I wanted to take a moment to say thank you to everyone reading, and those asking when I’d post again. I think it’s safe to say that a perfect storm of issues had conspired to temporarily prohibit me from blogging.
Certainly a lot has been happening, both good and bad. I got a new job! It’s been really great, it’s just been a period of adjustment and a LOT of work. Awesome, fun, exciting work. But still, a lot of it. I also started some freelancing that is incredibly satisfying professionally, but can be a time drain.
And, in October, my husband was diagnosed with a chronic illness. He even ended up spending a few days in the hospital after having a serious complication. We’ve had to make a lot of life changes, including how we eat (a lot less sugar, for one). It was discouraging to think about all the things I wanted to make that he couldn’t (at least shouldn’t) eat, and took a little of the joy out of things for a while. Not to mention, our house became a disaster area – it’s hard to want to bake when you know you need to do some serious housecleaning just to have room to set a cookie sheet.
Not to mention, about this same time, Netflix removed the Great British Baking show! Netflix has since re-added several seasons, but I was worried there for a good month.
But I think I’m finally ready. So without further ado, here’s a picture of a cat.
This was inspired by a pinterest cake, on the occasion of a co-workers retirement party. She’s… fond of cats, to put it mildly. This was my first experience using a crumb coat, believe it or not, and doing any kind of sculpting with chocolate. I also bought an icing scraper to attempt a smoothe side and sharp corner at the top – as you can see my technique needs a little work.
I also learned that the way professional bakers get their cakes to look uniform is by slicing the crap out of them. At this point was when I became sucked into a vortex of youtube channels on cake decorating. There are some great ones out there. Hopefully I can dedicate a post to a few of my favorites at some point, but for now, lets just say it’s an education.
A crumb coat, if you’re not hip to the lingo, is a thin layer of buttercream, you spread over the cake which traps crumbs, and prevents any from showing up on your cake surface when you put the outer coat on.
I’m also not real steady on the detail work, so my cat has a pretty severe wing on that eyeliner there. Oh well. Cat’s have all sorts of markings, you know. I’ve got a friend who’s cat is all white with a black mustache. Stranger things have happened.
For the ears, I just painted candymelt onto wax paper that I had formed into a vague shape using a paperclip – by this time I was in a rush to get done and so, no pictures of the process.
Expect a new post roughly weekly – thanks for sticking with me, folks!