October 28, 2010

Lightning Mc Queen

My friend asked me to make Lightning McQueen cake for her son's 2nd birthday.

I used two kinds of cake. Sponge cake for the base and pound cake for the car because pound cake was easier to carve even without chilling it first. The frosting was Wilton inspired. First, I coated the base with white icing. Then I made the "road" by covering almost the entire surface of the cake with black icing, leaving a small part on each side for the "grass". I piped the "grass" on the sides. I placed the 3D car cake on top and coated it with red icing.

It was my first time to make a 3D cake. I would say it wasn't easy. Took me 6 hours to finish, (well I'm an amateur cake decorator). Except for the smudge due to poor handling (not my fault) I was delighted it turned out good.



My Birthday Celebration

When a family friend learned of my birthday last weekend, he didn't hesitate to take my family to eat at his favorite restaurant he'd been raving about. I can't remember how long ago I had Mediterranean food. But I do remember how good it was. So when he said we're gonna go to Beirut Restaurant in Ploenchit, I did not protest.


We started with Greek Salad - Lettuce, black olives, tomatoes,cucumber, and Feta cheese.




October 24, 2010

Jurassic

My sister asked me to make a dinosaur cake for her school's Dinosaur-themed Party. I have not done any carving for the cakes I made. So I was a bit excited to try it out.

Sponge cake would be difficult to carve so I settled for a butter cake. I doubled the recipe to have enough for the body, head and tail. I cut the cake horizontally. I carved the body from one cake; the tail and head out of the other. For the frosting, I added Green Apple food color to the white chocolate buttercream. I used Smarties for the scales, eye and toes, Hershey's kisses for the spine, and melted white chocolate for the teeth. The kindergartners went gaga over it. It was delicious too.