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I haven’t touched cake decorating for about 2 years because it takes lots of time and energy which I don’t have with 3 kids at home. However, my little princess was turning one so I decided to bake a cake for her birthday party, to mark this special milestone. I had never heard of chocolate plastic until I was looking for chocolate recipe to make the dress (I didn’t want to use fondant because it’s good on the look but not for the taste). Based upon reviews chocolate plastic works just like fondant but tastes like tootsie. A lot of people said they like it much better than fondant.

The plastic icing was very easy to make, but I failed making my very first batch of plastic icing because I over stirred– it became very sticky and the fat was separated from the mixture. When I made it the second time, I made a quick stir and it turned out perfect. Scroll down to see the recipe.

Dress Cake

Dress Cake

Dress details…

Dress Cake

Dress Cake

Horrible writing… It was a very difficult angle to write the words as I had to be careful not letting my body or my elbows touch the cake while writing.

Dress Cake

Dress Cake

Here are my paper drafts… I always draw the design on the paper before decorating.

Drawing for the cake design

Draft: Drawing for the cake design

Top and bottom border design

Draft: Top and bottom border design

Ta daa…: may I present you The Dress!

The dress-- made of chocolate plastic

The dress-- made of chocolate plastic

Chocolate Plastic Recipe

Ingredients:

1 pound semisweet chocolate, chopped
3/4 cup light corn syrup (use 1/2 cup if use white chocolate)

Method:

  1. Melt chocolate in a large metal bowl over a pan of simmering water. Stir occasionally until smooth. Remove from heat, and quickly stir in the corn syrup until smooth. Do not over stir as it will get very sticky.
  2. Spoon onto a piece of plastic wrap, and wrap tightly. Let stand at room temperature until firm before using. Overnight is best. Use unsweetened cocoa powder (if using chocolate) or icing sugar (if using white chocolate) on work surfaces to prevent sticking.

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Rose Cake-- piping with Pastry Pride

Rose Cake-- piping with Pastry Pride

Rose Cake-- piping with Pastry Pride

Rose Cake-- piping with Pastry Pride

I made this cake over 2 years ago. I’m posting it here to be included in my cake decorating profile.

This was my first trial using Pastry Pride, which is a non-diary whipping cream like. It tastes like whipped cream and yet it is able to hold the shape. I wanted a 2-tone color roses with pink on the outter edge of the petals and pale yellow towards the center, but somehow I put the cream in wrong side of the pastry bag and the colors reversed on the petals. About the vines, I was lazy and just dip toothpick into green coloring and drew straight on the cake. On the side of the cake, since I only used a little of each shade of pink, so I just started piping with the lightest pink strings, then add more pink coloring to the leftover light pink icing to create darker shade of pink. This cake also gave me a good chance to practice beads– something I always fancy.

I love color theme and the look of the cake. It looks like a cake for a princess or for sweet sixteen. Now that we have a princess at home, I sure will make a cake like this for her…I’m already thinking about painting her room in the same color theme…

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Jing's Baby Shower Cake-- Bundle of Joy

Jing's Baby Shower Cake-- Bundle of Joy

Jing's Baby Shower Cakae-- Bundle of Joy

Jing's Baby Shower Cake-- Bundle of Joy

I made this cake over 2 years ago. I’m posting here to be included in my cake decorating profile… can’t remember what kind of tips/methods I used, would have to look closer at the picture.

I made this cake for our friend Jing when she was pregnant with her baby. It was a good chance for me to practice piping booties, beads, daisy flowers, ribbons, leaves, ruffles etc. Colors used: white, blue and yellow. I saved some basic white icing aside for beads and ruffles. Base coated the cake in light blue, then added in more blue coloring as I moved along for the words, string on the ruffles and the strips on the side of the cake. This was the first time I came up with multicolor strips on the side, so you can see there were gaps between strips. Luckily the base coat was in blue so the gaps were not as obvious. I later bought a cake marker and it makes the job a lot easier. About the words, I didn’t want the very typical “It’s a Boy!”. I saw “Peek-A-Boo” on internet, but decorated a baby peeking out of the blanket was too much work– finally I came up with “Bundle of Joy”. I need more practise on the words though. Overall I was happy with the cake, especially with the baby blue color theme.

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