Saturday, May 30, 2009

"Pink, it's my fav-o-rite crayon"

When we last left off, I had 188 cupcakes (94 yellow, 94 chocolate) waiting for me to decorate for a wedding today. I went in early around 9:30 to make sure I gave myself enough time before they had to be delivered at 1. Good thing too because those suckers took over 3 hours to mix the proper shade of fuschia pink (the customers had a picture of a pink rose to match) and ice (I'm slowly perfecting the swirl of the cupcake). So, if you're ready:

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ok, here they are:

the final result was 5 boxes of these beautiful cupcakes, the white really pops against the pink. The couple was having a 4-tier tower loaded with cupcakes (100 on the tier, the rest kept in boxes in the kitchen at the reception) instead of a wedding cake. Really cool idea, besides the fact that cupcakes probably involve a bit more work for the decorator and setter-upper, but then again, it's not the same as wielding a 10-15 pound cake either.

So, after that deadline was met without a moment to spare, Joan then handed me a board of 18 cupcakes arranged in the formation of a cross for a first communion. I feared that she was going to have me commit the ultimate Cake Wreck - a CCC (see this post for explanation, CCC = cupcake cake; attempting to pull cupcakes together to make a cake). Fortunately, she instructed me to each of them white and "make sure they look individual." Whew, crisis avoided. We also topped of them with a pink flower, gold leaf, and gold drages (little metallic balls). The cupcake arrangement (note: not cake) looked beautiful overall but unfortunately no pictures because I was literally detailing it while the customer waited, so Joan whisked it away as soon as I was done.

At this point in the early afternoon, I was starting to feel the strain of standing and sitting on a stool all day for the past 4 days. "Well we finished the Saturday cakes!" started Joan. "Now time to get started on the Sunday ones." Ahh wha? Well she gave me a Tinkerbell cake to pipe like the Dora one yesterday,
and it went much faster today. Well here was my first attempt:













Mmm yeahhhh, Tink's got some thunder thighs, angry eyes, and major attitude. So I passed it off to Joan who fixed the face, added details, borders, and overall finesse. Here's the fi
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Let's get a facial comparison:














It's ok, you can laugh. I know I do everytime I look at it.

So the day is winding down, almost time to go ... except there's one more cake to do. A 3-tier fondant cake for a girl's 13th birthday (based on a magazine clipping the mother had brought it):


[L] the cake circa 5:00 PM/EST
[R] the cake circa 9:00 PM/EST


It's hard to believe how long little things take, like cookie-cutting flower shapes, tracing patterns on parchment paper, cutting out fondant, etc. Fondant is the smooth sugar-based "paste" that gives the smooth appearance (it's applied over the cakes with regular buttercream frosting underneath). You roll it out like cookie dough so it's super flat, pick it up w/ the rolling pin, drape it over the cakes, smooth, and trim. You can also roll it out flat and cut out shapes (as I did for this cake). Anyways, after 4 hours we called it quits for the night, Joan will add a topper, flower borders, and little details in the morning to finish it off.

So this has turned into a super long post but I have the next three days off so this will have to hold you over until Wednesday (pace yourself if needed). I did in fact work almost 12 hours today but I'm conditioned with all-nighters for studio. Let's just hope it doesn't come to that! G'night.

2 comments:

  1. gahhh, I love this blog! And I'm sure you won't be surprised as I slowly but surely become an avid commenter (facebook photo albums should be an indicator...)
    The fondant cake is absolutely adorable, and I got a real kick out of the Tinkerbells and associated commentary...I love the way you write about everything. Ooh, and the cupcakes! I almost forgot since they were so early on, but they look great!

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  2. Michelle, you failed on Tink!!! But, made me laugh. I need a pic of Joan and your co-workers! I want to do the three tier fondant cake! Aunt Carma

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