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post #16 of 72
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Yeah, like they used piping to even out the icing in the layers and under the fondant.  Somebody worked really had to make a perfectly even clean cake photo.  But the coloring sure looks nice.

ps: have you ever seen those behind-the-scene shows where they do food photography. Like using mashed potatoes for ice cream. very interesting.
I have not seen the show, but I remember reading years ago (before Photoshop existed! *gasp*) about some of the tricks they used for photographing food for ads. Like fake ice, fake water droplets, etc. It's crazy what they do, eh? And here we are trying to make our stuff look that good and still taste great!
post #17 of 72
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Maybe the real question is how much dye did they put in the batter?

 

 

If you want to achieve those colors, here's a cool tutorial:

 

Step 1: C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CS5\Presets\Brightness

 

Step 2: C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CS5\Presets\Contrast

 

Step 3: C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CS5\Presets\Vibrance

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post #18 of 72
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I have not seen the show, but I remember reading years ago (before Photoshop existed! *gasp*) about some of the tricks they used for photographing food for ads. Like fake ice, fake water droplets, etc. It's crazy what they do, eh? And here we are trying to make our stuff look that good and still taste great!

 

as you wish:  That is a really insightful point. 

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Truly, I have been noticing lately that food, and in particular desserts and cake especially, get as heavily photo-edited as models do. So now not only can we feel like we can never quite measure up in terms of the physical appearance of our bodies, but we can feel bad about the results in our kitchen too. Aaaand then we will spend more money buying tools and gadgets to improve our results, and on and on.
Sorry, little bit of a rant there. I get annoyed by things like this!
post #20 of 72
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Truly, I have been noticing lately that food, and in particular desserts and cake especially, get as heavily photo-edited as models do. So now not only can we feel like we can never quite measure up in terms of the physical appearance of our bodies, but we can feel bad about the results in our kitchen too. Aaaand then we will spend more money buying tools and gadgets to improve our results, and on and on.
Sorry, little bit of a rant there. I get annoyed by things like this!

 

What I now have, that I did not have in the past decades are the tools, you-tube videos, and CC.com university level tutorials and tips from the Master Decorators.

 

What I don't have is natural talent or artistic genes. And it's Ok.  I look at my 2014 New Years Cake and I see something that was not even in the realm of possibility for me in 2013! 

Then I look at JWinslows cake and I'm like a little kindergarden kid looking in the window of the local bakery. And I am in AWE of her talent.   Just remembering our very first cakes is sure to give you a laugh.

 

The tools and gadgets do work, so if you can budget and afford them, keep shopping.

If I could buy the talent and natural design skills, I'd spend my whole savings account, guaranteed.

And you can be happy that you are intelligent enough to know the difference between fake & real.

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I look forward to enjoying your version of this cake.  It will be great and we know it will be REAL.

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post #22 of 72
I didn't mean to be knocking the gadgets; just the deceptive advertising and marketing that preys on insecurities in general. I love my gadgets!
post #23 of 72

I'd say 1/4" on 1" layers.  I'm that anal with the layers of my cakes and making then look as perfect as possible when cut:

 

 

 

I use an agbay to cut my cake layers and I literally use a ruler after each layer of filling to make sure there is 1/4" filling of buttercream or 1/8" layer of something viscus like curd or jam because when finished I want my cake exactly 5" tall.  I then shave 1/8" off the sides of each cake and use a cake round as a guide to make sure there is a perfectly even amount of buttercream around the sides.  I don't know how many cups that is because it's irrelevant if you want a specific height to your cake.  I have a general idea on how much buttercream to make depending on the size of the cake, but I always overshoot and make too much buttercream just in case.

 

I'm the wierdo on here that spends just as much time making the inside of the cake look as beautiful as the outside of the cake.

 

Some stylistic filters were used on my cake photo but the cake was cut cold so that's what all my cakes look like - no Photoshop required on the actual slices to make them look more perfect.  So it is very possible to to do but very time consuming - and all you need is an agbay, a ruler and lots of patience.

 

Good luck!

 

PS - your source photo was a cake totally made just for pictures and they used a ton of food coloring that I would never recommend eating.  Totally a case of making something specifically to look good for photos, since now my work regularly gets photographed and published I'm totally guilty of doing myself.  Making stuff "visually dynamic".  I did a cake for the magazine and a tutorial for here that I used so much food coloring in I would never eat it - so I made a video of me smashing it with a rolling pin.  Not everyone got the joke.  

post #24 of 72
Hmm. Kind of adds a whole new meaning to the phrase, "smash cake." But a rolling pin?!? Should have borrowed Gallagher's "Sledge-O-Matic."

"Pound cake?" (WHAM!) "I guess it DOES!"

(Not a big fan of heavy applications of dye, either. Can't think of many desserts I find less appetizing than red velvet cake. With the possible exception of a mix I saw on the grocer's shelves this year, for red AND GREEN velvet cake. Thinking of working up some strawberry jam with a little powdered sugar, to pipe the strawberry shapes for my next strawberry marble cake: I don't want to add enough red food coloring to get even strawberry jam BC all the way to a pure red! And with nothing but McCormick drops from the grocer, it would take at least half a bottle, anyway!)

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post #25 of 72
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 ...1/4" on 1" layers.   the layers of my cakes look as perfect as possible when cut:

 

 

 

 

I'm the wierdo [No, no, no!!!  You are an inspiration!]  on here that spends just as much time making the inside of the cake look as beautiful as the outside of the cake.

 

... it is very possible to to do but very time consuming - and all you need is an agbay, a ruler and lots of patience.  [and incredible skills!]

 

I aspire to your level of beautiful, precise, CUT, pieces of cake goodness.  You are a huge inspiration.

post #26 of 72

Awe, come on, it's just cake, right :D

 

OK, here's the video in case you all want a laugh:

 

http://instagram.com/p/dpNoVGGxN2/

 

LOL

 

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post #27 of 72
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Awe, come on, it's just cake, right :D

 

OK, here's the video in case you all want a laugh:

 

http://instagram.com/p/dpNoVGGxN2/

 

LOL

 

Pin  = 0

Cake = 1

 

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO........I can't believe you really did that..:o

 

too funny.... at least that's one thing I could do without being taught. 

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post #28 of 72

Yup.  It made me laugh.  (the cake sure showed that ol' rolling pin, didn't it!)

post #29 of 72
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(Not a big fan of heavy applications of dye, either. Can't think of many desserts I find less appetizing than red velvet cake. With the possible exception of a mix I saw on the grocer's shelves this year, for red AND GREEN velvet cake. Thinking of working up some strawberry jam with a little powdered sugar, to pipe the strawberry shapes for my next strawberry marble cake: I don't want to add enough red food coloring to get even strawberry jam BC all the way to a pure red! And with nothing but McCormick drops from the grocer, it would take at least half a bottle, anyway!)
I am so with you on this! Apparently when red velvet cake was first made the red was not even what was important, it was the velvet that was the issue. The red was a side effect of the method used to achieve the desired texture. (That must be true because I read it on the internet!)
post #30 of 72
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I am so with you on this! Apparently when red velvet cake was first made the red was not even what was important, it was the velvet that was the issue. The red was a side effect of the method used to achieve the desired texture. (That must be true because I read it on the internet!)

Absolutely true. The cocoa reacted with the baking soda. Dutch processing now neutralizes that reaction.

www.VeryDeliciousDesserts.com

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Delicious-Desserts/207874222593145

 

It's never "just cake!"

 

You may get a cake for $way to little but you won't get this cake!

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www.VeryDeliciousDesserts.com

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Delicious-Desserts/207874222593145

 

It's never "just cake!"

 

You may get a cake for $way to little but you won't get this cake!

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