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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Fall Inspired Cake Love



With Fall right around the corner and pumpkin recipes increasing on Pinterest I took to Cake Central  to get some Fall inspired cake inspiration. There are many interpretations of the theme for inspiration, but I chose the cakes that stuck out the most to me. I chose each one for a different reason. 



Picture from With Love & Confection

The first cake that caught my eye was from With Love & Confection. I love the rich colors in the cake and the contrast of the dark barrels to the colorful pumpkins and leaves. The pumpkins look like they have been picked fresh from a pumpkin patch, but were made using rice krispy treats. The barrels also look realistic with the holes throughout the design.



Photo from The Vagabond Baker

Sunflowers are my favorite flower so this cake from The Vagabond Baker really had my heart the first time that I saw it. The sunflowers look so real I would actually put them in a vase to display in my home. The covered cake board to look like a wooden floor adds an extra special touch to this cake. 



Photo from Laura Loukaides Cakes

Pie is one of my favorite things to eat during the Fall so I searched for a realistic pie cake to feature in this blog post. Laura Laukaides Cakes  is known for realism in her cakes and her sculpture work. This cake displays her talents. The crust/ fondant looks crisp as if it just came out of the oven. I love how the cake board has cherries spilled randomly on it just like it would in real life. 



Photo by Juniper Cakery

The simplicity of this last Fall inspired cake by Juniper Cakery is what sets it a part from the others. The Fall colors detailed by the ruffles is elegant. The gold acorns add another dimension of design to the cake. 

What Fall cakes inspire you? Leave a comment with the link below so that I can view them.

Savor The Baking,
Chineka


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Giraffe Cake Topper




One of the things that I love about cake decorating is sculpting cake toppers. I get to create almost anything out of gum paste, my imagination, and the help of Pinterest. There is a lot of inspiration for cake toppers on Pinterest as well as YouTube. I like putting my cake toppers on a base so they can be saved as a keepsake.

This giraffe cake topper is good for a safari or zoo themed birthday party. It even can work for an adult's cake if their favorite animal just happens to be a giraffe. To get the main color of the giraffe I mixed two different gel colors, wilton-ivory and a small amount (1 drop) of americolor copper tone. The rest of the colors are easy to achieve.






Here are the materials that you need. Again, the base is optional and all I did to make that is use a round cookie cutter with scalloped edges.




To start off the giraffe's body I made a pear shaped body with emphasis on a long neck. I inserted a popsicle stick into the middle and let it dry for at least 3 hours. While letting the giraffe body dry I worked on the face.



Here is me creating the giraffes mouth. I simply used the end of a plastic paint brush for this part, but you can also use a small ball tool to get the same effect.




After assembling the giraffe, minus the spots on the arms, and let it dry overnight. I used a wilton gel food color and some makeup sponges to prop it up. I hope you are having a great week.

Savor The Baking,
Chineka

Monday, September 2, 2013

Cake Design Inspiration: Nadyas Cakes and Bakes



This weeks cake design inspiration comes from Nadyas Cakes and Bakes. I searched for something that was just different and I found it in this cake. I originally saw this cake on Pinterest and I loved the hand painting a long with the technique that was used to make the cherry blossoms look 3D.

This cake obviously has a Japanese influence. I love how unique it is and how the hand painting looks organic. I've never seen a cake like this before. There should be more of them in the world.

I hope that you all have a great week.

Savor The Baking,
Chineka

Friday, August 30, 2013

August 2013 Favorites




My August 2013 favorites are a mix of items from electronics to milkshakes. I have done a lot this month including a lot of reading as well as writing my book. What were some of your favorites for the month?
I got my MacBook Air 2013 this month and I love it. It is so lightweight and portable. The writing apps allow me to write my book with ease and the screen is so clear.
2. Is This All There Is? by Patricia Mann
I've done a lot of reading this month and out of all the books I read I loved this book the most. It's Patricia's debut novel and she did a great job. To find out about this book and the others that Inhave read visit my other book and writing blog, Books and Stilettos .
3. OPI and Sally Hansen Nail Polish
I love painting my nails and these colors compliment each other well. The colors that I am wearing above are OPI - Kiss Me On My Tulips and Sally Hansen - Mint Sorbet .
4. Crock Pot - Hamilton Beach
On those hot days when I don't feel like cooking I use my Hamilton Beach 33967 Set 'n Forget 6-Quart Programmable Slow Cooker. I love that this one is programmable.
5. Dancing Naked in Dixie by Lauren Clark
Here is me above with this book by Lauren Clark. After I recommended one of her other books on my book blog she was king enough to send me Dancing Naked In Dixie. I just started reading this book earlier in the week, but it has already become a favorite.
6. Milkshake
Shake Shake Shake has some of the best milkshakes in Tacoma, WA. My favorite is the Miso Butterscotch with Salted Caramel. I love all things caramel, so this is the milkshake for me. It is really rich in flavor. 
I hope that you have enjoyed my August 2013 favorites.
Savor The Baking,
Chineka

Monday, August 26, 2013

Cake Design Inspiration: Petalsweet Cakes

I was browsing through Petalsweet Cakes Facebook page and came across this cake. Jacqueline did a great on this cake which is almost all decorated in green gumpaste hydrangea's.

 

This cake is Jacqueline's interpretation of Mr. Grasshopper from James and the Giant Peach. With a feminine touch, Mr. Grasshopper came to life.

 

I hope that you will check out Petalsweet Cakes other creations on their Facebook page.

 

Savor the Baking,

Chineka

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Fondant Painting Video

Hi Everyone,

I wanted to share this great video from McGreevy Cakes on fondant painting. So much can be done with fondant besides covering a cake or creating letters.  Shawna really shows you step by step how you can create your own fondant painting. The details in this painting are spot on and I enjoyed watching it.

I hope that everyone has had a great weekend.



Savor The Baking,
Chineka

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Classic Pie Dough Recipe

Hi Everyone,

 

I baked a peach cobbler over the weekend and wanted to share with you the recipe that I use for pie crust. This recipe does use shortening, but that's why the crust is so flaky. This crust will compliment most pies well and is fairly easy to make. I use my kitchen aid stand mixer and that makes the process much easier.

I wasn't able to take any pictures of the process. Sorry about that.



Ingredients

1 1/4 cups all - purpose flour

1/4 tsp salt

2 tsp sugar

6 tbs (3/4 stick) chilled unsalted butter (cut into 1 inch pieces)

1/4 cup shortening (Crisco butter flavor)

2-3 Tbs cold water as needed

 

Yields one 9 inch pie crust

 

Directions

1. Put flour, salt, and sugar in the kitchen aid stand mixer bowl. Mix on low for a few minutes until all ingredients are incorporated.

 

2. Add butter to bowl and use a dough blender to cut the butter into the mixture, afterwards the butter will be into course pieces.

 

3. With the dough hook mix all ingredients together starting on a low speed and increase to medium speed as needed.

 

4. Add shortening and mix on low speed until all ingredients are incorporated.

 

5. Slowly drizzle the water into the dough mixture with the speed on low. This is what brings it all together.

 

6. Dough is ready to be taken out of mixing bowl when you can insert a finger and no dough sticks.

 

7. Lightly knead dough for a few minutes on a floured surface. Place in a flat disk and refrigerate for an hour or more before rolling out dough.

 

I hope that you all enjoyed this blog post. Have a great week.

 

Savor The Baking,

Chineka

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