou cake, the party was also trained themed so I tried to work them both in on this cake. This was the first time I did a fondant "person". 

 

 

Next up, Star Wars.  I was supposed to do plastic figurines for the entire cake but I couldn't find Leia. This 6-year old was very specific she want Darth Vader, Luke, and Leia. I told the mom, I didn't think I could pull Leia off in fondant, nor did I have time, but she said she would pay anything for me to try so I did.  I personally think my Leia looks like a cross-dresser. I guest my next decorating class will be on modeling figurines.

 

Last up, the gender reveal.  Nothing creative here. The mom-to-be sent me a picture of a similar cake.  Boy did I underestimate the time it would take getting stripes on this cake. Stripes on buttercream at that, big mistake! I thought it would take an hour. NOPE. It took me 2.5 hours. You live, learn, and adjust the price for the next time around. It didn't help that when I tried to close the box, my and slipped and I smashed in an entire side of the cake which I had to re-do. 

 

 

This week is an odd week I have orders all over the place, Monday, Thursday, and Saturday. 

 

Until next week.... my the force be with you. 

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Oh my goodness tdove! Love the Caillou!! Perfect and SO cute! As for Star Wars...I really suck at people figurines so please don't feel badly, you are NOT alone! And...it's really not that bad...you can clearly tell that it is Leia, even if she was off of the cake. The honeybun hair curls alone secured that! LOL! And I love your gender reveal cake! I know all about underestimating time...the wedding cake before this one was like that...all those little pink pearls! I had NO idea it would take me HOURS to put them on! Lost money on that one<G>  Have a great week!

 

Cat

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I made a Star Wars cake too! The covering of the ball was a bit dicey but got there in the end! Love the story about the groom off to war, the cake is beautiful. Lovely thread x x
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