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11  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Re: Classy Homer Simpson on: March 16, 2011 05:02:04 AM
Very cool! Just love it! I've never seen Homer look so suave. LOL. Well done!  Shocked
12  COOKING / Dessert / Scooby Doo Cake on: March 16, 2011 04:57:42 AM
This was for a Scooby Doo fan's birthday. He's all of 9yrs old. The trees are made from chocolate; the house and ghosts are pastillage and Scooby Doo and Shaggy are gumpaste.
The cake is a chocolate mud cake.
13  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Gumpaste Rose on: March 16, 2011 04:48:33 AM
Thanks everyone.  Cheesy
I have a four tier wedding cake to do for the end of April. The bride wants blue lillies and white roses. I have already made the lillies (I posted a pic on craftster) and now I have to make the roses. About 20 of them.

Gumpaste is a mix of pure icing sugar (confectioners sugar) and a gum like tylose or gum tragacanth - other ingredients change depending on the recipe you use. Some use gelatin; some also use egg white. But basically what you're after is a firm paste that you can roll so thin you can see writing through it, and then you cut your petals out. There's a HEAP of tutorials on youtube on how to make these.
You can also make them out of cold porcelain.
Alan Dunn is a sugarcraft expert and makes THE MOST AMAZING roses! I wanted to be able to make them the way he does, so people have to ask "Is that real?"
14  COOKING / Dessert / Gumpaste Rose on: March 16, 2011 12:33:46 AM
Hurray! This is the first time I have attempted to make a realistic gumpaste rose AND IT LOOKS LIKE ONE!!
Only 20 more to make.....sigh!

15  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Corpse Bride Cake on: March 16, 2011 12:12:47 AM
Thanks everyone! Cheesy
16  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Blue gumpaste Lillies on: March 12, 2011 03:32:37 AM
Thanks everyone! It's like anything I do. I see the faults, but in the big picture does it ruin the piece?  I'm happy with the way they have turned out overall. Now for the white roses....the last time I tried to make roses they looked more like pretty coloured cabbages!
17  COOKING / Dessert / Blue gumpaste Lillies on: March 10, 2011 06:03:46 PM
The bride wants blue lilies and white roses for her wedding in April.
Firstly let me say, I'm not a flower maker. I do mainly novelty cakes and make lots of gumpaste figures.
The first flower I ever tried was a frangipanni, (plumeria) and it went well. I thought, that's it, I'll quit while I'm ahead."

Then I started to really look into flower making, and following some lessons from a retired cake maker, I have made little forays into the art of flower making.

So back to the lilies. This is the first time I have made a flower with wired petals, and I am really pleased with the results. I can improve on this, but you have to start somewhere.

18  COOKING / Dessert / Corpse Bride Cake on: March 10, 2011 06:01:21 PM

This cake was a labour of love. The bride asked me to try and reproduce a similar cake she found online; ooooo...kay???
No problems about the cake - dark chocolate mud cake covered with dark chocolate ganache and a layer of fondant.
Now what about the topper? After many a fruitless search, I came to the conclusion that I would have to make the bloomin' thing! (sigh) So out came the cold porcelain and two days later I had the topper.
It all came together really well and the bride and groom were over the moon about their gothic cake.

19  COOKING / Dessert / Dragosaur Cake on: August 09, 2010 05:09:09 AM
This is a chocolate mud cake, covered with dark chocolate ganache and fondant. He was made for a 4yr old with a dragon and dinosaur obsession. Hence the name Dragosaur.

20  COOKING / Dessert / Hard Hat Cake on: August 09, 2010 05:03:40 AM
This is a chocolate cake with espresso coffee buttercream filling; covered with dark chocolate ganache. The hard hat is made from pastillage and the figure is made from gumpaste. The whole thing is (technically) edible LOL.
I had trouble with the hat and didn't think it was going to dry in time; but it all came together in the end.

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