Thursday, July 26, 2012

Car cake

This cake resembles “Lightning McQueen”, which is an anthropomorphic racecar in the animated Pixar films “Cars”. He was named after Pixar animator Glenn McQueen who died from skin cancer in 2002; and not after the actor and noted racing buff Steve McQueen. I am not really a Cars fan but I do remember that Lightening McQueen was   “a precision instrument of speed and aerodynamics”. This cake was not aerodynamically correct but resembles the cute roadster, with vanilla cake interior and raspberry icing in the tank; best mode to a culinary heaven.

Don’t forget to wear your seat belts; safety is the cheapest and most effective insurance policy.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Building Cake

This cake was for someone moving to Dubai. It resembles a building in Dubai “Burj-Al Arab” which dominates the Dubai Skyline and was designed to resemble a billowing sail of a boat. This luxury hotel rises out of its own man-made island off the Jumeirah coast. It is the icon of Dubai, so this cake design was most appropriate for someone moving there.

The biggest challenge I had was giving it the narrow, height. The yellow chiffon cake with Bavarian cream filling made it very soft. The first time I built it, the whole cake fell with a plop!  Then I started over and this time I got a nice strong base and attached a dowel to it. Then I built the cake around the dowel and it held up.  The details were fun to research and make. I also made palm trees to finish the look, but forgot about them in my hurry to get it delivered on time.

Here are some more pictures of the cake. I drew the Palm Island on the base with icing!

Friday, July 13, 2012

Violin Cake

Happiness is a thing to be practiced, like the violin…….John Lubbock

I strongly believe that happiness comes from within and it’s all about the attitude.  Our reaction to the good and bad situations around us--- is a choice. We can choose to be angry or we can just proceed to remedy the situation and move on….nothing in the event itself makes it absolutely necessary for us to get angry or resentful. It is our choice. And since we do have a choice,  isent it better to choose to react in a positive rather than a negative way?

This is a yellow sponge cake with raspberry filling. I covered it with fondant and then spray painted to give it the woody look. This cake plays delicious tunes for the taste buds.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Lotion bottle cake

DDML (Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion) cake----The moisture "drink" developed by Clinique's dermatologists to maintain optimal moisture balance for very dry skins, or skins dry in the cheeks, comfortable to oily in the T-zone. Softens, smoothes, improves. 

No this is not a commercial for Clinique, but one for my cake that looks like this lotion bottle. It took me 2 hours to hand write the details on the reverse.

The “bottle” was a red velvet cake with cream cheese filling. The cap was almond chiffon cake with toasted almond mousse filling—yummy! The most fun part was cutting the yellow cake to reveal the red velvet interior…. Dramatically different!!!

The Knitting Basket Cake

I made this cake for my Mother's birthday. She used to knit a lot- and very fast. I remember once she gave me a surprise in the morning with a sweater she finished knitting for me overnight. Amazing lady can no longer knit since Father Time has slowed her down considerably. But this cake pays homage to her wonderful talent.