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Shoe Cakes

2 Oct

Last month, I made shoe cakes for the dads of my two friends. Their dads are twin brothers who are shoe tycoons. They turned 60 last August and their daughters, my friends, wanted to honor them with cakes that represented both of them really well.

We all agreed to make them a 3D cake version of the shoe that pretty much molded their businesses.

One was the EARTH shoe and one was the CATERPILLAR shoe.

This was very interesting to make. I had to do it how shoemakers did it. Part by part.

First I had to carve the cakes and shape them into shoes.

Then I had to round off the edges.

Then I crumb coated them to prevent the little crumbs from adhering to the fondant icing.

Then the fun part! I pretended I was a shoemaker cutting out the patterns for the leather. (I didn’t get to take photos of the Caterpillar shoe, because I ran out of time! Just imagine me, working on the fondant, washing my hands, taking a picture, washing my hands again, etc. Get the scenario? Taking pictures is actually harder than baking!)

Then I covered the tops and the insides of the shoe, and added the details.

Then I made the shoe boxes by covering a rectangle dummy with the color of fondant of the boxes in their stores.

I also added the logo of their shoe businesses and their names.

Didn’t it look fun to make?

I’m so glad they liked the cakes I made for them. I sure enjoyed making them!

Rainbows and Butterflies

7 Sep

This is another one of my favorite cakes. Obviously, all my cakes are pretty much my favorite. It’s really hard for me to choose just one among many beautiful things. Like I don’t have a favorite color. It changes every month, or every week, or is it every day? Like for a wallet color, my favorite would be a red or orange. For notebooks, I usually prefer black or something with  nice print. For pens, I usually buy all colors but the one I use most is the chocolate brown.

My friend once told me that when everything is your favorite then nothing is your favorite. I guess that makes sense for other things, but my cakes are like my babies, they’re all uniquely special. And this Rainbows and Butterflies cake is one of them.

Pastel Butterflies

This cake had one layer of chocolate and one layer of chocolate chip while the top a dummy layer which had to be light. My friend, Christine, said she loved the chocolate chip cake! I agree with her. I love chocolate chip cake too, my second favorite after banana chocolate chip. Another example of my many favorites.

Violet's 1st birthday cake

Somewhere over the rainbow...

Check out her reply:

More than enjoying decorating it’s really a great feeling when I know I’ve contributed to the success of someone’s celebration! I know how much effort you put into making your family’s moment special, so I love it when my cakes fit in perfectly. Some of you know that feeling. I know you mom’s know what I mean. It’s that feeling when your children love your cooking, or tell you they love you. It’s knowing that you’re appreciated.

And I just want to thank all of you for appreciating my work. You don’t know how encouraging each “like” or comment or email or message has been. I’m so grateful to God for readers like you who are generous with your kind words. It makes me want to get better with each cake, knowing that there are people like you who send me rainbows and butterflies in return.

The Asparagus Cake

24 Aug

My friend wanted to give her mother a cake that would totally capture her mom’s interests, which are gardening and vegetables. She had a lot of ideas and all of them were very creative, like a garden cake or a barrel of vegetables. But when she showed me the asparagus cake, I knew this would be the perfect one. The idea of capturing a personality, an interest, or a moment is a big part of every Coco Cake. Aside from making sure everything tastes good, I want each cake to be memorable by making it about the person more than it is about the cake. After all, it’s the people in our life that make moments special.

I was so excited to start making the asparagus spears. I thought it would be easy. It looked really easy. How hard could an asparagus cake get? Just roll out a piece of gum paste into a thin log, then cut and snip the sides and top for the details of the asparagus.

Roll, cut and snip

But was I wrong! It was super duper duper duper hard! I ended up making over 300 asparagus spears to fill up an 8″ cake..and to top it all off, I had a wedding cake due the following day for a morning wedding in Tagaytay! Talk about a full kitchen!

150+ gum paste asparagus spears

To make the story of a long weekend of baking short, I had another few days of almost no sleep. I try to give myself as much lead time as I can but sometimes, as in life, things don’t go according to plan. I made about 150+ asparagus spears 3-4 days ahead but when I was assembling them the night before it was due, I was short of almost 200 asparagus spears.

I need more asparagus!!!

I had to mold 200 more asparagus spears all evening. I barely made it on time! But I did!!! 🙂 Thank you for my Starbucks Venti Cafe Americano. It really kept me up until 6am.

The cake came out really, really nice! This is now one of my favorites, second to Natalia’s stacking teacups cake!

I made it just in the nick of time!

The Asparagus Cake

This cake was very tedious to make but it was all worth it. The response from my friend and her family was priceless. One of the things I’ve learned running Coco Cakes, is that many times our greatest achievements are simply a moment of persevering away. How many dreams or goals have we missed simply because we didn’t try hard enough or long enough? Who knew baking could teach us so much?