Friday, 22 June 2012

Youtoooooooob


Said in the voice of Arnold Schwarzenegger :D

All I can think of is this quote:


Awww how I love Arnold!

Anyway yes, we are here to talk about Youtooooob! or Youtube.


I've been dabbling around in more videos lately for cakes. I really enjoy making them, and hopefully it will give you an insight to how they are made, or just to see all the details in one place.

Regular readers will have already seen my first video, Dirk the Zombie. My second video is based on the latest cake - Tangled Tower.


If you haven't heard of the Disney film 'Tangled' where have you been!? Its a recent one which is going to become a classic such as Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, and Snow White. Rapunzel is the latest favourite Disney princess, and its easy to see why:


She is teamed with a sidekick (like so many other Disney films) little Pascal the chameleon, who to be honest is just ADORABLE!



We first saw this at the cinema, and it has easily become a firm favourite within my Disney collection (Yes....I love Disney too, I am allowed to love both horror and kids stuff lol)

Although the film has been out over a year (that's gone quick!) I only got requested for it in cake form a few months ago. The internet was already covered in Rapunzel style cakes, so when it came to designing I gave the customer a few options along with quotes. Most I had seen were round cakes with a small tower ontop of it, usually made from RKT (rice krispies mixed with marshmallows for you non cakey folk!). But I didn't want to make one like everyone else so I said "Hmmm you could have Rapunzels castle AS cake?! about 8" ontop of the tower". Among all the other designs I had given I wasn't expecting it to get chosen as I kinda threw it in there as another option.

But it did....

LOL. What the hell made me think at the time.....yes I can do a tall tower with a huge 8" round heavy cake and roof balancing ontop of a long skinny pole. Crazy!
However the day was approaching fast, I took a trip to B&Q and spent over £30 on all sorts of wood bits, dowels, MDF, wood glue, screws and fixings...and also a new powertool. The JIGSAW! It has now been added among my other tool boxes, saws and power drills.


That isn't MY jigsaw and hands....just thought you should know I stole that picture :D

With appointments the same week, Kai coming back from his first holiday abroad with his Nan and Grandad, a hospital visit and family occasions I didn't really have time to think how it would work, I just built it and hoped for the best.



Placing the 8" cake ontop of a swaying 14" high pole was daunting...how was this going to turn out?! I didn't really have a back-up plan, so it HAD to work. I covered it in white fondant, and set about making RKT, (melting the marshmallows in a pan adding the rice krispies and mixing together.)
This stuff is STICK-AAYY. Stickier than a Chameleon on a stick.

I already knew you had to use wet hands to help mould this stuff, but I wasn't bargaining getting it all over my body. The marshmallow fused those snap, crackle and pops all over my baps, tackle and tops. I looked like an extra from a weird Star Trek episode.

When I had finally got them off (and had lots of  mushy pale krispies floating in my sink like frog spawn) I had a tower shape, and roof shape! Woohoo! The tower got covered in white fondant and I set about making the bricks, cracks on the tower and slightly painted parts grey to give it a 'worn' look (though that doesn't seem to show in these pics lol)


For the next few hours I concentrated on the top tower, making little windows, woodwork, ledges, flowers, roof tiles and of course little pascal:


The more I spun it round and round like a record on my turntable I wondered how on earth it was still standing - but I'm glad it was.

After leaving it over night and tackling it again the next day, many many many hours later I had finished it. The trouble is, it now stood 2 and a half feet tall and I had no clear space to take a decent photo. I looked outside and it had JUST stopped raining, I needed to be quick.
I grabbed an empty computer box and a green blanket and set them up at the front door, all the time getting dripped on by the crap guttering we have.
Now the box was smaller than the board, so it was going to have to balance. Cue the bitey lip.

I had to carry this cake outside. Cue nervous butterflies.
I had my camera by the stairs, the box waiting outside and the cake on a unit only 4 metres from the photo spot. Cue the 'walking back and forth 'you can do it' pep-talk'

I had kicked all possible tripping-up items from my path and took a deep breath as I slid the cake from the safety of the sideboard to my shaky hands. Now its not particularly heavy...well a little but not alot. What the hardest part of all was keeping it level, and trying to not let it sway, after all its REALLY top heavy, one slight misjudge in balance could see me catapulting it onto the grass for the slugs dinner.


Yeah you would like that wouldn't you,.. you slimy twerp!

I stepped into the front garden and started to squat to balance it on the box. Mid squat I realised it was swaying, in that split second of trying to straighten up again, the cake seemed to triple in weight and I got my 'huffy puffy jesus christ' face on with bulging scared eyeballs.

I have no idea if anyone saw me as I was behind a 2 and a half foot tower of cake shaking too much like a sh*tting dog to care.

I almost threw it on the box, and I have no idea why, but I did the 'stay' motion with my hands....as if it was going to listen! lol
I ran into the house, grabbed my camera and started snapping away, willing a gust of wind didn't come. I was paparazzi'ing with that camera so fast you would have thought Johnny Depp was in my garden, and I'm sure the passers by thought I was one of the crazed local ladies.

Mission one complete. Now I just needed to complete mission 2 - getting it back inside. I didn't reckon on this being the hardest part. Why was it hard? Because I had to START from the squat position and heave this cake up to normal level. I took a wide footed stance (must of looked like a right tit) and slid my arms underneath the board.  As the I felt my arms take the whole weight of the cake I slowly started to lift, with the knees, with the knees!- and if I didn't have a good sphincter I would have probably shit myself right there and then. Fact.

How does a not-so heavy cake weigh almost 5x as much when you have to keep it level!? Needless to say the little tiny voice of my two year old saying 'carefuuu mummy!' got silenced by my death stare as I crossed the front step into the living room with what felt like all the tendons and veins in my head popping out like Deidre Barlow's neck. I placed the cake back onto the sideboard , finally exhaled and could hear the sound of waves crashing around in my ears, thanks for that blood pressure! For 10 minutes after, my arms and hands were still shaking and I was still breathless. Its a bloody cake man, chill out!

I wasn't about to do that again anytime soon!

SOOO if you managed to read all that I will reward you with the picture. He he.


I don't think I have ever had cake-stress like it! But all in all I had such fun creating the little scene on the board etc.

So where does Youtube come in?...It hosts my second cake video:


Phew.

Now when I had finished that one, I had so much fun I made a Mario one too, with a few more behind the scenes:



This was for Mike and Rachel (who called into Hollywood bites in my last post!)


A Mario/Mario Kart Wedding Cake!


And here it is at the venue and with the Bride and Groom (if for any reason you couldn't/or didn't want to view the video...shame on you! lol)





Well that's me for this post. Even just typing it out and reliving the stress has made my starfish squeak. Im off for a calming bottle of Kopparberg lol

Laters Dudes! x

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

You May Now Decapitate The Bride


Hey guys! Following from my other post about Hollywood Bites movie cafe...I have pictures of the new cake for you.

Since then I have obviously been back :) As I was delivering the cake I realised my blog post made an impact on you guys! I turned up to hand it over and my Mum and Dad were sat in there eating bacon and egg toast sandwiches ha ha. They said the coffee is amazing, and they actually got enough milk for it (apparently they said other Bury cafe's don't give you enough milk jugs for it lol) Take note....they are onto you!

To make the new cake 'fit' the cafe more I decided to take elements from it. Some of the impressive models in there are Alien and Predator who stand together up one corner:




Seriously....how could I not?!

So I pulled up screen shots from the film Alien to help with the top two tiers, and decorated the bottom tier as a jungle for the Predator.


Notice the level 3 sign?! Yes? have a medal you sharp eyed dudes. The level 3 sign was from the cafe wall.

I added a facehugger, because no matter how many new films come out with all their over CGI'd creatures I still believe this is one of the creepiest. I think its because it resembles a weird spider - lightening fast and just darn well FREAKY


This picture makes me physically shiver. eeeek!

I have watched countless horror films, most of which I find laughable for their ridiculous creatures, or over computer generated. Some are amazingly good.....but none have a had a lasting impact on me like the facehugger, they are far scarier than the Aliens.


AWWW HELL NAW!

Any SUPER geeks among us here?! You might like this diagram:



Yes I found it interesting too LOL
If this is the first time you have encountered one of these....shame on you! Get those films bought dang it!

They even now sell little plush versions of these creepy creatures:


?!?! Pahaha I'm usually such a geek for things like this, and want to own all sorts of geeky memorabilia. Id even happily stand a full size Freddy Krueger in my bedroom....but this......this SOFT TOY, I would feel uneasy owning it LOL

Here is my sugar version....



MMMM gooey!


Just look at the dashing young couple:


Don't they look happy :)


And yes it goes all the way around the back too!





Give us a kiss you sexy extraterrestrial being.

And of course written in Alien style font :)

I think they liked it judging by the gasps, wide eyes, 'Oh my god's' and pictures snapped of it. And I'm SOO glad they did :) I really wanted to do the cafe justice and tie it onto a cake for them. Hopefully next time I'm there I'll get a picture of the cake between their amazing models for you guys :)

We sat down for some food near Predator (how awesome does that sound!) and we decided to tackle the amazing 'Armageddon'. Protect your eyes...they might just get blown from their sockets:


I was talking about the food...not Adam's stalker face lol


And sorry...this is me getting crazy with the tommy ketchup:



EEEEEEK More Man vs Food stuff going on right here. Its a huge megamuffin, stuffed with chips, griddled beef, onions and gravy. We both gave it our all...and between two of us we STILL didn't clear the plate!

And the best part about this cafe? If the kids are running around and wont stay seated, tell them Predator is watching, it worked a charm haha. My 2 year old got told countless time to sit back down until I told her 'Predator is watching you' she looked up, eyeballed him, and crept back onto her seat without looking away from it for a second. ha ha awesome.

Just as we were finishing up (stuffed yet again!) My mates Rachel and Mike popped in with their Best Man. (I'm creating their wedding cake this week, aswell as their wedding photography) This girl knows how to multitask! Ha ha Seems the post about the cafe really did have an impact ;)
As far as I know, Rachel ordered a burger, and was too full to tackle a dessert - something Ive struggled with too. I'm DYING for some Top Gun fudge cake! ha ha

and she also got this picture of my cakes on display which she kindly let me rob off her profile :)



Later followed by a picture that was tweeted from Lee and Donna at Hollywood Bites:


with the caption 'Dee Dee loves de cake!' ha ha Love ya guys! x

I know a few other people from my facebook page are planning a trip to see them too, and got a phonecall the other day from my convention buddy (yes I realise that sounds tremendously geeky...but I don't care! lol) who seemed to be on route asking how to get to it. ha ha Y'all get your butts in those seats and get some Armageddon down your neck!

You will probably see me there drooling over the desserts menu ;) x



Sunday, 10 June 2012

Pipling's Take Over


What are Piplings?! If you have a toddler you should know the answer already.

Piplings are the little creatures from the show 'Waybuloo' on Cbeebies. It seems to be a firm favourite for cake designs so far, but I didn't realise just how many I had made until the last order came in.

My first encounter was somewhere back in 2009 I think with little De-Li




Then again in 2010



and last year (2011) brought a 3 tier colourful explosion of Waybuloo-ness that set off the hype of orders that followed throughout that year and this one.




The next was a boyish single tier




Then a replica of the first one with some slight differences to make it more unique



Then little Yojojo!



De-Li again:




All the Piplings:




A mini version of the popular 3 tier




Another 3 tier! Phew!


Little Nok Tok in the limelight:



The Piplings share a cupcake:



Nara bugs join in to play:



Which leads me to the last one - another 3 tier colourful version!


That's ALOT of Piplings!

2x of these 3 tier cakes have had great journeys!

One got delivered to Gloustershire (about 3 hours away - 6-7 hours round trip!) and we enjoyed our little road trip out to deliver it. I was blown away by the request of delivering it so far away 'as they didn't trust anyone else' which was so humbling and honouring!

But the last Waybuloo cake (pictured above) went much further. I was already chuffed to have one of my cakes make its way to Gloucestershire, but to have someone come up on the train from LONDON to collect, blew my mind entirely.

I had a phone call from Mason's mum enquiring about the 3 tier Waybuloo, We soon realised we were over 225 miles from each other! I wasn't expecting the conversation that followed....
She said she would ring me back once she had talked it over with her other half to see if he could come on the train to collect it! Although that would have been amazing, costly and rather crazy I didn't expect to hear from her again...but I did!

The cake was booked, I was to make little Mason a 3 tier cake and his Daddy would come up to Manchester to take it back down with him. WOW...seriously?! These guys are as awesome as they are crazy....I love them! lol

I manoeuvred through the hustle and bustle of the train station almost having it knocked right out of my hands  by people who could clearly see me struggling and heading their way *shakes fisties!!* ignorant people!



But I made it, set it down on the bench and waited for Mason's Daddy. 10 minutes later he arrived, took pictures of the cake to send to Mummy and seemed very chuffed with their purchase. We had a quick chat and I asked him if he was heading straight back down now, he said he was off to buy a ticket and he'd be making his way back on the train with it very carefully.

I left him there and it was only when I go to the escalator and I stood on it empty handed that I realised...I had made a cake...and it was going to London. Little me, in a little rough town (locals will know what I mean! lol), has just made a cake for a family in LONDON! I felt so, so proud, and honoured they had decided to go through with the order.

I got a text as we were heading home from Mason's Mummy, that she had seen a pic of the cake and it was amazing.....but Daddy had been told at the station there were no more trains going back down that night. WHAT!!? He had to stay overnight and travel back down first thing in the morning! I bet that turned out to me the most expensive cake they had ever bought! Their fun laid back attitude is seriously something to admire, the quote was simply 'the things you do for a one year old!' with a grin :)

You guys ROCK!!!


People who do out of the ordinary things, like pay double to have it delivered, or travel over 250 miles for one of my cakes really steal my heart :D I love ALL my customers - regardless whether they travel 1 mile, or 225. But stories like this make me realise how lucky I am, and really make my day.

I will never forget it x