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Jean's picture

50th birthday cake for DD (post #64815)

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Change of plans, BD trip to Chicago is off, local river canoe trip is on. I want to surprise her with a cake. Any ideas? I'm thinking this sort of thing.  Don't know if I can pull it off though.


 Any other ideas out there? I can make the cake ahead and try to do Maxine using the Whimsical method, or is that too ambitious for a first try?




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TracyK's picture

(post #64815, reply #1 of 76)

I bet you can do it! :-)

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CookiM0nster's picture

(post #64815, reply #2 of 76)

You can absolutely do it.

Amy's picture

(post #64815, reply #3 of 76)

You can make several "practice" Maxines, once you buy the candy melts. Then pick your favorite to go on the cake. You can make them way ahead of time (they keep just fine), in case you need to change your plan. Do it! Do it! Do it!

RuthWells's picture

(post #64815, reply #4 of 76)

What everyone else said -- go for it!


 


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helena1's picture

(post #64815, reply #5 of 76)

Go for it Jean!! You can do it. Plus, you can make the Maxine in advance and do a practice run.

Wolvie's picture

(post #64815, reply #6 of 76)

I think it will be a hit. :-)

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DeannaS's picture

(post #64815, reply #7 of 76)

You can totally do it. It's tracing, after all. Just find the image that you like and go for it!

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Adele's picture

(post #64815, reply #8 of 76)

I don't know what the Whimsical method is, but can you make Royal icing? 


If so, you can do it!  Pipe the lines & then just fill in.


But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

Jean's picture

(post #64815, reply #9 of 76)

The whimsical bakehouse does it with chocolate.


 




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TracyK's picture

(post #64815, reply #10 of 76)

The maxine thing might be too large to do in royal icing... it's so brittle when dried I think it might break.

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Adele's picture

(post #64815, reply #11 of 76)

Don't tell me it's brittle.  No, no, noooooo.  I spent so much time on Sunday getting bluebirds 'puffy' that I will cry if they break when I take them off the parchment. 

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

TracyK's picture

(post #64815, reply #12 of 76)

Just be careful! I'm sure it will be fine! :-) Particularly if your stuff is "puffy," it's probably more stable that way.


After all, way fewer of the music notes broke than I was expecting.


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Jean's picture

(post #64815, reply #13 of 76)

Well,  a trip to WallyWorld got me some dark cocoa and white candy melts, but no oil based colors. Looks like Maxine will have to be rendered in 'black and white'.  Not what I had envisioned.


I might let DH have a go at the outline tonight. -- He's the artist in the family.


They had some stuff in a sqeeze bottle (think Elmer's Glue) that they sold to decorate cookies--like the snowflakes that MS featured on her Christmas cookie mag a couple years ago. That looked like a neat idea. I didn't read the ingredient list. :)




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Marcia's picture

(post #64815, reply #14 of 76)

Elmer's Glue, indeed. I love it! You're probably right that the tastes are similar - very unfortunate, that. Many people care so very much about how things look and don't consider the taste, thus the vast overuse of Crisco, which should be on the censor's list.

msm-s's picture

(post #64815, reply #15 of 76)

Yay! you are going to go for it!

Maxine is a great project for a beginner-- who will notice if your hand slips? LOL

To get the color-do your base in white choc and your dark outline a la WB. When set, fill in between the outlined areas with thin, colored royal icing just the same as on cookies. It will be fine for as long as you need it.

TracyK's picture

(post #64815, reply #16 of 76)

I wouldn't mix the two. With the WB technique you're meant to lift the finished decoration off the surface of whatever you piped it on and then flip it over, so the resulting top surface (which used to be the underside) is smooth and shiny.


When you lift royal icing, the bottom surface is not smooth, and not shiny. It can also be a different color.


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msm-s's picture

(post #64815, reply #27 of 76)

I hear you, but sometimes ya gotta work with limited supplies, "mixed media". Personally, I prefer the un-flipped surface, bumps and all :-)

TracyK's picture

(post #64815, reply #28 of 76)

I don't understand why anyone would be forced to work with both? I don't think it would work. And it's not so much the smoothness that matters so much as the level of detail that the "outline and fill" method allows. You can always go back and texturize the surface of the finished pieces to add dimension. :-)


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msm-s's picture

(post #64815, reply #29 of 76)

The OP said she couldn't find colored melts or oil-based colors to tint the white melts. I don't know how powdered colors would do in the melts either. In a pinch, i know i'd try filling the formed melt shapes with royal icing.

gourmand's picture

(post #64815, reply #17 of 76)

Sometimes you can size and print what you want on the cake. Put it under parchment, then pipe over the parchment.

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Jean's picture

(post #64815, reply #18 of 76)

Yup, that's the method. :)



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MadMom's picture

(post #64815, reply #19 of 76)

I got colored melts at Michael's.  Definitely use the Whimsical Bakehouse method, but I would be leery of using the stuff in a tube.  When I tried that, it just broke.  Biscuit or Tracy suggested I use a brush, which I did, and it worked fine. 



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TracyK's picture

(post #64815, reply #20 of 76)

What "stuff in a tube"?

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MadMom's picture

(post #64815, reply #21 of 76)

Jean mentioned some stuff her grocery store had, and I know that when I tried to make the shamrock cupcakes for the boys, I used the tube stuff to outline them and for the stems, and had to throw them all away and start over with just plain melted chocolate.



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TracyK's picture

(post #64815, reply #22 of 76)

Ahhhhhhhh... yes, that stuff would definitely not hold up. Royal icing does (to some extent anyway) and chocolate/candy melts do, but that tubed stuff is meant to stay somewhat pliable, or at least crumbly.

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Jean's picture

(post #64815, reply #23 of 76)

I have to report that DD loved her cake. We had a discussion the day before her b/d about the general acceptance of the phrase 'it sucks' and how she still cringes when she hears it. Well then I had to have Maxine say '50 Sucks' on the cake. I don't have a picture but if I can get her to email one to me I'll post it. Need a lot of practice piping chocolate, but it got the laughs I was looking for. The carrot cake was TDF, the one with the pineapple and loaded with raisins and nuts. Yum.



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Amy's picture

(post #64815, reply #24 of 76)

AWESOME!!! I can hardly wait to see it. Wish I could taste it too.

Jean's picture

(post #64815, reply #25 of 76)

Oh, it was not awesome. It definitely qualified for cake disasters! But we all had a good laugh over it.



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TracyK's picture

(post #64815, reply #26 of 76)

I bet it was great! Carrot cake sounds delicious...

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Amy's picture

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