Jan 21, 2011

Mardi Gras Masquerade


Have you ever been to Mardi Gras? Me either...but I have certainly heard a lot about it. A friend of my husbands was born and raised in New Orleans, so when I was asked to make him a surprise cake, Mardi Gras seemed like the perfect theme, and you certainly can't have Mardi Gras without masks and beads.

So this mask, which I think is incredibly amazing and beautiful, and I wish I were a better photographer, so you could get the full affect of the mask, was painted by my new and fantastic friend Martha Hale Stoetzer. She is an amazing artist and a great friend and neighbor. We were talking a few days ago about painting and she said she would love to try fondant and gumpaste as new painting mediums, since she had never tried it before. I smiled and told her I had the perfect solution. She happily agreed to painting the mask. It is made from gumpaste and painted in food coloring, and is completely edible as are the beads. The feathers are the only non-edible things on the cake.

Enjoy and have a wonderful and yummy weekend!

There's a Chill in the Air!

Just looking at this cake makes me feel cold. It reminds me of waking up on a chilly winter morning, peeking out my window and the whole world was covered in a blanket of brand new snow. I loved those morning. I would grab a big blanket and a good book, then run downstairs, find an open heater vent, (our vents were on the floor) cover myself completely with the blanket, so I trapped all that hot air inside and I would read for hours in my nice warm tent.

I made this cake for a fellow employee in my husbands office. She is moving from warm, sunny Florida to cold, beautiful Connecticut and my husband wanted her Thank you/Good Luck cake to represent her new home. I had a lot of fun making this cake and I want to wish Helen Good Luck on her new endeavors in Connecticut.
The snowflakes are all piped using royal icing, and I was so happy when someone at Helen's Going Away Party noticed that no two snowflakes are alike on the cake. Yippy!

Best Wishes to Helen!