Monday, March 3, 2014

It Is a Beautiful Day for a Wedding!

A couple of years ago my laptop crashed. I had a back up so whew! My new computer is a mac and my old a pc, and since I was busy at the time I never restored all my files.  This week I went digging through my back ups and rediscovered a ton of cakes.  I'll be posting these newly found files over the next couple of weeks.

This cute little green cake was made for casual outdoor wedding. The couple met over a couple of cups of chai tea so I brought that memory into the cake. Under the fondant was a chocolate chai tea cake with swiss meringue buttercream. They wanted a rustic but classy touch so I added simple fondant flowers and stems.

Stay tuned for more trips down memory lane :)

Friday, February 21, 2014

Because Everyone Needs a Zebra Print Octopus Cake

The Association of Zoo Veterinary Technicians commissioned me to make a cake for their conference held at the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward.  
Their logo has a zebra on it and they since they were spending their week at ASLC they decided on a zebra print octopus :)
This creature took me about 22 hours to make. I wanted to look as realistic and in proportion as possible.  To do that and not have a 6 foot cake base, I designed the arms to swirl around each other so that they would fit on a 2.5 foot board.
All of my cakes are from scratch so it was easy to make it a zebra print on the inside too. Everything you see is cake and fondant except for a couple of the places where the arms are in the air. Since they need to stand up, those were made with rice krispie, covered in chocolate, and then the fondant. And as usual, it was all hand carved. 

Monday, February 17, 2014

Because Love is Love

This fun one had my studio full of color.

I have been wanting to play with vertical layers for awhile now. It is one of those things that ups the wow factor as it appears like any other cake and then bazinga, look at that, there is a rainbow in the cake.

The cake is a vanilla almond with apricot jam between the layers and swiss meringue buttercream frosting.

For the icing I played with both rosettes and a scallop spatula technique.

Overall, a whole lot of fun compacted into one Valentines Day cake!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Xtra-tufs Are a Win Win!

This was my second year participating in the RBCA Annual Beer and Wine Tasting Event.  Everyone gets a little sample size glass to take home with them.  For those that don't drink, there are options as well.  It is a fun event and a great excuse to get out of the house in November.  In conjunction with the tasting, there is a Alaskan Chef Off and Dessert Challenge. The theme is always Alaskan ingredients. Last year I brought a little funk to the event with my root veggie macarons. This year I made these fun Xtra-tuf cake pops.  In additon to the total Alaskan Xtra-Tuf theme, they were made with my chocolate stout cake recipe.  The stout being Alaskan Brewing Company Stout.  How's that for an Alaskan ingredient?

They were a hit with both the crowd and the judges.  I took home first place in the dessert category.  Congrats to Kevin Lane and his team at the Alaska Culinary Academy for winning the chef off appetizer portion.  Yay for Seward talent! Seward locals took home both wins this year!

I have made these little bites a couple of times before.  Due to their popularity, I have decided to give them a try on my Etsy shop. My cake pops are always made from scratch cake. The cake is dense and moist and as close to fudge as cake can get. Since our from scratch cake is so moist, there is no need for cloyingly sweet frosting. Our Xtra-Tuf truffles on a stick are so delectable that people that have sworn off super sweet cake pops are pleasantly surprised and come back for more.

In addition to the xtra-tuf design, I also make holiday truffles (hint hint) and wedding bride and groom ones too

Congrats to all the participants. We had a great time and look forward to next year's event.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Making it legal!

We're back!

In case any of you noticed that my Etsy store and Facebook fan page seemed to suddenly get quit, here is why :)

My partner and I decided to make it legal and throw together a last minute wedding.  Pure crazy!  I finished a couple of scheduled orders and then promptly shut down shop so that we could focus on wedding stuff and take a little us time after the wedding.

We had an outdoor ceremony.  Outdoor wedding, October, and in Seward, Alaska.... yup insert more craziness here! Here we are headed out for a few rainy photos after our ceremony under the trees.

Chubby cheeks!  My beautiful mom and me back at the house for the reception. Xtratufs were definitely required that day.  I am showing off my cozy slugs that ordered just for the wedding, love those things.

Our unfinished addition was the perfect place to party!

We had planned for everything to be as stress free as it could be.  Word got out that I had opted to not make my own cake.  We were calling it an "anti-cake xtratuf" wedding.  Our fabulous friends just couldn't have that. A group of them worked hard to surprise us with 4 awesome homemade cakes. Never-mind that I look ready to salsa in this pic.

Better hold on tight.  I have a knife!

Celebrating with a kiss :)

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

New Studio!

Yay!  It is finally done, well mostly anyway.  There are a few little tweaks and additions I need to make but nothing that will prevent me working in the new studio.

If you haven't figured out from my cakes... I'm not afraid of color :)

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Bridal Show Cake Pops!

I had the pleasure of being given an opportunity by One Shot Photo to share some of their booth space at a bridal show in Homer.  Best of all, they schlepped it all down for me. 

After going through what seemed as an endless supply of ideas, I settled on these cake pops. They are the perfect sample size, travel well, and come with their own table service... the stick :)

Here they are all ready to travel the long drive to Homer.