Sunday, June 25, 2006
Thought y'all might want to see what a cake goes through before I'm finished with it. In this case, I'm practicing for eldest daughter's wedding cake next year -- her latest desire is for a "Topsy-Turvy" cake, so I thought I'd better start practicing.
This is a tiny version of the eventual masterpiece, which started out with 2 9x13 cakes that I carved into appropriate-sized circles. Now I have a huge bowl full of cake scraps left over, along with a bunch of icing, so I'll eventually make some festive "cake balls" to foist off on any unsuspecting visitors that might stop by. Later, though. I baked these cakes Friday night and froze them. Thawed them out Saturday morning, then started the process at 2:30 Saturday afternoon. An hour later, I was at this stage: (see below)
See all those crumbs? That's what happens when you try to carve a 3-tiered round cake out of two rectangles! You have to glue the crumbs back onto the cake with icing. Still wondering how a topsy-turvy cake gets made out of those two flat slabs of cake? Stay tuned.
I had to go help youngest daughter with the bloody nose of the little boy she was babysitting. Then had to let out-of-town neighbor's dog out, and the poor dear was evidently constipated, so it took her forever to do her business. So I got back to the cake an hour later, washed my hands for the 90th time, and worked 'til 2:30 am on it. Woke up at 6:30 to put on the finishing touches, and ...
Friday, June 23, 2006
Thursday, June 22, 2006
A "present" cake, made for a lovely Greek lady who shared her vast knowledge of cooking with our daughter who has to create and serve a Greek dinner for 50 next week. Chocolate cake, buttercream icing, covered in fondant with fondant bow and decorations, fresh flowers from darling husband's organic garden.