2 Chix in the Mix

August 31, 2009

Think Tink!!

Filed under: Baking — by 2ChixInTheMix @ 2:53 pm

Tinker BellLittle girls always love Tinker Bell. Something between the fairy dust, the wings and the sassy attitude seems to resonate with our daughters. My little friend, Sarah, was having a birthday last week and the family wanted a special cake. She absolutely loves Tinker Bell.

Myrene and I got together and created this cake just for Sarah. We have worked together in the same room before, but this was the first time we had actually worked on the same cake. It was nice having someone to bounce ideas off. We think alike in many ways, most importantly that we always want quality work and we never rush. Artistically, we are a little different, but our ideas seem mesh well together.

Each tier of this custom creation has two layers (one chocolate, one vanilla) covered with vanilla butter cream icing and a small amount of fondant on the pink tier. Yes, it is a large cake! It could easily feed 40-50 people. Comments from the Birthday Girl and her family were outstanding. They complimented the artistry and the taste.  Sounds like the fairy dust landed on Myrene and me that evening.

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August 16, 2009

Butterfly or Flutterby

Filed under: Baking — by 2ChixInTheMix @ 5:36 pm

Either way you say it a smile comes to your face.  I created a butterfly cake this week for my neighbor’s daughter’s birthday.  We kept the cake a secret from the Birthday Girl.  The request was for an almond cake with chocolate icing between the layers but those were the only directions I received from them.  Oh, and the Birthday Girl is obsessed with butterflies

I had a couple weeks notice so I could really think about what I wanted to do, order any necessary tools and make a really cool cake.  I decided to do my first stacked cake.  That was the easy part.  I spent a little time with color flow (or flooding as the Europeans call it) but decided that wasn’t the way to go.  The images were flat and although colorful, just wasn’t what I had imagined.  I decided to play with gumpaste – it’s like Play-Doh for cake decorators.  I’ve made gumpaste roses but gumpaste butterflies were a new experience.  I ordered a cutter and veiner for butterflies online.  One evening I colored, cut, veined and shaped the butterflies.  The next evening I attached the wires and applied pearl dust.  The pearl dust gave them a shimmery effect that brought them to life.  Personally, I think its magic dust.

Well, did the birthday girl like it?  YES!  I was in the yard checking the garden and playing with our dog when she ran out of her house, icing all over her face, screaming “I really like the cake!!!”  That’s all I needed to hear.  I was pleased with the finished product but when you make a kid happy your heart just warms.

Here’s a my favorite butterfly.

Deah

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August 12, 2009

Fatal Attraction

Filed under: Baking — by 2ChixInTheMix @ 10:34 pm

So, I was at work the other day, and this guy asked me if I had ever jumped out of a cake. (?)  I said, “No…why do you ask?”  He said he had watched a movie and in it a girl who was in the Army jumped out of a cake. (Okay, I was in the Army.)  I said, “So you think that every girl who was in the Army jumps out of cakes?”  He said, “No, I just thought….”  Well, knowing that his birthday was right around the corner, I decided to make him a cake.  When a friend of mine saw it (who, incidentally, makes cakes), she said, “Wow, that would be a  little scary to a guy.”  Like Fatal Girl in CakeAttraction, I guess….

So, here it is 🙂

Myrene

August 10, 2009

How much is too much?

Filed under: Flavors — by 2ChixInTheMix @ 2:33 pm

lemonI recently had a friend request a cake for a weekend at the lake with his cycling friends.  Nothing keeps you fit like a really long bike ride followed by a gigantic piece of cake!

My friend wanted a lemon cake.  How lemon-y?  The challenge was as lemon as I could get it!  While baking the cake layers I added extra lemon flavoring to the normal lemon taste.  When it came to the icing I found myself measuring in tablespoons instead of teaspoons.  I kept adding and tasting, trying to find the point just before the lemon would turn bitter.  I ended up with a really strong lemon taste but I was pleased with the balance of lemon to sweet.  My friend said it was excellent as all his friends raved about it.Super Lemon Cake

Do you enjoy extremes of flavors?  Leave a comment and let us know your favorite.

Deah

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