December 28, 2006

Christmas Gift

The associate pastor of my church ordered a "Happy Birthday Jesus" themed cake for Christmas, but left the rest of the details up to me. That meant I got to choose the flavors and design (SCORE!). So, i decided to make a cake that resembled one of Banana Republic's gift boxes for the 2006 holiday season.

The Cake layers were Toasted Almond with Raspberry and Almond Buttercreams. A tasty gift indeed!

English Garden Cake @ The FCI

At The French Culinary Institute, the pastry level one students created an elaborate faux wedding from which pastry level two students would create a wedding cake. The theme? An English/Japanese Garden Wedding. The cake was a classic, french Genoise Cake soaked with a Sake Simple Syrup and a Fruity Plum Filling.

The English-Japanese Garden Wedding Cake was complete with butterflies, roses, tulips and even a bumble bee. Also, there were Japanese characters all around.

Once finished, the cake took on a life of its own and was voted best in class. Awesome!