Originally posted February 25-29, 2008
On Thursday we try to finish all of the cakes and package and label them for delivery or collection.
In the morning I finished the orange cake with piping and arranging the flower spray on top of the cake. The flowers had to be dyed orange and yellow and then dusted in order to make them “glow” from the inside.
The spray was arranged on top in a teardrop shape, starting with the largest flowers first and working from largest to smallest after that, generally alternating colors along the way.
Then leaves were added, which helps to hide the wires.
Does it look like the design inspiration??
Next Handi demonstrated how to finish the teddy bear funky, which will be used on a cake for next week.
The Funky was placed on the cake with the block, the flowers piped on, and the message added to the board.
In the afternoon, the 65 cupcakes were ganached and decorated.
Here’s Handi working on his Hydrangea cupcakes:
After practicing flower placement on one of Handi’s cakes…
…I completed a 3-tier cascade. This is yet another thing that is trickier than it looks. Handi brought one down from the showroom for me to work from.
Here is the completed cascade:
Friday is generally last-minute finishing and preparation for the next week. This morning I finished up my cupcake stand and boxed it for delivery.
Design and invitation used for inspiration:
After finishing this week’s cakes, it was time to organize the cakes for next week with Anna-Maria and make some ganache. Fifteen batches of dark chocolate ganache, and sixteen batches of white chocolate ganache. We went through a lot of chocolate today.
Before lunch, Paris gave me a constructive critique of the cascade I completed on Thursday. It was really helpful to help me see what needs to happen next time. More flow, less bunching!
Next we started preparation for next week’s cakes, but before getting too far into it, a slight emergency arose. Paris received a call from a customer who said that that the hair on the Funky baby that was delivered was smashed. Luckily we had another Funky just sitting around waiting for something to do (the one I started on Tuesday), so I gave him some arms, a dye job (brown to blonde hair!) a new pet duck, and a face.