Thursday, March 11, 2010

Brushing Up on My Art Skills

Cutest. Cake. EVER
Last Friday at Blue Note Bakery, I got to make the flowers (and paint them!) for a lei that would drape across a 50th anniversary cake. I LOVE this cake. I think that people would try to avoid divorces if they knew they could get a cake like this on their 50th anniversary. The colors are beautiful — tropical without being overly bright or cloying. The coconut is just too cute for words and though I'm not an Elvis fan, I'm a fan of this one

Couture Cake
I got to use my art skills by painting logos and flowers with food coloring. Fun! One order requested that the cake be covered with couture logos (Chanel, Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Hermes) and use the patterns and colors from a Louis Vuitton scarf. I really enjoyed painting the logos on the fondant — even if the Gucci logo was a bit challenging. After those pieces were done, I even got to place them on the cake. The rest of the cake was completed by the mega-talented Blue Note staff.

Puppy Love
There was one other cake that I helped with just a little bit, but it's a doggone adorable one. Someone wanted their dog (I believe it was a schnauzer) Archie to top their cake. Angie created the sweet little guy out of gumpaste and I helped texturize it to give the impression of fur and gave him toes. How could you not melt a little when you look at that gumpaste face? I kinda hope nobody eats him.

Who Knew Stamping Was So Tricky?
I was also given the task of using alphabet stamps to spell "happy birthday mom" on a fondant plaque. FAIL! You wouldn't think that stamping would be so tricky, but it's not as easy as you might think. Between making sure the stamp isn't too wet, too dry or too messy and making sure the letters line up both vertically and horizontally and have even spacing — mistakes are just waiting to be made. After numerous practice attempts, dozens of imperfections and a lot of time, Angie had to step in and work her stamping magic. Of course, she did it perfectly on the first try. I think I'll stick with freehand design.

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