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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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Palm Springs Pool Party Photo Shoot

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

Have you ever wondered what a laid back, fun wedding in Palm Springs would look like!?!  Well look no more…I had the pleasure of working with the team from Jesi Haack Design.  Melanie headed it up and I think the shoot turned out fabulous! Make sure and check out the bottom of the post to see all the amazing vendors I worked with on this one!  Carlie from Gabriel Ryan Photography took the perfect photos for us…thanks Carlie!

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For the cake they wanted something really fun, bold, and different.  Melanie threw out the idea of doing something with donuts and then I just ran with that idea.  I absolutely love the “ombre” color trend right now so I thought I would tie that into the design too.  I bought mini Krispy Kreme donuts and dipped them in different shades of orange icing and then put tiny white sprinkles on top.  Overall I was pretty happy with the fun cake!

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Vendor LOVE:

Photography:  Carlie of Gabriel Ryan Photographers

Concept + Design: Melanie Bittick of Jesi Haack Design

Paper Goods: Posh Paperie

Printed Goods: Wedding Chicks

Florals + Design: Bunch Studio

Cake: Sweet and Saucy Shop

Cake Stands: Sweet and Saucy Supply

Hair and Makeup: Lisa Venanzi

Linen: La Tavola

Venue: The Ace Hotel

Custom Kid’s Cakes

Monday, September 19th, 2011

Well the kid’s cakes in my iphoto gallery have been stacking up so I thought I would share some recent ones we’ve done with you!  Kyong mainly heads up the kid’s cake section and I have to say she does an amazing job bringing the cake designs to life!  First up a 1st birthday party for a little rocker boy :)

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Sesame Street and especially Elmo is always popular with the younger crowd!

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This was a fun project we did recently for a 1st birthday party.  They had a whole dessert bar set up too, but I don’t have those photos yet.  We created three baby tigers for them and then a bunch of adorable baby tiger cake lollipops!

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Irene is getting flawless at piped buttercream cakes and this next cake is one of my favorites…

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This Mickey Mouse Clubhouse cake is a great way to pull off the theme on only a one tier cake; simple, but fun!

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This carved flamingo cake was a birthday surprise for a client and they loved it…

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I just happen to love this next cake Kyong did…Spongebob and his little krabby cakes and french fries have never looked more cute.

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This cake had so much detail and took quite a while to make, but I loved the final product!

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And lastly the ever popular Toy Story birthday party, but this time the star of the show was Jessi!

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Thanks so much for stopping by the blog and make sure and let us know which cake you liked the best!

Crazy Cakes Part 1

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

Just this week we had the scary chance to create this crazy cake…you ask what it is…it’s a Spider Mastermind Cake :)  The cake was sent over to G4TV.com and it had quite the reaction!  You can check out the whole video here!

Kyong and I had a great time making this cake and my wonderful brother-in-law made the awesome stand for us!

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Here are some photos of the delivery…guess they liked the bloody red velvet cake!

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They really ate every last bite…

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Kyong recently made this great replica of R2D2 for a surprise groom’s cake…I think it turned out awesome!

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And lastly Kyong and I had a really fun time make this Ferrari cake!

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Thanks so much for checking out our crazy carved cakes…part 2 will be up soon!

Cakes for All Occasions

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

I absolutely adore this first cake on today’s post!  I gave Kyong the design elements that needed to be incorporated on this Milk and Cookies themed cake and she knocked the design out of the park!  I love every detail she did on this cake!

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Next up is Irene’s son’s Super Hero birthday party she put together.  She designed and made all the desserts for it.  I also love the background she made for the dessert table.  She took comic book pages and blew them up and framed them…what a great idea!

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Custom cakes are a lot of fun making and this next poker themed birthday cake was no different.

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We created an elegant 40th birthday cake based off the client’s invitation.

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Wish I had more photos of this Guinness Beer cake Kyong did.  It looked so amazing in person!

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This Fedora hat cake was a lot of fun to make.  I loved getting to carve it and how it came to life with the stitching and details.

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Kyong recently made this adorable cake for a couple who loves beach camping in the VW Vanagon…too much fun!

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Guy cakes are sometimes hard to master, but I think this muscle car cake came out pretty good!

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Lastly, Kyong did a spot on hand painting of the Coppertone Kid label with a graduation twist on the theme.  The client loved the beach and was a free spirit at heart.

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Thanks so much for stopping by…let us know what cake you liked the best!

Crazy Detailed Cakes

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

Sometimes when people call us to order a cake it is for a simple, basic designed cake and then other times we talk with clients who want over the top cakes with tons of detail and lots of their personality in it….these are definitely those types of cakes!

First up this is one of the largest celebration cakes we’ve ever done.  We made this crazy, fun Bat Mitzvah cake for the sweetest girl Abby who actually saw us on TLC’s Fabulous Cakes.  We had a ton of fun incorporating all of her favorite things into this one cake!

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And of course all the details are made out of sugar!  Don’t you love the Tom’s shoes that Kyong made!

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This next cake was made for Nickelodeon.  The Gir and Pig characters were quite fun to see made into cake!

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One of our great repeat customers wanted a favorite things cake for her husband’s 40th birthday party, so we came up with this wild and crazy cake!

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This next cake was for a client who wanted to mimic the golf setting that her husband plays golf at…it was a very interesting concept for a tiered style cake, but Kyong did a great job!

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Gotta love the groom’s cakes!  This bride wanted a cake that symbolized her husbands favorite pastime…FOOTBALL of course! And when football is your favorite sport that means a lot of couch time together :)

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Thanks so much for stopping by!


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