Archive | January, 2010

50th Anniversary Suprise!

29 Jan

My grandparents 50th wedding anniversary is coming up and we surprised them last night with a small dinner party.  We had dinner at Tony R’s in Corning and then saw Chicago at the Clements Center. One of my grandmother’s childhood friends, who was in their wedding came up from Philadelphia for the evening.  I think they were really surprised and it was a fun night for all!

I made a “replication” of their wedding cake.  I few months ago when we started to plan something I asked her about her wedding cake and she couldn’t remember anything about it…so I figured accuracy wasn’t that important.  So I looked at a photo of it in their wedding album and then I modernized it.

50 years and counting!

Valentine’s Day Orders!

26 Jan

Want to surprise your special someone with something different this year?  How about a custom cake!?!?!  Well maybe the !?!?! was uncalled for but I get really excited over cake and even more excited over cakes for loved ones.

Over the weekend I created a few examples of Valentine’s Day cakes.  Below are message heart cakes.  They look like the little candies and can be customized to say whatever you want.  They are the perfect size for two to enjoy 🙂

You can choose cake flavor, buttercream flavor, colors and message  for $20.  Can be delivered anywhere in Ithaca.

If you’re like us and have a bit of a sense of humor, maybe you want a cake more like this… 😉

If none of these appeal to you, or if you have your own ideas, let us know.  We’d love to create a cake that will make this Valentine’s Day special for you!

For orders and questions please e-mail – sweetiecakesandpies@gmail.com

Cake Idol

20 Jan

Last night Dan and I watched Julie & Julia and I absolutely LOVED it!  I think I identified way too much with the Julie character and Dan agreed.  But I think he is a lot like her husband as well “a saint.”  Am I going to cook through all of Julia’s recipes? …(thinking about it)…no, probably not even one.  All the butter in our house goes into cakes or buttercream (then directly to our hips and butt and arms and thighs and you get the point)!   But it did inspire me to do two things.

1. Blog more

2.  Work on my pies!

The pie component of this blog has fallen to the wayside.  So I’m going to try to post one pie recipe a month!   Its a manageable goal for now.

In an effort to blog more and by way of inspiration from Julie & Julia.  I’d like to share with you some of my cake idols.  Some are very popular in the mainstream, others not so much but still very talented artist.

4. Ron Ben-Israel – He is an artist and leader in the industry.  Check out his web page because words can not describe his talent.

3.  Everyone’s favorite, The Cake Boss!  You don’t have to know much about cakes to love Buddy from The Cake Boss.  I really hope to get to visit Carlos Bakery one day and meet him!

2.  Anne Heap, founder of Pink Cake Box is an up and coming star in the cake world.  Her work is beautiful and innovative.  I’m always reading her blog to see what she will come up with next!

1.  Finally the master of all masters Colette Peters.   She sets the bar and she sets it high.  I encourage you to explore her page, even if you aren’t a cakie I’m sure you’ll be impressed!

Dishwashing- A Post From Dan

15 Jan

Dishwashing – The Hobby I Never Wanted

I wish I could just shut-up and accept my fate about my new hobby, but not complaining about something work-like just isn’t… me.  Let me give you some background, so you can see how all this started.  Terry and I agreed a couple of years ago that she would do the laundry if I would keep the kitchen clean.  Though keeping the kitchen clean is a 7-day a week job and laundry is a one, maybe two day a week job, I thought our arrangement was quite fair.  For me, folding clothes is like having someone pull your beard out one hair at a time (it took a long time for me to convince Terry that pulling my beard out is NOT a cute couple-thing).  Besides, if you clean as you go, the kitchen is pretty easy to keep. And Terry hates doing dishes, so things were going relatively smoothly.  I say “relatively” because I always kind of felt like Terry was taking advantage of the situation just a little bit.  Sometimes it was small things like lobbing her breakfast dishes in the sink, so I come home to a plate covered in dried egg yolk, which, as I’m sure you know, you need sandpaper and a blowtorch to get off.  Sometimes it was bigger things, I doubt most of you have ever seen her cook, but if you have you know it’s like the Tasmanian Devil prepared your dinner.  I have no complaints about the food, she can cook, but she uses every pot, pan and frappin’ kitchen utensil possible (some you didn’t even know you had) and then either leaves them on the counter or piles so much in the sink you can’t possible wash anything (or sometimes both).  So it was in this culture of culinary excess with no thought for the domestic consequences that she began her cake “hobby” (saying Terry has a hobby is like saying Dr. Frankenstein had a pet project).

The post-cake apocalypse is like a game of chicken, she makes this incredible mess (like a powdered-sugar grenade blew up a butter-cream family) and then leaves it, thinking Dan will clean it (because that’s his job).  But I ask you, why is it my job to clean up after her hobby, and on top of that it’s usually for a cake I’m not even going to eat?  So I wait thinking, she’ll start cleaning any minute.  It gets to be like 9 o’clock, my fingers start tapping, and my leg starts shaking, because I know the kitchen is going to take at least an hour to clean and I’m ready for bed.  In the meantime, Terry is taking her 87th picture of the cake, playing with the lighting and god knows what all and is seemingly wholly unconcerned that our kitchen looks like Al Pacino’s desk in Scarface.  So to avoid the metaphorical head-on collision, I swerve and clean so we don’t wake up to ants sledding and throwing powdered-sugar “snowballs” at each other.  And through this vicious cycle, I have begun my new hobby.

Had I just stood my ground that first time and not reinforced this behavior, maybe I wouldn’t be Igor to her Dr. Frankenstein, tottering around, all hunched over from washing to many dishes, saying things like “Master do you really need to use an ENTIRE bag of sugar to roll out that fondant?”

“OF COURSE I DO, FOOL!  MUAHAHAHAHAHA!” she has an especially depraved evil-laugh, by the way.

“The Dodgson Girls” Cakes

13 Jan

A friend of mine directed a show downtown that required a cake to be eaten in each act!  So he asked me to make 14 small cakes.  It was a lot of fun to do these little cakes and combine two passions theatre and cake.  They are covered in buttercream, which in some ways is easy and others not so much…

Because they are small cakes, I put them one cardboard and then in a box to be delivered.  I was making a few trips, this was actually the second, so it wasn’t all 14 cakes.  As Dan was putting the box in the car, the tape on the side of the box broke and he almost dropped the box.  Neither the box or the cakes hit the ground but they did all slide into each other.  So I had to take them back in, scrap all buttercream off an re-decorate them.

The second weekend of the show is this weekend.  I’m going to see it on Sunday I think.  If  you’re in Ithaca this weekend looking for something to do, check it out!

Theatre Incognita presents:

“The Dodgson Girls” by Natalie deCombray

Meet the seven fascinating sisters of Lewis Carroll. starring: Judith Andrew, Kelly Andronicos, Maggie Goldsmith, Kathy Kramer, Elizabeth Livesay, Kathryn Russell, Kit Wainer & Matt Winberg directed by Ross Haarstad live piano accompaniment by Thomas Jefferson Peters costumes designed by Lauren Cowdery. Third Floor Auditorium.

Tickets: $10 advance / $12.50 at the door; available through Ticket Center Ithaca (273-4497 / 1-800-28-ITHACA)

I had a heck of a time with the small square cakes.  If anyone has tips for icing them, I’d love to hear!

Happy New Year

5 Jan

This is a cake I made to take to New Year’s Eve dinner at my cousin’s house.  It was a pretty easy cake to make and luckily there were no problems since last week was so busy.  The cake is chocolate cake with raspberry filling and then covered in a lot of buttercream.  The clock is made out of fondant and then I covered the cake with edible gold speckles.

Top 5 of 2009

4 Jan

Happy New Years!  I hope everyone had a fun holiday.  Mine was great!  I’ll post pictures of my New Year’s Eve cake tomorrow.

I was inspired by one of my favorite Cake Shops The Pink Cake Box to do a favorite cakes of the year!  Here is what I consider my top 5 cakes of 2009!

5.  Though the judges didn’t like it, I did!  My Ithaca Cake Competition Cake comes in at #5

4.  This wasn’t the hardest cake to create, but hands down wins for taste!

Taste of Elegance

3.  This cake brought back such good memories of Japan and it is my most viewed cake!

The top says "Anu" the birthday girl's name.

2.  I long for the sweaty fondant and melting buttercream on this cake as I sit here freezing! The cake was made in August for a 5 year old’s birthday party.

Birthday Girl with her cake

1.  The winner, weighting in at an estimated 100 pounds and scaling 30 inches or so is the  Snowboarding Birthday Cake!

If there was a favorite of yours that wasn’t featured, let me know which one and why you liked it! 🙂

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