Daily Top 3 - May 22, 2012

Dragon Boat head for Mark

I made this cake for a friend of ours who loves Dragon Boat racing. It’s my first proper carved cake and I was so nervous about doing it. It was chocolate cake with choc buttercream filling and iced in choc ganache. Covered in fondant, all details are completely edible. Took 30ish hours to do but it’s the first cake I’ve been quite pleased with. Thanks for looking :)

Raewyn, Sydney, Australia https://www.facebook.com/cakesbyraewyn

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Benni Rienzo Radic ...

Incredible cake!!

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Thanks so much Benni!! I wish I had staged it at home with the red cloth….I’m such a crappy photographer lol! Thanks again :) xxxx

Jenny ...

Amazing!

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Thanks Jenny, you’re very kind! :)

verjaardagstaartenbestellen.nl by Linda ...

Amazing work!!! I love it :)

Sheryl BITO ...

your work is impeccable!

Debbie ...

Brilliant !!!

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Wow!! Thanks so much Linda, Sheryl and Debbie, this only had 24 views last time I looked! I need to have more faith lol! Thanks again lovely ladies! :) xxx

speedy92 ...

OMG…. incredible!! I am still to nervous to attempt carving a cake….lol!!! One of these days I will attempt it.

I do have a question for you……..the blue & black pieces that are standing straight up, how did you get them to harden up to stay. I tried, tried, and retried with a cake that I had a piece that was suppose to stand straight up (it was a barbie head silhouette)………well needless to say that after about 12 attempts, I finally went and bought a piece of foam-board and used that!!! I was so upset……but I had no choice, and no more time!!!! I was attempting at making this piece for over a week. Client was absolutely ok with it (she could not believe all the broken, unharden, cracked, etc pieces I had laying around, and said she would not have attempted it so many times :-) …….but I sure was not. I hope you don’t mind telling me what and how you made these pieces. Thank you so much.

Trish ...

Love it! Amazing colors! Your so talented!

Ann-Marie Youngblood ...

I really do’t have any words…You are a Great Talent!!!

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Oh wow! Thanks Ladies! You’re all so wonderful to say such lovely things! I’m truly touched! :) xxx

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Thanks Speedy92, I’m always happy to share anything I know, because more than likely someone has shared it with me first! :) I added double the amount of tylose than I usually would then I actually rolled the fondant much thicker than I normally would. let the cut out shapes sit for about 10 mins on a piece of paper towels as I find baking paper slows the drying. Then I gently pushed a thin wire into each end of the main blue piece. I let that sit for another 10mins and then while it was still flexible, put water along the base and pushed it into the cake! I’ve never done it this way before, I usually let all the pieces dry first, but I knew it had to bend to the contour of the cake. It stayed surprisingly well, but to add stability, I then attached the black pieces to it to anchor it in place. To my surprise they were rock-solid! I was really learning as I go…or as I like to say, flying by the seat of my pants! ;) Hope that helps :) xxx

Elilovescakes ...

great job! & thanks for all the input on how you made the cake.

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Thanks Ellie! I actually took quite a few progress pics and will put them on my facebook page sometime thru the week. I’m always happy to help if I can and I always try to reply to any comment :)

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