Sunday, June 5, 2011

Wedding Cakes

I was asked to help with the cakes and cupcakes for a friends wedding recently and decorated about 100 cupcakes and two large square cakes. Thank goodness my little man was patient while I was working, although I had to stop and hold him or feed him plenty. Mostly he just wanted to watch what I was doing. So again one handed I made the frosting while letting him watch.

I also made the cupcake stand to display the cupcakes and since they weren't having a traditional wedding cake I made the stand take the place of it. I covered some boxes with fabric and wrapped a ribbon around them, and tiered them using the dollar store candlesticks. It looked lovely and the bride, groom, and guests were very well pleased.

I made chocolate monograms which were incredible simple. I printed out a sheet with the letter "N" on it with the font I wanted, about 12 on a sheet. Layed a sheet of wax paper on top of it and piped the melted white chocolate on top. Basic tracing.  Once hardened, gently peel them off the wax paper and place on the cupcakes.

I wasn't too thrilled with the roses for the square cakes, but they were OK enough to use. My frosting was a little too stiff and I messed the color up, but thankfully they still liked it and were able to extend grace.


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Grad party

I have been busy planning and making cakes for the last several weeks and have some time to post about it. I got to help my sister-n-law plan an out of town surprise graduation party for my nephew. It turned out very elegant and nice, which fits my nephews personality. He's one of a kind, he always dresses to the nines, I mean what kid wants to wear a suit and tie everyday to school...him!  And even while he is being causal he's at least in a button up and tie.

Anyways, after throwing a few ideas around it was decided to go with a black and gold damask theme. Here are some pics including the carrot cake I decorated.

I used the stenciling technique for the cake and it was so simple and turned out really great. I was a little worried about doing it on the cream cheese frosting because it didn't get a crusty layer like a buttercream does, but still worked out. Once the cream cheese frosting set up, I very carefully laid a stencil on the cake and using black buttercream, I spread it on using the little scraper tool that comes with the pampered chef stoneware. Once it is covered lift up your stencil, rinse and dry it and place it where you want it next. It is important to clean it after each time, otherwise it leaves marks on the cake.

I also have my first experience with Mod Podge, I made the card box and it turned out pretty good too. I let my SIL take it home to decorate with or put to good use at church fundraisers.


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