Mar 22, 2010

The Florida Day of Sharing

Yesterday was such a fun day!
I went with a friend to the Florida Day of Sharing Event in Ft. Lauderdale. Through out the day there were sugar art demonstrations on how to make amazing flowers: orchids, poinsettias, and many others. I met some great people and enjoyed getting to know them.

As part of the event anyone could bring a display to share. I decided to try a new technique and take a cake to display.

I decided on this design because it reminded me of some beautiful cupcakes I tried to ship once and they were destroyed during shipping and the poor bride had to scramble to find cupcakes the day before her Engagement party. So this cake is dedicated to Kate and Ryan. Congratulations you guys!
Here is one of the cupcakes before they were shipped.

After the demonstrations, there was a drawing and 9 people were picked to come up in 3 groups and do a Cake Challenge. So guess who got picked, Yep...yours truly!
I was so nervous, I was shaking. I knew the competition was just for fun but to be up there in front of all of those amazing artists and to know they were all watching me was terrifying!

The Cake Competition was 30 minutes and each group was given 2 8in. rounds, some spatulas, a bucket of buttercream icing, one bag and one...count them....ONE tip to try to decorate the cake. Luckily since my brain wasn't working correctly, a bunch of people not in the challenge surrounded our table and started helping us by giving direction.

My teammates were great to work with. I wish I could remember their names now, but I have forgotten them. I was kind of in a frenzy. So we whipped out our supplies and started working. After 15 minutes they told us to stop and that one person from the team had 5 minutes to make a bow out of fondant for the cake. I kept working on the cake while one of my teammate made a beautiful bow.

After the challenge was over we stood around nervously waiting for the results. After a gruelling 5 or so minutes they announced that OUR TEAM had WON!!!! Yea!!! We were so excited and surprised. All three of the cakes were beautiful!
It was so fun to laugh and work with others that enjoy the same passion for the sugar arts. I really enjoyed myself. Thank you to everyone that made the event possible!

Here are a few of the other displays at the Day of Sharing. I did not make these, but thought I would share them with you.

Mar 13, 2010

Rock On!!!

I had a fun challenge this week!

I made this cake for a girl turning 16!

She loves music, so we designed a cake that tried to incorporate her love of music. The iPod is made of gumpaste, the guitars are made of royal icing.

The cake was covered in buttercream icing with fondant tiger stripes. On each tiger stripe was the name of some of her favorite music groups and the titles to their songs.

I loved the way this cake turned out! It was fun and very personal, which makes it even better!

Mar 9, 2010

Happy Birthday to Me!

So call me a dork or a geek, I am okay with it. This year I decided for my birthday that I would make a cake for myself. Don't worry my husband offered to make my cake or take me anywhere I wanted to go, but I decided I don't really ever get to make a cake I want. I love the cakes I make, but then I always take them to someone else's party.

So this year I made my own Birthday cake! It was actually very fun, and I loved working through the process because I got half way done with the cake and changed my mind about the color scheme.

So my husband and kids decided that I needed 32 candles on my cake, now keep in mind that this cake was very small, only a 6 inch and a 4 inch, so 32 candles is a lot of candles and my 8 year old and 3 year old helped put the candles in. Well one of the candles got pushed in too far and POOF! who knew...Fondant is flammable. I wish I would have gotten a picture of the cake actually on fire, but it surprised me so much I hurried and blew it out. We were laughing pretty hard though. After changing out a few of the very melted candles, we finally lit all 32. And yes I actually blew them all out in one breath....My wish will come true!

I love my family!