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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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Cakes Galore

Monday, August 20th, 2012

Get ready for a slew of cakes!  I have definitely been behind on my blogging this summer…wedding season, my little blake, and the two bakeries are definitely keeping this mommy busy, but I finally have some posts ready and this first one is filled with lots of special occasion cakes that we have done recently!

I am so blessed to have such a fabulous staff…my cake team of Kyong, Jenna, Irene, and Kasey really make some amazing cakes…at least in my opinion…every week!  And of course they couldn’t do it without my whole team who bakes all the delicious stuff day in and day out!

First up is one of my favorites…how cool is this buttercream space themed cake!

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Keeping with the science theme we have a cute birthday cake full of brainiac stuff!

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Train cakes are definitely popular among the toddler ages and this one turned out really fun I think!

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Another fun tiny train cake…

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Cat in the Hat anyone?

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This next cake is one of my favorites too.  I think the camera turned out fabulous and the modern design of the cake (the client requested it) turned out great!

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Angry birds is also a very popular cake for kids and this one is full of action and movement!

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Gotta love this construction cake…

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Topsy turvy cakes are a big hit at birthday parties for little ones too and this one is full of bright colors and patterns.

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A lot of clients love looking at our previous designed cakes and putting their own spin on them so for this baby shower cake the client wanted to add another tier and then a fun rainbow on top too!

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How adorable is this baby shower cake…love the tiny clothes!

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Sweet and simply gets me all the time…ruffle buttercream cakes get me every time.

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I love this modern twist on a Hello Kitty cake…the strips and large bow are too much fun!

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Of course Disney theme cakes get requested a lot too!  This Mickey and Minnie Mouse cake is the perfect accent for any Disney party.

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Sprinkles, sprinkles, sprinkles…

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Adding course sanding sugar to any buttercream or fondant cake really gives it such a fun sparkle.  This communion cake is sweet and simple, but completely girlie!

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Just had to add in these fun sugar cookies…love how the mermaid turned out!  My Aunt Rosie, who works with us is a pro at cookies!

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This next cake is such a boy cake…love every aspect of it!

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Thanks so much for stopping by the blog!  Definitely let us know which cake was your favorite!

Monopoly Themed 1st Birthday Party

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

I had the pleasure of being a part of Jina Park, from Plush Little Baby, little son Brendan’s 1st birthday party!  Jina pulled out all the stops to make Brendan’s birthday party one to remember!  Vanessa from Alchemy Events came alongside Jina and helped her pull off this special day.  The party theme was all around the Monopoly game and I have to say that they didn’t leave any detail undone.  The special day was held at the London Hotel in West Hollywood and I was so excited to see the gorgeous photos of how the whole day came together!  Corbin of Corbin Gurkin Photography captured the day perfectly!

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How adorable are these invitations…

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We did a huge mini dessert bar with lots of monopoly themed desserts and then a large birthday cake as well to be the centerpiece of the table!

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How fun are these monopoly board sugar cookies…

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Chocolate mousse mustache shot glass desserts…yummy!

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One of my favorite desserts of the day were the money bag cake lollipops!

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Thanks so much for stopping by the blog and checking out this fun birthday party!

Fun, Girlie Celebration Cakes

Monday, March 28th, 2011

So sorry for the lack of posts lately!  I had the amazing opportunity to visit New York last week with my mother as I was invited for an interview with Carly Roney, the editor of The Knot Magazine, for their LIVE weekly web episode!  It was such a pleasure meeting all of the wonderful ladies at The Knot and they really made my time in New York even sweeter!  You can check out my web episode if you click here and then clink on “The Knot LIVE” and I am episode #6!  I am about 19 minutes in and I don’t think you can scroll forward, but all the other guests they have featured and tips they give are great so I would recommend watching the whole thing!

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It was quite an experience shipping a fully decorated dummy cake, cake stands, and desserts across the country and then having to prep it all for TV…I did survive it, but barely :)  Of course I loved seeing it all set up and I have to say a big thank you to my fav girlfriend and uber talented wedding designer friend, Jesi Haack, who made me this gorgeous back drop!  You are the best!

I was so happy to see Anja from The Knot and of course she is just as cute as her Twitter picture!

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A sneak peak into the fabulous studio where it all happened…

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Sadly the New York weather wasn’t the nicest too us while we were there (and I even got my iphone stolen the first night), but we did have an amazing time seeing Mama Mia & eating tons of yummy food!

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I was so happy to have my mom there with me the whole time…I am definitely blessed!

Well enough talking, I of course have lots of fun photos of cakes we’ve done lately at the shop!  We’ve done so many more specialty cakes this year, compared to last year and these next ones were really fun!  First up this Louis Vuitton purse was a collaboration between Kyong and I (we like to work together on projects a lot)!

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I definitely think the devil is in the details, so with purses you want to make it as realistic as possible.

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This cake below was a sweet, girlie birthday cake…all pink please!

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Our “favorite things” cakes are becoming more and more popular with people these days as many of them really want to personalize their cake and can’t hone it down to one theme/design, so instead we take all of their favorite things and put it onto one cake!

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Kyong is great at small, detailed fondant pieces!

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This wine bottle cake was a fun request from a regular client of ours.  He wanted to surprise his wife with a exciting cake for her birthday which they were celebrating at a wine bar.  He digitally made the wine label and we printed it with edible ink so that it had all of his wife’s info instead of an actual wine bottle’s info.  He also loves the french macaroons we make at the shop, so he wanted us to make a grape cluster out of french macaroons as well.

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Lastly this blinged out cake was for a fabulous 40th birthday party.  She wanted it to be fun, girlie, and with lots of bling!  We had a great time making it and I especially enjoyed making this new style sugar flower!

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Thanks so much for stopping by!

MORE Specialty Cakes Coming Your Way!

Monday, October 18th, 2010

Since I couldn’t fit all the specialty cakes in one post I thought I’d do a “Part II”!  First up is a gorgeous 1st birthday cake we did for a sweet little girl!  I especially love the crown on this one!

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This next cake was a fun one that Kyong did amazing at!  Everything is so crisp and clean…I love it!  This cake was for a 70th birthday party for a father & grandfather so the client had us put all the special words that mean something to him on the board. It was also the client’s daughter’s birthday, so we threw in one large chip with a birthday wish on it for her as well!

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This cake was made for a special teenage girl who wanted a fabulous cake for her birthday.  Her mother said she always watched all the cake shows & so it was really fun to be able to give her a special cake for her birthday too!

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I’m surprised that we haven’t done a Dora cake yet at the shop, but this was really our first one.  It turned out quite cute and I hope the little girl loved it as much as we did!

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We’ve done it before, but I do have to say that I never get tired of the pregnant lady silhouette cake…too cute!

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This last spread is special since we got to make the cake & cake lollipops for a friend of mine.  Michelle, from Mi Belle Inc, threw the cutest baby shower for a friend of hers and asked us to do a surf themed cake.  I loved that she set it all up on a real surfboard…what a great idea!

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Of course she had to have some red velvet cake lollipops!

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And the inside….our best seller Candy Bar!

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Thanks so much again for stopping by!

Adorable 1st Birthday Party

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

Well I am starting to be a pathetic blogger again, so my apologies!  I wanted to get some fun eye candy up even though I am about to fall asleep at the computer! These adorable photos were taken at a 1st birthday party I had the pleasure of doing the desserts for.  She wanted the party to have a girlie, vintage feel to it and I think it came out gorgeous!

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We decided to do a center cake with edible lace and a large pink peony sugar flower.

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Audrey’s mom made all the adorable details for the party, like the amazing backdrop, frames, flowers etc.  She got a lot of inspiration from a first birthday that I had the pleasure of doing with Sarah K. Chen, Linda Ly, & Carissa from JL Designs.

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She wanted to do a small amount of mini desserts along with a traditional koren rice cake too.

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I wonder what little Audrey is going to choose…cast your vote!

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Hope you enjoyed the photos!


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