Archive | October, 2009

Dan to the rescue!

18 Oct

So at the 11th hour Dan jumped in a helped me finish this cake! 🙂 Without his help, it wouldn’t have been finished on time. The grass just took much longer than I expected.

It was for a co-worker’s boyfriend’s son. He is turning 13 and they are having a football themed birthday party in the park today. It is much colder than expected for this time of year so I don’t have to worry about the cake melting… We actually got our first snow the other day. It was not an exciting magical moment like most people like to think. The thought of snow from October to April kills me. At least tomorrow we’ll be on a plane to Atlanta for the week. I’m looking at University of South Carolina, Emory and University of Georgia. I had my interview at Duke last week and it went really well. That’s where I really want to go, but it is rather competitive to get in.

Well if I don’t get in anywhere I guess I’ll just open up a specialty cake shop!

Japanese Manga Cake

15 Oct

This cake was so much fun to make! It was for a 13 year old girl’s birthday party. She is very into Japanese Manga and she is taking Japanese lessons. So this cake totally brought back memories for me of living in Japan. I also got to put my writing skills to use and wrote out Happy Birthday Anu in Kanji/Hiragana. The manga figurine was pretty hard to make. I’ll admit she wasn’t perfect but it was another good chance at creating a human figure. I really have to take a sculpting class!

The cake itself is a strawberry short cake! It is sour cream butter cake filled with home-made whipped cream and sliced strawberries then covered in almond buttercream and fondant.

The family reported that they all LOVED the cake and the birthday girl was so surprised when she saw it!

Ithaca Cake Competition Results,

5 Oct

So I didn’t win the competition. I did thoroughly enjoy the process of designing and building the cake. The day of the competition was just kind of…eh. I’ve never been in a competition so I didn’t really know what to expect and I’m not sure if this one is an accurate representation of all competitions. I do also know that I am more of a process over product person though and it is hard for me to quantify art, so that’s most likely the reason didn’t enjoy the competition all that much.

Side note. If you are in an anthropology class and want an interesting sub culture to observe, check out a cake competition… ‘nough said.

I was happy with my cake and one of the two judges was also. The second judge just absolutely HATED it. I was a little offended because it was an amateur competition and the divisions were based on level/years of experience. For a beginner cake decorator I thought my cake was a challenge but she gave me VERY low marks in difficulty and technical categories. The important part for me was designing a cake that looked nothing like the others. Originality and abstractly interpreting the theme did not impress them though. It is a matter of taste and in my limited experience I’ve found Wilton to be rather conservative and “cute.” The judges were all local Wilton instructors so I have a feeling that’s what they were looking for. On the other hand the one judge did like it and gave me rather good feedback.

I didn’t get a chance to take photos of all of the cakes, but here are a few.
If these are one of your cakes and you want me to label it with your name or business please send me a comment or e-mail. If you have any other photos you want me to add, just send them my way!

This Is the One to Vote For!

3 Oct

The Ithaca Cake Competition is today!!! I was up until almost 4:00AM finishing this cake, but I’m so happy with the way it turned out!!! So get to the mall today and vote for it!
comp. cake

Who Needs Sleep When There is Cake?

2 Oct

So on top of the cake competition this weekend, I decided to make a cake for some of my student’s black box production, Love Song. It opens today at 4:30 PM and runs through Sunday, schwartztickets.com (hint, hint). It was suppose to be a surprise for them, but I told them yesterday when they were talking about what to do for a cast celebration. I modeled the design after the poster, which I also created.
The cake was going great until I touched it with royal icing. First off, I wasn’t paying attention until it was too late, but the consistence of the royal icing was WAY off. It was disgustingly runny. For some reason I thought I could free hand pipe straight lines. I probably can’t even do this in the best of mind sets, never the less after midnight. I don’t know what i was thinking. SO I was not thrilled with the final product. If I could turn back time I would have just spent the next time on cutting out fondant to make the fabric pattern.
Oh well, I’m sure the cake will taste great and I hope the students like it!

Tonight is going to be another long night as I finish up the cake for the competition! If you’re in Ithaca this weekend, come to the mall and check it out!

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