The Elmo cake…
Posted: 28 February 2009 06:04 PM   [ Ignore ]
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Well here it is.  I actually am happy with the results. Its the 1/2 sheet marble cake, with vanilla pudding for the filling and vanilla mousseline frosting. The elmo is regular buttercream (which btw, piped with the grass tip great).

Thank you to everyone who helped, from the marble cake, to the red red frosting! I couldn’t have done it without you guys!!

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Posted: 28 February 2009 07:19 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Congratulations Ski -  Your Elmo cake looks fantastic.  Great piping too.  What did you use for the little confetti pieces?

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Posted: 28 February 2009 09:49 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Congratulations, ski!  It looks great- I bet it was delicious, did you get to taste it?

Your Elmo red is perfect, just the right shade of red, with a tinge of orange. 

Thanks for sharing!

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Posted: 01 March 2009 12:29 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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I havent tasted it yet….tomorrow is teh tasting. UGH!

I used the red red from wilton in the jar, a whole jar of red for a whole batch of buttercream.  I used fondant for the confetti…which took forever cutting out triangles lol. All in all, im happy. I just hope it tastes ok.

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Posted: 01 March 2009 01:18 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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dear s, very nice! glad you are using mousseline.

glad the grass tip worked, and let me tell you that I am so done with 3D pans and star fill patterns.  I have almost ALL the wilton 3D pan collection, and except once and only ONCE making classic pooh, graduation bear, and dora la exploradora, my 3D pans are wall d?cor and happy of not wishing any other intentions!

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Posted: 01 March 2009 10:52 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Wow, that’s awesome.  Great job.  It looks like you have been decorating cakes for years.

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Posted: 01 March 2009 01:35 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Great Job!!! The shade of red looks perfect. The piping looks really, really good.

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Posted: 01 March 2009 08:33 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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so get this.
I made the red buttercream on friday…then piped it on saturday. It was the color in the picture. Then today opened the box and it was DARK red!!  I thought that having it sit from friday-saturday would darken it to its full potential, but nope, it turned darker!! ALl in all, it was still ok, but elmo wasn’t as bright as he was in the picture I took.

The cake was delicious. I think i put a little too much pudding in the middle, as it was more wet then i would have liked but it was a big hit. I got many compliments. People were asking me how much i would charge for a cake like that (It was a gift) and i was thinking…i have no idea! 
It was 2 layers marble cake from scratch (about 13 cups of batter per layer), 1 batch of regular buttercream, 2 batches of vanilla moussline, vanilla pudding, black buttercream, red food coloring..and about 3 hours worth of work involved with the baking, cleaning, and piping. I was thinking like $100..is that outrageous?? 
i can’t see anyone spending $100 on a cake!!

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Posted: 01 March 2009 10:12 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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Your cake looks terrific! I am happy to hear that everybody liked the flavor.

If you think $100 is a lot of money to spend on a cake, you should check out the prices on upscale websites such as Williams Sonoma and Dean & Deluca. I have seen cakes go for about $8 to $10 per serving at those places, sometimes more. There are people who will pay up for cakes, especially when the baker has the reputation of making cakes that not only look good, but taste good, too.

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Posted: 02 March 2009 09:03 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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Hello Ski,

  Your cake looks awesome! You really did a great job with this one, especially getting the red coloring right. Thanks for sharing and I can’t wait to see your next cake.

~Matthew smile

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Posted: 02 March 2009 09:50 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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I agree, the cake looks great!

Are there any upscale/gourmet bakeries in your area? Or any other small businesses selling cakes? You could see what they charge.

Are there any health department regulations you’d have to worry about?

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Posted: 03 March 2009 12:05 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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Well done! The cake is wonderful. I agree with the others - the red is a perfect Elmo red and the grass tip piping makes his fur look very realistic!

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Posted: 03 March 2009 09:08 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]
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Thanks. I dont think there are any upscale bakeries in the area. Nothing is upscale here lol.
I dont know about health regulations either. I never sold anything, but its not to say I wouldn’t charge someone if they asked me to bake a cake for them. Im not rich!

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Posted: 03 March 2009 03:50 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 13 ]
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I charge $75 for an 11x15 cake and it would be an extra $10 for the specialty filling.

costco charges $26 for the same size HOWEVER, it is almost entirely synthetic, so I don’t think $100 is too much.

jen


oops forgot to say, great job!

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