Sunday, October 3, 2010

It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas

For the months of September and October, I'm learning techniques used to make Christmas cakes. So far I've done a stained glass cake (which I saw on Food Network Challenge tonight, and was pretty pumped about it), a candle cake, and a snow globe. Unfortunately I missed the snow globe cake class, but I learned some of the same techniques during the candle class. 

For the Stained Glass cake, we took piping gel traced on wax paper the image on a coloring page. After transferring that to the cake, we outlined it in black buttercream and filled in the spaces with colored piping gel. This cake took FOREVER to complete but it got a lot of compliments at work. The cake I saw on Food Network Challenge, looked awesome with all the detail. I said I wasn't going to try this again, but I think I will if the opportunity arises.

For the candle cake, (which mine is leaning a little) we used three 6in round tiers to get a little more height to the cake.  And yes this actually has a candle in the top, and could be lit, although I'm not sure I would. Pinecones around the bottom of the cake are done on toothpicks, and were actually pretty easy, because hey what two pinecones are exactly alike. There is a pine swag circling the bottom, icicles around the top and cardinals dotting the sides. To tie it all together there are sets of three polkadots randomly put all of the sides and top. Simple and clean is my style and this is definitely my style.

Check back for more updates on cakes! Next blog is on Soccer Ball for a Soccer Star.

Happy Baking!

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