Sunday, October 14, 2018

Fabergé Egg Cake

Fabergé eggs are jeweled egg shaped structures, created by the House of Fabergé, in St. Petersburg, Russia. Virtually all were manufactured under the supervision of Peter Carl Fabergé between 1885 and 1917. They were primarily made for the Russian Tsars Alexander III and Nicholas II as Easter gifts for their wives and mothers.  I visited the Faberge museum this summer with my dear dear friend who turned 90 this month.  So this cake was for her birthday party in memory of a fabulous visit to St Petersburg. It was a huge cake that weighed at least 30 pounds.  It took me close to 40 hours to make it.  The birthday girl loved it and bragged to her friends about me as the cake artist. God Bless you dear friend.

The bottom cushion was a carrot nut cake with cream cheese filling and the top two layers were almond with marzipan cannoli filling.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Babushka cake

It's hard to find a symbol of Russia more popular than these adorable nesting dolls. These decorated wooden dolls "with a secret" are also called matryoshka dolls or babushka dolls. These little babushkas traditionally represent family and motherhood and are a classic symbol of Russia and its culture.

Last week I returned from a fabulous Baltic cruise that docked at St Petersburg which is an enchanting place with rich history and most opulent palaces, museums, churches and little treasures.  This cake is in memory of a delightful visit to Russia. It is a carrot nut cake with cream cheese filling.  I can't think of a way of making a cake inside a cake inside another---- but I guess I could make 5 of these of different sizes. For now, I made one. Enjoy!

Sliced babushka cake

Monday, July 16, 2018

gift bag cake

This cake was for a lovely lady who likes shopping; she calls it "retail therapy". This ironic and facetious definition of shopping was coined in the 80s stipulating that shopping improves the buyer's mood or disposition.  She says "sometimes it’s crazy at home, and so I go to the mall for some me time". Be it window shopping, online scrolling, or pawing through racks at outlet malls, shopping really can be a mental refresher — like a blip of a vacation without any packing or planning.  Shopping can also be a rich source of mental preparation during a change in life like marriage, having a baby and even shopping for back to school supplies--- all preparing for the time to come.

We all enjoy a little retail therapy now and then. In small, manageable doses, it can soothe the soul. Shopping isn’t a problem when it’s done in moderation. As long as it does not get out of hand, lets meet at the Mall!. 

This gift bag cake was a delightful carrot nut cake with cream cheese filling.  Yum!

 “When the going gets tough, the tough go shopping”

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Fez Cake

Fez hat-named after the Moroccan city Fez. It is one of the symbols of the Ottoman modernity.  Someone gave one of these hats to my brother, and he wears it every year at his birthday.  He calls it his 'Rumi Topi' (Rumi cap).

So this time I made a fez cake for his birthday.  It was a very simple vanilla cake with whip cream filling. Eat my hat!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Pumpkin Cake

A cake that looks like a lovely, bright orange pumpkin! It is not just for Halloween decoration or Thanksgiving pie filling, bit it is a vegetable rich in minerals and vitamins; also Beta carotene, a powerful anti-oxidant, lots of fiber and potassium. The beautiful pumpkin heralds Autumn when we relish the colorful hue of  the fall foliage.  Fall - the pumpkin season is gateway to new beginnings, the promise of cooler, sweeter weather, colorful leaves, and lots of  fall activities. It means starting to wear cute boots, that favorite sweater and scarves, not to forget sipping that fall drink of choice.

This gourd-like creation  is a carrot-walnut cake with cream cheese filling; the best vegetable source. I did not deface it by painting a Jack-o-lantern.

Enjoy Punkin!

Monday, October 23, 2017

Zodiac cake

Behold a cake for a zodiac enthusiast "Libra".  All the zodiac signs were painted around the cake which was a very intense almond cake with almond cannoli filling. The scales were a carrot cake.

The scales of justice epitomize balance.  An ideal society is a balanced society. That does not mean everyone is equivalently affluent and propitious. The variety and difference between the people of our society creates a balance. God has blessed us with "portions", not the same amounts so we need each other to create a balanced society. Some people have more money, some have more beauty, brains, luck, love......................This does not make one BETTER than the other, but it gives some opportunities to serve/ help the others. We need each other. If we were all rich like Scrooge McDuck, who would sell us food?  Fix that plumbing ?  We need to serve each other to create a balanced society; a better/peaceful world.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Creme de La Mer cake

Creme de La Mer is a pricey moisturizing cream invented by a scientist named Max Huber to cure skin burns; he is apparently ate the cream and stuck it in his eyes to show how innocuous it is.  The cream contains a "miracle broth" that is fermented in the presence of music. The broth is not active without the sound sound waves. 

Enjoy the most delicious version of this exotic cream. It is a carrot cake with cannoli cream filling. It sits perched on a comfy cushion made of fruit cake with raspberry filling; enjoy.