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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?

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iPhone Cake Part 2

16 Aug

Sorry I haven’t been updating my blog. I’ve been packed with orders left and right, which is actually a good thing! I’m very thankful for it!

I recently made another iPhone cake. The black version.

And it had different personalized Apps.

B Hotel

His initials

The Bellevue Manila & The Bellevue Bohol

Guitar

Nike Golf Ball

And the standard Apps.

Messages

Mail

Safari

Weather

iTunes

Camera

Clock

Contacts

Calculator

Notes

Calendar

Phone

iPod


I will never tire of making iPhone cakes and cupcakes. First, because the iPhone is my most favorite electronic gadget (I know my friend will disapprove of the redundant use of most and favorite, but what the heck? I have different levels of favorites). It has everything I need, from my books, my photos, my music, my emails, my games…name it, it’s there. Well I don’t have a drawing app because I find the screen of the iPhone too small for drawing. Maybe if and when I get an iPad, that will be my new favorite. And second, they’re really fun for a cake artist like me to make, especially when I have to make personalized apps. I get to know my clients a little bit more. And I love making memorable moments even more memorable.

I Love Paris Cake

30 Jun

I fell in love with Paris after watching the movie Paris When It Sizzles which stars Audrey Hepburn and William Holden. The movie is about a successful  forty-two year old alcoholic screenplay writer Richard Benson (William Holden), who has three days to write a script for his producer. The typist Gabrielle Simpson (Audrey Hepburn) arrives at his hotel to help him. And like a classic love story, along with coming up with  a  story, they fall in love. The movie was written by Claudio Carvalho. 

I loved everything about the movie..from the setting, Audrey Hepburn, the clothes, the cafes by the street, the hotel room, even the dancing in the streets. I admit I’m a hopeless romantic..to a fault sometimes. And while I’m going to be wiser now (as my friend says, “who’s dumber the idiot or the one who fell for him?”), there is a large part of me that cries in almost every love story, wishing, somehow, I could have the same someday.

I often find myself daydreaming about Paris, at least the Paris of my imagination, especially when I need to think of happy thoughts. I dream about when I will be able to go there, who I will go with, where I’ll be staying..and even down to the outfits that I will be wearing. Because of my obsession about Paris, my friend got me a book about Paris, and I’ll admit that I have already planned in my head my itinerary. I also planned (in my head, at least) to take French lessons before I actually go there. I’ve already started by downloading the app, Teach Me French Tutorial on my iPhone. The beauty of technology!

And that is why it was such a treat when my friend asked me to make a map of France cake. It was a butter lemon cake with vanilla buttercream filling and vanilla fondant icing. I handpainted the map on the scluplted map cake and I also made the Paris toppers, namely the flag of France, the Eiffel Tower, wine, cheese and grapes using gum paste.


Someday I will be able to visit you, dear Paris but for now, I’ll tour you in my dreams.