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Behind the Scenes @ Sweet & Saucy: Circular Ruffle Cake

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

Well hello there! Fall’s here and we’re just loving wearing sweaters again! We hope that wherever you are, you’re enjoying the beautiful autumn weather as much as we are!

This post, Kaytee is here to show you how to put together this little beauty:

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First you make my darkest color of fondant, as this is an ombre cake, and to get the lighter colors, you progressively add white. Then you roll it through the pasta machine to a 3.IMG_20141010_105121

You take out my circle cutter and select the size you wish to use, cutting out circles and covering them and the remainder with cellophane. We do this with fondant and gum paste in order to prevent it from drying out.IMG_20141010_105455 Then you place my circle on my foam pad. IMG_20141010_105325We use these pads with a ball tool, most often with sugar flowers, to thin out the edges of the petals. In this case, we use it like we do for other ruffles, applying pressure half on the edge of the fondant, and half on the pad. Make sure not to press too hard, as you will tear through.IMG_20141010_105334 Then you crumple the circle from the center.IMG_20141010_105352 And then you apply it to the buttercream.IMG_20141010_105409 Then you continue with the rest of the circles you cut, going up the cake, and over.
IMG_20141010_134002And voila! There’s a very simple ruffle cake, you can make at home!MG_1795

Behind the Scenes @ Sweet & Saucy: Hipster Mermaid Photoshoot Cake

Sunday, October 26th, 2014

Well hello there! We’ve had some excitement around the bakery lately, namely that a photoshoot we got to work on was featured on Huffington Post, Cosmopolitan AND Buzzfeed! And today is your chance to learn how the cake that was designed for that photoshoot was made, so you can have your very own mermaid cake! For context, we were asked to work with Your Cloud Parade on a photoshoot involving Traci Hines, AKA Hipster Little Mermaid. Kaytee took the task upon her and came up with a few designs based on a color palette and some photos. Once a design was decided upon, Kaytee went to work.

Here’s the finished product.

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Kaytee: So first things first, this was a dummy cake, so the time constraints on it were basically nonexistent. I say that to let you know that it was all styrofoam cake, and I worked on this over several weeks, so the regular timeline one would expect for making decorations, etc… was very flexible, as opposed to if you are working with a real cake.

Here are the sketches I drew that Melody decided to go with. She liked the idea of the tail wrapping around, but wanting to incorporate the shells, I mashed the two together.IMG_20140823_160011Once the design was figured out, I started off by cutting out a ton of circles of that beautiful shade of green fondant, wrapping them and putting them in the fridge, allowing them to maintain their flexibility.

IMG_20140823_163153 Then once I had all the tiers covered in white fondant and stacked, I began applying the circles, overlapping them so they give the look of scales (staggered in half increments).IMG_20140823_165833When I was ready to start working on the cake itself, I covered the top of the top tier in a circle of green fondant. Because I wanted to have the effect where it looks like scales were coming out of the white fondant, I cut into it. I then cut the tops of the circles (because the white fondant was hard and wasn’t allowing me to play with it) to fit into it, so it would appear to be coming from within the cake. If you were to repeat this with a real cake, you would theoretically have freshly applied fondant, which you would then be able to lift and tuck under as needed.

IMG_20140823_172152 I then began placing the scales along the bottom, creating the end of the tail. I made sure to make it thin, and cut the sides of the circles accordingly. IMG_20140829_154339 Here are progress shots.IMG_20140829_165353 I went up the second tier, widening the tail as I went.IMG_20140829_165357 Then I joined it with the top tier.IMG_20140829_165410

IMG_20140829_165417 Then I rolled out a lighter shade of green and cut out the shape of a tail fin, attaching it to the cake using melted white chocolate and freeze-sprayed to hold immediately.IMG_20140829_170219 I deepened the grooves of the fin using a small ball tool.IMG_20140829_170657Annnnnnnd here’s the moment when I show you that though we are exceptional human beings, we cake decorators sometimes make mistakes, and a lot of our job involves MacGuyvering our ways into something beautiful. So, for this cake, I thought I would use a gold strip doodad for the lines, which had worked very well for a semi-rustic marbled cake a while ago. While that machine worked for that cake, the results were too imprecise for what I wanted for this cake. So you see below, that is pre-fixing gold striping. Also, those are the shells I cut out of coral fondant and placed on the cake. I began with white painting in the crevices, later deciding gold was more appropriate.
IMG_20140830_122531This is the gold having been touched up with gold powder paint.IMG_20140903_141521After painting the gold, I applied pearl shine to the scales with pearl dust and vodka.

IMG_20140903_152819 Here is the gold in the shells. Much better choice, isn’t it?IMG_20140903_173849And here you are! These are the pictures of the cake used in the photoshoot, and I couldn’t be more proud! The pictures are gorgeous, as are the models. Everything was beautiful and I feel so fortunate to have been part of it.

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Until 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 Shop: Kyong’s Wafer Paper Trio

Saturday, September 27th, 2014

Hey there! How’s the beginning of fall treating you? Us, we’re suuuuper busy! The beginning of fall brings us tolerable temperatures, and everyone’s rushing to get their weddings in before it gets too cold, so we’ve been working our buns off!

So anyway, to the important stuff… This week, we’ve got a special treat:

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Though, we slightly misled you by the title; we’re not showing you a full step-by-step of all three cakes. However, we are going to show you some tricks Kyong used to create these beauties.

These are the sketches Kyong designed for the clients.

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Then, upon finding out which designs the client has chosen, we all made wafer paper flowers the weekend before, having learned from Stevi Auble on Craftsy.

IMG_20140822_230527Kyong made leaves by wrapping flower wire with floral tape, creating little branches, upon which she affixed the leaves she cut out from wafer paper, using piping gel.

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Since these cakes awere all styrofoam dummy cakes, this allowed Kyong to work on them at her leisure, as opposed to worrying about buttercream melting. After covering the dummies with fondant, here are some fun things she did!

For the middle cake, the edges were crimped. We use clamp-like crimping tools, and there are a variety of shapes one can choose. Kyong went with the scalloped look. Later, she wet the edges and attached gold leaf only to the crimped parts.

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IMG_20140808_204906For the cake on the right hand side, Kyong used Martha Stewart paper cutters to achieve the doily look in between tiers, using very thin fondant.

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IMG_20140830_195028For the cute little ropes, she extruded black and white fondant into thin tubes, then coiled them around each other.

IMG_20140830_195201She traced the line on the cake with piping gel, where she wanted the rope. Then, she attached the black and white rope to the cake.

IMG_20140830_194822She made little loops and attached them as so:

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IMG_20140830_194929She attached the wafer paper flowers to the cakes using melted modeling chocolate, as we use frequently.

She used a combination of these techniques on these cakes, and we can’t get enough of them! Hope they help inspire you for your future cake endeavors!

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IMG_20140902_204059Til next time!

Winter Wonderland Photo Shoot

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

One thing I love about the wedding industry is that we get to do photoshoots! Photoshoots are a time where we can push the envelope, be as creative as we want, and really let our personal style and design come through!  From the first moment that I heard Jesi Haack, from Jesi Haack Weddings and Carissa, from JL Designs, were doing a photoshoot that was going to be shot by Jessica Claire I knew I had to be in on it!  Jessica wanted to do a winter wonderland style photoshoot and Jesi & Carissa really came through with a fun, new, and very creative styled shoot.  I love all of the scarves and pops of color.  To get more details on the shoot definitely check out Jessica Claire’s Website!

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One fun tidbit of info is that the gorgeous models are actually friends of mine! Darren & Alex did an amazing job & looked stunning!

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Carissa’s flowers were so breathtaking I couldn’t believe it when I first saw the photos!

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The table setup out in the middle of the snow was just dreamy and Jane, from Olive Hue Paper, created such fun and creative invitations!  You can always count on Jesi Haack to find such great accent pieces, like these chairs!

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For the cake I wanted to go simplistic with a pop of color, but I also wanted some movement on the cake, so I decided to go with petal tiers instead of round or square, to give the cake an interested shape. Then I put a grey pearl border around each tier and accented it with a large open purple peony!  I was really in love with how this sugar flower came out and thought that it was bold enough to stand on its own.

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Here are some more photos of the gorgeous couple!  Jessica Claire’s photos are always so inspiring to look at and she definitely captures the moment perfectly!

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They were such a great couple for this shoot!  As you can see from this last photo they were definitely up for everything!

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Thanks to all of the amazingly talented ladies I was able to work with…you always inspire me!

Cookies & Cakes Galore!

Monday, February 16th, 2009

I hope all of you had a wonderful Valentine’s Day!  My hubby was very sweet and did all of my dishes, cleaned the house, and took me to a wonderful lunch.  He also took me shopping and then we topped off the night celebrating with friends eating sushi and bowling the night away!  

As I was thinking of what to blog about next I looked through all of my photos and realized that I had tons of random photos that I wanted to share with all of you.  So here is a random assortment of goodies that I have done recently…some from Valentine’s Day and other from recent weddings and birthdays.  Hope you enjoy them!

Here are the rest of the Valentine’s Cookies:

Here is a recent castle birthday cake that I did for a little girl’s 4th birthday party!

These are some photos of recent wedding cakes…

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I really appreciate all of your kind words!

 

 

 

 


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