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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Alien Cakes

What's cooler than being infected by an alien and having the alien decide it's done with you and come bursting out of your guts? A cake depicting the event and having all your friends eat it.

Gross Alien cakes brought to you by LA Weekly.

The cake above in my opinion (and mine is the only opinion that counts until you leave a comment telling me what a moron I am) is the the finest of all the examples (and not just because it's covered in fondant, although that helps it to look smoother and more professional). Enough actual cake to feed the hungry crowd with plenty of gore to set the proper mood. Other cakes in the set had amazing ideas but the composition of it was off... too much slime, too much gore, not enough cake. The gore-to-cake ratio depends on you and your guests, of course but my personal taste (you may be surprised to know!) leans toward more edible cake. Gore is awesome but I want people to actually eat it once I've made it.

(Geez I hope that last comment doesn't bring a bunch of Al Gore Googlrs in here... won't THEY be surprised???)

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Sculpted Camera Cake

It's not a gory severed head, which I know would make you smile. It is an opportunity to learn. Yaaaay learning!!


It looks complicated but it's the details that make it.
(...and that's what you want to accomplish. It should look difficult and amazing without causing you a coronary in the process.)

You can see that it is two simple layers of cake inside. If I were making this cake I would not use cream cheese icing, which is standard with Red Velvet. I would use a sweet, shortening-based icing (like the recipe from Wilton or the white 'bucket' Buttercream icing that bakeries use) which will do two things: 1) it will allow the fondant to stick to the icing; and 2) it will allow the cake to sit at room temperature without making the fondant buckle or sag.

The icing layer is thin so it doesn't add a lot of moisture to the fondant, which will cause tearing or bubbles.

The fondant can be tinted gray and then dry-brush a pearl powder at the end to achieve a sheen.
Writing and other small details can be made with royal icing or the same Buttercream you used in the cake. Both the Wilton icing and the bucket icing will air dry without affecting the fondant, much.

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Something To Aspire To

The amazing winners of the Threadless Cake Contest. The idea of the contest was to choose a design from one of their awesome t-shirts and turn it into a cake.

If you click on the cake photos there are photos of how the cakes were assembled. If you're feeling reeeeally click-ish you can see the winners from last year and their instructional photos as well. Tons of great material here for the DIY set.