Sunday, July 10, 2011

Wedding Bells

This week was the wedding.  I started baking on Wednesday.  Finished baking on Thursday.  6 hours total to bake all the cake.  Thursday night I had all the cakes frosted.  I woke up at 6:30 Friday morning and finished the cakes.  I put on the black ribbon and made the fondant pearl border.

The cake had buttercream frosting, Bavarian cream and strawberry filling inside a marble cake.  I had a little mishap once I got to the hall to set it up.  I am not sure if it was the heat or the ride, but part of the border fell off of the 2nd tier.  I was able to re-attach it.  The lady at the hall assembled the flowers on the cake after I left. 
My friend Jennie loved the cake!  Because I am not a licensed baker they were not able to cut and serve the cake to the guests.  So, a few of us decided later in the evening to sample it.  It was fun.
It turned out very well and I will start thinking about the next wedding cake I have to do in September.  I am not sure how many more I would like to due because of the pressure it brings to be perfect.  We will see what the road ahead has in store.
I have one due this Friday for my great grandma, stay tuned :)

Friday, July 8, 2011

Happy Birthday!

Last weekend was my birthday.  We had a cookout at my girlfriend's home.  I decided to make cupcakes for myself.  I saw the idea and had to make them, they were just so cute!  It was a yellow cake with buttercream frosting.  The hot dogs and hamburgers were nilla wafers with frosting for the fixings. 

When I was at the cake store a lady told me everyone was coming in to buy the push ups. (I sold them half my order of 100 a while back).  She said they were on Betty Crocker website so that is why they were in demand.  When I was baking the cupcakes I wanted to see what the fuss was about.  Sure enough, there they were.  All festive for the Forth of July.  So I said I want to make those!  I had half a yellow cake mix left from the cupcakes so I made some.  There was a very good tip online, to make mini cupcakes for them.  So much easier than what I did before!  I made a 9x13 and cut out the circles.  What a waste of cake I was doing.  So I whipped up a batch and made some of my own.  My blue had a green tint from the yellow batter, but they still turned out cute.

Paul and his buddy, Joe, both turned 30 this past week.  Joe made Paul a beer sign saying "Forcier's Beers".  Paul thought it was the coolest thing that Joe put time and effort into his gift and wanted to do the same.  I came up with the idea for a beer cake.  Both guys love beer and have made it together before.  It was a few day process and Paul helped with all the steps.  The bottle is made from corn sugar and granulated sugar.  You heat it up and then pour into a mold and it makes the bottles.  The ice is the same mixture poured on crumpled foil.  We made the wood sides from fondant.  I scored them and Paul painted on the brown.  We peeled labels off beer bottles and glued them onto the bottle with corn syrup.  Overall it was a great hit!  Joe at one point started to eat the bottle, label and all.
I just finished my girlfriend's wedding cake.  The wedding is tomorrow.  I will post pics of the finished cake after the weekend.  Hope you all have a great weekend!