Saturday, May 29, 2010

Kung Fu Panda cake- the final battle!

Tomorrow is my first day off in a long long time and I am planing to do nothing!

Still , I wanted to share with you the final stage of the Kung Fu Panda cake, and since tomorrow I'm doing nothing, there is no better way than today to finish a job!

So here it is, the finished cake!
Kung Fu Panda Cake Final0001

Po
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The "wishing scrolls"
Kung Fu Panda Cake Final0004


And here it is at the birthday party with the sparkly candles
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That's all for now folks, I'm off to bed!

Annie

P.S: If you like this cake, maybe you would want to see how it came to life as an idea? Take a look at this:
- the project
- The structure
- The making of Po  
- Po has pants and assembling the cake
- Painting the cake

Friday, May 28, 2010

Kung Fu panda cake teaser 4

Almost there!
Some landscape for the bottom tier...
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Live it's much more impressive, but I am really in a hurry now, so I can't focus on taking good pictures! The colors are blending much better and also there is a really nice " sponge" effect with the sky...which is totally lost on the pictures :-( Here is visible a little bit in the center, although it looks more white, than it is!
I hope you like them nonetheless!

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Kung Fu Panda CakePainting0003

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Sneak preview ;-)!

P.S: If you like this cake, maybe you would want to see how it came to life as an idea? Take a look at this:
- the project
- The structure
- The making of Po  
- Po has pants and assembling the cake
- Painting the cake
- The finished cake

Kung Fu panda cake teaser 3

A very late night yesterday!
The good news is that the panda is drying better than expected ( for fondant) and I think I'll be able to put it on the cake and for it to stay the way it should!

The bad news is ...it is extremely hot! It's almost 100 F and no matter the AC, since I use outside refrigerator on the porch ( my "cake" refrigerator") it's almost impossible to work! I am dreading the "painting part", since I have to bring the cake inside. I'll work as quick as I can, but still it's nerve wrecking! On top of that I have no idea if the place we are going for the B-day party actually has AC!


Did I mention that whenever all this is over I'll be very happy?! LoL

Finally, Po has pants! ;-)
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And the pants are the right color!
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The scrolls are ready too!
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These are the real Chinese words for Wisdom, Prosperity, Luck, Double happiness, Respect, Success and Knowledge. I though that it would be a great idea to have them next to each candle, so when he blows them it would be like making a wish! the other thing is that I probably would put the candles on the bottom tier, next to the scrolls, not on the top. That way Po would look like " surrounded" with fire ...very mystical! ;-) Kalin absolutely loved my idea, which makes me very happy! :-)

Doesn't these look yummy? :-)
Kung Fu Panda CakeSecond0004   Kung Fu Panda CakeSecond0006
It's mascarpone filling again ( I can't help it, I love it! ) and bananas this time with Kalin's favorite Devil's food cake. I dipped each banana in lemon juice, let's hope they'll not brown!

The top tier!
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And covered in fondant 
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Getting there, I know!
I have to go now, so I can start with the drawing on the bottom tier, but let me first put the AC on 65F and freeze everybody at home! ;-)

See you later with more pictures!

P.S: If you like this cake, maybe you would want to see how it came to life as an idea? Take a look at this:





Thursday, May 27, 2010

Kung Fu Panda cake teaser 2

Still working on the Kung Fu panda cake .
I wish I had the time to start a couple of days ago! The fondant is taking a long time to dry up, I didn't have the time to make gum paste ( I always make from scratch), so now I'm stressing out if it will hold the shape until tomorrow.
I'm not touching the figure until later tonight, hopefully it will be dry enough!

My progress so far:

- Here is the wire construction
Kung Fu Panda CakeFirst0001

- Wire construction + one more arm
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- Couple of legs
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- A head
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- Coming along...
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- Stage 3 of 5 ( it still needs a lot of work but I'm waiting to dry up)
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- 7 scrolls drying
Kung Fu Panda CakeFirst0006

I am a little disappointed I had to make the panda this way, I must admit. I could have made it a way better if I had the time, unfortunately it has to be ready for tomorrow and I had to rush it, which is not the best way to do things.
Yes, it's not finished yet and it's going to look much better than it does now, but still, I had a different idea how I'm going to make it and it doesn't feel right this way.
Unfortunately, not everything in life happens the way we want , so let's hope I'll manage to make lemonade from the lemons and it will look good! :-)

P.S: If you like this cake, maybe you would want to see how it came to life as an idea? Take a look at this:
- the project
- The structure
- The making of Po  
- Po has pants and assembling the cake
- Painting the cake
- The finished cake

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Kung Fu Panda cake teaser 1

Wondering how the cake is coming along?

Well, as I announced already, my son chose design No. 1, so this is what I am working on:

Kung-Fu Panda 2

And it's supposed to look like this guy:
kung fu panda 1

Now, I have no problem making it identical if I can add to the shape gradually. Unfortunately the whole thing has to dry up in 24 hours...which is almost impossible, since there is a lot of fondant on it.
I had to start making it earlier and now I am really nervous if it will hold up the shape well, since it would not be completely dry on the day I serve the cake.

Very risky move...we'll see if it's possible.

P.S: If you like this cake, maybe you would want to see how it came to life as an idea? Take a look at this:
- the project
- The structure
- The making of Po  
- Po has pants and assembling the cake
- Painting the cake
- The finished cake

Kung Fu Panda birthday cake- project ( updated!)

Ok, I am totally at loss here! 
I have these 2 ideas for Kalin's Birthday cake, I made the designs but I don't know which one to choose. And I literally have to start NOW!

Which one do you think looks better? ( never mind the drawing, we are talking about the ideas)

1. - Kung Fu Panda with more decorative design ( the white thingies between the tiers are "scrolls" with different Chinese hieroglyphs ( luck, love, prosperity etc)
Kalin's cake
 OR
2. Kung-Fu Panda scene from the movie, where Po was near the Pond of sacred tears, maybe the peach tree on top with the rose petals from master Oogway's departure. Po is sitting meditating and next to him is the Dragon scroll with " Happy Birthday, Kalin" or " Kalin is 7" or something like it...

Kalin's Cake2 copy

I would appreciate your comments, since I'm totally stuck and I can't decide!

The birthday boy came home and I asked him ( I wanted to be a surprise..but then I though who would know better than him?) so he chose number 1! 
He said there is more action on it and since he is into Tae Kwon Do ( won 2 gold medals already) he said this is HIS cake! :-)

We are debating the idea of Po breaking a Number 7( as his years) but we'll see! :-)

Thank you all for the participation!



Bulgarian/ На български
Правя в момента дизайн за тортата на Калин за 7-мия му рожден ден( той си избра Кунг Фу Панда) и не мога да реша м/у двата дизайна, които съм публикувала, а пък трябва да ги направя днес.


Кажете мнение според вас кой дизайн е по-добре:
Номер 1- По-скоро декоративен дизайн, с По най-отгоре, като тези белите неща са малки скролчета( свитъци) с написани китайски йероглифи със " щастие", "късмет" и подобни.


ИЛИ
Номер 2- сцена от филмчето, където По е седнал да медитира до езерото от свещенни сълзи, може би да добавя и прасковеното дърво на мастър Уугуей , като до него е драконовият скрол( свитък) с написано " Честит рожден ден на Калин" или " Калин е на 7" или нещо такова?


Много ще съм благодарна на всички, които споделят мнение! 

Току-що се прибра Калин от училище и го попитах, коя торта му харесва повече. Първоначално мислех да е изненада, но после си казах защо пък не, нали е важно на него да му харесва, та той си избра Номер 1. 
Каза, че има повече движение в нея, понеже той е много запален по Тае Куон До ( вече ми спечели 2 златни медала!) и решихме, че това ще е по-удачен вариант.
Засега обмисляме и идеята По да чупи номер 7 ( на колкото години е Калин), но още не сме решили окончателно!


Благодаря на всички за участието и мненията! 

P.S: If you like this cake, maybe you would want to see how it came to life as an idea? Take a look at this:
- the project
- The structure
- The making of Po  
- Po has pants and assembling the cake
- Painting the cake
- The finished cake

Monday, May 17, 2010

A wedding cake to remember!

Remember these 2 teaser posts that I published couple of days ago?
Everything started with a simple sketch I made, according to the bride's wishes( the things on the side were ideas for  cake toppers).
Joleyn Cake1_bak

I have made 7-8 more designs on paper, but she chose this one. I have used her wedding colors- hot pink, 2 shades of green, dark brown and white, as well as her wedding bouquet flowers- Gerbera daisies and kermit mums.The cake size was 6"-10"-14" tiers by 4 " tall.

I have made 3 different sizes gerbera daisies, as well as 2 sizes kermit mums out of gum paste sugar dough, let them dry and then painted and dusted them with petal dust.

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The cake inside was Devi's food extra dark cake layers with fresh juiced strawberries, whipped cream-mascarpone lemon filling and strawberry honey.
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I think the cake's taste balanced well, because the extra dark Devil's food chocolate layers weren't that sweet, the filling was and then the strawberries were the "cherry" on top, that just finished the symphony of taste. 

I've decorated the tiers separately, then a day later I assembled the cake together.

Joleyn CakeFinal0002  Joleyn CakeS20018

Here is the cake already stacked without the border:
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And there is the finished cake:
1. Front
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2. Left side 
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3. Back 
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4. Right
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There are a lot of pictures of the details, as well I made a video how I made the flowers, but I'll have to post that later! However, if you would like to see more pictures of the cake, you are welcome to visit my Flickr album here.
*** Ако искате да видите повече снимки, заповядайте в моя Фликър албум!***

I'll see you very soon with  more details about the wedding cake!


Thursday, May 13, 2010

A second teaser

I'm still working on the flowers, since I got this God awful JEM daisy cutter ( DO NOT RECOMMEND!) I've been trying to make them with my regular daisy cutter and here is what came out of my Gerbera Daisy:

Gerbera dasyColor0002  Gerbera dasyColor0004
 

And here are the kermit mums that the bride has in her bouquet and I thought I might use as an accent in the cake. We'll see how it turns out!
 Kermit mums0002  Kermit mums0001

I have big hopes for this cake and I am so stressing out right now, have your fingers crossed for me!!!

I made video on both flowers ( I plan to shoot while I'm making the cake too) so hopefully next week I can show you both.
Now I'm off to work!

Annie

A teaser

Time for a cake again and I have a teaser for you ;-)
I am making a wedding cake for this weekend and this is a try out ( not the real thing) for the cake.
Gerbera dasy0002

Curious? :-)

Annie

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