Posts Tagged ‘cake’

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”.

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www.inspiredcreations-cakes.com

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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

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

Cake Making Terms G-W

March 2, 2009

Glaze: To cover with a very thin layer of icing, fruit puree, or other shiny mixture.

 

Ice:  To frost.☻

 

Knead: To work or mix dough by hand to soften to working consistency or to stretch and expand gluten in yeasted doughs. Whew! Basically you take the item to be kneaded and push it with the bottom of your palms…left, right, left, right, into a cutting board or counter top.

 

Sift: To blend dry ingredients by passing them through a fine sieve or flour sifter. Also to separate fine from coarse particles.

 

Stir: To mix in a circular motion, gentle without beating.

 

Whip/Whisk: To beat rapidly with a whisk or electric mixer, to incorporate air (such as whipped cream or eggs whites).  

 

Work: To soften or blend by kneading or creaming

Cake Making Terms A-F

January 24, 2009

Beat: Vigorous mixing in a round and round motion. Best done with an electric mixer or long handle wooden spoon.

Blend: To combine one ingredient with another stirring to form one mixture.

Cream: Beat one or more ingredients until fluffy and creamy. Usually you are beating the fat (softened butter) and sugar together until it is pale yellow and smooth. Be sure to scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl down to have everything well blended. If eggs are to be added be sure they have warmed up to room temperature and add 1 at a time, blending well in between. Creaming is what makes your baking have a light and airy texture…yum!

 

Dredge: To coat food with a dry ingredient. Example of dredging would be tossing nuts or fruits in flour or sugar to coat them. This helps them from sinking to the bottom of the cake during baking.

 

Dry Ingredients: Includes, Flour, baking powder, baking soda or other leavenings, salt, cocoa etc..  In baking, sugar is not considered a dry ingredient.

 

Fold: To gently combine ingredients. Usually a light and airy mixture (like whipped cream or beaten egg whites) is added to a heavier mixture. A rubber spatula works best in a gentle turning over and over motion. You don’t want to loose the airiness so you may not have it totally blended. Be gentle!

 

Frost: To cover with frosting.☺

Hello Cake Lovers Welcome to My Blog!

January 14, 2009

I would like to welcome you to the blog for Inspired Creations!

 

The web site sponsoring this blog is – www.inspiredcreations-cakes.com

 

Inspired Creations is about CAKE and Cake Stuff.

Cake items for 1st time bakers and cake designers.

 

Tools & Supplies – such as pastry bags and character pans OR silicone molds and CellBoards®.

 

Decorations- Fun things like, edible glitter and sprinkles OR colorful dusting powders and Edible Images®.

 

Giftware – To brighten someone’s day or even your own kitchen. Cake plates and Kitchen Fairies® OR wedding toppers and Cherished Teddy’s®.

 

Tell me you want to have available on the site and we’ll do our best to get it.

 

Look for tips and recipes coming on this blog!

 

Karin