Thursday, April 2, 2015

Tutu Cake


If you are doing a cute princess, ballerina, or simple girly theme this is the cake!!  This cake design is very simple... a smooth top tier coupled with a rosette bottom tier.  But what makes this cake extra special is the handmade sugar tiara and handmade tutu cake board.  I hope you enjoy these behind the scenes pictures and some of the how-to notes in this tutorial!





You Tube video:




Also, some brief notes about the tiara.  Here is the awesome tutorial I followed.  Let's not reinvent the wheel I say!:)  But I did find some other things that worked better for me.  For instance, although I had a can, the bottom lip of the can made it a little difficult for me to pull it away from my tiara.  Of course, it might have just been that my original tiara was a little too frail why it all fell apart!  

 I ended up using a 4" styrofoam cake round.  since they are flush all the way around it was perfectly easy to use!  I also used a toothpick to pin it to another styrofoam piece on my work surface to keep it from moving making it easier to use.



As for creating the tiara parts I finally got comfortable with my extruder (I don't know about you but I've had a tough relationship with my extruder and I think we're finally getting along:)).  It takes some practice and patience but after a while you will start to see it's abilities.
















For the tutu you can do a few things.  Originally I thought what I would do is but a couple of little girl tutus, cut them up, and position them under my cake board.  However, since this cake was lavender I didn't think I would be able to find it easily in the stores.  In that case, I would have to order it, maybe on Amazon, but... I had nooo idea how stiff/poofy the tulle would be if I didn't physically see it or feel it first:-/.  And really I wasn't crazy about taking something completely made and cutting it up:(.  The other option could be the no-sew tutu but... I am a seamstress and no that was not an option!:)  To look right it needs to be sewn and I had to do it right:).  So I bought some tulle and got working!



Here is a brief description of what I did and it is also available for purchase on Etsy here:

Tutu Cake Board on Etsy


You do need to know how to sew to make the tutu for the cake board.  I used 4 strips of lavender tulle that were about 6" wide by 3 yards long.  For each strip sew two separate wide baste stitches on one edge.  Pull the bobbin thread of both stitch lines to crinkle up the edge.  Next sew a regular smaller stitch in-between the two wide baste stitches.  Pull the baste stitching out.  Make sure to do the same process on all 4 of the strips.  

For the cake board, take a 16" cake board and glue 2-3 8" cake boards (one on top of the other) to it's center.  These center boards give you the gap you want to secure your tutu.  The final cake board (10") will be glued to top of the 8" board hiding everything seamlessly:).

Thanks for checking out our tutu cake!
Happy Cake Making!
Christie



Thursday, March 26, 2015

How to Make Fondant Rope


Ok this post is LONG overdue.  I had meant to put this post up but one thing led to another and welp... I forgot!  *So Sorry!!* However, I see that this picture tutorial is one of the most pinned pictures on our Pinterest page and thought... I better put this tutorial together!!  This is a super fast tutorial on how to make fondant rope.  No extruder or other fancy device required!  Just fondant, your hands, a small sharp knife, and a scale!




Materials

Fondant
Small knife
Scale Optional
* And yup that's pretty much it!:)

And now.. for the steps!!




Step 1.  Weight or divide two small pieces of fondant into 1 ounce pieces.

Step 2.  Roll these two 1 ounce balls with good pressure in the palm of your hands to remove all creases.  Once smooth use your fingers to start start rolling out the pieces slowly and evenly.  Be careful not to go too fast otherwise you might overly thin parts of them.






Step 3.  Once you have two rolled pieces lay one on top of the other and gently roll them in one direction.  As the entire fondant 'rope' begins to form roll the opposite side in the opposite direction with your other hand.




Step 4.  Cut ends with a sharp knife.  This will allow you to seamlessly place another one next to it.

Step 5.  Apply rope lengths to a fondant covered cake by brushing it with water.

And that is it!!
I told you super simple!!;)
Now happy caking!
Christie






Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Fondant Cut Outs!

How can you not love cute 2D characters!  Ok so I know what you are thinking... that is SO hard!  But I am here to tell you that it is SOOO not!  Have you ever played with playdough?  Ok, so it might have been a while but it is pretty much the same thing!  And the big difference is that this tastes a lot better than playdough:).

Also, since you most likely won't have the cookie cutter shape of what you want to make this is a quick tutorial on just how to make a 2D cut out of anything you want!

So here we go.. how to make a 2D character for your cake!!



Materials

* A print out (aka template) of what you want to cut

* Marshmallow Fondant (commercial fondant doesn't work as well for this technique)
Search for recipes online or buy our fondant here.

* Small sharp knife

* KitchenAid pasta roller

* Powdered sugar

* Shortening


Steps


Step 1.  Roll out your fondant using your pasta roller.  You might prefer a certain thickness, I prefer setting 1 or 2 and also the xtra wide setting by 'backing-up' the knob (not an exact setting but works great!)

Step 2.  Let your fondant 'firm' for at least 5-10 minutes.  **this part only works with marshmallow or our Cake Couture fondant... commercial fondant dries out.  Allowing your fondant to firm leads to very clean-cut looking pieces**

Step 3.  Place your template on top of the fondant and gently cut out your print out.

Step 4.  Adhere to cake using Shortening.