Saturday, December 26, 2009

2009: A Year of cakes for Boys: part 1

At our house, we could have titled this past year,"Boys R Us". Between Star Wars play-dates and pirate birthday parties, somehow word must have gotten out to our clients who all seemed to be celebrating their own amazing boys as well. This 4 foot high monument to the Yankees was made for a truly gorgeous Bar Mitzvah party designed by event planner, Marcy Blum which was held at the new Yankee Stadium.
LinkLinkI was so lucky to enlist the talents of some of my favorite cake makers to help to execute this design, since this was a very last minute order---only one week to do the whole project:LizShim, Mark Randazzo and Dan Pasky & my wonderful extern Kristen Veloria.Kristen's husband Anthony and Patti Paige just stopped by to say hi--- but got put to work instead! A very special thank you to Catherine Leonard photography for being so kind and supportive and letting us use these great photographs of the finished cake!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Read-to-me Cakes

With very little time and even less brain power to come up with a teacher's gift this year, luckily I came across this really warm and wonderful idea from Bakerella.

Below is our version, (baked with Sam, 5) with one of our favorite books on top. Instead of cake balls, we used a round cookie cutter to cut cake and covered it in chocolate ganache. Tiny color-copied books were attached to rock sugar stirrers and skewers with hot glue:

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Magical Bite of Gingerbread!

Is this the best idea ever?
I'm very much in LOVE with this perfect little gingerbread house by Patti Paige at Baked Ideas

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

2009 Gingerbread Adventures Show at New York Botanical Garden

No Shirt, No Shoes, No Wolves!
This year's Gingerbread house theme is fairy tales and it was really fun making the safe and sturdy 3rd pig's brick house...
O.K., so the whole house is edible, but the wolf never needs to know. The truth is, I don't know what I was thinking... but those pigs and wolves were made of chocolate... and it
was unseasonably hot... and the houses are displayed in a green house... I won't recount the gruesome details.
Needless to say there is a new set of characters (very un-meltable) in that house now...a kind of a happily ever after ; )

Snug inside the house the pigs are constructing their own Gingerbread House in front of a cozy fireplace covered in multicolored jellybeans. Their rug is made of string licorice and the lamp is gum-balls. The art on the walls were drawn by 5 and 6 year-olds with edible markers.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Come See the Gingerbread Adventures Show at NY Botanical Garden

It's beginning to look a lot like...
I should get started on this year's Gingerbread house.
I created these for the Gingerbread Adventures Show at New York Botanical Garden (I love, I love, I love the Botanical Garden!) in the Bronx.
Gingerbread Moose Caboose Train Station, 2006; Rocket-Sam's House, 2007 and How Does a Dinosaur Pick-up House, 2008.
The show starts on November 21st.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Chocolate Superheros

For this costume party we have Rice Krispie treats & modeling chocolate disguised as Superheros, (disguised as storm-troopers).
A happy collaboration with Katie Robinson who baked and painted the amazing detailing on the tiers of the cake.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Kindergarten Modeling Chocolate

Kids Baking and Cake Decorating: Here's what happened when the kids let their imaginations run free with the chocolate modeling clay and cupcakes---pure fun! (See next post for recipe)

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Chocolate Modeling Clay for Kids

This recipe is super easy to make and makes for some sweet sculptures. Shape the chocolate clay into animals, people, cars, or any thing your heart desires. I made the bears and horses shown for a baby cake.
10 ounces compound chocolate coating or candy melts (also called chocolate wafers)*

1/3 cup light corn syrup

*I like Wilton's candy melts and Merckens Rainbow Wafers. You can find this recipe with all different kinds of chocolate, but I think coating works best.
1) In a medium mixing bowl, melt the chocolate without heating it above 100°F. I heat the chocolate in microwave approximately 10-30 seconds at a time until its 2/3 melted and then stir together until its all melted. 2) Once the chocolate has melted, add the corn syrup. Using a rubber spatula, stir and fold the mixture, scraping the sides and bottom of the bowl well, until no shiny syrup is visible and the mixture forms a thick ball. Do not over-mix. 3) Turn the clay out onto a sheet of waxed paper. Using the rubber spatula, pat it into approximately an 8-inch square. Let it sit uncovered at room temperature until firm, about 2 hours. Use the clay at once, or store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to one month.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Katie Robinson's Cat Burger Cake &

Go, Katie Robinson!
Not only is Katie one of my favorite people in the world, but now she has made one of my favorite cakes of all time.
The Painted Lily - Cakes by Katie Robinson

This was created for an online cake competition by called Threadcakes

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Baker's Dozen

I've been having such a great teaching experience conducting an After School program cake decorating class one a week. Here I am with handful of super sweet and talented 12 to 14 year old's make edible art in a Middle School in the Bronx, NY.