Saturday, January 18, 2014

Browning and Pink camo Cake





 Hey My dear loovelies, I've been sooo hectic busy !!! this holidays were really funny and busy for me and my family. I am sooo glad is finally over, I was about to collapse !!! LOL I' m  getting my energy refilled until next Holidays!!! 

Here is my first official cake of the year, and I am loving it !!! I was asked to make a browning theme baby shower cake and i must say i got too scared about it: This is no easy theme !!! specially if you want to make it look pretty and cute. Browning is about hunting, arms, shooting sports etc and i must admit I am not really into. It is pretty scared for a cake designer when someone ask us to make  a cake that is not so much of our interest: I know many of you out there have felt like this once in a while. 

I did a loooong research about this theme and how to make it look cuter: well, it;s a baby shower cake !!! should be as cute as a bottom !!! LOL . I found some inspiration on scrapbooking paper and on cowgirl stuffs. Next most important thing was on my side: I was given free decisions on the final look of the cake as long had Camo and Browning in it!!! awesome !!! thanks to all those customers that trust our work!! Well this cake is for a gooood friend of mine, so she has no other option that agree on my final design, LOL !!!!!!





 You can find this boots toppers here in my ETSY shop

Big Hugs and Kisses, JOLY .

Monday, December 9, 2013

How To: Mommy Tummy Cake





I used 4 different cake's sizes and shapes: 1 sheet cake pan 11"x15"x2" (28cmx38cmx5cm), 2 half balls from the Wilton's ball pan, 1  cake baked from a Pyrex's bowl ( or any bowl that can be used to bake)  




Place the sheet cake on a Foam core board. Torte the sheet cake in half, reserve one part.  
The Topper half from the sheet cake (the one  topper sheet you torte and reserved)  has to be cut in half, put your filling and cake layers on only half part of the sheet cake



Place the 2 ball halves on the side is lower on your sheet cake, that part will be the breasts. 

And now the half ball you got from the pyrex's bowl shape (which will be the tummy)  




Be prepared for a messy table!!! ATTENTION: DO NOT THROW AWAY ANY SINGLE CRUMB You will need to carve all around the cake with a nice and small, easy to handle knife. The knife should cut cake  on a 45 degree angle so the bottom part is larger than topper part of the cake. 






using the pieces you already carved and the reserved, you now can start to fill up spaces so the tummy will be more natural shaped and actually make it look like a real tummy. A mommy anatomy is curved and flows in harmony. A great idea is to have pictures of actual mommy's   belly. When ever you are sculpting something, you should use pictures as reference, specially if you are not sure how a pregnant tummy looks like. 


 I shape it as much as I can remember my own pregnant belly (mine was actually larger, LOL) 

The most important tool whenever you are covering a rounded shape cake: a long piece of plastic!!!  this tool can come from: stencil sheet, X-RAY sheet, or in my case I cut a long piece from a plastic toy box.



Cover the cake in butter cream, and using your super advance technology tool LOL, drag the butter cream and smooth it. Once you Smooth all the cake, you will need to cut all around the board. I might probably wasting some board, but this boards tent to get totally dirty since the surface is not washable. If you are using any washable board, then skip this part. 




Measure the tummy. Since  the idea is to cover the cake as is wearing a dress, and we want to produce sort like pleads. It is really difficult to make just one piece to cover all tummy with out messing all pleats. So here the idea is to make 3 strips and handle them easily. Roll the fondant,  I used Wilton's,  and make 3  strip long enough to cover the longitude of the  tummy. The 3 of them will cover the entire belly, once they are all put together.  Place some dowels in different sizes (these will be the pleats ) let sit and dry a bit (so the pleat stays)


 Start placing the  first strip on the very side of the cake, and then the rest. I would suggest you to use as many strips as you need, if you feel more confident using smaller strips, then make them less wider and add more of them until you cover the entire tummy 




 Cut same size strips ( I use my ruler as reference) enough of them to cover the bust part, once is all covered, place on strip where the dress pleats and the breast strips meet. I like to cover all and not show any skin, but that is my wish, you can work a bit more and include some skin for  the cleavage. 




 Make some circles and ruffled the edges. Or you can just change this embellishment by simply using a flower or bow 



I finish cake with some shimmering using airbrush.  




I hope you like it and give it a try, Cake looove JOly

Monday, September 30, 2013

Sofia The First Cake




Last Month I was asked to make a Sofia The first Cake, and I was about to die!!! I've being waiting for this to happen long time ago. I also appreciate my friend Aliya for all her trust in making this, trying different techniques and staying away from ruffles and crowns when I designed this cake. 


It turned out bigger and heavier than I had expected but trying something new also means some hours of try and error . At the end I felt really pleased using the wafer paper I bought several months ago (and I was afraid to used it) along with the paper die cut pouch I got from Michael's store (a little tricky to use I must add) 






I also tried the bi dimensional technique, that normally should be used on the top of the cake because it turns really heavy; and on this cake just the part of the hair on Sofia, turned out really heavy and tricky to secure on cake. BTW, I must add that the hardest part to make on figurines is the mouth, lips and mouth expression, I redid it 3 times!!!! 









This cake is a 8"x3"all butter cream  on bigger tier and 7"x8" ganache and fondant on topper tier using the DOUBLE BARREL technique that you can learn HERE

Thank you so much for checking on my blog!!! I love to see you here 

xoxo, Joly 

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Witches are the new Zombies



The second best time of the year is almost here, and I am more excited than mi own kids, LOL. The basically love the candies: get them, sort them, eat them and get sick of them!!! but I love all decor, grown up parties, all the crafting, visit our local Haunted House and watch all those great spooky movies I love to watch every single year!!! Yes, I am sooo Ready for Halloween !!!!


Witches will be the new trendy, oooh yes!!! forget about those nasty zombies who lack of any glamour and are so not fashionable!!! With the coming  new season of American Horror Story  this October 9th a new  chapter of beautiful, sexy, wicked and terrible witches will be on all TV's this October!!! wooohooo (I am dying here to watch it) 


  
Since Witches are cuter, smarter and trendier than Zombies, I decided to play around a little bit with my left over fondant , try new techniques and new ways to keep these cake toppers  from falling apart and the most important part:  finding the best way to mail them everywhere. 

 


I will be making toppers, cake sets that includes name plaque, number, topper and extra decor everything ready for your cake: you put the cake and I make the hard and  tedious sugar work 


If you are interested in ordering any sugar topper and cake set please email me at 
vivalacake@hotmail.com


Sunday, September 8, 2013

How to: Plaid Effect

Hello my lovelies!!! Yeah I know I know, I've being a little bit quiet lately but also busy on some cakes and whenever I have some free time, that goes straight to "My Family time"; we took a short break and headed to Orlando, Fl the happiest place in the world (at least if you go to all those theme parks)

This week one of my cakey friend told me she was wondering how to make the Plaid Effect on some fondant because she needs to make some cupcake toppers and have that effect on some; When I made the Lalaloopsy cake   part of her dress included some plaid and this is how I made that part.



Let's first talk about the materials you will need and how to figure out the size of your lines.

You will need:
  • Stencil sheets (to actually make stencils) 
  • ruler
  • x-acto knife with new razor 
  • I used a circle cutter of 2 and 1/2 " as reference for the size of my lines
  • cutting board or wooden board








Start by marking your lines. the distance for this particular stencil is only 1/4" so I mark a point ever 1/4". I marked each line 3 times so I will be totally sure my lines are completely straight.  Then trace the lines.







Once you have traced the lines, place and X every other space, so that is the line you want to cut and leave the rest alone. The x-acto knife needs to be brand new, at least the razor: now using the ruler, cut the lines, hold the ruler firmly, take a deep breath and cut with straight and steady hand. Remember always to use a wooden board or a cutting board to make this part, you don't want to mess up your beautiful table









As you can see I already have a few of these, they are easy to make and cheap. 


 So now you have the stencil, yeahhh you did it yourself!!! now is the time to actually USE it!!!





I used powder colors for this, it is easier, and super fast to make and when you use powder colors, the intensity is always different depending on how much powder you leave on the brush and that is a good effect for this plaid. Place the stencil and hold it firmly but not too hard so you don't  mess up the fondant. Remember this round is meant to be use on a cupcake topper. 






Now, the easiest part, well not so easy but you will do it great, lift the stencil, turn it around and instead of being vertical lines, now you will make the horizontal lines. And again, using some dry powder color (it can also be wet, but make sure is not too runny and the brush is not too wet) paint now the horizontal lines.







Here is the final product!!

Note: always remember to use the same stencil side for applying the color or you will mess up your design. If your stencil is leaving paint where you don't wan it, wash it carefully and let dry. Then it will be ready to use. 
I hope this come in handy for you!!! 

Cakey Hugs, Joly