A while back I got an email from Cake Masters Magazine and I almost passed out, they wanted me to make the makeup case tutorial for their September issue. I was over the moon with that opportunity that it took me a while to realize the I had to make the cake for the tutorial the same week as my mom's birthday cake. 

Makeup case to sewing kit cake

I had to come up with a way of making two cakes in the limited time I had. I didn't want to waste any cake and I couldn't use styrofoam for the tutorial, using real cake was a must. That's when I decided to make two cakes in one or should I say two different designs on one single cake.

That's how the Idea of turning the make up box cake into a sewing kit came to be. My mom loves sewing so a sewing kit cake was perfect for her birthday cake. 

I only baked one cake and I only had to make the structure and board once. The only extra work was making the decorations for each cake but for sure was less time than making two whole cakes from start to finish.

Of course I couldn't resist the chance of filming the whole transformation, now you can see it too.

You can get you copy of the makeup case tutorial here.

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AuthorIrina Salazar
 

Spinning cakes are a formidable way to impress your guests with something that's beautiful and fun at the same time. Just imagine how cool it is to have a cake you can interact with and reconfigure so you can get up to 16 different cakes -or 64 different sides- with just a few spins.

I made a moving Rubik's cube cake for my sister's birthday and posted a video of the cake a year ago. The response was off the charts and everyone wanted to know how I did it, that's how the Moving Rubik's Cube cake tutorial came to be. This year I surprised my sister with another rotating birthday cake, this time with characters from her all time favorite Peanuts.

A rotating cake is lots of fun to have in your party, but it's also fun to make and easy too. You can learn to make your own rotating cake with the simple technique I teach in my new video tutorial. Once you master the technique it's all up to your creativity. You can use the lovely dolls provided in the tutorial or you can feature your favorite characters from Peanuts, Star Wars, Barbie, Lego or Avengers... or you can simply mix and match faces placing eyes in the top tier, nose in the middle and mouth in the bottom tier... the possibilities are endless!

Rotating Doll Cake Tutorial

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AuthorIrina Salazar
CategoriesTutorials, Cake

For my sister's 40th birthday I wanted to surprise her with a special cake, one with some of her favorite toys. That's why I decided to make her a Rubik's cube, a pocket simon, a nintendo controller and her all time favorite snoopy. 

The pocket Simon, the snoopy and the nintendo controller are modeling chocolate. I used my 2D Topper technique to make them, witch helped me achieve a very realistic look on the pocket Simon and the controller. 

I have a little secret to make the Rubik's Cube rotate, the best part is that you don't need any special equipment to make this possible. Just head over to my shop and get a copy of the tutorial, in it I'll show you how to cover and assemble your cake from start to finish, it also includes a template that will help you make your cube as realistic as possible. Use the coupon code "20off" to get a 20% discount on your purchase (Valid until July 09 2016). 

Now you can impress everyone with this moving Rubik's Cube cake.

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AuthorIrina Salazar
CategoriesTutorials

Wafer Paper Rolled Roses, colored with ACP

Wafer Paper (WP) is an incredibly interesting and rather unexplored medium in cake decoration. The problem is you need to have an edible printer which I have not. So I looked all over the Internet with the hope of finding a printer free technique but I couldn't find any. Thus I decided to try on my own and see if I could come up with a cheaper way to color WP.

My first try was coloring the WP with piping gel, gel paste food color and white food color. But it didn't work because the white food color is very runny and contains water, what makes the WF too soft and not at all workable. I imagined this could happen but still I had to try.

On the second try I mixed piping gel and gel paste food color. With a paint brush I applied a thin coat of tainted piping gel on the back side of the WP, and guess what... it worked. But there's a catch... even though this works, you are left with a full page cover in piping gel, what limits it's versatility. 

I was ready to give up when, a couple of weeks ago, my dear friend Amber Adamson of Top Tier Cakes for All Occasions posted a great tutorial called 'ACP - Amber's Creamy Powder Method'. In this tutorial she makes the creamy powder by mixing petal dust and shortening which she uses to stencil her cakes --a very clever technique that she came up with, don't you think? (learn more here). Later Liz Marek from Artisan Cake Company posted about Amber's method; she was also impressed with Amber's cleverness, but most importantly she talked of how you can use the ACP to paint on fondant as if you were painting with oil paint. There it was! the answer I was looking for!... I just used ACP to color my WP and it WORKED!

Here are the steps to color your Wafer Paper:

  1. Make your ACP following Amber's instructions here.
  2. With the help of a spatula, spread a thin coat of ACP on the front of your WP (smooth side)
  3. Remove all the excess of ACP with a paper towel or a cosmetic sponge, until there's no more ACP on the WP.
  4. Use your colored WP as you normally will on any project you like.

The only potential downside is that because the WP is very porous you will end up with an uneven color. However, if you're like me you'll love the way the flowers look. You can use this technique to get a grainy texture with a lot of personality on its own. The little color specks just make the flowers pop!

Wafer Paper Rolled Roses, colored with ACP

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AuthorIrina Salazar
CategoriesTutorials