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 Post subject: Creative Cakes?
PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2007 11:33 am 
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Not sure if this should be in cooking or parenting or... so it's here.

4th birthday is approaching and I want to make a special cake for my girl. Running into problems with creative cake books being in stock at stores and of course many products are unsafe (eg Wilton). So, I am going to have to play with icing and colourings etc.

Has anyone become a mini-master-baker? Any lessons learned that you can pass along? I may be over compensating but I want a "wow factor" cake since she misses out on so much else...

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daughter: ana for egg, sesame, dairy, pistachio/cashew/hazelnut. on contact. allergic+ to soy protein isolate, environmental allergies (e.g. dogs, dust mites). asthma. eczema.
son: peanuts, tree-nuts, OAS, environmental allergies. asthma.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2007 1:11 pm 
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Oh yeah...I'm the cake lady. What do you need to know? Cake /icing recipes?

I find the easiest cakes with "wow" factor are shaped pans (I've ordered from here many times) I use Wilton gel colours (other food colorings thin the icing)

http://goldaskitchen.com/merchant.ihtml?id=48&step=3

You just follow the pattern imprinted on the cake...pipe in the outline and fill with stars (easy).

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Husband- asthma, eggs, treenuts, fish, shellfish environmental
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2007 7:48 pm 
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One cake I made that had lots of wow factor and was supereasy was to make a big castle out out rice krispies or cocoa puff square (or alternating) recipes. I just used a square pan and for the base, but made a couple of layers, and then used different shaped molds (funnels make good turret tops), then decorate with safe candy, icing, etc.

Mine was about a foot high when I was finished.

Make sure to stick a couple of princess dolls or knights, plastic dragons, etc. You could make a moat out of double strength blue jello.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2007 11:14 pm 
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We've had success with a doll cake.
Bake a cake (1 recipe in a medium size bowl)
bake a second and cut off the bottom third. Place the 1st cake on top of the bottom third and cut a whole in the top to place a clean Barbie type doll into. Decorate with frosting to create the dress.
Cut the whole for the doll big enough or the cake will crack.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 10, 2007 7:11 pm 
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I am no master baker but last year I melted pairs of mini candy canes together to form little hearts. I pressed them into the sides of the ( plain) cake and stood them on the top.

I have also made a heart cake. Make one round cake and one square cake. Cut the round cake in half and place it on the sides of the square cake that is placed as a diamond- does this make sense?

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2007 6:10 pm 
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What a great idea Gem! I love that! How did you melt them together?


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2007 7:49 pm 
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I just placed them together in a heart shape on a baking sheet with parchment paper. Put the oven at about 250 and watch them the whole time ( it just takes a few minutes). You just want them to melt a bit so that they stick.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2007 12:44 am 
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Pamela Lee wrote:
One cake I made that had lots of wow factor and was supereasy was to make a big castle out out rice krispies or cocoa puff square (or alternating) recipes. I just used a square pan and for the base, but made a couple of layers, and then used different shaped molds (funnels make good turret tops), then decorate with safe candy, icing, etc.

Mine was about a foot high when I was finished.

Make sure to stick a couple of princess dolls or knights, plastic dragons, etc. You could make a moat out of double strength blue jello.


We did this for a Harry Potter party for my sons' fifth, and it was a huge hit, and so, so easy.

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 Post subject: and it was Cinderella
PostPosted: Sat Dec 15, 2007 7:47 pm 
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First of all I want to thank people for their encouragement (in the posts and PM). As my girl is in a big Cinderella kick, we went that way... I did one practice cake which gave me the courage to continue then the day before her birthday made this one (thankfully a friend gave me some pointers).

We were not able to use a single product from Wilton, so this was 100% home-made. For the icing, all I had was the standard 4 set of food colouring (red, green, yellow, blue).

I don't know how to post photos, so here's a link (we post wayy to many photos on line):
http://public.fotki.com/renela/2007/dec ... 07258.html

She isn't perfect, but for my second cake, I was pretty happy. As I had to remind my perfectionist self, it was for a 4 year old birthday party, not someone's wedding....

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daughter: ana for egg, sesame, dairy, pistachio/cashew/hazelnut. on contact. allergic+ to soy protein isolate, environmental allergies (e.g. dogs, dust mites). asthma. eczema.
son: peanuts, tree-nuts, OAS, environmental allergies. asthma.


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 15, 2007 8:06 pm 
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WOW! You should go into the cake business! I'm very impressed.

I did a chocolate cake with "snow " icing as requested by the b-day girl. One guest has a dairy allergy so the snow icing aka 7 minute frosting was perfect.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 15, 2007 8:48 pm 
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Renie,

I'd say that cake was pretty perfect. There is no way I could have done such a nice job. Way to go :)

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 15, 2007 10:20 pm 
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VERY NICE! Anything with a face is very tough and you pulled it off. Way to go!

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DD age 7 1/2 - milk, eggs, chicken, peanuts, treenuts, cats, dogs,
DS age 2 1/2
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 15, 2007 11:51 pm 
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Wow!!! What a gorgeous cake!!! Waaaaaaay better than any I've ever done!!!

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 16, 2007 12:17 pm 
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:D I hope she liked it.

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 16, 2007 2:53 pm 
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You guys are way too kind! It turned into my obsession and like any 4 year old should, she took it totally for granted! At least it wasn't the usual rectangle cake with sprinkles that she's been so used to...

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daughter: ana for egg, sesame, dairy, pistachio/cashew/hazelnut. on contact. allergic+ to soy protein isolate, environmental allergies (e.g. dogs, dust mites). asthma. eczema.
son: peanuts, tree-nuts, OAS, environmental allergies. asthma.


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