Sunday, 6 November 2011

I don't like naming my blog!

I changed the name of my blog because A) I was never completely happy with the name anyway, and B) I know someone else with the same blog name and we potentially have some of the same followers!

So, I'm calling out to you all (all NINE of my loyal followers! LOL!)  for some suggestions of a better blog name... now that I know that I CAN change the name and HOW to change the name!

Previous name (if you didn't know) was "Adventures in Cake Decorating"; current, of course, is "Lynea's Cake Decorating: Trials and Tribulations" ... HELP! :)

Friday, 28 October 2011

Snake Cake

It was a busy day of cakes for me today.  Finished the fireman's helmet cake that I had started on details for earlier in the week (the emblem), and then I also had a snake cake to do for a friend's son.

First I baked 2 cakes in bundt pans, and dirty iced them:

 Then I had to make it look like a coiled snake, and not just 2 "donuts" on top of eachother: 

And add a head:

Covered in fondant... now THAT was a chore!

 From another angle:

And then I airbrushed him:

And added a tongue (I made 3 tongues in case of breakage, and this is not the tongue I sent him away with... I wish I'd taken a picture of that, I prefered the final tongue over this one!)

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Fireman's Helmet

It's turning into a many step process to make a fireman's helmet cake for my father in laws retirement(from the fire department)/60th birthday party.  I knew it wouldn't be easy, but I was in the dark about how many little details there are.  So far I have the emblem done.  I'm satisfied with it, not 100% happy, but I honestly don't see me being able to make it any better, plus I have much more to focus on in the next few days as it is not the only cake that I have to work on!

Emblem shape:

Getting there:

And done (seen with his actual fire fighter's helmet):

I've also attempted to recreate his name tag that is velcroed to the helmet:

Now the cake shaping process begins:

Gotta add that little ridge down the top:
 All dirty iced and ready to go to bed for the night!
 I couldn't help but keep thinking about the "man with the big yello hat" from Curious George at this stage!
 We're getting there:
 All done!  Side view:
 Front view:
 Other side view:
 Back view:

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Cakes galore!

There is no way that I am ever going to be able to make a separate blog entry for every single cake I have made, there have been so many just in the past YEAR!  Never mind all the ones pre-digital camera (unless I figure out how to scan, those will never get posted...sorry)  So... I decided that I would do one big post with a whole bunch of cake pictures and a few little explanations here and there as to what the cakes were about!

Here it goes...
Burgundy wedding cake:

Shower cupcakes for my husband's cousin's wedding shower, with homemade chocolate hearts, gumpaste calla lilies, and chocolate dipped strawberries:

A castle cake... my first one, good, but not great...

My youngest daughter's 2nd birthday cake, with handmade chocolate butterflies:

Snowman cupcakes for the "Winter Party" at my childrens' school:

Wedding cake for my husband's cousin's wedding (mentioned above), with gumpaste calla lilies:

Oh, yeah, I do cookies too! :)

Wedding cake for friends of ours... they didn't know what they wanted on top of their cake, so I made a mock-up of an idea I had and emailed them a picture... they loved it!  So here is the cake with the final product cake topper/monogram thing that I made... the monogram is made out of chocolate! (if you can't tell in the picture, it's an "M" and a "V" together, their 1st name initials)

Spiderman: my first time attempting a frozen buttercream transfer.  Very happy with the result!  I wrote the birthday boy's name in the web, and continued the webbing down the sides of the cake.

webbing on sides of the cake...

A simple, yet masculine, 30th birthday cake:

My 2nd castle, made for my middle daughter's 4th birthday.  MUCH better, I think, than the first one!  Maybe it's just the extra details...

A "burger" and "fries" for the kids for April Fools day!  The hamburger bun is white/yellow cake, the patty is brownie, held together with buttercream "mustard", "ketchup" and "mayo".  The fries are sugar cookies, cut in strips, baked, then tossed in sugar while still warm!

Justin Bieber... not too hard on my part, just an edible photo of the Biebs and some piping for the added details.

Polka dot cake for a neighbor's son's 1st birthday (there were cupcakes to match!)

Ice cream cone cake pops, just for fun!

Cake pops for the kids' school... school colors are yellow and blue!

  Mickey Mouse cake pop for my youngest's 3rd birthday

Probably the worst LOOKING cake I've made in a long time, I like to try something new when it's for my own family, I know they'll still love me even if it looks terrible!  I decided I wanted to try covering a cake in ganache... tasted FANTASTIC (it was a chocolate cake with peanut butter buttercream layered in the middle!) but didn't look so great.  It's supposed to be a Mickey Mouse ears hat.

For a 70th birthday I was asked to make a tea pot cake.  It wasn't the easiest cake to make, covering the pot in fondant was the hardest part... I think I had my fondant a little too thin too, but I was in a crunch, I had almost  run out of fondant! (bad me!) so I worked with what I had!  To go with the tea pot I also made a bunch of cupcakes and some chocolate butterflies.

For my husband, the weekend fisherman, I wanted to do something special, so I decided that I'd try my hand at carving a cake into the shape of a fish!  I had never carved before, so this was a new thing.  I also had recently bought an airbrusher, which I had never used, and decided that I would also airbrush his cake!  As I mentioned before, I like to try new things with my family's cakes.
Before any baking was done, I found a picture of a fish cake on the internet that I liked, and used that to make myself a template for the fish's body as well as for making the fins and tail.  I used gumpaste to make the fins and tail about a week before I did any baking.

I baked a 9x13, red velvet (oh yeah, I wanted to surprise my husband when he cut into the cake!... and red velvet was yet another thing I had never tried before!  This cake was FULL of firsts!) and I carved it into the basic shape of a fish, then I rounded it out by adding some of the scraps to the top of the fish.

Then I dirty iced it

Next came covering it in fondant, and adding in some detail lines.  As well as seeing how it looked with the fins and tail added on...

And here it is all airbrushed and ready to eat!

I took photos from many angles... I was a little proud of the cake! ;)

My husband loved his fish cake...and so did everyone else that was at his party!  Here's what it looked like, cut into, all red velvety!  And it was YUMMY too!

So there you go... cakes galore!  And there will soon be another post of MORE cakes (& cookies!), but I have to actually go and do something productive now :(