The past few weeks have been busy and full of interesting projects. Although I knew that September would bring a slew of challenging projects, I was somewhat unprepared for the physical amount of hours it would take to complete them. It's been fun nonetheless, and I'm happy with all of the outcomes. It's very enjoyable to work on things that present a challenge, things that require you to think outside the box and make you do things differently than how you've done them before. It's true that you don't get better at anything unless you're constantly working to improve your skills.
I made this cake for a surprise 30th birthday party. I was told beforehand that the birthday boy's hobbies included coffee and climbing. I wasn't told that he was once the barista champion of the world and employed by Intelligentsia Coffee. His fiance and I came up with the idea to have a little man scaling the side of a huge coffee cup. The latte art on top is a representation of Matt Riddle's award-winning creations. The handle is made of chocolate modeling clay and the little climber is made of gum paste, which is completely edible, although you'd never want to eat it.
This one was for a one-year-old birthday party. The baby's mother requested a lavender hippopotamus wearing a pink tutu as a homage to a cartoon she used to watch when she was young. Carving cake is one of my favorite things to do, as it's a different experience every time. Before it was iced, it looked just like a teddy bear. The bow is made of gum paste again.
My best friend Kristin is getting married this weekend. She asked me a long time ago to make her cake for her, which was a great honor. Since I'm standing up in the wedding, and time is of the essence, we opted to do a "fake cake." It's polyfoam underneath instead of cake. It's for display only. Sheet cakes will be cut and served at the reception so that freshness isn't an issue.
Kristin sent me a few pictures of cakes that she liked, but gave me free reign to design one for her. From the photos I gathered that she preferred squares over rounds and that the cake should be fairly simple.
I thought about how to design it for a long time before I came across a swatch of Japanese paper. The pattern on the paper was called "Rolling Gold Waves," and it reminded me of a vacation that she and I took a few years ago. I thought it would translate well onto a cake, and decided to use it as my main focus. To keep the look simple and clean, I chose to keep the background and pattern white. Six hours of piping later, I am so happy with the result. It's elegant and delicate. All it needs is a few flowers on top at the reception, and it's good to go.
I think it's perfect for my friend. I hope she thinks so too.