Sunday, September 25, 2011

Wedding Cake

 One of my best friends from high school got married this summer and asked me to do his cake.  Of course I couldn't say no.  I love making cakes even though I get stresses while I'm making them.  
It is all worth it when its all done.  
I had a different wedding the same day that I was doing flowers for so I was a little crunched for time.  Luckily, 2 of the layers were foam so I could make most of it several days in advance.  This was my first fondant experience.  I learned a lot with this cake.  Here is a step by step:
I hot glued the foam blocks together and cheese grated down the corners and edges.  I left the layer separate from each other so the fondant would be easier to put on.

I put down a layer of buttercream so the fondant would stick.  I also hammered in shish-kabob sticks to keep the layers together.  I used a rainbow chip cake for the top layer (as requested by the bride and groom).

Strangely, the dry fondant leached a hot pink color out of the frosting.  It looked tie-dyed!!  Obviously that was no good so I used a damp paper towel to moisten the whole thing before I did the tip work.  
Hippie wedding cake... avoided.

I had to drive the cake to the reception and I was afraid it would slid all over...
Cinder blocks...problem solved. That cake did not budge.

In the end the stress is all worth it.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Harry Potter 7.5 and Totally Awesome T-shirts

For Harry Potter 7.5 my friend Martha and I decided to make t-shirts.  Why?
A) We love Harry Potter.
B) We love making t-shirts.
It was Martha's idea so I cant take all the credit.  

For theses shirts cut out 8 1/2 X 11 sheets of freezer paper.  
Using an inkjet printer, print out your preferred saying and cut out the individual letters. Make sure the letters print out on the paper side not the plastic side. 
Place the letters on the shirt and iron them on plastic side down. (Don't worry they peal off really easy).  
Put bleach in a spray bottle and squirt around the letters. 
Press the hot iron on the sprayed area for instant color change.
(I usually spray a few squirts then iron, then spray some more then iron)  
When you are content with the contrast, peel off the wax paper letters. 
Wear totally awesome shirt.

Me and Martha at the Harry Potter 7.5!!!
My shirt: "Make Love Not Horcruxes".
Martha's shirt: I solemnly swear I am up to no good".