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Monday, September 22, 2014

Tiered Caker 2 App

A while back I wrote a blog post on  My Top 5 Cake Decorating Apps and this App was on the list. One of the cake decorating apps that I would suggest to any caker is Tiered Caker. This is the only cake decorating app that you will need for your clients. In the app you can do many cake related things like price cakes, stack them, and even get cutting guides. I have taken a few screen shots of what you can do with the revised app on my iPad.

This screenshot gives a  visual of what a 4", 6", and 8" stacked round cake would look like. I have also made each tier a different color in the app. You can customize the color for your client by clicking on each tier. 

The servings calculator is shown in this screen shot. Just for an example I priced each cake slice at $3 per serving. Since the cake above has a total of 42 servings total then my pay for the slice amount only, not including decorating and time spent,  would be $126.

Last but not least, the cutting guide for the cake is another helpful tool in the app. On this cutting guide it shows  you how each cake tier should be cut to get the maximum amount of servings.

Here is a video that explains everything that can be done in the Tiered Caker 2 App:

I hope that you have enjoyed this blog post and that you will check out the Tiered Caker App. It is worth the investment.

Savor The Baking,

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Fall Inspired Cake Love

With Fall right around the corner and pumpkin recipes increasing on Pinterest I took to Cake Central  to get some Fall inspired cake inspiration. There are many interpretations of the theme for inspiration, but I chose the cakes that stuck out the most to me. I chose each one for a different reason. 

Picture from With Love & Confection

The first cake that caught my eye was from With Love & Confection. I love the rich colors in the cake and the contrast of the dark barrels to the colorful pumpkins and leaves. The pumpkins look like they have been picked fresh from a pumpkin patch, but were made using rice krispy treats. The barrels also look realistic with the holes throughout the design.

Photo from The Vagabond Baker

Sunflowers are my favorite flower so this cake from The Vagabond Baker really had my heart the first time that I saw it. The sunflowers look so real I would actually put them in a vase to display in my home. The covered cake board to look like a wooden floor adds an extra special touch to this cake. 

Photo from Laura Loukaides Cakes

Pie is one of my favorite things to eat during the Fall so I searched for a realistic pie cake to feature in this blog post. Laura Laukaides Cakes  is known for realism in her cakes and her sculpture work. This cake displays her talents. The crust/ fondant looks crisp as if it just came out of the oven. I love how the cake board has cherries spilled randomly on it just like it would in real life. 

Photo by Juniper Cakery

The simplicity of this last Fall inspired cake by Juniper Cakery is what sets it a part from the others. The Fall colors detailed by the ruffles is elegant. The gold acorns add another dimension of design to the cake. 

What Fall cakes inspire you? Leave a comment with the link below so that I can view them.

Savor The Baking,

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Giraffe Cake Topper

One of the things that I love about cake decorating is sculpting cake toppers. I get to create almost anything out of gum paste, my imagination, and the help of Pinterest. There is a lot of inspiration for cake toppers on Pinterest as well as YouTube. I like putting my cake toppers on a base so they can be saved as a keepsake.

This giraffe cake topper is good for a safari or zoo themed birthday party. It even can work for an adult's cake if their favorite animal just happens to be a giraffe. To get the main color of the giraffe I mixed two different gel colors, wilton-ivory and a small amount (1 drop) of americolor copper tone. The rest of the colors are easy to achieve.

Here are the materials that you need. Again, the base is optional and all I did to make that is use a round cookie cutter with scalloped edges.

To start off the giraffe's body I made a pear shaped body with emphasis on a long neck. I inserted a popsicle stick into the middle and let it dry for at least 3 hours. While letting the giraffe body dry I worked on the face.

Here is me creating the giraffes mouth. I simply used the end of a plastic paint brush for this part, but you can also use a small ball tool to get the same effect.

After assembling the giraffe, minus the spots on the arms, and let it dry overnight. I used a wilton gel food color and some makeup sponges to prop it up. I hope you are having a great week.

Savor The Baking,