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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

la Quinceanera Cake

Bogota, NJ

In every little girl's upbringing, there is a special moment to which she looks forward with excitement and pride. It could be a bat mitzvah for a young Jewish lady, a communion for a Catholic girl or she could be making her society debut. When a girl reaches her fifteenth birthday in Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cuba and Central and South America, she celebrates her Quinceanera, and her entire family treats her like a princess for her special day.

Historically speaking, Quinceanera traditions date back to ancient Mexican society. The origins can be traced back to the Aztecs in 500BC where it was used as a form of initiation to instruct and reinforce important cultural ideals. These days, turning fifteen years of age is acknowledged with the Quinceanera and the ceremony is a reaffirmation of the baptismal vows made by her parents. Now, as then, a candle is lit during the ceremony to signify this.

We made the above cake for a lovely young lady for her special day. We incorporated edible items in the cake that are symbolic in many Qunceanera ceremonies, such as the royal icing tiara, the high-heeled shoe, and the gumpaste scepter.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Edible Shoes?

Some gals really love their shoes! Before I started wearing 'bakery shoes' I would have loved a pair of these with their signature red soles!

This was a fun cake to make and the recipient was very pleased with it! The box is all cake and the shoes are hand molded from sugarpaste.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Playstation 3 Cake

This Playstation 3 cake was a real challenge to make! It was made for a great lady to surprise her boyfriend on his birthday. She only needed to feed 8 people but in order to make a big impact and look like a real Playstation we needed to make a much larger cake that serves about 35 people. We gave her our usual instructions to wrap the leftovers in plastic wrap, store in the refrigerator, and bring to room temperature before serving.

The Playstation is carved from our Red Velvet cake recipe and filled with a yummy cream cheese filling. The controller is molded from cereal treats and covered with fondant. Even the Madden game on top of the cake is edible as we used our dedicated food-safe printer to create the image. Oh, and the Gucci wallet and $100 bill are also edible!