Monday, April 20, 2015

Enchanted Forest Cake

This wedding cake went along with the bride's enchanted forest theme. It had a tier that looked like a tree trunk, textured buttercream on the other tiers to match the bark texture, ferns, ivy, flowers, dragonflies and a tree spirit in the trunk of one of the trees. I'll be making a tutorial on how to make the cake stand part, which included the 24"x 36" base and the trees, but that's going to have to wait until I get caught up with everything I had to put off while I was making this last week :/

Kara Buntin owns A Cake To Remember LLC, custom wedding cakes in Richmond VA.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Pink and Gold Isomalt Cake

This was one of my two cakes that appeared in this month's issue of American Cake Decorating, and now that the magazine has been sent out I can finally show it!

This cake was pink fondant with embedded gold leaf in the fondant itself, plus extra gold leaf applied to the surface. I made the scrollwork and the flowers from isomalt and applied gold leaf to them to make them look translucent and gold at the same time.  I applied gold leaf to the flowers centers and gold luster dust "paint" to the edges of the flowers. I also added some pink edible glitter that I made to the flowers and leaves.

Here's the video on how to make the edible glitter:

Kara Buntin owns A Cake To Remember LLC, custom wedding cakes in Richmond VA

Friday, April 17, 2015

Blue Crab Groom's Cake

This was the classic "crab's got the bride and groom in a pinch" cake. I had made another one years ago, but this time I did a video while doing the splattery dots pattern on the crab's back, so you can see how to do that. It's super easy, and could also be used for other textures, or to do a starry night sky effect that looks like little pinpricks of light.

So here's the cake:

And here's the video. How simple is that?

Kara Buntin owns A Cake To Remember LLC, custom wedding cakes in Richmond VA

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Don't You Love Weeks Like This...

I was going to do another class review today but I'm so tired I keep falling asleep when I sit down to watch it. It's good so far, and I'll do the review for next week (if I manage to get through it).

I'm trying to watch The Essential Guide to Photoshop, and even though I've been using the full photoshop for a while now I've learned a few very useful things so far. It's the kind of program that you KNOW has a lot more going on than you know about, so it never hurts to take a class and learn things that you didn't even know were part of it. (That's an affiliate link, by the way. Use it to shop craftsy and we both win.)

In the meantime, I have a busy week coming up. Don't you hate it when you know that the week ahead is going to be a killer before it even starts? This is one of those for me...So if you don't see a lot of social media activity from me that's why. I'll be working on a few things, shall we say.

One thing to look for this week is the new issue of American Cake Decorating magazine. It's the shine issue, covering all things shiny, glittery and metallic. I'm in it but I'm not sure what will be included. Here's the swell badge they gave me to put on stuff...

I'm also going to be working on a tutorial for the cake stand that has a big tree that hovers over the cake like the one on the Alice cake. No PVC or power tools needed, just some basic structural elements and some that you might not expect. 

I uploaded a video to youtube showing a 3-minute tip to fill in gaps between fondant borders. This was for a cake that I did this weekend.

What else...I'll be doing a class on wafer paper vs. gumpaste for people who want to experiment with both, figure out what works best for which application, and what NOT to do in the humidity here. Click here for information: Wafer vs.gumpaste

So that's what I've been doing, in between filling online orders, baking and delivering cakes. If you have any ideas for quick tip videos let me know. I'm thinking of doing a few 3-minutes-or-less tip videos but since I talk so much it's hard to keep it under 3 minutes!

Kara Buntin owns A Cake To Remember LLC, custom wedding cakes in Richmond VA, and is a Craftsy affiliate.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Class Review: Pretty Witty Cakes, New Tutorials

The following contains affiliate links, but the opinions are totally mine.

Three new tutorials have been added to Pretty Witty Cakes since I last checked...A Rockabilly Cake, a Figure modeling one, and a clown topper.

I'm not even going to tell you what a good value PWC is...Okay, I will. It's a great value if you like video or PDF tutorials. For the membership fee, which you can pay monthly, annually or as a lifetime subscription, you get all access to EVERY tutorial that's on the site. You also get access to the forums and all professional videos, which focus on business topics.

So back to the new videos that have been added. These cover skills like painting on cakes, figure modeling, applying patterns to fondant, painting leopard print, imprinting patterns on fondant, and modeling tiny food items.

There are also PDF downloads that are available on a bunch of different topics, generally a specific figure or design.

Go check it out. I bought a lifetime membership because the cost of what they offer is totally worth it, and even if you just join for a month or two you'll be able to watch your fill of tutorials and get more than the value of the monthly fee out of it. Highly recommended.

Click here for the home page: Pretty Witty Cakes

Kara Buntin owns A Cake To Remember LLC, custom wedding cakes in Richmond VA