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Cakes to Dream On - anyone?

Biscuit's picture

It's by Collette Peters - yes, Collette Peters, she of the cakes that you just sigh over, but don't actually make (G).


Does anyone have this book and if so, what do you think of it?  And if you do, will you please turn to the Dr. Seuss-inspired cake and maybe-possibly-be-very-sweet and copy the instruction pages for it and either mail them to me or scan them and e-mail them to me????


And before you ask - Yes, I am certifiably insane.  There.


Statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince himself that the war is just, and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception.
- Mark Twain

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

RuthWells's picture

(post #62950, reply #1 of 25)

I don't have the book, but I'll say a little prayer to the cake gods for you!

Ruth Wells


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


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

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Gretchen's picture

(post #62950, reply #2 of 25)

Is that who Gary is going to do his pastry class with?

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Biscuit's picture

(post #62950, reply #3 of 25)

No idea. 


I should add - I already checked all 3 of my local libraries - 2 private, town-libraries and one county library, and NONE of them have this book - of course...


Statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince himself that the war is just, and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception.
- Mark Twain

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

RuthWells's picture

(post #62950, reply #5 of 25)

I think his class is with Michele Bommarito (whose name I'm spelling wrong, for sure).

Ruth Wells


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


www.lemonade-and-kidneys.blogspot.com


http://walk.pkdcure.org/goto/ruthwfischer

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...

Gretchen's picture

(post #62950, reply #7 of 25)

Oh, maybe so. I know Colette Peters is often on those challenges too.

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CookiM0nster's picture

(post #62950, reply #4 of 25)

Is this what it looks like?

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Biscuit's picture

(post #62950, reply #9 of 25)

No - that's cool, though - but no.  This is it:


Cakes to Dream On


What I'm really interested in is HOW she created some it; what materials, what technique.  I love the colors and the whole quirkiness of it.  The cake I want to do is very different, but I want to incorporate some of the elements of this cake into the one I want to do.


Statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince himself that the war is just, and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception.
- Mark Twain

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

Biscuit's picture

(post #62950, reply #10 of 25)

Okay, never mind.  I called ANOTHER city library (many of the cities in my area have their own city-maintained-operated libraries), and they have it!  Ha!  I'm going to pick it up. 


Thanks everyone.


BTW - re:  city libraries.  In my area, I swear, our public library systems S U C K S.  Seriously, seriously s u c k s.  I hate the public, county library.  Not only are they rude and unhelpful, but they never have anything that we want or ask for, or rarely.  It's really odd.  You'd think they'd have SOME things.  And when you put things on hold, they come in, and no one ever calls you to tell you that it's there - it just sits on the hold shelf for a week, and if you don't come in and get it (I guess you are supposed to know it's there by the psychic vibes it sends out...), they put it back in circulation.  They say there are too many books on hold to actually notify people when they are in - you need to keep checking back with them. (thbbtt!  I say).  Videos are for 3 days only, and you get charged $1 per day over that.  I may as well go to Blockbuster; at least they don't charge late fees anymore.


Anyway - several of the suburbs around here have private, city-run & paid-for libraries.  And they are FANTASTIC!!!!  You can get a card there even if you live in another city (my city has a crappy little county branch), and they have EVERYTHING!  And if they don't have it, they get it.  And if you accidentally drop books in their box that belong to another library, they send them to that other library.  And they are friendly, and helpful, and lovely and wonderful and have amazing children sections!  You know - they run like REAL libraries are supposed to run!  And it's odd - they aren't county, they are city, and yet they have so many more resources and updated computer systems and everything. It's wonderful.


Can you tell I hate our Country Library system???  I really do.  They are sad and pathetic, and I really wish our city had their own library instead of a country branch.  I never go to our library, they frustrate me, and I always go to one of the two neihboring towns instead.


So - since the county SYSTEM - THE ENTIRE FRIKKING COUNTY! - didn't have one SINGLE book by Colette Peters, much less the one I wanted, I went to both private libraries and they had the books but the one I wanted was out.  So I tried a third, and they had it and are holding it!  Yay!


 



Statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince himself that the war is just, and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception.
- Mark Twain


Edited 7/18/2008 3:14 pm ET by Biscuit

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

bjb0777's picture

(post #62950, reply #21 of 25)

You are dazzling! Looks fabulous..Barb

Biscuit's picture

(post #62950, reply #22 of 25)

Ooo - not made yet!  Save the compliments until I actually make it work! (G)  But thanks.  I hope it turns out.

Statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince himself that the war is just, and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception.
- Mark Twain

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

CookiM0nster's picture

(post #62950, reply #11 of 25)

Which elements?

Biscuit's picture

(post #62950, reply #12 of 25)

The colors, primarily, and the wavy-crookedy-ropy elements, and some of the layering of the decorations, and a bit of the crookedness of the cakes.  I'm reworking my design now.  I'll scan it and post it when I have it worked out (G).


My original design felt heavy - hers feels fun and light.  I'm trying to work in that fun, light feeling to my design, you know?


Statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince himself that the war is just, and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception.
- Mark Twain

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

CookiM0nster's picture

(post #62950, reply #13 of 25)

I'm going to guess that the ones on the cake are all fondant, since she's very fond of it.

I think the only really hard part of that cake is the second layer. Notice how the bottom of it is on an angle? She must be using some trick to keep it from sliding off. All the other off-kilter cakes I've seen have flat bottoms.

I promise I'll call sometime this weekend to discuss it more.

Adele's picture

(post #62950, reply #14 of 25)

Could she have cut into the bottom layer to put the second layer 'into' it?


Biscuit- I'm not going to tell you that my library has 10 copies of it, 4 available right now.  I am so thankful for my library, I might just leave all my earthly goods to it. :)  Seriously, if I was to win the lottery, a nice chunk of change would go to it, as I have saved a huge amount of money throughout the years using it.  I should add up what I have saved just this year.  Be right back..... 154 books averaging $25(?) $3850. Delivered.  Wow.


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

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

Biscuit's picture

(post #62950, reply #15 of 25)

She actually cut the cake at an angle, which is different than what the Whimsical Bakehouse does - they actually add the filling at an angle, and put the cake on top of it, creating the illusion that the cake is angled, when really it's the filling.


She uses dowels - lots and lots of them!!!! - to hold it all together.  Reading her books and her instructions makes it clear to me that she errs on the side of too many dowels and worries most about keeping the cake upright, far more than she worries about taste, or looks - although those two things aren't problems for her.


Funny - I've had all of her books (except this one) for years, but I've never actually READ them!  I'm reading them now and damn!  The woman is really, really, REALLY good at what she does, and I really think if I break it down into small steps, I can pull this off. 


I think...I hope... (G) ...  I guess we shall see, won't we?


Statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince himself that the war is just, and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception.
- Mark Twain

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

Biscuit's picture

(post #62950, reply #16 of 25)

Okay - here's the diagram I've come up with; the plan.  Colors will be a little paler - hard to do my exact color scheme with markers, but you get the gist.  If you have the book "Oh, the Places You Will Go!" take a look at the last story page and you'll get my inspiration.


Bottom layer - 10" x 16" rectangle, 3 layers of cake, 2 filling, covered in white buttercream, chocolate letters in blue and accented with peacock blue luster dust to make them shiny.  Topped with stripes made from colored fondant. 


"Mountain" layer - a bit complicated, actually.  4" of cake, baked in an oval shaped pan, so roughly 4 layers, give or take.  Then I intend - and we'll see how this works - to make a topper for the top layer that looks all hilly like a mountain out of rice-krispy treats.  There's no way I'm carving cake to look like that.  Cover the "mountain" with green fondant, decorate with gumpaste and chocolate decorations, and make the "supports" that are supposed to be pulling the mountain from fondant


I'm going to do the swirly parts with piped royal icing, the roping for the top edge of the rectangle with fondant like in the Colette cake, and make all the little dots and doo-hickeys with  a mixture of buttercream and fondant circles.


Oh, and not pictured, but I intend to do, is a little figure somewhat reminiscent of my niece PULLING the mountain, the way it is in the book.


This is a far more ambitious cake than I've ever tried in my life, but I really think I can pull it off if I give myself plenty of time and keep focused on each step individually and not let myself get overwhelmed.


I think...(G)  I may need therapy afterwards, too.


Statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince himself that the war is just, and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception.
- Mark Twain

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

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RuthWells's picture

(post #62950, reply #17 of 25)

Holy cow! I can't wait to see the final result -- would you consider posting progress updates with pix as you go? What a cool project!

Ruth Wells


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


www.lemonade-and-kidneys.blogspot.com


http://walk.pkdcure.org/goto/ruthwfischer

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...

Biscuit's picture

(post #62950, reply #18 of 25)

(pwah!)  Yea, I can't either!  Like I said, this is really ambitious for me - I'm very curious if it will turn out like I envision it.


But - well, the space cake and the reptile cake came out really, REALLY well based on my visions of them, and I learned a LOT from those.  I've never tried the rice-krispy thing before, but - (lol) - well, I see them do it on Ace of Cakes all the time, and this is no where near as complicated as their cakes!  I hope it works.


I'm going to start working on the chocolate and gumpaste decorations next week and try to knock them out.  I intend to bake all of my cakes on Sunday the 3rd of August, split, fill and crumcoat them on Monday the 4th, and start decorating the 7th.  This has to all be done for the 9th of August, and I also have to clean and scrub my house and my yard, so I want to give myself lots of time.


That's always been my downfall - time.  I never give myself enough time to do things.  So this time I'm erring on the side of too much time rather than cutting it close.


Statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince himself that the war is just, and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception.
- Mark Twain

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

Jean's picture

(post #62950, reply #20 of 25)

Holy Guacamole girl! That will be fabulous.



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msm-s's picture

(post #62950, reply #19 of 25)

Woo-Hoo! can't wait to see it!

rice krispie treats is a brilliant idea; i was thinking the same thing when i looked at your drawing. If i was making this, i would try out that marshmallow fondant someone posted for a first layer; it sounds like it would be a bit puffier and might smooth out the RK texture. You've already got marshmallows involved anyway, so why not?. Then i would coat again with "real" fondant.

Eisje's picture

(post #62950, reply #23 of 25)

I am looking forward to seeing the result, the drawing looks fabulous. You are so brave to start such a project, but then, you have done more amazing things.


Olena

Adele's picture

(post #62950, reply #24 of 25)

You go girl!  What an awesome project.


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

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

helena1's picture

(post #62950, reply #25 of 25)

Wow, the sketch looks as if we're in for a masterpiece. Can't wait to see what you come up with!!

krmen's picture

(post #62950, reply #6 of 25)

Hi Biscuit, I haven't read all of the answers but just found it in amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Cakes-Dream-Master-Class-Decorating/dp/0471214620

Canuck's picture

(post #62950, reply #8 of 25)

I've seen that book and checked it out of our library system at least twice, sighing and feeling completely inadequate :)


 I just checked the website and it appears that two are available in the system. I'd likely get it next Tues/Wed. I'm leaving on holiday on Friday morning so could likely get it to you before then.


If no one here comes through, let me know.


Karen