Sunday, October 25, 2009

Monday, October 12, 2009

Morning Glory

Violin cake, covered with MMF, morning glories are MMF as well, strings are floral wire.








Tuesday, September 22, 2009


LilliAnna


Violin Cake
After looking at several violin cakes and not being impressed we decided to pull out Tabitha's violin and attempt to duplicate the original instead of imitating someone's interpretation of the violin.




Covered with MMF(marshmallow fondant)
I love the idea of the music papers. Stephanie carefully burned the paper all around the edges to give it an antique look. The roses give it color and a feminine look.
She did an incredible job on the bridge, it is made of fondant. You can click on it to see it better.




My advice for anyone making this cake...PLAN AHEAD! YOU DO NOT WANT TO DO THIS CAKE LAST MINUTE! TRUST ME!:) You need sufficient time for the scroll to dry and the other fragile pieces. I was happy with the outcome although I would do some things a bit different next time...a learning experience.


Violin Cookies

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Heffalump

A customer asked me to make this cake for her grandson's first birthday.
She sent me a picture and I went to work.
Here are some instructions on how to make a Heffalump cake.


"Lumpy"




I used the Wilton 12x18 pan for the bottom layer, the Wilton soccer ball pan for his back and the Wilton 3D ball pan for his head. I made my own template for the trunk.


*note: I had to trim about 1" from the bottom of the soccer cake to make the head higher than the backside.

Another angle.


"Lumpy" filled with chocolate ganache and coconut. His legs and trunk glued on with frosting (it also keeps the ganache from squishing out. :)

Frosted in Hershey's cocoa frosting.
You need to frost a cake before covering it with fondant.


Covering "Lumpy" in MMF (MarshMallow Fondant)
When you cover a figure in fondant, ALWAYS work on the indentations first, then work on smoothing the rest of the fondant out.



I added the coloring to the melted marshmallows while making the fondant.

Working on details....

Ready for some finishing touches!


Adding some roping to the bottom for a finished look.


I cut the feet, eyes, and the ears out by hand, and glued them on with a tiny bit of water. However, lemon juice is better for fondant...dries quicker.

I also hand drew the lines with edible marker and
added the tail and hair. I used a clay gun(that I use only for fondant) to make the tail and hair.


The finished product!


Awww!


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This cake was fun to make! I was really excited about making it and the customer was very happy with it.
What a cute idea for a first birthday or a baby shower!

~ Stephanie ~




MMF Recipe

This is the MMF recipe I use for all our cakes. I usually double the recipe, and add the food coloring after I've melted the marshmallows and before I add the powdered sugar. You may have to make the color a little darker than you need because it lightens up after you add the powdered sugar.

16 oz. (not 2 cups) white mini marshmallow
2-5 Tablespoons water
2 pounds (8 cups) powdered sugar (Sifted)*
1/2 cup Crisco shorting ( you will be digging into it so place in a very easily accessed bowl)

*Be sure to sift the powdered sugar it makes everything a whole lot easier!
*NOTE: Please be careful, this first stage can get very hot!

*Melt marshmallows and 2 tablespoons water in a microwave or double broiler: Put the bowl in the microwave for 30 seconds, open microwave and stir. Put back in microwave for 30 seconds more, stir again, and continue doing this until completely melted. It usually takes about 2 1/2 minutes total. Stir 3/4 (6 cups) of the powdered sugar into the marshmallow mix.
*Now grease your hands GENEROUSLY-palms, backs and in between fingers, than heavily grease the counter you will be using and dump the bowl of marshmallow/sugar mixture in the middle.
*Start kneading like you would bread dough. Add the rest of the powdered sugar and knead some more. Re-grease your hands and counter when the fondant is sticking. If the mix is tearing easily, it is too dry, so add water (about 1/2 tablespoon at a time then knead it in). It usually takes me about 8 minutes to get a firm smooth elastic ball so that it will stretch without tearing when you apply it to the cake.
*It is best if you can let it sit, double wrapped, overnight (but you can use it right away if there are no bits of dry powdered sugar). If you do see them, you will need to knead add maybe add a few more drops of water.
*Prepare the fondant for storing by coating it with a good layer of Crisco, wrap in a plastic -type wrap product ad then put in a resealable or Ziploc bag. Squeeze out as much air as possible.
*MMF will hold very well for weeks. Take advantage of the fact that this fondant can be prepared well in advance.
Kristen



Saturday, July 18, 2009