I.C.E.S Convention what a treat!

August 4, 2009

Just got back from the International Cake Exploration Societe (I.C.E.S.) convention. So many amazing sugar artisits were there.

 I could drop names, like Kerry Vincent, Bronwyn Weber, Nicholas Lodge, Zane Beg, Earlene Moore, Norm Davis, Margaret Ford, Laura Ragano, Rebecca Sutterby, and Autumn Carpenter, but they would be just the start of a very long list of extremley talented sugar artists that attended.    

Every year we have 4 days filled with not only cake information, but everthing you could imagine in the world of “Sugar Art”. Some of the demostrations and classes available were, Air Brushing, Chocolate, Edible Gems, Draping and Stringwork, Edible Photo Printing, Pulled Sugar, Gelatin, Cookies, Fondant, Gumpaste and on and on….

If you wanted to see some breath taking sugar art the “Cake Gallery” was the place to be. I understand there were over 700 displays.

I did have a display which took hours
 to create and was so much fun.

 " A Sweet Life" at I.C.E.S. convetion

  

“It’s a Sweet Life” was a world I created where candy apples and orange slices grew right on trees. A root beer falls empties into a barrel of ice cream, strawberrires grow already dipped in chocolate, and a chocolate rock wall is ready to climb.

Cupcake House

Cupcake House

Licorice swing!

Licorice swing!

Chocolate Rock Wall

Chocolate Rock Wall

Candy Apple Tree

Candy Apple Tree

Full View Candy Apple Tree

Full View Candy Apple Tree

Root Beer Falls

Root Beer Falls

Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

Full View of Orange Slice Tree

Full View of Orange Slice Tree

Mikayla’s Monkey Cake

August 22, 2009

Always fun to do a kid’s cake. I used a Wilton 3D bear pan to make the body. Snickerdoodle cookies made the ears and added marshmallows as legs. The monkey is covered in buttercream frosting….mmmm tasty! new 038 Mikayla turned 8 today and spent the day with friends swimming at the “Y”.

Find tools and supplies for cake decorating at my web site-
www.inspiredcreations-cakes.com

Miniatures for a fun “Picnic Cake”

August 11, 2009

I’ll be teaching a class on this fun cake. You can make the little goodies ahead of time and store them until you are ready to decorate your cake.  We’ll be using them for Labor Day Weekend.

A bird's eye view of a feast!

A bird's eye view of a feast!

Burgers and Hot Dogs---check out the size compared to a Dime.

Burgers and Hot Dogs---check out the size compared to a Dime.

Watermelon so juicy and sweet!
                                                                                                                                                     Watermelon so juicy and sweet!
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A plate of onions and pickle chips next to the bowl of potato chips.
All picnic goodies are made of fondant. A food color pen added extra touches and piping gel gave the “wet” look to some of the food. 
Be sure to check out my web site for Cake Tools, Supplies and Giftware…….

Melissa & Ben’s Wedding Cake

July 22, 2009

WOW!  I had the privaledge to fly to San Diego to do a wedding cake for my niece Melissa and her new husband Ben. It was a great time!

Months ago they sent me a hand drawn picture of what they wanted for thier wedding.  It was 3 tiers covered in white fondant. Cornflower blue ribbon circled the bottom of each layer. Pale yellow Gerbera daisies started small and became larger as they ringed from top to bottom of the cake. Picture 020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                             

 I added a few leaves and butterflies.Picture 022

 

 

 

 

 

 

 To help make the daisies I used the
SUNFLOWER/DAISY PLUNGER SET S/M/L”  item # 43-618sd from my web site-
www.inspiredcreations-cakes.com

                                                                            You can also buy the butterflies premade and ready to use on the site-
                                                                             www.inspiredcreations-cakes.com.

We Won! Thanks Scoopalicious & Cupcake Project!

July 3, 2009

Winners Announced for the Cupcake Project/Scoopalicious Ice Cream Cupcake Roundup 2009!

See what was written—-

Editor’s Choice – Scoopalicious

Selecting Editor’s Choice was no easy feat. We wanted to choose them all. In fact, after seeing ALL the amazing entries, Stef, Tina and I even suggested getting rid of Editor’s Choice and only having Reader’s Choice. We knew we couldn’t actually get rid of the Editor’s Choice since it was part of the roundup, but we really all had a very hard time. In the end we selected Chocolate Raspberry Baby Cupcakes from Inspired Creations.

There was much to love about these cupcakes. First of all, the size was unique…it seemed to me they would be neater to eat than your average ice cream cupcake. (Though in all honesty, isn’t part of the fun of eating sweets is that it is ok to be messy?!) Also, the size allowed for one to eat more without feeling as guilty…I know, I know, it’s all relative. Best of all, you get all flavors in one bite without fail. What’s nice about this is that it is the perfect number of flavors combined, so the combo, while rich, is just right. I also imagine that the mini-ness of the cupcakes allows for the fresh berry not to get lost among the richness, creating a nice balance of flavor.

The flavor combo itself was just wonderful. Chocolate and raspberry is a match made in heaven. The combo is also reminiscent of a childhood favorite of both of us: black raspberry ice cream with chocolate sprinkles. This is kind of the “grown up” version.

Though the ice cream was not homemade, I didn’t have a problem with this, especially since it was local and looked wonderful piled high in those containers.I like the fairly simpleness of this recipe, so that we can make it at home. I also think the recipe would allow for nice variations…as I sit here getting sick by overdosing on fresh cherries, I picture a cherry-vary…On that note, the presentation was good, and I loved the step-by-step writing so we can all make them at home. A recipe is not as fun or enticing without pictures (even though I am horrible at remembering to take pictures along the way) so that was an added bonus, and to me especially, quite impressive!

I could go on and on, but honestly, I am pratically jumping off my chair to go make them as I write this.

Chocolate/ Raspberry Baby Cupcakes

Chocolate/ Raspberry Baby Cupcakes

2nd Annual Ice Cream Cupcake Roundup

May 21, 2009

Chocolate/ Raspberry Baby Cupcakes

Chocolate/ Raspberry Baby Cupcakes

Chocolate/ Raspberry Baby Cupcakes

Dark Chocolate Cake 
White Chocolate Raspberry Swirl OR Black Raspberry Chip Ice Cream – 2 hard to decide which one
Dark Chocolate Ganache
Fresh Raspberry

These cupcakes are so full of yummy flavor I just had to make them minis. You peel the paper off and pop the whole thing into your mouth…so sweet!

I started out with an old pound cake recipe called  “7 UP Cake” and added chocolate. It makes a Bundt  Read the rest of this entry »

God’s Cake

May 21, 2009

This was sent to me by my wonderful friend Dave.
I think it’s a pretty tasty slice of cake!

God’s cake… This is about the best thing I’ve ever read as an explanation.

We all wonder many times over WHY? Sometimes we wonder, ‘What did I do to deserve this?’ or ‘Why did God have to do this to me?’
Here is a wonderful explanation!

A daughter is telling her Mother how everything is going wrong, she’s failing algebra, her boyfriend broke up with her and her best friend is moving away.

 Meanwhile, her Mother is baking a cake and asks her daughter if she would like a snack, and the daughter says, ‘Absolutely Mom, I love your cake.’ ‘

Here, have some cooking oil,’ her Mother offers.
‘Yuck’ says her daughter.
‘How about a couple raw eggs?’
‘Gross, Mom!’
‘Would you like some flour then? Or maybe baking soda?’
 ‘Mom, those are all yucky!

‘To which the mother replies: ‘Yes, all those things seem bad all by themselves. But when they are put together in the right way, they make a wonderfully delicious cake!

God works the same way. Many times we wonder why He would let us go through such bad and difficult times. But God knows that when He puts these things all in His order, they always work for good!
We just have to trust Him and, eventually, they will all make something wonderful!

 God is crazy about you. He sends you flowers every spring and a sunrise every morning.Whenever you want to talk, He’ll listen. He can live anywhere in the universe, and He chose your heart.

Candy Clay- Edible Fun

May 15, 2009

I’ve been playing with candy clay lately and have had some fun. Candy clay is an edible treat that is made with corn syrup and candy melts. You can mold it similar to how you would fondant.

“Paula Sands Live” is a local TV show that I was a guest on to promote a class I taught on “How to use Candy Clay”. Here are a few items made with candy clay.

 

Supplies can be purchased at www.inspiredcreations-cakes.com.
Candy Clay
Fairy Mold
Daisy Plunger
Pearl Dust

Simple Princess Cake

March 2, 2009

This cute little cake was requested with no decorations on top.  A tiara and wand had been purchased to complete the look.

The cake is a simple Vanilla Bean flavor with a buttercream filling and frosting.

All the pink decorations are made of fondant and brushed with White Sparkle Dust. The cake was given a sprinkle of  Edible White Glitter and a pinch of Disco Dust to add that magical touch.

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Supplies can be purchased at Inspired Creations’ on lne store;

Assorted Gem Mold- #GP102
Sparkle Dust- #43-1301
Edible Glitter – #78-600w
Disco Dust – #43-1840

Sarah’s Twilight Cake

March 2, 2009

Sarah’s cake was requested with the comment “make it something Twilight.”

Fondant plaques were made to represent the 4 books of the series. The plaques were placed on the buttercream covered cake and were given a border of green leaves.


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