I love Food Network Challenge where they have to make crazy cakes. Every time I watch it I'm convinced I should probably be on it. Mostly because I have close to zero cake decorating experience and have made all of two (now three) decorative cakes in my baking career. Yet I still feel, that despite never having even seen a piece of fondant, that I could be a strong competitor.
While in Dresden, I made two fancy-schmancy cakes. One was an alligator for our friend Casey's birthday, and another was "commissioned" after the cake was displayed at a party, for another friend's daughter's birthday.
Click here to see the first cake, an awesome alligator. Here to see the second cake- a frog prince.
After the first cake a year ago, I was asked to create a dragon cake for a friend's birthday. He's Welsh, and the Welsh flag looks like this:
Unfortunately, when I agreed upon making the cake, I didn't even know I'd have a baby yet! Needless to say, making fancy-schmancy cakes is a time-consuming process. With a small baby, I would have needed approximately 1 year, 4 weeks and 3 days to complete a dragon cake. So, I had to call in the reinforcements. Thanks Mom!!
Due to my incredible cake-decorating expertise, I only had to redo the entire carved part of the cake once, and the wings twice, but other than that, things went smoothly (though as always, took about 14 times longer than originally anticipated).
Here is the fancy-schmancy dragon cake.
I also made cutsy-wootsy dragon cake pops.
See, told you I should be on Food Network! Also judging by the quality of photo #1, I should not enter photo contests... Though I am starting to work on the quality of photos (see photo #2) but can only manage to bang out one good photo a session...