Mar 30, 2011

Florida ICED Cake Competition


Last weekend on March 27th, I took the plunge into the world of cake competitions. I will be honest and say that I am not the competitive type. I don't go into competitions knowing I am going to win or talking myself up, it is just not who I am. I am a self critic and I love feedback about the work I do.

 I guess I am more of the performer type. I love to share the talents I have and love to get feedback, but the winning and loosing is just not for me. I like it when everyone is a winner. So anyway...competing is very difficult for me, but I know it was a good, albeit giant and very scary step for me in my cake career.
 So the big question...Did I win?...No, but I can tell you about the cake I made and all of the wonderful things I learned. I am so glad that I went and participated in the competition. After setting up my cake I was able to take 2 amazing classes by Rebecca Sutterby of Sugar Creations.
She taught a Perfect Fondant class where I learned all the ways I did it wrong for the competition and all the ways to do it right from now on. She also taught a mold making class on how to make silicone molds for use with fondant, gum paste and isomalt.
 
So, onto my cake. The competition's theme was "Romantic Wedding Dresses" Each contestant was to pick a wedding dress. Any wedding dress you wanted and then base your cake design on that dress. I chose the dress "Camellia" by Rivini. The first time I saw it, I was amazed by how simple, beautiful and unique it was.
 I loved the large rosettes that cover the entire bottom half of the dress. It was stunning and romantic. I searched the web and magazines for months for different dresses, but kept coming back to this one.
 The rosettes are made of gum paste. I rolled them out very thin with a pasta machine, then cut them into 3 different strips, stacked them on each other and formed them to the cake. It took many many hours, but it was so fun to watch it come together.
 Every time I make a cake it amazes me how a few ingredients like sugar, flour, and butter can be combine in so many different way to create something beautiful and delicious at the same time.
Next year the competition theme is "Masquerade Ball" and you better believe that I will be ready for it. Also, Thank you to Lisa Menz and Melanie Judge who put together the competition. it was a huge success and I am so glad that I was a part of it.

Mar 21, 2011

Fudge Easter Eggs for Orlando and West Palm Beach


For over 50 years, Easter Eggs have been a family tradition. My Grandma started making them for friends and family and it quickly expanded to a long lasting family tradition and my grandma became famous in her community for her Fudge Easter Eggs. You were incredibly lucky to receive one of  Blanche's Easter Eggs.  I always felt so special when I would find my basket on Easter and there sitting beautifully in the middle was my egg with my name on it.
We all treasured our eggs. We designated spots on the counter in the kitchen for our egg and no one could move or touch it. Some years it took us weeks to finish our eggs. Some of us would dig the bottom out and keep the shell intact so we wouldn't disturb the beauty of the egg, but still taste of its goodness. Other years we would dig in and finish it off that very day. That was rare though.

One year my sister picked my brothers name off his egg so he couldn't prove it was his and then ate most of it. That was not a happy Easter in our house.
 My grandma also made delicate birds out of icing and my younger cousin who was maybe 3 years old got into grandmas kitchen unattended and broke off every birds head and ate them. Many birds went out headless that year. My grandma took it better than I would have suspected.


 This year as I begin my new endeavour with Wendy Woo Cakes, I thought it would be fitting the share a family tradition with all of you. If you would like to order Easter Eggs for your family please go to my website at http://www.wendywoocakes.com/ and order your eggs today. Each egg can be personalized for your family members. Eggs are $10 each. If you live in the Orlando or West Palm Beach areas. At this time eggs are not available for shipping, we don't want you to get mushy eggs in the mail. Sorry.

Happy Easter!

Mar 11, 2011

Celebrating 1 year of life!

Happy Birthday Jack!


A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to be asked to make a cake for a "smash the cake" photo shoot for my good friends at Treasure Photography here in Orlando. www.itreasurephotography.com

So meet Jack, one of the cutest and happiest babies ever. He is getting ready to take the huge step into being 1 year old.


The cake is vanilla with vanilla butter cream, nice and simple, with fondant decorations. The funny part was that Jack had no interest in the cake, he just wanted the little fondant balls that surrounded the cake.

His mom even tried smashing his hand in the cake so he could get a taste, but all he did was shake the frosting off his hands, look at her like, "who is that woman and what did she do with my mom?" and then go for another fondant ball.
In the end Jack's mom had a great time smashing the cake, we had a lots of laughs, and Jack loved the fondant. We were all happy and didn't the pictures turn out great?
So thank you to Jennifer at Treasure Photography and to Jack's mom, Barbara, and especially to Jack who played along so well with us three crazy women. Don't worry Jack it won't be the last time women perplex you!

Mar 8, 2011

What a Week!

Where to begin?


I have had one of the best weeks of my life! My mom and my sister came to visit from across the country and we have had a wonderful time together. If you have read my blog, you know all about my Grandma and the great influence she was on me throughout my life. She taught me to bake and decorate cakes, I watched her for hours as she decorated cakes and I sat in awe at the artistry and perfection, but this week I have learned that my mom is the unsung hero behind my grandma's success. My mom spent countless hours cleaning, baking, mixing, stirring, chocolating and helping my grandma. So this week while she was here, I asked if she would teach me the traditional techniques of candy making and chocolating. We made divinity, fudge and penoche. We practiced tempering chocolate and we talked and laughed our way through the week. Those few days went way too fast, but I am so grateful for the time that I spent with her this week.
Thanks mom for all that you have taught me. Thanks for believing in me and teaching me to believe in myself.
Enough of the mushy stuff...onto cakes!

As a celebration for Dr. Seuss Day, my son's school held a cake competition. My son was really excited for me to enter a cake, so how could I say no, plus I have always wanted to make a Dr. Seuss cake. So can you guess how well I did? Hmmm...I will let you think about that for a moment.
One of my favorite characters in Dr. Seuss' books is, of course, Horton. He is loyal, brave and the greatest friend in the world. I think this world needs more Hortons.
 So how did I do in the cake competition?...Let's just say, it was never about winning and I was surprised I came in 3rd...My son loved it and that is all that matters, because then we got to bring it home and eat it. Yum!

So onto the other cakes of the week, we were asked to make a simple cheesehead, which  I am always happy to help with.

Go Packers!


And who can forget the Tennessee Volunteers!

I was actually very happy with the way this cake came out. I was asked to make it for my husband's boss.
I have never been a Tennessee fan, but I sure am now!

Happy Birthday Bill!

Mar 3, 2011

Orlando Florida here we come!!!

I am so excited to announce the
 OPENING of Wendy Woo Cakes in Orlando, Florida!!!
 For many years I have dreamed of a day when I could open my own Custom Cake Company and now it is finally here!

Wendy Woo Cakes will be providing Custom Wedding, birthday and celebration cakes to the greater Orlando area. Please check out our NEW website at http://www.wendywoocakes.com/. You can see our gallery of cakes and have lots of your questions answered. Please give us a call if you have additional questions, want to book an event of just want to chat.

Please also share Wendy Woo Cakes with your friends and family, even if they don't live in Orlando, they may know someone who does.

Thank you to everyone, my family, friends and fans out there who have helped make this possible. Your confidence in me is inspiring and I appreciate your kind words and thoughts.