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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Ladybug Baby Shower Cake

The most lovely lady came to me and asked if I could make her friend a baby shower cake. The theme: ladybugs because this shower was unique, it was for their upcoming adoption of a sweet little girl in China!

How fun it was to design this cake to celebrate the most wonderful gift of adoption! This couple had been waiting awhile to be accepted and in the few months they will be holding their new daughter in their arms.

This baby will be welcomed into a family full of love and joy, she'll have two older brothers to protect her and have endless hours of fun.

She truly has been born in their hearts!

The little cupcakes were for her Daddy and Brothers, so they could feel part of this wonderful celebration.

I made all the decorations from modeling chocolate. I am in love with this stuff! Seriously it is the best medium I have used when it comes to modeling figures. I always used gum paste or fondant with tylose powder, but my results were never perfect and there would be some cracks. I would have to work quickly to prevent it from drying out, which became an issue since I'm not the best at modeling things and would have to redo it many times. Modeling chocolate is so different, it never dries out or cracks and you can smooth out lines so easily. The only problem is, it does melt! So it's not great if you live somewhere hot! I live in Florida, so I've always been hesitant using it and just knew it would melt and not work. I have been able to find ways to prevent that from happening, so now I love it all the more!

Ladybugs are a great theme for a shower, but even more significant for the adoption of a little Chinese Child as it is thought to bring them luck. Personally I don't believe in luck, but I do believe that God has a perfect plan for each of our lives as we follow Him and put our trust in Him. There are no coincidences with Him!

There were a few hiccups with this cake and it almost seems that I can never make a cake now without something going wrong! I believe it is to keep me humble as I cry out to my Lord to help! And you know He usually does. So I can truly say it really wasn't me, but God receives all the glory!

The top tier was Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting and it tasted great, but it was so moist that it wouldn't hold perfectly once the ganache was applied. Last night as I lay in bed wondering why it happened. I asked surely carrot cake can be covered in ganache and fondant? Yes it can, as I'd made one before and it was a great success and I was so pleased with it. I was racking my brain on what did I do wrong this time and I am so thankful that God laid it on my heart of what went wrong! So next time I make a carrot cake I'll make sure to change a few things and my hope is that I'll have success! I'll be doing some experimenting in the upcoming months as I don't have any orders until July!

My bottom tier was Vanilla Cake with Strawberry Swiss Meringue Buttercream, which I can usually do with my eyes closed, but again this time I made 2 mistakes! This time I knew immediately what happened. I made white chocolate ganache and instead of doing 3 part chocolate to 1 part cream, nugget head here decided to do 3 part chocolate to 1.5 part cream! White chocolate is a soft chocolate so it doesn't need as much cream in as dark chocolate, therefore because I used too much cream the ganache never set up hard! This became a problem when applying the fondant! My second mistake was the fondant was too thick! Can anyone say "Duh"?! Well I was saying that a lot when trying to smooth it and make those sharp edges, yeah it didn't work and if you notice at the bottom of the cake you can see a gathering of fondant as the cake began to settle!

So a note to any cake decorators out there. Remember 1. Follow the recipe! And 2. Don't roll your fondant so thick!

Glad I was able to share with you about my successes and my failures! So happy to make you all feel so much better! heehee

Blessings to you this week

Sugar & Spice Cake Shop, Hannah ~

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Oscar Night!

My children have the most amazing teachers, so when I was asked to make a cake and cookies for an event to honor them I jumped at the chance!

Trying to stay organized in my home and on top of making cookies and a cake was certainly a challenge, and by the end of the week we were in a bit of a turmoil! Needless to say the cake made it to the event just on time along with the cookies. Even though the cake wasn't quite finished, I believe no one really noticed and all enjoyed it.

The cake was Chocolate with Raspberry Swiss Meringue Buttercream, Red Velvet with Cream Cheese Frosting and Lemon Cake with Lemon Swiss Meringue Buttercream. I was trying to be so organized with the cake, that I made up my lemon curd ahead of time and then when it came to filling the cake I completely forgot to put it in and only remembered once the cake was covered with ganache! Haha! The kids certainly didn't mind as I've now been making Lemon Curd Tarts!

Oscar Award Cookies

The Oscar Award Cookies were not my original idea. The lady who asked me to make them had found them on pinterest. I later discovered they were made by Bakerella. If you click on her page she tells you how to make them, although I found the cut in the round cookie didn't actually help because I made mine too small! They were fairly easy to make, expect the day I made them it rained and rained and  rained. It continued through the night making the humidity rise and the icing took twice as long to dry . This resulted in some of the statutes taking a nose dive onto the table. You can imagine my face when I woke the next morning to discover some of them flat on their faces! I had made extra but unfortunately not enough and some of them ended up having to be used!

"And Action..."
The ladies did an incredible job in decorating the room for the teachers! It looked wonderful. They put so much hard work into this and had been planning it for so many months, collecting gifts and different ideas. They spent so much time and money to pull this off to bless our teachers and I really don't know how they did it! Thank you for all your hard work Jenn and Wendy!

Until next time have a "sweet" time baking for and with your loved ones

Sugar & Spice Cake Shop, Hannah ~