Bill's Vignettes

This is my story. It will consist of little pictures, snippets, or vignettes, from my past. It is a legacy to my children and grandchildren and those that may come after and hopefully will also be of some interest to the casual reader who doesn't know me from Adam.

Archive for December, 2007

Another Cake

Posted by sundoulos2005 on December 30, 2007

Well, I’ve finished Course II and here is the cake I did for it. It was iced in white buttercream and smoothed. Over this, on the side, is a basket weave icing. Rope borders adorn both the top and bottom. To this were added a variety of flowers done in Royal Icing: roses, daffodils, daisies, violets, apple blossoms, mums, and pansies. The bird was done in colorflow icing.

I look forward to starting Course III in January. I will gain an introduction to fondant and will learn how to make more exotic-looking flowers, as well as tiered cakes.


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Ornament Cake

Posted by sundoulos2005 on December 16, 2007

A little knowledge can be dangerous — or perhaps adventurous. With barely a month of lessons (at one lesson a week) under the belt, I had a crazy idea to make a cake in the shape of a Christmas tree ornament. This would be my gift to a ladies’ party that my wife would be attending. Some hesitancy about how to proceed and a surprise flood threw my timing off and the cake was not finished in time.

I first attempted the cake by cutting a hole in the top of the cake and fitting an inverted cupcake (with the crown removed) into the hole. For some reason, without my touching it, the cupcake crumbled. I then made a second cake, reducing the oil from 1/3 cup to 1 tbs. to make it firmer, and placed the cupcake on the cake, using two toothpicks to stabilize it.

The entire cake, except for the ornament cap, was iced in white buttercream . I later added the stars in white, red, and gold.

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