Friday, October 9, 2009

I Won! I Won! I Won!!!!!!

I got first place at the Coker Fair Cake Decorating Contest for 2nd grade!  I got a blue ribbon and tickets to spend at the fair.  I am so excited!  I jumped up and down all the way home from school and I told everyone I saw on my way.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Decorating the Jungle Cake

I made the animals out of fondant.  I cut them out with cookie cutters. 

I used fondant tools to add details.

I painted spots on my giraffe with cocoa powder mixed with alcohol.

This is a clay extruder.  It can be used to make strings of fondant.  Here I am using it to make my lion's mane.

I cut the strings and put them around the face.

Here's my jungle before I added the leaves.
I decided it needed something else, so I asked mom to mix gray fondant.  My helper Sophie and I made rocks.  We put the leaves on too.


Here's my cake when it was finished.

Thanks for looking at how I made my cake!

Frosting the Jungle Cake

Today while I was at school, my mom baked the cake for me.  It's a chocolate cake.  I started with green and blue buttercream.  For the blue, I used a bag with no tip.  That makes round lines.  For the green, I used tip 1M.  That makes giant stars or the swirl on a cupcake.

I made my river first.

Then I covered it with big green stars.

Then I put more frosting on the river.

Now I'm ready to make my animals.

Painting Fondant Leaves

My fondant leaves were dry, so I was ready to paint them.  Painting them makes them brighter and shinier.

I moved the leaves to waxed paper.  My helper Sophia did too.

Then I mixed my paint.  It's made out of gel color and clear extract.

The alcohol makes the paint dry faster.  Here's my paint:

Use a paintbrush that hasn't been used for regular paint, just food stuff.

I painted the leaves.

If you have gloves, wear them!  Or else you'll get paint on you!  And it washes off but sometimes not all the way.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Making Fondant Leaves

Today I was making leaves out of fondant.  Here are the supplies I used:

I used cornstarch, a rolling pin, a silicone mat, a petal pad, a pastry brush, a ball tool, cookie cutters and veiners.  I also used Easter egg trays to dry my leaves.

I rolled out some fondant.

I used veiners to make the leaf patterns.

I cut out the leaves with cookie cutters.

I pulled off the fondant to get the leaves out.  I rolled the extra fondant back into a ball and put it back in the plastic wrap so it didn't dry out.

Here I was using the ball tool on the petal pad to make the leaves thinner on the edges.  Then it will look like a real leaf.

I put the leaves in the Easter egg trays to dry.  The Easter egg tray makes the leaves dry in different shapes.

Tomorrow I will be painting my leaves when they're dry, and baking my cake.  Stay tuned!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Meet Valerie's Cakes

My name is Valerie and I'm 7 years old.  For a couple of years now, my mom and I have worked on cakes together.  Here are some photos of my cakes.

This one was for the school contest when I was in kindergarten.   I made all of the bugs.  My mom cut the grass pieces because she didn't want me to use the pizza cutter.  It was a chocolate cake and it sure tasted good.

These were the cupcakes I took for my birthday in Kindergarten.  I made all of the flowers with little green cutters and a ball tool.  It took me about two hours to make them.  Mom baked the cupcakes, then I cut out fondant for the tops with a drinking glass.

This was my school contest cake in first grade.  My mom saved cake scraps in the freezer for a few months, and I crumbled them all up in a big bowl and mixed in frosting, to make a dough that I could form into a snake.  Then I rolled out pieces of fondant on a placemat so they would have bumps and put them all over the cake.  Last I painted snaky designs on with food color.

This year the school contest theme for my grade is Jungle or Forest.  I will be showing step-by-step how to make my cake this year.  Stay tuned!