Cake update – part 2

Ok, I torted (with chocolate pudding) and crumb-coated all the cakes last night. Yeah!
The gluten-free layers and the 2-6″ rounds weren’t a problem. 

However, when I went to level one of the bottom 10″ layers, the &;^! leveler was off and it cut the cake up something bad.  I almost had a heart attack!

After about 10 minutes of gasping for air, I finally figured out a way to ‘fix’ it.  I torted the side that was off,  with a few layers of icing and added pudding to make it level and BAM! there it is was, the whole cake looked level. WHEW!

Tonight, I put on the final layers, airbrush and put on the decorations.

I’ll be calling James to come get it first thing in the morning, so if anything happens to it after that, it won’t be my fault.  LOL!

Pictures will be posted sometime next week.

Until then, happy caking….


Cake update – part 1

Ok, so last night I got out my practice cake, put the icing on, and airbrushed it lime green and electric blue. Airbrushing comes so natural.  Maybe it’s because my daddy used to paint cars.  I suppose I’m a chip off the old block.  Grin.

Then I rolled out the fondant (which I forgot to put gumpaste in); cut out a few designs; cut out the letters with tappits (this is where the gumpaste int he fondant would’ve been handy – it would’ve dried faster, thus speeding up my work time, but no, the brain wasn’t in 5th gear, if it was in a gear at all); and cut out some funky flowers (yes that’s the name of the cutter set).

I finished around 9PM, cleaned up and ate a piece of that cake (and 1/2 a sleeve of girl scout cookies) ’cause I was running all out when I made it home from work and didn’t take the time to stop and eat.  

Needless to say, my right hand is hurting very bad.  I need to start using my left hand again, I’m ambidextrous you know – get that from my daddy, too.

Stay tuned for more….

Caking news….

As pretty as it was this past weekend, I spent all of it inside.  😦

My brother’s step-daughter is turning 16 this Friday, with a party Saturday, and he asked me to do her cake.  Being the sweet sister that I am, I agreed. 

Saturday, I made 2-10″ round cakes and 2-6″ round cakes.  Then spent a few hours at his place eating the burgers he grilled…yummy.  

Sunday, I went to church; then made 2 more 6″ round cakes – gluten free, for his wife (I’m really not sure why she can’t make her own, but when I ask questions like that, I get in trouble with the family, so I keep my mouth shut and do it!); 4 double batches of icing; washed and put up 3 loads of clothes; and managed to watch bits and pieces of Unstoppable and Predator in between all of that.

Needless to say, I am hurting from the top of my head to the end of my toes.  My fingers feel like they are 10xs their normal size and I can barely move them.  My knees feel like I have been standing on concrete for 12 hours straight – bare-footed – close enough, I was in my house-shoes, wrong thing to do, but I hated to wear my shoes….

After work, I have to make a batch of royal icing for piping work I’ll do on the cake.  Then I get to practice air-brushing on an extra 6″ round I made Saturday.

I even went so far is to have a friend of mine in the UK mail me a set (large & small) of Ann Pickard’s funky flower cutters.  Actually, I’ve been wanting a set since she went to market with them and just couldn’t justify the cost, but now…maybe I shouldn’t have, but I did, so it’s done…grin.

This cake should be just what a 16 year old would like, but one never knows, as my vision is different from theirs but I’m doing this cake labor fee (he only had to buy the ingredients), so I get to do what I want, to some extent any way.

We’ll see how it goes.  Cross your fingers….

I’ll update next Monday.

Until then happy caking….