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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!


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Plants vs. Zombies Cake & Cupcakes

2 Aug

Plants vs. Zombies Cake & Cupcakes

This is an 8″ butter pound cake covered with fondant icing. I cut out small squares and made a checkerboard on top. If you’re familiar with the game Plants vs. Zombies, you will see that the plants and the zombies battle on top of a checkerboard, too.

Then I cut up different lengths of wooden planks and placed them on the side of the cake. I also got the inspiration from the game itself. And since the celebrant’s request is to have a lot of flowers around her cake, I made different colors of the flowers from the game, too.

For the cupcakes, I made different kinds of plant characters using gum paste. I think I was smiling the whole time I was making this project. Playing Plants vs. Zombies in the computer is one of the things my kids and I enjoy doing together, and they’re very good at it. And in a sense, they know the details of each of the characters. The  kids were very much involved in the quality control of my gum paste creations. Like for example, if you notice in the picture above I missed the sensor on top of the the potato bomb’s head. They pointed that out after I was done taking the pictures. I had to add them in the end.

Plant vs. Zombies cupcakes

 

 

 

 

Tugboat Cake

4 Jul

I love making sculpted cakes like this Tugboat Cake I made last weekend. I like the fact that it started out as an ordinary square pound cake. But after the right amount of shaving here and there, adding little details and the good color combination, it became a wonderful not-so-ordinary-creation.

It’s always exciting to see the end result of something that you worked hard for. It’s not easy sculpting a cake knowing that one wrong slice can alter the whole look of the cake. And if you do make a wrong cut, all you can do is start all over again. This was what was going on inside my head while making this Tugboat Cake. I couldn’t make a mistake because I had a lot of orders due the same day. I knew that if I made a mistake, I wouldn’t meet my deadlines and clients would get disappointed.

Sometimes my cakes speak to me, reminding me of truths I learned before. This cake was a reminder that God is also shaping me (which includes shaving off A LOT of things, adding beautiful thing after beautiful thing). I don’t know what exactly He’s shaping me to be but I know that I can trust the Master Sculptor.