Saturday Coupon!

January 30, 2010

Cakers, weekends are traditionally days off. This puts us in somewhat of a Good News/Bad News situation.

The bad news is, Shannon won’t be posting on Saturdays. She’s got cakes to work on and a life to live.

The good news is that she’ll be giving you, her loyal cakers, a weekly discount!

So, as an official representative of SugarbritchesCakery, I offer you (the first of many)

SATURDAY COUPON #1!

Coupon #1

Just in time for your Super Bowl Party!

Freaky Friday 1/29/10: Oh Rats

January 29, 2010

by Barbara Jo and Barbara May - sisters who love horror

OH MY …..WHAT THE…. IS THAT REALLY CAKE?!?!

ew

Yes, cakers this is really cake. Here is the site I found this lovely piece of  cake work at…. called Do It Myself by Barbara Jo and Barbara May, sisters who love horror. The best part is the sequence of pictures from innocent beginning to final piece of bloody nastiness – Mwahahahaha. Some people are just sick.

What cake artists can do to cake can be amazing…. sometimes even stomach turning. These two Barbara’s are amazing – also check out their website www.theyrecoming.com

I am sharing this recent picture find with you so we can begin…

FREAKY FRIDAY!!

No, not the movie (either of them) even though Ms. Lohan is freakier than anything I can find made of cake – HAHA take that – me: 1, lohan: zero (or richer and skinnier than me, but whatev’s). Every Friday I will find and post something Freaky. By the by, I’m a big fan of alliteration, ask my sidekick- he’s constantly annoyed with me because of it.

Are you thoroughly excited yet… are ya? Finally, a reason to look forward to Fridays!

What?

I don’t….

what’s that now?…. really?….

oh, ok…. I get it now

Um, this just in…. uh, cakers…. apparently I’m not the first person to give you a reason to look forward to Fridays….*cough* or the second even…. Regardless…. TADA!! On with our regularly scheduled blog–

If you find anything you wanna see on Freaky Friday, I’d love to see it- and I just might use it and give you all the credit, email it to me at SugarBritchesCakery@gmail.com.

I hope you all have swallowed the vomit that crept into your mouth or wiped the saliva from your jowls (hey, everyone has their thing- don’t knock it). Keep your eyes peeled for Freaky Friday worthiness!

Let them eat ARMS! toodles cakers,

Shannon

Recipe – Perfect for Valentine’s Day <3

January 28, 2010
Crystal Cupcakes by Elisa Strauss

These beautiful cupcake toppings are made by dyeing ordinary rock candy with stunning colors to make it look like shimmering crystal.

For the rock-candy crystals:
• 1 1/2 cups (12 ounces) vodka
• Food-coloring gels: bakers rose, super red
• 2 pounds rock-candy crystals

For the cupcakes:
• 1 cake recipe, any flavor
• 1 frosting recipe

Equipment:
• Trays lined with parchment or wax paper
• Metal bowl
• Toothpicks
• Strainer• Cupcake tins
• Pale pink cupcake wrappers
• Small offset spatula

To prepare the rock-candy crystals:
At least 1 day in advance, dye the rock-candy crystals.
Combine the vodka and 1/4 teaspoon of pink or red food coloring in a metal bowl. Stir to distribute the food coloring evenly.

Place a handful of rock-candy crystals in a strainer and lower the strainer into the vodka mixture. After a few seconds, remove the strainer from the bowl, allowing the excess liquid to drain back into the bowl. If the color is too dark, add some more vodka or water to lighten it.

Spread the dyed rock-candy crystals in a single layer on a tray lined with parchment paper and let them dry overnight.

Repeat this procedure with the rest of your rock-candy crystals. If you want more than one color (at least three shades will provide a nice assortment), start with the lightest shade, then add more food coloring to the vodka to adjust the color of the rock-candy crystals, and color the next set. The longer you keep the strainer in the mixture, the darker the crystals will become. Keep the different colors separate while drying.

To prepare and assemble the cupcakes:

Prepare the cake batter as directed. Line the cupcake tins with wrappers. Fill each halfway with batter and bake the cupcakes as directed by the recipe. Let them cool completely.

While cupcakes are cooling, make the frosting.

When they are cool, frost the cupcakes with a dome of frosting. (Create a dome by spooning or piping a small amount of frosting onto the cupcake. Beginning at the center, use an offset spatula to pull icing out to the edges and create a smooth, domed surface 1/2-inch thick.)

Use a spoon or your hands to pile the colored rock-candy crystals onto the cupcakes. If the candy is not sticking to itself to create the height you want, spritz it with some water. Let the cupcakes set for 10 to 15 minutes.

Makes 24 cupcakes.

Contact me if you want me to make these super cute cupcakes for your Valentine’s Day Party!

Much V-Day love for my cakers and Elisa Strauss (my girl cake crush),

Shannon

Cool as Satin Ice

January 28, 2010

Oh, Satin Ice…. how do I love thee…. let me…. wait, I can’t count if I haven’t used it yet – boo :(

I haven’t had the pleasure of working with Satin Ice fondant just yet. But I cannot wait!! I hear nothing but amazing things about it, how perfect it looks, how amazed clients are by the inedible looking cake…. I’m excited to work with this medium

I do use Wilton Fondant, which is fabulous. But I hear the Satin Ice tastes a tad better and besides— all the greats use it:

Duff Goldman (my cake boyfriend :) ) – Also know as the Ace of Cakes
Charm City Cakes,
Baltimore, MD
www.charmcitycakes.com

Ron Ben-Israel
Ron Ben-Israel Cakes,
New York, City
www.weddingcakes.com

Elisa Strauss (my girl!)
Confetti Cakes,
New York City
www.confetticakes.com

Buddy Valastro – Also know as Cake Boss
Carlo’s Bakery,
Hoboken, NJ
www.carlosbakery.com

Kerry Vincent (very, very, very tough judge :( )
Director of Oklahoma
Sugar Art Show
Food Network
Challenge judge

Jorge Amsler
Truly Jorg’s Patisserie,
Saugus, MA
www.trulyjorgs.com

And so many more!

I’m a sucker for peer pressure :)

They also have free video tutorials of certain aspects of fondant manipulation…. you are my god of cakedom, Satin Ice *mwah*

Have a great night cakers!

Shannon

Inspiration – Confetti Cakes!

January 27, 2010

Much of my skill has been self-taught. Thankfully, we live in a time of internet research and I happen to love the library and bookstore. Although I have had some training- do not fear- but I prefer to learn as I go… to see things that inspire me… and then copy it (snicker). After all -

“Imitation is the sincerest of flattery.” –  Charles Caleb Colton

I have looked at many a cake book over the years, especially before the big surge of sculpture cakes took over the media.

When I happened on Confetti Cakes I was amazed!

Elisa Strauss is the talent behind Confetti Cakes (located in NY). She has taken over different medias, including her user-helpful books, Confetti Cakes and Confetti Cakes for kids. I would be honored to have her make a cake for me :)

I hope all of you cakers out there enjoy her fabulous artistry as much as I do.

Till next time my lovely cakers!

Shannon

For the Twi-hards

January 25, 2010

Oh, yes, a Twilight cake :) I haven’t read any of the books or seen the movies, but I am fully aware of the fanfare surrounding the phenomenon.

My friend, Tracy, of Monkey Tales Theatre, asked me to make a cake for her New Moon party. They were having a fun-filled celebration to welcome the opening of the new movie of the Twilight series.

I did my research, looking at pictures of the book and the movie. It didn’t need to be  big cake so I opted for a simple 9″ round. As of yet, I haven’t had the ability to have colored fondant on hand, so I still have to color my own. So, courtesy of Wilton Pure White Fondant and super awesome Wilton Color Gel in black and of course my two wonderful kneading hands…. I was able to make lovely black fondant… easy peasy. I also made red fondant for the “scarf” thing around the base of the cake. For the lettering, I cut out a piece of white fondant and took stamps (normal stamps you would put on an ink pad- never used of course) and painted watered down Wilton Color Gel on them and stamped the white fondant, then I went back and carefully painted in the letters to make the color more even and uniform the edges.

Now the toughest part was the flower. Oy Vey! The flower is a Ruffled Tulip and is absolutely gorgeous… but I was fearful that I would not be able to do it justice. I was going to use fondant but decided I needed a harder material.

Gumpaste!! Dries super hard and is fragile, but totally worth it.

I rolled out the gumpaste and laid a template over it and carefully but quickly cut around it in the outline shape of the ruffled tulip and stem on the cover of the book. After it dried ( a few hours, depending on thickness) I sat down with the Wilton gel colors and a paint brush ( I think I had 3 or 4 actually) and painted what I saw on the cover of the book. It was tedious. But I kinda felt like I was in high school art class the whole time :) – thank you Mr. Ressel.

I think the caked turned out great. It was the first time I didn’t focus on the little imperfections of one of my creations. It was fun to make and it brought a flood of memories back from art class – gasp- 12 years ago. Mr. Ressel was a fantastic teacher and an even better artist.

Tracy and her party goers liked the cake too…. making sculpture cakes is one of those mediums in which you enjoy comments such as, “It looks fake!” and “Can we eat it?”

Weird :)

Have a great week cakers!

Shannon

Fondant Here I Come

January 22, 2010

After making cakes for the kids birthdays for several years, I decided I wanted a more polished look. Welcome, Fondant.

For Gavyn’s 9th birthday he wanted a skateboard cake. At this point I had been watching Ace of Cakes (Duff is my hero) and I wanted to make an even awesomer cake than I ever had.

Fondant isn’t inexpensive, plus I didn’t really know what I was doing. So, the internet, my trusty research companion, found me a homemade fondant recipe – . Mmmmmm, marshmallow fondant. For all intents and purposes, it was an okay material to use. I have since learned that purchased fondant is much easier to work with.

With the help of my trusty artistic sidekick, Dooley, we sketched out a design for the skateboard cake. We wanted it to be really cool and to incorporate Tony Hawk style into it. Because he is the coolest skateboarder ever! (Sorry Jason Lee). Thanks to my trusty sidekick, we had a very cool customized stencil design with Gavyn’s name and a Tony Hawk bird – which is kinda creepy, but I suppose that is why boys like it. *shrug* I used this silly aerosol food coloring you can buy at Michael’s or a grocery store. I was skeptical that it would work, especially on black fondant.

Speaking of fondant……

I made my own courtesy of the recipe which I linked to above. And when it says to be careful because it is hot… um… they aren’t kidding. Hot marshmallow and powdered sugar from the microwave – scalding! After it cools, it’s just fine to play with… and fun. It’s all sticky and gooey  all over your hands and my kids were looking at me like I lost my mind (which, unbeknownst to them, I never had one – joke’s on them). Instead of food coloring, I went to Michael’s to try to find something else to color my fondant with… because I chose a really hard color – black. What was I thinking?!?! But I couldn’t very well have a pink or lemon yellow skateboard. And EUREKA! Wilton Color Gels came into my life! I kneaded my heart out to turn my homemade fondant a cool, calculating shade of black. Then I stopped when I realized that the best I was going to get was a black and gray marbled look. Oh well. First time is always experimental. Somehow I rolled out the fondant and my sidekick helped me put it over the cake which had been sculpted and frosted, with styrofoam blocks inserted in just the right place to later attach the trucks. Fondant on cake – check! Customized “airbrush” design – check! Trucks attached – check! Finished off with green frosting with a little green sugar atop and brown frosting with crushed faux oreos atop for grass and dirt, respectively.

Although the cake was a smashing success, my favorite part was probably the sparkler “candle” in the shape of a 9. Every year I put a number candle on my kids’ cakes instead of the individual ones adding up. I’m not sure why. Just a tradition I like… and I save them. But I told myself that birthday 10 is the last time I would do it because I don’t want them to feel like I’m treating them like little kids. But if they ask for it I will secretly jump up and down when they aren’t looking :)

If it wasn’t for my children, I may never have found out how much I enjoy making cakes. If it wasn’t for my incessant need for perfection, I may enjoy it more in the wee hours of the morning when I’m tweaking my design at the last minute… lol. But in the end, I’m proud of what I accomplished and putting smiles on people’s faces.

Till next time cakers!

Shannon

I’m here to eat cake

January 22, 2010

I’ve been making cakes for about 7 years. Mind you, they didn’t start out as awesome as I am now… lol. My first one was for Gavyn’s 3rd birthday (he’s almost 11 now). He, like most kiddos his age, really like Bob the Builder. I decided I was going to make an awesome cake, better than the grocery store cakes I usually purchased for this kind of event. I was a stay-at-home mom at the time and I had some time on my hands… and no friends… so I took on the task.

I made a regular rectangular cake and covered it in green frosting, which I colored myself with good old fashioned food coloring. I printed out pictures of buildings from bob the builder (on photo paper so it was sturdier – I’m always one step ahead…lol) and taped toothpicks to them and inserted into the top of the cake. But then, I needed some kind of path… gravel path… dirt path… to denote a “construction” area, because, after all, this was Bob the Builder. We wanted to see him in action. I crushed up graham crackers and oreos for that and spread it in a path-like fashion. And of course, Gavyn had all the little toys so I had Bob and Scoop and Dizzy helping us round out the picture of “We Can Do It!”. And as I stared at my awesome artistry, I felt something was missing.

A brick wall!!

I decided to make bricks out of jello and build a jello brick wall around the cake. In several different colors. And I did just that. I made jigglers, cut them into tiny rectangular bricks and built a wall all the way around that 9×11 cake. It was back breaking work…. mainly because I did the work at the coffee table and not at the kitchen table. Well, I couldn’t miss an episode of Frontier House on PBS, now could I.

Maybe one day I earth up a picture of that cake. Until then, you will just have to use your imagination.

Much love,

Shannon


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