Cake Photo Guides, The Manilena Cakes

Color Combinations and a Local Taste Test

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Above Icing Smears Courtesy of The Food Network

Oh my goodness, it’s been a year!  But there were so many things that have happened.  So many cakes have been made!  If you have facebook, you can like my page and I have all my cakes out there.  (Click here to go to my facebook page)

I just want to let you all know that I got so excited to see this color chart from the Food Network.  In as much as almost all my cake tools and supplies are still in Canada waiting for me to get them, I am faced with the dilemma of getting the colors I need without doubling the colors I already have.  So doing your research does help – a lot!  And this chart from the Food Network only needs 4 basic colors – Red, Green, Blue and Yellow.  So hooray!!! Such a life-saver this Food Network website 🙂

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Cake Photo Guides

The Makings of Winnie The Pooh (A Photoguide)

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Winnie The Pooh!!!

This is a photo guide that I placed on Manilena’s Facebook Page about how I did Winnie the Pooh.  I couldn’t say that this is an actual tutorial because it’s not complete.  But I hope this might be a good guide to help those who wanted to do a Winnie the Pooh in gumpaste:

I started with a ball of yellow-orange gumpaste and then form a blunt cone on one side of the ball and do an indentation on the top for the eyes and eyebrows. The mouth is made by first using a opening of an icing tip. I had to redo his mouth as you will see in the last pictures.

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It's A Celebration!, Kiddie Cakes

Yo Gabba Gabba Cake

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My Design of Morgan’s Cake

I must be getting old.  Since I never had a chance to have a kid knowing kiddie stuff only gets channelled thru my nephews and niece.  And since my youngest nephew is now more than 6 years old, I don’t really know too many children shows anymore.

So when my friend, Mavic, told me that her daughter, Morgan, loves Yo Gabba Gabba, I had to ask “What is that???”.  So, thanks to the internet, I found out that its a kids show with all these weird-looking characters.   It’s a good thing there are soooo many  pictures of them on the word wide web that it wasn’t that hard for me to know how to make them.  Once I had an idea of what the characters look like,  I knew what kind of cake I was going to make.  First, it’s going to be a topsy-turvy cake with pastel colored fondant for each tier.  Second, it was going to be a multi-colored white chocolate cake.  I was going to use my Cricut for the banners for Morgan’s name plus some more cutouts for stars.  Andafter a few revisions, this is what I came up with:

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It's A Celebration!, La Elegancia

Cricut For Cakes

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The Mini Cricut Cake

Ah!, I am so bad.  I haven’t done an entry in a while.  Tsk, tsk, tsk… But I’m here now and giving you an update about what has happened so far in my baking life.

I’ve revamped the website.  This blog is now a part of the bigger Manilena website that contains all my cake creations and other confectionaries I am busy with.  I invite you to look around 🙂

Next, I’ve been using a very vital tool in my cake decorating – the Cricut Mini Cake!  There have been mixed reaction to this machine.  Some decorators love them, some don’t.  Those who disapprove of it consider it cheating.  If you ask me, who am I cheating, really?  In the end of it all, my aim is to please is the person who ordered the cake.  I like it because it saves you time, and makes your cake look more polish. Of course you just can’t rely on that to make a great cake.  I still have to use whatever skill I have (the little I have) to make the main decorations of the cake.  I like it because I’m so bad at piping writing so this compensates for that.

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