Sunday, June 27, 2010

Baby Flick

Last evening I was privileged enough to make a cake for the baby shower for my friend Rachel Flick (she also is a co-worker of mine). Her baby girl is due in just under 3 weeks! I had a blast making this cake. The nursery is being decorated in sheep, and pink...two of my favorite things. I modeled the sheep after the Aardman claymation characters Shaun the Sheep and his flock (of Wallace and Gromit fame). The top tier was red velvet with cream cheese buttercream, and the bottom was chocolate with whipped chocolate ganache. Both tiers were covered in homemade fondant. It has been very (VERY) warm here lately, so I did have a bit of a rough go with the fondant as it kept melting even with my A/C on.

Thank you, Rachel, I loved making this cake for you.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Baby Becker

Our good friends Sean and Elizabeth Becker are having a little offspring in July. I was fortunate enough to be able to make the cake for Elizabeth's baby shower a few weeks ago. The design was based off of the invitations that her mother Kay had created. Since the sex of the baby will be a surprise, the gender neutral theme of farm animals was chosen, and I think it was a fantastic theme.
Both tiers were the same flavor, lemon cake with homemade lemon curd with swiss meringue buttercreme. It was covered in homemade fondant.

Thank you so much for letting me be apart of your special day Elizabeth, I am so very happy for you and Sean. John and I cannot wait to meet the little one!!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Jeg elske kage.

Hello, my name is Michele, and I am a cake-a-holic.

Don't get me wrong, there have been the rare occasions that I felt like I might be a little sick of it. Yet, then I eat some and I fall in love all over again. Cake is a chameleon. It has the ability to change color, form, texture at a whim. It has the ability to make people so very happy even in the most dire of circumstances (divorce cake anyone?) It can be dense, sculpted, smashed, or made light as air. It just waits for you to tell it what you want.

I titled this blog Jeg elske kage, or I Love Cake in Danish as a tribute to my grandparents. My grandparents are my inspiration in all of this. My mothers parents passed away before I was born, however their legacy lived on thru my mother and now through me. I have the diploma for my Grandfather Clark from his bakery school. I have wonderful pictures of my Grandmother Pearl decorating massive wedding cakes (self taught) in the window of their shop, Schooler Bakery (pronounced shh-kool-er) in Santa Barbara, California. The bakery is no longer there, but the photos and stories from my mother will live in infamy. I hope to live to their high standards, and when I have children, they will know why I am so passionate about baking, and hopefully love baking as much as I do.

I am not a pastry chef by any means. I am just a girl with a whisk and a bowl waiting to make you a creation that you will love.