Aug 28, 2011

Thank You To Colette's Cakes

I know its been awhile since my last post, but I have been busy, busy helping to make cakes for Colette's Cakes www.colettescakes.com  As many of you already know, I am moving to Chicago soon and therefore will no longer be working with the fabulous Colette Peters. I have had so many great months with her and her assistant, Jennifer. Its been a fantastic experience and I have had the good fortune to help create some pretty damn cool cakes. Here are some highlights from the past few months.

Mansion Cake... this one was a doosie!! Huge cake that is 100% edible, even down to the "brick". I made the figure of the birthday boy as a leprechaun, as well as all of the shrubs, trees, door, stairs, flowers, and landscaping. Sooo much fun to do this cake!




Here is Colette and me looking as proud as new parents having just completed the cake.

Another favorite cake was a birthday cake for a woman who raises exotic chickens and birds, such as the crazy looking Polish chicken, Emu, runner ducks, geese and parrot. Loved making these feathery critters out of Rice Krispy Treats and royal icing.




Another great cake we made was for a Hip-Hop Bar Mitzvah. This kid wanted an urban ghetto theme so we tricked out the cake like a brick wall with graffiti and a blinged out star of David chain necklace. My favorite graffiti says "You da Man". Get it? He's a man now? Ha ha ha ha!



We've made some really cute cakes while Ive been there. This one was for an Angry Birds video game enthusiast, who loved Diet Coke and McDonald's fries. I enjoyed hand painting the monitor screen, the mini diet coke can, and the picture frame with the dog catching a french fry in his mouth. Fun, fun cake to make!







We had the opportunity to make a really cool cake for a lawyer to a very famous designer (hint, the logo on the paper should give it away)



Apparently this lawyer isn't a neat freak, so we had a blast making this cake look as real as his desk... coffee stains and all! I made the coffee cup, Blackberry phone and all the "paper"


We had the opportunity to make another cake for the same famous designer as above. This time it was for her granddaugther, who was turning 8 and loves anything jungle related.



All of the animals were made out of gum paste and royal icing for a 3-d effect. Then we all hand painted them. I did the elephant and tiger...




What I loved about working at Colette's Cakes, is that we made so many different cakes. For example, how many people get to make a New Jersey cake???  We got to make one with all the towns that were important to the birthday boy.

I made the stork for where he was born...

And the boy's head....


Sooo many great cakes I had the good fortune to help with. Over the months I came to realize how much I love making cakes that look like something else. I love to model figures and make things look as real as possible. But, having said that, one of my all time favorite cakes we made was something I never did before....a very traditional Victorian style cake with piping, flowers, etc. It was magnificent!

Here are some close-ups so you can see the extreme amount of work that went into this...




Here are some other random cakes we had fun making....









Over the last 6 months I have learned so much. I thank Colette Peters for all she has taught me, and hope to make her proud of me someday soon. Thank you all for your support and I will be back in touch when we are settled in Chicago with tales of trying to start my own business there! Windy City here we come!