Thursday, June 11, 2020

Pineapple


This was a cake for a Hawaiian theme birthday party.  It did not seem much of a challenge, but it was fun to decorate. It was a vanilla bean cake with pineapple filling. 

In this day of pandemic and quarantines it was refreshing to do something creative. I could really not make interesting cakes during quarantine since there was no party to share the cakes at. I delivered this cake on the second day of unlock in NY. 

We all have had a tough 11 odd weeks of isolation due to the COVID-19 pandemic. I was not happy about canceling my travel plans, but I am thankful I was in my home with all facilities of comfort. My lovely friends played quarantine games and socialized through on-line party rooms where everyone talked and no-one heard. Then there was a lovely Facebook group "View from my window" where people from around the world posted pictures of their views--- along with some news tidbits about themselves leading to some major cathartic posts. Much thankful for all these 21st century gadgets. Also MUCH MUCH thankful for health and safety of myself and my friends and family.  

The world is a different place now; I believe life has changed for us and the new norms will be different.  perhaps better? We shall see.



May God protect us from harm in all shape and form, Ameen. 

Thursday, December 26, 2019

Cuckoo Clock Cake


Cuckoo clocks, in use since the middle of the 18th century have become cultural icon of Germany. I got my first one from the Germany pavilion in Epcot Center, Orlando, Florida’s Disney World.   It was a pendulum regulated clock so needed to be winded every day.  This cake design is very similar to the clock I had many moons ago.  I had to build a support structure to give it a suspended look and also to include the weights and pendulum.

It was my famous carrot nut cake with cream cheese filling. 


Sunday, November 3, 2019

Cauldron cake




For Halloween this year I made a cauldron cake with tea lights behind a fence of fire and dry ice for the boiling effect. All best observed in the video below.  I made a small pocket at the top of the cake to fit a small shot glass for the dry ice. It was a simple cake but the effects made it a lot more fun. 
It was a decadent almond cake with cannoli filling. The little tentacles trying to escape the boiling are more cute than scary Halloween. 



 Doubledouble toil and trouble; Fire burn and cauldron bubble-- William Shakespeare

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Microscope cake



I consider a microscope to be my signature, although I have really not practiced microbiology since my Masters in this topic.

This cake was tough to make. But thanks to Tom’s construction of a structure I was able to construct this. It was still top heavy, since it was all cake and filling so I had to add a little reinforcement in the front.  Tom is not a carpenter, he is a brilliant scientist with crafty hands.  Thanks Tom.


This was a carrot cake with cream cheese filling. It did not come out as neat as I would have liked, but I am just thankful it did not topple.


  

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Tea time cake


Teatime! shall I pour? The teapot is a carrot cake with cream cheese filling. It sits on an inverted cookie jar. If the cake was for a large number of people I would have it sitting on a tiered cake, but for a small party it was a fun experiment. The teacup and saucer were made of gum paste.

I think the taste and quality of tea quite depends on the water- I don’t know the science of it but I do know that the same teabag will make a much tastier tea in London than New York.  But that’s more of the black tea reaction. I also like green tea, but in a cold form. I enjoy a macha green tea frappaccino every day.

I have fantasized about having tea with the Queen, perhaps I could get her interested in trying my favorite green tea frappaccino. 




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.