Tuesday, May 12, 2015

How to Make a Double Barrel Cake

Is it just me or do these cakes look intimidating to you??  Seriously they are so tall!!!  But they can be sooo beautiful!  This cake was particularly challenging for many reasons but the focus of this tutorial will be on creating the double barrel itself.

Materials


* Two four-layer cakes of the same diameter and height.  This will yield a cake between 8"-9" tall once filled.

* Ganche to go outside of the cake and under the fondant.  I hear you can use Swiss Meringue buttercream, however, due to this very buttery cream I would worry that it would have to stay refrigerated. Now I am always one to use American buttercream, HOWEVER I am just too scared to do so with a double barrel!:)  Structurally it would not be as stout and my Engineering-self just won't let me do it!

* Two matching-diameter cake circles.  Cut one circle to about a 1/2" less in diameter than the other.

* Fondant which you can use many kinds but like always we use Cake Couture fondant available here

* A concrete smoothing tool.  This you can find at any hardware store.  Just make sure it is at least 9" (and these are actually usually about a foot) and that the metal piece has a nice thin edge.

* Lazy Susan or rotating cake stand

* Skewers (optional) to ensure your double barrell stays put.

* Shortening or water.  This is to allow sticking for the fondant on the ganache.

* Dowel or straw tier supports (I like to use the very wide straws)


Steps

1.  Place your cakes on top of their cake circles.  The smaller circle will be the circle that goes between both cakes.  Fill your bottom cake and top off with buttercream, filling, or ganache.  Place your dowel or straw supports in your first cake.  Place your second cake (and smaller cake circle) on top and finish filling accordingly. Using a cake knife trim any buldging cake edges (see pic!).

2.  Next, using a regular decorating spatula apply ganache around entire cake.  Using the concrete smoother tool smooth entire side of cake.  Reapply ganache if and when needed.  **Ganache Note:  I was worried about making ganache with regular cream (and not heavy whipping cream)... but it turned out great so no worries if that is the case for you!

3.  Next apply shortening (or brush on water) to allow fondant to stick to ganache.  I personally prefer shortening because if I make a mistake it is easier to 'redo' it when you don't use water:)

4.  Roll out your fondant and apply along the outside of the cake (don't go top down because it will be A LOT harder to have it come together nice.  This is always tough to get a pic of due to quick use of your hands when covering!:-P  Here is a good pic from a good YouTube video.  For the YouTube video click here.  Cut a straight edge along the side so that the fondant seams together nicely.  Also, gather the excess fondant on top with your hands smoothing in from the edges.  **This of course works best if your double barrel has something on top of it to hide all of this!

5.  Trim all excess fondant, smooth, and let set 3 to 6 hours to allow the fondant to firm.

The double barrel is done!  Finish off any other parts of the cake and you are ready to start decorating!!  For this particular cake the top cake was 4", the double barrel a 6", and the bottom was a 9".  All three tiers I covered in ganache in order to get a consistent look.

Once all cakes are set then of course it's time to start the fun part!!






For this cake the reindeer decor was made by adding gum tragacanth to Cake Couture fondant.  The round piece was cut out and a reindeer was cut out of it using a paper template.  This round piece was left to dry on a 6" double barrel styrofoam cake to obtain a good shape.  Then it was applied to the cake with a thick coat of shortening.  The branches around round piece were made by mixing Cake Couture fondant with Cake Couture gumpaste and applying with sugar glue.  The branches were painted on with a brush and a white coloring.  The little flowers were cut from fondant and have little yellow pearl centers.

Thanks for visiting us and happy cake making!
Christie






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

Rope - With Cake Couture Fondant


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.  I recommend using Cake Couture fondant (of course!:)), your hands, a small sharp knife, and a scale!  




Materials

Cake Couture Fondant (now available on Etsy and Amazon)
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 (individually) 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!!;)
Happy caking!
Christie