ATA Pumpkin Cake

Today my son is headed to a Halloween party at his taekwondo studio, and the party is a dessert potluck, so what else do I bring but a cake?!  I wanted to do something fun that the kids would enjoy, but mostly as a surprise for his instructor. I also wanted to do something that was not terribly complicated since I had just done a wedding cake last week, so I settled on a pumpkin with a carved "ATA" logo (ATA stands for American Taekwondo Association).

This was my first time trying to carve something like this, with a recessed area in the middle of the cake, and I will say it was definitely a challenge. The cake I was using was mostly a box mix (just slightly modified), so it was soft and moist, and not ideal for this sort of carving. So to combat that I had to carve with it frozen and I had to keep putting it back in the freezer as it would start defrosting. Originally I wanted to carve the letters deeper, but I decided not to because of the softness factor and I did not want to loose too much cake. Overall, I am quite happy with the results. 

Another first for me is getting the little curly vines to work. I have tried them in the past, but they would never quite hold their shape. I think I was just too impatient, and this time I put more gum paste in the mix. So when I took them off the dowel, they held the curly shape, but were still soft enough that I could stretch them out and curve them the way I wanted.

I hope everyone has a great time tonight, and I hope everyone enjoys the cake!

Vintage Wedding


Recently my lovely friend's daughter asked me if I would be willing to make her wedding cake.  I was thrilled to help, but a bit nervous because I also knew that the groom's mother made wedding cakes herself.  But I tried not to think about that and we started designing the cake.  Their wedding was going to have a vintage feel so they wanted a cake to reflect that feel. Originally she wanted to put a few antique broaches on the cake, but I suggested trying to make them edible.  I had recently purchased the supplies to make my own silicone molds, and I was anxious to give it a try, so we made one mold from her great-grandmother's broach and one from his great-grandmother's broach. 

 The broach at the top of this photo is made from the mold of his great-grandmother's broach, and is done in isomalt (poured sugar).

The broach in the middle and bottom of the photo is made from the mold of her great-grandmother's broach. The center of that broach is poured sugar and the outer parts are white chocolate. Both broaches were then hand painted to get the gold antiqued effect.

This was only the second time I have ever had someone help me work on a cake. One of my previous students wanted to help, so I put her to work helping fill in the lace piping on the sides. She did a great job!

Overall, I am really pleased with the way this cake turned out. It really fit in well with the theme and the gorgeous vintage decorations they used.

 I was honored to be apart of this joyous celebration, and I look forward to seeing God's blessings on this wonderful couple!

Congratulations to Blake and Alexandra! 

 Thank you to my wonderful husband who took all the photos you see here. If you would like to see more of his photos, please stop by The Inkless Book

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