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2.17.2008

Cake Diva



My colleague asked me this past Wednesday if I could put together a particular cake for her daughters 14th birthday this Sunday. She then pulled out one of those TopsyCurvy cakes that are all the rage in Sugar Craft land. She knew I had taken classes and has seen my work. She’s even asked me to make her some staff gifts on occasion of cookie bouquets. With all the commotion at work she was far behind in her daughter’s grand birthday. Her little girl had definite expensive notions of what she wants. Like goodie bags filled with Juicy Couture trinkets. Yeah right. Well Mama wasn’t going to do that but we settled on a tiered Juicy Couture themed cake for her princess. I was hesitant but she said shed go to the local supermarket and get one if it was trouble. I cringed at the thought. If she likes this one maybe I get the big Quincenara cake next year! I told her I need a lot of cash for supplies. Cake decorating is expensive and I always go overboard. I found a great store that has the best in cake supplies, as well as the standard Wilton. Lori at Cake Walk is the best in that you tell her your idea and she will help you through. So I had a few nights to prep and all day Saturday to really get into it. The result is a strawberry filled top tier of 4 layers of alternating chocolate and pink tinted French Vanilla, and pink butter cream. The bottom tier is just 2 layers of French Vanilla filled with the strawberry. What is French vanilla you ask? Well most cake decorators cheat and doctor up cake mixes (Duncan Hines is my choice, and extra eggs, milk, and Jell-O brand puddings).Ask any pro and they will tell you. You need a good sturdy cake and don’t really have a lot time for mistakes. It’s all about the outside unfortunately, than the inside. One day if I get a big pro kitchen, and such I’ll start from scratch. But this is just an occasional expensive hobby that I haven’t even spent a year doing. Even Certain Someone somewhat amazed with what my little cheap Michaels craft store Wilton classes have resulted in. I love Wilton products, but I prefer Satin Ice for my fondant needs. Growing up my Mommy always gave me huge grandiose birthday parties, and I admit I had fun doing this. Did I go over the top? Yes. But that’s what the little diva waned, She has already started bragging to her friends that she has a ‘Cake Designer’. Got to love it. Now I just have to carry this heavy sucker down two flights of stairs and drive through all the big ass potholes to the burbs.

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28 comments:

linda said...

WOW!!! You certainly are a cake diva! Impressive cake! Let us know how the princess liked the cake...

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

That is INCREDIBLE! You'd *better* get that quinceanera cake next year!

Woooohooo!

Peter M said...

The crown on the cake fittingly belongs on your pate...fantastic looking!

Maryann said...

You are so talented. Really :)

Gab In The City said...

The cake came out great, C - well done!

Toni said...

If you don't get the quincinera cake, this woman has a serious problem! This cake looks AWESOME!! If you ever decide to ditch your current job, you could always make specialty cakes for people and charge up the wazoo.

I don't know if you're familiar with Patricia Scarpin's blog, technicolor kitchen, but if not, you should check it out. I think the 2 of you would appreciate each other's work.

Ellieut said...

That is an amazing cake! I can't eevn begin to imagine how many hours went into it!

Núria said...

Wow, what a cake!!!! It's beautiful!!! It's the kind of cake Alice would have in Wonderland... Great job!!!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Wow, that cake looks gorgeous! It looks marvelous and ever so perfect!

Cheers,

Rosa

Pixie said...

Your cake looks incredible, such talent!!!!! That is one lucky princess!

Mary said...

That cake is amazing! I bet you just made that little girl's year!

Deborah said...

So gorgeous!!

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

That is amazing Courtney! Yet another thing I have learned about you! You are full of suprises!

jasmine said...

Holy smokes! That looks amazing! I love the pearlescent effect the icing has.

Well done!

j

Chris said...

Wow! So much detail. I just bought some fondant supplies to practice with....but haven't braved it yet. This is a great inspiration!

Heather said...

Why didn't you tell me about your brilliant cake decoration? You think you know a person...

That cake looks Cake Challenge-worthy. :)

Proud Italian Cook said...

Why are you worried about your job? Start your own cake business! Fantastic job!! I'm so impressed! I love the satin look to it, and all the detail, my Grandaughter would love that! Hmmm, I might be giving you a call in the future!

Emiline said...

Geez, I'm amazed at this. I could never make anything like that.
It's a piece of art! You did a great job.

glamah16 said...

Wow all of you. Thanks for the compliments. The cake was a success. The little brother zelously gaurded it hitting anyone who touched it . And it tasted pretty good. Not a crumb left. Princess was happy!

Dharm said...

ho Ho! This is truly a lovely cake! I's scared of fondant and have never gone down that path before. You did a fabulous job !!

Megan said...

Thanks for the inspiration! The groom just called and added anouther 12 inch tier. I'm freaking out over her. But your lovely cake has calmed my fears alittle!

Megan said...

Could you e-mail me? I have some questions! My e-mail is on my profile. Thanks

marye said...

That is beautiful! Fabulous cake!

Mansi Desai said...

You made that yourself???! its aweosme! very nice job girl!:)

Bellini Valli said...

I am definitely sure the "little princess" loved her cake. What a beautiful job. The crown belongs on your head, the queen of cake making. I am truly impressed :D

Gabi said...

Absolutely smashing!
What a lucky girl.
x x x

aforkfulofspaghetti said...

Wow - what a cake!

Anamika:The Sugarcrafter said...

nice work, well done !