Wednesday, July 7, 2010

The Build

As I write on my blog, I wonder what it is others want to read about. So I thought I would write about what I would be interested in and hope you agree. When I build a cake, I imagine what the insides of the cake should look like and start with the structure. I want to share some of my tips in putting together this amazing 3-D Longhorn. Here is the structure that I started with and putting foam under as the belly and carving it to the desired shape.

It is now time to form the legs, horns and neck with rice cereal treats. I suggest you grind your cereal treats fine before adding in the marshmallows and butter. This will allow a smoother finish when molded. The head is carved out of styrofoam and gumpaste is added around the neck to add the look of skin. Cake is now added on it's own board and carved to the shape of the Longhorn's body. The cake is filled and covered lightly with buttercream as a crumb coat.

The cake is now covered with a final coat of buttercream in white and brown. The image the client gave us of the Texas Longhorn's mascot, BEVO, is now replicated onto the cake. We use a paint brush to achieve the Longhorn's hair which you can not achieve with Fondant. To finish the cake, the board needs the final touches to coordinate it to the event. I decorated it as a football field with the Texas Longhorn's logo and the bride and groom's names in the end zones. Cake delivered and what a reception. The Groom's cake had more attention than the wedding cake even though the wedding cake was beautiful.
Until next time!

Sweet Dreams!

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Summer Fun

As the wedding season came to an end, summer time fun has arrived. For the wedding vendors here in Phoenix, we don't completely stop dead in the water. We slow down with orders however here at Let Them Eat Cake, Inc., we are very busy with bridal consultations, cake decorating classes, kid's camp and just preparing for the busy season ahead. If you want to be a part of our classes, go to registration on our website.

I want to share some of the exciting sweet treats we have done recently... Let's Ride the Carousel

Birthday Ride as well as Dessert, Sweet!

It's A Boy!

Summer time also allows me time to watch some of my favorite shows like Ace of Cakes, Cake Boss, Food Network Cake Challenge and TLC's, The Ultimate Cake Off. I am always learning new techniques and ideas and these shows show me what to do and what not to do. I hope you learn a little from me as well. I will continue to share some of our cakes we have done in the past weeks.

We will be closed July 2nd and 3rd in observance of Fourth Of July. Enjoy the fireworks and barbeque with family and friends. Be safe and be thankful that we are able to pursue our dream in the land of the free. God Bless America!

Summer Closures for Let Them Eat Cake,Inc.
July 12-17, 2010 and Aug 2-7, 2010.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Rainy Days and Weddings!

You know how important "The Wedding Day" is to so many brides out there. When you add a bit of mother nature into the picture, it stirs up some mixed emotions. As a wedding cake baker/designer, delivering those beautiful "sweet" creations, mother nature is important to me too. It was a week ago that we had some weather and I thought this won't be bad. I was able to load the cakes without rain and on the way to the reception center it started to rain. Ok, now I was talking to the man upstairs, "when I get to my location could you just let me unload the cake and get in safe, then you can turn on the faucets if you want." So knowing this has worked for me in the past, why would this day be different? Time was on my side and the cakes were fine. I was confident in my abilities and my deliverie schedule, however it got me thinking about the bride. How is the bride handling this day, I thought. I was hoping the maid of honor and all of her girls were helping her think of the bright side. They say it is good luck when it rains, right? I was thinking of a cute accessory for the occasion. An umbrella. I have a white umbrella with black polka dots. Wouldn't that make a statement for the bride? So many designs to choose from. If only one would have looked at the almanac and planned for the worst, choosing an umbrella for the rainy days ahead. I guess I hoped that most brides would have a sense of humor but I know that isn't always the case. Hopefully for the future, this can become an accessory for the spring weather we always seem to have here in Phoenix. On my last delivery of the day, I got near the Princess Hotel and all of a sudden, the skies opened up and gave me a terrential downpour. The streets were flooding, the lightning and thunder were so close it made everyone jump. I'm thinking, do I wait it out? I got under the portico and only half was covered, so I got out and got pretty drenched. Did I tell you I had someone with me (to hold the umbrella, but of course). We got the cake in safely and did our thing ( you know, make the cake table look fabulous). As we were coming out, the sun was shining, no rain in site. I looked up and said, so you couldn't have waited another 10 minutes? Mother Nature, gotta love her. These are just a few of the things that pop up into my head on a daily basis. Hope this helps Brides in the future planning of their "wedding day".

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

The Birth of the Blog!

Our baby has arrived! Yes, the baby is the blog! We hope you check back regularly, as I plan on posting once a week...we'll see!

Our most recent, exciting news is winning at the 2nd annual "event Elements-Confectionery Creations and Tabletop Decor" sponsored by the National Association of Catering Executives (NACE) on June 30, 2008. This wonderful event was held at the J.W. Marriot of Desertridge in Scottsdale, Arizona. The theme this year was Styles. The categories were Retro, Contemporary, Traditional and Vintage. This year I entered my two cakes into the categories of Retro and Contemporary. This year's winner for Retro was...(drum roll please!)...

ME!!!! Or should I say Let Them Eat Cake Inc.

And for the category of Contemporary, the runner-up...2nd
You guessed it...ME!

I want to thank Deb, Liz and Mitch for all of their talents, hard work and humor for this competition! I couldn't have done it without them!

Thanks for taking the time to celebrate our "birth" by reading this! Check back next week for some "sweet treats!"