Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Tru Blood Drink

Okay, a friend asked me to make a cake for his wife's birthday which just so happened to coincide w/ the Season premiere of "True Blood," and she is a huge fan of the show.

The cake is red velvet filled w/ cream cheese buttercream, covered and decorated in fondant. The neck is modeling chocolate. I was able to recreate the symbols on the neck by making them out of gumpaste & attaching them to the modeling chocolate and then covering in fondant. I then coated the entire cake w/ an edible varnish. I could not get the words Tru Blood on the actual bottle b/c when I tried that trick on the cake the letters just sank into the soft cake & didn't show through the fondant like it did on the neck. I had a hard time w/ this cake b/c I tried a new fondant & it basically turned to goo in the humidity. The shape of the bottle looks more like a Jack Daniel's bottle than the Tru Blood bottle but I am always concerned that there is not going to be enough cake so I made the bottle portion larger so that everyone would get cake. The person that ordered it said the varnish made it very hard to cut (note to self: experiment w/ varnish more before next use).

P.S. I just noticed that the photo editing made the bottle look even shorter & stouter than it really was, guess I need to work on my editing skills.

So, here it is:

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Graduation Cake

Well, this is not the Tru Blood cake that I mentioned in my last post but I was asked to make my niece's high school graduation cake & that came first. I promise that the next post will be the TB cake (if it turns out right).

My niece is a beautiful individual & deserved a unique cake. Her school colors were green & white, well that was just too boring for such an energetic young woman. With the help of her mom I decided to make her cake hot pink & lime green. I made her in gumpaste wearing green & white to honor the school. On the back of the cake as a surprise easter egg I made her tattoo in gumpaste, it is the letter "B" surrounded by a hot pink bow. I also added personal details to her figure such as painted toenails, flip flops, pink earrings, brown eyes, green eye shadow & black hair. She was thrilled which made me very happy!

The cake was yellow amaretto w/ amaretto buttercream filling & icing, covered in fondant. As usual, everything is edible!