Saturday, June 15, 2019

Emerald Geode Cake

The color green is typically associated with Nature. Presently, as the concern about our environment is growing, the color green seems to be everywhere, as a strong symbol of serenity and new beginning. Or is it a vision of plastic contaminating the oceans and Mother Earth struggling to breath under mountains of waste?

Waste of food is most upsetting for me. Not only because there are so many starving people in the world, but also because this food waste is destroying our planet.  When we toss that half eaten sandwich in the garbage lets remember that  wasted food contributes billions of tons of greenhouse gases. Once in a landfill, decomposing organic waste generates methane, a potent greenhouse gas that traps 23 times more heat in the atmosphere than carbon dioxide; more than 20 percent of all methane emissions come from landfills. 

Lets save this planet ------  reduce waste ----- recycle--- conserve energy. 

This cake was for my sister. Her favorite color is green. I tried to make it look like an actual geode rock pried open.  The rock candy crystals were quite edible. The cake was a plain vanilla cake with cannoli filling.  Enjoy sister bear!

“I only feel angry when I see waste. When I see people throwing away things we could use.”
—Mother Teresa

Monday, May 13, 2019

Pill bottle cake

This whimsical cake was for a good friend who is a pharmacist; we call her our "legal drug lord".  My rendition of the best prescription instructs state:"handle with love and care every day, hugs twice a day".  Good instructions !  should work with all medicines. 

Even in this day and age of natural prevention and remedies we need conventional medicine for quick and immediate effect.  Traditional medicine treats symptoms and problems of a certain given area, alternative medicines focus on cause and prevention, overall health, and non-traditional, often natural treatments primarily to strengthen the immune system. I think the best way to strengthen the immune system is to avoid stress….. easier said!!  

“It is easy to get a thousand prescriptions, but hard to get one single remedy.” – Chinese Proverb.

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Bowl of Noodles cake

Normally I am not crazy about cakes that look like savory food, but this hanging chopstick cake was so fun to make.  I used a pasta maker to make the noodles with fondant. It was a plain vanilla cake with pineapple filling. The noodles, shrimp and peas are sweet since they are all made of fondant, a bit of an oxymoron. 

“Everything you see I owe to spaghetti.” 
― Sophia Loren

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Geode Wedding cake

Geodes are small cavities in rock lined with crystals or other mineral matter. Geodes grow over many thousands of years through the action of water flowing through rocks. Some geodes form in the cavities of limestone and shale. Others are found in places where gas has bubbled up through molten lava from volcanoes. When the lava cools and hardens, the bubbles leave cavities in which geodes form.

Inside the geode are many sparkling crystals that point inward. The crystals act like prisms, reflecting and refracting light to produce a dazzling display of colors. Nature is amazing, and one can never seize to marvel at the beauty around us. 

This gold geode wedding cake was fun to make. The bottom tier is a vanilla cake with mascarpone vanilla icing and the top tier is a chocolate cake with chocolate ganache and chocolate mousse filling. 

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Sewing Machine cake

This sewing machine cake is in memory of our beautiful mother, who left us early this year. I have been thinking of making this cake for her for a while, but I never got a chance while she was with us.  Today I made this machine cake in her memory. She had a hand operated Singer sewing machine with which she created all kinds of garments, cushions, curtains, you name it! She taught me how to sew and to this day I am thankful to her every time I need to alter a piece of clothing.  

This cake needed serious support construction; thanks Tom for building it for me! The base cake is orange cake with cannoli amaretto filling. The right column is a plain yellow cake with raspberry filling. The rest of it was sculpted with rice crispy treats, which I made from scratch- including the marshmallows.  The cake construction was pretty easy since Tom made the structure for me.  The only challenge was the balance wheel which was heavy so it sagged a bit by the time of the party.  

Here is a prayer for our beautiful MoYing; may God grant you the best place in the afterlife. 
Miss you  every day. 

Friday, November 23, 2018

Harry Potter Monster book cake

Harry Potter is a series of very popular fantasy novels written by British author J. K. Rowling. These novels feature a young wizard, Harry Potter, and his friends who are all students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.  In one of these series of novels a ferocious Monster Book of Monsters appeared with its tongue and mouth and eyes.  This cake is my rendition of this book for my little niece who is a Harry Potter fan.I watched several Harry Potter  movies, but I must confess they did not fascinate me.  But this cake was fun to make. It was a red velvet cake with cream cheese filling....... "Expecto patronium"!

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Witch Hat cake

Halloween’s origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain 2,000 years ago in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom and northern France, to celebrated their new year on November 1. This day marked the end of summer and the harvest and the beginning of the dark, cold winter, a time of year that was often associated with human death. Celts believed that on the night before the new year, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred. On the night of October 31 they celebrated Samhain, when it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth.

Trick-or-treating began in areas of the United Kingdom and Ireland when people went house-to-house "souling" - asking for small breads called "soul cakes" in exchange for prayer. Adults also went door-to-door asking for food and drinks in exchange for a song or dance. Immigrants from Ireland and Scotland brought Halloween to the United States in the 1800s. Haitian and African immigrants brought voodoo beliefs about black cats, fire, and witchcraft. Today we enjoy Halloween by handing out candy and dress up in the most creative costumes.

So here is a cake that looks like a witch's hat. It is an almond cake with almond buttercream filling.  Trick-or-Treat!

Did you know? One quarter of all the candy sold annually in the U.S. is purchased for Halloween. Total spending on candy is estimated to reach $9 billion in 2018.