Archive for July, 2014

Behind the Scenes @ Sweet & Saucy Shop: Mike Wazowski Cake

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Hey there!

This post, we’re discussing a carved cake of one of the best Pixar characters to date, Mike Wazowski from Monsters, Inc.! Our cake decorator, Kasey, made this little guy, and what a great job she did! Kasey’s a big fan of carved cakes – especially when they’re characters she loves. Just the other month, she made an awesome Dragons Love Tacos carved cake! Anyway, here’s the how-to. Enjoy!

Here’s the final product:

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Now let’s get started!

At Sweet & Saucy, we like to make our decorations before working on the actual cake, so as to have them be dry and movable without fear of breaking them when it comes to attaching them to the cake. For this, Kasey makes the birthday hat and present out of rice krispie squares and white chocolate, covering them in fondant afterwards. How Kasey gets the perfect square edges on the present, is she takes a metal surface and heats it up, then places the white chocolated box onto it, so that the surface evenly. For the pompom and frill of the hat, she uses extruded fondant pieces.

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So the first – and some might argue, most important – thing about carved cakes, is carving your cake accurately to be a great base. Seen here, Kasey’s carving the cake layers into Mike’s shape, before filling it.

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Then, she transfers the cake onto a Masonite board (for stability), and frosts it with Swiss meringue buttercream.

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Next, Kasey carves out the eye and mouth area from the buttercream.

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She then fills in an area for the cheeks, mouth and surrounding the eyelid with fresh buttercream, so as to allow her flexibility when the cake is fondanted. Then she covers the cake with a mixture of fondant and modeling chocolate. If you’ll recall from our previous Behind the Scenes post, modeling chocolate is useful for its flexibility and ability to hide seams. So when you’re working with odd shaped designs, mixing it with your fondant allows it more time before drying out, and better chances of hiding your seams.

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The arms – pictured above – are made of the same mixture of modeling chocolate and fondant, draped over flower wire, dowel supports and rice krispie for the hands. The eye ball is white fondant. The present is attached with white chocolate and freeze spray.

Next, she paints the iris. She makes a circle of turquoise fondant, glues it onto the eyeball with water, then uses gel colors diluted with vodka. Vodka is also useful for removing painted color from fondant, simply by using a clean brush and dabbing at the unwanted spot.

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Then she fills in the mouth area with black fondant, adding teeth with white fondant.

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Then she covers the board with purple fondant, using shortening to adhere it to the board (some cake decorators use piping gel – Kasey prefers shortening, as it allow flexibility, whereas with piping gel, once the fondant touches it, it is stuck). Finally, the accessories and legs are added (using white chocolate and freeze spray as adhesive), the cake is steamed, and voila! Mike Wazowski, everybody!!

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Thanks and see you next time!

 

Behind the Scenes @ Sweet & Saucy Shop: Pororo Cake How-to

Monday, July 28th, 2014

Hey there, welcome to a new series we’re starting up, where our cake decorators share with you the ins and outs of one of their favorite cakes of the week. We’re really excited to show you what goes on behind the scenes!

This post, Kaytee shares with you the makings of a cute little cake featuring Pororo the Little Penguin, a South Korean cartoon character. She chose to feature this cake because we Sweet & Saucy decorators love cute animal toppers (especially when they’re wearing aviator caps! What?! Ahh!), and any excuse to highlight them is definitely welcome. So here goes. Enjoy!

Here’s the final product:

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Now let’s see how we get there!

To begin, here’s a trade secret: when we make those toppers you folks love, a lot of the time, they’re made of Rice Krispie squares. Fondant is really quite heavy, so this allows us to have elaborate toppers without damaging the cake supporting them. So first, we mash the squares into the shape we want:

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Then, we cover the shape with melted white chocolate:

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After this, we’ll shave off the extra bumps. Sometimes – if we’re feeling particular about the shape being very smooth – we’ll cover it in modelling chocolate.

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Then I cover the ball in red modelling chocolate. I choose modeling chocolate for this particular topper because of its flexibility and ability to cover seams using your own body heat through your fingers.

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Then I do the same with the remaining shapes.

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You’ll notice that there is a skewer going through all the parts in the picture above; this ensures that the topper is secure. The skewer also goes through the styrofoam, much like it will in the cake, in order to hold the topper up, in its place.

Then, I add the details, using water to adhere them to each other.

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Another neat thing about modeling chocolate is that it hardens when cold. So I make the wings out of modeling chocolate, then freeze spray them to keep them in the desired position. I use chocolate brown petal dust to fill in the creases on the cap.

Then for the rainbow, I roll out pretty thin red fondant. Since it’s the top of the rainbow color, I want to use it as the base. I roll out thicker bands of each color, then cut them uniformly, using a metal pasta strip cutter that has been a lifesaver back here. Each band is adhered to the base using water.

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Once the cake has been buttercreamed and is sufficiently hardened, it’s time to put the decorations on, and voila! You now have a Pororo cake! Look at that cute little guy!

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New Photo Shoot dates at Sweet & Saucy Shop

Monday, July 7th, 2014

I am excited to announce that we have partnered with Annie Vovan Photography and Delilah Beauty again to offer more amazing chances to get yourself all dolled up and photographed with your cute little ones!  You can email or call her to sign up!


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