Archive for January, 2009

Valentine’s Day Cupcakes

Saturday, January 31st, 2009

Well, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, so I wanted to share some photos of Valentine’s cupcakes that my sister and I came up with.  Some of the photos are from cupcakes I did last year, but most of them are new.  Later this week I will be giving a demo on how some of them are done.  I would definitely love to know which one is your favorite, so if you have time leave me a comment and let me know!

Thanks for checking them out!



Ron Ben-Israel Part 2 Plus My Blog Anniversary

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

First off I want to say thank you for a wonderful year of blogging.  Last week marked the one year anniversary of my little blog and I couldn’t be more amazed at how this last year went.  It was such an amazingly fun ride and I thank everyone who was a part of it.  I have enjoyed sharing my pastry journey with all of you so much and look forward to this next year!  I actually have quite the big news to announce soon, but I have to keep you waiting just a little bit longer…hopefully next week I can make the announcement!  

Well, enough about that…lets get to the last part of my wonderful Ron Ben-Israel class that I took.  I wanted to document every step of the class for you with my trusty camera (and I did), but unfortunately I have had complaints about posting too many images from the class and giving away too many details, so I had to refrain from putting on a lot of the photos that I had taken, since I don’t want to deal with any angry people.  Hopefully you will enjoy these photos though!  

First off is the finished sweet pea flowers.  After the flowers had dried over night we colored them with petal dust to make the flower look more realistic.  This definitely brings out the inner artist in you and ends up being a lot of fun.  

Then we made tendrils and wrapped our flowers in floral tape to make bouquets.  

Here was some of Ron’s sugar flowers and the cake that he and his assistant did for demo purposes.

And here are some photos of my bow-making process…I actually ended up doing the bow again that I am showing the pictures of since I wanted to get it even thinner and life-like, but at least you can see my process.  The first photo is the impression mat that I pushed into the sugar paste to make the ridges…this gave it the appearance of a gross-grain ribbon.  

Here are some photos of the ribbon making process for around the sides of the cake.  Using a metal ruler is a nice tool to have around to get crisp, even edges.

So as you can see I definitely veered away from my original sketch, but I wanted to incorporate all the techniques he was teaching and also keep a clean, modern look to the cake.  I actually think I am still going to change some aspects of the cake and add a little more detail to the top and bottom tiers, but since I didn’t have time in class here to do all my design ideas here are photos of the finished cake for now and when I add more details I will post the finished product.  

Thanks be to Ron for such a wonderful class!  I had an amazing time and learned so much!



Ron Ben-Israel Class at CalJava

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

So sorry for the lack of posts, but life has been quite crazy lately.  Besides the fact that I am currently sitting on my couch in miserable pain from strep throat (which added to the lack of posts), last week I had the pleasure of taking a 3-day class from Ron Ben-Israel at Caljava International School here in California.  I only take one or two of these types of classes per year since they are quite costly and so when I heard that Ron Ben-Israel, one of New York’s top cake artists, was teaching I knew I had to go.  So thankfully my mom and dad gave me half the money for the class for my Christmas present and I was able to come up with the rest.  You should definitely check out this schools website…they have top-notch teachers like Bronwen Weber, Kerry Vincent, and Colette Peters, among many others. Students come from all over the world to take these classes and they are clearly worth it.

This particular class by Ron Ben-Israel focused on learning how to do different types of sugar bows, sweet pea sugar flowers, and working with a monochromatic color scheme.  I will be posting throughout the week on this class, but this first post is going to show the beginning stages of the sweet pea sugar flowers and how we prepared for designing our cake.

We first had to randomly pick our color that we could do our cake in…I got yellow, which I was pretty happy about.  Ron went over how he makes his own sugar paste and how he stores and wraps it so it stays fresh.

Then we looked at some of the previous cakes that Ron had made that incorporated his sugar bows and tried to come up with a design for our cake.  

I actually came up with two different cake designs, but in the end I really didn’t stick to either of them completely.  But here is my picture of my original idea for my cake…

Well, onto the sweet pea sugar flowers!  Ron came up with his own design for a sweet pea sugar flower cutter and that is what we used.  I believe that you can buy them at Caljava, but I am not certain.  He said he still might want to make some adjustments to the cutters in the future, but one great thing about this is that you just have to use one cutter for the whole flower.  I am going to show you the step by step photos of me making the sugar flowers, but of course they will not explain completely how to make them and to give instructions online would be quite tedious, so if you want to learn how to make sugar flowers I would recommend either taking a class, buying a DVD on sugar flowers, or buying a sugar flower book.  I hope you enjoy the eye candy though! Sadly most of the photos from this class had to be taken down due to complaints about giving away too much information.  

Those were some photos from Ron’s demonstration, but here are my photos from making them myself.

**Photos had to be taken down…sorry


Once the flowers are done you hang them upside down so they will dry properly.  After they dried we colored them with petal dust…but I will save those photos for another post!

Hope you enjoyed the photos and make sure and check out Caljava’s and Ron Ben-Israel’s websites!




Top Ten Posts of 2008

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009

I first want to thank everyone for such a wonderful first year of blogging!  I started blogging last February and would never have thought that blogging would have impacted my life so much.  I absolutely love sharing my passion with everyone in the world and all of you have been so nice and encouraging along the way.  I have taken a look at this last year’s posts and tallied up the numbers, so here are the top ten posts of the year…hope you enjoy them!

#1 – Chocolate Dipped Tuxedo & Wedding Dress Strawberries

#2 - Peanut Butter Balls

#3 – Princess Birthday Cake

#4 – Flower Cupcake Tutorial

#5 – Fondant Flower Tutorial

#6 – Reese’s Bar

#7 – Purse Cake Tutorial

#8 – Movie Premiere Cookies

#9 – Halloween Cupcakes

#10 – Cake Designs

Thanks so much for taking a look!






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