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Coming Out of Cake-tirement

18 May

So I’ve complete just stopped making cakes, as you can tell from the tumble weeds blowing around on the blog.  The first part of this year has been emotionally hard for me.  Coming to terms with the fact that I wasn’t going to open up a cake shop was really harder than I thought and I just stopped making cakes.  Some people reading this I’m sure are grinning with pleas.  I know that if there is one thing people love more than success, it is seeing other people fail.  Failure or not, I’ve survived and I’ve got a cake in the oven right now!

There have been some positives to not making cakes.  First, I’ve lost over ten pounds and going strong.  I never learned how to make cake and not eat it.  Also cake is so time consuming when I was busy with cakes, I wouldn’t exercise and I would eat crap because I really didn’t feel like cooking.  As I come out of retirement, that’s something that I have to work on.  That being said, “Fat Friday’s” are officially dead.  I’m going to try to focus cake business posts and practicing skills on smaller cakes (that I can take to work for other people to eat).  Hopefully that strategy will help keep the pounds coming off.  Second, I put all of my energy into getting a job and I landed a great one!  I’m working at Georgia State University as the Social Media Ninja.  It is a new position and there is lots of work to be done!

Actually, I was so burnt out on cakes that I made cakes last fall that I didn’t even post to the blog!  Hopefully over the next few weeks I can get my act together and edit the videos of some of those cakes.  As for the cake I’m making right, it is a graduation cake for Dan’s nephew Gage.  We are having a graduation party for him this weekend.  Dan has really gone all out fixing up our backyard.  It looks awesome!  We have a nice little oasis out there to relax in now.

So I’m back!  Hopefully for a long time and I’ll you’ll be getting more cake related post!

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Thanksgiving Cake

14 Dec

 

Here is our dessert feast from Thanksgiving!  We tried some new techniques on this cake.  Some worked and some didn’t…see it all in the video!

The flavors are:

Ginger Snap Cake with Pumpkin Cheesecake Filling

Lemon yogurt Cake with Apple Compote Filling

Pecan Pound Cake with Pecan Pie Filling

Ace of Cakes Canceled

20 Nov

Ace of Cakes Canceled

It was announced yesterday, November 19,2010 that Ace of Cakes on Food Network will be canceled after its 10th season.   For more details on the story you can read this article.

 

I was so sad to hear this news.  The article says that Food Network is not dropping Duff, just the show.  So hopefully there is something even better in store for us.  I just feel like Ace of Cakes is the best cake show out there.  They don’t create drama, purposefully drop cakes, or scream at each other for the cameras.  They just make really cool cakes.  Charm City looks like one of the best places to work.  I am not just saying that because I am a cake person.  Duff has really created a great environment where is employees can grow and test their boundaries in their craft.  That is something that can transcend beyond cakes and just makes Duff a good boss.  If Duff wanted to move on from cakes he could write a book or give small business seminars on work place dynamics.

I guess the one thing that I don’t like about Charm City Cakes is that they very quickly turn to non-edible items before exhausting all edible possibilities.  At least the editing makes it seam that way.  But they make people happy and the cakes look awesome!

Well I am sad that we won’t get to see the daily happenings of Charm City Cakes anymore but hopefully Food Network won’t let us down.  Please give us something with Duff that is even better!

Cakeisode Three – Roller Skating/Cello

14 Sep

Cello Cake, Roller Skate Cake

Last month we made this cake for Dan’s friend’s son.  It was a big hit at his 12th birthday party.  The cakeisode features our journey making the cake and also about us finding out that I wasn’t selected for the Cake Boss Reality show.

The cake is chocolate cake with chocolate fudge filling.

P.S. I did NOT roller skate into the party carrying the cake like The Cake Boss did.  I am way to clumsy for that!

P.S.S.  I have never over slept for anything in my life!  When I say over slept, I gave myself three hours instead of four, when I really only needed two…

Enjoy the video.

Cakeisode Two – Chocolate Dipped Drama

27 Aug

Here is Cakeisode two!!!  I know that this should have been up about three weeks ago but I just couldn’t make myself sit down at the computer and actually edit it.  But better late than never.

We made this cake for when my mom came to visit.  It is her favorite and basically everyone else who eats it agrees.

Enjoy the drama.

Cakeisode One – Meet the Cast

5 Aug

I’ll let the video do most of the talking for this post.  We’ve decided to give all of you a backstage pass to magic of Sweetie Cakes & Pies through a series of Cakeisodes.  Keep in mind that these are all being filmed with a flip and editing with Pinnacle Studio, so we’re not talking top of line here…  Also, we are fulling aware that we are dorks and yes, we have a lot of free time, we’re unemployed!

Enjoy the first official Cakeisode!

Lace Cake

2 Aug

Lace Cake

This cake is a design from a Colette Peter’s book. I bought the book about a year ago specifically to make this cake and just never got around to it. Thanks to being unemployed, I’ve finally found the time!  I’m also glad that I waited a year to do it so my skills were a little stronger.  It is a beautiful cake but took a lot of patience.  I would love to make this cake again and I think it would be beautiful as center pieces at a wedding or a cake for a baby shower or classy birthday party.  Piping is something that I really need practice with so that is another reason why this was a good cake to work on.  It didn’t turn out flawless, but I was pretty happy with it.

Ace Of Cake Fondant, Duff Fondant

The flavors are vanilla cake with an orange puree and chocolate orange filling.  Then it is covered in a Meringue buttercream and fondant.  The lace is made from royal icing.  Which for the most part I finally got the consistency right.  At first it was a little too stiff but I added some water and it worked out ok.  I still hate royal icing though…

I tried a new brand of fondant for this cake.  I noticed at the craft store that Duff, owner of Charm City Cakes and star of Ace of Cakes has come out with a line of cake supplies.  They have a lot of cool things from pans to cake tattoos to fondant.  I thought I would give his fondant a try.  When I first opened the fondant it seemed really hard and I thought I was going to be really disappointed, but I microwaved it for ten seconds and worked for a minute and it soften up very nicely.  The fondant was really easy to work with, it had a nice stretch and rolled out beautifully.  I had no trouble covering the cake with this fondant.  It tasted great too, very fresh and buttery.  Overall it is an excellent product.  What I didn’t like about it was the price!  It is way too expensive!  The fondant retails for $19.99 for two pounds.  Ten dollars a pound is crazy.  To put it in perspective, I can get Satin Ice, a professional grade fondant for about $2.00 a pound.   The only problem is I have to order it online.  If I didn’t have a 40% off coupon and money left on a gift card I don’t think I would have even tried it.  Even though it was a good product to work with, I won’t use it again because of the price.

Lace Cake

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