Cake, Wedding

Square Cakes, a.k.a. My Fickle Adversary In the Kitchen (This Week…)

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In the last week and a half I’ve made 3 square wedding cakes at work, and let me just say, they can be a pain in the butt. Don’t get me wrong, I love decorating cakes regardless of the shape or size, but square cakes have so many more obstacles than your ordinary round cake!

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For instance, corners! Do you know how hard it is to cover a sharp, pointy corner with something as soft as fondant? Those 4 corners are basically 4 chances for your fondant to tear. And even if you aren’t using fondant and just covering it in buttercream, it’s hard enough just to make it look like it has a sharp, clean edge.

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This was another cake I made this week. They wanted it under a canopy hanging from the ceiling! The ceiling!! I know that has nothing to do with the cake being square, but I just wanted to point out how crazy wedding trends are getting these days, haha.

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I had so much trouble covering that bottom tier with fondant that I had to do it 3 (3!!!) times before I got it right, without any tearing. It was just really big and it turns out I have tiny arms and/or tiny hands. Who knew? Anyway, in the end, as long as the finished product looks amazing then I know it’s all worth the strain and stress that it was. So far I haven’t had any real disasters decorating (that were my fault, at least), so I’m grateful for that and for all the opportunities I have to just MAKE these things from start to finish and get some good practice in. These are just two of the many cakes that I have done (and will do in the future), and I don’t think they look too terrible! Practice makes perfect, right?

Also, just in case you haven’t noticed, Knitterbakerpateachouxmaker has a new look! Since the ol’ bloggy is almost 2 years old, I decided it’s time to change things up a bit and give it a more simple, minimal look so that I can place more emphasis on the pictures I upload rather than any background images and so forth. Whaddaya think?

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Cake, Wedding

Didn’t Fall Off the Face of the Earth (I Swear!)

Since our wedding has passed, I can say without a doubt that things have been pretty crazy with our lives and work and just everything in between. Sometimes, life just gets in the way! In this post I just wanted to update all of you on some of the cool stuff that I’ve made either at work or at home since my last post.

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Art Deco wedding cake I made at work. One of the first wedding cakes I’ve made there from start to finish!

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Rustic wedding cake I also made at work. Not gonna lie, I wanted to steal that tablecloth. It’s so pretty!

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Another square wedding cake. Wish I had taken a pic of another angle of this one, but ahh well. Still pretty!

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Rose petal wedding cake (with fondant petals). This one turned out to be way easier than I thought, and I love that it’s just pure white and clean-looking.

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A very traditional-looking wedding cake. I thought this one would turn out looking really tacky, but I ended up liking it!

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Finished this one at home yesterday: baby shower cake with a blue/brown/white color scheme. It has layers of red velvet, creme chantilly, and strawberries with italian buttercream.

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Anyway, I hope you all enjoyed my little picture-filled update today. There will be more posts in the near future with recipes and whatnot, so look forward to that! See you soon!

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Wedded Bliss Part 4: The Cake, The Day

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After over a year of planning, last Saturday Robert and I finally got married! A couple of hours ago we just got back from our amazing honeymoon (woot Vegas!) so now I finally have some time to show you guys a couple of pictures. I’m not going to post up too many pictures just because the photographers we hired need a couple more weeks before all the images are edited, but I just wanna give you guys a taste of our special day.

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Macaron craziness. I made roughly 400 macarons to give as our favors for our guests. Soo much effort but it was totally worth it! Each person got a raspberry lychee rose macaron, a hazelnut caramel macaron, and a dark chocolate, olive oil, and fleur de sel macaron.

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All packaged and ready to go! Because of the massive number that I had to make and how tiny our apartment is, I would say this was more than a challenge, but it all worked out in the end. I also had some help from the hubby with packaging them 🙂

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Trying to Tetris the tiers of our cake into our fridge. The cake was literally the easiest part of the wedding planning. For a long time I already knew what I wanted to do and how I wanted it to look, and it definitely helped that I build wedding cakes at work all the time.

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The finished cake: coconut sponge cake, lemon curd filling, and Italian buttercream. We had one of Robert’s friends help us deliver the cake and stack it the morning of, so that was a good amount of weight off of our shoulders and it turned out looking just as awesome as I imagined. I love how rustic and homemade (but also clean and finished) it looks.

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Cutting into our cake. The gumpaste peonies held up throughout delivery and the day of, so I’m pretty proud of that as well.

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Anyway, I hope you guys enjoyed my little post about our big day. The weather was amazing, the food was amazing, and the entire day couldn’t have been any better. I am now happily married to the most amazing man I’ve ever met, and looking forward to a lifetime of happiness with him. While I didn’t get a chance to post about some of the other wedding-related crafts I made (our guest book, our painting, the chair hangs, etc.) hopefully you all got a good taste of what went on during these “Wedded Bliss” posts. Love you guys, and thanks for reading! 🙂

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Wedded Bliss Part 3: Flowers and Showers

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Yesterday Robert’s mom was kind enough to throw me a bridal shower, and I have to say it was a lot of fun! We played games, won prizes, had awesome food, and I got to open up some great and very thoughtful gifts.

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All the bridesmaids seemed to enjoy themselves as well, so I’m pretty happy about that. The theme colors were pink and gold, and I wanted to make a little dessert buffet to match that.

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The spread looks kinda small, but we were only expecting 20 or so people, so it ended up being just enough desserts!

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Mini almond and orange cupcakes with buttercream roses.

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Strawberry and rose truffles. I absolutely LOVED these babies, and they were so easy to make. Not gonna lie, I left a few of these at my house to snack on….

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Coconut cake pops and mango-peach marshmallow lollipops. The marshmallow lollipops turned out a little more difficult to make than I remember, but they came out really cute and pretty damn delicious so I’m proud of them!

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Lemon sugar cookies that say “je t’aime.” Cute and simple!

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Vanilla pate a choux. Another simple flavor, but just a good, comforting dessert. I left some of these at home for me too, hahaha.

I’ve also spent the last couple of weeks making gumpaste peonies for the wedding cake, and they’re finally finished! The colors are a little dark in the pictures because the gumpaste needs a few more days to dry, but here’s a few progression shots for ya’.

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Lil’ buds

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The first layer of petals

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Second layer

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Third layer. Lookin’ good so far!

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Fourth layer, getting too big for the egg carton!

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A finished peony; my babies are all grown up! I’m pretty proud of how these turned out. I don’t have TOO much experience making gumpaste flowers and I’ve never made peonies before, so these ended up being a lot of work and trial and error. In total it took me almost 3 weeks to finish all of these (this includes drying time and all the breaks I took in between for work and the dessert buffet, haha), but I would definitely say it was worth it.

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It’s kinda hard to see all the veining in there, but it’s there! The flowers are super delicate, so here’s hoping they actually make it to the wedding. Hope you all enjoyed my very pink post, and look forward to more!

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Wedded Bliss Part 2: The Invitations

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Yesterday Robert and I finally sent out our wedding invitations, and we couldn’t be more excited. Robert’s mom kindly offered to make them for us, and we gladly accepted! I love the look of the craft paper with the doily and the type-writer key stamp; it really brings out the vintage/antique-y theme we were going for.

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While I didn’t make the invitations myself, I decided I wanted to add a little bit of my touch to them so I took some of our engagement photos and arranged them neatly into a little 4×6 picture that I slipped into the envelop with the invites. I just got them copied through Costco and for 70 copies it only cost me 10 bucks!

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Cute, right? Since I couldn’t find any envelop seals I liked, I just bought a fluted circle cutter and cut the shapes out of some pink damask scrapbook paper and glued them down. Overall we’re both really pleased by how the invitations turned out, and now all we have to do is wait for the RSVPs!

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Home, Places, Wedding

Wedded Bliss Part 1: The Move

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So, I know it’s been quite a while since my last post, but Robert and I finally moved in together! Yayy! The last 2 weeks or so we’ve been trying to settle into our new apartment in beautiful Laguna Niguel, CA. As our wedding day nears, you can expect quite a few posts about crafts I may be doing for the wedding or test runs that I’m doing for the cake, and maybe a random post here or there on something I’m interested in at the moment.

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And as for our new place, Robert and I both love it. We’re just 5 miles from the beach, and it happens to be gorgeous so we’re pretty happy about that as well. And guess what else?

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We finally have our own kitchen! Yayy! No more worrying about random roommates stealing my food or getting in the way of Robert’s family when I cook in their kitchen, haha. I know it’s tiny, but it’s amazingly freeing to finally have one of my own. Right after we moved, the kitchen was the first thing I set up; there was no way I was unpacking for anything else!

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AAND yesterday I finally finished unpacking and organizing all my craft stuff. I also took my VERY old wood laminate desk (I’ve had it since I was in elementary school!) and sanded it down, painted it an off-white color, and changed out the drawer pulls to something more antique-looking to give it a cute shabby-chic look. After looking over and over for a new and affordable desk (ha) I thought that this was probably the best solution for a tight wallet, and I think I was right!

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Cute, right? Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this little blip about a new stage in my life and the life of my future husband. Expect more posts about the wedding, and happy blogging!

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