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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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Richard's Birthday Cake-- Xbox 360

Richard's Birthday Cake-- Xbox 360

Richard's Birthday Cake-- Xbox 360

Richard's Birthday Cake-- Xbox 360

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

When I first took cake decorating class, I was so into it. Since our family likes whipped cream much better than super sweet icing, so I decided to decorate using fresh whipped cream. This was my first trial using whipped cream. I think I over whipped the cream though. Also, I found out it’s impossible to decorate using whipped cream other than simple cake border as it won’t hold the shape.

Inside the cake is just 3 layers of sponge cake with fresh strawberries filling. I let the decorated cake sit in the fridge overnight for Richard’s birthday next day– the cake turned out very moist because of the whipped cream… very delicous indeed. We love it and had LOTS of it for breakfast that day.

About the theme: Back then Richard wanted to buy a Xbox 360 so very much when it first came out, but I found the price to be too much , plus he has already had a Xbox…. so I decided to give him my version of Xbox 360 instead. Richard got a real Xbox 360 months later… with a good deal  of course (almost half of the price)!:)

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Tom's Bday Cake-- San Jose Shark

Tom's Bday Cake-- San Jose Sharks

I did this cake over 2 years ago, just posting it here to be included in my cake decorating profile. I can’t remember what tip and color I used… will have to look closer at the pictures.

Our friend Tom is a big fan of San Jose Sharks, an ice hockey team based in San Jose, CA. So here goes the birthday cake with new logo. I downloaded the new logo from internet then used piping gel transferring technic to “copy” the image onto the cake. Inside was just 2 layers of chocolate cake (Tom likes chocolate cake). This cake was done over 2 years ago– I forgot what kind of filling I used to sandwich the cake layers.  I do remember that I made some rum chocolate fudge on the side to serve with the cake.

Tom's Bday Cake-- San Jose Sharks

Tom's Bday Cake-- San Jose Sharks

Also another note, I thought the cake was kind of “bared” with lots of empty white space on the top so I decided to use some sprinkles the very minutes. I did the sprinkles before heading to the party because I didn’t want to risk the cake stained by the sprinkle colors. I once made some cupcakes with whipped cream topping and sprinkles, and found out the sprinkles stained the whipped cream the next day when I took them to Alexander’s school– not pretty at all!

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Bridal Shower Cupcakes

Bridal Shower Cupcakes

Bridal Shower Cupcakes

Bridal Shower Cupcakes

Yesterday I decorated some cupcakes for a bridal shower that my friend Shelly was hosting. Since the theme color was pink and white so I decided to decorate the cupcakes using these colors. I tried to do  two-tone roses (creamy yellow in the center of the flowers and turning pink toward outer edges– with strip of dark pink on the edges of the petals) but it didn’t work out nicely 😦 … So I gave up on the yellow and pink strip on the edge– just had pure pink roses instead.

I first based coated the cupcakes in pale pink then did a cluster of 3 roses (in brighter pink color) on top of each. Thought about adding leaves but let go because I think it will look too busy. I chose a white bead border because it always reminds me of lovely pearls– which is commonly used in a wedding. I really like the bead border– it certainly added a nice touch to the cakes and made them look complete. Thanks Shelly for giving me a chance to practice rose decorating. Although it took quite a while but I enjoyed making them pretty!

Roses: tip # 104. Bead border: tip #3. Colors used: 2 tones of pink and white. Photo by Tom Eppenberger.

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Hey it’s about cake again… sorry to those who are bored by my CAKE blogs!!! 😉

Chinese New Year Cake-- Cherry Blossom

Chinese New Year Cake-- Cherry Blossom

Chinese New Year Cake-- Cherry Blossom

Chinese New Year Cake-- Cherry Blossom

Here is the story about this cake: After learning cake decorating, I wanted to try decorating a cake that’s related to Chinese culture– Chinese traditional art painting, calligraphy etc., and the timing was good– it was around Chinese New Year. I made this cake as part of my new year gift to Uncle & Auntie Chew. I froze some extra flowers from Jenna’s birthday cake project earlier and decided to use them as cherry blossom flowers. The two Chinese characters means “Spring Greetings”. The words didn’t come out as good as I thought– definitely needs improvement on piping Chinese characters so the strokes would show just like calligraphy. The bottom border is just a pink ruffle– a new border that I just learned recently. Because it’s a Chinese New Year cake so I tried to stay with new year colors (red, pink, orange, gold, yellow) for base coat, but I think the flowers and words would stand out more if the cake is coated in green or even blue.

Tips used: cherry blossom flowers: tip#107; flower center: tip#2; outline of the tree branch: tip#2; tree: tip#13; Chinese words: tip#102; ruffle bottom border: tip# 67. Colors used: lemon yellow, pink, brown.

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