I made ginormous blue and red cake pops for party favors with the leftover cake, frosting, and filling. I didn’t have any time to get fancy with them but they were pretty tasty.
After many hours of preparation, the cake is done. My 5-yr old son gets the cake of this week’s dream (kids are always finding something new to be passionate about).
The Super Mario Bros theme was so much fun. If I had the time, I would’ve loved to do each tier as a different level. I would’ve loved to do different villains on each tier. Its hard with little ones that are eager to help, to get it all done in a timely fashion. So I kept it as simple as possible. My son made sure to inspect my work every day, pointing out the flaws and oversights. He would carry the sketch around with him, even colored it in so that I would be clear on the color scheme that he wanted. It’s always satisfying to complete a cake in time and have a happy client.
This cake was a 3 layered milk chocolate cake that was filled with cookies n cream (another favorite filling because I can tone down the sweetness), my favorite cream cheese frosting, and my favorite marshmallow fondant. I would’ve rather have done a chocolate ganache frosting to accent the cookies n cream but I didn’t have the ingredients. It still tasted pretty good. All the pieces were made with regular fondant and royal icing. You can see how the top tier is made with traditional fondant and held up much better than the lazy marshmallow fondant. The only non-edible item on the cake is Mario. I’m always apprehensive about sculpting characters or people. The slightest flaw can make it look like a different person.
Happy Birthday Ikaika!!!
This morning I got up at 5:30am to work on some of the Super Mario pieces for my son’s cake. I work a double today and will probably be too tired to do anything tonight. Kai got up with me and wore a Super Mario shirt to help me with the inspiration. He was very quick to point out all the details that were missing on each piece. I think when he turns 6 or 7 and learns patience, I will start his training and recruit him into the cake business. He is very anxious to help in other departments other than cracking eggs and licking paddles. My little minion army is slowly growing. And in a few years we should be ready to take over the cake world! Bwahahaha (evil laugh)
So I’ve got nothing on the books for April, except for my son’s birthday cake. I’m semi relieved but also I have anxious energy to expel.
I think I’m going to start my sugar gumpaste and fondant pieces for his cake. Kai is one of my toughest clients because he’s got high expectations and really knows what he wants. He finally has settled with the Super Mario theme. There are sooooo many elements that I can put into the cake. Its hard to decide which I will settle with. Upon doing more homework on the different landscapes of the game, I realized that there is so much detail in the backgrounds. Each character has different personalities. So now I wonder if I’m going to regret influencing his decision. I definitely got what I asked for.
I wish that my iphone took pics still. I could upload my sketches for each cake. At the same time, it forces to keep it all a secret. We all know that I can’t keep a secret.
All I have decided on is a chocolate cake with cookies n cream filling. Chocolate ganache frosting or my favorite all purpose cream cheese frosting, hmmmm.
So we learned a few good lessons today although it was heartbreaking.
Lesson#1- It takes 2 people to deliver a stacked tiered cake.
Lesson#2- use wooden dowels on the 4rth tier.
Lesson#3- don’t ask my husband to deliver a cake. Too much stress.
Lesson#4- a unicorn head should be made much smaller.
I feel terrible for my clients and my husband. I salvaged what I could and just frosted the cake. Such a sad pathetic site.
I don’t know if my husband will ever help me again. He is scarred for life
I’ve despised this cake from the moment that I received the order. The birthday girl’s favorite color is orange. She likes ballroom dancing, the tango to be specific. She’s a pilot. It’s the persian new year so they wanted flowers. The bday girl has a gluten allergy. Not too much sugar. AND have a bunch of stuff written in Farsi. So I got almost all of the elements into the cake. I was unable to get little airplanes in due to the fact that I couldn’t find a mold and everytime I drew one or carved one, it looked like a pathetic elementary whale.
This cake should’ve in theory been an easy assembly. I had all of the elements done in advance. I just needed to build the cake. So what gives?
It took me hours (it sounds like an exageration but if I count the 1 1/2hrs to make the fondant, the 1 1/2 combined time to tint the fondant, and the amount of time to figure out how to scrap together emergency fondant, it was hours!) to get the fondant done. I’ve used these recipes before. They’ve never given me grief. My favorite cream cheese frosting and passion fruit curd with yellow cake. Its yummy. My girlfriend’s mom has called it sex cake. She loves it. Anyways…its a moist cake but it shouldn’t sweat. I reduced the amount of sugar in the recipes because the client specifically said that she doesn’t like uber sweet cakes. Neither do I. The fondant kept tearing and melting off of each tier. I wanted to cry. I changed the fondant on each tier at least once, some twice. I rolled it out thick too to keep it from sagging to much. The fondant is made out of marshmallows so it gives and wants to slump over. Lazy ass marshmallows. Bleh. It should’ve only taken me 5 hours to assemble and decorate since all the elements were done in advance. It took me twice as long. Oh the unforeseen challenges of making cakes…
Everything is edible except for the orange ribbon. Marshmallow fondant won’t make ribbons. It would just slump over. The flowers are all hand made from gumpaste and edible pearls. The couple on top are made out of sugar. I was going to put candy jewels on it but it already looked busy. I thought that I was already over doing it as is. Sometimes simplicity is best. Although this cake was far from simple. I’m glad to be done with it.
I do have to add that my oldest daughter, Maile, was very helpful with the cakes this time around. Don’t tell her that she’s secretly in training. She helped me “glue” the pearls in every flower and held the flowers in place as I “glued” them on to the cake. Due to the weight of the flowers, the wanted to slide off. I’m glad I didn’t put stems on the flowers because that would’ve made the fondant dilemma even worse.
So this is the 3rd time that I’ve made marshmallow fondant from scratch. There are so many positives about using it but a few negatives. Positives: its delicious and gluten-free and cheaper than regular fondant. Negatives: very laborious to make, it bubbles and doesn’t give me straight sides, it doesn’t mold, once you stick something to it - I’m commited, there’s no turning back.
So that was one of the lessons for this cake. The other lesson…Rice crispy treats is really difficult to sculpt with.
Lesson #3…do not add cotton candy until delivery. I added some cotton candy to decorate the cake and it disintegrated. It turned into a hard sugary mush. Since I have marshmallow fondant, I can’t fix it without tearing it. Uggghhhh!
Well our 5-yr old birthday girl should be pleased. She’s having a unicorn party and her favorite colors are pink, purple, and blue. Everything on the cake is edible. Chocolate unicorns, rice crispy unicorn head, lollipop horn, disco dust and edible glitter, and sixlets. Happy Birthday Emma!
I’m anxiously waiting for my day off from my “real” job. I won’t feel good until I get my sugar flowers formed, candy jewels molded, fondant made & tinted (my workout for the week), chocolate set, and a unicorn head created. I might be high on sugar but I hope to be efficient. I also hope to keep my kids’ grubby little hands off of my goodies.
I’m so excited for this week’s creations. New techniques that I have mulling over in my head will be put to the test. Let the creative juices flow.
check one, check two, here I am.
So I’ve been doing a ton of research and trying to pull inspiration from any where I can. A friend’s girlfriend is having a bday. Yeah! So from Face-stalking her I see that she loves Cupcake wine, she loves going out, she loves the finer things, champagne & caviar dreams. There’s my inspiration. The red wine is called Red Velvet. Perfection.
So I made a red velvet cake with my favorite cream cheese frosting, and a tiny layer of bittersweet chocolate ganache and topped with Marshmallow Fondant. I tried many new techniques with this one. My first attempt at gumpaste. I’m pleased. My first attempt at making candy jems. I could perfect this a little I’m sure. The wine bottle is made out of chocolate. Due to exhaustion I made many stupid mistakes with trying to tint the chocolate and it seized. I had to remake the bottle the next day after getting 3 1/2 hrs of sleep. I forgot how hard it is to tint chocolate and get a consistency that paints easily. It didn’t work out well for me. Such a little bottle and attempting to get as many details on there as possible was difficult. I wanted to copy the actual wine bottle. Lame.
Well, my bday girl was pleased. That’s all that really counts.
My daughter Kealani turns 3. All she wants is a Jesse Cake. I had been sick for a week and wasn’t able to make one. She was really upset. Since I can’t make people very well, I decide to buy little toys to decorate the cake. She didn’t care.
Marshmallow fondant again. It doesn’t mold well, so it took me a long time just to make the rope. I wasn’t 100% satisfied but she was. And according to the response on FB, everyone else was impressed. Yellow cake with a strawberries n cream filling. My oldest daughter Maile helped me with this one.
So my homegirl is telling me how much other home bakers are charging for tiered cakes that don’t taste that good and very plain. She’s trying to push me to do more cakes. All the moms at her daughter’s party are asking for tips on cakes and if I would make more.
I work about 65-72 hours a week at my family’s restaurant. I don’t want more work but I love experimenting and having a creative outlet. I love listening to the praise as well. So since my husband can’t go back to work yet, I decide to do cakes. I didn’t think that I would really do that many. I figured one here and there would be great as long as people are willing to pay for them, I’m in.
The 1st day that I posted on Facebook that SugarMommaCakes is taking orders again, I had 9 possible jobs! So flattering to hear that people are so stoked on my cakes. I’m stoked to have an excuse to make them.
A year passes and no cakes. At least none that were very extravagant. I wasn’t interested in taking on more work. My homegirl calls me to do her daughter’s cake. Cake is the best gift. I love watching people’s reaction when it is more than they had expected or exactly what they expected. So I make a Hello Kitty cake. She wanted the same flavors as Kai’s cake. Chocolate cake with bittersweet chocolate ganache. This is where my experimenting with fondant started.
Anyone who has bought a fondant cake or had to buy fondant at the store knows how expensive it is. Ridiculous. And I always need much more than I think I need. Plus to find it in bulk is hard, and shipping costs are ridiculous since its so heavy. I ask my food purveyor from work if they carry it. They don’t. So he sends me an article about marshmallow fondant. My obsession begins. I start researching and experimenting. The reason most bakers don’t use it is that it doesn’t behave as it should and it takes a lot of f’ing time to make. I spent over 2 hours making and tinting the fondant but it was so worth it because its delicious. It just tastes like a big marshmallow and who doesn’t like that? If you don’t, you can suck it cause I love it.
So a lot of time has passed. I hadn’t made many cakes. I asked my son what he wanted to do for his bday. He had MANY requests. The boy knew what he wanted. He expected all his requests to be fulfilled including his cake. He wanted a “momma cake”. He wanted a big cake, chocolate, red, sprinkles, and Power Rangers. I can’t believe that Power Rangers are still around and that my son had a sick obsession with it (thanks Sara and Baby Hughie, lol).
So here it is. The next day my husband asked Kai what his favorite part of the party was, and his reply was, “my cake”. Love my boy!!!