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Show Us Your Cakes! (post #64745)

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Wanna post photos of some of your best creations? With all the talent here, it would be nice to be able to have an all-occassion cake "scrapbook" to peruse for ideas. Easier to view than hunting through old threads since there is no 'image' search here (unless i am missing something).

I'll start. My recent R2D2 cake and molten planet cake for my son's 7th birthday this week.
also, an older pic of the cake i made my ex (then husband) for his first birthday since the birth of our son. I was still nursing then, which is the joke behind the concept. It's not x-rated, but be warned that there is chest-oidal imagery :-)

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tiramisu's picture

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Oh my God. This is incredible. Oh my god!!! Wow.  Utterly amazing.  I second the suggestion that you could put together a childrens book - with edible cake illustrations - just keeping collecting pictures of your wonderful cakes with all the stories that Jasper and Berend provide for it. Fantastic job

kathymcmo's picture

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You are remarkably talented! That cake is just stupendous. I like how friendly some of the monsters look.

Marcia's picture

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It's a wonder that was happening at all. Wow, again. lol

CookiM0nster's picture

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I can also add that my boys were at their father's, and i"m on summer holiday at work.

Marcia's picture

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I'm sure both of those things helped....

helena1's picture

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That is just incredibly awesome. I LOVE it. What a wonderful job!!!

shywoodlandcreature's picture

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I just saw this. Next time I get married, could you make me one of those for my wedding cake?




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RuthWells's picture

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I don't think I ever shared the graduation cake I made for my boss's stepson, who just finished up at Valley Forge Military Academy. He requested that I replicate his varsity letter. It was a huge pain in the neck -- never again!

Edited to add, that's all buttercream.

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Ruth Wells

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Jean's picture

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That's awesome!!


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Marcia's picture

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Did you have a picture on your blog? This cake looks awfully familiar, not to mention impressive.

I cannot believe how many talented bakers we have just on CT. My idea of a fancy cake is one frosted with ganache and decorated with berries. Very different from others here. ;-)

mireillec's picture

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Awesome. And true, the details must have taken a lot of time.

RuthWells's picture

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Thanks, folks. Marcia, yes, I did post it on the blog but realized that I hadn't shared it here. Brain spasm!

Ruth Wells

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

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Marcia's picture

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Not everyone reads your blog, so I'm glad you posted it here, and I'd forgotten about it, too, until I saw the picture. You are really so talented that I'm abashed when I bake, but I'm a home baker and you, CookieMonster, Biscuit, Adele, and others I've forgotten, are professional. Tracy...I didn't want to forget Tracy. She's done very well, too. I'm sure I haven't remembered everyone, but I've done my best.


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tiramisu's picture

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Ruthwells, I was looking at your buttercream demo on egullet and had a question. The last time I made mouselline buttercream from RLB it had turned out right but my guests all thought it was way too buttery. I see that your recipe is tweaked and was wondering what the general verdict is about its taste.


I haven't made buttercream in years. (For kids birthday cakes, since they waste so much , I just use store bought - actually made inhouse by a local candy cake supply store). For other cakes I make for family and friends, I either don't ice or go with a ganache.


After getting my copy of whimsical bakehouse I want to try Kayes buttercream and I also another recipe from Martha Stewart that had slightly different proportions. So I am trying to get a feel for what the taste will be like. (WB uses 2.25 cups sugar, 6 sticks butter and a cup of egg whites from about 12 large eggs).

RuthWells's picture

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Hi Tiramisu,

I haven't actually tweaked RLB's proportions, just her method, so I'm not sure how much I can help. I love her mousseline buttercream, but some people do definitely find it too buttery (as if there could ever be such a thing! ; )

I don't use as much liquid flavoring as she does (such as liquor or vanilla), because I find that I had a hard time emulsifying all of it. That might make a difference for you.

You might also try RLB's classic buttercream, which uses all egg yolks. It's a very rich buttercream, but might feel less "buttery" to your friends. Certainly trying Martha's and WBH's recipes is a good idea, too, though I'm not familiar with them so can't give you any feedback there...

Ruth Wells

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tiramisu's picture

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Thanks Ruthwells. I am going to try making the buttercream (the method you show  in your demo - not boil for 7 minutes as per the whimsical bakehouse although I will time it just to double check). But I am planning to use the proportion in WB though - she seems to use a little less butter.


I am wondering if I can actually reduce the amount of butter even further but am afraid to because it may affect the consistency and I am not expert enough to adjust the other ingredients accordingly.


Anyway, this will be for my own birthday cake next month - and I want to make that coffee cup shaped cake from whimsical bakehouse - and if I actually get around to doing all that for myself and if is "photogenic" enough - I may even post a pic of it in this thread :)- .

RuthWells's picture

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Well, a picture will of course be required! ; )

As for the amount of butter, it's a question of balance. You're basically creating an emulsification as you add the butter, and in RLB's recipe, it really doesn't come together until the last stick of butter goes in, which implies to me that you couldn't successfully reduce the butter ratio in her recipe.

With the WBH recipes, I'd suggest slowing down the addition of butter after about 1/2 to 2/3 is in, and watching the mixture carefully for signs that the buttercream is coming together, and stop adding butter once it has.

Ruth Wells

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

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tiramisu's picture

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Thanks, the idea of slowing down and watching sounds good. I have been vainly searching the net for tried and true recipes with reduced butter - but the next best thing is to try it out myself.


And if the icing does hold up and works as an icing - and if my finished product even remotely looks like a coffee cup, I will definitely post a pic :)


 

tiramisu's picture

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A huge thank you to all of you baking goddesses out there. Your inspiration and helpful advice over the last several years has taken me from cake eater to cake baker status. This my effort for DS's 9th birthday. He started with an F16 and then kept changing his mind to submarine, aircraft carrier and finally last week said he wanted a tank for his birthday cake. So did not have much time to plan. But everything on the cake is edible - decided to skip the fondant and went with marzipan for the figure. Also tried to get my icing smooth. The cake actually looked much better than in the pictures. For some reason the icing doesn't look smooth here. On the cake the icing was surprisingly smooth - I used the hot knife to smooth it.

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tiramisu's picture

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Here the pics of the army tank cake. Ds made me 'correct' some technical errors in the tank - the main gun, lettering etc. But overall he thought it kinda looked like an antique tank from WWII. He was happy and his friends thought it was cool.

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Adele's picture

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Yeah!  This friend thinks its pretty cool too. : )

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

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

RuthWells's picture

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Great job!

Ruth Wells


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 - G.B. Shaw


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 - G.B. Shaw

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Biscuit's picture

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If you had actually covered that thing in fondant, we would have had to crown you Queen of Cakes! (G) 


Great cake, tirimisu.  I bet your Boy was very happy!


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tiramisu's picture

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Somebody has to invent something that covers like fondant but tastes exactly like a light buttercream or better yet - whipped cream. Now is that too much to ask :)- .


 

Biscuit's picture

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[Biscuit's jaw drops...]  Omg, how did you DO that???!!!  That is one of the coolest things I've seen!

"When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty."  - George Bernard Shaw

"When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty."  - George Bernard Shaw

suz's picture

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First words out of my mouth when the pic opened was OMG!  Now I'll add WOW!

TracyK's picture

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FANTASTIC! This must have taken you AGES. It's really, really amazing.


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RuthWells's picture

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WOW!!!!

What material did you use for the figures -- are they all fondant?

Ruth Wells


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


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www.ruthssweetpleasures.com

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...

chiquiNO's picture

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Now that was a ton of work!!!!  And very well done!!!!!

 

 

DJHinAZ's picture

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You totally should be proud of this one. WOW!!!!!!!!!!
I'm with Biscuit... need to pick my jaw off the floor now...