Thursday, October 30, 2008

Wilton Fondant & Gumpaste - Final Cake!

I'm so sad that my fondant & gumpaste class is over! I definitely need to learn how to make some more gumpaste flowers. My instructor offered me some private lessons, so I may need to take her up on it. She also took some pictures of my final cake and told me that I was going to have a great career! So if any of you out there need a cake, cupcakes or some cookies, I'm your girl!

I LOVE all of the teeny tiny daisies spilling onto the cake
Hey, can we eat this thing yet?

Gumpaste Flowers

Here are some of the gumpaste flowers we've made in class! I think that the carnation is my favorite - it's crazy how real they look!

Calla Lillies:


Baby Shower Cake, Cupcakes, and Cookies!

I got the chance to make a cake for my first "real" occassion - my friend Mara's baby shower! But I couldn't just stop at a cake. I ended up making the cake, 3 kinds of cupcakes and some sugar cookies. I'm really happy with the way everything turned out, and I'm looking forward to making more cakes! Here is the total setup! (I made the cake stand also).

And here is a close-up of the cake:

Cupcakes! I made 3 kinds: vanilla with lemon curd filling and lemon cream cheese frosting (yellow), apple crisp with whipped cream frosting (blue) and strawberry with strawberry cream cheese frosting (pink). They all tasted awesome!

And the whole thing was surrounded by my army of fuzzy baby chicken cookies!

Fuzzy Baby Chick Cookies!

My friend Mara is having a baby! (Congratulations Mara!) She graciously allowed me to practice my new cake & cookie decorating skills for her shower, and gave me total creative freedom! I didn't have much to work with, since the gender of the baby is a surprise, and there wasn't really a theme for the shower.

I've always had a weird fascination with tiny fuzzy baby chicks, so that became my inspiration. I used the same cookie recipe and icing recipe that I used on the cookie bouquets. I added some sanding sugar while the royal icing was still wet to make them "fuzzy."

I loved my army of fuzzy baby chicks. I giggled uncontrollably when I had them all stacked in the box and ready to go.

I present to you, my fuzzy baby chick army:

Wilton Fondant & Gumpaste - class 1

I have been a terrible, terrible blogger. Please forgive me. I offer you cake. Lots and lots of cake. I've been taking the Wilton fondant & gumpaste course and I love it! I wasn't sure I would like fondant, since I've heard such bad things about how it tastes, but it is SO much fun to work with. Here is my first fondant cake!

We learned how to make a "handkerchief" for our cakes. Because apparently they need one?

We also had to make a drape. I hated the drape. My cake does NOT need a scarf. Oh well, at least I know how to do it.

PS - the cake tasted phenominal! It was a white cake with raspberry and raspberry mousse fillings. SO good. The only picture I got of the inside was super blurry though, so there will be no making your mouth water today.