Archive | May, 2011

Treasure Chest Cake

25 May
I got quite a lot of compliments for this Treasure Chest cake. It always makes me happy whenever people appreciate my work, and it is a lot of work. This cake was no exception as I was faced with the challenge of turning a soft and spongey cake into a gleaming treasure.

 

Some people have asked me why I like to share how I make my cakes and even recipes sometimes. Isn’t that bad for my business? I’ve found the opposite to be true. The more I share, the more people order! Isn’t that wonderful? I’m not really a business person but something bothers me whenever people are obsessed with money money money. I know it’s important but not as important as the love, trust, and company of great people and a good name. How I wish I understood this when I was younger!!!

 

Anyway, back to our Treasure Chest Cake!

 

The base of the treasure chest is made of cake and the cover is made of styrofoam. I covered both with brown fondant and drew lines across them to have the illusion of wood grain.

 

Front view
Back view

 

I drew each and every line which was tedious but I’m happy with the result. For those who want an easier way of doing this, I found this site online, Sugarcraft, that sells woodgrain mats. These are mats used on fondant or a crusting buttercream that will leave different kinds of impressions.  What a great invention! (For cake decorators at least.) You should check out their site. They have most, if not all of the baking tools you’ll ever need for cake decorating. It really is a Baker’s Paradise, as their motto says.

 

Different kinds of Impression Mats from Sugarcraft, Inc.

 

For the sand, I added tan buttercream icing plus muscovado sugar (a type of unrefined brown sugar with a strong molasses flavor) around the treasure chest. For the treasures, I just added gold chocolate coins, gold chocolate nuggets, and mini-M&Ms to add color. And lastly, I situated Lucas’ name, covered with metallic dust, in front of the treasure chest and the gold coins to make it seem like its a treasure waiting to be discovered.There you go! A golden treasure waiting to be eaten.

 

Speaking of treasures waiting to be discovered, let me end with this story. As I was searching for pictures of treasure chests in Google, I typed the word treasure chest and somehow I came across this website, Bible Treasure Chest. I clicked on it and the first thing that caught my eye was the story of the Faith of a Little Child.
The story talks about the faith of a little child who wanted to have a green trike. Because of his and his mom’s prayers, it was given to them. I know it’s a simple story, but it really touched me. (Of course this is coming from someone who cries in every movie!) It touched me because it reminded of the many answered prayers I’ve had the last two years, specific prayer requests answered at the right time. As I mentioned in past blogs, being a single mom includes a whole lot of juggling, and there really is no way to make this work without God’s faithfulness. He is faithful even when we’re not. That is God’s treasure for us all, His faithfulness.

 

Treasure Chest Cake for Lucas
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Jewelry Box Cake

25 May

This was another fun project to make.

I used gum paste to make  accessories that I had
imagined a little girl would have in her jewelry box.
I made the box pink because Gabbie loves everything girly. And what’s girlier than pink?
I added gum paste flowers too, to add more color to the already colorful box.

Angry Birds and Plant vs. Zombies Cupcakes

19 May
I got an order for a dozen Banana Chocolate Chip cupcakes with half Angry Birds toppers and half Plants vs. Zombies toppers. I tried my new vanilla bean paste for the buttercream icing and it really does taste different! Yummy!!!
Banana Chocolate Chip Cupcakes
Vanilla Buttercream Icing
(with vanilla bean paste) 
Andres helped me make the green buttercream icing for the grass, using my new vanilla bean paste. The authentic one really does taste better than imitation vanilla extracts. The taste is really different. I remember hearing once a saying that goes, “You’ll never really know the real thing until you’ve tried it.” The buttercream icing that I used to make with the vanilla powder tasted good to me already. I actually thought it was perfect. But after tasting the buttercream icing with the vanilla bean paste, I realized the difference. And from now on, I won’t be settling for anything less. A fake can never replace the real thing. Hmmm… I should write more on this. The point is don’t settle for anything less than the real thing!
He wanted me to take his picture with the gum paste toppers.
Anyway, I also tested the new Bondi pack of the Hipstamatic Camera app in my iPhone and the pictures turned out great! Looks very professional…

Happy Birthday, Manolo!!!