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Behind the Scenes @ Sweet & Saucy: Carved Dinosaur Cake

Monday, November 10th, 2014

Hello! This week we’re showing you a super special little guy! We had an order last week of a dinosaur cake and a Hello Kitty cake for a lucky family’s two kids’ birthday parties. We had so much fun making them, and Kaytee‘s going to show you how to put the dinosaur together!

Here he is all finished up!

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A note about how this cake was made: we’ve been incredibly lucky to have Melody’s brother-in-law be such a handy man, that he’s been building us wooden supports for our sculpted cakes. So we’ve been able to up our structured cake game, exponentially! This little guy is no exception. When we make these types of cake, we cakers are required to put on our engineering hats and come up with the math required to support the cake. The last thing anyone wants is a toppling stegosaurus, after all! I won’t get into the specifics of how much cake and how long the platform, because that’s a whole class in caking school, but I’ll have you know that MacGuyvering is a skill that is of great value in the cake world.

As usual, I made some decorations before hand, such as his plates. I misplaced the photo I had taken of them, so I’ll describe them to you. I rolled out fondant in a lighter shade of green, then cut it into the plate shapes. I inserted floral wire into the base of them, so that they would dry with support in them and stay standing when I placed them in the cake.

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I cover the legs in Rice Krispie square, flaring them out at the bottom.
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I then cover the top of the wooden support with melted white chocolate, so as to prevent any slivers or wood chips, or any physical contamination from a non-food-safe wood shop.IMG_20141024_092119I take a measurement of my support with parchment paper, cutting it out and placing it on the cake, tracing it with my knife.IMG_20141024_092625

I stack the cake on the support, carving it before filling it. IMG_20141024_093629

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When I have my desired shape, I fill the cake, damming the sides with Swiss meringue buttercream.IMG_20141024_095620 I spread a thin layer of Swiss around the whole cake, sealing in crumbs.IMG_20141024_100152

When the crumb coat has set up, I frost the entire cake in Swiss and place it in the fridge to set up, preferably overnight.IMG_20141024_142827

IMG_20141024_153508 I take the set up frosted cake out and rub it with gloves, using my body heat through my hands to melt the Swiss smoothly.

Here you’ll notice that the support beams underneath the Stego’s head and tail are missing! We decided that it would look much better without, so we had Wes come by and glue a wooden beam all the way horizontally underneath the dinosaur, thereby hiding all the structure. Looks much better, hey?

I also added Rice Krispie to the bottom of the platform to round out his little tummy.IMG_20141025_113058 I then cover the cake in a mixture of modeling chocolate and fondant, using this mixture in order to allow more working time and ability to smooth out seams.IMG_20141025_125516 I cover the legs afterwords.IMG_20141025_140426

I then take fondant, dip it in corn starch and rub it against the fondant, which allows me to smooth out uneven surfaces.MG_1015
I then cover the bottom of the cake with a lighter shade of green and insert the plates I had made beforehand.MG_1017

I cut out spots, eyes and apply them all using water.IMG_20141025_150606

Then I cover the board with crushed Oreo and graham cracker crumbs, steam the little guy, and he’s all finished!dinosaurThanks for joining and see you next time!!

Behind the Scenes @ Sweet & Saucy: Oldsmobile Carved Cake

Saturday, October 4th, 2014

Well hello there! Every few months, we get requests for carved car cakes – usually for grooms’ cakes. They often are classic cars, such as Monte Carlo’s or Chevy’s. This post, we’re talking about a carved caked that Kasey made a few weeks back, which was a 1960′s Oldsmobile. She did such a great job with it, that we wanted to share with you how she did, step by step!

Here’s the final result: Photo Aug 23, 11 46 29 AM

Now let’s get to it!

First thing, there is some math involved in our car cakes. Luckily, car specs are easily found on the internet, so it’s simply a matter of scaling them down depending upon the amount of servings required.

For our car cakes, we have supports built for us out of Masonite boards, allowing there to be room underneath, like a real car.

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Then Kasey builds the layers on top of it, filling it as she goes. Then she crumb coats it, placing it in the fridge to set up.

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At this point, Kasey cuts out spots for the wheels.

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Then she frosts the cake, finding the shape underneath the buttercream.

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Kasey then covers the cake with a mix of modeling chocolate and fondant. We use the mix to allow more time for the fondant not to dry on the cake. This gives more possibilities to have a seamless cover. She then extrudes fondant small enough to wrap around the edges of the car’s details.

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She then cuts out the spaces for the lights and grill, filling them in with black fondant.

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She adds details (excellently, might I add!).Photo Aug 22, 8 52 41 PM

She then fills the seat area with beige fondant – it Is a convertible, after all! And then adds silver paint to the details and grills.Photo Aug 23, 9 00 25 AM

She makes tires out of rice krispie and white chocolate, covering them in black fondant and painting the details in silver. She makes a tiny license plate (so cute!).Photo Aug 22, 3 01 08 PM

Then uses a fine point brush to finish the rest of the details.Photo Aug 23, 11 46 09 AM

She covers the board with black fondant and then she takes floral wire and attaches it to the back with a fondant bunting banner, painted on with gel colors diluted with vodka. Then she steams it for gloss.Photo Aug 23, 11 47 01 AMAnd voila! Here’re the final shots!

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See you next time!!

 

 

 

Behind the Scenes @ Sweet & Saucy: Ronald Reagan Head Cake

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Hello! How are you folks doing on this fine summer afternoon? Over here, we’re fantastic! We’ve had a bevy of super fun cakes this season – bring em on! This week’s installment of Behind the Scenes is going to show you the insanely awesome Ronald Reagan head cake that Kyong made this week. Kyong is our head decorator, and we are all blessed to have someone so talented from whom we can learn, and believe me, we do. So much. Every day.

Anyway, so you know, the order was a birthday cake for a lady obsessed with Ronald Reagan, requesting his head on a platter, with various quotes coming from his head, and exposed brains. Here’s the final product:

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And so we begin…

First, Kyong makes those quotes out of fondant and allows them to dry, several days in advance of the cake being due.

Secondly, Melody’s brother-in-law provides Kyong with a custom structure, 12″ in height in total, with a platform in between, allowing her to build the neck underneath, and to have a solid foundation for the head above. Kyong covers the structure in white chocolate, providing a separation between the metal and the edibles.

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She then places the cake on the platform, filling and crumb coating it.

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Then we see her forming the Rice Krispie Treats around the base, forming the neck.

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After she carves the head and forms the Rice Krispies to shape, she frosts the entire cake, shaping it as she goes.

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At one point, she realizes the sides of his head are too broad and will not allow for proper proportions once the hair is added, so she trims his face down.

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After she has fully frosted him, she puts him in the fridge. She doesn’t allow him to set up completely though, like we do with other cakes, so that the buttercream has give once she fondants it, allowing her much more freedom for such parts as his nose. Once he is set up to her liking, she pulls him out, straps on gloves, and smooths down his face with the heat from her hands.

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Once he is smoothened to her liking, she covers him with a 50/50 mix of fondant and modeling chocolate. If you’ll recall from the Mike Wazowski cake, we use this mix so as to allow us more flexibility in the fondant, and to allow us to hide seams, as modelling chocolate is more forgiving in that aspect.

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You’ll notice that due to the softer buttercream, Kyong massages the orbital rim into a different shape than the above picture. She uses a Dresden tool to indent wrinkles around his face.

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She then inserts the eyeballs.

Terrifying.

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Then she places the eyelid.

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At this point, she realizes that placing the iris before adding the eyelid is more efficient.

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She then adds teeth into the open mouth, all the while adding wrinkles as she goes.

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Once the upper and lower eyelids are affixed, she paints the eyes.

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Then she paints the inside of his mouth.

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The next step is to work on his hair. So Kyong then cuts along his hairline with an X-acto knife, then peels off the fondant.

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She uses another mix of modeling chocolate and fondant and covers his hair, using the same Dresden tool to indent ridges and hair strands.

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Then she begins work on his eyebrows, using a liner brush and gel colors diluted with vodka.

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She follows by painting grey streaks into his hair, using a liner brush as well.

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She forms an ear shape and attaches it to the side of his head, repeating on the other side, using boning and ball tools to shape.

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She then uses petal dust in his creases, giving him more life.

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At this point, it is time to begin the brain work. Kyong begins by cutting into his coiffe.

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She then pulls the peeled back hair and places it back into the groove, where she has also placed skin color, giving the impression that his scalp has been peeled.

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She then fills the gap with pinkish fondant/modeling chocolate and forms it into brain-like grooves, coloring them in with petal dust.

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She adds a bit of red gel color to give a slightly bloody effect.

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She covers the platter to look like a plate, and then, in order to have his hair be the glossy ‘do we all know, she mixes corn syrup and vodka (50/50 ratio) and paints it on. She also adds this mixture to the eyes and the teeth.

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And voila! Reagan’s head on a platter!

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And finally, here is the presentation at the party – we all think the tie was a beautiful touch!

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Thanks and see you next time!


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