December 26, 2007

Photo Op.

I had to post this picture- Im no professional photographer but i love to take a pretty picture and i think this is one.

November 26, 2007

Black on White

This cake was VERY last minute (thanks Dad) but done with lots of love! The design was up to me so I decided to go with a concept I've had in mind for quite a while- here's its first manifestation. Im sure it'll make another appearance in the near future.

-Chocolate Fudge Cake with Dark Chocolate Ganache was created November.16.2007

October 21, 2007

Bobby's 20th

Spending a weekend with the Collins was the much deserved mini-vacation i had been wishing for. And since Bobby's birthday had just passed the weekend before, Lauren and I (the dynamic duo!) scrambled to create a cake. Bobby is quite the athlete so L thought it would be an awesome idea to create a football helmet cake with B's favorite football team, the SF 49ers.

L and i had the most FUN making this cake! The process was as enjoyable as seeing the finished piece.

Lauren's abstract representation of FrankBank

The Moist Chocolate Fudge Cake with Nutella and Sliced Strawberries tasted amazing and, most importantly, Bobby liked it... and from what i've heard, he's quite the picky eater.

-Bobby's 20th Birthday Cake was created October.08.2007

September 4, 2007

Miriam's Birthday Cake

Where to start? Miriam is a long time friend, so for her birthday, i wanted to surprize her with a unique and special gift- Whats more special than a Dolce & Gabbana handbag made of cake and sugar?!

Although her cake was presented to her about a week after her celebration, it was received with loud claps and vigorous hopping.

The cake you ask? Moist Chocolate Fudge and nutty Toasted Almond Cake with red Raspberry Preserves. Yummo! (just kidding). Happy Birthday Miriam!

-Miriam's 19th Birthday Cake was created September.03.2007

July 29, 2007

Duckies and Daisies

I had the most fun making this cake. My sister-in-law, Gaby, had an awesome concept in mind when we decided on the design of her twin baby shower cake. Gaby wanted a Vanilla Bean Chiffon Cake with Blueberry-Strawberry Compote complete with daisy-accented hills, a jello pond and 4 rubber duckies.

The largest duck symbolized the mother with the 3 baby ducks swimming behind her, the last 2 being the new additions to the family. They are all swimming on a pond of gelatin complete with ripples and little waves.

This cake is the heaviest to date!

-Duckies and Daisies cake was created July.28.2007

July 8, 2007

Cheesecake Wedding Cake

After seeing this blog, Lea, my mother-in-law's co-worker, decided to alleviate her stress and have me make her a wedding cake. Right from the start she knew exactly the kind of cake she wanted for her niece's wedding. She requested a 2-tier New York Style Cheesecake- the bottom tier being Espresso Cheesecake with an oreo cookie crust and the top tier Lemon Cream Cheesecake with an almond cookie crust. Later that week she decided to add a middle tier and have it be a Classic Vanilla Bean Cake with Chocolate Cream filling.

She sent me about a 1-inch swatch of her shade of beige and asked that i used that in the design of the cake but left the rest of the details up to me.

Pulled an all nighter with this one!

-Cheesecake Wedding Cake July.7.2007

June 24, 2007

Audeli's Birthday Cake

Audeli has been a friend for about 5 years now and is a big fan of the color green. As soon as she set a date for her birthday celebration at a beautiful park in the peninsula, she contacted me about a cake. Audeli's was interested in a light and fruity cake for her summer/spring-themed barbeque. I suggested a Classic Vanilla Bean Cake with Mango Bavarian Cream and a Sour Cherry compote. With no hesitation she concurred and sent me off to create the cake.

When designing the cake, i kept in mind her fresh, spring/summer-theme and created sugar Tulip buds & frilly Roses.

The cake was a hit with the guests and Audeli said it was "Muy delicioso!"

-Audely's Birthday Cake was created June.23.2007

June 14, 2007

Gold India Cake

This cake was one many months in the making. After being inspired by a beautiful wedding cake seen in a "Food Network Wedding Cake Challenge" a few months back, an idea for an indian-style cake was conceived. And since my Mother's church friends were throwing her a party, I, your neighborhood friendly pastry chef, was commissioned to create a cake. My mother, Irma, loves nutty flavors and asked me to make an intense flavored almond cake. After some experimenting, i created a Toasted Almond Torte. I wont reveal my mothers age but if its any indication, i was asked to use gold in the decor of the cake.

The Almond Torte was light, moist and very nutty, just as my mother requested. Happy Birthday mom!

-Mom's Birthday Cake was created June.3.2007

June 8, 2007

First Wedding Cake

Just recently I had the opportunity of making (my first official) wedding cake for Luz. Luz hosted a beautiful wedding for her niece at a vineyard in Woodside, California. She requested a classic Toasted Almond Cake with Vanilla Buttercream adorned with burgundy flowers and beige accents. I used Red organic Hybrid Tea Roses and burgandy Spider Orchids.

As I entered the reception hall, I was taken back by the amazing views of the Peninsula and I noticed the table set up right in the middle of the amazing view. Thats when I realized that this cake was my first official wedding cake. I was ecstatic!

-Wedding Cake was created May.31.2007

April 9, 2007

Baby Converse Cake

After making a pair of baby bootie cakes for Esther's Baby Shower a few months back, my good friend Miriam asked me to make her a pair for a baby shower she was organizing. Since the Shower was for a young mother-to-be, I suggested a pair of baby Converse sneakers. Miriam loved the idea and sent me off to make her a Dark Chocolate Cake with Organic Raspberries and about 30 bite sized "Cherry Garcia" brownies.

I was very pleased with the outcome of this cake considering it was made in a time crunch in the wee hours of the night!

March 22, 2007

Lisa's Baby Shower Cake

As soon as Silvia, Lisa's mother, set a date for Lisa's Baby Shower, she contacted me about a cake. Trusting my creativity and aesthetic sense, Silvia gave me free reign on the design and flavors with only one request- that the cake lean on the feminine side since Lisa is having a girl. After a bit of brainstorming, a Mexican-inspired cake was created. I used colors from the mexican flag and i adapted a graphic flower pattern i saw in an Urban Outfitters catalog. The piping was outlined with gold luster to soften the transition between the colorful piping and the rest of the cake.

The cake alternated between Chocolate Fudge and Toasted Almond layers and was filled with Organic Raspberries and Vanilla Buttercream.

February 6, 2007

The Ark of the Covenant

For my aunt Veronica's 50th birthday celebration, my aunt Maggie (Veronica's sister) was entrusted with providing the cake. And since Veronica loves everything in Ancient Jewish History, Maggie commisioned me to make her a replica of The Ark of the Covenant. This is my take on the Ark.

The actual Ark is a perfect square and pure gold all around. According to Biblical scripture, the ten commandments and Moses' staff were stored inside the Ark, along with other sacred Israelite objects. Complete with carrying poles, the Ark was untouchable by human hands and whoever would touch it would die.

With Moist Banana Cake and Vanilla Bean Custard filling, the only result of eating this cake would be a sugar induced state of euphoria.