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A few new cakes..... (post #63538)

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The muse has been upon me, LOL!  Here are 2 recent cakes for office celebrations.  Enjoy!


 


 


Ruth Wells


"Gardening is the only unquestionably useful job."
 - G.B. Shaw

Ruth Wells

"Gardening is the only unquestionably useful job."
 - G.B. Shaw

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fitzcindy's picture

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Beautiful!  Are you sure you don't want to do this professionally? 

MadMom's picture

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My hat would be off to you, if only I wore a hat!  As I've said before, I think I've accomplished something if I can ice a cake, much less decorate one!



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Adele's picture

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Absolutely beautiful.  You keep getting better and better.  I guess the old adage of practice makes perfect is true.


Edit:  Practice spelling and you too can spell perfect.  :)


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


Edited 5/30/2005 8:58 pm ET by Adele

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

deejeh's picture

(post #63538, reply #4 of 24)

Gorgeous cakes!  You do great work.


deej

RHart18's picture

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Beautiful!  What did you make the bow out of?


I recently made a cake for my sister with lots of flowers on it.  I made them on a sheet of waxed paper on top of my spinning cake stand and then put them all in the freezer until I was ready to do the cake. They were so easy to get off and place on the cake!  I've always been hesitant to do detailed stuff in case it didn't turn out, but if I messed up I just scraped it off the paper and did it again.


 

delice's picture

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What is on the inside?

helena's picture

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Gorgeous Ruth!! How did you get that bow to look so shiny and golden? I *love* it!

butterscotch's picture

(post #63538, reply #8 of 24)

These are fabulous and eclipse even your son's birthday cake.

Wolvie's picture

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the flower cake is the one you were making right after I left, yes? It came out great. Flowers inspired by Longwood, no doubt. ;-)


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AnnL's picture

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Oh, my goodness!   Those are positively amazing!! 

AnnL
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in Central Mass.

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SallyBR1's picture

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In view of my recent experiences in the kitchen, I can tell you that not even in 10 years, with daily practice, I would be able to do anything remotely similar to your beautiful cakes

(green with envy.... :-)

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butterfingers's picture

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You are truly talented! Beautiful cakes!!!!

Marcia's picture

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Those are stunning. You've outdone yourself, but I've no doubt you'll do it again and again.

doyenne's picture

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Both cakes are beautiful. You are gifted. Have you ever done any sugar work? Jacque Torres did a show today on a celebration cake. Thought you'd be interested in how he did the sugar flowers.


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RuthWells's picture

(post #63538, reply #16 of 24)

Thanks, everyone. They were a lot of fun to do! FitzCindy, I'd love to make cakes professionally, if only I could make as money at it as I do in my current profession...... which would be a long shot, to say the least. I'm looking forward to retirement, when I'll do speciality baked goods out of my home kitchen and foist them on unsuspecting neighbors. Hee hee.......

Robin, the bow is made of rolled fondant. Actually, I mixed a smidge of the chocolate rolled fondant with plain white fondant, but didn't care for the color. So, the gold luster powder covered everything. I also freeze my buttercream flowers until I'm ready to put them on the cake. Much less hassle that way.

Helena, if you can't get luster powder (also called luster dust here), let me know and I'll ship you some! It comes in various metalics and pearlized colors, and is so much fun to work with. http://www.sweetc.com/catalog.htm These folks carry a wide range -- go to p. 105 of the catelog preview and you'll see a list. Let me know if they won't ship to you!

Delice, the insides of the cake are: bow cake -- 2 layers yellow butter cake layered with French buttercream (Biscuit is right, it really tastes MUCH better than Italian buttercream), skim coated with raspberry jam for the fondant to stick to. Flower cake -- golden genoise soaked with grand marnier syrup, layered again with French buttercream (using up leftovers, yup!) and glazed with chocolate cream glaze. All the piped decorations are of Italian buttercream. I must say that I was underwhelmed by the genoise. Not much flavor, even with all the extra sugar/syrup added. I'm on a mission to break out of my butter cake rut, though, and will be trying more new (to me) combos in future.

Wolvie, yes, the flower cake was the one evolving during our visit. Something about all those spring flowers! I'm still working on nailing a buttercream that will pipe more securely than my Italian merigue (dreams of more intricate flowers....). The folks at eGullet have suggested a whole-egg buttercream, which is an interesting idea; I'm also going to try added melted white chocolate to my standard for extra stiffness. Will report back, of course.

Charlotte, I am completely amazed and in awe of sugar work and hope to get up the gumption to try it myself before too much longer. Helena kindly sent me a set of books that include step-by-step instructions and I have a large Silpat, so I've no excuse not to do it! I've seen Jacques Torres making flowers and ribbons on his show, and it's mesmerizing. Do you think there's any chance that it's as easy as he makes it look, LOL?

Ruth Wells


"Gardening is the only unquestionably useful job."
 - G.B. Shaw

Ruth Wells

"Gardening is the only unquestionably useful job."
 - G.B. Shaw

www.lemonade-and-kidneys.blogspot.com

www.ruthssweetpleasures.com

http://www.pkdcure.org/Default.aspx?TabI...

helena's picture

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Ruth, I've been lucky to have a pulled sugar class offered to me as a part of the pastry course I took, and I have to tell you it is not a piece of cake. You definately need specific equipment (at least we did), which is pretty expensive, and it takes a *lot* of practice to make something that looks appealing. After three lessons I decided I personally didn't care for the techniques that were presented and didn't want to persue it any further. I am very glad I had the opportunity to try it out though. To me, it was much more of a craft thing than something that has a real 'food' connection, if that makes sense. I mean, if you're piping buttercream, you picture people eating it and enjoying it, and the sugar bows seemed much more of a 'put it under a glass dome' kind of thing.


This is the bow I made in the first class, and it didn't take much more equipment than a silpat, a heating lamp and a microwave. The fruits and stuff we did after that all required blowing the sugar and using torches and stuff. http://www.cookiecorner.dutchweb.nl/Pictures/pulled%20sugar%20bow.jpg


 

Jean's picture

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That is gorgeous.  It should be preserved under glass.

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helena's picture

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Thanks Jean! Unfortunately though, it shattered onto the floor when we were decluttering our cabinet, so it ended up broken and unused in the trash :o(

Jean's picture

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Oh, how tragic! After all that work.  sigh

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A  clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
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help to provide free mammograms for women in need
Fledge's picture

(post #63538, reply #21 of 24)

lovely! That looks like fun!

 

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Fledge's picture

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And no foil! Yay!


lol.....


You geaux sha


 

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RuthWells's picture

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And no foil! Yay!


Hey, I learned my lesson!  ; )


Ruth Wells


"Gardening is the only unquestionably useful job."
 - G.B. Shaw

Ruth Wells

"Gardening is the only unquestionably useful job."
 - G.B. Shaw

www.lemonade-and-kidneys.blogspot.com

www.ruthssweetpleasures.com

http://www.pkdcure.org/Default.aspx?TabI...

favorablyimpressed's picture

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I want to work in your office!  I hope they realize how lucky they are.