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Let Me Eat Cake, B-day Cake, That is…

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

Hi there,

Well, today is my 40th birthday, so I have decided to do an extra B-day post.

Happy birthday to me! Yippee! I’m very glad I actually made it this far.

I had an idea for my B-day cake, and I knew I just couldn’t buy it anywhere that would either be as tasty or look just like I wanted it to within a budget, so I made it myself. Yes, this does sound a little self-indulgent, but a girl only turns 40 once, and this is what I wanted.

The cake itself is Duncan Hinze’s Butter Cake mix, the filling is chocolate ganache, the icing is butter cream (I really don’t like fondant). I smoothed the sides after the cake was iced, then I incised the leaf designs with a toothpick right through the frosting. I then put the decorative shells at the top and bottom. I should have waited until I got the stems for the flowers on before I did the shells so I could cover up the start point of the stems. I then added the sugar pearls to the stems and finally the little sugar pearls to the decorative shells.

The design is Lilly of the Valley, my favorite flower, with sugar “pearls”, my favorite jewel, as the flowers.

I have loved Lilly of the Valley since I was a little girl, and just recently (last week) learned that my name “Susan” is derived from “Shoshanna” which is another name for Lilly of the Valley. Well, that sealed the deal! Official favorite flower status (as opposed to just regular favorite flower status) was achieved.

If your favorite flower is Lilly of the Valley, do NOT put the real flowers, leaves, stems anywhere near your food. The real thing is quite poisonous!

Without further ado, here’s the pics.


Enjoy! (I know I certain will tonight after dinner!)

Marzipan Beets

Friday, July 17th, 2009

Close up finished pile of beets

Hi again,

Well! I’ve been working on 50 little marzipan beets for the Big Feast as well. They are about an inch to an inch and a half long. These will be a subtlety placed on the diners plates along with a slice of both a beet tart and a cheese tart. I have more pics of them in process on my Photobucket.

Sugar Paste Plate (another gal made the plate, I illuminated it)

Friday, July 17th, 2009

Katheline made the plate, I painted it with food colors

Hi all,

Here’s one of the latest projects I’ve been working on. It is a sugar paste (gum paste) plate (made by someone else) illuminated by me in the Mailloca style, after some period uber-fancy plates of the late Medieval/Renaissance period. Since this is for the Tudor Feast, I decided to put a Tudor Rose in the center. The little scales next closest to the rose are the rainbows that the Barony of SunDragon uses as it’s main charge on it’s coat of Arms. Then the calligraphy says “The Big Feast, SunDragon” as it is being put on by the Barony of SunDragon Cooks Guild. (It’s quite a big project!) On the outer rim, there is blue and yellow acanthus leaves. All of the painting is with food coloring and it is safe to eat. Because of this, I could not use my rulers, compass, or pencil to mark out the lines, so everything is done freehand. I did use my cake decorator’s lazy-susan to get the circles approximately correct, but they’re not 100% perfect, which is O.K. because the plan is to break the plate.