Baby in a Gazebo Cake !

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Last Sunday was a dear friend's baby shower and I had the onus of making her shower cake. Yeah!

My friend's having a little girl and whenever there is a baby girl involved, I find it very difficult not to deck the cake with flowers.

But I wanted a change and so this time I decided to do something I haven't done before - a gazebo made using Royal Icing.

A little Gazebo that is just the right size for a little sleeping princess.

The piping of the gazebo panels itself was quite simple. The challenging part was to stop worrying about it collapsing even before assembling it. The assembly process was a little clumsy, but it would have helped if I had finished reading the instructions. The side panels were a breeze, the roof was the challenge. But all's well that ends well.

Hope you liked the cake. Let us know what you think!

Happy Father's Day!

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Wishing all the Fathers out there a very Happy Father's Day. Hope your families made today very special and continue to do so every day!

A wedding cake !

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

I got up early this Monday morning and paused to reflect on the weekend passed, over a cup of coffee. Then I kept on smiling for an unusually long time which made the other two people in my house to wonder if everything was alright. Everything was, and I couldn’t be more grateful!

The weekend was beautiful, clear blue skies, plenty sunshine around and great company through out. We were at a friend’s wedding where I got to look at the first wedding cake I ever made. Standing among friends and watching the sweet couple cutting the cake at the reception is a memory that will go to the scrapbook of my life that I am keeping in my head. I am so thankful to the bride and groom for allowing me to be a part of their most carefully and lovingly planned wedding. 
Everything felt new and immensely interesting, right from designing the cake, arranging a cake tasting, crafting sugar flowers in advance, making sure everything stayed put through the drive to the venue and to be a wedding guest with responsibilities. Just to say that I enjoyed it all will be an understatement. Right now everything is a happy blur, I am more thrilled than I ought to be, please bear with me :)

Wedding flowers were Calla lilies and ranunculus , the gum paste sugar flower cake topper reflects the floral theme . I will share more pictures when the event photographs are available.


First Communion Cake

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

May is typically wedding and First Communion season and I got to attend one of each last month. Last weekend was my Nephew's First Communion. For those of you who don't know what First Communion is, it is the Sacrament during which a Catholic child receives the Eucharist - the Body & Blood of Jesus Christ - also represented by Bread and Wine - for the first time. In other words, it is a big deal!

As is tradition, I made the cake for the reception that my Sister had planned at a swanky golf course. Being a cake for a boy, I couldn't really throw frills and flowers on this cake and call it good. The most work I had to do was in the inception of the design. I decided to make a figurine of him kneeling in submission, in reverent prayer to the Lord - a pose you'll be hard pressed to see my Nephew make in real life :D. After I finished the cake, he was so impressed by the figurine, he knelt down with his hands folded before him. But I'm pretty sure he wasn't praying, more like waiting to bite the figurine's head off. His words, not mine. Boys will be boys!

To represent the bread and wine, the plan was to make bunches of grapes on the vine with some wheat stalks, surrounded by a few doves to represent the holy spirit. But around 1:00 am the wheat stalks went out the window because I really wanted to go to bed. When I look at the finished cake, I'm glad I did chuck the wheat stalks, or it would have looked really crowded on the cake.

And if anyone thinks the fondant looks great, it tastes great too. I used the recipe from Liz Marek of Artisan Cake Company. Her work is amazing and both Archana and I are big fans.

We would love to hear from you, so let us know what you think in the comments. See ya!