Saturday, July 31, 2010

Who Ya Gonna Call?

We all know that everything that's old becomes new again.  With the recent success of Ubisoft's Ghostbusters game for the Wii console, a new generation has been exposed to this great franchise!  I was fortunate enough to be asked to make a Ghostbusters cake for the son of one of my customer's.  She picked the base cake from another website and I used it as a jumping point.  Here is the finished product:

The top tier was covered in fondant with fondant buildings.  The bottom tier is covered in buttercream.  Staypuft and Slimer are hand modelled in gumpaste.  Slimer is covered in tinted piping gel to give him a "slimey" look.  The ghostbusters logo is an edible image super imposed on gumpaste and sprinkled with disco dust to give it that something extra!  The cake itself is vanilla bean and is filled with "Slimer green" buttercream.

More cakes coming up - the next few weeks are booked.  On the pipeline for my faithful blog followers is a review of Sharon Zambito's Back to Basics DVD as well as an interview with Jennifer Dontz.  If there are any tutorials or anything else you'd like to see on the blog, leave me a comment.

Until next time, Happy Caking!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

DVD Review: Stargazer Lily with Edna De la Cruz

The Stargazer Lily gumpaste flower tutorial by Edna De la Cruz is the first in Edna's line of tutorial DVDs.  Edna is a very talented sugar artist who sprung to fame through a series of tutorials on Youtube as well as a lot of helpful advice she gives in the forums at Cakecentral

Edna starts the lesson with a breakdown of all of the tools needed to make the flower.  She then walks you step by step through making the individual components of the Stargazer Lily.  Once the parts are made, Edna teaches how to color your flowers and assemble.  The menus are very easy to navigate and allow you to watch a certain scene over or start at a certain scene if you so choose.  This is a feature that is lacking in alot of cake decorating discs out there.  There are also alot of pictures of completed flowers to provide inspiration for your own projects.

Anyone who has seen Edna's tutorials online knows how amazing a teacher she is and this DVD is a definite must have for any cake designer.  The finished flowers are beautiful and make for a really elegant cake.  If you are interested in purchasing this dvd, you can do so here.  Edna also sells alot of the tools you would need to complete the flowers.  Her prices are reasonable, her shipping is fast and her customer service is great!

That's it for now.  I'll be back this weekend with a post about a cake that has gotten me very excited - want a hint?  It's bound to be "more than meets the eye".  I am also attending my first meeting of the Canadian Cake Decorator's Guild which I think will be a lot of fun!

Until next time,
Happy Caking!

Thursday, July 1, 2010


It has been an exciting week!  Last week, Flour Confections advertised that they will be hosting the "King of Sugar Flowers" - Ron Ben Israel.  Ron has been featured in such reknowned publications as O, Martha Stewart Weddings, and The Knot to name a few.  His creations have also been featured on the small and big screen!  The course is costly, but well worth it.  It took me alot of time to decide to go, and when I did, it was too late - the class was sold out!  That is until Ron was convinced to add a second set of classes the week before the first set.  It looked like I wasn't going to make it, but the cake Gods were smiling down on me, and the scheduling was able to work itself out!

Needless to say, I am booked for the class, and have started the countdown - 137 days to go!  I have started fundraising to offset the costs of the course - there will be a different treat being sold each week at work, not to mention the fact that I have started taking orders for sugar flower arrangements that people can display in their homes.

Happy Canada Day and Happy Caking!