Time to bake!

Hi readers! 

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.

 

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Everyone on the internet loves cat pics

 

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.

IMG_2641I 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.

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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.

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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!

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