flour + sugar

sweet adventures of baking & cake decorating

Cakes and happy faces September 30, 2009

Filed under: My fondant cakes — Felicia @ 12:40 pm

The best part of making a cake is the happy face you get when they see it.  Here is a very good friend of mine and her mother with their birthday cakes.

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New market for cakes – Divorce Cakes

Filed under: Pop culture — Felicia @ 12:27 pm

While discussing with a friend potential clients, she mentioned a new type of clientele in the beauty & spa business that’s been booming – divorcees!  Seriously.  Who would have thought – cakes for birthdays, anniversaries or divorces!  Then another friend of mine sent me an email with divorce themed cakes and I had to share my favorites.

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Your Take on the Official American Cancer Society Birthday Cake September 18, 2009

Here is a contest to enter for a great cause – the American Cancer Society Birthday Cake Contest.  Participants can enter to win by giving your own take on the official American Cancer Society Birthday Cake.  Do you have a great recipe that includes healthy ingredients and a reason why birthdays are so important?  Well, if you do, then please enter this contest here.  It’s a wonderful opportunity to share and win an amazing birthday in the big apple – New York City!

 

A take on cake September 5, 2009

Filed under: Art,Pop culture — Felicia @ 3:22 am

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Houston’s very own CRAVE cupcakes September 3, 2009

Filed under: Bakeries,Cupcakes,Inspirations,Travel — Felicia @ 12:50 pm
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You know, not being able to travel as much as I would like has its ups and downs.  I think everyone knows what the downs are (travel withdrawal) but let me give you a few good reasons for the ups.  First, you save a little more money being stationary.  Second, it compels you to explore your city a little closer just as you would when you travel.  And third, if you’re from Houston, you’ll discover CRAVE Cupcakes and mark it as your sweet spot to hit when you want fresh gourmet cupcakes.

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blog 046This “cupcake factory” – I call it this because cupcakes are the only thing they make – is nestled in one corner of Houston’s Uptown Park.  It’s has large glass windows peering into the kitchen where you see a line of cupcake workers frosting the cupcakes.  Today I had the strawberry cupcake.  Take a look for yourself.   Hmmm!blog 047

 

gum paste flowers August 30, 2009

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A friend of mine is getting married near the end of September and she had an interest in having gum paste flowers on her wedding cake.  I offered to make some for her because I love this type of sugar art.  Initially, she was going to have real Cymbidium orchids placed all around her three tiered round cake but she also liked the delicate look of sugar gum paste flowers and the color blue.  So, she asked for me to make some blue gum paste flowers that was a hybrid of a Cymbidium orchid and pictures of blue flowers that she found on the internet.  I was able to make the flower above.  Currently, I’m working on making bigger ones with a few more changes.  I’ll post pictures of those when I’m done.

This is my first time making a different type of gum paste flower other than a rose.  I went to my local cake decorating store and was able to find so many cutters for all types of flowers.  You can also find orchid flower cutters offered by Wilton or basic ones in your local craft store like Michael’s.  Because I modified this flower, I don’t have specific instructions on how to make it but I can provide some useful tips:

  • research the type of flower you are going to make, pay attention to the anatomy of the flower so you can easily understand how to put it together
  • don’t roll out the gum paste too thin because once you use your cutter for the petals, you will thin it out some more with your ball tool
  • depending on the size of your cutter, try not to roll the gum paste too thick because the shape will expand when you use your ball tool to thin out the edges
  • a very small ball tool is useful to gently pinch the edges of the petals to create a slightly ruffled edge
  • use tissue to place underneathe the petals to create volume
  • make sure to let the flower dry for a few days to harden

It took a lot of patience and trial by error for me.  The gumpaste dries fast when you’re working with it so I had to learn to work quickly but carefully.  Although, the gumpaste dries quickly, you still need a couple of days for the flower to dry completely.  That, I learned along the way because I miscalculated when the flowers would be ready.  Overall, I’m looking forward to making more gum paste flowers and sharing them with others.

 

my cake personality August 29, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Felicia @ 4:04 pm

Ughh, being unemployed, job hunting, and trying to pay your bills can be stressful.  So for comic relief I decided to take this cake personality test.  I did say I would embrace everything about cake.  First, I had to google “cake personality test” and what do you know, there’s a link that says,

WANNA HAVE SOME FUN: CAKE PERSONALITY TEST

Uh, just so you know, I don’t usually click on anything that starts with “wanna have some fun” but apparently if cake is in the same line, I will.  The test asks you one question:  If you were buying a cake and you had your choice of the following which would you choose?  Out of the choices provided, I had two because I couldn’t make up my mind and if I were buying the cake I’d probably buy both anyways.  Here are my results:

Strawberry Short Cake – Romantic, warm, loving. You care about other people and can be counted on in a pinch. You tend to melt. You can be overly-emotional and annoying at times.

I read this and was like, “Awe, I am, and ok, maybe sometimes.”  Then I proceeded to read my other choice.

Vanilla with Chocolate Icing – Fun-loving, sassy, humorous. Not very grounded in life, very indecisive and lack motivation. Everyone enjoys being around you, but you are a practical joker. Others should be cautious in making you mad, however, you are a friend for life.

The first four words are the only ones I enjoyed.  Then came the blow to my self-esteem.  Huh, wha?  The remaining sentences seem to have a positive and negative.  You know, like one cancels out the other.  I mean, who wants to hang out with a practical joker?  Or have a friend with some serious anger management issues – better watch your back but I got your back… friend.

Weird.

And just to inform you, there are similar tests but with much kinder results.  Why did I have to read the debbie downer version?  LOL, I thought I’d share this with you since I found it humorous and maybe somewhat true.  I hope my future employer doesn’t read this.

I’m going to bake a cake now to lift my spirits 😉