Tuesday, April 15, 2014

FREE GIVEAWAY in honor of ICING SMILES


Classes from Marina Sousa (Just Cake), Anne Heap (Pink Cake Box), Charity George (Chef Charity), Kate Sullivan (Cake Power) and Elisa Strauss (Confetti Cakes)!
http://www.craftsy.com/ext/KateSullivan_Giveaway

SPECIAL GIVEAWAY in honor of and to help raise awareness about *ICING SMILES, an outstanding nonprofit organization that has provided thousands of custom celebration cakes to families impacted by the critical illness of a child.
 

TO ENTER--easy!:
STEP ONE: Click here and Like ICING SMILES on Facebook 
STEP TWO: Click here to ENTER to WIN all 5 CRAFTSY Cake Decorating Classes 
ONE WINNER/5 CLASSES! The winner will be chosen in a random drawing on Tuesday, April 29th.


Learn more about the difference they bake and how you can help at http://www.icingsmiles.org/ !  Lets help create more smiles!

Classes: The winner can choose one class from each instructor, of any of the Craftsy Cake Decorating Classes offered by Marina, Anne, Charity, Kate and Elisa.  
*A big thank you to Craftsy for facilitating our giveaway!!


I first learned about Icing Smiles in 2010, when they called and asked me to do a cake for an amazing little boy named Ben. Since then, in just four short years Icing Smiles has provided cakes and smiles to over 4,000 kids all over the country.
Parents Magazine covered the story of Ben's cake (click here to read the whole piece), and it starts like this: 
 "In case you ever doubted that cake has made the world a better place, here’s indisputable proof. Maryland-based Icing Smiles creates and delivers fabulously over-the-top cakes to kids battling major health problems."

Here is Ben laying eyes on his Mario Brothers Yoshi cake for the first time

Monday, March 24, 2014

The Picture of LOVE: Rolleiflex sl66 CAMERA CAKE

... because a bite is worth a thousand words.
My husband is an amazing photographer. He creates a whole and wondrous, completely believable worlds often using tiny model railroad figurines.  For his birthday I wanted to combine two of his greatest passions: photography and being an especially wonderful dad.
That's a father-son portrait in the 7 inch wide "camera lens" below:

The cake really cried out to be painted in a James-Bondian Gold, for that extra Midas touch.

The sketch




The body of the camera is made of two stacked square tiers of Malted Milk cake (recipe from Jenny McCoy----soooo delicious!) filled with Caramel Buttercream (made with the most irresistible caramel sauce from Tahana Caramels).
The "camera back" is where you would typically find the film, but in this case it is a box made out of gingerbread with two gingerbread shelves to hold many little figures with little stories played out David's iconic photography.  Although the model railroad bride & groom figures that we had as one of our wedding cake toppers didn't make the final cut, (because the toy bride broke her leg).

Bride & Groom model railroad figures used as cake topper

Here I am with our sweet genius friend, Ron who came to help celebrate the birthday, and of course helped with the heavy lifting of the cake to the table.
camera photographs by Gail Albert Halaban

Here intern Mariel with the cake...still being developed--- (he he he).


Thursday, March 20, 2014

Alexander McQueen Cakes: Couture Confections

I've been a little bit obsessed with the designs of fashion genius Alexander McQueen for years, and I know that I'm not alone.  But what I didn't realize, is that there are a bunch of other cake designers (all over the world) equally inspired by Alexander McQueen's designs.  This shouldn't come as a surprise, ---the magic and fantasy of McQueen's couture collections translate beautifully into sugar and icing.
I've made two wedding cakes inspired by Alexander McQueen designs (and I'm working on a third---see, obsessed!)  Here they are as well as some of my favorites by other bakers found online, Bia Cake Design in Italy,  Rooney Girl Bake Shop in California, Bobbette & Belle in Toranto and Maggie Austin Cakes in DC, (oh yeah, and us Cake Power in NY : )
*Please let me know if I've missed anyone I would love to add some more pics to this collection!

Cake by Cake Power.  Inspiration: Butterfly Topiary Hat by Philip Treacy for Alexander McQueen from the Metropolitan Museum of Art's show Savage Beauty
Cake by Cake Power.  Inspirations: Sarah Burton's Monarch Butterfly dress for Alexander McQueen & Blue Kaleidoscope dress

Cake by Bobbette & Belle. (Same butterfly Dress; very different butterfly interpretation!) "This cake we created for an editorial had hundreds of hand painted sugar Monarch butterflies on it. It was inspired by a dress created by the late fashion designer Alexander McQueen. You may have noticed that this dress was also featured in the recent HungerGames Catching Fire movie!"


Cake by Bia cake design.
Details: http://letortedibia.blogspot.com/2012/03/una-torta-molto-speciale-alexander.html

Cake by Rooney Girl. Details:  http://cakecentral.com/b/friday-faves-fabulous-french-fashion

Cake by Maggie Austin. Details: http://equallywed.com/gay-wedding-planning/cakes-and-sweets/chic-confections-wedding-cake-trends-for-2012.html

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Craftsy Class: The Art of Painted Cakes Giveaway!


Yay! I am excited to announce my new class on Craftsy!
In this class, you'll learn all the cake techniques pictured below, and I'll demonstrate a variety of design-transfer and hand-painting techniques. I'll cover how to choose and scale patterns to fit your projects, as well as tailor your results with different painting techniques and pigments such as luster dusts, metallics and more. Plus, we'll add a sculptural element to your cakes with multi-dimensional sugarwork. I walk you through how to make each of these pieces step-by-step and discuss all the other things you can make with these easy techniques! 
We're going to kick it off this weekend with a special giveaway: Click here to enter and win this class free!  http://www.craftsy.com/ext/KateSullivan_Giveaway


Cake # 1: We'll be creating a 2 tier version of our Koi Cake

Cake # 2: This is the Cascading Circles Cake, I teach each step from design to finish!
Cake #3: This is an example of a "tie-dye" technique I've just developed based on a painting technique called Wet-on-wet painting. We'll make a one tier version of this cake with a beautiful articulated butterfly







Enter to win the class! I hope to see you on-line on the course-- Good Luck!


Thursday, February 6, 2014

Shifting Focus: "Cake Power Kids" grows up


Wonderland Cake: photographs by Lisa A. of George Street Photo & Video
Whoo-hoo! I've decided it's time to expand the scope of The Cake Power Kids blog into the All Things Cake Power blog!   Now, instead of posting ideas and recipes exclusively for children's cakes and how to projects I'll be doing lots of behind-the-scenes, inspirations and photos of cakes posts of all of our weddings and special celebrations.  (Don't get me wrong, kid stuff will always be where my heart is and I'll continue to do lots of step-by-step decorating with kids projects.) To kick this off, lets start with one of my very favorite wedding cakes of last year.  The bride provided the inspiration for this cake from an amazing body of photography called Wonderland by photographer, Kirsty Mitchell. When I received the inspiration images to work from I nearly fell off my chair.  I couldn't get over the beautiful conceptual imagery! Just scroll down to see what I mean:






A Floral Birth: Kirsty imagines a creature begotten from nature.  The sketch and overall feel of the cake comes directly form this image.
The original sketch. 
Kirsty Mitchell's Danaus: A close-up of a model before a sunlit backdrop, peering through a veil of paper butterflies.  On the cake the butterflies are made of rice paper painted with petal dust.


Thank you, Lauren & Dan for such amazing inspiration!  Thank you also to Lisa A. of George Street Photo & Video for such gorgeous photos of the cake and event!


Monday, February 3, 2014

Super Bowl: Go Seahawks! Cupcakes

Go, Super Bowl Cupcakes! Red Velvet cupcakes with vanilla buttercream covered in sprinkles.  Letters: Candy melts poured in alphabet molds.  Vince Lombardi Trophy: modeling chocolate with a lollipop support painted in silver luster dust




Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Piggy-pop: When Pigs Fly Cake Pops

Evolution of a piggy-pop, left to right (above): 
1. Attach 2 small cake balls to a lollypop stick with some candy melts. 
2. Dip in melted candy melts. 
3. Add white chocolate chips for ears, and white modeling chocolate shaped snout, arms and legs.  
4. Dip again. 
5. Attach piped white candy melt wings coated in sanding sugar with the melted pink candy melts. * If you would like more in depth how-to details, click here check out our last post: Mummy Cake Pops


Kids love cake pops. With hand-piped sparkling sugar-coated wings, and food-color painted faces, these seemingly huggable double-dipped delights are fun to make and fun to bite.

 18 by13:  These piggies were made as part of a birthday celebration for a very special thirteen-year-old girl named Anita, and seventeen of her sweet and thoughtful friends.




Above: Template for wings: Printed @ 100% on 8X10 paper.  Tape a piece of wax paper over the template and pipe the wings out of white candy melts.  Sprinkle with sanding sugar while still wet.