Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Square wedding cake.... Oh my?!

MWhy oh why did I agree to square fondant covered wedding cake???

Because I'm always up for a challenge that's why!

My first professional square cake was butter cream only with a gum paste Lilly and gum paste sea shells!!

Luckily the gum paste Lilly was fantasy flower (looks similar but not natural) and it is covered in fondant!

Unfortunately, I've never covered a square cake in fondant!!! Ah what to do what to do...

I searched online duh! And practiced! And it turned out well!!!! 

The design of the cake was from the bride. I was sooooooo lucky I was searching for something else and found this excellent filigree stencil on Evil Cake Genius. I was so excited to use it and it was beautiful!!!!  Stacked the cake and used this dowel technique I saw where there's one long center dowel since the cake had a three hour road trip!!!!

The cake was vanilla cake with vanilla IMBC and vanilla fondant with chocolate royal icing (tinted black).

It was wonderful! The friend of the bride who ordered the cake had great things to say about it and he said they LOVED the cake!!! Excellent way to end a square cake weekend ☺️

Well, happy caking!!!!

Jae

Monday, June 15, 2015

Memorial Day Cake Collaboration

For Memorial Day, I was able to participate in a cake collaboration with othe cake artists around the world to give honor to these men and women who served!

As a veteran of the Army, I was so honored to be a part of the collaboration and be able to share with everyone my appreciation for the ultimate sacrifice!
The cake was lemon with champagne strawberries, whipped cream and champagne IMBC.

The collaboration video is http://youtu.be/xGb-Tt9rMI0

The collaboration Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/InTheirHonorCollaboration

Can't wait until next year!

Beach theme...new figurine

Well, I've been busy... 
The latest cake is celebrating the summer!!!!! 

Excited because it gave me the opportunity to work on figurine work! I'm always excited to practice new techniques and she was a slight challenge. My beach lady was made with modeling chocolate. Her bathing suit is made from vanilla fondant. 

I'm excited because she turned out great. Working on more detail work, have to better my hands and legs.



The cake is cookies and cream cake with vanilla IMBC, and brown sugar "sand"!

Until next time, Jae

Friday, May 15, 2015

Mother's Day... Good gracious cakes!!!

Mother's Day weekend was surprisingly very busy for me!!!!

Surprise because my journey with Hummingbird Macarons & Desserts ended

Surprise because I don't really have a large client base here but I'm so happy!!!

Talk about busy!!!! Five cakes over the Mother's Day weekend!!!! Oh happy day!

The first was a cake for a good friend of mine... He wanted something like Cake Boss for his mom!!! So he opted for a Black Forest cake covered in fondant with gumpaste roses and poppies. 

The second was for another good friend... He wasn't sure what he wanted for his mom... So I asked him the basic questions I usually ask in consultation, he asked his mom while I was on the phone in a joking way... Couple minutes later, we have a surprise order of coconut cake with coconut creme, vanilla IMBC with shredded coconut, modeling chocolate plaque and gumpaste roses.

Third cake was simple, coconut cake with coconut creme vanilla IMBC and shredded coconut.  The cake was for a member of my new church home...

The fourth and fifth cakes were for three very important women in my life... My mom, my aunt and my godmom!!! This was a special Mother's Day for us... Both of my grandmothers have went to glory, my step grandma, my great aunt (who was my surrogate mom) are also home in glory! So this day was so hard but we celebrate anyway!!! Their cakes were special to me because I got to try a new recipe and surprise these great women with cake ☺️!!!!

Pink champagne cake with champagne soaked strawberries, vanilla chantilly and champagne IMBC!  Lemon cake with champagne soaked strawberries, vanilla chantilly and champagne IMBC!!!

They loved them!!!

Overall a great weekend surprising moms with cakes I enjoyed making. So excited that they loved them!!!

Until next time!!!!
Jae

Monday, April 13, 2015

Little mermaid cake

Hey everyone,

Every cake makes you learn a little more about yourself, and this one is no exception.

2D Ariel on a cake, no issue right...

Wrong... Everything goes great until you start shaking from not eating food...

If I didn't share, I will now, I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in November and it's normally not an issue as long as I eat right...

On this beautiful cake, I decided to work on it nonstop, no lunch and that means shaky hands... (Side note: NEVER AGAIN!!!)

Everything with Ariel was great except I didn't want to do eyes on her, she was soooo beautiful without them... (My opinion) 

So with shaky hands I added eyes and now I don't like her as much! But they loved her so that's all that matters ☺️

Cake was almond cake with vanilla butter cream and fondant Ariel and white chocolate seashells/seahorse.
She doesn't look that bad, but in retrospect, I'd have done her eyes in fondant... I'm so picky...

Until next time,
Jae

Book signing cake... Team collab cake

Hey everyone!!!

So it's been three weeks at Hummingbird! It's been super busy in macaron land, but guess what we've been making cakes too!!!!

We had a cake this past weekend for a very talented author for her book signing. This was a lot of firsts for the team, I never carved cake before, Aya never covered cake in fondant, so we both collaborated to make this the best cake possible!

The cake flavor is five flavor pound cake, vanilla butter cream, vanilla fondant and fondant decorations! 

The final cake looked amazing and I smile hard because I got to teach my coworker how to cover a cake in fondant!!! We are a great team of talent!!!!



Until next time,
Jae

Thursday, April 2, 2015

First cake at Hummingbird

Well, on week two at Hummingbird Macarons and Desserts...

Loving it this far!!! What's not to love about dessert, right?!!!

Anyhow, I did my first cake at the shop yesterday....

It was a simple birthday cake, vanilla on vanilla... Rustic design with a macaron on top...

Easy right... No!!! I was told I wasn't being creative enough, �������� next cake I will!!!! I'm a stickler for specifics lol! What can be said!!!

Until next time keep caking!!!!

Jae